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5 Stocks Setting Up to Break Out

Mentor Graphics

A stock in the software and programming complex that's just starting to break out today is Mentor Graphics (MENT), a supplier of electronic design automation systems-advanced computer software and emulation hardware systems used to automate the design, analysis and testing of electronic hardware and embedded systems software in electronic systems and components. This stock is up around 12% so far this year.

If you look at the chart for Mentor Graphics, you'll see that this stock formed a triple bottom in August and September at $8.50 to $8.75 a share. After putting in that major bottom, the stock then took off and ripped to the upside to its current price of around $13.50 a share. That massive move up has now started to trigger a breakout trade today since shares of MENT are moving above some near-term overhead resistance at $12.98 to$13.17 a share on decent volume.

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Market players should now watch for a sustained high-volume move and close above $13.17 and near the daily high of $13.52 to trigger a big breakout. Look for volume at today's close that's near or well above its three-month average action of about a million shares. If we see a close for MENT into breakout territory, then watch for this stock to make a run at its next significant overhead resistance levels of $15.40 to $16 a share in the near future.

If you like how Mentor's chart looks, then one could be a buyer off any weakness and simply use a mental stop that's a few percentage points below $13.17, or even just a few points below $12.98 a share.

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