Once or twice a week we’ll use the MarketSmith “Blue Dot Scan”, “Stocks Showing Relative Strength in a Weak Market Scan”, and “Stocks Moving Higher on Above-Average Volume Scans, looking for candidates. We share the results with members in the weekend video and daily Blog Updates.
MarketSmith Blue Dot Scan
Criteria: first the “relative strength line (RS) has hit a 52-week high. A blue dot will appear on the chart as a result. Second, the stock is currently building a base, with the potential to break out in the short-term.
If both of these conditions occur, the stock goes on the list for 90 days. You can access the list by clicking on the “Open Stock Ideas” button in the top-right corner on any MarketSmith chart.
MarketSmith Scan Candidates
These three MarketSmith Blue Dot Scan candidates, bottom panel, are noteworthy, though we prefer semiconductor stock LRCX. It meets all the criteria and follows Micron’s (MU) report on Monday evening of this week. Micron gapped up on Tuesday, following its latest earnings report.
Lam Research Corp. (LRCX) is printing a large, 5 month, cup and handle continuation pattern; continuation being the operative word.
A break above Tuesday’s high (325.80) would signal a breakout, with a new target of (344.32), the February pivot high. Watch HELE and DQ.
It is important to note, merely appearing on a scan does not guarantee a successful candidate. The stock markets and corresponding sectors, Nasdaq and semiconductor sector, in this case, need to be bullish as well for the highest probability of success.
That said, consistency breeds success. Use the scans to find candidates, then confirm with a bullish market and sector, and consider joining us today in the trading room for our LIVESTREAM broadcast during market hours, as we navigate the current environment and trade new candidates like LRCX. Watch, listen, and trade from 9:20 AM to 4:15 PM Monday through Friday.
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