Today the market opened on the weak side. Most commodity sectors were pretty weak in the morning. However, AIG continued to push higher. Yesterday, in our Trading Room, Bagger Vance made an "buy" alert on AIG:
In about 30 minutes, AIG shot up and we jumped into call plays. After the market, AIG went briefly above $40 and I commented:
HappyTrading August 26, 2009 1:19 PM
almost $40 already; $50 is not out of the question!
Today, AIG continued to go higher right from the open and went as high as $50.04 (just 4 cents above my target). Our members were happy to lock in profits that are above +100% overnight and, for some, intraday!
angar August 27, 2009 8:13 AM
AIG - happy - 45 is broken.. now what :)
great call on AIG indeed. Thank you !
skymist August 27, 2009 8:43 AM
Sold AIG 40 calls for +127% gain. Wow!
billbigD August 27, 2009 8:25 AM
AIG-Gone at $9 from $4.50. Still think it is BS, But thanks BV.
You can see some more of the comments that I copied from our Trade Room to SeekingAlpha's AIG StockTalks (Click Here). There were simply too many people shorting this stock. The buying in AIG is perhaps not as "mindless" as some people might think, as news came out yesterday about AIG listing its Asia unit as an IPO in the Hong Kong market, backed by LFC, the world's largest insurer by market value.
MBI (+17.5%) and ABK (+46.34%) were among the other beaten-down insurance companies that saw their stocks soar today! It looks like MBI can easily push higher from here.
In the late morning, the unabating buying in AIG seemed to inspire the other financials stocks to rally. Once the financial sectored started to rally, other sectors followed. Oil started to rise and the commodity sectors turned green. Dollar ended lower. By the time the closing bell rang, major indices had all come back to green. The Dow finished up +37.11 points; SPX added +2.86 points; Nasdaq gained +3.3 points:
USO (oil) added +2.08%. XME (metals and mining) edged up +0.32%, while GDX (gold miner) rose +1.93%. XLF (financials) gained +1.03%. FXI (Chinese ADRs) was flat.
The market managed to hold its bullish stance, although we certainly have witness some indecision in the past few trading sessions. Still, better economic news continued to roll in. This morning, both the GDP and jobless claims reports were better-than-expected. Individual companies also have positive things to say. BA shares jumped +8.36% after it set a date for the first flight of its best-selling 787 jetliner. PCP announced that it would pay $850 million to buy Carlton Forge Works, which makes parts for aircraft engines and is a key supplier for the Boeing 787. PCP shares popped +9.45%. RTI, which produces titanium mill products and complex engineered assemblies, mainly for the aerospace and defense industries, also benefitted from BA's news. RTI shares soared +21.49%!
After the market, DELL beat its earnings estimates and saw its shares rise +3.04% on top the +6.7% gain during the regular session. MRVL had more good news to add. Not only was its earnings better-than-expect, its forecast on future earnings was also good! MRVL traded more than +9% higher in after-hours.
Good night and HappyTrading! ™