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PremierInvestor.net Newsletter                Wednesday 07-28-2004
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In section one:

Market Wrap:  Sometimes the Market Can Make You Dizzy.
Watch List:   Bakers, Steel and more!

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)


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MARKET WRAP  (view in courier font for table alignment)
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      07-28-2004           High     Low     Volume   Adv/Dcl
DJIA    10117.07 + 31.93 10146.86  9994.22 1.87 bln 1318/1495
NASDAQ   1858.26 - 10.84  1869.00  1832.12 1.77 bln 1160/1842
S&P 100   536.46 +  0.93   538.06   529.48   Totals 2478/3337
S&P 500  1095.42 +  0.59  1098.84  1082.17
SOX       402.91 +  2.60   405.71   393.21
RUS 2000  541.20 -  3.41   544.61   534.57
DJ TRANS 3086.33 + 22.73  3097.41  3034.94
VIX        16.15 -  0.40    17.41    15.94
VXO (VIX-O)15.88 +  0.18    17.56    15.39
VXN        24.87 +  0.56    25.60    24.42
Total Volume 3,646M
Total UpVol  1,424M
Total DnVol  2,183M
Total Adv  2478
Total Dcl  3337
52wk Highs   75
52wk Lows   200
TRIN       1.24
PUT/CALL   0.68
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Market Wrap
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Sometimes the Market Can Make You Dizzy.
Jane Fox

The markets were able to pull back from the brink of disaster
powering higher in the last hour of trading to erase almost all
of the day's earlier losses. The market is not sure where it
wants to go and in the meantime it is making traders dizzy while
it tries to figure it out.

A weak report on durable goods, a negative call on the technology
sector and a run-up in oil prices started the day off with a
bearish tone but traders turned bullish late in the day after
major indexes failed to break through intraday lows reached
Monday.

The Commerce Department released its June's orders for durable
goods (products meant to last three years or longer) at 8:30 this
morning. The number showed a rise of 0.7% to $191.7 billion last
month but fell shy of economists' expectations for a 1.5-2.5
percent increase.

Morning trading was also affected by violence in Iraq and jitters
over the supply of oil. A suicide attack in Iraq killed more than
60 people and wounded scores more. And on the other side of the
world, Yukos, Russia's largest oil producer, may have to halt its
main production units in days because of a court order stemming
from its $3.4 billion tax bill. OPEC is pumping close to capacity
so the prospect of losing nearly two million barrels a day, the
amount Yukos's pumps a day, is critical. September crude Oil
futures hit a high of $43.05 a barrel, an all time high.

Then to top it all off this morning UBS technology strategist Pip
Coburn said the Nasdaq could sink as much as 20% in the next 12
months. Analysts were looking for a final and wonderful
summer/fall rally inspired by improved IT spending, fostering
investor visions of new technologies, upward growth rates and
higher multiples but that dream is not materializing, according
to Mr. Coburn.

The Beige Book, a summary of economic activity prepared for use
at the central bank's next Federal Open Market Committee meeting
on Aug. 10, was released at 2:00. It reported that the U.S.
economy has cooled off in June and July as consumer spending,
especially on autos, slowed significantly after a big surge in
early spring.

The report showed 5 of the 12 Federal Reserve districts reported
economic activity had "slowed somewhat," while growth rates in
most other districts ranged from modest to solid. Slower growth
was reported in the New York, Cleveland, Richmond, Kansas City
and San Francisco districts.

EARNINGS

On the earnings front, Time Warner's (TWX) profit fell 27%, due
to large gains earlier in the year, however, revenue climbed and
the company raised its outlook for the year.

Due to robust demand for its digital cable and high-speed
Internet services, Comcast Corp (CMCSA), the largest U.S. cable
operator, had a 2nd quarter profit and revenue growth of 10%.

The company that abandoned Seattle for Chicago, Boeing Co. (BA)
saw a 2nd quarter profit and raised its forecasts for this year
and next. This was due to defense orders continuing to cushion
the aerospace giant from the slump in the commercial-aircraft
market.

Conoco Phillips (COP) reported a 75% increase in profit in the
2nd quarter due to rising prices for oil and natural gas and
improved margins at U.S. gasoline refineries.

On to the charts.

Although the morning started out what looked like another bearish
day, the buyers appeared around 2:00ET and put on the rocket
boosters. The markets gained back what they lost and then some.

Let's start with NYA.

Annotated Daily Chart of the NYA:



I think this is the most encouraging market of all because of the
clearly formed reverse head and shoulders. The projected target
is 7157. (Taking the low of the head, 6211 and a neckline at
6684. 6684-6211 = 473 then 473 + 6684 = 7157.)

Notice also the MACD is confirming the higher low that forms the
right shoulder.

Annotated Daily Chart of the SOX:



This is probably the worst looking chart but we do have some
things that will encourage the bulls. The regression channel I
have drawn starting from the high of 560.60 has contained the SOX
all year and with the bullishness we have seen the last couple of
days I don't see any reason as to why it should not at least
retest the channel highs at 467. If the SOX can overcome the last
swing high at 430, which just happens to be the channel midpoint,
the channel's high should be no problem.

Annotated Daily Chart of the Nasdaq:




This chart is not much better looking than the SOX chart and has
not adhered to the channel as well as SOX as.

When the COMPX made a higher high and low at the end of June many
were thinking yearly highs were the next stop just as long as the
lows on June 14th held. But alas the June 14th lows did not hold
and it has been almost a straight line down since June 30th.
However, like the SOX this market is in for a bounce, at least,
and the top of the channel is not out of the picture.

Annotated Daily Chart of the Russell 2000:



Since the last swing low is closer to the May 17th swing low I
think we will have to call this a double bottom and not a reverse
H&S like we have in the NYA. Do you see why I stated the NYA is
the stronger market because this last swing low has retraced
further than it has in the NYA.

Annotated Daily Chart of the Dow:



Here we have another reverse H&S with a projected target of 11222
(10537 - 9852 = 685. 10537 + 685 = 11222) and a MACD that
supports the formation also.

Annotated Daily Chart of the SPX:



Although this chart is very similar to the NYA, RUT and the DOW
there are subtle differences. Look at the MACD. In the SPX the
MACD is making an equal low whereas the MACDs in the other three
are making higher lows.

After-hours developments

Express Scripts (ESRX) stumbled in after-hours after saying it is
under probe by Vermont's attorney general and the state of New
York. ESRX is currently down -12.00.

InfoSpace Inc. (INSP) jumped after reporting a quarterly profit,
versus a loss in the same period a year ago. INSP is currently up
+4.36.

JDS Uniphase Corp. (JDSU) rose, after it posted a smaller
quarterly loss than a year ago. JDSU is currently up +0.20

Tomorrow's Earnings and Economic Releases

AT 8:30 tomorrow morning, the Department of Labor releases its
usual initial claims number, this one for the week of 7/23.  Last
week's release saw a dip to 339K, and the expectations for this
week aren't far off that number, at 340K.  The Q2 Employment Cost
Index will also be released at 8:30, with expectations for a 0.9
percent rise after the previous quarter's 1.1 percent rise.  At
10:00, market watchers interested in the employment outlook will
be scrutinizing June's help-wanted index, with the number
expected to climb to 40 from May's 39.

More than 300 report Thursday, many of those capable of producing
market-moving news. Some of the bigger names reporting Thursday
are BOL, BMY, CCE,DCX, LTR, NOC, RTN and WMI.

The outlook going forward is definitely bullish in the short-
term. Longer term the bulls have a lot to prove and a lot of
resistance to overcome. Time will tell if the buyers out there
have the commitment to take the market higher than just a short
term burst. But for now that is all we have.


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WATCH LIST
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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
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Bakers, Steel and more!

Interstate Bakery - IBC - close: 9.75 change: -0.37

WHAT TO WATCH: IBC has been consolidating between $10 and $11 for
close to three months.  Today shares broke down through the
bottom of this trading range to hit new one-year lows.  Volume
was above average on the drop and we suspect that IBC remains
vulnerable to more selling.  There is some support near $9.00 but
we'd probably target a drop to $8.00.  Its P&F chart actually
points to a $5.00 target.  Watch out for earnings.  They are
expected on August 2nd.




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Banta Corp - BN - close: 38.98 change: -2.62

WHAT TO WATCH: BN fell more than 6% on more than double its
average volume as investors reacted to its earnings report out
last night.  Today's decline broke through multiple support
levels and produced a new sell signal on its P&F chart.  The P&F
chart vertical count points to a $30 target.  We don't like to
chase stocks so traders may want to watch for a bounce/failed
rally back near the $40 level.




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Carpenter Tech - CRS - close: 40.15 change: +1.09

WHAT TO WATCH: CRS is another metal producer hitting new highs.
Shares are up more than 20% in the last three sessions after its
earnings report last Friday.  The company reported earnings of 73
cents a share compared to 23 cents a year ago and well above
analysts' estimates at 45 cents.  We would keep our eyes on it
for a dip back to the $37.50 range and look to buy a bounce.  The
recent rally has produced a strong breakout on its P&F chart,
which now points to a $51 target.




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Zenith National Insurance - ZNT - close: 43.05 chg: +1.33

WHAT TO WATCH: The recent action in ZNT has been very bearish.
Shares broke through the bottom of its rising channel several
days ago.  It then proceeded to break through support at the $45
level and still later the 100-dma.  Curiously the stock is
stalling near the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level of its
October to July rally.  Today's 3% rally produced a bullish
engulfing candlestick and at the bottom of a downtrend this could
be a bullish reversal pattern.  It needs confirmation and it
would be a risky trade to go long here while the P&F chart points
to a $32 target.  Yet it wouldn't surprise us to see ZNT trade up
to the $46-47 level again, even it only proved to be another
bearish entry point.





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RADAR SCREEN - more stocks to watch
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AEOS $31.92 +0.60 - AEOS managed to hit new 2 1/2 year highs
after yesterday's bullish breakout.

ADSK $38.44 -0.26 - We're still watching for a breakout over the
$40.00 mark.

VRTS $18.48 -0.56 - We're still watching for a breakout over
resistance at $20.00.

KCS $14.27 +0.32 - Energy stocks are on the move again.  KCS has
pushed back above the $14 level and is nearing resistance in the
$14.55-14.60 range.


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  Trading Ideas
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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
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Ticker  Company Name               Close     Change

FNM     Fannie Mae                 71.19    +0.97
BP      BP Plc                     54.92    +1.02
BCS     Barclays Plc (ADR)         34.07    +0.71
HMC     Honda Motor Co Ltd (ADR)   23.67    +0.59
MMC     Marsh & Mclennan Cos Inc   45.25    +1.65


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Breakout to Upside (Stocks $5 to $20)
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AV      Avaya Inc                  14.35    +1.85
MFE     Networks Associates Inc    17.48    +1.30
PKI     Perkinelmer Incorporated   17.14    +1.38
FCN     FTI Consulting Inc         18.60    +1.10


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Breakout to Upside (Stocks over $20)
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AMGN    Amgen Inc                  57.00    +1.09
EXC     Exelon Corporation         34.00    +1.11
BIIB    Biogen Idec Inc            58.45    +1.94
CB      Chubb Corp                 68.39    +3.74
HSY     Hershey Foods Corp         47.42    +1.67


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Breakout to Downside (Stocks over $20)
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UN      Unilever N.V.              61.63    -2.59
CMCSA   Comcast Corp CI A          27.56    -1.18
UL      Unilever Plc               36.00    -1.34
CMCSK   Comcast Corp CI A Spcl     27.10    -1.03
TEVA    TEVA Pharm Ind             28.49    -1.13


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Recently Overbought With Bearish Signals (Stocks over $20)
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None


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of any stock but an information resource to aid the investor
in making an informed decision regarding trading in stocks. It
is possible at this or some subsequent date, the editors and
staff of PremierInvestor.net may own, buy or sell securities
presented. All investors should consult a qualified professional
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PremierInvestor.net Newsletter                Wednesday 07-28-2004
                                                    section 2 of 2
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In section two:

Stop Loss Adjustments:  ENDP

Active Trader (Non-tech Stocks)
  New Bearish Plays:    WWW

High Risk/Reward
  Closed Bearish Plays: FLML

Stock Splits
  Announcements:        BLL, CVX, VLO


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Stop Loss Adjustments
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ENDP - high risk/reward short -
 Lower stop from $21.01 to $20.51


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Active Trader (AT) Non-Tech Stock section
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New Plays
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  New Bearish Plays
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Wolverine Worldwide - WWW - close: 22.37 chg: -0.18 stop: 22.80

Company Description:
With a commitment to service and product excellence, Wolverine
World Wide, Inc. is one of the world's leading marketers of
branded casual, active lifestyle, work, outdoor sport and uniform
footwear and slippers. The Company's portfolio of highly
recognized brands includes: Bates., Hush Puppies., HYTEST.,
Merrell., Sebago. and Wolverine.. The Company also markets
footwear under popular licensed brands including CAT., Harley-
Davidson. and Stanley.. The Company's products are carried by
leading retailers in the U.S. and are distributed internationally
in over 140 countries. (source: company press release)

Why We Like It:
Even a casual glance at WWW's daily chart and you'll notice the
big drop on July 14th.  That was investor reaction to its
earnings report.  WWW reported in-line but its revenues came in a
bit light.  In the conference call WWW reaffirmed its previous
guidance for FY04 earnings to fall between $1.44 and $1.52 for
the year but this was under Wall Street's estimates.  The post-
earnings drop stalled at the simple 200-dma and WWW consolidated
above the 200-dma for several days before breaking down a week
ago. Now shares are consolidating above the $22.00 level of
support but even this level looks ready to breakdown.

We are going to suggest readers go short with a TRIGGER at $21.99
and a target at $20.05.  If we are triggered we'll start the play
with a stop loss at the simple 10-dma (currently 22.80).  There
is potential support at the $21.00 mark but odds are the round-
number, psychological level at $20 will be too much of a magnet.

Annotated Chart:



Picked on July xx at $xx.xx <-- see TRIGGER
Gain since picked:   - 0.00
Earnings Date      07/14/04 (confirmed)
Average Daily Volume:   xxx thousand




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High Risk/Reward (HR) Stock section
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Closed Plays
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  Closed Bearish Plays
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Flamel Technologies - FLML - cls: 18.06 chg: -0.25 stop: 20.06

Per our instructions on Monday night we are going to close this
short play in FLML on Wednesday to avoid any surprises when FLML
reports earnings tomorrow.  We suspect they are after the close
but can't confirm.  We offer kudos to any traders who were
willing to exit near the lows on Monday.  That would have been
worth a few extra percentage points.  As it is now we are closing
FLML with a 13 percent drop from our picked price.  Estimates for
earnings tomorrow are at 11 cents a share.

Picked on July 11 at $20.83
Gain since picked:   - 2.77
Earnings Date      07/29/04 (unconfirmed)
Average Daily Volume:   536 thousand




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Stock Splits
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Announcements
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BLL bounces with a 2-for-1 split.

This afternoon Ball Corp (NYSE:BLL) announced a stock split, an
increase to its cash dividend, and a stock buy back program.

The split will be a 2-for-1 and will be payable on August 23rd,
2004 to shareholders on record as of August 4th.  This is BLL's
fourth stock split.

The Board of Directors also approved a 33 percent increase in the
quarterly cash dividend to 10 cents per share on a post-split
basis.  The cash dividend is payable on September 15th to
shareholders on record as of September 1st.

The Board approved a 12 million share (post-split) stock buy back
program.


About the company:
Ball Corporation is a supplier of high-quality metal and plastic
packaging products and innovative packaging solutions to the
beverage and food industries. The company also owns Ball Aerospace
& Technologies Corp., which develops sensors, spacecraft, systems
and components for government and commercial markets. Ball employs
12,600 people worldwide and reported 2003 sales of $4.9 billion.
(Source: Company Press Release)

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CVX drills for a 2-for-1 stock split.

Late this afternoon but before the closing bell oil giant
ChevronTexaco (NYSE:CVX) announced that its Board of Directors had
approved a 2-for-1 stock split and an increase to its cash
dividend.

The cash dividend will be upped to 80 cents per share, payable on
September 10th, 2004 to shareholders on record as of August 19th.
This will be paid on a pre-split basis.  CVX has an unbroken
record of annual dividend increases for the past 17 years.

The Board also approved a 2-for-1 stock split of its common stock.
The split will be paid as a 100% stock dividend to shareholders on
record as of August 19th.  The distribution date for the split
will be September 10th.


About the company:
ChevronTexaco Corp. ranks among the world's largest and most
competitive global energy companies. Headquartered in San Ramon
and active in more than 180 countries, it is engaged in every
aspect of the oil and gas industry, including exploration and
production; refining, marketing and transportation; chemicals
manufacturing and sales; and power generation.
(Source: Company website)

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VLO update on 2-for-1 split.

Valero Energy Corp (NYSE:VLO) issued an update on its 2-for-1
split announced on July 15th.

The company will hold a special shareholder meeting on September
13th, 2004.  At the meeting shareholders will vote to increase the
number of authorized shares from 300 million to 600 million.  Once
approved the stock split will be payable on October 7th to
shareholders on record as of September 23rd.


About the company:
Valero Energy Corporation is a Fortune 500 company based in San
Antonio, with approximately 20,000 employees and annual revenues
of around $50 billion. The company owns and operates 15 refineries
throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. Valero's
refineries have a combined throughput capacity of approximately
2.5 million barrels per day, which represents approximately 12
percent of the total U.S. refining capacity. Valero is also one of
the nation's largest retail operators with more than 4,500 retail
outlets in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean under
various brand names including Diamond Shamrock, Shamrock,
Ultramar, Valero and Beacon. For more information, please visit
www.valero.com. (Source: Company Press Release)


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