Handle This Spike Carefully

The one that got away: That's how Bank of Ireland (IRE) feels at the moment, as the stock has gone parabolic. It is the name I have been getting the most mail on recently, so what to do now? This is a tough one, as chasing a stock after it goes parabolic can often end poorly. Still, I'm taking a back-to-front look at this chart by examining the weekly first, then backing into the daily.

Bank of Ireland (IRE) -- Weekly Source: StockCharts.com View Chart » View in New Window »

Bank of Ireland's weekly chart is still strong in terms of momentum, but shares are hitting their first target -- albeit much quicker than I had expected. The stock has jumped about 25% just since Dec. 20. Here's a hat tip to fellow Real Money contributor Tim Melvin, as he continues to find success here in a big way....342 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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