NFLX, which gapped up mightily after earnings were announced, comes under special rules for handling earnings and so won't be available for trading based on the breakout until Friday.
JAZZ is struck from further consideration because of an overly wide bid/ask spread.
That leaves HAL, which broke out a couple of days after earnings were published. HAL has ample liquidity and a narrow bid/ask spread, making it a good candidate for a trde under my preferences.
However, it is an oil field services company, which lives and dies by the price of oil. We all surely no what that price has been doing of late.
HAL has been in a major decline since it peaked at $74.33 on July 23, 2014, hitting a low point of $37.21 on Dec. 16, 2014, halving its price, and has been trending sideways since. The pattern, with differences of degree and timing, holds true for other fossil fuel majors, XOM and BP, and indeed for crude oil itself, USO.
Those facts alone are intriguing enough to merit an analysis, and add in the price-channel breakout, it's a no brainer. I'll post an analysis of HAL later today, treating it as a potential trade under my shorter-term rules.
-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Jan. 22, 2015
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