BALTIMORE (Stockpickr) -- Put down the 10-K filings and the stock screeners. It's time to take a break from the traditional methods of generating investment ideas. Instead, let the crowd do it for you.
From hedge funds to individual investors, scores of market participants are turning to social media to figure out which stocks are worth watching. It's a concept that's known as "crowdsourcing," and it uses the masses to identify emerging trends in the market.
Crowdsourcing has long been a popular tool for the advertising industry, but it also makes a lot of sense as an investment tool. After all, the market is completely driven by the supply and demand, so it can be valuable to see what names are trending among the crowd.
While some fund managers are already trying to leverage social media resources like Twitter to find algorithmic trading opportunities, for most investors, crowdsourcing works best as a starting point for investors who want a starting point in their analysis.
Today, we'll leverage the power of the crowd to take a look at some of the most active stocks on the market.
Nearest Resistance: N/A
Nearest Support: $600
Catalyst: Technical Setup
Streaming video platform Netflix (NFLX - Get Report) saw a 2.2% pop on Wednesday, the latest in a series of upside moves that have propelled this $37 billion stock more than 84% so far this year. This week's move higher in NFLX has been technical, and the fact that shares are making fresh new highs bodes well for anyone who still owns it…
Making new highs is significant from an investor psychology standpoint because it means that everyone who has bought shares in the last year is sitting on gains. As a result, the "back to even" mentality is less of a concern than it would be for a name with a higher proportion of shareholders sitting on losses. For traders who want to ride the bullish momentum, there's still time to build a position in NFLX now – just keep a stop on the other side of round-number support at $600.
Nearest Resistance: $48
Nearest Support: $46.50
Catalyst: Tech Sector Sympathy Move
Technology giant Microsoft (MSFT - Get Report) saw a big-volume 2% move of its own on Wednesday, the result of bullish sentiment in the rest of the technology sector. Thanks to acquisition news and a buoyant broad market, tech stocks jumped 1.7% on average yesterday; it shouldn't come as a surprise that $379 billion Microsoft was one of the big beneficiaries of that upside. In market parlance, that made MSFT a "sympathy move" yesterday.
Shares of MSFT have been forming a symmetrical triangle in May, a technical price pattern that looks bullish right now. A buy signal comes on a move above $48, a price level that's within grabbing distance this morning.
Nearest Resistance: $7.25
Nearest Support: $6.50
Catalyst: Technical Setup
Finally, Avon Products (AVP - Get Report) tested major support down at $6.50 yesterday, adding onto a sideways churn that started after a hoax buyout bid earlier this month. Support at $6.50 is holding for now, but volatility is creeping back into shares, and that's not a particularly good thing. With shares pointing down and to the right in the long-term, AVP looks like a stock that's best avoided – at least from a technical standpoint.