5 Stocks Poised for Breakouts
A great example of a successful breakout trade that I flagged recently was Obagi Medical Products (OMPI) . Last Friday, I highlighted shares OBGI in my breakout stocks article, because the stock was in a clear uptrend and heading for a breakout over $16.03 a share.
Guess what happened? Shares of OMPI went on to trigger that breakout, and the stock quickly spiked to a recent high of $18 a share on strong volume. Some of that move is related to speculation in the market that OMPI is going to be bought out soon. On Tuesday, the company released an 8K that officially removed the shareholders' rights provision, or what market players refer to as the "the poison pill." This could have been done because OMPI is receiving attractive offers and it no longer wants to block any acquiring company from making a deal. If that's the case, then this breakout could still be in the early innings since about 5% of OMPI's float is sold short.
In that same article, I flagged Stratasys (SSYS) for a possible breakout trade if the stock could manage to take out some major overhead resistance levels at $54.96 to $55.66 a share. Shares of SSYS went on to hit $54.37 a share and subsequently have failed the breakout and sold off. I am highlighting this to demonstrate that not all breakouts works and you have to keep your losses small and move on. Fast traders, if they're nimble enough, can also take the other side of the trade and short a failed breakout.
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