|Weekly Newsletter 02/03/07|
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NASDAQ Market Signal at Enter
After a cautious start ahead of the FOMC meeting, the week's events left investors feeling pretty confident that the proverbial soft-landing was achievable after all. Reassurance came from:
Profit taking on Friday held the DJI's gain for the week to 1.33% while the NASDAQ Composite added a healthy 2.51% and the S&P did even better with a 1.84% gain. The NASDAQ is once again the best performer for the year with a 2.51% gain.
The NASDAQ's performance this week led us to take the exceptional and unusual step of overriding the market model and setting the signal back to 'enter'. We did so because on Thursday the NASDAQ Composite closed 2% above its low set on January 26 which would have been more than sufficient to cause our market model to revert to 'enter' for this index provided Thursday had been an accumulation day. Volumes were 10% above average but that was not sufficient to exceed Wednesday's exceptionally strong volume following the positive FOMC statement. Taking into account the volume for the two days, and the timing of the FOMC statement, we felt it was within the spirit of the model to manually override it this once.
The environment for the markets looks benign but there are still curmudgeonly voices threatening that the sky is falling, such as Nouriel Roubini. Nevertheless, it often happens that when there is general agreement that all is well that something comes along to shatter the conventional wisdom. While the markets continue to make new highs, we can expect it to continue to be skittish.
The number of breakouts shot up to 53 this week and we saw some double digit gains for the first time in quite a while. Big gainers were REFR (30.1%), ATRC (15.8%) and HGR (11.7%). By the end of the week the average breakout had gained 2.7%, comfortably beating the indexes, and for the last two weeks, the average gain was a very healthy 20.71%.
|New Features this Week||Additional Value that we added this week|
The Sell Assistant was enhanced to allow an override of the default behavior of issuing a Sell Alert immediately any market signal goes to 'exit'. This was achieved by adding a new option to the form that sets up the Sell Alert:
You can also edit any existing alerts that have not yet been activated to apply this override from the 'Sell Alerts'menu choice on the TradeWatch page.
|This Week's Top Tip||Tips for getting the most out of our site|
Sell Assistant Options now Consistent with Portfolio Simulation
In the Newsletter of 12/09/2006 we introduced additional options for the TradeWatch Portfolio Simulation tool. Among these was the option to run a simulation on the assumption that positions were not closed immediately and we showed that the best returns during 2006 were obtained when that option was selected.
This was inconsistent with the options available when setting up an alert which did not allow an override of the Sell Assistants default behavior, which was to always issue a sell alert as soon as a market signal went to exit. The enhancement introduced this week and described above corrects this inconsistency.
Running the portfolio simulation on the Buy at Open list since the start of the year, with the default options but ignoring the market signal gives a return of 11.74%
We still believe that the market signals provide better returns over the long term, but over shorter periods, such as the month of January, there will inevitably times when the returns are sub-optimum. It is inevitably a matter of judgement as to how to play the markets at any moment in time. Our tools, such as the portfolio simulation tool, can hopefully help you make more informed and therefore better judgments.
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|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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