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This market keeps getting stronger for those of us who buy stocks at new highs. There were 387 new 52 week highs in my universe of almost 4,000 stocks and only 10 new lows. Out of the 206 stocks that hit a new high 10 days ago, 152 (74%) closed higher Friday than 10 days earlier. Two thirds of the S&P 500 and Dow 30 stocks advanced Friday, compared to 51% of the Nasdaq 100 stocks. We are in the 30th day of the advance (U-30)…………………………………..
I am introducing today a new measure of the market’s strength. One indicator of a strong stock is that it trades consistently above its 10 week moving average. From now on, I will post in the GMI box the percentage of stocks in my universe that have closed that day above their 10 week moving average. Today, this index registered 80%. As time goes on I will plot how this indicator relates to the GMI at market turning points……………………….
Since the QQQQ topped out on June 1, the index has fallen 1.35%. Here is a list of the best 10 performers in my stock universe since then, that are trading at or near all time highs: DSTI (+116%), MICU (+68.5%), MXC (+67%), WPTE (+39%), GEOI (+38%), JDO (+32%), GDP (+20%), ENWV (+28%), COSI (+27%), ISRL (+25%). Research their industries and earnings and revenues, and see if any look like future winners………………………..
A friend’s father gave her some shares of stock in GDW in the 1980’s. She never sold it. (Click on yearly chart to enlarge.) Oh, that we all had such a stock wise and generous parent. This is not the typical rocket stock I trade, but I think it merits attention as a steady performer. You can see by the three blue markers that GDW has split 3 times over the past 20 years. In that time it has increased 109x from a split adjusted low of .61 to its Friday close of $66.74. This is the type of stock I would like to put my sons in (and I still may). Golden West Financial is the second-largest savings and loan company in the country and it is prospering in this time of refinancing with adjustable rate mortgages. I do not know how long this 20 year run will continue. But the stock sure came to life again this week! It closed at 66.74, up 6.29 for the week on high volume and closed just below its all time high of 66.97. I may place a stop order to buy some for my son’s account around 67 on Monday. Maybe one day in the future he will come back to this post and thank his dad for buying good ol’ GDW for him………………….
Speaking of my sons, my elder son put me on to XM satellite radio when he bought an XM radio for his car. It is the only stock I ever bought because of its story and not its technical pattern. I began buying XMSR around 2 and traded it up to 11 and in and out through 30. It topped out in December, 2004 at 40.89. Finding potential buys by observing consumers in shopping malls has become known as a Peter Lynch strategy. I find the strategy can work to give me ideas for stocks to check out. So, my son came home today from college and went out to buy and install a navigation system in his car. I think this may be an area ripe for investment. So, now I need to find what stocks are involved in this field. The system he bought is made by Pioneer, PIO’s chart looks ugly. He intends to buy the system at Best Buy—hmmmm. He says all of his peers 19-25 like Best Buy (not Circuit City). As this monthly chart shows, BBY broke out of a huge multi-year base this week. Maybe this is how to capitalize on the trend towards electronic gadgets in the car and home. I looked up the electronics store sector index in TC2005, and low and behold, it is at a new peak, along with such electronic store stocks as ELBO, GME, GTRC, and CONN. The strength of the sector index and these component stocks suggests to me that this is a sector worth researching for some best buys…………………………………
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