The new trading week didn’t get started on a particularly impressive foot. Even with the intraday recovery effort, the S&P 500 still ended the day lower by 0.31%. Surging oil prices, thanks to an attack in the Middle East, sparked concern of a ripple effect.
Overstock.com (NASDAQ:OSTK) was the proverbial problem child, falling more than 20% to log a second day of losses following last week’s big runup. Ford (NYSE:F) fell a more nominal 1.6%, with investors digesting the response to a recent UAW threat to go on strike, in addition to news that the company is recalling more than 300,000 Explorers due to dangerous seat edges.
Headed into today’s trading action, it’s the stock charts of Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV), Visa (NYSE:V) and Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) that have earned a closer inspection. Here’s why, and what to look for.
It has been one of the healthier trades this year, despite the drinking public’s growing aversion to sugary beverages. In fact, Coca-Cola shares have rallied an amazing 20% since March’s low, overcoming its February stumble with relative ease.
The sheer speed and span of the move in an environment that doesn’t favor most of the company’s fare, however, has left KO stock vulnerable to some profit-taking. One more technical misstep could push Coca-Cola shares over that edge.
Southwest Airlines (LUV)
Airline stocks are inherently erratic, impacted not just by the ebb and flow of demand for travel, but by the ebb and flow of oil prices. The two differing factors don’t always behave with respect to one another as one might expect. Southwest Airlines has been no exception to this norm.
There has been a method to the madness though. LUV stock has hammered out the formation of a familiar and telling shape. And, it has done so with a fairly predictable context that implies a breakout thrust could be brewing.
Finally, Visa has dished out some unexpectedly lengthy and sizable rallies since the beginning of 2017. In fact, the only real rough patch was the weakness most other stocks suffered in the final quarter of last year. And even then, V stock snapped back to an even stronger rally.
As could be expected though, the weight of that eight-month gain is starting to prove unbearable. Visa shares have been hit hard a couple of times since last month, and while the advance hasn’t been shattered yet, it’s nearing that point.
As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can learn more about him at his website jamesbrumley.com, or follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley.