It's important to remember that even though the broad market looks pointed higher right now, the same can't be said for every individual stock out there. That's why we're not looking exclusively at upside trades today -- Hawkins Chemical (HWKN - Get Report) is the sole bearish setup that's hitting our radar.
Hawkins is currently in the final stages of forming one of the most well known topping patterns: the head and shoulders. In a sentence, the head and shoulders is a pattern that indicates exhaustion among buyers. It's formed by two swing highs that top out around the same level (the shoulders), separated by a bigger peak called the head. A breakdown below the support level that connects those three peaks (called the neckline) is the signal to sell or short shares.
So far, this head and shoulders top looks pretty textbook, which means that the trading implications are especially good for it right now. That said, if HWKN buyers can muster the strength to push shares above the top of the right shoulder, we'll consider this setup broken. In the meantime, watch for the move below the neckline at $36.50.To see this week's trades in action, check out the Technical Setups for the Week portfolio on Stockpickr. -- Written by Jonas Elmerraji in Baltimore.
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