BALTIMORE (Stockpickr) -- Janet Yellen's Fed is kicking the can down the road.
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The Federal Open Market Committee gave investors a pleasant surprise on Wednesday by keeping the "considerable time" wording in their rate hike comments. Put simply, rates aren't going up any time soon. And given the context of the last few weeks, that's not hugely surprising.
After all, oil prices are in crash mode, stocks are correcting the fastest we've seen in more than two years, and Russia's economy is collapsing before our eyes. With the Fed's go-to inflation gauge plummeting to the lowest we've seen since 2010, our central bankers are a lot closer to a more aggressive move than they're letting on.
And if they pull the trigger on a more serious stopgap against deflation, stocks stand to benefit in 2015. To take full advantage of that, we're turning to the charts for a closer technical look at five big stocks to trade for gains.
First, a little on the technical toolbox we're using here. 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 big stocks to trade this week.
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