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5 Top Stock Trades for Thursday: DPZ, NFLX, IBM

Bret Kenwell

The bears couldn’t keep the CBOE VIX index elevated in Wednesday trading while earnings reports continue to flow in. It’s going to be another busy day on Thursday in that regard, although be mindful of Friday, when the markets are closed for the holiday. Let’s get a look at some top stock trades on Wednesday.

Note, large cap tech stocks continue to trade well and are showing solid momentum. Here’s our outlook on Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) from earlier this week.

Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow #1: IBM

Top stock trades for IBM

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I have never been a huge fan of IBM (NYSE:IBM) as its growth remains painfully disappointing. However, the stock has been trading much better.

Shares are down “just” 4% on Wednesday after the company reported first-quarter earnings and this will be an important one to watch this week. I would like to see IBM hold $140 — a little above current levels — but as long as it can maintain its current prices, it’s technically okay on the weekly chart.

Over $138 keeps it above all of its major moving averages and above its post-earnings low. Above $140 and IBM stock will still be above prior downtrend resistance. The good news? We’ll know a day early, as this weekly candle will be finished on Thursday at 4 p.m. ET.

Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow #2: Netflix

Top stock trades for Netflix

Above is a weekly chart of Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) stock, while below is a daily look at the streaming giant. This stock has been astoundingly quiet considering it’s usually explosive moves — particularly on earnings!

Above, shares are clinging to the 10-week and 50-week moving averages. Should it lose these levels, it could open the door to lower prices. On that chart, $300 is a big, round level that stands out.

On the daily chart though, there could be some buyers waiting for a dip down to the $310 to $320 level. Over $370 on both charts will revitalize NFLX stock. This is a momentum stock and the lack of bullish momentum here is a concern to me, especially on earnings.

Top stock trades for NFLX

Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow #3: Abbott Labs

Top stock trades for ABT

Shares of Abbott Labs (NYSE:ABT) are taking a bath on Wednesday, down over 4% and adding to its losses on Tuesday despite beating on earnings and revenue expectations.

It would be encouraging for bulls to hold this $72 to $73 level as support, given its former role as resistance. However, ABT may require a washout down to the 200-day moving average at $70.

The writing was on the wall with this one. Downtrend resistance (blue line) continued to grind ABT into support at $77.50 (black line). Once it broke on Tuesday, this one was a goner.

See how it handles current levels. If it can’t bounce, look for a 200-day test.


Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow #4: Biotech ETF

Top stock trades for IBB

The biotech and healthcare space hasn’t been doing all that well and it shows on the iShares Biotech ETF (NASDAQ:IBB), which is down almost 4% on the day.

Keep it simple: $108 support gave way, while $115 refused to budge on the upside. Buyers may consider stepping in between $100 and $102 if we get more downside. Otherwise, see how the IBB does on a retest of $108.

Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow #5: Domino’s Pizza

top stock trades for DPZ

Domino’s Pizza (NYSE:DPZ) is doing well on Wednesday, up about 4% after an upgrade from Morgan Stanley.

It’s great to see this one back above the 10-week moving average, as it now contends with the 50-week moving average. Bulls may consider buying a breakout over the 50-week or a pullback to the 10-week, assuming it holds as support.

Domino’s is putting in a series of higher lows and looks like it could be prepped for more upside. Some even say it’s too cheap. If DPZ goes on a run, see how it does with $290.

Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Bret Kenwell is long GOOGL. 

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