From a technical perspective, L is currently trending above its 200-day moving average and just below its 50-day moving average, which is neutral trendwise. This stock has been downtrending for the last month and change, with shares dropping from a high of $43.29 to a recent low of $39.50 a share. During that move, shares of L have been mostly making lower highs and lower lows, which is bearish technical price action. That said, shares of L have started to rebound off that $39.50 low and are now trading within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade.
If you're bullish on L, then I would look for long-biased trades once this stock manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance at its 50-day of $41.43 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above its 50-day with volume that registers near or above its three-month average action of 946,013 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then L will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $42.50 to $43 a share.
Eagle MaterialsAnother name in the raw materials sector that insiders are buying a huge amount of stock in here is Eagle Materials (EXP). This company is a diversified producer of basic building materials and construction products used in residential, industrial, commercial and infrastructure construction. Insiders are buying this stock into big strength, since shares are up a whopping 105% so far in 2012. Eagle Materials has a market cap of $2.60 billion and an enterprise value $2.89 billion. This stock trades at a premium valuation, with a trailing price-to-earnings of 54 and a forward price-to-earnings of 19.42. Its estimated growth rate for this year is 172.1%, and for next year it's pegged at 65.1%. This is not a cash-rich company, since the total cash position on its balance sheet is $8.15 million and its total debt is $216.94 million. A director just bought 667,575 shares, or $36.14 million worth of stock, at $54.15 per share. From a technical perspective, EXP is currently trending above both its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, which is bullish. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last six months, with shares soaring from a low of $30.68 to a recent high of $56.40 a share. During that move, shares of EXP have been consistently making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of EXP within range of triggering a major breakout trade.
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