Two Big Winners And One Failed Breakout

Profitable trading is about taking good risk/reward trades and letting winners run and cutting losers short. In Stage Analysis we take good risk/reward trades by either buying a Stage 2 breakout from a Stage 1 base or a Stage 2 continuation breakout which is a breakout from consolidation within an existing uptrend. Both of these buy points attempt to get in early in the uptrend, not at the exact bottom but at the point where it becomes apparent institutions are getting into the stock aggressively (because of the big increase in volume this becomes apparent).

LK broke out of a Stage 1 base in November on a huge increase in volume and is up over 60% since then. This is one of the best Stage 2 breakouts I’ve seen over the past few months as it had all the right conditions including a massive volume increase and no overhead resistance.

TSLA broke out in October on a big increase in volume after earnings and is up over 50% since then.

TSLA took a little while longer than LK to get going, perhaps because of some overhead resistance remaining after the Stage 2 breakout. Stan Weinstein says to be patient after the Stage 2 breakout because stocks can pullback after this initial move and take a little while longer to really get going. The last thing you want to do is give up your good risk/reward entry because of impatience especially if the stock has held above the breakout point.

TSLA and LK are now beyond good risk/reward ratio buy points. But you will find that more people are interested in trading them now because of how well they have recently performed. Fear of missing out (otherwise known as greed) is a powerful emotion.

Of course TSLA and LK could keep running here, but the longer the rally goes the more likely the stocks will enter a consolidation period next (often kicked off by a sharp pullback) and that’s where these stocks would setup again for the next quality risk/reward entry point.

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Disclosure: I am long LK and TSLA.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed are for educational and informational purposes only, and should not be considered as investment advice. The ...

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