BALTIMORE (Stockpickr) -- Did you notice the subtle shift in stocks at the beginning of the summer? It was easy to miss, but grabbing hold of the new leadership in the market could help boost your gains in September. And it all comes back to the financial sector.
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Financials started the year on shaky ground, but that suddenly changed at the start of June. Since the calendar June, financials have outperformed the rest of the S&P 500 by double, handing investors 6% gains on average. And from a relative strength standpoint, the financial sector is on a trajectory to continue that outperformance into the final quarter of 2014.
To make the most of that big stock shift, it still pays to be selective. That's why we're taking a closer technical look at five financial stocks to trade for gains in September -- four to buy and one to sell.
For the unfamiliar, technical analysis is a way for investors to quantify qualitative factors, such as investor psychology, based on a stock's price action and trends. Once the domain of cloistered trading teams on Wall Street, technicals can help top traders make consistently profitable trades and can aid fundamental investors in better planning their stock execution.
Without further ado, let's take a look at five technical setups worth trading now.
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