DELAFIELD, Wis. (Stockpickr) -- Trading stocks that trigger major breakouts can lead to massive profits. Once a stock trends to a new high, or takes out a prior overhead resistance point, then its free to find new buyers and momentum players that can ultimately push the stock significantly higher.
One example of a successful breakout trade I flagged recently was trucking player YRC Worldwide (YRCW), which I featured in Dec. 12s 5 Stocks Under $10 Set to Soar at $9.71 share. I mentioned in that piece that shares of YRCW had recently formed a triple bottom chart pattern at $7.06, $7.20 and $7.44 a share. Following that bottom, shares of YRCW were starting to reverse its downtrend and enter a new uptrend, since the stock was moving higher from its low of $7.06 to its recent high of $10.50 a share. That move was quickly pushing shares of YRCW within range of triggering a major breakout trade above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $10.63 to $10.87 a share.
Guess what happened? Shares of YRCW triggered that breakout the following trading session with monster upside volume. This stock has continued to uptrend and soar higher since taking out those key resistance levels with bullish upside volume flows. Shares of YRCW tagged a recent high on Dec. 23 of $20.58 a share. That represents a massive gain of over 100% in just a few weeks for anyone who bought this breakout. As you can see, trading breakouts that trigger with strong volume can produce monster profits in very short timeframes.
Breakout candidates are something that I tweet about on a daily basis. I frequently tweet out high-probability setups, breakout plays and stocks that are acting technically bullish. These are the stocks that often go on to make monster moves to the upside. Whats great about breakout trading is that you focus on trend, price and volume. You dont have to concern yourself with anything else. The charts do all the talking.
Trading breakouts is not a new game on Wall Street. This strategy has been mastered by legendary traders such as William O'Neal, Stan Weinstein and Nicolas Darvas. These pros know that once a stock starts to break out above past resistance levels, and hold above those breakout prices, then it can easily trend significantly higher.
With that in mind, heres a look at four stocks that are setting up to break out and trade higher from current levels.