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2016 could be another big year for tech: Trader

It's been a banner year for technology stocks.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 is up more than 10 percent in 2015 with much of the rally being led by stellar performances from some of its biggest holdings. Microsoft, Amazon, Alphabet and Facebook, which make up more than 21 percent of the index, are up a respective 22, 123, 49 and 37 percent year to date. According to one trader, the winning streak could continue as we head into 2016.

"We've been consolidating for most of November and December," Todd Gordon said Tuesday on CNBC's "Trading Nation" while looking at a chart of the QQQ, the ETF that tracks the Nasdaq 100. The ETF has traded sideways for the last two months, eking out a minimal gain. "It looks like we're finally going to break out," said Gordon.

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The QQQ is less than 2 percent from its 2015 high of $115.75, hit in late November, and for Gordon, any break above that high could send QQQ to levels not seen since the turn of the century.


"We should be able to get above the $120 area after we break [resistance]," said Gordon, founder of TradingAnalysis.com and CNBC contributor. That's a potential 6 percent move from its current level of around $114 and takes the ETF to or above its all-time high of $120.50, hit in the year 2000.

"I think there's a good technical setup [for a rally] following a breakout of the November and December range," added Gordon.

The QQQ was lower along with the rest of the market on Wednesday, trading around $114.

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