Hi, these are just ideas not recommendations, sometimes I trade my ideas, sometimes I don’t.
Always remember, yours is the responsibility for your trades,
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Thursday, August 12, 2010

On Worth and Cramer

I read two articles on august 10 about the markets, and I would like to share some excerpts.

This one is from Bloomberg:
“Aug. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Stocks could go either way and anyone who claims to know their future is lying, according to Carter Worth, the third-ranked technical analyst in last year’s Institutional Investor survey.
A monthlong gain in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index has left bulls and bears at a “a perfect standoff,” Oppenheimer & Co.’s Worth wrote in a note yesterday. It’s a “coin toss” as to whether the index will increase or retreat, he said.

Worth’s ambivalence highlights the challenge for investors as earnings rise at the fastest rate in 22 years even amid signs the economy is faltering. The S&P 500 rallied as much as 9.2 percent from its Dec. 31 close this year and dropped as much as 8.3 percent. It climbed 0.6 percent yesterday to 1,127.79, up 1.1 percent for 2010.

“This is the elegant, exquisite moment that you’ll see a handful of in your lifetime,” Worth said in an interview. “Anyone who says to you, ‘I know where it’s going,’ they’re lying to themselves and they’re lying to their clients.””

And the other article is from CNBC:
“ Cramer: ‘Fed Said Good Things-Buy’
cnbc.com | August 10, 2010 | 03:26 PM EDT
What’s the takeaway from Tuesday’s announcement from the Federal Reserve?

“They are not in the way.” Cramer said during Stop Trading!, meaning the central bank is doing whatever it can to promote an economic recovery.
The “Fed said good things,” Cramer said. “Buy””

Cramer and Worth are both outstanding personalities in the financial world, and both are in a way right, I more or less concur with Worth about the non-directional market, but after yesterday drop is coming close to become a bearish one.

This is my last post until after august 25 and I want to leave you with two trading ideas based on the ancient craft of point and figure chart interpretation.

Cymer Inc. (CYMI) and JDA software group Inc. (JDAS) are two companies in the technology sector and different industries, JDAS is a software company and CYMI is in the Semi-Conductor group.

On July 27 JDAS posted weaker-than-expected adjusted quarterly profit as operating expenses jumped 60 percent, but reported revenue that beat expectations.

The company earned 48 cents a share, excluding items, while total revenue rose 59 percent to $158.4 million.
Analysts on average were expecting earnings of 52 cents a share, excluding items, on revenue of $153.5 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

At 12:25 PM EDT today JDAS is trading at 23 with a P/e of 90.20, it’s latest quarter figures set the following yearly results: Profit Margin 3.72%, return on assets 4.91%, return on equity 3.66% and current ratio 1.75.
Analysts estimate a 9.00% yearly growth for the following 5 years.

JDAS started a bearish formation when it traded at 24, breaking below a triple bottom formed at 25 with descending tops. Jdas stopped the down move at 22 reversing up to 25. Some traders like to short a bearish formation on the reversal move; others wait for a new breakdown. Price projections set the objective at 14.

On July 22, CYMI reported a 16% increase in revenue from the previous quarter, making this the sixth consecutive quarterly sales increase; also net income and EPS have been growing in the last 6 quarters. At 2:48 PM EDT today, CYMI is trading at 31.36 with a P/e of 15.75. With a 13.85% profit margin, ROA of 8.62% and ROE of 11.19%, some analyst would say that CYMI is a value stock.

With an estimate of 0.63 EPS for the next quarter, the forward P/e at today price is 13.81, combine that with analysts projections of an annualized growth of 19.73% for the next 5 years and you have a stock with a 0.70 PEG. Also adding to the good numbers, insiders lately have been buying the stock.

CYMI started a bullish formation when it traded at 34, almost immediately the stock reversed. Support is at 29, price objective is set at 48.

Good luck and remember short term is all about the market move, long term is about value.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Axcelis Technologies Inc. (ACLS), and the symmetrical triangle

It’s said that chartist are guilty of seeing continuation or reversal patterns in almost any chart. A formed pattern isn’t reason enough for trading a stock but it can give you a perspective of the future move of the stock.

ACLS went from 0.80 on November 4/09 to 2.50 on April 26/10 for an impressive triple in six months. Of course that uptrend wasn’t sustainable forever and the stock gave back part of its gains trading lower until the 1.40 level reached on July 6.

Since then ACLS started trending higher forming what may be a bullish symmetrical triangle, which most of the times is a continuation pattern. The symmetrical triangle constitutes a pause of the original trend after which the prior trend is resumed.
A valid triangle needs at least four reversal points, meaning each converging line must be touched two times minimum.

If ACLS closes decisively over the upper converging line (blue) the bullish continuation pattern is confirmed, that line will be support for that moment on. The target would be the height of the triangle plus the price at breakout.

This triangle is coming to and end in one or two weeks, if the bullish pattern is going to work the price must close over in the following days, if not, there is a high possibility that prices will continue to drift out to the apex and beyond or start a new downtrend.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Nucor and the price channels

Sometimes stock prices trend between two parallel lines forming what is known as a price channel.
When a channel is recognized it can be use for trading into the channel or you can wait for the breakout over the upper channel line in a downtrend to buy the stock.

On April 16 NUE ended an uptrend closing significantly below the lower channel line, the stock zigzag for a couple of weeks, and then started a downtrend between two well defined channel lines.

On July 20, Nucor closed at 39.82, 3.56% higher over the previous close and also broke over the down trending upper line. Measuring techniques put the price target an equal distance to the width of the channel, in this case 3.5 over the breakout price of 39. That results on a target of 42.50.

At yesterday closing price of 40.30, the target price of 42.5 gives us a 5.25% profit.

Or you could buy NUE September 40 calls at around 1.6, that would give you a profit over 50% if the stock reaches the 42.5 target before September 17.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Long and short ideas

Yo considero que el mercado actual es un mercado sin movimiento direccional, y la mejor acción en estos casos es no hacer nada hasta esperar señales de dirección, pero si tienes la necesidad de negociar aquí presento dos ideas.

I consider this market to be a non-directional movement market, most of the times on this market the best course of action is doing nothing until the market shows direction, but if you need to trade here I present two ideas.

Vamos a analizar dos stocks utilizando diferentes formas de estudio de gráficos con diferentes indicadores.

Let’s look at two stocks using various technical indicators and chart interpretation.

Primero: El caso Long para CXPO (Crimson Exploration Inc.)

First: Long case for CXPO
El “principio abanico” es una forma interesantísima de utilizar las líneas de tendencia, básicamente este principio indica que al romper 3 líneas de tendencia a la baja, una stock revertirá su tendencia y empezará a subir. Es llamado así pues las líneas de tendencia toman la forma de un abanico de manos. Por lo general las líneas descendentes se convierten en puntos de soporte. CXPO rompió sobre su tercera línea descendente el jueves 29, y el viernes continuó ascendiendo. De verificarse el cambio de dirección, el soporte estará por debajo de la tercera línea mas o menos a 2.90

The fan principle is an interesting use of the trend line, it indicates that a stock must break over 3 down trend lines before reversing tendency. It is called fan principle because the lines resemble a fan. Previously broken resistance lines usually became support. CXPO broke over its third down trend line on July 29 and keep up next day. If the new up trend continues, support will be below the third line at 2.90.

En el siguiente gráfico vemos como CXPO experimentó una fuerte resistencia en los 2.90, tocando ese nivel desde abajo durante todo un mes, luego a principios de Julio el precio subió sobre 2.90 durante 2 días para luego volver a caer bajo este nivel.
Nuevamente la stock se encuentra sobre 2.90, aparte desde principios de Julio, CXPO ha iniciado un modesto uptrend con los precios bajos en ascenso.

El OBV continúa una alza que inició desde principios de Junio, antes que el precio empezara a subir, lo que indica que el volumen mas grande se da en los altos.

Next graph shows strong resistance at 2.90, the stock was tapping that level from behind for more than a month. First days of July the stock closed over 2.90 for two days before going below that level again. Now CXPO is over 2.90 again but more important, since the start of July the stock initiated an uptrend with higher lows.

The on balance volume keeps going up since June, indicating the heavier volume is taking place on the upside.

CXPO está en la industria del petróleo y gas, anunciará resultados el próximo 12 de agosto.

CXPO is in the oil and gas industry, it is set to announce results on august 12.

Second: Short case for Cemex
Segundo: Vender short Cemex

My short idea is based in one of the oldest chart interpretation techniques. The point and figure charting have a starting date in 1886.
The Point and figure chart is a study of price movement, time is not taken on consideration while charting the price action.

The X represents rising prices and the O shows declining prices.

On July 27 Cemex announced more or less mediocre results, consolidated net sales decreased 3% in the second quarter of 2010 to approximately US$3.8 billion versus the comparable period in 2009 and operating income decreased 23% during the quarter compared with the same period last year.

CX chart shows a triple bottom at 9.5, the tops or X columns are making lower tops, suggesting that demand is drying up. If the stock touches the 9 level it means that the bottom has been violated, signaling a short sell.

Mi idea short está basada en uno de los mas viejos métodos de análisis técnico, el “point and figure charting” que posiblemente se inició en 1886.

Los gráficos “point and figure” solo estudian el movimiento del precio, las X representan precios a la alza y las O precios en baja.

Cemex declaró beneficios en Julio 27 que no fueron muy halagadores, sus ventas decrecieron en un 3% con relación al mismo cuarto un año atrás, también los ingresos operativos decrecieron un 23% con la misma comparación.

El gráfico de Cemex nos muestra la formación de un triple fondo en 9.5, aparte los altos han ido bajando desde 12 hasta 11 formando un tope descendente, lo que significa que la presión de compra es cada vez menor. El cierre de la stock a 9 o bajo 9 significa una señal de que el fondo ha sido violado y sería un indicativo para vender short la stock.


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