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  • CGTS: Want An Investment Idea? Shortsell HURN, Huron Consulting. 0 comments
    Oct 29, 2010 3:33 AM | about stocks: HURN, MMM, VCI, TER, DBO, HAL, HMA
    Friday, 29 October 2010


    We have 3 bottom readings today; 25 top readings.  Momentum continues to deteriorate; but the lack of widespread selling is quite amazing.  Individual issues are being punished -- and punished badly -- for disappointing investors.  Ttrading is so thin that stocks abandoned by investors do not find a pool of buyers ready to stem the fall and buy the dip.

    We actually need a good correction here to clear the books, and start over again.  But prices are stuck in a kind of no-man's land, unable to rise much, unable to fall.  Does someone have his finger on the scale too much perhaps?  Is there too much manipulation by the Lord on High, Herr Bernanke?

    The lower US Dollar is negating profits made in (US Dollar denominated) stocks and indexes.  We'd all be better off to have the Dollar strength and stock strength determined by a relatively neutral market and a disinterested monetary policy (from the Lords of Eastwick) -- then we could at least make our investment decisions based on what we know, and not, as now, on what we don't know and what we are trying to assume.

    The TBond party seems to be winding down.  Yield (and/or Inverse) TBond ETFs are bottoming and seem to be ready to announce higher interest rates as they move.  Herr Bernanke seems to be less willing to fork over our money hand over fist to manage interest rates for his friends the bankers to rebuild their balance sheets.

    Does this means stocks will rise, as money escapes from the bond market and moves in to stocks?  If the Dollar rises, markets everywhere will fall, as the fake hot Bernanke air that has pumped up the new commodity (and commodity stocks) bubble will lose altitude rapidly.


    We like HMA in the  bottom list.  It is breaking through resistance as we speak, and seems determined to go higher.

    In the top list, we have two OIL ETF's topping out.  The weakest issues are HAL, MMM, TER,and VCI.  Some pretty strong industrial names in this short-list, especially Haliburton and 3-M.

    We include a few charts below of issues we think especially interesting.

    BOTTOM WATCH      
    SYMBOL CLOSE T11 Diff M4 Sum Plus Issue Name
    ESI_D 64.49 -0.289 -1 Intl Educational Svc
    HMA_D 7.78 0.037 1 Health-Management Assoc
    TSLA_D 21.19 0.065 1 Tesla Motors Daily
    TOP WATCH      
    SYMBOL CLOSE T11 Diff M4 Sum Plus Issue Name
    ^BVSP_D 70,320.13 112.297 -1 Sao Paolo Brazilian Index
    AA_D 12.65 0.06 -1 Aluminum Company of America
    AMSC_D 34.29 0.164 -1 American Superconductor
    ARO_D 24.87 0.087 -1 Aeropostale Daily
    COP_D 59.58 0.131 -1 Conoco Philips Daily
    DBO_D 25.575 0.055 -1 OIL POWERSHARES DB
    ELY_D 6.7 0.011 -1 Calahan Golf
    EQR_D 48.75 0.105 -1 Equity Residential
    FISV_D 54.14 0.127 -1 Fiserve Inc
    HAL_D 31.68 0.074 -1 Haliburton
    MMM_D 85.07 0.102 -1 3-M Daily
    OIL_D 23.17 0.056 -1 Oil ETF
    SHLD_D 71.98 0.223 -1 Sears Holdings
    SLG_D 66.02 0.193 -1 SL Green Realty
    TER_D 10.95 0.048 -1 Teradyne INC
    VALE_D 31.8 0.102 -1 VALE S.A.
    VCI_D 32.9 0.088 -1 Valassis Communications
    ^KS11_D 1,879.12 1.938 1 Kospi South Korean Index
    BMO_D 58.73 0.136 1 Bank of Montreal
    EWV_D 41.58 -0.112 1 Short MSCI Japan ETF Daily
    HOT_D 55.17 0.228 1 Starwood Hotels
    IO_D 4.95 0.037 1 Ion corp
    ITMN_D 14.51 0.076 1 Intermune Inc
    O_D 34.42 0.063 1 Realty Income Corp
    UPS_D 67.66 0.133 1 United Parcel Service Daily


    HMA, Health-Management Association.
    Looks like a very good picture at the moment.  A break-out to the upside.  On the verge of making a new high.

    HAL, Haliburton.
    Breakdown.  Take profits.  Should test support at 27.36.  If that support breaks, then good short-sell candidate.

    MMM, 3-M.
    Disappoint this market, and you'll see a very quick-paced destruction.  MMM has a long way to fall.  Support at 78.4.

    Another victim of a negative outlook for the 4th quarter.  Support at 10.51 probably won't hold.

    VCI, Valassis Communications.
    Valassis reported stronger earnings than expected, raised its estimates for the next quarter, and was punished by investors.  Support at 31.9 is probably in trouble.  Note that VCI gave a false top reading in March of this year and then again in early October.  We like M4 Sum Plus (Pane Two, black line) to give 2 consecutive days of -1 readings as a confirmation of a top.  A one days spike down is not enough.  Both of the false tops were accompanied by an M4 Sum Plus spike down but neither by two consecutive days of the negative reading.  So, tomorrow we will know more about this top reading.  If tomorrow's M4 Sum Plus reading is -1, then this top is probably a 'real' top.  By the same token a 'top' reading accompanied by a negative trend reading (Second Pane, red line) is also generally a trustworthy reading.


    One trading idea today.  Shortsell HURN, Huron Consulting.

    More information on the CGTS systems can be found at:

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    Disclosure: No positions to disclose.
    Stocks: HURN, MMM, VCI, TER, DBO, HAL, HMA
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