|Weekly Newsletter 06/25/05|
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If a week is a long time in politics, it can be even longer in the travails of the market. Last week the markets brushed aside the fear of a continued rise in oil prices and became greedy on the prospects of contained inflation and lowered prospects of interest rate rise. This week the fear returned as oil prices reached record highs, earnings were brought back into focus as Federal Express missed profit expectations and blamed higher energy costs, durable goods orders declined (when removing aircraft sales and military orders from the statistics) and the markets responded with their worst week of declines since mid-April. The DJI lost 3.06%, the S&P 500 lost 2.09%, and the NASDAQ Composite was the least hardest hit with a loss of 2.09%. The recent trend of lower than average volume was reversed and the markets suffered their first distribution week since late March.
The generally accepted broadest market index is the S&P 500. We drew attention to it being in a bearish head and shoulders pattern two weeks ago and last week it looked as though it had broken through the shoulder line to reach a new recent high. But this week we see the bearishness was confirmed as the right shoulder breakout failed.
While this pattern is not encouraging, it is worth noting that the S&P 500 is still above the 50 and 200 day moving average lines, which are still trending up. This is not the case with the DJI, which is also in a head and shoulders with a downward sloping right shoulder which is even more bearish. In addition the DJI is below both its 50 and 200 day moving average lines which are flat. It could fall another 100 points before reaching support.
The NASDAQ Composite has been testing the 2100 level and broke through it on Thursday to reach 2106 before suffering a strong reversal. The result was an 'Outside Day' where both the high and the low exceeded the previous day's values. This is usually a bearish signal but a review of the chart shows that the NASDAQ is the least weakened of the major indexes.It is near the bottom of its recent trading range after turning up slightly at the close on Friday but is still above the 50 and 200 day moving average lines.
There were 34 confirmed breakouts this week that had gained an average of 1.97% by the week's close - a substantial gain over the market averages. We continued to see examples of strong breakouts following an uptick in price and volume that we drew attention to in our 4/23/05 Newsletter. A case in point is UNA, which gapped up on Thursday to gain 19.3% before closing the week for a gain of 14.95%.The previous two days had seen gains on increasing volume. An even more impressive example was SPIR which broke out on Monday and gained 43.92% by Tuesday.
Fridays decline brought a spate of 13 breakdown alerts with 4 confirmed at the end of the session. FLSH lost 5% and CKR 5.7%.
Oil and gas continued to be the top performing industry group with Pollution Control Equipment being the most improved. The Oil and Gas sector produced 5 breakouts, tying with the second best performing sector - Healthcare.
Our filter competition is off and running. Everyone can play and the prize is a 90 day Platinum Subscription worth $270. See our Top Tip for details.
|New Features this Week||Additional Value that we added this week|
The logic operators for filtering the Core Indicators can now be toggled between '<=' and '>='.
|This Week's Top Tip||Tips for getting the most out of our site|
A constraint of our filtering approach in the past was that the logic operators used for filtering were pre-selected and could not be changed. While these were the most useful in most cases, it meant, for example, that you could filter to include stocks that closed at at least, say, $15, but not filter to include only stocks that closed at less than $15.
This has now changed, and you can toggle the logic operators between '>=' and '<=' by clicking the operator with your mouse. When you save your filters, the logic operators are saved along with them. This feature is limited to the 'Core Indicators' section of the CwH list for the time being. The clickable logical operators are shown against a gray background, whereas the non-clickable ones are against a blue background as the following image shows.
As announced last week, we are running a competition to find the filters that produced the best returns over the last 3 months as determined by our backtest program. This competition is open to all subscribers. Normally filters are only available to Trial and Platinum subscribers, but we have opened up the use of filters to Silver and Gold subscribers between now and the close of the competition at midnight EST on June 30.
Two 90 day Platinum subscriptions will be awarded to the subscribers who develop the set of filters that produce the best breakout day close returns and best longer term gains based on the filters that they have saved as of midnight EST on June 30.
We will take all the saved filters as of June 30 and run them through the backtest program to select the set of filters that produces:
In the event of a tie, the 90 days will be divided between the winners. Winners will be notified by email and the winning filters will be announced in the newsletter of Saturday, July 1.
The 90 day Platinum subscription will be awarded as an extension to existing Platinum and Trial subscriptions, and Gold and Silver subscriptions will be converted to Platinum for 90 days, after which they will revert to Gold or Silver with their expiry date extended by 90 days.
For more information on the backtest feature, see last week's newsletter.
|Market Summary||Overview of market direction and industry rotation|
|Weekly Breakout Report||How confirmed breakouts performed this week|
2This represents the return if each stock were bought at its breakout price and sold at its intraday high.
3This represents the return if each stock were bought at its breakout price and sold at the most recent close.
|Top Breakout Choices||Stocks on our Cup-and-Handle list with best expected gain if they breakout|
|Top Second Chances||Stocks that broke out this week and are still in buyable range|
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