After RHT's strong earnings report last night, investors seem to be encouraged to jump back into some beaten down tech stocks. RHT gained more than +18% today! Cloud-computing stocks were among the favorites of the day. CRM bounced +5.84% and VMW added +6.11%. Internet stocks were also leading the market. This morning, Walgreen (WAG) announced a $409 million cash deal to buy Drugstore.com (NASDAQ:DSCM), which went up +113.13% today. AMZN received an upgrade to "buy" and jumped $5.78. GOOG continued to climb, closing above $580, at $586.89. PCLN was trading at around $455 yesterday morning; it closed at $476.01 today, up more than $20 in 2 sessions.!
On Tuesday, I mentioned to look at Chinese internet stocks on the long side. Since then, BIDU has gone up $8 and SINA traded from around $95 to today's close of $101.1. SOHU also started moving higher, adding about $3 since Tuesday. MELI (a Latin e-commerce stock), which has been sliding lower for more than a month, popped +7.31% today!
I also said on Tuesday that "We're waiting patiently for the market to show clearer signals and watching the above-mentioned resistance levels (SPX 1300 and Nasdaq 2700)." Yesterday, around noon (EST), I said in the Trading Room:
March 23, 2011 8:46 AM
turning back up!
That was the signal that we have been waiting for. We went ahead and loaded up a bunch of trades on the longside, and, today, we took some nice profits, including an +83% gain on MCP, which was also mentioned in Tuesday's article:
March 24, 2011
10:09 | HappyTrading LULU ($79.80) Sold to Close 04C80 Apr 80 calls, at $3.00 +5%
09:54 | HappyTrading FCX ($54.50) Sold to Close 04C55 Apr 55 calls, at $1.77 +14%
09:00 | HappyTrading LULU ($80.65) Sold to Close 04C65 Apr 65 calls, at $3.50 +23%
07:57 | HappyTrading GLD ($141.15) Sold to Close 04C140 Apr 140 calls, at $2.78 +22%
07:49 | HappyTrading MCP ($56.40) Sold to Close 04C50 Apr 50 calls, at $7.30 +83%
07:28 | HappyTrading MCP ($55.20) Sold to Close 04C50 Apr 50 calls, at $6.30 +58%
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Gold and silver recorded intraday high today. Both GLD (gold ETF) and SLV (silver ETF) recorded new all-time highs in the morning, but, quick saw profit-taking in the afternoon. We locked in profits on our GLD trades as well, at day high!
After market, ORCL reported strong earnings with a net income increase of +78%! ORCL shares are trading up +3.89% this evening. RIMM, on the other hand, slumped more than 10% on disappointing forecast.
The Dow was up +84.54 points; SPX added +12.12 points; Nasdaq jumped +38.12 points:
SOXX (semiconductors) bounced +2.45%. INX2 (internet) added +1.51%. XME (metals and mining) and OIH (oil services) saw slight gains. SWH (software) added +2.18%. GLD (gold) and SLV (silver) actually ended down. FXI (Chinese ADRs) climbed +1.02%.
SPX added +12.12 points to close at 1309.66. It closed right at its 30-day MA. The MACD has turned up.
Nasdaq jumped +38.12 points to close at 2736.42, above the 2700 level. Its 10-day MA and MACD turned higher.
Both SPX and Nasdaq closed above their respective resistance levels. VIX came down to close at 18 (all the way from 30+, just last week!), although 18 could see some support. The market has bounced fast from a near breakdown last week. There's more resistance between SPX 1310 and 1320. While ORCL's earnings could push some tech stocks higher tomorrow morning, I suspect we would see some profit-taking in the afternoon. The market seems to be range-bound right now. Financials are still relatively weak. However, I'm finding energy stocks interesting. APA and EOG have enjoyed some recent upwards momentum. DVN and HES also look quite strong. Oil services could be ready to breakout. I'd stay away from the fertilizers (POT, MOS, CF, AGU) for a few more days.