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The GMI is back at +6 with the QQQQ weekly index turning positive. There were 256 new 52 week highs in my universe of 4,000 stocks, highest in more than 2 weeks. There were only 15 new lows. The Nasdaq 100 stocks were less strong than the other indexes; 48% of those stocks rose, compared to 63% of the S&P 500 stocks and 67% of the Dow 30. Today is the 27th day of the up trend (U-27).
Since the beginning of the up trend on May 6, the QQQQ has risen 4.8% and 75% of the Nasdaq 100 stocks have increased. (This is an example of the wishdom of the saying that about 70% of stocks follow the general market averages, and is another reminder of why it is most profitable to follow the market trend.) Among the Nasdaq 100 stocks that rose, the median increase was about 8.5%, meaning that half of the gainers rose more than this amount. The largest gainers were LVLT (+37%), SANM (+27%), CECO (+27%), FLEX (15%), NXTL (+16%), MRVL (+16%) and KLAC (+15%). The largest decliners were ATYT (-15%), SSCC (-15%), SEBL (-10%) and BIIB (-9%). I hope you were long some of the winners and none of the losers…………………………….
Several stocks gapped up today (the low today was greater than the high yesterday). Some that may present interesting possibilities include POT, SMTS, DIOD and CNS. All have interesting technical pictures and fundamentals. Check them out. A gap up means that the demand for the stock temporarily overcame the supply of the stock. It often times portends a strong up trend as long as the stock stays above the gap. The volume on the day of the gap should be way above its average volume, demonstrating unusual demand. Here is a timely example of what I mean. On May 4, GM gapped up and closed at 32.80 up 5.03. Look at the extreme volume of shares traded that day. The low for the day was 30.11. My strategy is to buy the stock that day or the next and place my sell stop below the low of the day it gapped, here about 30. Note that the volume died down as GM consolidated, but the stock never traded near 30. Its low point was 30.40 during the next three weeks, comfortably above the stop loss point. Then, like clockwork, GM finished consolidating and broke up on increased volume again. I noticed this formation in GM but did not buy it. I prefer stocks near new highs, not at new lows. Still, there are many, often antithetical ways, to profit from the market.
Here is another example of a gap up, this time in a powerful stock, HANS. On March 15, HANS gapped up to close at 54.57, up 11.31 for the day. The volume was many times its 50 day average of daily volume. The stock never traded back to that day’s low of 46.13, and closed today at 81.17. The strategy of buying the stock on the gap and placing a sell stop below the low of the day would have worked beautifully here.
These are just 2 examples of how a high volume gap up day can signal the potential for future gains. By pursuing a conservative strategy of making a small pilot buy into such strength, coupled with a stop loss at the gap day’s low it may be possible to hitch a ride on a rocket for a long, profitable ride up, while risking a small manageable loss. Of course, as I have been saying all along, this strategy and other purchase strategies have the best chance of working in a market that is trending up–like now. (How do I find high volume gaps? I use TC2005.)
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