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Daily Newsletter, Saturday, 1/8/2011

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  1. Market Wrap
  2. New Plays
  3. In Play Updates and Reviews

Market Wrap

Irrational Expectations

by Jim Brown

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The ADP induced spike in expectations for the payroll report proved to be a downer for the market when the report failed to measure up.

Market Statistics

When the ADP report on Wednesday forecasted a gain of 297,000 jobs in December that was 2.5 times the prevailing estimates at the time for a gain of +125,000 jobs. The ADP report upset the delicate balance of analyst estimates that ranged from gains of 75,000 to 160,000. Suddenly analysts and investors alike started to become giddy with hopes the ADP report was correct and we were going to see a serious spike in employment that signaled a true acceleration in the recovery process.

Unfortunately those hopes were dashed when the Non-Farm Payroll report showed a net gain of only 103,000 jobs. Private payrolls rose +113,000 jobs but government jobs declined by -10,000. If the ADP report had not muddied the water the +113,000 private jobs compared to expectations for 125,000 would have been right inline and not a problem for the market.

The busted headline expectations depressed the market but some of the report internals were definitely bullish. The unemployment rate declined by 0.4% to 9.4% and well below estimates. That headline got a lot of play in the news and helped to soften the market decline but in reality it was a bogus statistic. The unemployment rate declined because more people joined the ranks of discouraged workers and quit searching for a job. They fell off the unemployment rolls and although unemployed they are no longer counted as part of the workforce. Good headline but a bad reason.

The job gains from the prior two months were also revised higher. October was revised up to 210,000 from 172,000 and November was revised higher to 71,000 from 39,000. That was a total gain of 70,000 jobs from the prior periods. Those kinds of upward revisions never seem to matter to the market but they do count.

Payroll Chart

The Household Employment survey showed jobs there increased by +350,000. That is a strong gain but the household numbers never seem to move the market. This is a different survey than the Payroll Report. The data in the household survey is where we get the unemployment rate. The household survey showed 260,000 people left the workforce in December. That is why the unemployment rate declined.

Over all of 2010 the economy averaged job gains of 112,000 per month in the private sector. After subtracting government job losses the average drops to 94,000 jobs gained per month. State and local governments are facing serious budget shortfalls and the result is a steady stream of job cuts.

The economy needs to create a minimum of 150,000 jobs per month just to cover the increase in workers from legal immigration and students graduating into the workforce. Job creation needs to rise to a minimum of 350,000 per month before making any material dent in the 14.5 million unemployed and 8.9 million underemployed workers. Those underemployed are working part time for economic reasons or because they can't find a full time job. We will never have full employment but just to reduce that 23.4 million total by 50% would require 60 months of job creation at a pace greater than 350,000. The economy will have to be a lot better off than it is today. Some analysts believe we will never reach that goal. They believe we have lost the momentum and the retirement and downsizing of the baby boomers will further complicate the labor problem. Others believe the retirement of the baby boomers will be an employment boom as millions of workers leave the workforce making room for the unemployed. I believe that kind of analysis is way above my pay grade. I just want to get through 2011 with a trading profit and then I will worry about 2012.

Morgan Stanley believes we will see a gain of 200,000 jobs per month for all of 2011 and unemployment will be down to 8.5% by year-end. Morgan Stanley believes there was a blip in the data for December that will be revised higher next month.

Ben Bernanke told the House Banking Committee on Friday the employment rate could remain in the 8% range through 2013. He also said employment could take 4-5 years before a full recovery. Of course that is not factoring in a recession due to energy prices in 2012 but he can't be expected to know everything.

The economic calendar for next week only has one major event and that is the Fed Beige Book due out on Wednesday. This should be positive but like we saw in the payroll report too much optimism is a bad thing.

The PPI and CPI on Thr/Fri provide the monthly update on inflation and the consumer sentiment on Friday could be volatile. We have seen some swings in that survey recently and January could show some post holiday depression thanks to the blizzard.

Economic Calendar

The economic calendar will not be the primary focus next week. Alcoa will kickoff the Q4 earnings cycle with earnings on Monday. Also reporting on Monday will be Apollo Group, homebuilder Lennar, Meade Instruments and Steak & Shake. The earnings schedule grows cold on Tue/Wed but picks up again with Intel on Thursday and JP Morgan on Friday. The following week begins the real parade of reports and I will cover that next Sunday.

Earnings for the S&P are expected to have grown +27% over 2009Q4. That is according to S&P. Thompson Reuters is a little more optimistic with a 32% growth projection. This will be the fifth consecutive quarter of increased earnings after nine strait quarters of declines. According to S&P the financials will lead with a whopping +250% increase in profits, followed by energy at +118%, materials +70%, discretionary at +63%, information technology +52% and industrials at +26%. Rounding out the bottom is healthcare +11%, telecommunications +7%, utilities +7% and consumer staples +6%.

The 27% earnings growth sounds great until you compare it to the prior three quarters. Coming out of the recession in 2010-Q1 earnings rose +92%, Q2 +51% and Q3 +37%. Note the rapid deceleration as the year progressed. This will continue to be a challenge as the comparison quarters become harder to top.

S&P said the boost in earnings came from continued cost cutting, a decent increase in revenues in the low double digits and the increase in stock buybacks. When companies buy back shares there are fewer shares outstanding and that increases the earnings per share even without an increase in the dollar value of earnings. IBM is the all time pro at buying back enough shares in a quarter to meet analyst earnings targets.

As long as the earnings are inline with estimates with at least a small beat in many cases the rally could continue another week or two but I would not expect any material upside given our overbought conditions and the rising problems in Europe.

If the first few companies to confess earnings just report inline with estimates or miss estimates slightly then our overbought conditions could return to oversold very quickly. Investors are willing to bet on their favorite horses into earnings as long as the horses around them are not pulling up lame or collapsing on the track.

The gains in some of these early reporters could present a problem. Alcoa has risen +25% since December 1st and it will take some pretty strong earnings to keep the bulls in their camp. JP Morgan is up +16%.

Senior market strategist at Lind Waldock, Jeffrey Friedman, warned if results are inline or below the S&P could see an 8% pullback. Strong earnings could add another 4% for the S&P but only if earnings beat convincingly. He believes Friday's payroll disappointment has set the tone for next week with a greater chance of weakness. The negative payroll surprise removed some of the bullish sentiment from the market.

The key report for the week will be Intel on Thursday. Intel needs to say PC sales are strong and NOT say they are expecting normal seasonal weakness in Q1. That is a normal problem for this report. When they caution on seasonal weakness it seems to drag down the entire tech sector. The seasonality has to do with the drop off in PC sales after the holidays.

Goldman Sachs raised their 2011 target for the S&P to 1500 based on expected strong earnings. They are expecting record S&P earnings of $96, which tops the previous high of $91 in 2007. They believe the recovery will accelerate and the U.S. economy will be 5% larger at the end of 2011.

For those estimates to come to pass we have to get by the European debt crisis first. Next week will see Portugal, Italy and Spain attempt to auction debt. Portugal sold six-month bills on Wednesday at 3.686% and the high interest rate is causing some serious worries about what those countries will have to pay when they auction their long dated debt next week. Spreads on some European debt against the German bund were at or near record levels. This came after the EU suggested senior bond holders might have to share in the losses of distressed banks. This would be done by regulators writing down debt and converting it to equity in order to rescue the institution. For instance, if a bank had sold $500 million in debt and could not make the debt payments the regulators would write down that debt to something like $200 million and convert the $300 million loss into equity in the bank. If the bank recovered the bondholders might escape with a breakeven. This proposal did not set well with investors who just want to be secured lenders not unsecured stockholders.

There are increasing fears of a new round of problems requiring even more bailouts. China has been considering buying European debt in an effort to prevent a further contamination within the Euro nations. This week would be a good time to take the plunge.

Mark Zandi at Moody's thinks the European debt crisis will continue to pop up and cause trouble until the Eurozone expands their bailout fund and buys some more sovereign debt to force rates lower. "Clearly the first bank stress test did not work and it is time for Stress Test Two."

Another hurdle for the markets is the China trade data that will be reported on Monday. That will be an indication of the health of the global recovery. It will also give us a clue on their progress on stimulating consumer buying inside China. China claims it is trying to move from an export economy to a consumer economy but it continues to place regulations on consumption inside China. As the current driver for the world economy any economic number out of China is a cause for concern and a possible market-moving event.

Here at home we are starting to hear more about the impending muni crisis. States making headlines because of large deficits include Illinois, California, New Jersey, New York and Texas. The lone star state has a budget of $95 billion and a $25 billion deficit. You can't cut that kind of money out of a budget of that size. You can't fire enough people, cancel enough services and turn off enough lights. One proposal they are considering is dropping Medicare to save money. Obviously that would not sit well with Texans but desperate times call for desperate measures. These are the kinds of tough decisions that many states are facing in 2011. Reportedly states are facing a $200 billion deficit in 2011. How do you manage a recovery in jobs when they will be slashing payrolls to the bone?

The problems in Europe pushed the dollar to a +3.6% gain against the euro for the week. That was the biggest move for the dollar since August. The rise in the dollar crushed commodities with silver falling -7% for the week along with gold (-$54), copper and crude falling -3.7% each.

Another problem weighing on commodities is the pending rebalance of commodity index funds. The DJ-UBS Commodity Index and the S&P GSCI Index, with about $200 billion in commodity funds tracking those indexes will be rebalanced between Jan-7th and 13th. Basically the indexes try to maintain a specific ratio of commodities in the index. In a year where a commodity like copper has rallied +50% the indexes have to rebalance to bring copper representation back down to the correct ratio. This means the funds with $200 billion tied to these indexes will have to sell copper, oil, silver, etc in order to match the rebalanced index structure.

As if that was not enough pressure on commodities the CFTC will meet this week to vote on position limits on all commodities. Any funds holding large positions may want to avoid the rush to the exits if the vote passes.

On Friday the big news was a Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling against Bank of America and Wells Fargo. The court ruled against them in a foreclosure case saying they foreclosed illegally because they could not prove they held the mortgage at the time of the foreclosure. The mortgages in question were transferred into two mortgage-backed trusts without the recipients being named. During the mortgage bubble many mortgages were transferred around so much from lender to lender and then into multiple trusts depending on how the loan was sliced and diced the assignee names were left blank. Basically, paper trail was incomplete and the current holders were not the original lenders.

Because the decision was made by the Massachusetts Supreme Court the ruling can be used as a reference in hundreds of court cases already underway and dealing with the same proof of ownership mortgage problem. This ownership suit has proved effective in preventing many foreclosures.

Bank America was quick to point out they had no financial interest in the mortgages in question. BAC is solely as a trustee to a mortgage owned by a securitized trust and had no responsibility for transferring the loans. BAC recovered about half of its original drop in share price after the announcement. JPM lost -2%. Several analysts said this was a big deal because it called into question the entire securitization process of creating mortgage-backed securities. Most disagreed with that idea but worried this would put a cloud over the banks and delay foreclosures that had to occur before the housing sector could truly recover.

Liz Claiborne shares fell -13% after the company warned income would be significantly below prior forecasts. The company said profits from operations and divestitures would be in the neighborhood of $50 million compared to prior forecasts of $80 million. LIZ CEO said bad weather, competitive pricing and picking the wrong fashions all contributed to the drop in profits. Earnings are due out Feb-17th.

LIZ Chart

Dean Foods must have looked appetizing to billionaire David Tepper. His fund Appaloosa Management announced on Friday they had taken a 7.4% stake in the company. This is unusual because Dean Foods has been getting crushed every earnings day for a couple years now. Dean is the largest dairy producer and the worst performer on the S&P in 2010. Could it be that the company has hit bottom? At least one investor believes better times are ahead. Appaloosa bought 13.4 million Dean shares.

Dean Foods Chart

Homebuilder KB Homes (KBH) rallied +6% after posting a surprise profit for Q4. KBH posted profits of $17.4 million or 23-cents per share. The analyst consensus was for a loss of 18.5 cents. The CFO said the profits were due to an aggressive cost cutting program over the last two years and a switch to smaller and more efficient homes. KBH targets first time homebuyers. The company only closed on 1,918 homes, down from 3,042 in the comparison quarter. Net orders were down -25% to 1,085. The fact KBH managed to produce a strong profit on reduced sales prompted Raymond James to rate the stock a strong buy. Once new home sales begin to accelerate they expect even stronger profits from KBH.

KB Homes Chart

Apple recovered from the CES depression to close at a new high. Analysts failed to find an iPad killer among the dozens of new tablets introduced at the show and that provided new support for Apple's rally. With the iPad 2 scheduled to be announced soon most analysts believe the future is still bright for the tablet leader. However, while there was no iPad killer there were so many new models, styles and features that each will chips away at the Apple lead. There may not have been a single killer but Apple can still bleed market share from a thousand tiny cuts. For the time being Apple is still the king of the tablet mountain.

Apple Chart

Verizon has scheduled a press conference for Tuesday with no hint of the topic to be discussed. However, a source told Reuters this weekend they will announce the new iPhone to run on the Verizon network with sales to begin in February. This is just one more reason why Apple is going to remain an investor favorite. However, this has been rumored for the last three months so you wonder how much of the excitement is already priced into Apple/VZ stock? AT&T is preparing for the competition by reducing the price of the iPhone 3GS to $49.

Verizon Chart

Atmel (ATML) closed at another new high after Wedbush initiated coverage with an outperform. The last three brokers to initiate coverage started them with a buy. The reason analysts like Atmel today is their heavy focus on the touch screen technology for smartphones and tablets. That technology is showing up on everything and will continue to spread into everything from autos to refrigerators. Atmel shares really need a cooling off period after more than doubling since August.

Atmel Chart

Murphy Oil (MUR) dropped -4% after disclosing a Q4 charge of $36 million for drilling three dry holes in the Congo. They do have producing wells in the same area. This proves just because you find oil in one well even with advanced seismic data there is still a risk every time you drill. These wells were not expensive as wells go today. Dry holes in deepwater can cost hundreds of millions each. This kind of news should not blunt the excitement in the energy sector but we are due for some profit taking.

Murphy Oil Chart

Chevron (CVX) will give its Q4 interim update after the close on Tuesday. Chevron earnings are Jan-28th. On Tuesday the company will update production volumes and give progress updates on recent projects. This update will be closely watched by energy investors.

Goldman Sachs was positive about the energy sector on Friday and especially the drillers. Goldman upgraded Diamond Offshore to buy from sell and said oil service companies with international exposure could see further gains despite their recent rally. Baker Hughes (BHI) was upgraded to buy from neutral.

Hess Corp (HES) said it planned to spend $5.6 billion in 2011 on capital projects. This was a +44% increase from 2010 levels. The company is going to spend that money in the Bakken shale in North Dakota and the Valhall project in Norway and Shenzi in the Gulf of Mexico.

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AK Steel (AKS) lost -7% after Goldman cut its rating to SELL based on rising imports of electrical steel. The company was the worst performer in the S&P on Friday. Electrical steel is used in high power electrical transformers. This downgrade was another blow to the sector after Schnitzer Steel (SCHN) reported earnings on Thursday of 64-cents that missed estimates of 71-cents. Schnitzer fell -7% on the news.

AKS Chart

The markets struggled after the payroll report but they almost made it back to positive territory before the close. At one point the Dow was down -97 points and ended with only a -22 point loss. I think traders missed the point on the jobs report. The gain of +112,000 private jobs was just enough to confirm the recovery was still progressing but not enough for Bernanke to call off any further QE2.

In fact based on Bernanke's testimony we could see a QE3 or even a QE4 if job creation does not accelerate. He has to keep pouring fuel into the markets to stimulate housing by keeping rates low and rebuilding the wealth effect through the stock market. As investors see the value of their IRAs and 401K grow they become more positive about the future and less restrictive on how they spend their money. The housing sector accounts for about a quarter of our GDP and although it has improved it is still on life support. Continued payroll reports with less than 150,000 new jobs will keep the Fed on the side of investors. Just remember, once the pendulum swings back to the other side of robust growth the Fed is going to be very aggressive in removing all this excess accommodation. We need to make money on the long side in 2011 because 2012 could be very rocky.

After 33 weeks of outflows from equity mutual funds we have had two consecutive weeks of positive fund flows. Obviously that has a lot to do with year-end retirement contributions but sentiment has definitely changed. The major brokers are upgrading estimates and year-end targets for 2011 and investors on the sidelines are starting to feel like they missed the boat by not moving out of cash and bonds in the fall of 2010. Retail investors only account for 25% of the market but that is 25% of a $14 trillion market.

A total of $39 billion flowed out of equity funds in 2010 and whopping $271 billion flowed into bond funds. Investors were putting new cash into the safety of bonds as worries over a second recessionary dip caused unnecessary caution. We have seen in the last two months that some money has begun to flow out of bond funds and back into equities. It has only been a trickle but now we are past the year-end tax period and there is nothing holding that money in bonds. If it were not for the European debt crisis providing uncertainty today I suspect we would be seeing some major money flows back into equities.

Traders want the real recovery to begin but they have had their hand slapped more than once over the last year when they tried to venture into the market in anticipation of the recovery.

The key inflection point for those sitting on the sidelines will be the next market dip. I don't mean an intraday dip but a multi-day or even multi-week dip. When that dip is bought on decent volume it will be the signal to make the switch to equities. Despite the positive bullish sentiment, which declined from 61% to 55% last week there is still a mistrust of this market. The analysts whining about market manipulation by funds, high frequency trading or the Feds juicing the market have an audience but following those analysts is going to be bad for your financial health. A decent dip will give those analysts enough rope to hang themselves before the next leg higher begins.

We are facing a bull market in 2011. S&P earnings are going to be at new record highs. Cost cutting during the recession has made companies leaner and more cost efficient. As spending improves so will their profits. While we know there will be ups and downs in the market in 2011 the prevailing direction will be higher. This is going to be the year of buy the dip. I really wish we could see a dip next week because I get very impatient waiting for entry points. I assume I am not alone.

The S&P declined to 1261 on Friday and failed to hit that support at 1258 before rebounding strongly to close +10 points off the lows. Considering the negative payroll surprise I thought that was a good rebound. After all it was a Friday and traders probably wanted to take some profits before the weekend.

On three days last week the S&P tested the 1275-1278 resistance level and all three tries were rebuffed. Despite the failure at that level the index also failed to give up ground. Considering the profits built up in Q4 there are plenty of reasons to sell if money managers were worried about the future.

The key points to watch are support at 1258 and let's use 1280 on the upside. A break over 1280 would be sure to trigger some serious short covering. A break below 1258 would draw in the bears faster than a salmon run in spawning season.

The bearish view sees a topping process just under 1280 and the potential for a decline. I have no problem with that view as long as support at 1258 holds. It has been six weeks since the S&P visited the bottom of its broader uptrend channel so we are due for a retest any time. The difference between my view and the bears is that I believe the dip will be bought even if we have to retest as far down as 1180. When it is bought the resulting rally could be very strong. What is confusing the bears here is the consolidation back in November. That built a base for the current rally and discounts the need to take profits from the August to November rally. November was significant profit taking and should mean any dip in Q1 will be less intense.

S&P-500 Chart

The Dow is struggling with some serious resistance in the 11700-11750 range from August 2008. It is dealing with the uptrend resistance line (red) and the stronger horizontal resistance but still honoring the uptrend support (blue) from early December. The tone of the Dow changed in December with volatility shrinking. Even the -97 point intraday decline on Friday failed to really penetrate that uptrend support and the news was such a shock it should have had a bigger impact.

This is clearly an example of the bad news bulls climbing that wall of worry. They are hoping for more bad news to keep the Fed in the game and give them a dip to buy. Eventually this period of relative peace on the Dow will end but until it does the trend is your friend.

The dip to 11,600 on Friday was instantly bought and that is a good sign for future support tests.

Dow Chart

The Nasdaq has an ace in the hole for Monday. That ace is the Verizon announcement scheduled for Tuesday. Since the topic has been leaked so thoroughly we can expect Apple to rally strongly on Monday and Tuesday. With Apple's weighting at 20% of the Nasdaq 100 index that will go a long way towards keeping the Nasdaq positive.

The Nasdaq is struggling with prior uptrend support, now resistance at 2700. A move over that level should trigger some short covering and some price chasing by frustrated fence sitters. Support is well back at 2650-2660 followed by 2625.

Nasdaq Chart - Daily

Nasdaq Chart -Weekly

The Russell continues to be our mine canary and it appears to be weakening at round number resistance of 800. However, the intraday dips were instantly bought so there is lingering support just under the bid. We did have a lower high on Thursday and a lower low on Friday. The RSI closed at 58.65 and that is a new six-week low. Those are normally key indicators of potential trouble ahead.

We had the same pattern back in mid October and it ended with a three-week consolidation and a blow-off move higher in early November. There is no guarantee it will happen this way again. We have seen consolidation around the 790 level since Dec-22nd but the volatility has picked up significantly over the last week. Beware a break under 780 as a change in trend. Support is still 760-765.

Russell Chart - Daily

Russell Chart - Weekly

To eliminate some of the noise in the smaller indexes like we will see from Apple in the Nasdaq next week we can use the Dow Total Market Index, formerly called the Wilshire 5000. This index has broken through key resistance at 13,275 and appears to be telegraphing a move higher. This represents market sentiment at its broadest.

Dow Total Market Index Chart - Weekly

In summary nobody is rushing to sell off the market and we successfully survived the first week of January. That is a good sign. Since 1950 there have been 60 first weeks of trading. 37 of those were positive. When there is a positive first week there is an 87% correlation to a positive gain for the entire year. When there is a decline in the first week there is only a 50% correlation to a decline for the rest of the year. Obviously you can twist statistics any way you want and past performance is no guarantee of future results. However, bullish markets create bullish sentiment and that sentiment creates further gains. It is a prime example of a circular feedback loop.

If you remember my January highs table I have shown several times over the last few weeks the average date for a high in January was the 12th. That would be Wednesday. With Intel reporting on Thursday that makes the 13th a likely target unless Intel really blows through estimates and raises guidance. There is no guarantee of a late month decline but the historical patterns are pretty strong.

January Highs Table

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New Plays

Breaking Out!

by James Brown

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Editor's Note:

In addition to tonight's new candidates check out these stocks on my watch list: ANAD, BEAV, LCC, MXIM, TKR.

- James


Kansas City Southern - KSU - close: 51.25 change: +0.83

Stop Loss: 47.90
Target(s): 54.75
Current Gain/Loss: unopened
Time Frame: 6 to 8 weeks
New Positions: Yes, see trigger

Company Description

Why We Like It:
Railroad stocks were showing relative strength on Friday. Both KSU and the Dow Jones Railroad index broke out past resistance to new relative highs. KSU broke through resistance near $50.00, which should be new support. I am suggesting we use a trigger to open bullish positions at $50.50. If triggered our target is $54.75. We will have to decide in a couple of weeks if we want to hold over KSU's earnings report. Normally we would prefer to avoid holding over earnings because announcements can bring unnecessary risk.
FYI: The Point & Figure chart for KSU is bullish with a $78.00 target.

Trigger @ 50.50

Suggested Position: Buy KSU stock @ $50.50

- or -

Buy the 2011 February $50.00 call (KSU1119B50) current ask $2.95

Annotated chart:

Entry on January xx at $xx.xx
Earnings Date 01/27/11 (unconfirmed)
Average Daily Volume: 815 thousand
Listed on January 8th, 2010

SXC Health Solutions - SXCI - close: 44.57 change: +1.49

Stop Loss: 42.40
Target(s): 49.00
Current Gain/Loss: + 0.0%
Time Frame: 8 to 9 weeks
New Positions: Yes, see trigger

Company Description:
SXC Health Solutions Corp. is a leading provider of pharmacy benefits management (PBM) services and Health Care Information Technology (HCIT) solutions to the healthcare benefits management industry. The Company's product offerings and solutions combine a wide range of PBM services and software applications, application service provider (ASP) processing services and professional services, designed for many of the largest organizations in the pharmaceutical supply chain, such as health plans, employers, federal, provincial, and, state and local governments, pharmacy benefit managers, retail pharmacy chains and other healthcare intermediaries. SXC is headquartered in Lisle, Illinois with multiple locations in the US and Canada. (source: company press release or website)

Why We Like It:
Shares of SXCI have spent the last month consolidating its early December gains. Now the stock is on the move again. Positive analyst comments on Friday pushed the stock out of its trading range. This move looks like a new bullish entry point and I am suggesting bullish positions now. Patient traders may want to wait as we could see a better entry point on a dip into the $44.00-43.50 zone. There is potential resistance at the December highs near $45.75 but we're aiming for $49.00.
FYI: The Point & Figure chart for SXCI is bullish with a $62.00 target.

NOTE: Buying the options is a higher-risk trade. The calls on SXCI have wider than normal spreads put option traders at a disadvantage here.

Open Bullish Positions Now

Suggested Position: Buy SXCI stock @ Current levels

- or -

Buy the 2011 February $45.00 calls (SXCI1119B45) current ask $2.05

Annotated chart:

Entry on January 10 at $xx.xx
Earnings Date 03/03/11 (unconfirmed)
Average Daily Volume: xxx million
Listed on January 8th, 2010

In Play Updates and Reviews

Two More Targets Hit

by James Brown

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Editor's Note:
On Friday we had an airline play and an automotive play hit some bullish targets. Those winners were ALK and Ford. RMD hit our trigger to open positions. I'm dropping STX as a candidate. There are updated stop losses for ALK, FLIR, MTW, SNE, and WWE.

Don't forget that we only have two weeks left before January options expire. The market has been consolidating sideways the past few days. If stocks see a breakdown lower it's going to crush all of our January call values. You may want to start taking some money off the table early. Any time premium is going to decay pretty quickly.


Current Portfolio:

BULLISH Play Updates

Automatic Data Processing - ADP - close: 48.11 change: +0.11

Stop Loss: 45.45
Target(s): 49.75, 52.50
Current Gain/Loss: + 2.9%
Time Frame: 10 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

01/08 update: ADP extended its gains on Friday. The stock is up four of the last five days and shares closed at new three-year highs on Friday. There is no change from my prior comments. If you're looking for a new entry point I'd wait for a dip near $47.00. Keep your position size small to limit your risk.
FYI: The Point & Figure chart for ADP is forecasting a bullish price target of $66.00.

Current Position: Long ADP stock @ $46.75

- or -

Long the 2011 February $45.00 call (ADP1119B45) Entry @ $2.00

01/03: Entry @ $46.75
01/01: New stop loss @ 45.45
01/01: New entry point @ current levels, new option strike (Feb. $45)


Entry on January 3 at $46.75
Earnings Date 01/26/11 (unconfirmed)
Average Daily Volume: 2.8 million
Listed on December 16th, 2010

Alaska Air Group - ALK - close: 62.72 change: +3.02

Stop Loss: 57.75
Target(s): 59.75, 64.90, (option exit 61.75)
Current Gain/Loss: +14.2%
Time Frame: 8 to 9 weeks
New Positions: see below

01/08 update: Wow! Friday was a big day for ALK. Shares broke out past $60.00 and surged to new all-time highs! We had a target to sell our January calls at $61.75, which was hit before lunchtime on Friday. The option was trading near $3.00 (+87.5%) and hit an intraday high of $3.80.

I am adjusting our final target on the stock from $64.00 to $64.90. More aggressive traders could aim higher since this is blue-sky territory for ALK. If you're looking for a new entry point I'd wait for a dip near $60.00, which should be new support (and I would consider buying the April calls). Please note our new stop loss at $57.75.

Earlier Comments:
We want to sell half of our stock position at $59.75. Sell all of our January options at $61.75. Sell the rest of our stock position at $64.00 (now 64.90).

Current Position: Long ALK stock @ $54.91

- or -

Long the 2011 January $60 calls (symbol: ALK1122A60) entry @ $1.60

01/08: New stop loss @ 57.75. New target at $64.90
01/07: Option Target Hit @ 61.75. Option @ $3.00 (+87.5%). 01/05: Target hit at $59.75 (+8.8%)
12/21: First target is 59.75, adding second target at $64 for ALK stock.
12/21: Adjusting our only exit target on the calls to $61.75.


Entry on November 22 at $54.91
Earnings Date 01/27/11 (unconfirmed)
Average Daily Volume: 331 thousand
Listed on November 20th, 2010

BB& T Corp. - BBT - close: 26.33 change: -0.56

Stop Loss: 25.80
Target(s): 29.90
Current Gain/Loss: - 3.6%
Time Frame: 6 to 8 weeks
New Positions: Yes, see below

01/08 update: Our timing on the BBT hasn't been so hot. There was no follow through on Wednesday's bullish breakout above the simple 200-dma. Friday the financial sector was one of the market's worst performers. Shares of BBT are now testing support near $26.00. This pull back could be a lower-risk entry point given our stop loss at $25.80 but if there is any follow through lower on Monday we'll likely get stopped out. Keep your position size small to limit your risk. Our first target is $29.90. We will have to decide whether or not we want to hold over BBT's earnings in late January.

(small positions only)

Current Position: BBT stock @ $27.32

- or -

Buy the 2011 February $28.00 calls (BBT1119B28) Entry @ 0.90


Entry on January 6 at $27.32
Earnings Date 01/21/11 (confirmed)
Average Daily Volume: 6.4 million
Listed on January 5th, 2010

Popular Inc. - BPOP - close: 3.19 change: +0.06

Stop Loss: 2.75
Target(s): 3.40, 3.95
Current Gain/Loss: + 6.3%
Time Frame: 12 to 16 weeks
New Positions: see below

01/08 update: BPOP gapped open higher on Friday morning after Goldman Sachs slapped a buy rating on the stock. The high was $3.25. Shares did pare their gains by the close. I would prefer to open new positions in the $3.05-3.00 zone. If the financials continue to correct this week that could happen soon. Conservative traders may want to raise their stop closer to the 50-dma (currently near $2.93).

Current Position: Long BPOP stock @ $3.00

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Long the 2011 April $3.00 calls (BPOP1116D3) Entry @ $0.34

12/22: Close over $3.00 is another bullish entry point.
12/18: New stop loss @ 2.75


Entry on December 14 at $ 3.00
Earnings Date 01/20/11 (unconfirmed)
Average Daily Volume: 11.7 million
Listed on December 11th, 2010

Citigroup Inc. - C - close: 4.94 change: -0.01

Stop Loss: 4.63
Target(s): 5.00, 5.35
Current Gain/Loss: + 4.4%
Time Frame: 10 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

01/08 update: Profit taking in the banks pushed Citigroup to an intraday low of $4.84 before the stock rebounded from its rising 10-dma. I am not suggesting new bullish positions at these levels. This remains an aggressive, higher-risk trade. The plan was to keep our position size small to limit their risk.

Current Position: Long Citigroup stock @ $4.73

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Long the 2011 March $5.00 calls (C1119C5) Entry @ $0.20

01/05: New stop loss @ 4.63
01/05: Target hit @ 5.00 (+5.7%), option @ $0.30 (+50%)


Entry on December 20 at $ 4.73
Earnings Date 01/18/11 (confirmed)
Average Daily Volume: 688 million
Listed on December 18th, 2010

Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao - CBD - close: 40.38 change: -0.69

Stop Loss: 39.80
Target(s): 44.95, 49.00
Current Gain/Loss: + 0.3%
Time Frame: 12 to 14 weeks
New Positions: see below

01/08 update: The Brazilian Bovespa index slid lower on Friday, which probably boosted CBD's decline in New York. The stock gave us a close call with a dip to $39.91. Our stop loss is $39.80. Shares did breakdown under technical support at the 50-dma and readers may want to go ahead and exit on that basis. CBD did manage to close above round-number support at $40.00. I'm not ready to give up just yet but I am not suggesting new positions at this time. CBD can be a volatile stock so readers should consider this a higher-risk trade.

NOTE: We may need to reconsider our time frame on CBD. It could take longer than previously expected for shares to hit our targets.

Current Position: Long CBD stock @ $40.25

01/01 new stop loss @ 39.80
12/29 new stop loss @ 39.25
12/21 New stop loss @ 37.90


Entry on November 23 at $40.25
Earnings Date 03/02/11 (unconfirmed)
Average Daily Volume: 608 thousand
Listed on November 20th, 2010

Check Point Software Technologies - CHKP - close: 45.79 change: -0.93

Stop Loss: 44.95
Target(s): 47.25, 49.75
Current Gain/Loss: + 1.5%
Time Frame: 8 to 10 weeks
New Positions: see below

01/08 update: Positive analyst comments on Friday failed to help CHKP very much. The correction continues with a -1.99% loss. The stock dipped to its 30-dma and looks poised to test $45.00 soon. If the market doesn't turn positive on Monday we have a good chance of getting stopped out at $44.95. I am not suggesting new bullish positions at this time.

Current Position: Long CHKP stock @ $45.10

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Long the 2011 April $45.00 calls (CHKP1116D45) Entry @ $2.55

01/05: New stop loss @ 44.95
01/03: 1st Target Hit @ $47.25 (+4.7%) Option @ $3.75 (+47%)


Entry on December 20 at $45.10
Earnings Date 01/26/11 (unconfirmed)
Average Daily Volume: 1.4 million
Listed on December 18th, 2010

Walt Disney Co. - DIS - close: 39.45 change: -0.20

Stop Loss: 37.49
Target(s): 39.90, 42.50
Current Gain/Loss: + 3.1%
Time Frame: 10 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

01/08 update: I have been warning readers to expect a correction in DIS following the very sharp rally toward resistance at $40.00. The closest area that looks like potential support is $38.00. I am not suggesting new positions at this time.

- Current Positions -

Long DIS stock @ 38.25

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Long the 2011 February $40.00 calls (DIS1119B40) Entry @ $0.45

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Long the 2011 April $40.00 calls (DIS1116D40) Entry @ $1.10

01/05: 1st Target Hit. Stock @ 39.90 (+4.3%)
01/05: 1st Target Hit. Feb. call @ $1.20 (+166%). April call @ 1.80 (+63.6%)
01/05: new stop loss @ 37.49
01/04: Play triggered @ 38.25


Entry on January 4 at $38.25
Earnings Date 02/08/11 (unconfirmed)
Average Daily Volume: 8.6 million
Listed on December 25th, 2010

Ford Motor Co. - F - close: 18.27 change: +0.05

Stop Loss: 16.75
Target(s): 18.40, 19.95
Current Gain/Loss: + 8.1%
Time Frame: 10 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

01/08 update: Target achieved. Ford continued to rally on Friday morning and gapped open higher at $18.42. Our first target to take profits was at $18.40. The January calls opened at $0.90 (+260%) and the March calls opened at $1.29 (+111%). We want to sell the rest of our January calls now! More aggressive traders could hold on since we have two weeks left but these are going to be very volatile on any dip in Ford.

Shares of Ford are now short-term overbought and due for a correction. There is potential support near $17.50-17.40. I am not suggesting new bullish positions at this time. Our final, longer-term target is $19.95.

- Suggested Positions -

Long Ford stock @ $16.90

- or -

Long the 2011 January $17.50 calls (F1122a17.5) Entry @ $0.25, exit @ $0.89 (+256%)

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Long the 2011 March $18.00 calls (F1119C18) Entry @ $0.61

01/08: Sell the rest of our January calls now! @ $0.89 (+256%)
01/07: Target hit. F @ 18.42. Jan. call @ $0.90 (+260%). Mar. call @ $1.29 (+111%)
01/07: 1st Target Hit. Ford @ 18.42 (+8.99%)
01/05: New stop loss @ 16.49.


Entry on December 23 at $16.90
Earnings Date 01/27/11 (unconfirmed)
Average Daily Volume: 58.7 million
Listed on December 22nd, 2010

FLIR Systems Inc. - FLIR - close: 29.11 change: -0.07

Stop Loss: 27.90
Target(s): 30.90, 33.00
Current Option Gain/Loss: + 0.0%
Time Frame: 10 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

01/08 update: FLIR dipped to $28.73 before paring its losses on Friday. The pull back in the last few days has hit the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement of the late December rally. Readers can buy this dip or wait for a dip closer to $28.50. Please note that I am raising our stop loss to $27.90. FLIR doesn't move super fast but our targets are $30.90 and $33.00.

Current Position: Long FLIR stock @ $29.10

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Long the 2011 April $30.00 calls (FLIR1116D30) Entry @ $1.60

01/08: New stop loss @ 27.90


Entry on December 22 at $29.10
Earnings Date 02/10/11 (unconfirmed)
Average Daily Volume: 1.6 million
Listed on December 18th, 2010

JB Hunt Transport Services - JBHT - close: 41.89 change: +0.47

Stop Loss: 38.75
Target(s): 43.50, 46.75
Current Option Gain/Loss: + 3.8%
Time Frame: 10 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

01/08 update: JBHT displayed some relative strength on Friday with a +1.1% gain. I would look for short-term support near $41.00. I'm not suggesting new bullish positions at this time. More conservative traders may want to raise their stops closer to the $40 level. I am growing a little worried that JBHT could be forming a bear wedge pattern.

FYI: The Point & Figure chart for JBHT is bullish with a $54.50 target.

Suggested Position: Long JBHT stock @ $40.33

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Buy the 2011 February $40 calls (JBHT1119B40) Entry @ $1.85

12/22 Entry at $40.33
12/21 New Entry Point - Launch Positions Now (open of 12/22)


Entry on December 22 at $40.33
Earnings Date 01/28/11 (unconfirmed)
Average Daily Volume: 1.2 million
Listed on December 13th, 2010

Morgan Stanley - MS - close: 28.20 change: -0.60

Stop Loss: 25.95
Target(s): 29.85, 31.85
Current Gain/Loss: + 4.6%
Time Frame: 6 to 8 weeks
New Positions: see below

01/08 update: Take Profits (see below).
Financial stocks were hit with profit taking on Friday. Shares of MS suffered -2% decline. While that's not unusual the move did complete what appears to be a three-candlestick bearish reversal pattern. I would expect a pull back toward the $27.50-27.00 zone and possibly technical support at the 200-dma. I am not suggesting new bullish positions at this time.

We only have two weeks left on our January calls. I want to sell half of our calls now with the option bidding $1.14 (+96%). Thus we can hold on to the remainder of our January calls with almost no risk.

Current Position: Long MS stock @ 26.95

- or -

Long the 2011 January $27.50 calls (MS1122a27.50) Entry @ $0.58

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Long the 2011 April $27 calls (MS1116D27) Entry @ $1.64

01/08: Sell half of our January calls @ $1.14 (+96%)
01/03: New stop loss @ 25.95


Entry on December 22 at $26.95
Earnings Date 01/20/11 (unconfirmed)
Average Daily Volume: 12.2 million
Listed on December 21st, 2010

Microsoft Corp. - MSFT - close: 28.60 change: -0.22

Stop Loss: 26.95
Target(s): 27.45, 29.75
Current Gain/Loss: +11.9%
Time Frame: 10 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

01/08 update: Shares of MSFT were downgraded on Friday but traders still bought the dip midday and shares were rebounding higher into the close. Nimble traders could use this Friday afternoon bounce as a new bullish entry point but if you do I would have a pretty tight stop (maybe just underneath $28). For the rest of us I am not suggesting new bullish positions.

Don't forget that we only have two weeks left on our January calls. Readers may want to exit early now. The current bid is $3.55 (+155%).

Current Position: Long MSFT stock @ 25.55

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Buy the 2011 January $25.00 calls (symbol: MSFT1122A25) Entry @ $1.39

01/06/11 raised final exit target to $29.75
01/06/11 new stop loss @ 26.95
12/25/10 new stop @ 25.95
12/18/10 new stop @ 25.70
12/14/10 Target hit @ 27.45 (+7.4%), option @ $2.55 (+83.4%)
12/11/10 New stop @ 25.45
11/29/10 New stop @ 24.70


Entry on November 17 at $25.55
Earnings Date 01/27/11 (unconfirmed)
Average Daily Volume: 68.4 million
Listed on November 15th, 2010

Manitowoc Co. Inc. - MTW - close: 13.75 change: +0.36

Stop Loss: 12.30
Target(s): 14.95, 16.25
Current Gain/Loss: + 1.5%
Time Frame: 10 to 12 weeks
New Positions: Yes, see below

01/08 update: MTW displayed some relative strength on Friday and broke out to new multi-month highs. The close over $13.50 is a nice breakout from the recent trading range. If you prefer to launch positions on strength then this is your entry point. The Dec. 16th low was $12.33. I am raising our stop loss to $12.30. More conservative traders may want to raise their stop to $12.65, just underneath the Dec. 31 low of $12.70. Our targets are $14.95 and $16.25. FYI: The Point & Figure chart for MTW is bullish with a long-term $21 price target.

Current Position: Long MTW stock @ $13.54

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Long the 2011 February $14.00 calls (MTW1119B14) Entry @ $0.70

01/08: New stop loss @ $12.30


Entry on January 4 at $13.54
Earnings Date 02/02/11 (unconfirmed)
Average Daily Volume: 2.0 million
Listed on January 3rd, 2010

Mylan, Inc. - MYL - close: 22.32 change: -0.14

Stop Loss: 20.90
Target(s): 22.90, 23.60.
Current Gain/Loss: +2.3%
Time Frame: 8 to 10 weeks
New Positions: see below

01/08 update: MYL experienced some minor profit taking on Friday following Thursday's big rally higher. I don't see any changes from my prior comments. If you missed our entry point you might want to wait for a dip near $21.75. I am setting a secondary target at $23.60. Our first target is $22.90.

The most recent data listed short interest at 12% of the 287 million-share float. Any significant rallies could fuel some short covering.
FYI: The Point & Figure chart for MYL is bullish with a $33 target.

Current Position: Long MYL stock @ 21.81

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Long the 2011 April $22.00 calls (MYL1116D22) Entry @ $1.25


Entry on January 6 at $21.81
Earnings Date 02/24/11 (unconfirmed)
Average Daily Volume: 9.0 million
Listed on December 20th, 2010

ResMed Inc. - RMD - close: 33.73 change: -0.76

Stop Loss: 32.40
Target(s): 38.00
Current Gain/Loss: - 0.7%
Time Frame: 8 to 10 weeks
New Positions: see below

01/08 update: Our play on RMD has been triggered with the dip toward its 50-dma. Our plan was to launch bullish positions at $34.00. I would still consider bullish positions here. Or as an alternative you could wait for a dip near $33.00 or wait for a bounce back above $34.00. We want to keep our position size small! Our multi-week target is $38.00.

Play is now open!

Current Position: Long RMD stock @ $34.00

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Long the 2011 April $35.00 calls (RMD1116D35) Entry @ $1.55

01/07: Play opened at $34.00


Entry on January 7 at $34.00
Earnings Date 02/03/11 (unconfirmed)
Average Daily Volume: 752 thousand
Listed on January 1st, 2010

Starbucks Corp. - SBUX - close: 32.78 change: +0.82

Stop Loss: 31.70
Target(s): 35.75
Current Gain/Loss: + 1.6%
Time Frame: 8 to 10 weeks
New Positions: see below

01/08 update: SBUX suddenly decided to show some relative strength on Friday and rebounded with a +2.5% gain. On Thursday I suggested waiting for a new rise over $32.50 before considering new bullish positions. There is still resistance at the top of the trading range in the $33.10 area. If you do choose to open positions I would keep your position size small.

FYI: SBUX is currently in a legal battle with Kraft Foods (KFT) over distribution of SBUX's ground coffee brand but investors seem to be ignoring it.

Suggested Position: Long SBUX stock @ $31.25

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Long the 2011 January $33.00 call (SBUX1122A33) Entry @ $0.55
Long the 2011 April $34.00 call (SBUX1116D34) Entry @ $1.30

01/03/11 New target at $35.75
12/27/10 Trigger hit @ 32.25
12/25/10 new trigger 32.25, new stop 31.70


Entry on December 27 at $32.25
Earnings Date 01/20/11 (unconfirmed)
Average Daily Volume: 7.1 million
Listed on December 8th, 2010

Sony Corp. - SNE - close: 36.04 change: +0.03

Stop Loss: 34.95
Target(s): 37.75, 39.75
Current Gain/Loss: + 1.2%
Time Frame: 10 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

01/08 update: SNE is still consolidating sideways near the bottom of its bullish channel. We can still launch positions here but cautious traders may want to wait for a move over $36.50 before initiating new positions. I am adjusting our stop loss to $34.95.

Current Position: Long SNE stock @ $35.60
- or -
Long the 2011 APRIL $35 calls (SNE1116D35) Entry @ $2.26

01/08 New stop loss @ 34.95
01/01 New stop loss @ 34.75
12/22 Triggered @ $35.60
12/21 New trigger @ 35.60, New stop @ 34.40


Entry on December 22 at $35.60
Earnings Date 02/03/11 (unconfirmed)
Average Daily Volume: 888 thousand
Listed on November 23rd, 2010

WellCare Health Plans, Inc. - WCG - close: 31.30 change: -0.09

Stop Loss: 29.40
Target(s): 33.75, 37.75
Current Gain/Loss: + 1.8%
Time Frame: 10 to 12 weeks
New Positions: Yes, see below

01/08 update: It was a bullish week for WCG with shares breaking out past resistance to hit new multi-month highs. I don't see any changes from my prior comments. If you missed our entry point consider waiting for a dip in the $30.75-30.00 area. Keep in mind that investors will have to decide whether or not they are willing to take the risk of holding over WCG's earnings report in late February.
FYI: The Point & Figure chart for WCG is bullish with a $41 target.

Current Position: WCG stock @ $30.75

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Long the 2011 March $35.00 calls (WCG1119C35) Entry @ $0.60

01/06: Play triggered @ 30.75.


Entry on January 6 at $30.75
Earnings Date 02/17/11 (unconfirmed)
Average Daily Volume: 410 thousand
Listed on January 4th, 2010

Wells Fargo & Co - WFC - close: 31.50 change: -0.65

Stop Loss: 30.40
Target(s): 29.25, 32.75
Current Gain/Loss: +17.9%
Time Frame: 10 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

01/08 update: The banking stocks were some of the market's worst performers on Friday thanks to negative headlines about a foreclosure lawsuit. The Massachusetts Supreme Court issued a ruling against Wells Fargo (WFC) and US Bancorp (USB) regarding a couple of foreclosures. The markets are worried this will set a bad precedent for the banks and raise liabilities that investors who own mortgage back securities can make the banks buy them back. At its worst levels on Friday WFC's stock was down -4.6%.

WFC fired back a response on Friday afternoon. In their press release WFC said,

The loans at issue in the court’s ruling were not originated, owned, serviced or foreclosed upon by Wells Fargo. As trustee of a securitized pool of loans, Wells Fargo expects the entities who service these loans to abide by all applicable state laws, including those laws that govern foreclosure sales. Wells Fargo believes the court’s ruling does not prevent foreclosures on loans in securitizations. The court simply set forth a standard legal process that mortgage servicers must follow in Massachusetts.

WFC pared its losses by the closing bell. Currently our January $27.50 call has a bid of $4.05 (+249%). Readers will want to seriously consider exiting their call position now. We only have two weeks left before January options expire. I am not suggesting new positions at this time.

Current Position: Long WFC stock @ $26.88

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Long the 2011 January $27.50 call (WFC1122A27.5) Entry @ $1.16

01/08: Consider exiting the call position now.
01/05: New stop loss @ 30.40, final target adjusted to 32.75
12/22: New stop loss @ 28.90, New final target @ 32.90
12/21: New stop loss @ 28.49
12/09: New stop loss @ $27.90
12/08: Target Hit $29.25 (+8.8%), Option @ $2.30 (+98.2%)


Entry on November 30 at $26.88
Earnings Date 01/19/11 (unconfirmed)
Average Daily Volume: 32.7 million
Listed on November 29th, 2010

World Wrestling Entertainment - WWE - close: 14.21 change: +0.11

Stop Loss: 13.98
Target(s): 14.95, 16.40
Current Gain/Loss: + 0.7%
Time Frame: 10 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

01/08 update: WWE traded under technical support at its 50-dma but managed a decent rebound from the $14.00 level and the stock posted a gain on Friday. This could be a potential bullish reversal or it could just be an oversold bounce. I am not suggesting new bullish positions at this time and we will raise our stop loss to $13.98. The plan was to keep your position size small to limit your risk.

Suggested Position: Long WWE stock @ $14.10

- or -

Buy the 2011 April $15.00 calls (WWE1116D15), entry @ $0.45

*Note: The call options on WWE have very large spreads, making them a higher-risk trade.

01/08/11 new stop loss $ 13.98
12/30/10 new stop loss @ 13.90
12/30/10 WWE provides another entry point at $14.15


Entry on December 13 at $14.10
Earnings Date 02/10/11 (unconfirmed)
Average Daily Volume: 242 thousand
Listed on December 9th, 2010


Seagate Technology - STX - close: 14.47 change: -0.29

Stop Loss: 14.70
Target(s): 16.95, 17.75
Current Gain/Loss: unopened
Time Frame: 10 to 12 weeks
New Positions: Yes, see trigger

01/08 update: I'm dropping STX as a bullish candidate. Shares have been underperforming and just closed under their 200-dma. The stock never hit our trigger to open positions at $15.45.


Entry on January xx at $xx.xx Never Opened
Earnings Date 01/20/11 (unconfirmed)
Average Daily Volume: 7.1 million
Listed on January 1st, 2010