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Entries in VMW (14)


...and the number is...????

Most of  DJIM discussion this week centred around home front/Economic data.  It‘s slowly making it‘s way back to the markets talking heads.   This is good because we are finally taking a break from Eurozone and switching some focus.   Well, we don't know how long this is going to last because once the NFP report comes out tomorrow, folks may just concentrate back onto the Euro worries now that the market has rallied from SPX1040 to 1105/200ma.   Many have not grasped that we've actually rallied since the 25th/1040.   Those in the rally play may want to sell over 1100,  but those sidelined may begin to feel some anxiety of this move going further.   Stay tuned...

However,  it's important to give some thoughts on the recent Econ. data.    People have been pointing out the fact that although the Economy is recovering, growth has slowed recently.   The fact China is down >20% is evidence of the ’growth’ investor has been slipping away this year.   Also, fear of Euro May problems derailing activity in US has been on the mind.  This weeks macro #`s show it hasn’t derailed things in May.   The eco` downshift may not be as great as feared due to Eurozone.  Unfortunately, a fresh twist in our waters now... the ramifications of the BP spill will begin to put June #'s into question sooner than later by the market.!    We feel all these fears are very natural because sooner or later this is what had to happen for the markets not get out of hand.    Basically we need to level off the growth curve for a bit before we can tick higher.    The biggest obstacle to the recovery remains the unemployment rate.   It seems no matter how many jobs we create, it just won't be enough to replace those millions of jobs that were lost during last couple of years.    It'll be a long way before the unemployment rate comes down to a reasonable level.    By then, the Economy will be at full steam and we bet many of the plays-sec`s we like will be trading at a much higher valuation.    This is always the case in an upward Economic cycle.

As far as market goes,  SPX stopped dead at 200 MA today.  Volume was relatively light and people are most likely waiting for the NFP report tomorrow to give them a reason to make their next move.  Today’s somewhat green to flat action gives the market some room to manoeuvre, if we broke out over 200ma today,  we’d probably have a better chance for a sell on the news(NFP#), no matter what the # would be.  As we all know,  selling on any NFP# is always a possibility and will be on this census skewed report as well.  Watch private sector jobs, whisper highs a tad over 200k.

Excluding the commodity linked stocks (Again, China housing clamp cooling property mkt big time), many plays behaved really well, especially in softie tech.  We had M&A activity (SNWL) once again in the group and DJIM listed softies, CRM VMW  and another VRSN  added hitting NCH`s. (will update Shadowlist this weekend).  Others like DGIT, DLB  also put in nice days.  

In all honesty, if we can close out the week in a relative quiet fashion, it'd be a nice confidence boost for the sidelined investors to slowly buy into the market again.    Right now, the most important issue for this market is to ease the volatility and stop the late day sell offs.   It stopped today and yesterday,  let this continue today and we`ll be happy heading into the weekend.


Shadowlist update

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...looking ahead

Following an eventful 4 days for the Bulls, today’s flat session is perfectly fine with us.   Actually, even better than fine if you consider the 200ma provided support.   Even though, we didn't see a lot of new buying/ conviction to push this market even higher (let’s be realistic short term..digestion needed),  it is almost as good because we saw ‘dip buyers’  come in.    An oppy’ to buy the market on dips has been methodology of longs for a long time to get into this market.  We just haven’t seen those explosive breakouts of years past, instead those wanting to be in the the dips.   This is what we will center around going forward and will use it ourselves to position into Q end.  

Speaking of Q end, entering the week, we discussed “…sidelined money should come in for June Q end”.  This Q provides more than one reason for this to occur.    First, look at where the SPX is today on June 16th…almost half way through the year…1115.!   Yes, that’s a hefty return of 0% on the widely followed benchmark for every manager with a book in 2010.   Secondly, consider this…Hedge funds – “Hedge funds hit in monstrous May….Global hedge funds in May suffered the heaviest losses for 18 months after some of biggest and most successful managers were wrong-footed by world markets”.      Simply,  if we’re these guys we’re in a mess after May and need to put up some numbers, not only for June to make-up losses and avoid consecutive months of underperformance, but they also have to put up Q numbers!.    To us at DJIM, this is almost a perfect storm for money flow to come in the next 2 weeks.    This is why we will be watching the dips carefully for oppy’ for accumulation.

As far a individual stocks, sectors, we are seeing many of our listed stocks hitting NCH’s the past few days…EDU AZO VCI SXCI RBCN  and these aren’t even offensive high beta stocks.   At this point,  we are concentrating on the tech’s and have many from our lists of techs/and earnings related that on any given day can pop..from VMW  to NFLX AKAM, NTAP (SNDK added)  etc.   Many like DLB VRSN  are also setting up near highs.    Hopefully in the days heading into Q end, the number of sectors in play extends to beat up commodity linked stocks and more high beta names/sec‘s.   Until this is evident, we’ll concentrate on Nazzy/ tech linked stocks.


Nice last 30 min close..

We definitely had some help from strengthening Euro today, plus the market was able to shrug off  disappointing U.S. Econ. data to end the day slightly higher.    The fact that there was a successful closely followed bond offering by Spain and the subsequent move of Euro, really set the tone for this market.    Right now, anything that gives a positive indication that things aren't as bad as people feared in Euro land, people gives our market a shot of calmness.  Also, importantly the premise of buyers coming on dips was present again.

The so called disappointing Eco. data isn't a big issue to us.  Despite the recent mixed signals, (+ consumer confidence still showing resilency) trend still indicates expansion and recovery for the U.S. Economy.    In addition, we came off a very strong April where most of the Econ. reports we remember beat estimates and it's just difficult to repeat the process month after month.    Unless people are anticipating a 10% GDP growth and 5% employment by the end of year, it's just unrealistic to expect a huge increase in key Econ. data month after month.    So, let's just give this Economy some more time and see where it's going.     The earning season is soon upon us and we'd like to give the CEO/CFO's more credibility on their outlook as oppose to some of the raw Econ. data.    Can companies grow profit and revenue while unemployment rate stayed at a relatively high level?   Of course,  it can happen and this is the scenario we are actually banking on.    Of course, picking the right sector that are taking advantage of the recovery is the key to our trading strategy.

As far as plays go, technology plays are outperforming.  Again listed plays like VMW CRM NTAP  were inching to NCH's.   Also, CLH  off list as a play on the oil clean up hit a NCH.  Basically, we have a choice of either chasing/playing the strong techs that are at or near the recent high, or playing the beat up plays that are no where near high and have tons of resistance on the way up.    Well, it's pretty clear choice, isn't it?   Also, we feel commodity, material and industrial stocks are more sensitive to "disappointing" Econ. data as oppose to tech stocks.

Bottom line, market as a whole just wants to churn higher.    The only thing we aren't sure at this point is the pace of the churn.   In either case, we feel with the end of q coming up, some of the fund managers would love to have some of the high beta plays (the ones hitting new highs) in their portfolio.


Just the right kind of balance...

We have talked many times on this site about the potential Economic recovery that can last a long time.   It is the sort of recovery that can drive many people insane.    Why?   Most of us have never experienced an "agonizing" recovery like the one we are going through.    You can go as far back as the 30’s when the stock market actually mattered, and you won't find a similar example of an Economic cycle that we are going through now.    For most of us, we didn't begin to trade till the 90s, for some of us maybe the 80s or even the 70s.    Psychology in trading may still be the same, but the circumstance that dictates the psychology is way different.    We no longer can rely on one set of data to make a clear case of this market.   Due to the volatility of this market in recent months, you can say that this is both a bull and a bear market.    However, we have to look at things in a longer time frame to determine what will really come out of this.   Once again, we have to say that this is going to be a long and grinding bull market that will outlast even the most patient traders.  An example at the conclusion of this Journal shows how selective stock picks could have made you good money even in a long term investment portfolio throughout 2010’s turmoil

So, we got a taste of INTC  report last night that the Corporate America can make profit, and lots of it, without increasing their headcount.    What is that you ask?   That's called lean and mean efficiency!   Unemployment may be high, but it doesn't mean that every company out there needs to operate under a recession like scenario.    Of course, what INTC may be able to pull off does not mean others will do the same and most likely many others won't be able to.   What we do want to point out though is that given time and patience, many more companies and industries will be able to catch up to some degree.    It's just so hideous to write this market off and point its head into a double dip scenario.

JPM is also on deck to release its report tomorrow and we don't have to mention how important it is to the investment professional, especially since we are overbought short term and at important technical levels.   So far, it's a great start in earning season and lets hope things get even better from here.

As far as trade today, once again dip buyers prevailed and today it was twice, once at gap down open and after FOMC (see alert note) at 1088.  DJIM had numerous plays, mostly earnings/ tech related hit NCH's today.  They included APKT  (off ADTN eps/ ADCT M&A communication equipment stocks) , ROVI, VMW, FFIV.   Considering the market has gone nowhere in a wild up and down 2010, it’s pretty impressive these additions to our Shadowlist,  mostly 2 Q’s ago are still making new highs today.   We added freighter, EXPD  to shadow trading list today, CTV  yesterday.



20MA recaptured

Despite Friday’s swoon below our critical 20ma ,  we managed to eek back over it twice on Monday and today as soon as a 3rd try ensued,  the market breezed through and staged an impressive reversal day closing 15pts above the 20ma.   This has been the ’Bulls’ benchmark here and it remains so!.  Looking at today’s action,  we think the April/June/ July trendline that held the Bulls at bay last week is much more vulnerable now and should be easier to crack.   So, what brought on today’s impressive comeback.  

  • Despite all the critique about disappointing  'revenue'  lines in earnings,  you can only beat a horse so bad after a gap down.   A change that continued today was these gap down earnings beatings were getting ’bought’ up the last few days.   Examples were HAS and DAL.   Today, the same was happening early in IBM, GS  early and in a smaller name CRUS ,  which raised revenue guidance, but was knocked down to mid 15’s(->10%) before climbing to flat and than a 5% gain by close.   Simply, the market was overreaching the ‘revenue’ misses mostly and this proved to be buyers delight as they step up at these exaggerated gap downs.


  • If you have your DJIM shadlowlist set up like shown here,  you could clearly something out of the ordinary early on.    The commodity linked stocks were outperforming the market in a big way. Question was why?.    As we all know if China goes, commods’ go.   Considering the Shang was up 2%, (2 days straight), you knew there must be China talk.    And, there was talk, talk of China ‘easing’ measures and also noise about better margins for the steel co’s in Q4 from China companies.    Most importantly, Shang is over 20ma and should be watched as we could be off the ‘bottom’ in commodity linked stocks.   We all know even when the overall market doesn’t give you gains, trading the commodity linked stocks is all we need if a trend is beginning.   It could be a little early, but the train may be leaving the station and buying the pullbacks gradually is probably the way we're going to go now.


  • Lastly, we asked for earnings ‘ammunition’  yesterday and without going into detail, we definitely got some from AAPL  and VMW (nice chart set if trendline broken) to fight the Bears.


...slowly but surely

..the market crawls methodically for 1131 retest

We can wrap the today’s market by repeating yesterday’s first paragraph as the context remains the same.   Overall,  simply buyers on fence and shorts not eager to press on with new positions.Market sticks to tight range showing more signs of resiliency as buyers show up to buy dip blips off anything that can be construed as possible bad news. (*China Stress tests (housing)- Commods bought up after headline pressured them.   Still, this may get more attention as the belief recently was the China gov't would be "relaxing" things.    Also, the discrepancy in the steel uptick end of July vs. X's and other steel co's guidance not resolved.   Leaning on the X  side as to what might be occuring going forward.

Overshadowing a broad tight range market was the outperformance of DJIM’s Q stocks as traders buy the earnings.  Recently mentioned, EXPD  led the charge ( last week noted as long as transports stay intact the market would be fine) with VMW, ILMN CLW  hitting new highs since releases.


DJIM #34  2010

Heading into a traditionally quiet summer holiday trading week, most are citing the market should get some reprieve from the July carry unwind trade that late last week was on the verge of giving back all of August gains in equities.   Interestingly, these ‘trading ideas’ are contradictory to all those beliefs that the market is controlled by “machines” these days.   So, throw in some Blackberry type gadgets and this market doesn’t necessarily have to take a week off at the ‘beach’…anything can happen as this is not Q2, but Q3 where the macro environment has deteriorated quickly, especially since the ‘initial job claims’ warning here came to fruition in step with NY/Phil manu numbers.   The worst thing about unwinds is the speed they can occur in and HF’s have no mercy in liquidations, even in late month ends, late August past summers.    Last week could have been the start as high beta continue to be sold off more.   Best to stay ‘defensive’ until the USD finds some footing in hope no further strength occurs and takes equities down in lock step.    Also, stay disciplined and watch for and trade what you know.   Like Shadowlisted past earnings like CRM  on Friday, if given the chance for some trades.  It is so much easier to trade  history (as in its been on list for over a year), but keep them on a short string and take profits in this rocky environment.   This is the same story as with NFLX, VMW, FFIV  types for over a year now on our Shadowlist.   They have had the best numbers and they perform to those expectations in share price over and over again.   Unfortunately, the reporting season is over and we’ll have to really dig at the potential plays.    Maybe its secondary plays off M&A activity, like a little known FTNT  noted here, which was strong on Friday..or play GMCR  again as a play on souring coffee prices and SJM earnings…or a HANS, which will one day really breakout from these levels as it sits at 2009 and 2010 highs.   If it’s trading Red Bull, coffee related or some unknown stock like FTNT in this unpredictable market, that’s just fine until things clear.

As the market unwinds from the July end Q reports, attention turns even more to the July ‘macro’ numbers (around the globe more this week), plus the markets attention will be turning to Friday’s address by Bernanke in hope of getting some light shed on what the FED did and why and what the eco‘/ deflation picture is looking like!


Shadowlist update

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DJIM Shadowlist outperformance

Entering the trading day,  yesterdays ‘biggest takeaway’  reversed and allowed the market to have a decent day, although the highlight around here was the outperformance of DJIM’s closely followed stocks.   Our alert in the premarket noted the nice reversal of the FTSE with ECB stepping up the buying of their problem children debt (Portugal, Greece etc. )/ bond buying program.   Once this ‘comforting’  act was done,  you knew the Euro was not going to slide further today and the US markets would be able to stabilize as yesterday‘s missing buyers would appear.    Also, the Irish sobered up and compromised with a good/bad split of one their banks, which is better than a complete wind down.  It’s good to see action being taken on all these Euro fronts immediately, instead of allowing problems to drag and watch the markets get spooked.   

Speaking of problem children, we have one in the US markets that underperformed badly (Semi’s)  and will keep this ‘rest period’ below 1108 extended if such bad behaviour continues to be exhibited.  SLAB   is #2 warning now after INTC.  Considering how early this comes, you can expect more from this sector.

On the home front (DJIM’s), we had an array of stocks outperforming off the latest Shadowlist update this weekend…

NZ , up >14%, flying already, it got some rumor mill action (IBM).  Stock is now up a good 25% since alert buy.   Note,  ARST  rumors from last week were refuted today and so this one may be too in days ahead.    Still, NZ is an EPS stock foremost in DJIM books this Q.   GMCR , announced a raise in product pricing and exploded to an intraday new high above $40.     NFLX  mentioned here plenty of times just the past week or so, kept on ticking to an intraday high of nearly $148...PCLN  >5% off upgrade,  APKT , NTAP , LVS , HLF  were also outperforming the tape with NCH‘s intraday.   In the commodity section off DJIM’s shadowlist, machinery’s outperformed, BUCY/JOYG  >5% were the winners going into Obama’s afternoon promises.    This was a day you can just ignore the broad markets stocks and sectors up and downs and just trade away the DJIM composite.  

Note: add retail PVH  to Shadowlist in consumer sector.