Picking a winning trade on a consistent basis is not simply a stroke of luck. It’s the result of calculated screening, planning, and deliberation.

With this in mind, we have started a new weekly series on our top 10 stocks to watch this week — stocks that look poised for a possible breakout in the coming days. Traders should add these stocks to their watchlist now.

The Top 10 Stocks to Watch This Week for Possible Breakouts

Sl # Name of the Stock Stock Ticker Last Close Buy Level(s) Reason
1 Customers Bancorp, Inc. NYSE: CUBI $43.50 $44.00 Flag Pattern Breakout
2 Duck Creek Technologies, Inc. NASDAQ: DCT $45.87 $46.50 Ascending Triangle Pattern
3 Viasat, Inc. NASDAQ: VSAT $52.25 $56.30 Consolidation Area
4 Mechanical Technology, Incorporated NASDAQ: MKTY $9.95 $12.00 Falling Wedge Pattern Breakout
5 Akoustis Technologies, Inc. NASDAQ: AKTS $9.99 $12.00 Downtrend Channel Breakout
6 The Cato Corporation NYSE: CATO $18.10 $18.20 Ascending Triangle Pattern
7 Hut 8 Mining Corp. NASDAQ: HUT $7.74 $8.20 Symmetrical Triangle Pattern
8 The Manitowoc Company, Inc. NYSE: MTW $25.37 $27.50 Flag Pattern
9 Sana Biotechnology, Inc. NASDAQ: SANA $24.24 $26.40 Double Bottom Pattern
10 Helmerich & Payne, Inc. NYSE: HP $27.80 $28.30 Downtrend Channel Breakout

Important: Typically, these trades offer a risk: reward ratio of 1:2 or 1:3 in the next 6 months, which implies 2x to 3x rewards when compared to risks. So, be sure to set your stop-loss levels and target prices accordingly to manage your risk. In addition, these trade ideas are triggered using daily closing prices, not intra-day pricing. So, if you participate in these trades, make sure that you only buy the stock once its daily close is above the recommended price level.

That said, here are the top 10 stocks to watch for a breakout, in no particular order.

#1 Customers Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE: CUBI)

Sector: Financial | Banks – Regional

Reason: Breakout From a Flag Pattern

A flag pattern is a short-term continuation pattern that marks a small consolidation before the previous move resumes. The pattern is formed when the market consolidates in a narrow range after a sharp move. For a stock in an uptrend, a breakout from this pattern is typically a strong bullish indication.

Buy Level(s): Although the stock has currently broken out of the flag pattern, the ideal buy level for CUBI is above the near-term resistance level of $44.00. This is marked in the chart below as a green color dotted line.

Daily chart – CUBI

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CUBI – Flag Pattern Breakout

#2 Duck Creek Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: DCT)

Sector: Technology | Software – Application

Reason: Formation of an Ascending Triangle Pattern

An ascending triangle pattern is a bullish pattern formed by drawing a horizontal line along the swing highs, and a rising trendline along the swing lows. These two lines result in the formation of a triangle. A breakout from this pattern is typically a strong bullish indication.

Buy Level(s): The ideal buy level for DCT is if the stock has a daily close above the breakout level of the ascending triangle pattern, at around $46.50. This is marked in the chart below as a green color dotted line.

Daily chart – DCT

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DCT – Ascending Triangle Pattern

#3 Viasat, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT)

Sector: Technology | Communication Equipment

Reason: Formation of a Consolidation Area in the Daily Chart

A Consolidation Area is a price action contained between two parallel lines. It is formed by a lower line that connects the lows, and an upper line that joins the highs. A stock usually trades between the two lines of the consolidation area before finally breaking out from the upper rail.

Buy Level(s): The ideal buy level for VSAT is if the stock has a daily close above the breakout level of the consolidation area, at around $56.30. This is marked in the chart below as a green color dotted line.

Daily chart – VSAT

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VSAT – Consolidation Area

#4 Mechanical Technology, Incorporated (NASDAQ: MKTY)

Sector: Technology | Scientific & Technical Instruments

Reason: Falling Wedge Pattern Breakout

A falling wedge pattern is formed by joining two downward-sloping, converging trendlines having a contracting range. The pattern appears to be wide at the top and continues to contract as prices fall. A breakout from a falling wedge pattern can indicate either reversal or continuation depending on where the pattern appeared in the trend.

A stock that has broken out of a falling wedge pattern would have gained momentum and would have the potential to move higher.

Buy Level(s): The stock has currently broken out of a falling wedge pattern. However, the ideal buy level for MKTY is above the nearest resistance level of $12.00. This is marked in the chart below as a green color dotted line.

Daily chart – MKTY

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MKTY – Falling Wedge Pattern Breakout

#5 Akoustis Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKTS)

Sector: Technology | Communication Equipment

Reason: Downtrend Channel Breakout

A downtrend or descending channel is the price action contained between downward sloping parallel lines. It is formed by two lines that are drawn by connecting the lower highs and lower lows of a stock’s price. Even though this is typically a bearish pattern, a breakout from the upper rail of this pattern is considered a good bullish indication.

Buy Level(s): The daily chart shows that the stock has currently broken out of a downtrend channel. However, there is a near-term resistance level for the stock. Hence, the ideal buy level for AKTS is if the stock has a daily close above $12.00. This is marked in the chart below as a green color dotted line.

Daily chart – AKTS

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AKTS – Downtrend Channel Breakout

#6 The Cato Corporation (NYSE: CATO)

Sector: Consumer Cyclical | Apparel Retail

Reason: Formation of an Ascending Triangle Pattern

An ascending triangle pattern is a bullish pattern formed by drawing a horizontal line along the swing highs, and a rising trendline along the swing lows. These two lines result in the formation of a triangle. A breakout from this pattern is typically a strong bullish indication.

Buy Level(s): The ideal buy level for CATO is if the stock has a daily close above the breakout level of the ascending triangle pattern, at around $18.20. This is marked in the chart below as a green color dotted line.

Daily chart – CATO

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CATO – Ascending Triangle Pattern

#7 Hut 8 Mining Corp. (NASDAQ: HUT)

Sector: Financial | Capital Markets

Reason: Formation of a Symmetrical Triangle Pattern

A symmetrical triangle is a chart pattern formed by two converging trend lines connecting a series of sequential peaks and troughs. These two lines result in the formation of a triangle that appears to be symmetrical.

A symmetrical triangle pattern is usually formed when there is an indecision in the price movements and there is uncertainty among the buyers and sellers. This chart pattern represents a period of consolidation before the price breaks out or breaks down. In case a breakout occurs from the upper trend line, it is a strong bullish indication as it signifies the start of a new bullish trend.

Buy Level(s): The ideal buy level for HUT is if the stock has a daily close above the breakout level of the symmetrical triangle pattern, at around $8.20. This is marked in the chart below as a green color dotted line.

Daily chart – HUT

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HUT – Symmetrical Triangle Pattern

#8 The Manitowoc Company, Inc. (NYSE: MTW)

Sector: Industrials | Farm & Heavy Construction Machinery

Reason: Formation of a Flag Pattern

A flag pattern is a short-term continuation pattern that marks a small consolidation before the previous move resumes. The pattern is formed when the market consolidates in a narrow range after a sharp move. For a stock in an uptrend, a breakout from this pattern is typically a strong bullish indication.

Buy Level(s): The ideal buy level for MTW is if the stock has a daily close above the breakout level of the flag pattern, at around $27.50. This is marked in the chart below as a green color dotted line.

Daily chart – MTW

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MTW – Flag Pattern

#9 Sana Biotechnology, Inc. (NASDAQ: SANA)

Sector: Healthcare | Biotechnology

Reason: Formation of a Double Bottom Pattern

A Double Bottom Pattern looks like the letter W and is characterized by two well-defined lows at approximately the same price level. This twice-touched low is usually a very strong support level. The high point between the two bottoms’ resistance level is called the neckline. Once a breakout happens from this key price level (neckline), it signifies the start of a bullish move.

Buy Level(s): The ideal buy level for SANA is if the stock has a daily close above the breakout level of the double bottom pattern, at around $26.40. This is marked in the chart below as a green color dotted line.

Daily chart – SANA

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SANA – Double Bottom Pattern

#10 Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE: HP)

Sector: Energy | Oil & Gas Drilling

Reason: Downtrend Channel Breakout

A downtrend or descending channel is the price action contained between downward sloping parallel lines. It is formed by two lines that are drawn by connecting the lower highs and lower lows of a stock’s price. Even though this is typically a bearish pattern, a breakout from the upper rail of this pattern is considered a good bullish indication.

Buy Level(s): The daily chart shows that the stock has currently broken out of a downtrend channel. However, there is a near-term resistance level for the stock. Hence, the ideal buy level for HP is if the stock has a daily close above $28.30. This is marked in the chart below as a green color dotted line.

Daily chart – HP

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HP – Downtrend Channel Pattern Breakout

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