BALTIMORE ( Stockpickr) -- The past few months have proven tough for traders -- you need only look at major banks' financials to see that it's true. Trading, which had previously been a last bastion of profitability during the volatility-drenched markets of 2008, is looking like a drag on earnings in the first quarter of 2011.
That difficult environment for traders isn't likely to last much longer, however; with broad-based breakouts taking shape in major commodities, and earnings threatening to push the S&P 500 above its previous highs, market participants could see volatility re-enter the market in a meaningful way in May.
That's why it makes sense to check out a fresh batch of promising technical setups right now.
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