At the beginning of the year, I outlined my process for assembling an Watchlist of stocks that look like suitable candidates for purchase (see “The Challenge of Assembling a Watchlist” of January 18, 2012). In short, the process involves running four scans that identify stocks meeting certain fundamental performance and technical momentum criteria and then manually looking at the stock’s charts to identify those that: 1) look as though they are about to cross above the apparent upper boundary of a congestion zone (either reversal bottom or consolidation chart patterns) or 2) haven’t moved too far above the previous congestion zone increasing the risk of the stock being susceptible to succumbing to a downdraft in the event of a market correction.
The market has been trapped in a very narrow trading range since mid-February and is again approaching the upper boundary in another attempt at breaking above and continuing to drive higher. Therefore, it’s time to assemble another watchlist.
This time, using the process described above, I culled a list of 132 stocks that, in my judgement, meet the criteria. The four scans delivered an additional 346 stocks but most of those stocks have already had huge runs and are far above their most recent previous congestion zone. Many of the names on the larger list of momentum stocks contains the names of stocks that are now familiar leaders; 71% have increased 10% or more since the beginning of the year while 35% are up 25% or more. I was fortunate in having added 26 from the list to my Model Portfolio and show gains on them.
My most recent Watchlist consists of 26 healthcare, 24 tech and 30 resources and manufacturing stocks:
It’s from this list I suspect (it’s probably safer to say “hope”) that the momentum leaders in the market’s next up-leg will come. That’s not to say that the movers since the beginning of the year won’t lead also in the next leg; I only say that if you are afraid of buying into such high fliers as AAPL and PCLN, then you can probably get some nice percentage moves in some of the new comers without at the same time suffering acrophobia.
Members have access the list and now you can also (click here). Be prepared for the next leg higher. Learn the price levels that signify a breakout and trigger a purchase. Know when a stock may have run to far ahead to catch without risk. Don’t let the market’s next move leave you standing on the sidelines watching as others make money. Act now!