Consider it an Ulta-mate rally.
Bill Baruch, president of Blue Line Futures, says the cosmetics retailer has more room to run.
“The chart has been extremely constructive,” Baruch said on CNBC’s “Trading Nation” on Wednesday. “You’ve got a trend line going back to 2014. It has tested it four times and it has held.”
The next major test for the stock is whether it can break above years-long resistance, says Baruch.
“We’re right back up to these highs from 2017 and 2018, so it’s not all perfect. There is a ceiling of resistance there,” added Baruch. “However, it has developed an ascending triangle, which is a bullish pattern. Look for a close, a clear close, out above $325 for a breakout and you could see another 15 to 30 percent upside.”
An ascending triangle pattern typically suggests bullish momentum building toward a breakout. Ulta needs to rally 4 percent to reach $325 in what would mark a new record. Another 30 percent rally would take Ulta up to $422.50.
Its next big swing could come when the company reports earnings next week, according to Stacey Gilbert, head of derivates strategy at Susquehanna.
“This presents an opportunity for investors as we head into earnings who want to protect a position, who want to protect this recent rally,” Gilbert said on “Trading Nation” on Wednesday. “The market is implying around a 7 percent move for the upcoming earnings.”
A 7 percent swing in either direction puts Ulta’s potential range at roughly $290 to $334 from the current $312 a share.
“Three of the last four earnings reports have seen at least a 6 percent move with last quarter seeing a 13 percent move, so I do think there’s an opportunity here for investors who are concerned heading into earnings that there could be a pullback, that the risk reward for those puts is attractive,” Gilbert said.
Ulta is scheduled to report earnings after the bell on March 14. Analysts anticipate 4 percent earnings growth and 9 percent sales growth over its holiday quarter, according to FactSet estimates.
Disclosure: Susquehanna is a market maker in the securities of ULTA.