While many breakouts are harder to detect and catch at the right time, others are relatively clean. A clean breakout is defined as one that has a clear cut pivot point, and once the stock breaks out it does not pull back to its breakout area. While these setups typically take longer to develop, they are every investors dream.
In this example, Grace W R (GRA), a manufacturer of specialty construction chemicals, broke out of a 7.5 month base in October of 2010. The stock never pulled back to its original buypoint (pullbacks gives all CANSLIM traders chills of being knocked out early), and over the first 8 weeks climbed up to hit the 20% return mark. The stock has since peaked at over 50% from its original breakout.
Before analyzing the stock chart below, make sure to take note of these key points:
- GRA made very clear its resistance, $30.20 - $30.30 early on in its base which allowed investors to easily identify the proper buypoint of $30.40.
- Volume surged well above its average on its breakout day, marking a heavy accumulation session.
- The stock never returned to its pivot point after breaking out even though there was a pull back.
- In orange, the left side of the base is clearly identified. This also lead the stock to form its bottom.
Further stock chart examples and lessons below.
- Example 25: Grace W R (GRA) <–- Currently Viewing
- Example 24: A Closer Look at SINA’s 2010 Breakout and 200%+ Run
- Example 23: Spot this Setup for 100%+ Returns
- Example 22: How to Spot Bull Flags that Return Huge Profits
- Example 21: How Akami’s (AKAM) Stock Chart Foretold its Earnings Miss
- Example 20: 6 Lessons / Reminders From My 23% Profit in EZCH