PremierInvestor.net Newsletter Tuesday 08-05-2003 section 1 of 2 Copyright 2003, All rights reserved. Redistribution in any form is strictly prohibited. The entire newsletter is best viewed in COURIER 10 for alignment ================================================================= In section one: Market Wrap: Close, Very Close Watch List: KG, FLR, AMGN, MME and more! Market Sentiment: Personal Indicators ================================================================= MARKET WRAP (view in courier font for table alignment) ================================================================= 08-05-2003 High Low Volume Advance/Decline DJIA 9036.32 -149.70 9187.73 9034.57 1.55 bln 1020/2197 NASDAQ 1673.50 - 40.60 1711.11 1671.04 1.72 bln 1086/2130 S&P 100 486.66 - 8.84 496.03 486.52 Totals 2806/4327 S&P 500 965.46 - 17.36 982.82 964.97 W5000 9306.25 -158.00 9464.20 9302.01 RUS 2000 457.45 - 7.32 464.77 457.08 DJ TRANS 2544.59 - 30.50 2577.53 2540.29 VIX 24.11 + 1.46 24.12 22.66 VXN 34.23 + 1.58 34.82 33.37 Total Volume 3,562M Total UpVol 695M Total DnVol 2,828M 52wk Highs 213 52wk Lows 110 TRIN 2.34 NAZTRIN 1.76 PUT/CALL 0.95 ================================================================= =========== Market Wrap =========== Close, Very Close The markets ignored positive economic data and plunged to end very close to major support levels. Bonds fell and yields rose after a lackluster treasury auction and there are two more days of auctions to come. Cisco disappoints after the close and warns that while business is not getting worse it is also not getting any better. Are we having fun yet? Dow Chart Nasdaq Chart S&P Chart The morning started out well with Chain Store Sales rebounding from last weeks drop by +0.8%. Tax rebate checks are making it to the stores and six southern states had tax holidays to boost spending. The results were excellent and with school starting early the shoppers were out in force. Considering average selling prices have dropped -4% due to heavy discounting this means sales were actually heavier than reported. Inventory is being pushed out the doors and retailers are starting to breathe easier. Also beating estimates by a mile was the ISM Services Index which soared to 65.1 when estimates were only 58. This was the highest level since the index began and the biggest jump in six years. This represents a 10-point increase in just two months. New orders jumped to 66.9 from 57.5 but prices fell to 50.6 from 51.4 and employment barely budged to 50.7 from 50.3. The services numbers are not normally market movers due to the manufacturing ISM, which comes out a week earlier. The numbers today were no different. We had a spike on the report but that spike was quickly sold and we ended much lower. The only negative report of the day came from the Challenger Layoff report, which saw a spike in announced layoffs for July to 85,117 from 59,720 in June. The two-month decline ended with a steep jump. The continued need to cut costs to preserve earnings and higher productivity is taking its toll. However, the current level for all 2003 is 12% less than the same level at this point in 2002. Analysts tried to spin it as positive by pointing to the much higher levels earlier in the year when layoffs averaged over 100,000. I agree it was higher but I think the dip corresponds to the "expected" post war bounce which did not really appear. If employers held off cutting employees in case there was a bounce they could be feeling the pain of higher payrolls now without higher profits. Hurting the markets at the open was a strong warning by Costco which said lower margins due to falling prices and higher costs would depress earnings for the current quarter. They did say sales were improving but had been below plan for the last two months. The stock was knocked for a -6.90 loss to $30.06 and represented investor feelings about companies unable to squeeze any more earnings out of their turnip. Last night the Semiconductor Billings report showed that they rose +0.3% in June. April was revised down to 1% from 2%. The analysts tried to spin this minor gain as positive, the fourth consecutive month of gains, but they neglected to mention that it was also the smallest gain for those same four months. Flash memory chips continue to supply the gains. The SOX was not impressed and closed with a -12 point drop to 383. Also helping contribute to the market slide was the financial sector which is getting killed on the bond action. The $BKX.x has dropped from 903 to 856 in only 3 days. The rebound from yesterday was almost completely retraced and we are nearing two month lows. With nearly 50% of the S&P either techs (27%) or financials (22%) it is not surprising that it closed at two month lows as well. The 50 DMA at 986 is well above the 965 close. With the futures trading at 959 overnight it appears the cash index will test the July intraday low at 962.10 at the open. After the close Cisco reported earnings that were inline with estimates but they had to stretch to do it. Cisco reported that they bought back 424 million shares, 83 million in the last quarter, which reduced their shares outstanding by -3.7%. They also said they had $5.2 billion left in the current buyback program. Without the share repurchase the EPS would have been closer to +13 cents. There were several other warning signs. Inventory rose to $873 million from $765 million. Gross margins which had been expected to rise to 71% remained level at 70% and Cisco said they would be dropping to 67-69% going forward. Last quarter Cisco earned $982 million on revenue of $4.7 billion. In the same quarter last year Cisco earned $772 million on sales of $4.48 billion. There has been no top line growth in a year and earnings have come primarily from cost savings. Cisco said expenses could rise +2-3% in the current quarter. That is a disguised way of saying that earnings may fall over the next quarter. Sales declined over the prior quarter by -2.6%. The company said it continued to see weak demand and has yet to see a material increase in IT spending. John Chambers tried to spin the results but analysts continue to focus on terms like "continues to be a challenging environment" and "Cisco will continue to curtail costs by keeping a flat headcount." Analysts said that last statement was an implied reduction in force due to attrition and other factors. Cisco basically said on the conference call that they do not see the business environment getting any worse but they also do not see it getting any better. Cisco was trading down -$1.30 in after hours. Cisco's cash flow, which Chambers normally touts as a measure of true strength fell to $1.55 billion from $1.61 billion for the same quarter in 2002. Cash on hand dropped nearly a billion dollars. Accounts receivable rose to 26 days compared to 21 days in 2002 and 23 days last quarter. Every item is just slightly worse than it was before. Not bad, just slightly worse, but analysts feel that the cracks in the armor are beginning to show. The bond market took yet another hit today. The government auctioned off $24 billion in three year notes at a yield of 2.422%. The bid-to-cover ratio, a measure of demand, came in weaker than expected at 1.32 vs the 1.96 ratio of the last sale in May. There will be another $18 billion of 5-year notes on Wednesday and another $18 billion of 10-year notes on Thursday. This is not good news for the bond market despite the fact the auction was expected for weeks. Considering the selling in the bond market over the last six weeks, the lack of interest in government paper and the potential for several hundred billion more over the next several months the outlook for rates is not good. Once the auction was over the 10-year yield soared to close near the high of the day at 4.44%. The stock market is not happy about this complete retracement of the Monday bond bounce. It appears it was an oversold reaction to the 100-year storm as Franklin Raines, the FNM CEO, called it. The rumors are still flying that a big bond house is in trouble and part of the Monday bounce was relief that there was no failure announcement over the weekend. With yields soaring and the market dropping, anyone in trouble last week is likely in worse trouble today. The remaining auctions this week are expected to drive prices down and yields up even further. The one-day reprieve for the homebuilders disappeared as they returned to close near the lows for the week. It was not a good day for the markets despite the good economic news. The Dow closed at 9036, just slightly over the critical 9000 level and well under its 50 DMA at 9100. The Nasdaq closed at 1673 and only +5 points over the 50 DMA at 1668. This was the lowest close for the Nasdaq since July 3rd. The S&P took the biggest hit with a close at 965 and well below its 50 DMA at 986. Other than the psychological support at 950 the next major support level would be the 200 DMA at 940. For the broadest market view the Wilshire-5000 closed at 9306. The 9300 level on the $TMW.x is directly equivalent to Dow 9000 and it was the lowest close for the Wilshire since early July. Wilshire Chart To put it bluntly, if the Dow closes under 9000, the Wilshire under 9300 and the S&P under 960 then the trend is over. The constant rally by the markets in the face of bad news appears to be over. They cannot even rally them on good news this week. The implications are serious. I said on Sunday I was long term bullish and short term bearish. My short term was two weeks and it appears to be acting as expected. I have running email conversations with a great many traders and market analysts and almost without exception they are expecting a short term drop. That may be a strong contrarian indicator in itself. As traders we should look at it as a long term buying opportunity developing not the end of the world. This is just a normal profit taking cycle and a normal first week of August. It is accelerated by the bond fiasco. It is also accelerated by the options expiration next week and the extreme bullish move since March. Even rumors about Saddam failed to bounce the market this week. If we break Dow 9000 then my July target of 8500 still stands as a worst case scenario. If you are short I would be looking at the 200 DMA at 8730 as decent support and an initial exit. Plan accordingly. If the army of short term bearish traders I communicate with are a bullish contrarian indicator then I have the perfect contrarian bearish indicator. Ralph Acompora said on TV tonight that we are in a cyclical bull market that should last through 2004 and the Dow could make a new all time high. For those with short memories the Dow's high was 11,750 in Jan-2000, roughly +2750 points above our current level and a +30% increase from here. I hope he is right but considering Cisco's earnings tonight I just think it might take a little longer and start from a little lower. Enter Very Passively, Exit Very Aggressively! Jim Brown ================================================================== WATCH LIST ================================================================== The PremierInvestor.net watch list is not designed to be read as full fledged stock picks. Rather we would prefer to offer it as an extra tool in today's investor toolbox. Think of it as a radar screen with your own radar operator pointing out interesting developments, technical patterns or potential plays that you may or may not have seen on your own. Due to time constraints we do glance at the news but rarely do we have time to fully read pertinent news stories, due background research and other necessary screens that investors should do before making a decision. A common exercise is to read the entry, glance at the sector and other stocks in that industry and then compare what's happening in the stock to what's happening in the broader market indices. We hope you enjoy the Watch List and that it proves to be a useful tool for your own trading success. STOCKS WORTH WATCHING --------------------------------- King Pharmaceuticals - KG - close: 13.79 change: -0.21 WHAT TO WATCH: Breakdown in progress! While we're a bit late to the party, KG looks to have room to fall from its recent break of both the 50-dma and yesterday the $14.50 support level. A failed rebound below that broken support should provide the best entries and we're looking for a slide down to $12 support in the near term. --- Fluor Corp. - FLR - close: 32.80 change: -1.81 WHAT TO WATCH: After struggling with resistance at $36 for the past four months, it looks like the bulls have given up and are going to let shares of FLR break below support that has held throughout that period. Use a trigger of $32.35 (just below the 3/27 low) and target an initial drop to the $30 level. Watch for potential support near the 200-dma ($30.81) on the way down. --- Amgen Inc. - AMGN - close: 66.17 change: -1.99 WHAT TO WATCH: Just last week we were looking for a bullish play on AMGN on a rebound from the 50-dma. Things have changed a lot over the past few days, as the stock plunged below that critical measure on Tuesday. The trend appears to be changing, and we can now use failed rallies below $68.50 to enter to the downside, looking for a drop to the $62-64 area as weakness seems to be intensifying across the whole Biotechnology sector. --- Allergan Inc. - AGN - close: 76.94 change: -2.07 WHAT TO WATCH: AGN is another one we were viewing as bullish just late last week, but the price action so far this week looks like a pending breakdown. Look to enter on a break below $76 and target a move down to the $70 level. Watch for potential support in the $73-74 area, but with today's break of the 50-dma, the bulls are less likely to jump in to defend the stock than they were just a couple short weeks ago. --- Mid Atlantic Medical - MME - close: 49.86 change: -3.67 WHAT TO WATCH: Holy Vertical Plunge, Batman! That's an awfully big drop in shares of MME, losing more than 16% in just the past 5 sessions, but judging by magnitude of the drop, closing at the low of the day and the heavy volume, there's more downside to come. Today's break of the 50-dma appears critical and the bulls will really struggle to get the stock back over the $54 level. MME is probably due for an oversold rebound, and a failure of that rebound below the 50-dma looks like the ideal entry for new positions. Should the plunge continue unabated, the next visible level of support is in the $47.50-48.00 area, so momentum traders might be able to harvest a couple points between here and there on a break below $49.50. --- =================== On the RADAR Screen =================== TREE $22.53 - Have you noticed the weakness in the Financial stocks? Well it is picking up steam and that can be seen in Tuesday's 7.5% slide in TREE that smashed through the 50-dma. A failed rebound below the 50-dma offers the best entry, while a break under $22 should have the stock vulnerable to the $20 level, near what had been strong support in early May. RCII $67.48 - Just when it looks like RCII can't fall any further, along comes another big red candle. The stock is now well off its highs of just a couple weeks ago and looks like it will keep falling at least until it reaches strong support near $63. A failed rebound below $70 should offer the best entries ahead of the next plunge. IBM $79.85 - Shares of Big Blue have been picking up steam to the downside over the past week and on Tuesday punctured the $80 level for the first time in nearly two months. Downside continuation should have the $75 level in play, with the 200-dma now providing solid overhead resistance. =============================== Market Sentiment =============================== Personal Indicators Jonathan Levinson The spectacular sell off into the close following weeks of seemingly endless range bound trading has toppled a number of indicators and done severe technical damage to the charts. It's an excellent opportunity to reflect on our own reactions to the tape and the effectiveness of our trades. While each indicator provides an accurate snapshot of a different facet of the market, and combinations thereof provide a broader- but-still-partial picture of same, the live tape presents a real-time challenge to traders. The indicators dance and change at often inconstant rates, leaving it up to traders to interpret their messages and make often huge decisions on the fly. The task is too complex for most traders to reduce to a consistently reliable mechanical system, although many do. For this reason, the richest traders, institutions, rely increasingly on robots to do their trading, seeking an edge in increasing complexity. For most of us, however, we operate live and rely on "gut" feel and experience to guide our trades. For this reason, it is essential to be consistent, and to know when we're not "in the zone." The range bound trading of the past weeks has been treacherous, with huge, sudden moves often separated by days of slow, minute range bound action. A steady, detached view of the tape and its indicators is a prerequisite to consistent, safe and successful trades, as is a rapid awareness of when one's not in that state. As we see what appears this afternoon from many indicators to be the confirmation of a new downtrend, we should be attentive to our own internal indicators. It's likely that there will be bigger swings and shorter-duration ranges as volatility climbs and the bulls awaken from their pleasant reverie. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Market Averages DJIA ($INDU) 52-week High: 9361 52-week Low : 7197 Current : 9036 Moving Averages: (Simple) 10-dma: 9187 50-dma: 9099 200-dma: 8537 S&P 500 ($SPX) 52-week High: 1015 52-week Low : 768 Current : 965 Moving Averages: (Simple) 10-dma: 986 50-dma: 986 200-dma: 911 Nasdaq-100 ($NDX) 52-week High: 1316 52-week Low : 795 Current : 1229 Moving Averages: (Simple) 10-dma: 1265 50-dma: 1238 200-dma: 1091 ----------------------------------------------------------------- Is this it? After months of floating aimlessly above the 20 level are we finally seeing a move and some follow through in the VIX? Traditionally drops toward the 20 level (and under) in the VIX signal market tops. The reversals aren't usually immediate and we've seen the same here. However, the sharp move higher in the value of the VIX suggest that traders are more willing to pay higher premiums on put options, which indicates a rise in fear. A move over 25.00 could be significant in that it would mark definite change in investor psychology. CBOE Market Volatility Index (VIX) = 24.11 +1.46 Nasdaq-100 Volatility Index (VXN) = 34.23 +1.58 ----------------------------------------------------------------- Put/Call Ratio Call Volume Put Volume Total 0.95 526,874 501,760 Equity Only 0.81 409,330 331,713 OEX 0.66 34,593 22,974 QQQ 1.65 44,430 73,175 ----------------------------------------------------------------- Bullish Percent Data Current Change Status NYSE 68.4 - 1 Bull Confirmed NASDAQ-100 70.0 - 5 Bull Confirmed Dow Indust. 80.0 + 5 Bull Correction S&P 500 74.8 - 1 Bull Correction S&P 100 81.0 - 1 Bull Confirmed Bullish percent measures the number of stocks in an index currently trading on a buy signal on their point and figure chart. Readings above 70 are considered overbought, and readings below 30 are considered oversold. Bull Confirmed - Aggressively long Bull Alert - Cautiously long Bull Correction - Pause or pullback in upward trend Bear Alert - Take defensive action if long Bear Confirmed - High risk if long, good conditions for shorting Bear Correction - Pause or rebound in downtrend ----------------------------------------------------------------- 5-Day Arms Index 1.22 10-Day Arms Index 1.13 21-Day Arms Index 1.05 55-Day Arms Index 1.14 Extreme readings above 1.5 are bullish, and readings below .85 are bearish. These signals don't occur often and tend be early, but when they do, they can signal significant market turning points. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Market Internals -NYSE- -NASDAQ- Advancers 847 999 Decliners 1971 2038 New Highs 45 79 New Lows 69 10 Up Volume 240M 389M Down Vol. 1257M 1337M Total Vol. 1518M 1736 M = millions ----------------------------------------------------------------- Commitments Of Traders Report: 07/29/03 Weekly COT report discloses positions held by small specs and commercial traders of index futures contracts at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Chicago Board of Trade. COT data can be found at www.cftc.gov. Small specs are the general trading public with commercials being financial institutions. Commercials are historically on the correct side of future trend changes while small specs tend to be wrong. S&P 500 Still looking at a lack of major change in the large S&P futures contracts. Commercial traders and small traders have yet to make any big moves lately. Commercials Long Short Net % Of OI 07/08/03 415,053 453,720 (38,667) (4.5%) 07/15/03 414,020 453,033 (39,013) (4.5%) 07/22/03 411,206 442,131 (30,925) (3.6%) 07/29/03 405,429 445,114 (39,685) (4.7%) Most bearish reading of the year: (111,956) - 3/06/02 Most bullish reading of the year: 18,486 - 6/17/03 Small Traders Long Short Net % of OI 07/08/03 152,239 74,749 77,490 34.2% 07/15/03 148,716 70,279 78,437 35.8% 07/22/03 155,891 76,466 79,425 34.2% 07/29/03 155,216 73,030 82,186 36.0% Most bearish reading of the year: (1,657)- 5/27/03 Most bullish reading of the year: 114,510 - 3/26/02 E-MINI S&P 500 Quite the opposite of the large S&P futures above, we're seeing some big differences in the e-mini positions. Commercial traders have turned very bullish while the small traders is increasing their net bearish positions. These are new milestones for both. Commercials Long Short Net % Of OI 07/08/03 192,815 224,124 (31,309) ( 7.5%) 07/15/03 214,274 218,765 ( 4,491) ( 1.0%) 07/22/03 249,392 249,386 6 0.0% 07/29/03 272,659 216,166 56,493 11.6% Most bearish reading of the year: (354,835) - 06/17/03 Most bullish reading of the year: 56,493 - 07/29/03 Small Traders Long Short Net % of OI 07/08/03 56,394 72,090 (15,696) (12.2%) 07/15/03 45,372 54,654 (9,282) (9.3%) 07/22/03 45,945 76,071 (30,126) (24.7%) 07/29/03 44,437 93,144 (48,707) (35.4%) Most bearish reading of the year: (48,707) - 07/29/03 Most bullish reading of the year: 449,310 - 06/10/03 NASDAQ-100 There is very little change in positions for either the small trader or the commercials. Commercials Long Short Net % of OI 07/08/03 30,489 48,311 (17,822) (22.6%) 07/15/03 28,467 49,154 (20,687) (26.7%) 07/22/03 32,502 48,139 (15,637) (19.4%) 07/29/03 31,456 50,294 (18,838) (23.0%) Most bearish reading of the year: (20,687) - 07/15/03 Most bullish reading of the year: 9,068 - 06/11/02 Small Traders Long Short Net % of OI 07/08/03 26,136 9,035 17,101 48.6% 07/15/03 26,489 8,004 18,485 53.6% 07/22/03 27,321 8,844 18,477 51.1% 07/29/03 25,691 7,810 17,881 53.4% Most bearish reading of the year: (10,769) - 06/11/02 Most bullish reading of the year: 19,088 - 01/21/02 DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL It's the same story here. Maybe it's the summer doldrums that's leaving the size of futures positions in a very sideways trend. Commercials Long Short Net % of OI 07/08/03 20,752 11,860 8,892 27.3% 07/15/03 21,607 7,855 13,752 46.7% 07/22/03 22,198 8,176 14,022 46.2% 07/29/03 23,696 9,572 14,124 42.5% Most bearish reading of the year: (8,322) - 1/16/01 Most bullish reading of the year: 15,135 - 10/16/01 Small Traders Long Short Net % of OI 07/08/03 5,005 8,093 (3,088) (23.6%) 07/15/03 5,475 9,717 (4,242) (27.9%) 07/22/03 6,110 10,898 (4,788) (28.2%) 07/29/03 5,744 11,601 (5,857) (33.8%) Most bearish reading of the year: (8,777) - 10/12/01 Most bullish reading of the year: 1,909 - 1/16/01 ----------------------------------------------------------------- ================================================================= To stop receiving this PremierInvestor.net Newsletter, send email to Contact Support ================================================================= DISCLAIMER ================================================================= This newsletter is a publication dedicated to the education of stock traders. 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PremierInvestor.net Newsletter Tuesday 08-05-2003 section 2 of 2 Copyright ) 2003, All rights reserved. Redistribution in any form is strictly prohibited. The entire newsletter is best viewed in COURIER 10 for alignment ================================================================= Play of the Day: Weakening Financials Stop Loss Update: BEAS Closed Play: MU Trading Ideas Value Plays With Bullish Signals Breakout to Upside (Stocks $5 to $20) Breakout to Upside (Stocks over $20) Breakout to Downside (Stocks over $20) Recently Overbought With Bearish Signals (Stocks over $20) ================================================================= Play-of-the-Day ( bearish ) =============== J.P. Morgan Chase - JPM - cls: 32.76 chng: -0.97 stop: 35.25*new* Company Description: JPMorgan Chase & Co. is a global financial services firm with operations in over 60 countries. The Company's principal bank subsidiaries are The Chase Manhattan Bank, Morgan Guaranty Trust Company and Chase Manhattan Bank USA, National Association. Its principal non-bank subsidiaries are its investment bank subsidiaries, Chase Securities Inc. (CSI) and J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. (JPMSI). The bank and non-bank subsidiaries of JPMorgan Chase operate nationally, as well as through overseas branches and subsidiaries, representative offices and affiliated banks. Why we like it: If you've been following the Brokerage stocks like we have lately, you noticed the big violation on Friday. The Broker/Dealer index (XBD.X) finally broke below the $550 support level that had been propping it up since early July. After the initial violation early in the day, the XBD continued downwards, adding to the validity of the breakdown. JPM caught our attention due to the way it has been trading sideways in the $33-36 area (except for the brief spike surrounding earnings, which was clearly a bull trap) since the breakout in early June. Friday's 4.8% selloff on volume that more than doubled the ADV certainly looks bearish, and the violation of the 50-dma ($33.89) increases the likelihood that this is the beginning of an extended move. Believe it or not though, the stock hasn't yet truly broken down. Critical support on the candle chart is at $33, and we're going to use a trigger at that level. Adding to the significance of that level is the PnF chart, which will issue a new Sell signal on a trade at $33 and bring with it a tentative vertical count of $25. Looking at the standard candle chart though, we can see that there is likely to be some solid support near $30-31, reinforced by the 200-dma (currently $29.53). Once below that support though, JPM ought to seek out strong support in the $27-28 area, which had been strong resistance until the breakout in late April. Since we're using an entry trigger at $33, we should be safe to set our initial stop at $35.85, just above last week's intraday highs. Aggressive traders will want to enter on the initial breakdown, while more conservative players may want to wait for the subsequent oversold rebound to enter on a rollover near the $34 level, which is just above the 50-dma, both of which should now act as resistance. Why This is our Play of the Day As bond yields continue to rise, investors seem to be losing faith in Financial stocks. Fears are still running rampant that there is an impending disaster from a major firm that got caught flat- footed by the sharp decline in bonds. Whether that is the root cause of the weakness in Banking and Brokerage stocks remains to be seen, as it could be nothing more than the normal August market weakness. The fact remains that the Brokerage index (XBD.X) continued its breakdown on Tuesday, slicing through its 50-dma ($539) and appears headed for a retest of major support near $510. Concurrently, our JPM play slid below the $33 level again on Tuesday, but in contrast to Monday's action, there was no rebound and the stock closed below that level for the first time since the end of May. While there is the possibility for a rebound from the $32 area, it looks like that was what we saw with yesterday's afternoon rebound and JPM should now seek out next support in the $30-31 area. Resistance should now be formidable in the $33.50- 34.00 area and failed rebounds below that level can be used to open new positions. We're still playing cautious with our stop, inching it slightly lower to $35.35 tonight, which is just above the rolling-lower 20-dma ($35.13). Annotated Chart of JPM: Picked on July 30th at $33.36 Change since picked -0.60 Earnings Date 10/15/03 (unconfirmed) Average Daily Volume = 9.72 mln ================================================================= Stop Loss Updates ================================================================= BEAS - We are raising our stop loss on our current high risk/reward long play from $12.65 to $12.74. ================================================================= Tech Stock - Net Bulls ================================================================= ============ Closed Plays ============ -------------------- Closed Bullish Plays -------------------- Micron Technology - MU - close: 14.23 change: -0.59 stop: 14.20 Despite what looked like a nice rebound from support last week, shares of MU have not had a good start this week. Yesterday's drop back to the 10-dma looked manageable, but today's 4% loss, with the Semiconductor index (SOX.X) losing 3% was just too much to stomach. Over the weekend, we had raised our stop to $14.20, just below the 20-dma (currently $14.38). Today's selling slammed the stock down through that moving average to tap an intraday low of $14.17 and trigger our stop at the close. With daily Stochastics tipping bearish again, we clearly want to be out of the play, as the bears appear to be gaining the upper hand and the SOX looks poised to finally break down out of its ascending channel on Wednesday. Traders still holding open positions will want to take advantage of any early strength tomorrow to gain a more favorable exit, as the bullish prospects for MU are looking dim tonight. Picked on July 23rd at $15.38 Change since picked -1.15 Earnings Date 9/17/03 (unconfirmed) Average Daily Volume = 11.4 mln ================== Trading Ideas ================== This section contains stocks that meet criteria which may make them of interest to long and short side traders. These are not recommendations, nor have they been reviewed by PremierInvestor editors for investment potential. However, each of them has technical and fundamental characteristics that make them worthy of further review by traders and investors looking for fresh ideas. New stocks will appear daily following the market close. Value Plays With Bullish Signals --------------------------------- Ticker Company Name Close Change MET Metlife Inc 27.99 +0.63 HU Hudson United Bancorp 38.59 +2.86 CYD China Yuchain Intl Ltd 11.78 +2.03 --------------------------------------- Breakout to Upside (Stocks $5 to $20) --------------------------------------- RIMG Rimage Corp 14.85 +1.26 --------------------------------------- Breakout to Upside (Stocks over $20) --------------------------------------- HSIC Henry Schein Inc 59.32 +2.57 STCR Starcraft Corp 28.76 +3.77 ------------------------------------------- Breakout to Downside (Stocks over $20) ------------------------------------------- IACI Interactive Corp 36.48 -3.02 COST Costco Wholesale 30.06 -6.90 HIT Hitachi Ltd 41.90 -2.20 FE First Energy 31.33 -2.92 AET Aetna Inc 57.67 -4.29 OHP Oxford Health 39.06 -3.26 HNT Healthnet Inc 30.40 -2.80 CEPH Cephalon Inc 45.05 -3.14 RCII Rent-A-Center 67.48 -2.49 MME Mid-Atlantic Med Service 49.86 -3.67 ----------------------------------------- Recently Overbought With Bearish Signals (Stocks over $20) ------------------------------------------- APD Air Products & Chemicals 44.92 -1.03 TXT Textron Inc 42.06 -0.95 VFC VF Corp 36.89 -1.01 EYE VISX Inc 20.35 -1.71 ================================================================= To stop receiving this PremierInvestor.net Newsletter, send email to Contact Support ================================================================= DISCLAIMER ================================================================= This newsletter is a publication dedicated to the education of stock traders. 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