Another good day; GMI: +6; Stocks to watch

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Another good day, but weaker than yesterday.  There were 495 new highs, down from 629.  Only 60% of the Nasdaq 100 stocks advanced, compared to 52% of the S&P 500 and 47% of the Dow 30 stocks.  Gmi712 The GMI remains at +6.  If you look at the chart of the Growth Mutual Fund Index in IBD, you will see that growth mutual funds are doing well now.  The Index is well above its 50 day average, and rising.  84% of the stocks in my universe of 4,000 stocks closed above their 10 week averages and 65% of all of the stocks are in a short term up trend, up from 42% just 6 days ago.  If we can’t generate profits in this market something is wrong with our trading technique…………………………..

Still, there were a few warning signs today.  BOOM could not hold its gains today and NTRI and SHLD also retreated from their highs today.  On the other hand, there was renewed life in CME and NDAQ and LDG today. SWN, BBY, MW and HANS are still consistent climbers.  (I own some of these.) ………………………………..

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Please remember that the stock market is a risky place, especially now.  I am not providing recommendations for you to follow.  My goal is to share tools and methods that I have used over the past 40 years of trading, so that you may learn from them and adapt them to your trading style and needs.  While I do my best, I do not guarantee the accuracy of any statistics computed or any resources linked to my blog.  Please consult with your financial adviser and a mental health practitioner before you enter the stock market,  and please do not take unaffordable risks in the current market environment.  See the About section for more statements designed to protect you (and me) as you navigate this market. Past performance does not guarantee future results, but I would rather learn from a former winner than a loser.

A hot market; GMI: +6; more rockets; covered calls on GOOG

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This is one hot market!  There were 629 new highs (16%) in my universe of 4,000 stocks today.  Gmi711 The GMI remains at +6 and 83% of the stocks closed above their 10 week averages.  I changed the criterion for the 10 day new high index to be positive if there were 100 successful stocks or at least 50% of the stocks that hit a new high 10 days ago closed higher today than 10 days ago.  There were only 95 new highs 10 days ago, so the indicator would have had to be negative (less than 100) the way I originally defined the index.  So today, 76/95 stocks or 80% qualified as successful 10 day new highs.  60% of the Nasdaq 100 stocks are in a short term up trend and 73% to 78% of the Nasdaq 100, S&P 500 and Dow 30 stocks rose today.   These advancing percentages are lower than yesterday’s, but still very respectable……………………………………………

I received a lot of nice reader feedback today–thank you!!  I will address many of the issues you raised, in coming weeks………………………………………

I found a really neat description of a market scan used by a successful newsletter, Coolcat.  Many of the stocks listed are those I have spotted.  Note this scan for finding great microcaps uses some of the types of technical criteria I (and Nicolas Darvas)  use to define rockets–new highs and huge price appreciation.  As I wrote in my strategy posts on 4/23 and 4/30 (check the archive), to find a stock that will double, find one that has already doubled.

My rocket scan found loads of promising stocks today.  All of these had triple digit earnings increases last quarter and are at new price peaks:  CNXS, LUB, BOOM, NDAQ, TS, NTRI, BMHC,  CPSI, LUFK, HANS, RIV, KOSP, SPTN, RTI, TU, PTRY, SNHY, HOLX, SE, WCG, TUG, PCO, VDSI, BEBE, SMTS.  Check them out.  When I buy strong momentum stocks like this, I make a small pilot buy and put a stop loss order in below support or below a moving average where it has found support.  I then wait to see if it moves up and I slowly add more on the way up, as long as the GMI is strong……………………………..

Ever write a covered call in your IRA account?  Today, I bought 100 shares of GOOG at 295.74.  I then immediately sold a call for someone to buy my 100 shares from me at 300 per share, good through expiration on August 19.  In return for the right to buy my GOOG from me at 300 during this period I was paid 15.80 per share, or $1580.  What this means is that by option expiration in August, if GOOG is selling above $300, the option will be exercised and the stock will be called away from me for $300 per share.  My profit (excluding commissions would be 30,000-29,574= +426 + 1580= $2006 or 7% in about 6 weeks.  I am giving up the right to make anymore than this no matter how much above 300 that GOOG may climb during this period.  On the other hand, if GOOG should decline during this period I would not have a loss until it fell to 279.94 (295.74-15.80).  The option premium of 15.84 per share is mine to keep and protects me from a loss on my purchase down to 279.94.  As long as GOOG closes above 279.94 by the August expiration I will have a profit.  If GOOG closes below $300 in August, the option expires worthless and I can write a new call on the same shares for September or later. If the stock falls a lot more than 15.80, I could have a large loss.

Covered call writing is really a very conservative strategy.  I only sell calls on stocks that I think will rise and which are so volatile that the option premium (amount someone will pay me for the option) is considerable.  I do not want to buy GOOG without the protection of the covered call, so I do not care if the stock goes way above 300 by August.  Check out covered call writing in the CBOE learning center.  Many people of the "buy and hold" mentality could have limited their losses in 2000-2002 if they simply had written calls on their stocks as they declined. If you use a full service broker and s/he did not tell you about covered calls as your portfolio shrunk, you should liquidate your broker instead of your account.

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Please remember that the stock market is a risky place, especially now.  I am not providing recommendations for you to follow.  My goal is to share tools and methods that I have used over the past 40 years of trading, so that you may learn from them and adapt them to your trading style and needs.  While I do my best, I do not guarantee the accuracy of any statistics computed or any resources linked to my blog.  Please consult with your financial adviser and a mental health practitioner before you enter the stock market,  and please do not take unaffordable risks in the current market environment.  See the About section for more statements designed to protect you (and me) as you navigate this market. Past performance does not guarantee future results, but I would rather learn from a former winner than a loser.

Pundits blind to market strength; QQQQ vs. Comp; GMI: +6; Stocks I like

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I watched some of the Cost of Freedom shows on Fox on Saturday and was struck by the focus on terrorism.  Imagine wasting viewers’ time by asking the financial pundits what American policy about terrorism should be! The fact that the market held Thursday and Friday did not garner much attention.  Gmi708 I may be wrong, but the strong market last week after the events in London made me really bullish.  The GMI is even back to +6. The market was very strong on Friday.  There were 151 successful 10 day highs–84% of the 181 stocks that hit a new high 10 days ago closed higher on Friday than 10 days earlier.  There were a stunning 478 new highs in my universe of 4,000 stocks and only 6 new lows.  More than half (53%) of the 4,000 stocks are in a short term up-trend and 79% of them closed above their 10 week average.  On Friday, 85-93% of the Nasdaq 100, S&P 500 and Dow 30 stocks advanced.  We are now in day 1 (U-1) of an up-trend.  So, why aren’t the media pundits more bullish–it must be a conundrum……………………………

I noticed a divergence between the Nasdaq Composite index and the Nasdaq 100 index, which I have been keying on.  Between 6/2-7/7, the QQQQ (which tracks the Nasdaq 100) declined 4.1%, while the Comp Index declined just 1.0%.  If I had been focusing on the Comp instead of the QQQQ, the GMI would have held up much better and kept me more bullish.  What is the difference between the Nasdaq 100 (QQQQ) index and the Comp?  The QQQQ tracks "all the stocks in the Nasdaq-100 Index, which consists of the largest nonfinancial securities listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market. "  The stocks that are excluded from the QQQQ must be  outperforming the tech stocks in the QQQQ–that is why the Comp performed better during the decline.  I have therefore been thinking about restructuring the GMI to include/replace the Comp.  Any suggestions?…………………………………….

How long will this rise last?  You know better than to ask– the truth is no one knows.  But I am placing my bets on the long side, in case we have a follow through rally as earnings come out the next few weeks.  I like lots of companies, including MW, BBY, HANS, KOMG, FTO, HITK, IVGN, GME, WFMI, GDW, DSL, NDAQ, NTRI–many of which I own.

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Please remember that the stock market is a risky place, especially now.  I am not providing recommendations for you to follow.  My goal is to share tools and methods that I have used over the past 40 years of trading, so that you may learn from them and adapt them to your trading style and needs.  While I do my best, I do not guarantee the accuracy of any statistics computed or any resources linked to my blog.  Please consult with your financial adviser and a mental health practitioner before you enter the stock market,  and please do not take unaffordable risks in the current market environment.  See the About section for more statements designed to protect you (and me) as you navigate this market. Past performance does not guarantee future results, but I would rather learn from a former winner than a loser.

A surprising show of strength; GMI: +3; Sectors with many new highs

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Who would ever have believed that a market in a confirmed down trend could withstand a terrorist attack and actually hold its own?  Today, 50-56% of the stocks in the Nasdaq 100, S&P 500 and Dow 30 indexes actually advanced, far above yesterday’s performance.  In fact, only 7% of Dow 30 stocks rose on Wednesday, compared to 50% on Thursday.  Gmi707_1 There were 173 new yearly highs in my universe of 4,000 stocks and only 28 new lows.  Yes, we are in day 9 (D-9)  of the QQQQ decline, but 55% of its stocks advanced today.  And 109 of the 186 stocks that hit a new high 10 days ago closed higher today than they closed 10 days ago.  So there is a lot of strength under the surface………………………………

So where was the strength today?  I looked at the industries represented among the 173 stocks that hit a new high today.   I found that 7 stocks in the apparel industry hit new highs:  ANF,DBRN,SCVL,STGS,CHS,MW,CHRS.  There were 13 stocks in the independent oil and gas sector:  ECA,NXY,UPL,SFY,TLM,PTF,CNQ,SWN, SM,APC,XTXI,DVN,PVX.  Oil and gas equipment services had 11: BHI,NGS,SOSA,PAA,PPX,WMB,TMG,KMP,HOC,TNT,PCZ.  While not as many, the investment brokerage stocks were also strong:  TRAD,SCH,ET,LM,AGE.  It would seem to me that  the sectors that have a lot of new highs on a day like this are sending signals of future strength.  As for me, I added to some of my positions that rose today.  While the markets are in a down trend, it appears that the stocks that will report good earnings will buck the trend, at least until their earnings come out.  If stocks were going to decline more near term, I think the market had the perfect excuse to do so today–and it did not.

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Please remember that the stock market is a risky place, especially now.  I am not providing recommendations for you to follow.  My goal is to share tools and methods that I have used over the past 40 years of trading, so that you may learn from them and adapt them to your trading style and needs.  While I do my best, I do not guarantee the accuracy of any statistics computed or any resources linked to my blog.  Please consult with your financial adviser and a mental health practitioner before you enter the stock market,  and please do not take unaffordable risks in the current market environment.  See the About section for more statements designed to protect you (and me) as you navigate this market. Past performance does not guarantee future results, but I would rather learn from a former winner than a loser.

The decline continues; GMI: +3; No new purchases

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The down trend in the SPY reasserted itself today and we are in the 8th day of decline (D-8) in the QQQQ. Gmi706  I might add that the Dow 30, as measured by the DIA, also remains in a consistent decline.  The Nasdaq 100 fared better today than the other indexes, with 36% of its stocks advancing.  This compares with 23% of the S&P 500 stocks and only 7% (2) of the Dow 30 stocks.  There were 360 new 52 week highs in my universe of 4,000 stocks and only 13 new lows.  Still, we had 109/170 stocks that hit a new high 10 days ago and closed higher today than they did 10 days ago.  Buying new highs has continued to pay off…………………………………………

I think this remains a good time to be short or in cash.  The stocks on which I own put options  (KRI and LXK)  fell today, giving me a profit.  Some of the stocks I still own (BBY, MW, WFMI) held their own today.  Still, the odds  now favor a decline and I will not make any new stock purchases until the GMI strengthens.

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Please remember that the stock market is a risky place, especially now.  I am not providing recommendations for you to follow.  My goal is to share tools and methods that I have used over the past 40 years of trading, so that you may learn from them and adapt them to your trading style and needs.  While I do my best, I do not guarantee the accuracy of any statistics computed or any resources linked to my blog.  Please consult with your financial adviser and a mental health practitioner before you enter the stock market,  and please do not take unaffordable risks in the current market environment.  See the About section for more statements designed to protect you (and me) as you navigate this market. Past performance does not guarantee future results, but I would rather learn from a former winner than a loser.

SPY reversing? GMI: +3; Buying some stocks and keeping puts

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The market is now very divided.  My QQQQ daily and weekly indicators are still Gmi705 negative and in declines.  The daily SPY index, however, is close to turning positive. Over 400 stocks in my universe of 4,000 stocks hit new highs today, the most since I began this blog.  Between 74%-77% of the stocks in the Nasdaq 100, S&P 500 and Dow 30 indexes rose today.  The GMI remains at +3 and the QQQQ is in its 7th day of the decline (D-7).  Tomorrow is a critical day.  We will learn whether the SPY turns positive and whether the QQQQ will follow its lead. I suspect this is the typical earnings release rally……………………………………….

I sold out  my puts on the SPY at a loss, and then I immediately went long stocks.  (I told you yesterday that if I find myself on the wrong side of the trend I have no problem turning on a dime.  It is suicide to marry a scenario that is at odds with the market’s action.) I found so many rockets rising that I could not resist nibbling at such powerful stocks as FTO, BBY, HITK, LCAV, WFMI, HANS and MW.  Of course, I put stops in on all of them in case this rally fades.  I would still be much more confident if the QQQQ and SPY were in synch, but sometimes different market sectors behave in an uncorrelated fashion. Just in case, I have kept my put options on some of the weakest stocks.

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Please remember that the stock market is a risky place, especially now.  I am not providing recommendations for you to follow.  My goal is to share tools and methods that I have used over the past 40 years of trading, so that you may learn from them and adapt them to your trading style and needs.  While I do my best, I do not guarantee the accuracy of any statistics computed or any resources linked to my blog.  Please consult with your financial adviser and a mental health practitioner before you enter the stock market,  and please do not take unaffordable risks in the current market environment.  See the About section for more statements designed to protect you (and me) as you navigate this market. Past performance does not guarantee future results, but I would rather learn from a former winner than a loser.

The trend is our friend; GMI: +3; Interest rates rising; a short list of stocks

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You may ask, why do I continually talk about the GMI?  It is because the majority of stocks follow the trend of the general market averages.  It is exemplified by the "M" in CANSLIM.  It is said that about 70% of stocks follow the market trend. If this is true, then why not trade with the odds in our favor?  This is one of the hardest lessons to learn.  In the past, I would lose all of my hard earned trading profits and more, when I kept buying break-out stocks in the inevitable decline that followed a bull move.  According to my analyses, the QQQQ is in day 6 (D-6) of a decline.  Using the TC2005 technical analysis program, I can count how many of the Nasdaq 100 stocks rose over the past 6 days– 38%.  Thus, if I bought a Nasdaq 100 stock on 6/24 and held it through Friday, 7/1, I had a 38/100 chance of having a profitable position.  On the other hand, if I had shorted a stock on 6/24, I had a 62% chance of having a winner.  As they say, the trend is our friend……………………………..

The GMI closed Friday at +3. 701gmi  The Spy and QQQQ indicators continue to be weak. IBD still maintains that the market is in a "confirmed rally."  And S&P thinks we are in for a great second half of the year.  I am not so sure.  I added a new indicator to the GMI box, Stocks in a Short Term Up-trend.  This indicator shows that 42% of the 4,000 stocks in my universe are in an up-trend, down from 55% when this decline began.  Furthermore, only 39% of the Nasdaq 100 stocks rose on Friday, compared to 63% of the S&P 500 stocks and 67% of the Dow 30.  The Dow 30 stocks look terrible to me with the following 20 stocks in a down trend:  UTX, INTC, MO, CAT, JNJ, PG, C, AXP, GE, MSFT, HD, DIS, KO, VZ, MMM, MCD, PFE, DD, AA, MRK.  Get the picture?  Two thirds of the Dow 30 stocks look technically weak to me.  It never fails to amaze me how these market analysts presume to predict the direction of stocks based on their interpretations of the economy.  Don’t they understand that the market always predicts the economy.  We typically find out the economic reasons for a market decline or a rise after it has occurred.  Maybe I should buy puts on the Dow ETF–DIA………………………………………….

It is also curious to me how the pundits cling to a bullish scenario in the face of an aggressive Fed.  I think that it is well known that the market has an up-hill battle when rates are rising (Marty Zweig was a master at using Fed actions to time the market) and there is no ambiguity here. Irx701  The short term interest rate indicator has hit yet another new high.  It looks to me like the Fed will  over-tighten, yet again, and push the economy off the cliff.  Even if they don’t, rising oil prices and heating bills may kill the economy next winter.  When we read all of their market predictions, we must remember that market pundits tend to be overly optimistic–they need someone to buy their stocks from them.  It is rare that a commentator will advise the public to go to cash or to take the short side.  The wise speculators trade both sides of the market and embrace a trend, regardless of its direction.  Don’t take my word for it–read the classics listed on the right………………………………………….

I told you before that I have been successful in avoiding the bulk of market declines since 1998.  I exited the market completely in October, 2000 and got back in after it bottomed.  So, now I sit in cash or short and wait for the trend to develop.  If I am wrong about this decline, I can always reverse direction in an instant.  There is plenty of time to climb aboard a rising market if it is a  sustained multi-month uptrend–the only kind in which I can make big money………………………………..

I am beginning to look for stocks to short.  I ran a scan of the market to find stocks in consistent declines (falling rockets).  One industry that came up a lot was steel and iron mining stocks:  TONS, ROCK, WPSC, AKS, GNA, RESC, CGA.  Another sector that came up often was Telecom services-foreign:  DT, KPN, PT, TCP, SCM, CTC.  Should I add them to my short list?

Happy July 4th holiday to all.

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Please remember that the stock market is a risky place, especially now.  I am not providing recommendations for you to follow.  My goal is to share tools and methods that I have used over the past 40 years of trading, so that you may learn from them and adapt them to your trading style and needs.  While I do my best, I do not guarantee the accuracy of any statistics computed or any resources linked to my blog.  Please consult with your financial adviser and a mental health practitioner before you enter the stock market,  and please do not take unaffordable risks in the current market environment.  See the About section for more statements designed to protect you (and me) as you navigate this market. Past performance does not guarantee future results, but I would rather learn from a former winner than a loser.