After a lethargic start, some encouraging commentary on the future of international trade lifted stocks out of the doldrums on Tuesday. The S&P 500 ended the day at 3,005.7, up 0.26%, though the gain was made on light volume.
Snap (NYSE:SNAP) was one of the key drivers of that progress. The Snapchat parent’s stock jumped nearly 7% after Susquehanna analyst Shyam Patil upped his stance on the company from “Negative” to “Neutral.” A much bigger Corning (NYSE:GLW), however, was one of the key reasons the broad market didn’t fare better. Shares of the industrial tech outfit fell more than 6% after lowering its sales guidance for the quarter now underway.
As for the names worth a closer look headed into Wednesday’s session, however, the stock charts of Global Payments (NYSE:GPN), Valero Energy (NYSE:VLO) and Discovery (NASDAQ:DISCA) stand out. Here’s what’s most interesting about each.
With nothing more than just a quick glance, Discovery shares look like they’re trapped in a choppy, sideways range. And, perhaps that’s all it is. A more critical and longer-term look at the action that has taken shape over the course of the past couple of years, however, suggests DISCA stock is alarmingly vulnerable to more downside. It just needs one more good nudge to push it over the edge of that cliff.
Global Payments (GPN)
It was news that sparked the volatility in shares of Global Payments yesterday. The European Union has given permission to the payments middleman to acquire Total System Services (NYSE:TSS). As such, some traders expect Tuesday’s volatility will have passed by Wednesday. And, perhaps it will.
Sometimes, however, it’s news that triggers a pent-up technical move that’s simply waiting on the right catalyst. If that’s the case here for GPN, traders may want to brace for a sizeable pullback.
Valero Energy (VLO)
Finally, topping with an energy stock right now can be a tricky game. Aside from being something of a political pawn and clearly subject to even threats of disruption, the true depth of global demand is fuzzy as the world works towards alternative energy sources.
To the extent one can trust the chart of any oil and gas name at this time though, Valero Energy is dropping some interesting hints. One more bullish “oomph” could get shares up and over a recently developed hurdle and start a major recovery of last year’s major meltdown.
As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can learn more about James at his site, jamesbrumley.com, or follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley.