The Market Week Ahead
The big important data reports this week are:
Tuesday: New Zealand 2nd Quarter Gross Domestic Product.
Wednesday: French August Consumer Spending, and the week's biggest, the US Fed Open Market Committee Interest Rate Decision.
Thursday: Australia Financial Stability Review.
The US Dollar is at yearly lows currently. If the Dollar starts rising with or without a US Interest rate increase, stocks should start falling. Consensus is that the Fed will keep the rate at 0.25%. Unemployment is still climbing so the Fed might keep printing money-feeding stimulus to the economy, giving support for a lower dollar and higher stock prices. But then again, the dollar could find a bottom and start rising again. Watch out for that.
My Stock Pick This Week
Even with a flat interest rate decision on Thursday, the dollar could easily rise with its price at yearly lows currently. Thus, stocks would be ripe for a fall. My stock pick this week is a short-sell on a big company that is based in a city with the highest real estate foreclosure rate in the nation, Las Vegas. 1 in 62 households in Loss Vegas are foreclosed. The stakes are piling up for the gambling stocks. With the sector up more than threefold since March, it trades at 20.5 times expected earnings over the next year, compared with 17.4 times for the overall market. Vegas continues to suffer from fewer visitors and an overbuilt real estate industry. This company just said that it might report a third-quarter non-cash impairment charge related to its City Center complex's for-sale residences. Ah, there’s that real estate problem again.
Sell Short MGM Mirage – Ticker MGM
Sell Entry: 15.83 to 12.97
Stop-Loss: 16 or Higher
Take Profit Areas: 11.88, 9.32, 7.48, 5.84, 4.71
MGM Mirage Company Profile
MGM Mirage, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates casino resorts in the United States. The company’s resorts offer gaming, hotel, dining, entertainment, retail, and other resort amenities. It also owns and operates golf courses and a golf club. As of December 31, 2008, the company’s properties consisted of 17 wholly-owned casino resorts and 50% investments in 4 other casino resorts. MGM MIRAGE also operates luxury hotels in the Middle East and Asia. It has a strategic alliance with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, which owns and operates a casino resort under the MGM Grand brand name in Ledyard, Connecticut. The company, formerly known as MGM Grand, Inc., was founded in 1986 and is based in Las Vegas, Nevada. MGM MIRAGE is a subsidiary of Tracinda Corporation.
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Disclosure: Selling short based on trade plan above.