Amazon is ‘knocking on the door’ for a breakout to $1,500, says trader

Amazon is just one click away from crossing $1,500, says founder Todd Gordon.

Shares of the online retailer are up 25 percent this year and trading just 1 percent below the next round-number milestone. The trader sees two bullish signs in charts of Amazon that lead him to believe a big bounce is ahead for the stock.

First, Gordon points out that Amazon has outperformed the Nasdaq 100-tracking ETF (QQQ).

"You can see that the Nasdaq QQQ has not taken out its highs, [and right now] we have done about a three-quarter retracement of what we've lost since Jan. 26," he said Tuesday on CNBC's"Trading Nation." "But we can see that Amazon is knocking on the door here for a breakout."

In addition to outperforming the QQQ, Gordon sees a bullish "inverse head and shoulders" pattern that he says could be the "launching pad" that could take the stock up to $1,500.

Given the high implied volatility, or price of options, for the stock, Gordon wants to sell a put spread. He sold the March 29 weekly 1,440-strike puts and paired them with the purchase of the March 29 weekly 1,430-strike puts for a credit of just under $4. Should Amazon close above $1,440 on March 29 expiration, Gordon would make around $400, which is what he collected for the trade.

But should Amazon tank and close below $1,430 on expiration, then Gordon could lose about $600. To prevent such a loss, Gordon recommended putting in a stop on the trade of around $1,440.

Amazon has surged 26 percent year to date.


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