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Is NRG Energy Poised To Rocket Higher?

Is NRG Energy Poised To Rocket Higher?

Hey, World! I hope you’ve been sensational. I have missed you all! I am headed down to my hometown of Statesboro, GA this weekend to see my Dad and family. Should be an adventure; about a seven hour drive, not too bad. Energy Stock I was reviewing the energy sector today and came across NRG Energy (NRG). This bad boy was a ‘rocket ship’. In mid March, NRG broke through the strong resistance that it once broke through in late October 2013. The interesting thing is, back almost one year ago...

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Intersil Shares Are Ready To Retest The 52-Week Highs

Intersil Shares Are Ready To Retest The 52-Week Highs

Shares of Intersil (ISIL), a $1.73B power management integrated circuits maker, are up 25% year to date this year, but only trade at a P/E ratio of 16.78x (2015 estimate) with 12.2% EPS growth (25.4% this year). Revenue growth is expected to accelerate from 1.7% this year to 5.5% in 2015. The current dividend yield of 3.41% is better than the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust’s (SPY) 1.80% yield and the Market Vectors Semiconductor ETF’s (SMH) 1.29% yield. On July 30, Intersil reported Q2 EPS of...

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Use Oscillators To Determine Market Direction (Or Not)

Use Oscillators To Determine Market Direction (Or Not)

Oscillators come in a number of different forms such as stochastic, relative strength and the commodity channel index.  Although the mathematical equations are different in each, the underlying principal by which oscillator calculations are made remains the same.  How They Work All oscillators compare the high and low of a given market move to its close.  This is the reason that oscillators are a bounded set of indicators. As the close of a market move approaches its high, the oscillator...

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Transition From Old Crop To New Crop: Musical Chairs For Beans

Transition From Old Crop To New Crop: Musical Chairs For Beans

There continues to be optimal seasonal crop condition ratings for soybeans in Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana, high yield counts from the Pro Farmer Crop Tour this week for Nebraska, South Dakota, and Ohio, along with continued favorable central US weather forecasts that have continued to pressure corn and soybean values. The volume of trade has been moderate with traders watching to see if strong domestic cash soy markets can offer a supportive hand to new crop soybeans for November and...

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The 5 Trader Personalities- Part 5: The Engineer

The 5 Trader Personalities- Part 5: The Engineer

One’s personality is like the water a fish swims in. It colors our perceptions and decisions in a global manner that we are usually quite naive about. Frankly, one’s personality quirks often get a pass from others in the course of daily life (“He’s just that way.”), but when it comes to the financial arena, our personality strongly affects our bottom-line results.   [Note: In my work with top traders I’ve developed a model that helps traders and investors understand themselves better. ...

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Stock Watch: NetSuite Sees Accumulation By Large Players

Stock Watch: NetSuite Sees Accumulation By Large Players

As the market rally continues to mature, start looking for some of the "dregs" to get pulled back up."Dregs" stocks are former high flyers that have not had a particularly good run of things. This can be due to a drop in earnings growth or just bad luck from a lack of momentum. Shorts Get Greedy Either way, dregs stocks become beaten down and shorts start getting greedy. If these stocks start basing out, there will be buy stops hit from shorts as well as those looking to initiate new...

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Trading Strategy: Trade Gaps Off A 15-Minute Chart

Trading Strategy: Trade Gaps Off A 15-Minute Chart

Trading on small time frames like a one to five minute chart can create a lot of noise and prevent you from riding out the bigger move.   By focusing on a higher time frame like the fifteen minute chart you can tune out allot of the noise and possibly ride out a bigger move. As a gap trader I will use the fifteen minute chart after noon market time.  This way it gives the stock some time to show me a trend and develop some price stability.  An example of this is a trade I took this week...

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The Professional Traders Opinion: Russian Sanctions Smoot-Hawley Revisited

The Professional Traders Opinion: Russian Sanctions Smoot-Hawley Revisited

Russia was once described by Sir Winston Churchill, as “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”  Those words, spoken in 1939, eloquently described the Western sense of Moscow as inscrutable and a menacing country that plays by its own rules; perhaps they are no different now with the extraordinary exception that today’s Russia is dressed in diplomat’s pinstripes folded around a pugilist’s muscle with a checkbook of an oil baron.  What’s more, today Russia, along with China,...

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Unusual Options Activity Seen In Kate Spade & Company

Unusual Options Activity Seen In Kate Spade & Company

Kate Spade & Company (KATE) recently reported earnings, and news of contracting profit margins sent shares tumbling over 10 percent.  Unusual Options Activity At least one institution thinks this move was overdone. Monday’s session saw a trader come in and buy 5,000 KATE Sep 33 Calls for $0.95, paying the ask against 700 contracts of open interest.   Huge Position This order has the potential to control half a million shares of stock, or about a fifth of KATE stock’s average daily...

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Trading When Moving At Warp Speed

Trading When Moving At Warp Speed

In today’s market environment, it isn’t the one who “has the money” that controls the market direction. Instead, it has changed to the one that “controls the information,” controls the direction of the markets. Instead of reading an article to see whether it could be bullish or bearish for the markets, we have created computers that do the reading and then trading for us. When these algorithms read something that they are programmed to be deemed bearish, they automatically remove any bid...

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Bear Pennant Makes Eurodollar A Nice Short

Bear Pennant Makes Eurodollar A Nice Short

The euro's value to the dollar (EURUSD) was one of the more bullish currency pairs in the first half of the year, but the trend reversed in May. The chart exhibits the Wall Street adage that “markets take the stairs going up and the elevator going down.” I don't see any technical evidence suggesting the downtrend is near an end. The Chart Since the beginning of August, EURUSD has been tracing out a small bear pennant. This comprises a tight triangle shape that characterizes a period of...

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Go Long: Concerns Over the Chinese Yuan’s Weakness Are Overblown

Go Long: Concerns Over the Chinese Yuan’s Weakness Are Overblown

On March 6, 2013 we initiated a long recommendation for our clients on the Chinese currency, the yuan, through the purchase of offshore, yuan-denominated bonds (DSUM) an exchange traded fund.   DSUM closed 2013 with a 6.32% gain, the year’s best-performing bond instrument on a risk-adjusted basis, compared to a dismal performance of -4.83% for the average emerging market bond fund. After this stellar performance, this year’s weakness in the yuan is no surprise to us.  While the U.S....

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