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What are the Masters of the Universe Buying?

What are the Masters of the Universe Buying?

You should never blindly follow the investment moves of anyone — not even Masters of the Universe like Carl Icahn or George Soros.   You never know what their investment game plan is or whether a stock position is part of a larger multi-stock trade. That said, I do consider “guru” trades a nice starting point for further research.  If investors I respect and follow are piling into a stock, then it’s worth investigating.  So, without further ado, let’s see what the gurus are buying today. ...

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Positive Data, Buy The January E-mini S&P 500

Positive Data, Buy The January E-mini S&P 500

Thursday morning brought a few more bits of positive data for the U.S. economy. Jobless Claims came in down 2,000 from the week prior at 291,000. For ten straight weeks, Jobless Claims have been under 300,000, a sign that the labor market is continuing to improve. The better number may be 73,000. That is the amount that continuing claims dropped, to 2.33 million the lowest level since late 2000. Its déjà vu all over again, as Yogi Berra once said. Investors and traders will be looking at...

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Take The Trading Challenge and Win

Take The Trading Challenge and Win

In trading, as in the long race, the turtle consistently beats the hare. In last week’s article about overtrading, I noted that in a study of 66,000 active traders, only those whose trading frequency was in the bottom quintile (80% less than the busiest traders), were able to beat the S&P 500. In active trading, why would less be so much more? Brain research on peak performance in athletes points us toward an interesting answer. Trading, AnExtreme Sport? Most coaches advise their...

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Call Buyers Bet On New Highs In Tyson Food

Call Buyers Bet On New Highs In Tyson Food

Tyson Foods (TSN), a $16B food production and distribution company, announced on November 19th at the Morgan Stanley Global Consumer and Retail Conference they expect to see adjusted 2015 EPS of $3.30-$3.40 per share ($1B+ in free cash flow on $42B in revenue). The company said they are optimistic 2015 will be a record year for earnings and revenue (over $500M of sales coming from Latin America). Synergies from the Hillshire Brands deal earlier this year are expected to top $225M next...

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December Grain Trade, Two Possibilities

December Grain Trade, Two Possibilities

Last week’s soybean rallies were led by several fronts.  We started last Monday, November 10th, with news out of Brazil, the world’s second largest producer of beans, their crop would be 89 million metric tons versus the last two monthly USDA estimates of 98 and 94 million metric tons or 4 million lower than their last estimate.  Since the US and Brazil are the sole ports of origin from which to buy beans, it is common for funds to believe that what is not produced in Brazil will...

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Playing Precious Metals And Not Losing Your Shirt

Playing Precious Metals And Not Losing Your Shirt

The precious metals markets, namely gold and silver, offer traders the allure of large profits.  However, high margins and unpredictable volatility are often too much for the average retail trader to handle.  Likewise, using unleveraged alternatives, such as the ETF, GLD, forces traders to face other obstacles, including inefficient price movement and hidden costs.  There are some alternative lower risk products available to those interested in dipping their toe into metals trading, but...

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Track The Dark Pools With The Balance Of Power (BOP) Indicator

Track The Dark Pools With The Balance Of Power (BOP) Indicator

The most challenging aspect of the automated-order marketplace is to find an indicator that can reveal where the Dark Pools are accumulating a stock over time, and which stocks they are quietly rotating out of to lower their held shares of a required chartered stock. Rotation and accumulation are hidden these days on Dark Pool venues that do not show the huge lot orders moving through the automated system. Before the year 2005, giant lot orders were either handled by market makers on the...

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The Consumer May Be Feeling Better this Holiday Season

The Consumer May Be Feeling Better this Holiday Season

The holiday season is just around the corner. Traders and economic watchers will be closely watching the Retail Sector given the dismal turnout by consumers in recent years. The XRT (SPDR S&P Retail ETF) peaked in 2013 and since has traded sideways, until today.  There are clues that this year may be a different season for both the consumer and retailers alike, and traders will be following the XRT to signal a breakout.  Figure 1, Weekly Chart of the XRT (SPDR S&P 500 Retail ETF)  ...

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Growing CRO Industry & Acquisition of Covance (CVD) Put INC Research IPO in Spotlight

Growing CRO Industry & Acquisition of Covance (CVD) Put INC Research IPO in Spotlight

In a very busy week for IPOs, one deal that stands out from the pack is INC Research (INCR), a Contract Research Organization (CRO) that solely focuses on conducting Phase 1 to Phase 4 clinical trials for biopharmaceutical and medical device companies. Its 8.1 million share IPO is expected to price on November 6 within a range of $17-$20, and then open for trading the following morning. There are a few primary aspects to this deal that caught my attention. First, from a fundamental...

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The Indian Rupee And The Euro Carry Trade

The Indian Rupee And The Euro Carry Trade

Since the beginning of this year, the Indian rupee has rallied 8% against the euro after hitting a record low of INR/Euro 85. Investors bought rupees amid a renewed confidence in the newly-elected Modi government, while selling euros, as the European Central Bank gets ready to implement its quantitative easing policy. Our analysis suggests the INR/Euro exchange rate will rally to 70-to-1 over the next two years, from 77-to-1 today. Given this, we recommend a long position in the rupee,...

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Trade Celldex (CLDX) On The Gap UP

Trade Celldex (CLDX) On The Gap UP

GAP REVIEW On November 17th, 2014, CLDX gapped up and closed over the 200-day moving average for the first time since March of 2014. The surge of the gap-up created a huge interest in the stock, as it traded over ten times its daily average volume.  This shows us large institutions were picking up shares for a bigger move in the coming days.  The gap up was a reaction to news that CLDX reported positive results from its phase-three study for its brain cancer drug. KEY LEVEL Demand...

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Post Earnings Breakout and Continuation in Visa

Post Earnings Breakout and Continuation in Visa

One of my favorite plays is to see a stock breakout on good fundamental news (usually earnings), run for a few days, and then knock out a base. The "base" of the stock is incredibly important because it shows you key areas where buyers and sellers have been battling it out. And if the previous move was on the back of good news, odds are the buyers will become much stronger than the sellers over time. Visa had a massive gap higher on earnings and ran another 20 points before settling down...

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