Nearest Support: $23.50
Catalyst: Acquisition Announcement >>5 Stocks Insiders Love Right Now NV Energy ( NVE) gapped up hard this morning after news came out that Berkshire Hathaway's ( BRK.B) MidAmerican Energy unit was buying the utility for $5.6 billion -- a deal that works out to $23.75 for NVE shareholders. The news sent NVE up 22% to $22.59 as I write, leaving a tiny risk premium in place. The news broke the downtrend that NVE had fallen into after breaking down through the uptrending channel that had been propelling shares higher for most of 2013. Barring the surprise acquisition, NVE would likely have kept selling off -- but with almost all of the deal value priced into shares, there isn't a trade to be made on this setup for late-to-the-game investors at this point.
Nearest Support: $24
Catalyst: Dividend Initiation and Buyback Hike >>3 Tech Stocks Under $10 to Watch Another name that's rallying today -- albeit less violently -- is EMC ( EMC). EMC is up more than 5% in this afternoon's early trading after the firm announced that it was initiating a 10-cent quarterly dividend and buying an extra $5 billion worth of its own shares. The dividend gives EMC a currently yield of 1.7%. From a technical standpoint, EMC has had a rough year. While today's solid move higher is helping, it hasn't broken the technical downtrend that's been pressing shares lower for all of 2013. Investors should watch out for overhead resistance at $25.50. Barrick Gold Nearest Resistance: $21.20
Nearest Support: $19
Catalyst: Miner Rally Gold miners are rallying hard on gold's bounce today, and $21 billion mining firm Barrick Gold ( ABX) is leading the pack in terms of trading volume this afternoon. Barrick is one of the largest gold producers in the world, with more than 140 million ounces of the yellow metal in its proven reserves, so it's no huge surprise that it's become the go-to way to get exposure to gold miners. Barrick looks stellar from a technical standpoint. While the stock bottomed out in late April, it's been forming a bullish ascending triangle bottom more recently, and shares are testing resistance at $21.20 today. If ABX can hold above $21.20 tomorrow, I'd call that a buy signal. To see these stocks in action, check out the at Most-Active Stocks portfolio on Stockpickr. -- Written by Jonas Elmerraji in Baltimore. RELATED LINKS: >>5 Defensive Stocks to Protect Your Portfolio Gains
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