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Markets in Full Rally

Aug 12 2008

You may not have noticed today as a couple of financials led the markets lower but all four of the major averages have now triggered a buy signal. The Nasdaq Composite, The Dow Jones Industrials, The Russell 2000, and the Standard & Poors 500 are all signaling a rally has begun.

Almost Family Inc (AFAM)

Aug 11 2008

With a very nice 5 day run on high volume, Almost Family Inc (AFAM) still looks like a buy. With revenue growth close to 50% and earnings growth at 95% year over year for the current quarter, the stock trading at a 26 price/earnings is a good purchase.

Celgene Corporation (CELG)

Aug 06 2008

Medical Stocks have been showing continued strength with the overall market uncertain if the correction has ended or the current uptrend is just a pause before another leg down for the markets. Celgene Corp is one of the strongest of the medical/biological companies that should continue to appreciate in value.

Russell 2000 Gives a Buy Signal

Aug 01 2008

Of the four main indexes, the Nasdaq Composite, the Dow Jones Industrial, the Standard & Poors 500 and the Russell 2000, the Russell 2000 was the last to give a sell signal in mid-June and is now the first to give a buy signal.

Short International Game Technology (IGT)

Aug 01 2008

The Casinos business has been under pressure for some time now with the US in a recession type environment and travel expenses escalating. Names such as Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Mirage (MGM) and Wynn Resorts (WYNN) are grouped together as an industry having difficulty. MGM Mirage the weakest of the three with both declining revenue and earnings estimates.

Cheesecake Factory (CAKE)

Jul 29 2008
Try building a short position in a name that has shown weakness.

    The stock of The Cheesecake Factory (CAKE) rallied slightly today off of it’s all time lows as the overall market rebounded strongly when presented with decent earnings, a drop in the price of oil, and a better than anticipated GDP number around the corner on Thursday. But Friday and thereafter could continue the downtrend the DOW Industrials has been following the last week.

Market Vectors Coal (KOL) Trade Done

Jul 26 2008

The short Market Vectors Coal (KOL) trade is not working and could easily run against us this coming week with additional coal companies reporting earnings.

Short VMWare and Buy IBM

Jul 24 2008

A technology trade that will be somewhat market neutral is the combination of shorting VMWare (VMW) and being long International Business Machines (IBM). If the market stays in a trading pattern you will be able to profit on both the long and the short side of this trade.

Short Coal with the KOL ETF

Jul 24 2008

A number of coal stocks have fallen out of favor as the price of coal has dramatically fallen over the past three weeks. There was an initial spike down in coal at the beginning of July with a small rally. Now the chart for coal has broken below resistance and is due for a further decline.

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