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Since the beginning of the year, the bears and bulls have jousted over Regal-Beloit ( RBC - Get Report), which manufactures electrical and mechanical motion-control products. The bears have knocked the stock off its December 2006 highs of $54.50 to Monday's low of $45.95.

The most recent price action shows two strong selling phases, which can be seen on the daily volume chart below. The latest increase in selling volume has been stronger than any other selling phase in the past year.

So the bulls are forced to step up here and begin accumulation. Otherwise, the hidden support level at the 200-period moving average will fail and lead to a downtrend continuation signal.

The widest accumulation range has formed between $40 and $54 a share. In between these two levels is a lot of noise, which is displayed by strong price spikes in both directions.

These random large price movements make it more difficult to keep tighter stop-loss levels. Often, this type of volatile movement takes out a position before the stock resumes the desired direction. To compensate for this increased risk, traders should decrease the share size of their position. So for Regal-Beloit, instead of taking your usual position, I would recommend reducing your capital risk to 50% or 75% of your normal position.

The ideal entry strategy for this stock would be to take an entry closer to resistance at $50. I prefer taking entries closer to resistance to lower the point-risk per trade. In addition to reduced capital risk, an entry near a resistance or invalidation level provides more profit potential, even if the price simply retests support.

In this case, I would like to see the 200-period moving average support hold and create a move back up to $50. The stop should be placed at $52.25, offering $2.25 in risk.

The first profit target should be placed at $47.75 to satisfy the 1-to-1 reward/risk ratio. Partial profits can be taken here.


Regal-Beloit (RBC) -- Daily


The second profit will depend on how well the 200-period moving average holds as support. If the stock price closes below $46.50, the probability for a downtrend continuation signal becomes stronger. In that event, the ideal exit strategy would be between $43 and $43.50 on the rest of the position.

If the stock closes under $46 first without offering an entry, this trade setup is no longer valid. Shares of Regal-Beloit closed at $46.08 Monday.

Updates on Previous Picks

Alliance Resource Partners ( ARLP - Get Report) did not set up last week. The ideal entry strategy for short exposure would be to see an entry at $35.75 with a stop at $37.75. This offers $2 in risk. The first profit target would be placed at $33.75, and a final profit target will be determined if the current support at $33.50 fails to hold on a closing basis.

If the stock price should move under $33.50 without first offering an entry, this trade setup is no longer valid. Shares closed at $35.16 Monday.

Headwaters ( HW) is being taken off the Watch List. Although this trade setup never triggered, the price action has not behaved as needed for it to remain a viable short candidate.

Intermec ( IN) set up with an entry at $24.36, and the stop remains at $26.25, which offers about $2 in risk. The first profit target would be $22.25, where half of the position could be closed to serve the 1-to-1 reward/risk ratio. The final profit target would be based on the February 2004 low at $19.50. (Note: The company, which was originally scheduled to release earnings Feb. 8, has delayed its report.) Shares closed at $24.52 Monday.

PetMed Express ( PETS - Get Report) set up last week with an entry at $12.80. The stop at $14.25 offers $1.45 in risk. The first profit target would be placed at $11.35 to satisfy the 1-to-1 reward/risk ratio. Partial or full profits could be taken there. If partial profits are taken, the stop can be lowered to $13, and the final profit target would be the September lows of $9.50. Shares closed at $12.96 Monday.

At the time of publication, Schumacher held no positions in the stocks mentioned, although holdings can change at any time.

Chris Schumacher is a financial trader, speaker, writer, co-author of Techniques of Tape Reading and and contributor to TheStreet.com Short Advisor. He has delivered seminars throughout the U.S. and is a featured speaker at trading expos. He is a graduate of Ohio State University and has served as a guest lecturer at Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business as well as the Center for Entrepreneurship. While Schumacher cannot offer specific investment or trading advice, he appreciates your feedback; click here to send him an email.