BALTIMORE (Stockpickr) -- Half-way through January's trading, the S&P 500 has given traders a big goose-egg, a stark contrast to the breakneck rally that steered shares higher a year ago.
By this time in 2013, the S&P 500 had already rallied close to 5%.
But even though the broad market isn't budging in 2014, big individual issues certainly are. And that under-the-radar volatility is creating trading opportunities in some of Wall Street's highest-volume names. So today, we're turning to the charts to take a closer look at the technical trading setups in five of them.
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.