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 it's free to find new buyers and momentum players who can ultimately push the stock significantly higher.
One example of a successful breakout trade I flagged recently was specialty retailer Coldwater Creek (CWTR), which I featured in Jan. 24's "5 Stocks Ready to Break Out" 74 cents per share. I mentioned in that piece that shares of CWTR recently formed a double-bottom chart pattern at 66 cents to 67 cents per share. The stock was starting to bounce off those support levels and it was showing relative strength on a big down day. That bounce was starting to push shares of CWTR within range of triggering a big breakout trade above some near-term overhead resistance levels at 82 to 84 cents per share.
Guess what happened? Shares of CWTR didn't wait long to trigger that breakout, since the stock took out those key overhead resistance levels on Jan. 27 with strong upside volume flows. This stock broke out and continued to soar higher with shares of CWTR tagging an intraday high on Jan. 29 of 97 cents per share. That represents a gain of right around 30% from the 74-cent level for anyone who bought the stock in anticipation of that breakout. CWTR has now pulled back to right above its 50-day moving average of 82 cents per share, which could offer another good entry point if that level holds.
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. What's great about breakout trading is that you focus on trend, price and volume. You don't 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, here's a look at five stocks that are setting up to break out and trade higher from current levels.