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  • Thursday, December 30, 2010 End-Of-Day Update 0 comments
    Dec 30, 2010 9:29 PM | about stocks: DIA, SPY, QQQ, APOL, SH, NUVA, CSCO, PSQ, UUP, EUO, RWM

    The major indexes all had small losses today on lackluster trade which has not only been the theme during the holiday season but for most of December as well. With the last trading day of the year tomorrow we would expect more of the same.  However, we are expecting a pickup in volatility once the New Year begins and a possible overdue correction for stocks.  We are keeping the support/resistance levels the same for the DJIA (NYSEARCA:DIA), S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY), and Nasdaq Composite (QQQQ) except slightly lowering the resistance level on the DJIA (see below).  Overall, we feel the best approach based on the current stock market direction is to continue selling into strength and wait for a lower entry point to enter new stock positions. If you need to own stocks, please see our watch list.  In our watch list we are going to remove Apollo Group (NASDAQ:APOL) and NuVasive (NASDAQ:NUVA) at tomorrow's market open prices.  Apollo Group announces earnings next week and we would rather have the stock off our list before the New Year and before earnings comes out.  NuVasive is bumping up against its 50-day moving average and we feel it could have a hard time breaking this level.  Through today's close Apollo and NuVasive are up 5.1% (in 63 days) and 3.6% (in 48 days), respectively since adding them to the watch list.     

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    DJIA: Down 0.1% to 11,570

    S&P 500: Down 0.2% to 1,258

    Nasdaq Composite: Down 0.2% to 2,663


    Advancing Issues: 1,526

    Declining Issues: 1,479

    Advance/Decline Ratio: 1.03 to 1

    New Highs: 143

    New Lows: 2

    High/Low Ratio: 72 to 1


    DJIA: 11,444/11,585

    S&P 500: 1,242/1,260

    Nasdaq Composite: 2,638/2,671


    Energy was the best performing sector up 0.1% while Health Care was the worst performing sector down 0.4%.

    Other Sectors:

    Consumer Discretionary Down 0.2%

    Consumer Staples Down 0.2%

    Financials Down 0.3%

    Industrials Down 0.2%

    Materials Flat

    Technology Down 0.2%

    Utilities Down 0.2%


    APOL (since 10/28/10)-removing from watch list at tomorrow's market open price

    (NYSEARCA:SH)-since 11/12/10

    NUVA (since 11/12/10)-removing from watch list at tomorrow's market open price

    (NASDAQ:CSCO)-since 12/2/10

    (NYSEARCA:PSQ)-since 12/8/10

    (NYSEARCA:UUP)-since 12/8/10

    (NYSEARCA:EUO)-since 12/8/10

    (NYSEARCA:RWM)-since 12/16/10

    No positions in securities mentioned.

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