Editor's Note:
Bulls have possession of the ball and they're running down the clock on 2013. The major U.S. indices just drifted sideways on Monday. We could see more of the same tomorrow.

GRPN hit our stop loss.


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BULLISH Play Updates

TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. - AMTD - close: 30.20 change: -0.00

Stop Loss: 29.45
Target(s): 33.85
Current Gain/Loss: unopened

Entry on December -- at $--.--
Listed on December 21, 2013
Time Frame: exit PRIOR to earnings on January 21st
Average Daily Volume = 1.9 million
New Positions: Yes, see below

Comments:
12/30/13: AMTD closed unchanged on the session after traders bought the dip near round-number support at $30.00. More aggressive traders may want to buy this bounce. At the moment we're waiting on a breakout higher. However, we need to keep in mind that AMTD is due to report earnings on January 21st and we will most likely close this trade before they report earnings. That doesn't give this trade a lot of time.

Earlier Comments:
The recent high was $30.58. I am suggesting a trigger to open bullish positions at $30.65. If triggered our target is $33.85 as the $34.00 level looks like potential resistance.

Trigger @ 30.65

Suggested Position: buy AMTD stock @ (trigger)



Comerica Inc. - CMA - close: 47.63 change: +0.16

Stop Loss: 46.45
Target(s): 49.90
Current Gain/Loss: + 4.1%

Entry on November 25 at $45.76
Listed on November 21, 2013
Time Frame: Exit PRIOR to earnings on January 17th
Average Daily Volume = 1.5 million
New Positions: see below

Comments:
12/30/13: For the third session in a row shares of CMA traded mostly sideways. I am raising our stop loss again. Tonight we'll move the stop to $46.45. I am not suggesting new positions at this time. We will plan to exit prior to CMA's earnings report on January 17th.

current Position: Long CMA stock @ $45.76

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Long 2014 Jan $45 call (CMA1418a45) entry $1.72*

12/30/13 new stop loss @ 46.45
12/26/13 new stop loss @ 45.76
12/24/13 new stop loss @ 45.40
12/18/13 new stop loss @ 44.90
11/25/13 trade opened on gap higher at $45.76. suggested trigger was $45.65
*option entry price is an estimate since the option did not trade at the time our play was opened.



DreamWorks Animation - DWA - close: 35.74 change: +0.51

Stop Loss: 34.45
Target(s): 39.50
Current Gain/Loss: + 1.1%

Entry on December 20 at $35.35
Listed on December 19, 2013
Time Frame: 6 to 8 weeks
Average Daily Volume = 702 thousand
New Positions: see below

Comments:
12/30/13: DWA shot higher this morning until the rally ran into short-term resistance at the $36.00 mark. Shares did manage to outperform the market with a +1.4% gain. I don't see any changes from my prior comments.

current Position: long DWA stock @ $35.35

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Long Mar $35 call (DWA1422c35) entry $2.65*

12/28/13 new stop loss @ 34.45
12/20/13 triggered @ 35.35
*option entry price is an estimate since the option did not trade at the time our play was opened.



General Electric - GE - close: 27.89 change: +0.06

Stop Loss: 26.95
Target(s): 31.50
Current Gain/Loss: + 0.5%

Entry on December 26 at $27.75
Listed on December 24, 2013
Time Frame: Exit PRIOR to earnings on January 17th
Average Daily Volume = 37 million
New Positions: see below

Comments:
12/30/13: It was a quiet day for shares of GE. The stock churned sideways after traders bought the morning dip. I don't see any changes from my prior comments.

Our short-term target is $31.50 but we will plan on exiting prior to GE's earnings report in mid January. Odds are our $31.50 target is a bit too optimistic. We may end up exiting closer to $30.00.

current Position: long GE stock @ $27.75

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Long Feb $28 call (GE1422B28) entry $0.58

12/26/13 triggered @ 27.75



HCI Group, Inc. - HCI - close: 52.46 change: -0.08

Stop Loss: 51.15
Target(s): 58.00
Current Gain/Loss: unopened

Entry on December -- at $--.--
Listed on December 28, 2013
Time Frame: 6 to 8 weeks
Average Daily Volume = 205 thousand
New Positions: Yes, see below

Comments:
12/30/13: It was a quiet day for shares of HCI. The stock traded higher midday before paring its gains. We're still on the sidelines. I don't see any changes from my weekend new play description.

Earlier Comments:
The most recent data listed short interest at 23% of the very, very small 9.6 million share float. Additional gains from here could spark more short covering.

I am suggesting a trigger to open small bullish positions at $53.05. If triggered our target is $58.00. If you're patient you could try aiming higher. The Point & Figure chart for HCI is bullish with a long-term $74 target.

Trigger @ 53.05

Suggested Position: buy HCI stock @ (trigger)




Spirit Aero Systems - SPR - close: 33.85 change: -0.12

Stop Loss: 32.95
Target(s): 38.50
Current Gain/Loss: - 0.6%

Entry on December 24 at $34.05
Listed on December 21, 2013
Time Frame: Exit PRIOR to earnings in February.
Average Daily Volume = 1.2 million
New Positions: see below

Comments:
12/30/13: Hmm... investors have a decision to make. Technically speaking Friday's session created a bearish reversal pattern and today's decline should confirm it. Or we can choose to ignore these signals based on very low holiday season volume levels.

Instead of exiting early I am suggesting we raise our stop loss to $32.95. I am not suggesting new positions.

Earlier Comments:
Our multi-week target is $38.50 but we will plan on exiting positions prior to SPR's earnings report in February.

current Position: long SPR stock @ $34.05

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Long Apr $35 call (SPR1419D35) entry $2.50*

12/30/13 new stop loss @ 32.95
12/24/13 triggered @ 34.05
*option entry price is an estimate since the option did not trade at the time our play was opened.



Tempur Sealy Intl. - TPX - close: 54.19 change: +0.88

Stop Loss: 51.75
Target(s): 57.50
Current Gain/Loss: + 2.4%

Entry on December 24 at $52.91
Listed on December 23, 2013
Time Frame: 6 to 8 weeks
Average Daily Volume = 757 thousand
New Positions: see below

Comments:
12/30/13: TPX was showing relative strength again on Monday with a +1.65% gain and another new 52-week high. I am raising our stop loss to $51.75.

Earlier Comments:
If this rally continues the stock could see some short covering. The most recent data listed short interest at 17% of the 50 million share float. Our multi-week target is $57.50. More aggressive traders, with enough patience, may want to aim higher since the Point & Figure chart for TPX is bullish with a long-term $66.00 target.

current Position: long TPX stock @ $52.91

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Long Mar $55 call (TPX1422c55) entry $3.50*

12/30/13 new stop loss @ 51.75
12/26/13 new stop loss @ 50.95
12/24/13 trade opens at $52.91
*option entry price is an estimate since the option did not trade at the time our play was opened.



21Vianet Group, Inc. - VNET - close: 23.09 change: +0.44

Stop Loss: 20.75
Target(s): 24.75
Current Gain/Loss: + 8.9%

Entry on December 18 at $21.20
Listed on December 17, 2013
Time Frame: 6 to 8 weeks
Average Daily Volume = 614 thousand
New Positions: see below

Comments:
12/30/13: VNET managed to erase Friday's losses with a +1.9% bounce. The relative strength today is encouraging but I am not suggesting new positions at this time. More conservative traders may want to raise their stop loss again.

Earlier Comments:
We want to keep our position size small for a reason. First, VNET has obviously been very volatile over the last couple of months. That could make it tough to trade. Second, the post-IPO high from back in 2011 is $22.33 and that could be significant overhead resistance. I am not listing the options on VNET because the spreads are a bit too wide to trade. However, using the options could limit your risk.

*small positions*

current Position: Long VNET stock @ $21.20

12/24/13 new stop loss @ 20.75, adjust exit target to $24.75
12/21/13 new stop loss @ 19.90
12/18/13 triggered @ 21.20



WageWorks, Inc. - WAGE - close: 59.84 change: -1.18

Stop Loss: 58.85
Target(s): 67.50
Current Gain/Loss: -1.2%

Entry on December 19 at $60.55
Listed on December 16, 2013
Time Frame: 6 to 8 weeks
Average Daily Volume = 347 thousand
New Positions: see below

Comments:
12/30/13: Uh-oh! Friday's potential bearish reversal candlestick followed by today's -1.94% display of relative weakness is a warning signal for our WAGE trade. Readers may want to exit immediately. I am not suggesting new positions.

current Position: long WAGE stock @ $60.55

12/30/13 warning! Today's decline looks bearish. Readers may want to exit immediately
12/26/13 new stop loss @ 58.85
12/19/13 triggered at $60.55



Walter Energy, Inc. - WLT - close: 16.78 change: +0.06

Stop Loss: 15.45
Target(s): 19.25
Current Gain/Loss: - 0.9%

Entry on December 30 at $16.93
Listed on December 28, 2013
Time Frame: 6 to 8 weeks
Average Daily Volume = 6.0 million
New Positions: see below

Comments:
12/30/13: Coal stocks continued to rally this morning. WLT gapped open higher at $16.93 and spiked up to $17.42 before paring its gains. If you're worried that today's intraday pullback is a potential short-term top then consider waiting for a new rally above $17.00 before initiating new positions.

Earlier Comments:
If this rally continues WLT could see a short squeeze. The most recent data listed short interest at 37% of the 62.2 million share float. I am labeling this trade as an aggressive, higher-risk trade because WLT can be so volatile. We're suggesting small positions to limit our risk. FYI: The Point & Figure chart for WLT is bullish with a $21.00 target.

* small positions *

current Position: Long WLT stock @ $16.93

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Long Feb $17 call (WLT1422B17) entry $1.70

12/30/13 trade opens at $16.93



Western Refining, Inc. - WNR - close: 41.14 change: -0.02

Stop Loss: 38.95
Target(s): 46.00
Current Gain/Loss: - 0.5%

Entry on December 24 at $41.35
Listed on December 23, 2013
Time Frame: 6 to 8 weeks
Average Daily Volume = 1.9 million
New Positions: see below

Comments:
12/30/13: WNR's performance today looks almost identical to Friday's. Traders bought the dip this morning and shares bounced back to nearly unchanged. More conservative investors may want to raise their stop closer to the $40.00 level.

Earlier Comments:
More nimble traders may want to look for a dip back into the $40.50-40.75 zone as an alternative entry point. I would keep in mind that there is a lot of short interest. The most recent data listed short interest at about 28% of the 50.6 million share float. That could fuel a short squeeze in WNR. I am suggesting small positions to limit our risk just in case there is a worker strike at the NTI plant and retail gas stations. Our short-term target is $46.00. More aggressive traders could aim higher since the Point & Figure chart for WNR is bullish with a $50.00 target.

*Small positions *

current Position: Long WNR stock @ $41.35

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Long Mar $42 call (WNR1422c42) entry $2.70*

12/24/13 trade opened this morning at $41.35
*option entry price is an estimate since the option did not trade at the time our play was opened.



BEARISH Play Updates


None. We do not have any active bearish trades.



CLOSED BULLISH PLAYS

Groupon, Inc. - GRPN - close: 11.33 change: -0.38

Stop Loss: 11.25
Target(s): 12.50
Current Gain/Loss: + 5.1%

Entry on December 17 at $10.70
Listed on December 12, 2013
Time Frame: to 8 weeks
Average Daily Volume = 18.4 million
New Positions: see below

Comments:
12/30/13: Ouch! GRPN has fallen -5.5% in the last two days. It makes me wish I'd followed my own suggestion to exit near the $12.00 level. After a multi-week rally GRPN finally hit some profit taking and shares hit our new stop loss at $11.25 today.

closed Position: Long GRPN stock @ $10.70 exit $11.25 (+5.1%)

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2014 FEB $12 call (GRPN1422b12) entry $0.67 exit $0.71* (+ 5.9%)

12/30/13 stopped out
*option exit price is an estimate since the option did not trade at the time our play was closed.
12/28/13 new stop loss @ 11.25
12/26/13 new stop loss @ 10.70
12/23/13 more conservative traders may want to take some money off the table with GRPN hovering below the $12.00 level.
12/19/13 new stop loss @ 10.40
12/18/13 new stop loss @ 9.95
12/17/13 triggered at $10.70

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