With just two trading days to go before the end of the first quarter of 2016 is in the books, four of the bigger gainers year to date are mall anchors Dillard's (DDS) - Get Report , J.C. Penney (JCP) - Get Report , Nordstrom (JWN) - Get Report and Macy's (M) - Get Report .

Despite solid gains, three of these remain in bear market territory, but their first quarter gains exceeded those of Amazon (AMZN) - Get Report , which was considered by many analysts as the "stock of the year" of 2015. All five stocks have solid gains since setting recent lows between Dec. 22 and Feb. 9.

Dillard's, Nordstrom and Macy's are the three still in bear market territory, after highs set between March 2015 and July 2015. Meanwhile, J.C. Penney is a candidate to be the "stock of the year" for 2016, with a year-to-date gain of 71.5%. It is up 90.3% since its Jan. 20 low of $6 a share.

Here's the scorecard for these five stocks.

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The weekly charts below show a red line through the price bars. which is the key weekly moving average (a 5-week modified moving average). The green line is the 200-week simple moving average, the "reversion to the mean." The study in red along the bottom of the chart is weekly momentum (a 12x3x3 weekly slow stochastic), which scales between 00.00 and 100.00, where readings above 80.00 indicate overbought and readings below 20.00 indicate oversold. A negative weekly chart shows the stock below its key weekly moving average, with weekly momentum declining below 80.00 in a trend towards 20.00.

Here's the weekly chart for Amazon.


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Amazon closed at $593.86 on Tuesday, down 12.1% year to date. It is in correction territory, 14.7% below its all-time high of $696.44, set on Dec. 29. The stock is up 25.3% from its 2016 low of $474.00, set on Feb. 9.

The weekly chart is positive, with the stock above its key weekly moving average of $573.17. It is well above its 200-week simple moving average of $364.12. The weekly momentum reading is projected to rise to 44.65 this week, up from 39.06 on March 24.

Investors looking to buy Amazon should consider doing so on weakness to $540.85, which is a key level on technical charts until the end of 2016. Investors looking to reduce holdings should consider selling strength to $621.72, which is a key level on technical charts until the end of June.

Here's the weekly chart for Dillard's.


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Dillard's closed at $83.91 on Tuesday, up 27.7% year to date. It is still in bear market territory, 41.8% below its April 13, 2015, high of $144.21. The stock is up 37.8% from its 2016 low of $60.88, set on Jan. 8.

The weekly chart is positive but overbought, with the stock above its key weekly moving average of $80.70, which indicates upside potential to its 200-week simple moving average of $93.46. The weekly momentum reading is projected to rise to 82.26 this week, up from 80.82 on March 24, becoming more overbought above the overbought threshold of 80.00.

Investors looking to buy Dillard's should consider doing so on weakness to $75.23, which is a key level on technical charts until the end of 2016. Investors looking to reduce holdings should consider selling strength to $101.85, which is a key level on technical charts until the end of 2016.

Here's the weekly chart for J.C. Penney.


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J.C. Penney closed at $11.43 on Tuesday, up 71.5% year to date, and up 90.3% from its 2016 low of $6.00, set on Jan. 20.

The weekly chart is positive but overbought, with the stock above its key weekly moving average of $10.11. That indicates upside potential to its 200-week simple moving average of $12.11. The weekly momentum reading is projected to rise to 83.61 this week, up from 81.14 on March 24, moving further above the overbought threshold of 80.00.

Investors looking to buy J.C. Penney should consider buying the stock on weakness to $8.89, which is a key level on technical charts until the end of March. Investors looking to reduce holdings should consider selling strength to $12.10, which is a key level on technical charts until the end of this week.

Here's the weekly chart for Nordstrom.


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Nordstrom closed at $57.31 on Tuesday, up 15.1% year to date. It is still in bear market territory, 26.2% below its all-time high of $77.65, set on March 23. The stock is up 28.8% from its 2016 low of $44.49, set on Jan. 15.

The weekly chart is positive, with the stock above its key weekly moving average of $54.64, which indicates upside potential to its 200-week simple moving average of $59.48. The weekly momentum reading is projected to rise to 76.89 this week, up from 72.41 on March 24.

Investors looking to buy Nordstrom should consider buying weakness to $48.06, which is a key level on technical charts until the end of this week. Investors looking to reduce holdings should consider selling strength to $68.42, which is a key level on technical charts until the end of June.

Here's the weekly chart for Macy's.


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Macy's closed at $44.42 on Tuesday, up 27% year to date, but still in bear market territory, 39.7% below its all-time high of $73.61, set on July 17. The stock is up 30.5% from its 2015 low of $34.05, set on Dec. 22.

The weekly chart is positive but overbought, with the stock above its key weekly moving average of $43.00. That indicates upside potential to its 200-week simple moving average of $51.12. The weekly momentum reading is projected to rise to 86.50 this week, up from 85.78 on March 24.

Investors looking to buy Macy's should consider doing so on weakness to $29.34, which is a key level on technical charts until the end of 2016. Investors looking to reduce holdings should consider doing so on strength to $56.58, which is a key level on technical charts until the end of March. The $43.62 level should be a magnet until the end of 2016.

This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held no positions in the stocks mentioned.