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Entries in XCO (6)


Slow things down a bit....

Basically, as much as we'd like to see 200+ pt gain every day, the best course of action for this market at the moment is to chill.     Yes, we have broken that all important resistance level last Friday and now comes the task of defending that level as support.    Because we are still in the midst of an earning period, the market will tend to be volatile because of the uncertain outcome of earning reports.    We'd allow this market to go 100 points either way, as long as there is strength in selected plays.    We cannot control nor predict whether a market will go up or down 100 points tomorrow, but we can definitely take advantage of opportunities that are presented to us.    This is assuming that we are on top of our game and know exactly what to look for.

Today's slide is mainly from the technology area and we aren't particularity concerned about that.    Yes, some of the tech names have gone up tremendously ahead of their earnings and it's only natural to see some pullback.    Frankly, if AAPL's earning suck tomorrow, nobody wants to pay $150+ for it.  It's as simple as that!.  On the other hand, the commodity market is still alive and kicking.   What else is new eh?    Honestly, this is getting to a point where we don't even care about any sector other than the commodity ones we've been stalking.     It's not that the commodity plays go up the way like in the dotcom days.   It's the fact of how scarily steady they go up with respect to the overall market.    It doesn't seem matter whether we have a down market or an up market, there's always one area of the commodity market that's getting hot money.    In today's case, we have oil and agri. and shippers and a selected steel MTL, we long ago said might follow in the footsteps of our big play (X) when it dipped into $110's.   To us, that's more than half of the plays on our watchlist, your DJIM shadowlist.    To some, this may get frustrating as the inevitable question arises "why don't some of these names pullback for once?"     Well, this is the perfect illustration of hot money flows.    Is this going to be a bubble waiting to be burst?    Frankly, we don't know and we don't care at this point.  They blew it up once recently and we came back and said this is not 'dead' and soon after it all started up again!.   Only thing we have to say at this point is that, if you don't trade the commodity this year, you will be greatly under performing those who do.

Now some sector digestion in no particular order...

Oil, it sure is getting hotter out there and we are not even through April yet.   What ever happened to spring?   We literally jumped from freezing temperature to mid 20s C in a matter of a week.    This can also illustrate the market with oil right now.    It just feels like there's no stoppage, now that the summer is coming, which is seasonally strong for oil price.    As far as plays wise, we are sticking with some of our popular ones like HES, EOG, RIG, XCO, ATLS and BZP.   

Coal, with earning reports out of the way from BTU ACI and FDG.  We only have a couple of interesting ones left to report.    We are looking to establish some good positions next few days hopefully on dips.    The story with this sector is again demand + pricing power.   The current reports may not justify the future potential of this sector.

Shippers,  just about every shipper had a good day today and this is more of a recent sector move than anything.   We started getting very bullish on this sector at the beginning of April and it's been paying off nicely so far.   This is a secondary play for the commodity market, but it's a very important sector.    Basically, you have only so many vessels and you can only built so many of them a year.   The rising demand of commodity will give those shippers good bargaining power down the road.    Most of these shippers are already trading at a very low P/E so now it's the matter of change in perception as far as trading goes.    DRYS, EXM and TBSI are of course our three top dogs we like to trade and we'd stick to them for the next while.   We rode them last summer after alerting the sector and we are once again since the start of April.  If you're visiting DJIM, you can go to our Alerts-page and /or search our stocks through our search of Journal entries, or just keep scrolling down these pages and see the stocks we've been playing highlighted in bold.

Agri.,  about a year go, not many people have even heard of POT.   These days, you can't log into a trading system without at least checking to see how much POT is going for on the street.   How ironic, eh?    The success with POT has everything to do with how huge the IPO of IPI was today.    IPI is a pure potassium play that markets its product to America.   Given the scarcity of this resource and the increasing demand of this ingredient in food planting, IPI will likely get some more momentum down the road.   POT is reporting on 24th and we think both the report and guidance will be good.    It's hard to say how these stocks will react initially, but we'd be buying/ recycling on any weakness.

Bottom line, it pays to go after the obvious and easy plays.    In a bull market, every play will look extended and that's the way it's going to be.   This is the case with commodity plays right now.    We have to constantly remind ourselves that this is where the hot money is and this is where we want to trade.


DJIM #23  2008

Lets just say the past week ended in a pretty gruesome fashion.     When both the economic worry and surge of crude oil hit you in the heart, pocketbook there's really no chance this market can be bullish in anyway.     In any case, this market might have just over reacted a bit over the Friday's news.   As traders looked to a modest job losses number, the attention turned to he unemployment rate which jumped quite a bit.  There is two arguments to this as expected.   We think it's an aberration, reminiscent of the ISM plunge in February to 41+. The market overacted in regards to the employment situation, the big picture here is the job losses are holding up.    As far as oil price jumping over $10, that should not come as a surprise because we all pretty well agree it's going higher.   Simply, we think the market has underestimated the rising risks to crude oil demand.

Is this market in trouble?   If you look at the technical, we are really just a couple of days away from the March low, as far as DJIA is concerned.  However, both QQQQ and IWM are still far off the March low.   So in another words, the broad market isn't in as big of a trouble as the Dow suggests.    Of course, if you look at many plays on DJIM shadow list, it really wasn't until the last trading hour on Friday that some of the plays just gave up some gains due to the overall pressure and natural profit taking.     We think last Friday is more than likely a one time event.    Adjusting to high oil price isn't going to be done with one day and the volume isn't suggesting any sort of panic.    We have mentioned before that the likelihood of sustained high oil price is pretty high and the market will have to learn to deal with it.    In fact, there's an article in this weekend's Barron's that talked about the oil situation.    The same analyst who called the $150 oil price a few weeks ago from Goldman is seeing the peak price of oil between $150 to $200.    The one point he remained unclear though, is that how long the high oil price will stay with us.   

For DJIM, the focus on oil these days is very good for us.    The more media and analysts talk about the surge in oil price, it probably means more commodity plays will benefit as well.   Coals were upgraded again on Friday.   At this point, we have come to realization that some of our plays, including the coals may not give us a good pullback we had hoped for.    What we hope now instead is that some of our plays slow down so we can simply catch some on a pause.    We added a new play IPHS on Friday and we have noted that it held up extremely well despite the weakness of this market.    We are looking to add more in the coming week if it stays this strong.

Besides the Oil, spotlight will be on LEH this week to see how much they cut their leverage and what losses they'll report.  It won't be rosy, but if they throw out the kitchen sink finally, it 'may' help the financials in days to come.   In a low volume environment as we have now, we have the same ability to take a run to the upside just as quick.  Be prepared early in the week, if a turn comes it will likely be a pretty good one.  We definitely think volatile days not seen since early in the year are back for the short term.

The Haynesville Shale play is not going away.   PVA was only the first to release results and the market has responded very well.  Many more will and this will idea will remain in play as results will be catalysts.   So as solars, shippers etc, we think the shelf life on this play will continue and DJIM will be all around it.       HK, GDP, XCO, GMXR are the other operators in the area we like.


DJIM #24  2008

Another week of the market being held hostage by Oil and the Financials/ Brokerages has passed.  But, heading into this trading week we're possibly in a position to see a 'change of pace' this week as GS and others in their group report, while Oil is on the verge of doing something from a technical analysis position ( forming a pennant formation).   Hopefully, these dynamics can make the market move in either direction just to give some clarity.   The only positive to possibly takeaway from last week for the overall market was that Fridays move didn't fizzle out like every other move during the week.   We're not overly excited about the action, we were more excited by the continued strength of our heavily followed as at least 8 put in New highs.   Of course, this consists of Coals ( ANR PCX MEE JRCC ), Ag-Chem ( IPHS MOS) and those Oil Shale plays like GDP.   The theme heading into this trading week remains the same from last week..."When we are trading, we are sticking to those favorite Ag-chems and Coal and our Haynesville Oil Shale stocks,.."'

We've updated the Shadowlist and have included the GMXR XCO Shale plays noted before, while removing the Shippers and China stocks to a secondary list for now.

A few have asked why we follow the $CRX and not the CRB index.  The reason is the Morgan Stanley consists of individual stocks with some of our favorites being the 2 largest positions POT 6.7%, X 6.55%, while the CRB uses a 4- tiered approach to allocating among commodities included in the index.  Group 1 includes only petroleum products with Crude Oil having a 23% index weigh.   We simply find the $CRX a better measure as it's based on shares of widely held and therefore seems to give a better insight to intraday activity of where our stocks may go.

As long as our groups show leadership in an uncertain market, we won't stray...unless it's to bet on Tiger Woods today.



..Doom and Gloom, yet Bloom

Same headlines, same story, same action, same end results!   Lots of doom and gloom for the market, yet our commodities plays bloom.   Morgan Stanley's earning pooped the financial market,  FDX cited US sluggish demand ahead,  RBS issued a global stock & credit crash with SPX falling to 1050 by September, all weighted on the market dipping the DJIA momentarily below 12000.    On the other hand, commodity sectors finished another cheery day and many of our plays notched a new closing high.    You either love it or hate it, these days!      For those that have viewed commodity market as nothing but a hedge have been missing out on the fun.    We have been often approached by friends and relatives who claim the "hedge" in their portfolio has been working well and thank god for them they are having a not so bad year.    The "hedge" they refer to is the kind of stuff that makes up DJIM's shadowlist.     To us, why hedge?   The commodity sectors, which may not be the traditional core holding of a portfolio, is going through a run-up of a lifetime and you simply wanted to just use it as a hedge, we ask?  Why?   Maybe, this is what separates a professional trader from an "educated" investor.    Instead of investing "into" the future, we traders simply try to take advantage of the current demand and supply imbalance.

Oh yes, our DJIM leaders had another great day with 22 hitting new highs, some closes were unbelievable PCX ANR.

A few firm notes of note Wednesday....talking about coming late to a party..but, maybe not as we said the other day, "It's better late than never".

Coals,  Stifel raised estimates for coal expectations of US coal miners, MEE raised to $123 from 73 was included.

Shales, XCO, raised to $40 by Keybanc is one of the top 3 Shale plays in our book due to acreage in area.  It is also probably the safest longer term hold if you want one.   This is due to its bigger size of outstanding shares which provides less volatility than the GDP, GMXR, HX may. PVA GDP, GMXR all raised by Jefferies to low $80's, HK to $49.  We already alerted BMO price ratings on Tuesday, we only signal up's/downgrades we think may be significant to days action as we've noted before.   As you can see by the above, Shale noise is just starting as commercial development is inevitable based on results so far.

Steels, the earnings report outlook from CMC, we think bodes well for US steel producers ( X )to produce record EPS going forward.

Again, watch $CRX as indicator here intraday direction.  Also, if selling starts at any point this week watch for 955 to hold to avoid any further down action. 



De-risking of Haynesville Shale play

In late March, Chesapeake CHK said that it believes the Haynesville Shale Play could potentially have a larger impact on the company than any other play in which it has participated to date.  It added the plays economics would rival the Barnett Shale play as the wells in play are capable of producing 5+ Bcfe for $5-6MM putting the acreage at a potential worth of $40,000/acre.  The comparisons to Barnett are/were no small feat and very bullish,  CHK had it's flag planted and interest spread to those who have well flags up in the Haynesville area.

As for traders here,  we said to watch for further catalysts off results of those companies with flags in area.   The results are pouring in and they have moved these stocks fast.   What you should be watching for is the above results 5+ Bcf which would suggest $40k/acre when viewing news releases of these stocks.   These are not vertical results that you may see in results of some releases such as GDP yesterday.  The more companies producing these results simply DE-RISKS the Haynesville Shale play (HSP) into a 'Commercial viable development'!.   The more positive exploration results the more de-risking of acreage in area occurs.   The acreage between Elm Grove and East Carthage is potentially worth 10-50k/acre and until a few weeks ago the stocks in this area had virtually none of this value in them, but since we alerted PVA May 30th in the $59 off exploration results,  we've seen this value go into many of the stocks GDP, XCO, GMXR, CRK, HK that have wells within 15 miles of CHK producing wells and even further away.  We noted all these stocks all around DJIM, including Forum June 2nd.   GMXR, PVA have data points further west away from CHK`s current activity and this suggests that the play is continuous to an area of 30 miles!.  Even HK`s wells suggest the play runs 30 miles east and 15-20 miles south, but the play may be limited to the north as results 25 miles were not so great.  So that pretty well draws you a map and if you see other stocks being pumped as a HSP, you`d better know where their flags are.  

Here are the stocks with best exposure numbers to CHK wells , others like EOG have 0 exposure within 15miles, while 150k outside and others with good exposure like DVN are not fit for our trading crtieria.

                                      Net acreage within 15miles -6 county acreage=  Total

GDP                                18,700- 47,000= 65,700= 281$MM value

XCO                                34,000- 120,000= 154,000=580$MM value

GMXR                              8,000-  13,000= 21,000=132,000$MM value

CRK                                15,000- 80,000= 95,000= 310,000$MM value

PVA                                 12,000-39,000= 51,000= 276,000$MM value

HK                                   40,000- 25,000= 65,000= 500,000$MM value


CHK                                  75,000-125,000=200,000= 1,250$MM value

These assumptions are for $10k acre (price which acreage is being bought by CHK in area)value near CHK and at 2-4k for other acreage further away.  To get a further value such as value share you need to know the share count.  This is where we all need to look as far as trading is concerned.  GMXR has a share count of around 15m while an XCO has over 100m and CHK over 480m.  Simply this is where volatility and quickest price appreciation potential comes from.   We prefer to trade the 26m of GDP than the 480m of CHK.  XCO fits nicely in between if you want to put one away under a pillow based on share count and exposure to HSP.

Basically, this is to let you know what you are looking for as these stocks will move on catalysts such as acreage acquisition, you need to know how much is significant and where it is to CHK best flags.  You can now do this by comparing to the above stats.   Just like when we alerted GMXR June 17th had bought more acreage to add to the above acreage, more will come as yesterday did with GDP and the ensuing run.  GDP got a small amount of acreage, but a surprisingly great price of $1,147K-acre.   This is only because they are covering the capital on the 1st well from a private company they are partnering with here.   It does not de-value the HSP acreage paid by CHK and others.   You also know what is a good result and what will be a bad one to make a trading decision.   This is all about de-risking this HSP play.   If some result within 15 miles of CHK doesnt meet the +5 BCFE now expected, which is the ideal number,  than you know the whole HSP players will suffer. 

As we always say, it is best to be ahead of the herd and dump unto them when they come.  This is from a trading perspective and it has been happening since we took on this play at the end of June.   This will continue and the potential is great as there are not a lot of shares available in the float of a GMXR, GDP etc. for the institutions that will want to be in HSP.    We noted recently when a money manager came on CNBC and said well you heard it here first in regards to HSP, since Jefferies'  Hogan has pumped our plays and Erin Burnett is counting the times HSP comes up.   Simply, despite this tremendous run in just over 3 weeks this has potential to be on many more radars as time goes on as this play gets de-risked for commercial development.

As far the rest of the market,   it was a disappointment again as no buying came in after Fridays dump.   Not a good sign as the market continues to show vulnerability.   Today will be no different as UPS gave the market another kick with the magnitude of their 2Q downside.  But again, all this is happening in our neighbours backyard, our DJIM yard had at least 13 stocks from our shadowlist making new highs with many of our most recent alerts such as X SCHN ENER having incredible days.  We also had very positive news late for US carbon steels producers CLF, X as Rio Tinto announced it had achieved a 96.5% increase just for iron ore lumps.   Expect more EPS/price increases in days ahead for these, we already told you of one not publically released for X the other day.



holiday spirit

Walking around town in this fine city of Toronto this week, there's no hint of a slowed economy.   Of course, we are talking about a big holiday week here where most people try to enjoy themselves.      When we walk away from our trading screen, and out on the street, we really don't feel the kind of gloom and doom this market fears.  Maybe that's because the major Canadian exchange (TSX) has been up around 20% in 2008, one of the world's best performers.  Why?.  Well, that's because the index is about 50% resource plays!.  So, Happy Canada Day, today.  Hopefully, our resource plays can survive today with the TSX closed today.;).   There's no hint of inflation, no stress and everyone just goes about his/her business it seems.    This is definitely a strange feeling, for us traders who witness all the daily doom and gloom reporting !    When we get back to work and look at the quotes of many companies that supposedly represent the pillars of the economy across the border, things can be so far from the truth.    Companies that are perceived as "American Icons", such as GE, GM, Citi..., their stocks are hitting new low on a "daily" basis!    On the other hand, there are those companies that do nothing but dig stuff out of the ground, are hitting new high on a daily basis.   Even US coal companies are popping IPO's onto the TSX here, one PHC, Phoenix coal just had a 18% pop going from 1.76 to over $2 yesterday.   Ok, the comparison ends here and no more philosophical discussion on how and why or if...

What we want to know, as traders, are questions of when is the overall market going to rebound and when is the madness of the commodity plays going to end?    Either question, if you attempt to answer this in some sort of logical way during the last couple of months, you'd have simply driven yourself insane by now.    We feel the questions are best answered by the market itself, whenever they happen! 

In the mean time, today's strength from DJIM shadowlist came from HK's rosy drill report.  We've highlighted these intertwined HSP plays, GDP, CRK, PVA, XCO will live off 'catalysts' such as results, acreage acquisition etc.   This could not have been more true than yesterday as these plays exploded.    HK provided very strong results, the initial rate is the highest rate so far of 16.8 mmcfpd.   It is twice the rate of those recently announced by ECA, PVA and an average of 5 Bcf per well can easily be assumed based on this.   They also announced acreage increased 83% from 150 to 275K net acres.

We noted before the open of possible catalysts for our resource plays.  We had a timely upgrade of CLF, and continued follow through action from coal plays including JRCC, also highlighted.    In essence, resource plays have covered about 90% of our most recent favourite trades.    Yes,  it'd be hard not to have a great day, even 20 minutes into the open.    Excitement aside, we still have to do enough profit taking to ensure that our hard work get recognized.    Also, we wouldn't want to call today's action a gift either because we'd been riding this for quite sometimes now.    The probability of an upgrade in the steel sector to estimates and stocks themselves, a turn in coal sector and positive catalysts from shale plays have all been discussed extensively in the Journals.  Don't shoot the messengers,  if sooner than later these pause, money should have been made already.  To start, it will be interesting to see the reaction to SCHN's eps today in the entire steel sector.  Will the probably great numbers be cooked in or not, that is the question!!.  Wait and see, here this morning.