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Good news for the coffee lovers — GMCR

The carnage in Japan’s got you down? Me, too. Not to mention I have to keep nervously watching the VIX, which I need to stay under 25 until Friday, and which is now sitting at 24 and change.

So instead of wallowing, lets take a look at the chart of an old (and sometimes maligned) […]

Cost Plus World Market bucks the overall stock market trend

The mini-cup-with handle formation I noted in Cost Plus has indeed resolved to the upside, again on good earning news: CPWM remains a nice little stock to have in your portfolio for when the economy starts to improve.

Reconsidering AT&T shares

Just last month I made a nice score betting against AT&T on their earnings announcement. The thinking was that expectations had to be lowered with the exclusivity of their iPhone contracts in its waning days. The trade played out nicely, as T gapped lower, a gap which still hasn’t filled: Swing traders alert! It might […]

The stock market in Disneyland

With the stock market seemingly in a permanent melt-up phase, surely it couldn’t hurt to make a bullish options play on Walt Disney, which reports fourth quarter earning after the bell tonight, right?

Well, I for one just don’t see any edge in it, so I have decided to sit on the sidelines and just […]

Picking over the trash heap — Talbots, Martha Stewart, Borders

One of my most favorite places to go to pick up long term trading ideas is the 52 week low list. Its a short list lately, which means that those stocks on it are not only just popping new lows, but displaying extraordinary relative weakness as well.

This type of screening needs to produce a […]

Target: a big cap with a big gap — TGT

Some investors are beginning to think that 2011 will be the year of the big cap stocks, when they finally start to outperform the tech laden averages.

If you are in that camp, are bullish, and like to bet on gaps filling, take a look at Target:

The massive retailer was hit last week […]

Bearish on our elders — BKD

Is it politically correct to be bearish on our respected elders, and those who would take good care of them? Consider Brookdale Senior Living: BKD soared Friday on news that a competitor, Atria, had their real estate assets purchased, and the Street just figures, you know, that lightning just must strike in the same place […]

A nice gap to shoot for — GME

Hi– back again after sort of a summer hiatus, with time at Cape Cod and bringing my daughter to college in Florida. Hopefully I wil be fresh for the challenge, and can reverse some of damage from losing positions in BZQ and CPWM.

One thing I noticed right away is that Gamestop now has a […]

A gap to shoot for? (SPY)

Today’s earnings season-fueled optimism has created a nice gap in the SPY to shoot for — down to 1078 or so. With RSI (2) currently at 99.07 as I write this, looks like a good bet for a bear to take . . .

Gambling on the stock market — (LVS)

Many think playing the markets is nothing more than a form of gambling; you could choose to push the issue by trading “gaming” stocks such as LVS, which actually has extensive operations and plans in Asia.

Chart-wise, after Monday’s beat-down, we are right in the middle of a wide trading channel, making any move in […]