Stock Quotes in this Article: AAPL, BUD, CYBI, LF, LMT, MSFT, PEET, VVUS

BALTIMORE (Stockpickr) -- At Stockpickr, we track daily portfolios of stocks that are hitting new 52-week highs and 52-week lows.

When you see a stock that’s hitting new 52-week highs, it often means that the uptrend is very strong and the buyers are in full control (and the opposite for stocks setting new 52-week lows). Momentum traders often look at the 52-week high lists to find new trading ideas. Keep in mind, though, that new highs can also mean that the stock is overbought or has run up too far too fast.

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That’s why it’s important to combine a number of technical indicators like volume, price, trend and momentum indicators such as relative strength (RSI) before you make an investing or trading decision. Combine all of those things with fundamental trends, disciple and sound money management and you will be well on your way to investment success.

Let's take a closer look at several stocks that hit new 52-week highs today.

Apple

iPhone, iPod and Ipod maker Apple (AAPL) is trading up 1.5% to $469.29 in recent trading after hitting a 52-week high of $469.66 earlier today.

Today’s Range: $464.58-$469.66

52-Week Range: $310.50-$464.98

Volume: 6.1 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 12.4 million

Apple has a market cap of $434.96 billion and an enterprise value of $402.44 billion. The stock trades at a trailing price-to-earnings of 13.28 and a forward price-to-earnings of 9.95. Its estimated growth rate for this year is 52.2%, and for next year it’s pegged at 11.3%. The current short interest as a percentage of the float for Apple is a very low 1.2%.

From a technical perspective, AAPL recently triggered a major breakout trade once it took out its after-hours trading high from its earnings day of $460. Since taken out that high, the stock has run up 9 points pretty quickly. Shares of AAPL are now starting to enter overbought territory since its relative strength index (RSI) reading is now 78.6.

Despite that overbought condition, it looks like AAPL wants to make a run at the psychologically important $500-level. Traders should continue to look for short-term long biased trades in AAPL as long as the stock remains above $460 in the near-term.

Apple shows up on recent lists of 10 Stocks of Top-Performing Funds in 2012 and 6 Energy, Tech Stocks to Beat the Market.

Anheuser-Bush InBev

Brewing company Anheuser-Bush InBev (BUD) produces, markets, distributes and sells a balanced portfolio of approximately 200 beer brands. This stock is trading up 1.1% to $64.76 in recent trading after hitting a 52-week high of $64.96 earlier in the day.

Today’s Range: $64.35-$64.96

52-Week Range: $49.05-$64.64

Volume: 1.7 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 1.2 million

Anheuser-Bush InBev has a market cap of $103.13 billion and an enterprise value of $145.20 billion. The stock trades at a trailing price-to-earnings of 20.97 and forward price-to-earnings of 15.47. Its estimated growth rate for this year is 20.8%, and for the next year it’s pegged at 10.6%. The current short interest as a percentage of the float for Anheuser-Bush InBev is extremely low at just 0.1%.

From a technical perspective, BUD is starting to flirt with a major breakout trade today now that this stock is moving above some past overhead resistance at $64.53 on heavy volume. Market players should now watch for BUD to sustain a high-volume move and close over 64.53 to $65 to signal that this stock wants to trend much higher.

At last check, the volume is already there today, so just look for a strong close in BUD near or above $65. If we get that action either today or soon, then look for BUD to make a run at $70 or higher in the near future.

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Vivus

Vivus (VVUS) is engaged in development and commercialization of therapeutic drugs for large underserved markets, including obesity and related morbidities, such as sleep apnea and diabetes and men's sexual health. This stock is trading up 0.6% at $12.85 in recent trading after hitting a 52-week high of $13.18 earlier in the day.

Today’s Range: $12.70-$13.18

52-Week Range: $6.00-$12.84

Volume: 1.3 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 1.75 million

Vivus has a market cap of $1.15 billion and an enterprise value of $979.77 million. The stock trades at a price-to-book of 7.54. Its estimated growth rate for this year is 45.8%, and for next year it’s pegged at 44.2%. The current short interest as a percentage of the float for VIVUS is rather high at 18.3%.

From a technical perspective, VVUS is starting to flirt with a major breakout trade today since the stock has started to move above near-term overhead resistance at $12.84 to $12.98 on decent volume. Market players should now watch for a sustained high-volume move and close above those levels to signal that VVUS wants to trend much higher.

Look for volume that’s near or above 1.75 million shares if those levels are taken out. If we get that action soon, look for VVUS to re-test its 2010 high of $13.68, or possibly trade even higher.

Peet’s Coffee & Tea

Peet’s Coffee & Tea (PEET) is a specialty coffee roaster and marketer of fresh roasted whole bean coffee and tea. This stock is trading up 0.9% at $68.18 in recent trading after hitting a 52-week high of $68.48 earlier in the day.

Today’s Range: $67.49-$68.48

52-Week Range: $40.22-$67.72

Volume: 39,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 120,132

Peet’s Coffee & Tea has a market cap of $885.24 million and an enterprise value of $861.54 million. The stock trades at a trailing price-to-earnings of 49.48 and a forward price-to-earnings of 38.47. Its estimated growth rate for this year is 12.8%, and for next year it’s pegged at 18.7%. The current short interest as a percentage of the float for Peet’s Coffee & Tea is rather high at 19.6%.

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From a technical perspective, PEET has just recently triggered a major breakout trade now that this stock has moved above some near-term overhead resistance at $63.76 to $65 on decent volume. This breakout has now pushed PEET into all-time high territory, which is bullish price action for any stock.

Traders should continue to look for long biased trades in PEET as long as the stock remains above those breakout levels. Keep in mind that the relative strength index (RSI) reading for PEET is now 79, which indicates the stock is overbought. It might be best to wait for PEET to consolidate a bit in the short term.

LeapFrog Enterprises

LeapFrog Enterprises (LF) designs, develops and markets a family of technology-based learning platforms, related content and learning toys, primarily for infants and for children through age nine, both at home and in schools around the world. This stock is trading up 3.4% at $6.56 in recent trading after hitting a 52-week of $6.59 earlier in the day.

Today’s Range: $6.30-$6.59

52-Week Range: $2.57-$6.35

Volume: 627,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 680,774

LeapFrog Enterprise has a market cap of $431 million and an enterprise value of $391 million. The stock trades at a trailing price-to-earnings of 34.17 and a forward price-to-earnings of 16. Its estimated growth rate for this year is 187.5%, and for next year it’s pegged at 78.3%. The current short interest as a percentage of the float for LeapFrog Enterprises is rather low at 4.9%.

From a technical perspective, LF is quickly approaching a breakout trade since the stock is within range of some major past overhead resistance of $6.65. That $6.65 level was the highest price the stock has hit in about a year.

Market players should now watch for a sustained high-volume move and close over $6.65 to signal that LF wants to trend higher. Look for volume that’s near or well above 680,774 shares. If we get that action today or soon, then look for LF to make a run at its next significant overhead resistance at $7.51.

LeapFrog is one of TheSTreet Ratings' top-rated recreation stocks.

Microsoft

Microsoft (MSFT) is engaged in developing, licensing and supporting a range of software products and services. This stock is trading up 0.9% at $30.46 in recent trading after hitting a 52-week of $30.49 earlier in the day.

Today’s Range: $30.05-$30.49

52-Week Range: $23.65-$30.40

Volume: 19 million

Three-Month Average Volume: 54.5 million

Microsoft has a market cap of $255.41 billion and an enterprise value of $215.51 billion. The stock trades at a trailing price-to-earnings of 11.03 and a forward price-to-earnings of 10.18. Its estimated growth rate for this year is -0.40%, and for next year it’s pegged at 11.6%. The current short interest as a percentage of the float for Microsoft is very low at 1.3%.

From a technical perspective, MSFT has started to trigger a breakout trade today now that the stock is moving above some major past overhead resistance at $30.47. That $30.47 level is the 2010 high, so this could be a significant breakout for MSFT.

Market players should now watch for a sustained high-volume move and close over $30.47 to signal that MSFT wants to trend significantly higher. If we get that action soon, then look for MSFT to re-test its nest major overhead resistance level at around $36.

Microsoft, one of the 5 Best-Performing Dow Stocks for 2012, shows up on a recent list of 10 Top Dividend Stocks to Own Until Retirement.

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin (LMT) is a global security company engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems and products. This stock is trading up 0.26% at $85.47 in recent trading after hitting a 52-week of $85.50 earlier in the day.

Today’s Range: $85.09-$85.40

52-Week Range: $66.36-$85.40

Volume: 583,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 2,326,570

Lockheed Martin has a market cap of $27.43 billion and an enterprise value of $30.25 billion. The stock trades at a trailing price-to-earnings of 10.93 and a forward price-to-earnings of 10.12. Its estimated growth rate for this year is -0.40%, and for next year it’s pegged at 7.7%. The current short interest as a percentage of the float for Lockheed Martin is notable at 6%.

From a technical perspective, LMT recently triggered a breakout trade once it moved above some near-term overheard resistance at $84.

Traders should now look for LMT to re-test some major resistance at around $87 in the near future. If that level is then taken out with volume, look for LMT to make a run at $100. Look for volume that’s near or well above 2,326,570 shares if $87 gets cleared.

Lockheed, one of the top-yielding aerospace and defense stocks, shows up on a list of 5 Safe, High-Yielding Dividend Stocks.

Cybex International

 

Cybex International (CYBI) is a manufacturer of exercise equipments. Cybex develops, manufactures and markets strength and cardiovascular fitness equipment products for the commercial and consumer markets. This stock is trading up 21.8% at $1.45 in recent trading after hitting a 52-week of $1.55 earlier in the day.

Today’s Range: $1.19-$1.55

52-Week Range: $0.36-$1.38

Volume: 252,000

Three-Month Average Volume: 39,745

Cybex International has a market cap of $24.82 million and an enterprise value of $25.14 million. The stock trades at a price-to-sales of 0.15.The current short interest as a percentage of the float for Cybex is extremely at 0.1%.

From a technical perspective, CYBI has made a gigantic run in the past two trading sessions, surging from under 60 cents to its current price of $1.45 on monster volume. This huge spike has pushed the stock into overbought territory, since its relative strength index (RSI) reading is now 84.3.

Despite this overbought condition, it looks like CYBI wants to make a run at re-testing its 2010 high of $1.80.

To see more stocks hitting new 52-week highs today, check out the Stocks Hitting New 52-Week Highs portfolio on Stockpickr.

-- Written by Roberto Pedone in Winderemere, Fla.

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

Roberto Pedone, based out of Windermere, Fla., is an independent trader who focuses on stocks, options, futures, commodities and currencies. He is also an outside contributor to Beconequity.com and maintains the website Maddmoney.net, which he sold to Blue Wave Advisors in 2008. Roberto studied International Business at The Milwaukee School of Engineering, and he spent a year overseas studying business in Lubeck, Germany.