Weekly Newsletter 06/10/06
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 Weekly Commentary  

Market Summary

Fed Chairman Bernanke finally decided to stop equivocating this week and deliver what he had promised, which was more 'transparency' about the Fed's policies. The markets did not like the message and Bernanke's statements started a week long decline which left the DJI 3.2% lower, the S&P 500 off 2.8% and the NASDAQ lower still with a 3.8% decline. In the longer term, this correction will surely be helpful for the markets, but in the short term some investors are suffering. At least our subscribers are not among them (hopefully!). The realities are that the economy is slowing while commodity prices remain high and contribute to inflationary pressures. Bernanke confirmed that the Fed will fight inflation by raising interest rates, which increases the cost of borrowing and thereby reduces demand. Ultimately this policy will succeed. As demand falls commodity prices will fall also as they obey the law of supply and demand and inflationary pressure will be reduced. A stationary point on the demand curve will be reached and there will be momentary equilibrium. The markets understand this logic, but what they really fear is that company profits will be hurt significantly in the meantime and therefore investors want a discount on any investments they may make. Hence stock markets fall and this will continue until investors perceive the discount is in line with expected investment returns.

The explanation provided above is consistent with the commentary we read in the daily press and is hard to argue with, except as equity prices fall we have not seen a significant flight to safety, as represented by bonds and precious metals. Bonds have risen slightly but Gold has actually declined recently, including this week. An investment analyst friend explained this by pointing out that the Bank of Japan has been withdrawing liquidity from the market at the rate of $5B per day, not pocket change. At the same time, the US homeowners are feeling less wealthy as their home value stabilizes or falls and there is much less liquidity available from refinancing, which has arguably supported the recent bull market in stocks. A fall in liquidity, whether from international or domestic sources, inevitably reduces funds available for speculation and stock prices consequently fall.

How far will they fall? Market technicians look at trend support lines and assume that a trend will continue, with mild corrections, until the trend line is broken. As we have seen in this article over the past few weeks, the NASDAQ trend line was broken but the DOW and S&P 500 primary upwards trend has remained intact. This weeks action has brought this into question as the S&P failed to find support at the 200 dma level and the DJI recovered from far below the 200 dma on Thursday and then tested the 200 dma again on Friday. The DJI can fall another 500 points before the primary trend is broken.

Whereas the S&P 500 is almost at the tipping point.

A break below 1240 will be bearish for the S&P which will put further pressure on the DJI.

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 New Features this Week Additional Value that we added this week

There were no new features added this week.

This Week's Top Tip Tips for getting the most out of our site

Short Sales

With the markets declining it is time to revisit short selling. We issue breakdown alerts from ShortsaleWatch and also for breakdowns from our FlatbaseWatch list. Our ShortsaleWatch list selects stocks that are showing weakness and may be poised to breakdown. Since May 10, when we issued our exit signal for the NASDAQ market there have been 36 confirmed breakdowns from ShortsaleWatch for an average loss through to yesterday (9/6/06) of 10.24%. The average decline to intraday low since May 10 was 15.4%. For comparison, the equivalent losses for breakdowns from our FlatbaseWatch list were an average of 1.93% through to 9/6/06 and 3.93% to the intraday low. This shows that our breakdown alerts from ShortsaleWatch are the ones to watch for.

The criteria for selection for ShortsaleWatch are:

If the current decline continues, we will develop additional short sale patterns and devote more time to developing TradeWatch equivalents for short sales.

Meantime, you may find our ShortsaleWatch Help document interesting and also our newsletter articles: How to use ShortsaleWatch Alerts and Interpreting Short Interest

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 Market Summary Overview of market direction and industry rotation
Index Value Change Week Change YTD Market1
Dow 10891.9 -3.17% 1.63% enter
NASDAQ 2135.06 -3.8% -3.19% exit
S&P 500 1252.3 -2.79% 0.32% enter
 Best Performing Index
1 Week 13 Weeks 26 Weeks Year-to-Date
S&P 500
-2.79 %
S&P 500
-0.6 %
S&P 500
-3.26 %
Dow Jones
1.63 %
 Best Performing Industry (by average technical score over each period)
1 Week 3 Weeks 13 Weeks 26 Weeks
Electr-Laser Systems Electr-Laser Systems Steel -Specialty Oil & Gas-Cdn Integrated
 Most Improved Industry (by change in technical rank2)
+ 51
+ 77
Metal Prds-Fasteners
+ 144
+ 159
Charts of each industry rank and performance over 12 months are available on the site

1The Market Signal is derived from our proprietary market model. The market model is described on the site.
2The site also shows industry rankings based on fundamentals, combined technical and fundamentals, and on price alone (similar to IBD). The site also shows daily industry movements.
 Weekly Breakout Report How confirmed breakouts performed this week
# of Breakouts
Period Average1
Max. Gain During Period2
Gain at Period Close3
This Week 13 21.92 1.75% -0.45%
Last Week 13 22.46 2.99% -0.96%
13 Weeks 340 23.23 13%
Breakout Count for Week
Computer Software
Comp Software-Enterprise
Computer Software
Comp Software-Security
Finance-Misc Services
Oil & Gas
Oil & Gas-Prod/Pipeline
1The average number of breakouts in each week over the previous 13 weeks.
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
Company Name
Expected Gain1
Best Overall MAIN Main Street Restaurant Group Inc 96
Top Technical HGR Hanger Orthopedic Group 60
Top Fundamental DLB Dolby Laboratories Inc 36
Top Tech. & Fund. FCFS First Cash Financial Svc 54
1This is the gain predicted by our Expected Gain model if the stock breaks out. Expected Gains for all cup-and-handle stocks are published on our site.
 Top Second Chances Stocks that broke out this week and are still in buyable range
Company Name
Expected Gain1
Best Overall IRN Rewards Network Inc 76
Top Technical SNWL Sonicwall Incorporated 71
Top Fundamental ARXT Adams Respiratory Therapeutics Inc 27
Top Tech. & Fund. ARXT Adams Respiratory Therapeutics Inc 27
1This is the gain predicted by our Expected Gain model after the stock has broken out which uses the volume on breakout as a predictive term. Because the model variance is +/- 38% the expectation can be negative.

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