. . Remember Animatronics? How about Claymation? Ah, those were the days. . . Wonky (adj.): askew, awry, unsteady, off-kilter. Like gadgets or stock markets. Techwonk (me): someone who likes wonky stuff. A nerd!!!! . . disclosure: some posts may include input from other, uncredited sources . We are happy to answer trading questions from new traders, but will no longer provide specific stock recommendations except to investors we know well. Please do not take this personally. It takes effort to research your questions, thus we prefer to discuss stocks with traders who we know are serious students of the markets. . MACRO TRENDS: . Repeating our comments from October onward: The oil market is unpredictable at present and beginners should not be trading any of these: oil futures, oil futures etfs, oil company stocks, oil exploration, drilling and supplies, or companies with oil as a large contributor to operating costs (oil-inverse stocks). Oil will continue to lead the macro direction for at least the first half of 2015. We do not expect to see the bottom for oil pricing until mid-spring, possibly summer. The industry is extremely complicated. Therefore, beginners should be purchasing only good -quality actively managed funds or sector etfs, and investing using dollar cost averaging. You should not be looking for short-term returns; that is, expect to hold the investment on a multi-year basis. We recommend that investors who are adding to existing positions consider using the momentum technique of "buying upward" on individual stocks as production increases, rather than the value technique of "averaging downward" since it is uncertain when specific companies will return to full capacity. Prices will tend to stay lower than last year as long as earnings are lower, for most stocks. Index traders should become familiar with the oil futures prices and commodity charts as well as your usual trading indicators. . // TW .