Stock Quotes in this Article: DATA, DISH, GOL, SONS, FENG

 DELAFIELD, Wis. (Stockpickr) -- Trading stocks that trigger major breakouts can lead to massive profits. Once a stock trends to a new high, or takes out a prior overhead resistance point, then it's free to find new buyers and momentum players that can ultimately push the stock significantly higher.

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One example of a successful breakout trade I flagged recently was electronic control devices maker Taser International (TASR), which I featured in Aug. 15's "5 Stocks Under $10 Set to Soar" at around $9.75 a share. I mentioned in that piece that shares of TASR had just broken back above its 50-day moving average with strong upside volume. This stock had also just started to move above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $9.05 to $9.30 with strong volume. That action was quickly pushing shares of TASR within range of breaking out above some key overhead resistance levels at $9.80 to its 52-week high at $9.87 a share.

Guess what happened? Shares of TASR didn't wait long to trigger that move since the stock entered new 52-week-high territory the following trading session. This stock has done nothing but continue to uptrend higher since entering breakout territory, with shares tagging a recent high of $12.17 a share. That represents a quick gain of 25% in just a few weeks for anyone who bought the breakout on TASR. I still believe this stock has tremendous upside going forward, but shares could be due for a breather after that big run in August.

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Breakout candidates are something that I tweet about on a daily basis. I frequently tweet out high-probability setups, breakout plays and stocks that are acting technically bullish. These are the stocks that often go on to make monster moves to the upside. What's great about breakout trading is that you focus on trend, price and volume. You don't have to concern yourself with anything else. The charts do all the talking.

Trading breakouts is not a new game on Wall Street. This strategy has been mastered by legendary traders such as William O'Neal, Stan Weinstein and Nicolas Darvas. These pros know that once a stock starts to break out above past resistance levels, and hold above those breakout prices, then it can easily trend significantly higher.

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With that in mind, here's a look at five stocks that are setting up to break out and trade higher from current levels.

Sonus Networks

One networking player that's starting to move within range of triggering a big breakout trade is Sonus Networks (SONS), which provides networked solutions for communications service providers and enterprises in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. This stock has been red hot so far in 2013, with shares up 104%.

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If you take a look at the chart for Sonus Networks, you'll notice that this stock has been trending sideways for the past month, with shares moving between $3.25 on the downside and $3.72 on the upside. Shares of SONS have been finding support over the last month each time the stock has pulled back to its 50-day moving average. This stock is now starting to trend a bit higher and move within range of triggering a breakout trade above the upper-end of its sideways consolidating chart pattern.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in SONS if it manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance at $3.56 to $3.59 a share and then once it takes out its 52-week high at $3.72 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 2.50 million shares. If that breakout hits soon, then SONS will set up to enter new 52-week high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $5 to $5.50 a share.

Traders can look to buy SONS off any weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below some key near-term support levels at $3.33 to $3.25 a share, or right below more support at $3.10 a share. One could also buy SONS off strength once it takes out those breakout levels with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point.

Tableau Software

Another enterprise software player that looks ready to trigger a major breakout trade is Tableau Software (DATA), which provides software products helping people see and understand data. This stock has been under the control of the bulls so far in 2013, with shares up 43% so far.

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If you take a look at the chart for Tableau Software, you'll notice that this stock has been uptrending strong for the last month and change, with shares ripping higher from its low of $51.99 to its recent high of $74.97 a share. During that uptrend, shares of DATA have been mostly making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. Shares of DATA have started to break out today above some near-term resistance at $69.89 a share. This stock is now quickly moving within range of triggering another major breakout trade above its all-time high at $74.97 a share.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in DATA if it manages to break out above its all-time high at $74.97 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above that level with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action 239,908 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then DAA will set up to enter new all-time-high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are $80 to $90 a share.

Traders can look to buy DATA off any weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below some near-term support levels at $67.50 or $65 a share. One could also buy DATA off strength once it takes out its 52-week high at $74.97 a share with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point.

Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes

One airline player that's starting to trend within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade is Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes (GOL), through its subsidiaries, engages in the air transportation of passengers, cargo, and mailbags in Latin America. This stock has been hammered by the bears so far in 2013, with shares off by 42%.

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If you look at the chart for Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes, you'll notice that this stock has been uptrending strong for the last two months, with shares moving higher from its low of $2.74 to its recent high of $3.83 a share. During that uptrend, shares of GOL have been mostly making higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. Shares of GOL just recently formed a double bottom above its 50-day moving average at $3.57 to $3.55 a share. Shares of GOL are now starting to spike higher above those support levels and move within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in GOL if it manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $3.83 to $4.14 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 2.19 million shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then GOL will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance level at its 200-day moving average of $5.30 a share to $6 a share.

Traders can look to buy GOL off any weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below its 50-day moving average of $3.46 a share. One can also buy GOL off strength once it takes out those breakout levels with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point.

Dish Network

Another cable service provider that's starting to push within range of triggering a big breakout trade is Dish Network (DISH), which provides a direct broadcast satellite subscription television service in the U.S. This stock is off to a hot start in 2013, with shares up sharply by 30%.

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If you look at the chart for DISH Network, you'll notice that this stock has been trending sideways for the last two months, with shares moving between $41 on the downside and $46.89 on the upside. Shares of DISH are now starting to spike higher right off its 50-day moving average of $43.91 a share. That move is quickly pushing shares of DISH within range of triggering a breakout trade above the upper-end of its sideways trading chart pattern.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in DISH if it manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $46 to its 52-week high at $46.89 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 2.61 million shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then DISH will set up to enter new 52-week high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that move are $50 to $60 a share, or even $65 a share.

Traders can look to buy DISH off any weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below its 50-day at $43.91 a share, or below some more key near-term support at $42.85 a share. One can also buy DISH off strength once it takes out that breakout level with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point.

Phoenix New Media

My final breakout trading prospect is broadcasting player Phoenix New Media (FENG), a new media company providing premium content on an integrated platform across Internet, mobile and TV channels in China. This stock has been on fire so far in 2013, with shares up big by 145%.

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If you look at the chart for Phoenix New Media, you'll notice that this just recently made a huge run from $6 a share to $9.75 a share with heavy upside volume. Shares of FENG have now started to trend sideways and consolidate after these gains, with the stock moving between $8.52 to $7.50 on the downside and $9.28 to $9.75 on the upside. A high-volume move above the upper-end of its recent range could trigger a big breakout trade for shares of FENG.

Traders should now look for long-biased trades in FENG if it manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance at $9.28 a share and then once it clears its 52-week high at $9.75 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 316,975 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then FENG will set up to enter new 52-week high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that breakout are its next major overhead resistance levels at $10.75 to $13 a share.

Traders can look to buy FENG off any weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below some key near-term support at $8.52 a share, or below more support at $7.50 a share. One could also buy FENG off strength once it clears those breakout levels with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a conformable percentage from your entry point.

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-- Written by Roberto Pedone in Delafield, Wis.

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At the time of publication, author had no positions in stocks mentioned.

Roberto Pedone, based out of Delafield, Wis., is an independent trader who focuses on technical analysis for small- and large-cap stocks, options, futures, commodities and currencies. Roberto studied international business at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and he spent a year overseas studying business in Lubeck, Germany. His work has appeared on financial outlets including CNBC.com and Forbes.com. You can follow Pedone on Twitter at www.twitter.com/zerosum24 or @zerosum24.