I rejected the most liquid of batch, COST, based on the chart. It appears likely that the symbol began a correction to the downside in November. Although at that level there's certainly room to profit, I see nothing that persuades me that there is indeed a great deal of momentum to the upside.
CSTM last year went from having no value to more than $13 a share in a single day. Obviously, there was some sort of change in what the symbol represents. For me, it means that I lack a reasonable span of history to understand the stock's evolution.
MTB has followed the general pattern for stocks -- uptrend beginning in 2009 from the depths of the Great Recession, correction into 2010, and then a resumption of the uptrend in 2011. It's a late-stage uptrend, clearly, and is approaching the pre-recession top,
The over-the-counter survivor, ASBFY, is also in a late-stage uptrend. It's a British company, traded in New York as American depository receipts, with all the disadvantages of such instruments: Relatively low volume and a large bid/ask on shares.
MTB is my best choice of the batch. I dislike its close proximity to major resistance, but 9% isn't a deal killer. I intend to write a full analysis of MTB and shall post it before the closing bell today.
My shorter-term trading rules can be read here. And the classic Turtle Trading rules on which my rules are based can be read here.
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