BALTIMORE (Stockpickr) -- Three more days -- that's how much time stands in between this morning's open and the final trading session of 2013.
It would take a pretty active three days to derail what's been a spectacular year for stock investors. Since the calendar flipped over to January, the S&P 500 has rallied more than 29%, climbing to new all-time highs in spite of a real lack of participation in among retail investors. And if yesterday's trading is any indication, a Santa Claus rally looks likely to tack on some extra gains before the first trade of 2014.
That's why we're taking a closer technical look at five year-end trades to take this week.
If you're new to technical analysis, here's the executive summary.
Technicals are a study of the market itself. Since the market is ultimately the only mechanism that determines a stock's price, technical analysis is a valuable tool even in the roughest of trading conditions. Technical charts are used every day by proprietary trading floors, Wall Street's biggest financial firms, and individual investors to get an edge on the market. And research shows that skilled technical traders can bank gains as much as 90% of the time.
Every week, I take an in-depth look at big names that are telling important technical stories. Here's this week's look at five high-volume stocks to trade this week.