Whirlpool

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1-Month Relative Strength: 35.72%

Nearest Resistance: $77.50

Nearest Support: $72.50

That brings us over to Whirlpool ( WHR), a stock whose fate just happens to be intertwined with that of Sears. Around 20% of Whirlpool's sales come from Sears' stores, so it's no big surprise that WHR dropped like a rock when Sears posted news about store closings -- or that it rallied back with the firm following its turnaround announcement.

Like Sears, Whirlpool is consolidating just under resistance right now, in this case at the $77.50 level. The trading implications are effectively the same in both stocks right now; traders should consider a push above $77.50 resistance a buy signal.

Whirlpool, another of the top S&P 500 gainers of the year so far, was one of 19 S&P 500 Laggards That Could Be Leaders in 2012.

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