Editor's Note:

In addition to tonight's new candidate, consider these stocks as possible trading ideas:

MKC - the stock is hitting new all-time highs

CVE - breaking out past its 200-dma

MANH - this stock may have found a bottom at $40.00 but you might want to wait for a little pull back before considering new positions.

ASIA - a bounce near the $8.00 region could be a new entry point.

VECO - I would not want to chase today's move but the breakout is bullish. Keep an eye on it.

LXK - this stock has closed above resistance at the $35.00 level.

MRK - if you prefer a slower moving stock then MRK might be a buy on a breakout past $39.00.

AFL - this insurance stock has rallied past its 200-dma and it's about to breakout past resistance near $45.00.

DSW - a rise past $49.00 could be a new bullish entry point.

FEIC - I was tempted to buy FEIC tonight. The trend is higher.

NRGY - If you're looking for a bearish candidate then NRGY is underperforming the market and hitting new relative lows.


NEW BULLISH Plays

Human Genome Sciences - HGSI - close: 8.92 change: +0.40

Stop Loss: 8.30
Target(s): 11.00
Current Gain/Loss: unopened
Time Frame: 3 to 4 weeks
New Positions: Yes, see below

Company Description

Why We Like It:
HGSI is a biotech stock that could see a short squeeze. The most recent data listed short interest at 20% of the 198 million share float. That is significant. Last week's breakout has already corrected somewhat and traders have been buying the dip near the $8.40 level. I see today's intraday bounce as a new bullish entry point.

I am suggesting bullish positions at the open tomorrow but only if both the S&P 500 and HGSI open positive. If the S&P 500 opens flat then we'll base our entry on HGSI's open. We'll use a stop loss at $8.30. Our target is $11.00 but readers should note that the $10.00 level and the simple 100-dma could act as overhead resistance. I am suggesting we keep our position size small to limit our risk.

See Entry Details Above (small positions)

Suggested Position: buy HGSI stock @ the open

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buy the Feb $10 call (HGSI1218B10) current ask $0.60

Annotated chart:

Entry on January xx at $ xx.xx
Earnings Date 02/23/12 (unconfirmed)
Average Daily Volume = 7.1 million
Listed on January 18, 2011