Recent deterioration in the short-term technical outlook means now more than ever, investors must take decisive action to lock in recent gains.
Every high-flying market is bound to find patches of rough air, and the charts show a potential decline is in store. However, several plays should defy these trends.
They handily outperformed in 2011, but recent technical action suggests the Dow could be more vulnerable than the now-lagging S&P 500.
The year has started off well, but some sectors and strategies have the potential to pay off even better in coming weeks.
This signals long entry opportunities.
Investors can gain a keen perspective on long-term trends by stepping back to the yearly time frame.
In a year that saw stunning underperformance by some big-name stocks, one indicator proved most useful.
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