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Entries in CVLT (7)


...a hissy tsy fit

As Bullish as we‘ve been now for months,  it never hurts to be rational and keep pace with your own strategy even if the markets get giddy as following the CCI#.    Entering the week we were saying the focus will be on the TSY auctions/ FED purchases and warned entering the trading day in regards to TSY’s,…”…It seems the market will use anything as a catalyst these days, keep this in mind,  it could work the other way later in the week on something seemingly not so crucial at first glance.”.    Well,  it certainly came to fruition as out of the blue the market worked the other way ..ramping down on a rare market catalyst!… Despite a successful/ solid 5 yr auction by all accounts,  the bond market spoke out shifting pain into mortgages by putting the ball in the FED court challenging them and their ability to sustain low mtg rates..   (purchasing MBS…What will they do and what will be the reaction?).   The consequences, debates will be in full force now,  we as traders do need to worry about the implications of higher borrowing costs tomorrow than they were yesterday with this spike in TSY yields.    A simple question arises from today‘s events, how will those CCI giddy households feel tomorrow, next week about an economic recovery?

Banks- Brokers,

A steep decline in TSY/ higher mtg rates weighted on the group late and will continue to do so putting the idea of a higher mkt an unlikely event without their participation.   Let’s not beat around the bush here, we all know where the cash came from in WFC BAC , don’t we?  What will the next Q’s look like if this primary benefit to the banks stops?.  


As we’ve been saying,  we’re not going to do anything other than maybe intraday trading unless the $CRX breaks out.  Once again a potential upward tick to the 630 level was thwarted.  A slight positive for steel names from MT, but a neg from MON for ferts/ seeds stocks was the news flow.


Unfortunately this glimmer of a potential leading indicator got caught with broad market tape in the afternoon.  The thesis we put out midday may still hold and so we’ll be watching this sec’ for trades. We got another positive reading as CREE a June Q end EPS preannounce/ guided higher and there were ‘ tracking better’ comments from more companies at a Barclays conference.  Elsewhere,  CVLT, CEO had very positive comments and considering a similar co (DDUP) just got a bid from NTAP is reason enough to tradelist it.  

Simply,  we are still mired in a low trading volume environment and overdone gyrations in the broad market tape continue to be a given , we remain in the larger trading range.   The end of the world was coming last week as supposedly anything in USD was being sold following SP/UK news and than it was all sunny again, and than seemingly forgotten come CCI#.    Heading into tomorrow,  we basically have a bearish- hold- bullish view on the above 3 sec’s.    To us,  that’s a pretty foggy market leaving one to be very selective.  We lost an upside risk  for the time being this afternoon.   The upside risk was not a news catalyst this time as we‘ve had for weeks now frightening the shorts, it was "920-930 levels" , every inch closer put pressure on the shorts.   They have some relief and now we’ll see if they start to press shorts on any upticks,  unfortunately they may not get the volume ammunition from their peers needed end of week.   *Jobless claims 830am


June starts with a big bang...

This might not be the first day of summer officially, but, we officially kicked off the "slow" summer trading season with a very loud bang.  The positive China PMI  data led to strong overseas trading, the news of GM Chapter 11 (finally closure), and a couple of upgrades in the morning were enough to gap up the market on top of Friday’s strong close.   We noted the importance of China PMI midday Friday and pointed out the impetus in Journal for a move from the month long trading range today… The “holding pattern“, we think is the market waiting for China to make the next move literally. It’s been pretty quiet lately after the initial ‘leg’ up and now we wait for signals for the global , eco’ outlook from China. This will (if positive) include help for the tech outlook and definitely the commodity picture for the 2nd half of the year".    Today, it was the fuel for the impressive global market melt up, no doubt about it!!.   The US ISM number (5th consecutive mthly increase) came out at 10 am and pretty much sealed the deal for the bulls.   The "deal" we are referring to is the official breakout of the recent ‘May’ trading range.

Mid week around SPX 900, “…….we could be getting rotation into consumer driven NAS/tech coinciding with last weeks positive data points in tech conference/eps. So a close over 1430 $NDX can be very bullish and we could be on way to SPX 950, a clear break can be over 915, 920SPX, it may be useless and be a little late to enter after breakout levels we've been talking (930’s May highs)".   What we are pointing here is the $SPX literally made a move under radar in 1-2 hrs of trading of 40-50 pts to a high of ~947 and you’ve missed it,  if you were not positioned in low’s 900’s last week to take advantage of the stealth move.   Considering, we literally hit that ‘on way to 950’,  it's an excuse to take profits off table and re-position.   We’d welcome a pullback to re-initiate many positions, whether it is tech, commods, china linked stocks.

The volume across the tape may not be as super strong as a breakout volume would've warranted, but we’re pretty sure many still can’t believe their eyes and continue to sit on cash.   Money is sipping into the market slowly,  but the world has literally missed the rally.   The statistics don’t lie as many refuse to believe we are in anything but a mild recovery.   The world is underweight, including hedgies, 'whales' and will eventually lead to more upward pressure on equities in the future.

As we have been pointing all along,  a break to the upside has always been the more likely scenario.   Someone has to give up and there was too much "upside risk"  for the shorts/ Bears weighing in on this market.  Technical this time.   Recently, we've had way more positive eco' data points compared to the negative ones.   The earnings have been better than expected and action in the emerging market lately is nothing short of superb.   This is also coupled with the fact financial issues are somewhat behind us.   Everything that has happened lately is viewed as positive development for this market over the long haul.   Therefore, in our opinion, this breakout was inevitable and hopefully our bullish stance at DJIM has payed off for members lately and since March.

So,  what's the trading strategy now?   Although,  we aren't in a mood to chase anything new today, we are mentally prepared to buy stuff back on any worthwhile pullback.   Basically,  the price level that you've seen a few times when SPX was at 875-880 level may not be there in the next little while.    We have to be comfortable with the idea to 'move up' our own buy trading range.    Earnings plays are still the same and those that showed exceptional technical strength are our favourites.  Techs, Commods and China syndrome are back in full force these days.   Besides the obvious long standing commodity/ tech stocks (most on shadowlist link),  we had some recent add-ons such as lodging play HOT  (last alerted low 20's) for a breakout top range move, EJ, china earning play breakout recent tops, CVLT, a tech play is near 2009 high, slow crawler BWY  is back near $15 highs after a pickup here at ~$11.

Oh yeah, were you a good trader and monitor these potential earnings plays we put up early May in a secondary shadowlist?   Some nice pullback buys emerged in what many called a terrible chop trade in May, but as we said it's a stock pickers market going forward and many were making fresh highs, SFLY, STAR, TNDM, CTV.   Stocks on list like DDRX  NEU PENN GMCR  were already in play at DJIM and are likely on our shadowlist link.   Patience is a virtue and pays off well if you have the right earnings stocks.  It is also quite a safe trade and lurking a good pullback works well.

Oh yeah, did anyone catch the AH news that EMC is coming out a competing bid for DDUP?  Remember, we picked up CVLT  last week as a secondary play here.  To be honest with you, we haven't seen this kind of action in the tech land in a long time.

Summer trading, fortunately is also slower paced and has lower than average trading volume.   This is actually better for us to not have to worry about chasing some wild strength.   We don't believe this market is capable of going straight up at this point, so there'd be plenty of opportunity to get in on this leg.   However, when the setups do present themselves, you don't want to be shy away either.   Bottom line, we are feeling very confident and comfortable with what may come the next couple of months.   Summer trading, once again may become fun.


DDRX - BWY - CVLT- EJ alert plays in May

At,  besides maintaining a ‘bullish’  posture in our Daily Market commentary since late March for the broad market (SPX) detailing reasons for such as we progressed higher."  This is almost a clincher and what will drive this market closer to SPX 1000.…03/24/09”,   We also initiated a trade in commodity linked stocks-groups at the same time,  followed by the probability of the small caps trade off earnings.   Below are a few examples of alerted plays in what was to many a boring ‘chop’ trade in May.

DDRX, alerted April 30 trading in the low $9's. traded to a high of $18.75 in 25 trading days.

BWY, alerted at the open May 5th at ~$11 as an EPS play, traded to a high of $16.75 in less than 25 trading days


CVLT, alerted as a DDUP secondary play May 27th, ~$11-12, traded to just under $16 in 8 trading days.

EJ, alerted at open ~$13.50, traded up to ~$17 in 13 trading days.


..not bad at all

There is nothing like getting something over with!..?.    Something in this case is a generous meltdown for the Bears that hardly feels like a drop in the bucket for the Bulls.    Despite, a drop of ~6% on the SPX from recent highs to todays low,  we must admit it hasn’t been anything to lose sleep over.   Well, that is if positioned or in this case non-positioned in anything commodity, bank-broker, simply any High Beta liquid equities.    These HB's are always the first to encounter profit taking due to the flock comings and goings as they please due to liquidity giving easy access to such movement.   

How did we get to 200MA and lower intraday so quickly?.  A few notables have occurred, since we alerted Monday, our worrisome view on Banks-Brokers have produced a decline of about 5% from that point and …“As far as individual stocks, simultaneously most we shadow have slipped below 9ema in the past few sessions and if you've been with us since day 1,  you know we view this as a negative until the level is recaptured.   This is a possible show leading the market to 200ma“.    It’s not a coincidence we saw stocks such as EBS STEC CVLT  putting up 5% moves intraday as they have continued to trade above 9ema during these downside days, while the commodity linked stocks under 9ema were given the pile driver lower.    Okay, so what now?.     Barring any terrible eco data points tomorrow,  we’re glad to get  this first leg of a correction possibly over with as we regained the SPX’s 200MA.  We should trade range bound now between  ~903S-920R-929R.     Just like consolidating upside moves, a downside,  should be as well.   

What we like about today is despite what looks like a flattish day,  we broke/ regained the 200ma (meaning little conviction amongst shorts to press) and got a further beating to the commodity/banks- brokers all in one swoop.  (We still feel this correction so far is..  profit taking vs. giddy shorties)   Simply,  we can get cheaper shares now at what could be a short term low put in on the SPX,  possibly leading to a reversal bounce.     So far this week any bounce attempt has been tepid,  either the volatility including those late buying closes are gone (which is fine as we can just grind up to next R), or we’re due for a nice pop, especially in bloodied commodity linked stocks.    Giving credence to such a move coming is the sale sign went down in Techs (Semi’s/SOX) , Retail closes at highs as it saw some buy interest and Transports reversed later in day despite FDX's premkt crappy guidance.  If we’re flat through the morning eco data points,  we’ll look for a tradeable bounce beginning in the morning.   If this is the case sooner than later, you can't ignore buying those 'still on sale today' cheaper shares below 9ema in whatever group leads for a trade to begin with.


Earning coming into focus...

In the premarket newsflow,  OECD  raised the economy outlook for U.S (alert posted).  This is the first time they've done it in 2 years.   This is actually a direct forecast contrast of what World Bank said a couple of days ago, which we stated we had problems with and it would go away once/if digested properly.   Regardless who's right and who's wrong, we always feel that it's up to the market to decide the outcome.   In the econ. data dept.,  we had a unexpected big surprise Durable Goods #  that further excited the market in the early going.   Although the market ended up giving up most of its gains, we'd still like to point out a few positives.

Earnings do matter! Tech giant ORCL came out with better than expected report last night and the stock/ sector was greeted with some positive reaction.   Despite the late day weakness, both ORCL and JBL (another one reported eps last night) held up most of the gains by the close.   The responsible culprit for today's late day weakness is the FOMC statement or better, the lack of it in regards to more purchases which caused a $USD lift off and commods' took it on the chin.    Still,  you can say that everything they decided during the meeting was pretty much expected.   The bottom line is that we are back at SPX 900 w/ 50MA crossing 200MA.   Buyers are present,  just more discriminating with purchase prices than in the previous months of the rally.    As more and more companies line up to release earnings, we are feeling more confident about buying on the dips, (STEC another perfect 9ema move today).   Given the weakness we've endured the last week and half,  some of the plays on our watchlist are no longer in the "overbought" category.

Looking at various sectors on our shadowlist link,  there's no doubt that some of the strong ones came from Steels (most up 5% early) + Tech  area,  as well as some China  plays.  In fact, overall breadth is superb today with only a few red names on our entire watchlist.,ADY,AKS,ARUN,ASIA,BIDU,BWY,CVLT,DDRX,EBS,EJ,EQIX,FCX,FSLR,GMCR,GNK,GS,GYMB,HES,HOT,ICE,JPM,JOYG,JRCC,LVS,MA,MOS,MYGN,NEU,OIH,PENN,POT,PWRD,RIMM,RVBD,SAFM,SCHN,STAR,STEC,STP,TSL,WFC,WMS,WYNN,WLT,X,&ta=0&p=w&o=-change


Before the actual earnings season starts in full force sometime in July (now we have May ending reports), our trading strategy is simple.  So called "technical weakness" continues to be a buying opportunity to us,  just as we noted this week if we approached 880SPX.    We just don't see a major breakdown to a much lower level without some major negative catalysts coming into EPS.   Given the recent positive earning trend and econ. data points,  the probability of a breakdown is even less likely.   Right now, we are still in a process of working through some overbought levels since March and it's likely to continue over the next couple of weeks.   This shouldn't concern new standout EPS plays coming.  

In the meantime,  enjoy the good trading action that still exists out there,  you just have to be selecive or just tune in to the soap opera as one congressman is smearing Bernanke with a cover up, while another Senator is confessing his adultress- marriage cover up all at the same time.  Oh, what a country!



DJIM #26

The only trepidation you may have in trading this market is if you’re consumed by technical analysis of the SPX on a daily basis in making trade decisions.   If this continues to be the case,  traders will continue to miss opportunities heading into this earnings season.    Fortunately,  since late March on TSY news from the FED,  we said we’re going back the DJIM basics and going back to individual stocks/ sector picking concentration.  Back to our roots, yep.. back to the days of the Swamp with Lizard King and eventually as moderators for the trading forum in Rev Sharks (    Up to that FED intervention almost everyone was consumed by and fixated on the daily activity of the SPX, including us,  as long opp's were few and far between.    Many traders have stuck to this SPX trade and have missed a beautiful run in individual stocks/ sectors.   The reason we bring this up now is it has become tiresome hearing this is a boring market with little chance to make money due to the trading range last 2 mths.     Besides putting on the commodity linked stocks trade,  we thought if the market continued to act right,  enthusiasm would come back to micro /small caps, focusing on earnings.   Well,   it definitely did as the BWY  DDRX  ARUN  GMCR  ADY  EJ  CVLT  ICE  STEC  EBS  etc. dominated our DJIM platforms with big gains during the recent Q, while supposedly the market produced nothing but a chop trade.    What we’re saying is the market may become more boring in the next 2 months for many traders ,  but we’re looking forward and excited for new opportunities as companies begin to announce earnings for their June ending Q’s.    If things were better for the names listed above last Q,  we expect a slew of new stocks to come on radar with better bottom lines from a recovering economy.  

Until July 13th or so,  you should be drying up some powder in readiness for new stock buying.  You don’t want to be holding stocks that are losing steam or holding any losers if it takes up buying power.  You want to have cash on hand for fresh meat and /or continue for now to be very selective in buying. Your trading proficiency is not measured by how much trading you do,  but by your profits!.   We don't expect any fireworks until next holiday weekend,  we probably did not trade more than 3 or 4 stocks last week with PWRD, DDRX  heading into the week.    It made for a long week,  but at the end of the week it is only your P&L that matters.


...NCH for SPX coincides with 10+ earnings plays

We'll start things tonight with this little biotechnology company called Vivus.  Some speculation into our diet. Some of you may have heard of this company at one time or another, but we are sure that most of you have heard of this name tonight. What's so special about this play other than the fact it's finished up 70% off 75 million shares? Here's the thing, take a look around you and see how many of your own relatives or friends that are overweight? Ok, we are just going to stop right here. Basically, VVUS  came out with their phase 3 trial results on their obesity drug Qnexa showing significant efficiency in reducing patient's weight. According to many analysts, they've set the golden standard for this type of drug. This ought to get people very excited because at this point, at little over $800 million market cap, there sure is a quite a bit of room on the upside considering also this was stuck under $10 for years now. We have seen it with DNDN, and we have seen it with HGSI. In our opinion, this VVUS story is better than both of other stories. Therefore, we started a somewhat sizable position today and will continue to add off any dips. One thing about this company though, is that it's also heavily followed by institution.  From what we hear 'holders' were adding longs even with 70% lift. Once the initial fever is gone, the play will trade much more stable and have the potential to move much higher. We are currently treating this one as a longer term play for our portfolio.

Now onto the market! Ok, here's the thing, it takes not ONE, but TWO attempt of correction to make most people realize how powerful and vigorous this bull rally is.The most recent pullback, despite that one day massive volume, is over with on higher lows. Right now, we are expecting new highs to be breached on any given day now. As we said Thursday night, it will be inevitable once ~1020 reached.

Many plays on our DJIM earnings linked watchlist screen were showing some impressive individual action that are moving in tandem with the index. Most impressively, COMP, or the technology index has broken out today.  This strength is displayed throughout our technology linked names, including many bolded into yesterdays trading, CTSH +4% , ARUN +4%, ROVI +2.5, STEC +5% ININ +4% . Also making news highs on our list including  EBS +11% EMS CTRP WYNN PWRD FSYS CVLT. So, is this the type of market worth chasing at this point? If we do break SPX 1039 , we think it's worth every bit to chase this market. When you have a consecutive blowout report like HITK (we bought some) had today, its making alot of players to look forward to the next round of earning season. 

As far as commods', we've turned our eyes from coal to steel as SLX looks to breakout.  Still, we'd caution at this stage for the whole group and keep positions small and on a tight leash to turnover.  As we saw late in day, they can rollover quickly as the USD rallied off lows.  The correlation is very strong now between USD and these stocks.


China  linked stocks, slew of key data coming up Thursday night.


All of a sudden, Sept. is looking to liven up trader's screen for a change. If August proved to be somewhat boring, we sure aren't getting any of that drowsiness from the market so far this month. Bottom line, we are looking to add more stuff if we get some mini dip opportunities next few days as the breakout of this market just seems imminent.