NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- When traveling during a summer road trip, vacationers usually plan a destination that requires driving on the Interstate Highway System, and some companies' stocks might benefit.

For breakfast on the road most major exits have a McDonald's (MCD - Get Report). Looking to fill up the gas tank, Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A - Get Report) appears to have the most locations, particularly along I-95 or I-75.

A popular eatery along the Interstate is country restaurant, Cracker Barrel (CBRL - Get Report), which almost always has a crowded parking lot. A popular dinner location that is only available at major Interstate exits is Olive Garden, a restaurant owned by Darden Restaurants (DRI - Get Report).

Travelers who plan ahead should make reservations at one of the hotel chains owned by Marriott International (MAR - Get Report) such as Courtyard by Marriott. A Courtyard has comfortable rooms, high-speed Internet service and a restaurant for breakfast or evening meals.

McDonald's has totally rebuilt many of its locations over the past two years and has simplified its menus. A recent survey of consumers who eat breakfast at any hour of the day chose McDonald's as the top choice.

The fast-food chain will benefit when some breakfast items become day-long selections on the Golden Arches menu.

Travelers can plan ahead and prepay for their gas purchased using Shell gift cards. Check local grocery stores several weeks before traveling as some are offering a $50 gift card for $40 for each $50 spent on groceries.

For dining and overnight stays become a Marriott Rewards member, and a Visa card under this program will yield points for purchases. Accumulating points will result in free overnight stays at a Courtyard.

Here is the weekly chart for Cracker Barrel:


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Cracker Barrel closed at $146.47 on Thursday, up 6% year to date and 18.3% above its Feb. 9 low of $119.61. The stock is below its 50-day simple moving average of $149.37 and above its 200-day SMA of $138.63.

A "golden cross" was confirmed on Oct. 1.

Cracker Barrel will have a negative weekly chart if the stock closes below its key weekly moving average of $148.77 on Friday. Its weekly momentum reading is projected to decline to 70.16 this week from 74.06 last Friday.

The downside risk is to the 200-week SMA of $91.93 last tested during the week of Sept. 23, 2011, when the average was $36.66.

Investors looking to buy Cracker Barrel should place a good 'til canceled limit order to purchase the stock if it drops to $125.29, which is a key level on technical charts until the end of the year.

Investors looking to reduce holdings should place a good 'til canceled limit order to sell the stock if it rises to $152.42, which is a key level on technical charts until the end of the year.

Here is the weekly chart for Darden Restaurant:


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Darden Restaurant closed at $71.61 on Thursday, up 22.1% year to date and 19.3% above its Jan. 6 low of $57.79. The stock is above its 50-day and 200-day SMAs of $71.55 and $64.30, respectively.

A "golden cross" was confirmed on Oct. 23.

Darden Restaurant will have a negative weekly chart if the stock ends the week on Friday below its key weekly moving average of $71.45 as its weekly momentum reading is projected to decline to 76.46 this week from 80.07 last Friday, falling below the overbought threshold of 80.

Investors looking to buy Darden should place a good 'til canceled limit order to purchase the stock if it drops to $64.92, which is a key level on technical charts until the end of next month.

Investors looking to reduce holdings should place a good 'til canceled limit order to sell the stock if it rises to $76.62, which is a key level on technical charts until the end of this month.

Here is the weekly chart for Marriott International:


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Marriott International closed at $70 on Thursday, down 10.3% year to date and 17.6% below its all-time intraday high of $85 set on March 20. The stock is below its 50-day and 200-day SMAs of $74.82 and $78, respectively.

A "death cross" was confirmed on July 24.

Marriott International has a negative but oversold weekly chart, with the stock below its key weekly moving average of $73.47 and its weekly momentum reading projected to decline to 13.09 this week from 14.70 last Friday.

Investors looking to buy Marriott International should place a good 'til canceled limit order to purchase the stock if it drops to $59.81, which is a key level on technical charts until the end of the year.

Investors looking to reduce holdings should place a good 'til canceled limit order to sell the stock if it rises to $74.61, which is a key level on technical charts until the end of the year.

Here is the weekly chart for McDonald's:


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McDonald's closed at $99.76 on Thursday, up 6.5% year to date and 12.2% above its Dec. 16 low of $87.62. The stock is above its 50-day and 200-day SMAs of $97.55 and $95.96, respectively.

A "golden cross" was confirmed on March 27.

McDonald's has a positive weekly chart, with the stock above its key weekly moving average of $98.35 and its 200-week SMA of $95.63. The weekly momentum reading projected to rise 62.95 this week from 58.36 Aug. 14.

Investors looking to buy McDonald's should place a good 'til canceled limit order to purchase the stock if it drops to $96.47 and $93.91, which are key levels on technical charts until the end of this and next months, respectively.

Investors looking to reduce holdings should place a good 'til canceled limit order to sell the stock if it rises to $106.28, which is a key level on technical charts until the end of the year.

Here is the weekly chart for Royal Dutch Shell:


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Royal Dutch Shell closed at $54.19 on Thursday, down 19.1% year to date and 35% below its all-time intraday high of $83.42 set on July 2, 2014. The stock is below its 50-day and 200-day SMAs of $57.12 and $62.30, respectively.

A "death cross" was confirmed on Oct. 23. The stock is above its 200-day SMA of $229.56.

Royal Dutch Shell has a neutral weekly chart, with the stock below its key weekly moving average of $56.82. The weekly momentum reading is projected to rise to 30.51 from 29.44 last Friday.

Investors looking to buy Royal Dutch Shell should place a good 'til canceled limit order to purchase the stock if it drops to $52.09, which is a key level on technical charts until the end of this month.

Investors looking to reduce holdings should place a good 'til canceled limit order to sell the stock if it rises to $63.95 and $65.04, which are key levels on technical charts until the end of the year.

 

 

This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held no positions in the stocks mentioned.