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Watchlist Update: Finding Pockets of Strength in a Weak Market

It seems as though the bears got an early start to the holiday season…

For the prior abbreviated trading week, the S&P 500 index gained 2.4% to notch new all-time daily and weekly closing highs.

And if the index can end this week anywhere above 4,606, it will also set a new all-time monthly closing high.

But that doesn’t tell the full story…

You see, the biggest daily and weekly rallies typically occur during bear market rallies.

Furthermore, several big-name stocks have suffered huge losses in recent weeks, which is definitely not characteristic of a healthy bull market.

To name just a few examples…

Snap Inc. (SNAP) is down 41% from its 2021 high.

DraftKings Inc. (DKNG) is down 60% from its 2021 high.

And Peloton Interactive, Inc. (PTON) is down a whopping 77% from its 2021 high!

What Does This Mean for Traders?

First, it means that you shouldn’t only focus on the performance of the major stock indexes.

Instead, watch how individual stocks are performing.

Sure, the S&P is at new highs, but the Russell 2000 small-cap index is still down nearly 9% from its recent high.

And growth stock indexes like the IBD Innovator 50 (FFTY) is 14.5% off its high.

So, next time you take a look at the major indexes…

Remember that they’re dominated by a small handful of mega-cap stocks and aren’t necessarily giving you the full picture of the market.

With that said, however, I’ve recently outlined several bullish pockets of strength within the market.

And I have three more great opportunities to present to you today.

Let’s get right to them…

Lee Enterprises, Inc.

Lee Enterprises, Inc. (LEE) is a small, $232 million publishing company that produces print and digital newspapers and provides advertising and marketing services.

Here’s how the chart is setting up:

Daily Chart of Lee Enterprises, Inc. (LEE) -- Source: TC2000
Daily Chart of Lee Enterprises, Inc. (LEE) — Source: TC2000

And here’s how the stock is setting up with my Stock Surge Indicator (SSI):

  • Surge score: 99/100
  • % Above 52-wk low: 235%
  • Sales growth: +1%
  • Triple momentum: yes

LEE stock surged 119% in just 22 days and is now setting up in a high tight flag pattern.

To complete the pattern, shares must not retrace more than 20%. The buy point is new highs above $41.00.

Typically, traders use the low of the retracement zone as where to place a stop loss.

But if price continues to tighten, you could use the swing low of the final retracement.

Moody’s Corporation

Moody’s Corporation (MCO) is a major $74 billion risk assessment firm that publishes credit ratings for companies in the United States and worldwide.

Here’s how the chart is setting up:

Daily Chart of Moody's Corporation (MCO) -- Source: TC2000
Daily Chart of Moody’s Corporation (MCO) — Source: TC2000

And here’s how the stock is setting up with my SSI:

  • Surge score: 87/100
  • % Above 52-wk low: 52%
  • Sales growth: +13%
  • Triple momentum: yes

Moody’s stock made a big move in the first half of 2021.

Shares have been consolidating to form a base for most of the last six months and now look primed to break out higher.

Retracements have shallowed to a nice and tight 4% range, allowing for a very low-risk entry point.

Price has not been able to get above $400.00 for a few weeks, but I would use $402.00 as a buy point.

That gives a bit of additional confirmation by trading above the highest closing price in November.

Intercontinental Exchange, Inc.

Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (ICE) is the $76 billion operator of market exchanges, clearing houses and listings venues that some of you have likely heard of or even traded with before.

Here’s how the chart is setting up:

Daily Chart of Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (ICE) -- Source: TC2000
Daily Chart of Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (ICE) — Source: TC2000

And here’s how the stock is setting up with my SSI:

  • Surge score: 88/100
  • % Above 52-wk low: 25%
  • Sales growth: +18%
  • Triple momentum: yes

I added ICE to the Watchlist last week, but shares have not yet broken through our resistance level.

Last week’s market weakness added a small 4% shakeout move, which has only made the setup look better to me.

Additionally, we can now use last week’s low as the stop, which lowers the risk on this trade.

Lastly, if you’d like a step-by-step walkthrough on how to best take advantage of these weekly trades…

Be sure to check out my recent article, How to Follow My Weekly Trades, to know where I’m buying so that you can follow along.

Embrace the surge,

Ross Givens

Editor, Stock Surge Daily

Ross Givens
Ross Givens

I bought my first stock when I was 12 years old. It was Microsoft. I’ve been a registered financial advisor. I’ve worked as a stock broker. I ran a managed fund. I was a Vice President at JP Morgan with Series 7, Series 66 and Series 3 securities licenses. I’ve been featured on Fox Business, CNBC, Bloomberg, and a bunch of other networks. The only thing I enjoy more than making money, is helping YOU make money.

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