Nearest Support: $6.75
Catalyst: Earnings, Outlook >>5 Stocks Insiders Love Right Now Statistically speaking, materials stocks have been the biggest price winners on the heels of earnings surprise this quarter, and Alpha Natural Resources ( ANR) is providing the perfect case in point today. Alpha reported a 61-cent per share loss for the third quarter, less than the 77 cents in the red that Wall Street expected. Better, the firm expects to see better numbers in the coming year thanks to lower coal production costs. Even though ANR has been hammered lower for most of 2013, the downtrend in shares broke back in the middle of October, pointing to a reprieve for shareholders. Resistance at $7.50 could still be a stumbling block in the near-term, though; risk averse investors should wait to see if ANR can catch a bid above $7.50 before buying.
Nearest Support: $13
Catalyst: Guidance >>Hack Earnings Season With These Serial Surprisers Communications specialist JDS Uniphase ( JDSU) is getting hammered down 9% this afternoon after posting its fiscal first-quarter earnings after the bell yesterday. It's not that earnings were bad for JDSU -- the firm actually beat expectations for the period, and swung to a profit -- but guidance doesn't look pretty. Shareholders are unloading this stock on worries over weaker revenues than expected for the year ahead. Intraday, JDSU looks likely to hit the brakes by support at $13, but that doesn't mean that the longer-term selling is over. Shares have been in an uptrend (if a wobbly one) since the summer, and $13 is make-or-break mode for those higher lows. If support gets violated, look out below. Barrick Gold Nearest Resistance: $21
Nearest Support: $17
Catalyst: Earnings >>4 Stocks Triggering Big Breakout Trades Gold mining giant Barrick Gold ( ABX) is down close to 4% this afternoon following the firm's third quarter earnings call this morning. I've said before that I think lower prices are in store for gold -- and even more so for gold miners like Barrick. High gold production costs and falling gold prices have hampered profitability at ABX in the last quarter, and investors are selling shares after the 43% haircut they've taken in 2013. From a technical standpoint, Barrick's chart still looks broken. Resistance at $21 has swatted back buying pressure on four attempts since April, and while today's selling isn't abnormally large, it's just more distribution on the way down. To see these stocks in action, check out the at Most-Active Stocks portfolio on Stockpickr. -- Written by Jonas Elmerraji in Baltimore.
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