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January 2011

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3 Stocks that have it all

January 29, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: FDS , CRR , PLCM

I was listening to a song by Queen and the lyrics of  "I want it all, I want it all, I want it all and I want it now" struck a cord for this post.  I decided to find three stocks that have it all and they have it now.  And what might that be you may ask?

What I want is:

1 - A stock that has Wall Street brokerage analysts publishing buy recommendations based on double digit sales and earnings growth projections  [more]

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Book Review: The Little Book of Sideways Markets by Vitaliy N. Katsenelson

January 28, 2011 – Comments (3)

I don't do a lot of book reviews because I seem to love books that agree with me and hate books that have a different opinion than mine.  Since I am a Momentum Investor who use Barchart I usually don't like books that dwell on fundamentals but The Little Book of Sideways Markets: How to make money in markets that go nowhere by Vitaliy N. Katsenelson published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc is one that I really can recommend whole heatedly.  By the way, Wiley is the publisher of all the "Dummies" books and has a really great series "The Little Book Profits Series"  that I'm going to start on soon.  Don't hold it against me that my book case is filled with "Dummies" books, I'll admit to being a cult member.

Some of the books I've been asked to review I just had to decline because they were either so badly written or so convoluted and complicated that I saw no use of the book by the average reader.  One series of books and DVDs sent to me by a penny stock promoter were so poorly produced and contained so many wild proposals that I thought new investors would loose a bundle following bad advice.

Although now I consider myself a Momentum Investor, I started out my career in Public Accounting after completing a degree in Accounting and Business Administration at Berry College.  As an accountant  I loved reading annual reports and looking at fundamentals.  I soon noticed most of my fellow CPAs so over analyzed companies that they never made any money investing themselves.  Most of the mutual funds had highly educated and highly paid analysts that had all the data and computer tools available but still couldn't beat the markets.

I have been a Value Line subscriber for many years and before that poured over issues at the library. One of the screens that always fascinated me was the Highest Growth Stocks screen.  As Value Line puts it "To be included, a company's annual growth of sales, cash flow, earnings, dividends and book value must together averaged 10% or more for the past 10 years and be expected to average at least 10%  in the coming 3-5 years.".  This seemed to be the only list of stocks I would ever need.

What fascinated me about the list is that my head told me these are the stocks I should own but it seemed as many of the stocks were going down as were going up.  What was the difference?

Well, Vitaliy explains the missing component in his book: Price Earnings Ratios.  His analysis of why price earnings compression is so important is worth the price of this book.

The Chapter 12 -- "Applying Darwinism to the sales process" is some of the best 14 pages you will ever read.

His ideas on Total Return with the combination of price increases and dividends is an idea missed by most technical analysis followers.

He goes into detail about the risks associated with the opportunity costs of staying in cash; another point missed by most of the mutual fund portfolio managers.

There are several things you will have a much better understanding of after reading this book:

1 - How do I evaluate the P/E ratios of the economy, the industrial sector and the individual stock?  [more]

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Time to sell gold?

January 28, 2011 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: DGP

This morning I placed a sell order in my Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio for the
 Gold Double Long ETN (DGP) for very negative price trends.  One of the last things I do before I push the sell button is to run a 60 minute chart that shows the price against the 20, 50 and 100 hour moving average.   There is nothing worse then selling a stock because all the technical indicators are negative and not realizing that the stock is recovering from a temporary set back.  This last step doesn't prevent it in all situations but it helps.

You can see by the chart that it was time to cut this one loose.  The technical indicators I used to identify the potential sell were:

1 - 100% Barchart short term technical sell signal  [more]

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6 ETFs - 3 to buy long and 3 to short

January 27, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: SKOR , VXX , QID

This mornings post is about ETFs.  Over the year I found that ETFs tend to move slower than individual stocks but they also tend to follow a trend for a longer period of time.  I used Barchart to screen for the ETFs hitting the most frequent new highs and lows in the last month to come up with this list.  You can run your own little hedge fund buy buying the first 3 long and short the second 3.  Put them on your watch lists and see how they do.

LONG WATCHLIST:

SKOR -- IQ South Korea Small Cap -- seeks to replicate, before fees and expenses, the performance of the IQ South Korea Small Cap Index. The market capitalization-weighted Index is intended to give investors a means of tracking the overall performance of the small capitalization sector of publicly traded companies domiciled and primarily listed on an exchange in South Korea.


1 - 96% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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ARC - Document management services should prosper

January 26, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: ARC

This afternoon I added American Reprographics (ARC) to theBarchart Van Meerten Speculative portfolio. They are one of the leading reprographics company in the United States providing business-to-business document management services to the architectural, engineering and construction industry, or AEC industry. It also provides these services to companies in non-AEC industries, such as technology, financial services, retail, entertainment, and food and hospitality that also requires  sophisticated document management services.

As the economy recovers document management services will enter a new era of transmittal and retrieval.  A company servicing the infrastructure and construction industries should prosper.

The stock hit 16 new highs and appreciated 11.97% in the last month earning a 100% Barchart technical buy signal.  The momentum means a 66.40% Relative Strength Index that continues to increase.  The stock trades around 8.26 with a 50 day moving average of 7.45.

Wall Street brokerage analyst look for small sales increases of 2.20% but they project an increase in EPS of 137.20% this year and a continued 5 year annual EPS increase of 10.00%.

The CAPS members on Motley Fool think the stock will beat the market by a vote of 587 to 35 with the All Stars in agreement 234 to 11.


Jim Van Meerten is a professional investor with over 40 year experience in investing in stocks, mutual funds and ETFs.  He shares his knowledge on Barchart in his daily blogs -- Barchart Portfolio Blogs.
Through Marketocracy Capital Management you can have a Separately Managed Account that mirrors his Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio.  [more]

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SAIC has long-term multi-year contracts

January 26, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: SAI

This afternoon I purchased SAIC (SAI) for the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio based on very positive price momentum trends   SAIC INC is a scientific, engineering, and technology applications company that uses its deep domain knowledge to solve problems of vital importance to the nation and the world, in national security, energy and the environment, critical infrastructure, and health. The company's approximately 40,000 employees serve customers in the Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, other U.S. Government civil agencies and selected commercial markets.

They also have accounts with state and local government agencies, foreign governments, and customers in the commercial markets of energy, health care, environmental,and cyber security operations.


The stock is on a tear hitting 17 new highs and appreciating 5.50% in the last month.  The momentum has earned it a 100% Barchart technical buy signal with a Relative Strength Index that is 70.75% and rising.  It trades around 16.70 with a 50 day moving average of 15.85.  If earnings projection are met and PE ratios improve this stock could give a total return of up to 22% over the next several years,

Wall Street brokerage analysts think this should be a long tern holding with 4 buy and 12 hold recommendations for their brokers to push,  Although sales are expected to increase by only 2.30% this year and 2.80% next year earnings are projected to increase 16.80% this year and continue of 5 years at an annual rate of 8.48%.

There is a strong investor sentiment as measured on Motley Fool with the CAPS members voting 720 to 43 that the stock will beat the market.  The All Stars are in agreement by a vote of 182  to 6.

I feel good about recommending this stock because it has a stock buy back program, several long term royalty agreements and many of the projects in the pipe line are multi-year projects.  It has price momentum, Wall Street recommendations based on expected increases in sales and earnings and positive investor sentiment.


Jim Van Meerten is a professional investor with over 40 year experience in investing in stocks, mutual funds and ETFs.  He shares his knowledge on Barchart in his daily blogs -- Barchart Portfolio Blogs.
Through Marketocracy Capital Management you can have a Separately Managed Account that mirrors his Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio.  [more]

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Boise keeps growing

January 26, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: BZ

This morning I entered a buy order for Boise (BZ) in the Barchart Van Meerten Speculative portfolio.  Boise manufactures premium and specialty products, including papers for pressure sensitive and flexible packaging applications, container board and corrugated products, imaging papers for the office and home, printing and converting papers, newsprint, and market pulp.



The stock hit 16 new highs and appreciated by 12.77% in the last month alone earning it a 100% Barchart technical buy signal. The stock has a rising Relative Strength Index of 77.89% and trades around 8.89 with a 50 day moving average of 7.87.

Wall Street brokerage analysts have 3 buy and 1 hold recommendation released based on estimates of increased revenue and earnings.  They project an increase in revenue of 6.00% this year and another 3.40% next year.  Since the company has large fixed costs these increase should fall to the bottom line with expected increases in EPS of 416.70% this year, 21.50% next year and continue at 20.00% per year for 5 years out.


Jim Van Meerten is a professional investor with over 40 year experience in investing in stocks, mutual funds and ETFs.  He shares his knowledge on Barchart in his daily blogs -- Barchart Portfolio Blogs.
Through Marketocracy Capital Management you can have a Separately Managed Account that mirrors his Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio.  [more]

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Internet Capital weakens

January 26, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: ICGE

This morning I placed a sell order for the Barchart Van Meerten Speculative portfolio based on negative price trends of Internet Capital Group (ICGE) :


1 - 40% Barchart short term technical sell signal  [more]

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Vail Resorts (MTN) going downhill

January 26, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: MTN

This morning I placed a sell order in the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio for Vail Resorts (MTN) for negative price trends:
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Shipping without the pirates

January 25, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: TRBR

This afternoon I added Trailer Bridge (TRBR) to the Barchart Van Meerten Speculative portfolio.  Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, they are an integrated trucking and marine freight carrier that provides truckload freight transportation primarily between the continental U.S. and Puerto Rico. The company combines an efficient and dedicated motor carrier with a low cost barge and tug marine transportation system. Trailer Bridge is the only company serving markets governed by the Jones Act which exclusively operates marine vessels fully configured to carry 48' and 53' long, 102`` wide, ``high-cube`` trailers.

I found the company while screening on Barchart for low priced stock hitting new highs.  The stock hit 15 new highs and is up 38.43% in just the last month.  The momentum has given it an 80% Barchart technical buy signal and a rising Relative Strength Index of 75.59%.  It trades around 3.57 with a 50 day moving average of 3.02.

The one Wall Street brokerage analyst that follows the stock rates it a strong buy for his firms clients, with a forecast for slightly higher sales and earnings in the near future.

As few investors have found this stock and the CAPS members on Motley foll vote 14 to 2 that the stock will beat the market, with the All Stars in agreement 4 to 1.
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Buy land - They're not making anymore -- Will Rogers

January 25, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: PCL

Today I took Will Rogers' advice and bought Plum Creek Timber (PCL) for my Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio.  Plum Creek Timber is the second largest private timberland owner in the United States, with approximately 7.8 million acres of timberlands located in 19 states. Their timberlands are well diversified, not only by species mix but also by age distribution. Growth rates vary depending on species, location, age and forestry practices. They manage their timberlands in two business segments: the Northern Resources Segment and the Southern Resources Segment.

As America's and Chinese thirst for wood for building materials and furniture returns the harvesting of wood should make this company a long term cash cow.  As the population grows who wouldn't want to own almost 8 million acres of raw land?

I know this looks like an asset buy but it actually came to my attention when screening on Barchart for stocks hitting the most frequent new highs.  This company hit 16 new highs and appreciated 12.71% in the last month earning it a 100% Barchart technical buy signal.  It trades around 41.84 with a 50 day moving average of 37.65.  The stocks momentum is increasing with a Relative Strength Index that is 78.90% and rising.


Wall Street brokerage analysts like this stock and have published 4 buy and 8 hold recommendations based on their projections for increases in both revenue and earnings.  I think the reason there are so many hold recommendations is that the company is really an REIT holding and timber but instead of counting on rents they count on the sale of timber products to pay the bills.  This stock could give a total return between 7% - 10% for many years to come.


The stock has not gone unnoticed by the general investor and has caught the eye of the members on Motley Fool.  The CAPS members vote 695 to 46 that the stock will continue to beat the market with the All Stars in agreement with a vote of 240 to 9.


The reasons I like this stock are:

1 - Hitting new highs on a consistent basis  [more]

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Nevsun Resources - sell signals

January 25, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: NSU

This morning I deleted Nevsun Resources (NSU) from the Barchart Van Meerten Speculative portfolio for negative price trends:

1 - Barchart Trend Spotter (tm) technical sell signal  [more]

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ABV - sell signals

January 25, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: ABEV

This morning I deleted Cia De Bebidas Das Americas (ABV) from the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio for negative price trends:


1 - Barchart Trend Spotter (tm) technical sell signal  [more]

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Tennant - TNC - Chart of the day - 1/25

January 25, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: TNC

Barchart.coms Chart of the Day - Tennant Corp (TNC)Barchart Research Team - Barchart.com - Mon Jan 24, 4:41PM CSTRelated Stocks TNC - Tennant Company
SymLastChgPctTNC39.81-0.31-0.77%

The "Chart of the Day" is Tennant Corp (TNC), which showed up on Monday's list of stocks that had a new "Buy" signal from the Barchart "TrendSpotter" trading system. Tennant on Monday rallied by 4.70% and posted a new 2-1/3 year high. Tennant has rallied on the strength seen in its business in the past nine months and its plans to expand in 2011. The company is gaining market share with its line of low-chemical, less-water line of floor-cleaning equipment. Tennant, with a market cap of $730 million, is a Minneapolis-based company that specializes in the sale of commercial and industrial floor maintenance equipment and related products.

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Put it in a box and make money

January 24, 2011 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: GEF , GRM , MPAC

When I go to the store, especially the grocery store, I'm amazed how many products come in a paper box, tube or carton.  If the economy is recovering the way everyone is telling me it is then it would seem that an industry that's going to be right in the middle of it all would be an industry that provides paper packaging.

When I go screening for stocks I want a stock that is moving now, that analysts forecast increased sales and earnings and has a wide and positive following with the general investing public.

Let's look at a watch list of paper container companies I came up with going from large to small:

GEF - Greif Bros --  manufactures and markets a broad variety of superior quality industrial shipping containers (which include fiber drums,plastic drums, steel drums, intermediate bulk containers, and multi wall bags) and containerboard and corrugated products (which include semi chemical and recycled medium, recycled liner board, corrugated boxes and corrugated honeycomb products) as well as timber properties. Greif provides innovative packaging solutions to meet the ever-changing needs of its customers.

1 - 100% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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Dot Hill is a data storage jewel

January 24, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: HILL

This morning I added Dot Hill Systems (HILL) to the Barchart Van Meerten Speculative portfolio for positive price trends.  Dot Hill Systems Corp. is the leading independent provider of carrier-class data storage solutions for Internet-generation applications. With solutions that include storage area networks and disaster-tolerant systems for Telco and Internet operations, Dot Hill is uniquely positioned to address the storage requirements of mission-critical continuous computing environments. Its customers include many of the world's leading Internet service providers, financial institutions, advanced technology and telecommunications companies, and government agencies.

With 16 new highs and a price appreciation of 89.02% in the last month the stock has earned a 100% Barchart technical buy signal.  The stock trades around 3.17 with a 50 day moving average of 2.00 and has Relative Strength Index of 76.83% and it's rising.

Only one Wall Street brokerage is following the stock but they look for a 41.40% increase in EPS this year and 94.10% next year.

Surprisingly there is a wide and positive investor sentiment with the CAPS members on Motley Fool voting 56 to 17 that the stock will beat the market and the All Stars agree 13 to 6.

Although this stock does not have a big following on Wall Street the general investor has found it and the positive price trend is why I like it.



Jim Van Meerten is a professional investor with over 40 year experience in investing in stocks, mutual funds and ETFs.  He shares his knowledge on Barchart in his daily blogs -- Barchart Portfolio Blogs.


Through Marketocracy Capital Management you can have a Separately Managed Account that mirrors his Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio.  [more]

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CIMT a buy

January 24, 2011 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: CIMT

This morning I added Cimatron (CIMT) to the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio based on positive price trends:

1 - 96% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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Synta Pharma Sell Signals

January 24, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: SNTA

This morning I deleted Synta Pharmaceuticals from the Barchart Van Meerten Speculative portfolio for negative price trends:

1 - 60% Barchart short term technical sell signal  [more]

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Silver sell signals

January 24, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: AGQ

This morning I deleted the Ultra Silver ETF (AGQ) for the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio for negatived price trends:

1 - Barchart Trend Spotter (tm) sell signal  [more]

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Are the projections about the solar industry too bright>

January 20, 2011 – Comments (5) | RELATED TICKERS: TSL , JKS , SOL

Am I the only one who is having butterflies about the solar industry?  Is there a market for this renewable energy resource or is it all just smoke and mirrors? Using Barchart I found 4 solar stocks that on average are up over 20% in the last month alone.  The brokerages have fantastic projections, there is very high investor sentiment but my intuition is holding me back from making a recommendation.  Here's what others think, let me hear your opinions.

JKS - Jinkosolar -- a solar product manufacturer with operations based in Jiangxi Province and Zhejiang Province in China. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain from recovered silicon materials to solar modules. JinkoSolar's principal products are silicon wafers, solar cells and solar modules which are all along the photovoltaic value chain, with a global network spanning across Europe, North America and Asia.

1- Barchart Trend Spotter (tm) technical buy signal  [more]

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Benficial Mutual makes mopney the old fashion way

January 20, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: BNCL

This morning I added Beneficial Mutual Bancorp (BNCL) to theBarchart Van Meerten Speculative portfolio.  This bank makes money the old fashion way -- they take in deposits and they make loans in the local community markets they are familiar with.  Community banks with strong, local, long term ties should be able to make the most of the recovery in their home local markets.

The Company is a community-based, diversified financial services company providing consumer and commercial banking services. Its principal subsidiary, Beneficial Bank, has served individuals and businesses in the Delaware Valley area for more than 150 years. The Bank is the oldest and largest bank headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with 72 offices in the greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey regions. Insurance services are offered through Beneficial Insurance Services, LLC and wealth management services are offered through Beneficial Advisors, LLC, both wholly owned subsidiaries of the Bank.

Although the bank is local it is well known nationally.

The stock hit 14 new highs and appreciated 13.99% in the last month earning it a 72% Barchart overall technical buy signal.  The Relative Strength Index is 65.42% and it trades around 9.21 with a 50 day moving average of 8.32.

Wall Street brokerages have this on their buy list of regional banks with 5 buy and 2 hold recommendations published.  They expect revenue to increase by 11.30% this year.   The real story is in next years EPS which is estimated to increase by 387.50% and continue by another 10.00% annually for at least 5 years.

For a small regional bank it's gotten notice by the general investor over on Motley Fool with the CAPS members thinking the stock will beat the market by a vote of 24 to 10 and the All Stars are in agreement 6 to 3.  Fool notes that there have been 3 positive Wall Street columnists articles recently.

If you want to get on board the economic recovery then consider this regional bank who has gained national notice not only by the Wall Street brokerages but the small retail investor as well.


Jim Van Meerten is a professional investor with over 40 year experience in investing in stocks, mutual funds and ETFs.  He shares his knowledge on Barchart in his daily blogs -- Barchart Portfolio Blogs.
Through Marketocracy Capital Management you can have a Separately Managed Account that mirrors his Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio.  [more]

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6 Hot Penny Stocks for your watch lists

January 20, 2011 – Comments (1)

I found these stocks by screening on Barchart for those OTCBB stocks hitting the most frequent new highs.

Penny stocks are not investments and should be considered to be speculative or pure gambling - Lotto tickets legal in all states.  These are not buy recommendations just something to put on your watch
list and have some fun with.

ENTB - Entest Biomedical

100% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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Kubota - chart of the day

January 20, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: KUBTY

Barchart.coms
Chart of the Day - Kubota Corp (KUB)Barchart Research Team - Barchart.com - Wed Jan 19, 5:34PM CSTRelated Stocks KUB - Kubota Corporation
SymLastChgPctKUB49.79+0.12+0.24%The "Chart of the Day" is Kubota Corp (KUB), which showed up on Wednesday's Barchart "NYSE 12-month High" list. Kubota on Wednesday closed 0.24% higher and edged to a new 1-year high of $50.07. A rally above the current 4-year high of 51.08 posted in Jan 2010 would be a particularly bullish technical development. TrendSpotter has been long Kubota since Nov 5 at $47.16. Kubota Corp, with a market cap of $12.7 billion, is the world's largest maker of small tractors and Japan's second largest manufacturer of farm equipment. 


How we found the Chart of the Day:
We found the "Chart of the Day" by scanning the Barchart "New Highs/Lows" page. Then we clicked on the entry for NYSE 12-month highs. A new 12-month high is a popular sign of upside momentum. We then clicked on the "12-Month # Highs" column heading twice in order to sort the list in ascending order. Stocks with the fewest number of 12-month highs over the past 12 months are stocks that have only recently broken out to a new 12-month high and may have better upside potential then stocks that have already rallied sharply and have posted many new 12-month highs. 
Barchart's Opinion trading systems are mostly a Buy and Barchart's daily TrendSpotter trading system is a "Buy." Please note that the Barchart Opinion indicators are updated live during the session every 10 minutes and can therefore change during the day as the market fluctuates. The indicator numbers shown below therefore may not match what you see live on the Barchart.com web site when you read this report.
TrendSpotter: BuyShort-Term Indicators: 80% BuyMedium-Term Indicators: 100% BuyLong-Term Indicators: 100% BuyOverall Average 96% Buy
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Jim Van Meerten is a professional investor with over 40 year experience in investing in stocks, mutual funds and ETFs.  He shares his knowledge on Barchart in his daily blogs -- Barchart Portfolio Blogs.
Through Marketocracy Capital Management you can have a Separately Managed Account that mirrors his Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio.  [more]

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Aegon NV is a turn around candidate

January 19, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: AEG

This morning I added Aegon NV (AEG) to the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio as a turnaround opportunity.  Aegon N.V. is an international insurance group which writes life and health insurance and offers related pension, savings and investment products in Europe, North America and the Caribbean. The Company's other lines of business include property and casualty insurance and financial services.

AEG is paying off their bail out from the Dutch government and will be a turn around opportunity much like our banks and insurance stocks.

The stock came to my attention when screening for stocks hitting new highs on Barchart.  The 18 new highs and price appreciation of 19.73% in the last month has earned the stock a 100% Barchart technical buy signal.  With a climbing Relative Strength Index of 80.95% the stock trades around 7.19 which is well ahead of its 50 day moving average of 6.21.


Wall Street brokerages look for revenues to hold steady -  this is an insurance stock but predict a turn around in EPS of 711.10% this year and an annual EPS growth of 74.30% a year for at least the next 5 years.

The general investor as measured on Motley Fool agrees with the CAPS members voting 190 to 22 that the stock will beat the market.  The All Stars are even more upbeat with a vote of 85 to 1.

As the world economy in general and the European economy begins to recover, you can expect the financial stocks; especially insurance companies to prosper.



Jim Van Meerten is a professional investor with over 40 year experience in investing in stocks, mutual funds and ETFs.  He shares his knowledge on Barchart in his daily blogs -- Barchart Portfolio Blogs.


Through Marketocracy Capital Management you can have a Separately Managed Account that mirrors his Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio.  [more]

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Weyerhauser for income accounts

January 19, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: WY

This morning I put in a buy order for Weyerhauser (WY) in the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio.

Weyerhaeuser Company is principally engaged in the growing and harvesting of timber and the manufacture, distribution and sale of forest products, real estate development and construction, and other real estate related activities. Its business segments are timberlands; wood products;pulp, paper and packaging; and real estate and related assets.  In reality they are a timber land REIT.

The company came to my notice when I was screening on Barchartfor companies hitting the most frequent new highs.  The 18 new highs and price appreciation of 19.73% in the last month has earned the stock a 96% Barchart technical buy signal.  The stock trades around 21.52 which is well above its 50 day moving average of 18.49.  The upward move is steady and the Relative Strength Index is 75.51%,

Wall Street brokerages have bright projections for increases in sales and earnings and have published 5 buy and 9 hold recommendations for their clients.  Revenues are projected to increase 16.90% this year and also by another 4.60% next year. The real story is in the EPS estimates of an increase of 120.00% this year, 41.50% next year and another 2.50% annually for the next 5 years.

The general investor sentiment is high with the Motley Fool CAPS members voting 338 to 69 that the stock will beat the market.  The All Stars agree with a vote of 129 to 21.

I think the steady income stream plus efficiencies planned will make this a really great total return stock.  Dividend could easily double in the next few years.


Jim Van Meerten is a professional investor with over 40 year experience in investing in stocks, mutual funds and ETFs.  He shares his knowledge on Barchart in his daily blogs -- Barchart Portfolio Blogs.
Through Marketocracy Capital Management you can have a Separately Managed Account that mirrors his Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio.  [more]

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Cree Inc - CREE -- sell signals

January 19, 2011 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: CREE

This morning I deleted Cree Inc (CREE) from the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio for negative price trends:

1 - 60% Barchart short term technical sell signal  [more]

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Barchart Morning Call -- 1/19

January 19, 2011 – Comments (0)

Barchart Morning CallBarchart.com - 51 mins ago  [more]

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Timberland -- TBL -- Chart of the day

January 19, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: TBL.DL

Barchart.com's 
Chart of the Day - Timberland Co (TBL)Barchart Research Team - Barchart.com - Tue Jan 18, 5:22PM CSTRelated Stocks TBL - Timberland Company
 
SymLastChgPctTBL26.89+0.68+2.59%The "Chart of the Day" is Timberland Co (TBL), which showed up on Tuesday's list of stocks that had a new "Buy" signal from the Barchart "TrendSpotter" trading system. Timberland on Tuesday rallied by 2.59% to post a new 3-1/2 year high. The stock has rallied sharply in the past week on above-average volume, a sign of active buying. In recent news on the stock, the WSJ reported on Dec 28 that Timberland's CEO foresees that Timberland, which already has 110 stores in China, will be able to double its sales in China over the next three years. Timberland, with a market cap of $1.3 billion, wells premium-quality footwear products for men, women and children and apparel and accessories products for men and women. 


How we found the Chart of the Day:
We found the "Chart of the Day" by scanning the Barchart "Trading Signals" page. That page provides a summary of changes in the Barchart signals. We then clicked on the TrendSpotter "Buy" category to obtain a list of all the stocks for which the Barchart TrendSpotter trading system has just turned to a buy. We then clicked on the "Today's Opinion" column header in order to sort the list with the strongest stocks on top. Further information is available at TrendSpotter help page. 
Barchart's Opinion trading systems are all a Buy and Barchart's daily TrendSpotter trading system is a "Buy." Please note that the Barchart Opinion indicators are updated live during the session every 10 minutes and can therefore change during the day as the market fluctuates. The indicator numbers shown below therefore may not match what you see live on the Barchart.com web site when you read this report.
TrendSpotter: BuyShort-Term Indicators: 100% BuyMedium-Term Indicators: 100% BuyLong-Term Indicators: 100% BuyOverall Average 100% Buy
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Jim Van Meerten is a professional investor with over 40 year experience in investing in stocks, mutual funds and ETFs.  He shares his knowledge on Barchart in his daily blogs -- Barchart Portfolio Blogs.
Through Marketocracy Capital Management you can have a Separately Managed Account that mirrors his Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio.  [more]

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3 Great Electrical Manufacturing stocks for your Watchlists

January 18, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: UTEK , UCTT , TSRA

Today when screening sectors on Barchart I found 3 great stocks in the Electrical Manufacturing sector.  The sector is climboing and so are these stocks and here is why I think you should include them on your watch lists.

UTEK - Ultratech -- develops, manufactures and markets photolithography equipment designed to reduce the cost of ownership for manufacturers of integrated circuits, including advanced packaging processes, photomasks, thin film magnetic recording devices and micromachined components. The Company supplies step-and-repeat systems based on one-to-one and reduction optical technology to customers locatedthroughout North America, Europe, Japan and the rest of Asia.

1 - 100% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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PDL Biopharma --PDLI - sell signals

January 18, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: PDLI

This morning I deleted PDL Biopharma (PDLI)  from the Barchart Van Meerten Speculative portfolio for negative price trends:

1 - 40% Barchart technical sell signal  [more]

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Barchart Moring Call

January 18, 2011 – Comments (0)

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Veolin -- VE --Barchart chart of Day

January 18, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: VE

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3 Hot Computer Peripheral Equipment stocks

January 13, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: TACT , IGOI , ZBRA

I screened on Barchart to find the sector that had changed the most in the past month and then looked at the Barchart opinion on each stock.  These 3 looked the best.

TACT - Transact Technologies --  designs, develops, manufactures and markets transaction-based printers and related products under the ITHACA and MAGNETEC and TRANSACT.COM brand names. The company focuses on five vertical markets: point-of-sale(POS), gaming and lottery, financial services, kiosk and Internet. The company's printers are trusted world-wide to provide crisp, clean transaction records from receipts, tickets and coupons, register journal and other documents.

1 - 100% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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Keegan Resources -- KGN -- sell signals

January 13, 2011 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: KGN

This morning I deleted Keegan Resources (KGN) from the Barchart Van Meerten Speculative portfolio for negative price trends:

1 - 60% Bartchart short term sell signal  [more]

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All Peru ETF - EPU - sell signals

January 13, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: EPU

This morning I deleted the All Peru Capped Index ETF (EPU) from the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio for negative price trends:

1 - 60% Barchart short term sell signal  [more]

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Barchart Morning Call -- 1/11

January 13, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: INTC , CBSH , SHFL

Barchart Morning Call  [more]

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Teledyne - TDY -- Chart of the Day

January 13, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: TDY

Barchart.coms    [more]

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3 Hot Commnication Network Software stocks

January 12, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: VG , NSR , AVNW

One of the hottest sectors this month is in Communications Network Software.  This morning I screened on Barchart for the hottest stocks in the hottest sectors and came up with these 3 gems.

VG - Vonage - a leading provider of digital phone services with over two million subscriber lines. Their award-winning technology enables anyone to make and receive phone calls with a touch tone telephone almost anywhere a broadband Internet connection is available. They offer feature-rich and cost-effective communication services that offer users an experience similar to traditional telephone services.The Residential Premium Unlimited and Small Business Unlimited calling plans offer consumers unlimited local and long distance calling, and popular features like call waiting, call forwarding and voicemail - for one low, flat monthly rate. Vonage's service is sold on the web and through national retailers including Best Buy, Circuit City, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Target and is available to customers in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom.

100% Barchart short term technical buy signal9 new highs and up 41.15% in the last monthRelative Strength Index 81.37% and risingTrades around 3.21 well above its 50 day moving average of 2.45Wall Street brokerages have 1 buy and 1 hold and project 260.00% EPS increase next yearNSR - Neustar --  a provider of essential clearinghouse services to the North American communications industry and Internet service providers around the world.100% Barchart short term technical buy signal10 new highs and up 3.99% in the last monthRelative Strength Index 66.06% and risingTrades near 27.42 well above 50 day moving average of 26.46CAPS members on Motley Fool vote 271 to 12 to beat the marketAll Stars on Motley Foll vote 119 to 5 to beat the marketWall Street Brokerages have 3 buy and 7 hold recommendations based on projection of 11.00% increase in sale next year, 14.50% increase in EPS year, EPS annual growth of 12.80 for next 5 yearsAVNW - Aviant Networks --  previously known as Harris Stratex Networks, Inc., is a global supplier of wireless network solutions and network management software, backed by a suite of professional services and support. The Company offers advanced wireless IP network migration, preparing the way to the 4G/LTE future. It also offers transformational wireless solutions, including LTE-ready microwave backhaul, WiMAX access and a complete portfolio of essential service options that enable wireless public and private telecommunications operators to deliver advanced data, voice, video and mobility services around the world. In addition, Aviat offers professional services, including installation and commissioning and training. It serves mobile and fixed telephone service providers, private network operators, government agencies, transportation and utility companies, public safety agencies, and broadcast system operators. Aviat Networks, Inc. is headquartered in Morrisville, North Carolina.100% Barchart short term technical buy signal5 new highs and up 5.90% in the last monthRelative Strength Index 71.08% and risingTrades near 5.55 which is above its 50 day moving average of 4.75CAPS members on Motley Fool vote 61 to 12 to beat the marketAll Stars vote 27 to 4 to beat the marketWall Street Brokerage have 6 buy and 4 hold recommendations based on projections of 13.50% increase in sales next year -- 185.30% increase in EPS next year and 13.50% annual EPS growth for next 5 years 
Jim Van Meerten is a professional investor with over 40 year experience in investing in stocks, mutual funds and ETFs.  He shares his knowledge on Barchart in his daily blogs -- Barchart Portfolio Blogs.


Through Marketocracy Capital Management you can have a Separately Managed Account that mirrors his Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio.  [more]

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Barchart chart of the day -- Fluor -- FLR

January 12, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: FLR

Provided by Barchart.
 Chart of the Day - Fluor Corp (FLR)Barchart Research Team - Barchart.com - Tue Jan 11, 6:25PM CSTRelated Stocks FLR - Fluor Corporation
 
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Gastro Pharma with momentum

January 11, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: SCMP

This morning I added Sucampo Pharmaceuticals (SCMP) to the Barchart Van Meerten Speculative portfolio.

Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is an emerging pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of proprietary drugs based on prostones, a class of compounds derived from functional fatty acids that occur naturally in the human body. Sucampo is focused on developing prostones for the treatment of gastrointestinal, respiratory, vascular and central nervous system diseases and disorders.

The 16 new highs and price appreciation in the last month has earned the stock a 100% Barchart technical buy signal.  The stock recently traded around 4.55 with a 50 day moving average and a Relative Strength Index of 85.95% which is still on the rise.

The lone Wall Street brokerage analyst following the stock has a strong Buy recommendation publishedbased on his projection that sales will increase by 10.80% next year and earnings will increase 11.00% per year for at least 5 years.

The CAPS members on Motley Fool have voted 61 to 11 that the stock will beat the market with the All Stars in agreement 25 to 2.  Fool notes that there have been 3 recent articles that have all been positive.

Jim Van Meerten is a professional investor with over 40 year experience in investing in stocks, mutual funds and ETFs.  He shares his knowledge on Barchart in his daily blogs -- Barchart Portfolio Blogs.
Through Marketocracy Capital Management you can have a Separately Managed Account that mirrors his Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio.  [more]

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Timeshares are still selling

January 11, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: SVLF.DL

This morning I added Silverleaf Resorts (SVLF) to the Barchart Van Meerten Speculative portfolio.

Silverleaf Resorts, Inc. is a leading developer, marketer, and operator of `drive-to` timeshare resorts. The company's principal activities include acquiring and developing timeshare resorts; marketing and selling one week annual and biennial Vacation Intervals to prospective first-time owners as well as leasing unsold Vacation Intervals; marketing and selling upgraded Vacation Intervals to existing Silverleaf Owners; providing financing for the purchase of Vacation Intervals; and operating timeshare resorts.

The recent price momentum of 16 new highs and price appreciation of 53.00% has earned the stock a 100% Barchart technical buy signal. With a rising 84.22% Relative Strength Index the stock trades around 1.51 with a 50 day moving average of 1.09.

The stock appears to be too small for Wall Street to follow but the CAPS members on Motley Fool vote 74 to 6 that the stock will beat the market with the All Stars in agreement 26 to 1.


Jim Van Meerten is a professional investor with over 40 year experience in investing in stocks, mutual funds and ETFs.  He shares his knowledge on Barchart in his daily blogs -- Barchart Portfolio Blogs.
Through Marketocracy Capital Management you can have a Separately Managed Account that mirrors his Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio.  [more]

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Virtual Imaging Technology - Emagin

January 11, 2011 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: EMAN

This morning I added Emagin Corp ( EMAN ) to the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio.

eMagin Corporation is a leading developer of virtual imaging technology, eMagin combines integrated circuits, microdisplays, and optics to create a virtual image equivalent to the real image of a computer monitor or large screen TV. These miniature, high-performance, virtual imaging modules provide access to information-rich text, data, and video which canfacilitate the opening of new mass markets for wearable PCs, wireless Internet appliances and mobile phones, portable DVD-viewers, digital cameras, and other emerging applications.

The recent price momentum with 16 new highs and a price increase of 58.33% in the last month has earned the stock a 96% Barchart technical buy signal.  With a rising Relative Strength Index of 82.36% it recently traded around 7.38 with a 50 day moving average of 5.18.

There is only one Wall Street brokerage following the stock but that analyst has a strong buy recommendation.

General investor sentiment as measured on Motley Fool has the CAPS members voting 48 to 3 that the stock will beat the market and the All Stars agree 13 to 2.


Jim Van Meerten is a professional investor with over 40 year experience in investing in stocks, mutual funds and ETFs.  He shares his knowledge on Barchart in his daily blogs -- Barchart Portfolio Blogs.
Through Marketocracy Capital Management you can have a Separately Managed Account that mirrors his Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio.  [more]

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Fastest growing bank in Hawaii

January 11, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: CPF

This morning I added CPB Inc (CPF) to the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio.  CPB is one of the fastest growing banks in Hawaii.

Central Pacific Financial Corp. is a Hawaii-based bank holding company. Central Pacific Bank, its subsidiary, is Hawaii's third largest commercial bank.

The recent price momentum of 16 new highs and an increase of 8.90% in the last month has earned the stock an 88% Barchart technical buy signal. With a rising Relative Strength Index of 89.90% the stock recently traded around 2.44 with a 50 day moving average of 1.51.

Wall Street brokerage analysts have 2 hold recommendations published but expect earnings per share to incraese by 99.80% next year and continue at 8.00% per annum.

The investor sentiment on Motley Fool is high with the CAPS members voting 59 to 32 that the stock will beat the market and the All Stars agree 28 to 11,


Jim Van Meerten is a professional investor with over 40 year experience in investing in stocks, mutual funds and ETFs.  He shares his knowledge on Barchart in his daily blogs -- Barchart Portfolio Blogs.
Through Marketocracy Capital Management you can have a Separately Managed Account that mirrors his Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio.  [more]

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How much will you bid for Ritchie Bros Autioneer?

January 11, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: RBA

This morning I added Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers (RBA) to the Bar Chart Van Meerten New High portfolio.  Lots of people have to dump used but valuable items and what a better place than an auction?

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers conduct unreserved public auctions every year at locations throughout North and Central America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Middle East. The company is known for their innovative auction methods, attention to detail and their total commitment to the unreserved auction. The confidence this gives their customers has enabled Ritchie Bros. to become one of the largest industrial auctioneer in the world.

This publicly traded company hit 17 new highs and is up 19.77% in just the last 20 treading session.  The price momentum and a rising Relative Strength Index of 80.50% has earned it a 96% Barchart technical buy signal. The stock recently traded at 24.48% which is well above its 50 day moving average of 21.26.

Wall Street brokerage analysts have been slow to notice it's recently price rise and still have 2 buy 14 hold and 2 negative recommendations,  They do however look for an 11.40% increase is sales next year coupled with a 20.30% increase in earnings per share.  They project earnings to increase 16.03% annually for at least 5 years out.

The general investor has already noticed this stock with the Motley Fool CAPS members voting 155 to 10 that the stock will beat the market.  The All Stars are also high 70 to 3.

If you are looking for a stock that should do well as the recession continues Ritchie Bros (RBA) has:

1 - 96% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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Morning Call -- 1/11

January 11, 2011 – Comments (0)

Provided by Barchart Morning CallBarchart.com - Tue Jan 11, 7:00AM CST  [more]

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Sauer-Danfoss -- SHS - Barchart chart of the day

January 11, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: SHS

Provided by Barchart.com
-  Chart of the Day - Sauer-Danfoss (SHS)Barchart Research Team - Barchart.com - Mon Jan 10, 6:01PM CSTRelated Stocks SHS - Sauer-Danfoss Inc.
 
SymLastChgPctSHS32.98-0.12-0.36%  [more]

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Transocean is chart of the day

January 10, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: RIG

 Provided with permission from BarchartBarchart.com's Chart of the Day - Transocean Inc (RIG)Barchart Research Team - Barchart.com - Sat Jan 08, 8:57PM CSTRelated Stocks RIG - Transocean Inc.
SymLastChgPctRIG75.04+2.00+2.74%

The "Chart of the Day" is Transocean Inc (RIG), which showed up on last Wednesday's list of stocks that had a new "Buy" signal from the Barchart "TrendSpotter" trading system. We waited to put RIG on the "Chart of the Day" until Friday when the stock could both post a new high and close higher on the day. RIG last Friday closed 2.74% higher and posted a new 8-month high. Transocean, a partner with BP and Halliburton in the BP Deepwater Horizon oil well, is progressively putting the Gulf oil spill behind it and its stock has shown a recovery. Transocean, With a market cap of $23 billion, is an international provider of offshore contract drilling services for oil and gas wells.
  [more]

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Sanofi-Aventis sell signals

January 10, 2011 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: SNY

This morning I've put in a sell order for Sanofi-Aventis (SNY) in the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio for negative price trends onBarchart:

1 - 80% Barchart short term sell signal  [more]

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Volume leaders & Barchart Ratings -- 1/7

January 07, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: C , BAC , PFE

These were the volume leaders today and the rating on Barchart:

City Group ( C )

1 - 96% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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3 Penny Stocks for your watch lists -- 1/7

January 07, 2011 – Comments (0)

Here are 3 penny stock I found by using Barchart to screen OTCBB stocks hitting the most frequent highs.  These are not buy recommendation but might be interesting to put on your watch lists to see where they go.

ZAAP --Zero Air Pollution, AKA ZAP  is in advanced transportation technologies and energy products. ZAP has a 10-year license on the technology developed by Smart-Automobile LLC to Americanize the popular European-made Smart Car for the U.S. marketplace. ZAP Americanizes the Smart Car to meet U.S. federal and state safety and emissions standards. ZAP is not affiliated with, or authorized by, smart gmbh, the manufacturer of SMART automobiles, or the smartUSA division of Mercedes-Benz LLC, the exclusive authorized U.S. importer and distributor of those vehicles.

1 - 100% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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Wells-Gardner Electronics is moving

January 07, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: WGA

This morning I added Wells-Gardner Electronic (WGA )  to the Barchart Van Meerten Speculative portfolio purely for technical price movements:

1 - 88% Barchart short term technical buy signal  [more]

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First Energy's acquistions finally pay off

January 07, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: FE

This morning I added First Energy Corp (FE) to the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio.  This stock has 2 things going for it 1 -- Recent price appreciation and 2 -- 6.30% dividend.  This could pay us a 12.50% total return if I'm reading this stock correctly.

FirstEnergy Corp. is a diversified energy services holding company as the result of the merger of Ohio Edison Company and Centerior Energy Corporation. FirstEnergy companies provide electricity and natural gas services and a wide array of energy-related products and services. FirstEnergy's four electric utility companies, Ohio Edison and its Pennsylvania Power subsidiary, The Illuminating Company and Toledo Edison, serve customers in northern and central Ohio and western Pennsylvania.

Recently this stock hit 17 new highs and is up 7.37% in just the last month.  The stock earned an 80% Barchart technical buy signal with a Relative Strength Index that is 75.51% and rising.  It traded recently at 38.01 well above its 50 day moving average of 36.17.

Although Wall Street brokerage analysts are recommending a hold position the investor sentiment on Motley Fool is high with the CAPS members voting 361 to 17 that the stock will beat the market.  The All Stars are also positive 105 to 5.

Jim Van Meerten is an advisor to Marketocracy Capital Managementwho uses his model portfolios not only to manage their mutual funds but also their clients Separately Managed Accounts. You can read his blogs about those model portfolios and investing here and on Barchart Portfolio Blogs. Please leave a comment below or emailJimVanMeerten@gmail.com.

Disclosure: Jim Van Meerten through Marketocracy Capital Management has an interest in the stocks mentioned in this blog.  [more]

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Barchart Chart of the Day -- 1/7

January 07, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: AYI

Barchart.coms Chart of the Day - Acuity Brands (AYI)Barchart Research Team - Barchart.com - Thu Jan 06, 9:38PM CSTRelated Stocks AYI - Acuity Brands Inc
SymLastChgPctAYI60.32+0.29+0.48%The "Chart of the Day" is Acuity Brands (AYI), which showed up on Thursday's list of stocks that had a new "Buy" signal from the Barchart "TrendSpotter" trading system. Acuity on Thursday rallied by 2.79% and posted a new 2-week high of $60.12. A rally in Acuity above the recent 3-1/2 year high of $60.54 (posted Dec 13) would be a particularly bullish technical signal and may indicate that a test would soon be forthcoming of the stock's record high of 63.84 posted in July 2007. Acuity Brands, with a market cap of $2.5 billion, is the world's largest lighting fixture manufacturer and includes brands such as LithoniaLighting, Holophane, Peerless, and Hydrel. 


How we found the Chart of the Day:
We found the "Chart of the Day" by scanning the Barchart "Trading Signals" page. That page provides a summary of changes in the Barchart signals. We then clicked on the TrendSpotter "Buy" category to obtain a list of all the stocks for which the Barchart TrendSpotter trading system has just turned to a buy. We then clicked on the "Today's Opinion" column header in order to sort the list with the strongest stocks on top. Further information is available at TrendSpotter help page. 
Barchart's Opinion trading systems are all a Buy and Barchart's daily TrendSpotter trading system is a "Buy." Please note that the Barchart Opinion indicators are updated live during the session every 10 minutes and can therefore change during the day as the market fluctuates. The indicator numbers shown below therefore may not match what you see live on the Barchart.com web site when you read this report.
TrendSpotter: BuyShort-Term Indicators: 80% BuyMedium-Term Indicators: 75% BuyLong-Term Indicators: 67% BuyOverall Average 80% Buy  [more]

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Barchart Morning Call --1/7

January 07, 2011 – Comments (0)

Barchart Morning CallBarchart.com - 2 hrs 38 mins ago  [more]

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3 Hot ETFs -- 1/6

January 06, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: VOX , PWV , JKF

When I talk about a hot stock or hot ETF I don't mean the most active or the fastest moving I'm talking of the ones that have hit the most frequent new high according to the new high lists on Barchart.  Here are the ETFs for today.

VOX - Telecom Services ETF --   an exchange-traded share class of Vanguard Telecommunication Services Index Fund, which employs a passive management or indexing investment approach designed to track the performance of the Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) US Investable Market Telecommunication Services Index, an index of stocks of large, medium, and small U.S. companies in the telecommunication services sector, as classified under the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS). This GICS sector is made up of companies that provide communications services primarily through a fixed-line, cellular, wireless, high bandwidth, and/or fiber-optic cable network. The fund attempts to replicate the target index by investing all, or substantially all, of its assets in the stocks that make up the index, holding each stock in approximately the same proportion as its weighting in the index. The fund also may sample its target index by holding stocks that, in the aggregate, are intended to approximate the index in terms of key characteristics, such as price/earnings ratio, earnings growth, and dividend yield. Typically, the fund will use a sampling strategy only if regulatory constraints or other considerations prevent it from replicating the index.

1 - 72% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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Autozone sell signal

January 06, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: AZO

This afternoon I deleted Autozone (AZO) from the Van Meerten New High Portfolio for negative price trends:

1 - 60% Barchart short term  technical sell signal  [more]

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Hatteras Financial Sell signals

January 06, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: THS

This morning I deleted Hatteras Financial (HTS) from the Barchart Van Meerten Speculative portfolio for negative price trends:

1 - 60% Barchart short term technical sell signal  [more]

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Family Dollar sell signals

January 06, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: FDO

Sometimes you have to let the numbers overrule your heart.  Family Dollar (FDO) was deleted from the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio for recent negative price trends:

1 - 60% Barchart short term sell signal  [more]

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Is it too late to get on the Exxon train?

January 05, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: XOM

Exxon Mobil (XOM) is a stock that almost every one likes and already owns.  The question is can it go any higher?

Their principal business is energy, involving exploration for, and production of, crude oil and natural gas, manufacturing of petroleum products and transportation and sale of crude oil, natural gas and petroleum products. Exxon Mobil is a major manufacturer and marketer of basic petrochemicals, including olefins, aromatics, polyethylene and polypropylene plastics and a wide variety of specialty products. Exxon Mobil is engaged in exploration for, and mining and sale of coal, copper and other minerals.

Right now the stock enjoys a 100% Barchart technical buy signalafter hitting 12 new highs and appreciating by 5.11% in the last month.  The Relative Strength Index is 75.79% and still rising.  It trades around 74.85 which is higher than its 50 day moving average of 70.79.

Wall Street brokerage analysts have this as a core holding with 8 buy and 11 hold recommendations for their broker to push on clients,  They still project a 10.20% increase in revenue next year along with an 11.10% increase in earnings.  EPS is projected to increase 12.07% annually for 5 years out.  The 2.3% dividend looks safe and just might even increase.

The general investing public is super high on this stock with the CAPS members on Motley Fool voting 7,403 to 472 that the stock will beat the market.  The All Stars agree with a vote of 1,685 to 64.

There is an old Wall Street adage that says when everyone thinks they are right that's the time everyone is wrong.  I'm going out on a limb and say that doesn't apply to Exxon.  The world economy although not yet in an all out recovery certainly is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  As the US, European and even emerging markets begin experiencing higher employment there are 5 areas that you just have to invest in.

Those areas are where governments and the rising middle classes will spend their dollars:  [more]

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Trex - Building Materials Turnaround

January 05, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: TREX

This morning I added a building material long shot Trex Company (TREX) to the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio.  This stock is added because of current price momentum and projections that this company can benefit from both new construction and remodelling as the economy recovers.

Trex Company, Inc. is a manufacturer of non-wood decking alternative products, which are marketed under the brand name Trex. Trex Wood-Polymer(TM) lumber is a wood/plastic composite that offers an attractive appearance and the workability of wood without wood's on-going maintenance requirements and functional disadvantages. Trex is manufactured in a proprietary process that combines waste wood fibers and reclaimed polyethylene and is used primarily for residential and commercial decking. They promote Trex among consumers and contractors as a premium decking product.

The new product the company is banking on is Transcend -- a recycled/manufactured wood product that can be made to mimic exotic hardwoods for a lower price and greater durability.

The company came to my attention by hitting new highs 20 straight days in a row and having a 30.49% price appreciation in the last month.  That momentum earned it a 96% Barchart technical buy signal. The Relative Strength Index is 80.91% and still climbing.  The stock traded this morning around 25.23 which is above its 50 day moving average of 20.19.

Wall Street brokerage analysts are calling this a turn around play with an increase in sales of 10.10% next year.  Coming off a loss they expect earnings to increase by 1,550% and continue for the next 5 years at a 20.00% annual rate.  They have 6 strong buy and 2 hold recommendations published.

The general investing public as reflected on Motley Fool is not yet convinced.  The CAPS members are split 72 to 55 that the stock might beat the market but the more experienced All Stars are split 21 to 25 that it won't.  I'm hoping that I found this one ahead of the curve and will benefit as the general investor changes their collective minds.

Points I considered:

1 - 96% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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3 Hot NASDAQ stocks -- 1/4

January 05, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: LHCG , PRIM

When I call your attention to hot stocks I mean positive and consistent price momentum.  Each morning I go the the Barchart list of new high/lows then sort for frequency.  Here are 3 interesting NASDAQ stock you might want to add to your watch lists:

LHCG -- LHC Group -- provides post-acute healthcare services primarily to Medicare beneficiaries in rural markets in the southern United States. They provide home-based services through their home nursing agencies and hospices and facility-based services through their long-term acute care hospitals and outpatient rehabilitation clinics.

1 - 96% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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Dril-Quip sell signals

January 05, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: DRQ

This morning I'm placing a sell order in on Dril-Quip (DRQ), deleting it from the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio.  The key to a successful portfolio isn't so much buying good stocks but knowing when to cut your losses.  There is no magic formula just a list of pros and cons and knowing when one outweighs the other.

My default chart on Barchart is the price vs, 20,50 & 100 daily moving average with the Trend Spotter (tm) on bottom.  When I can't decide I switch the chart from a daily chart to an hourly chart and the decision is usually obvious.  Click on these links and see what I mean.

DRQ -- Daily chart

DRQ -- Hourly chart

Here are my other reasons:

1 - 60% Barchart short term sell signal  [more]

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A great penny stock

January 04, 2011 – Comments (4) | RELATED TICKERS: GMET

Today I added Geomet Inc (GMET) to the Barchart Van Meerten Speculative portfolio.  An independent energy company primarily engaged in the exploration for and development and production of natural gas from coal seams (coalbed methane or CBM) and non-conventional shallow gas. Geomet's principal operations and producing properties are located in the Cahaba Basin in Alabama and the Central Appalachian Basin in West Virginia and Virginia. Geomet also controls additional coal bed methane and oil and gas development rights, principally in Alabama, British Columbia, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The company hold development rights on about 200,000 acres all in the US and Canada so political disruptions shouldn't hamper them.

The stock is a recent mover hitting 17 new highs and a price appreciation of 68.86% in the last month.  Since the Relative Strength Index is 80.48% and still climbing its not running out of  steam yet.  The momentum has earned it a 96% Barchart technical buy signal.  It trades around 1.36 which is well above its 50 day moving average of .87.

Even though this is a penny mineral stock 2 Wall Street brokerage firms are following it and have published buy recommendations for their clients based on projected next year increases in revenue of 16.50% and an earnings increase of 12.50% next year.  They estimate a compounded 5 year EPS growth rate of 15.00%.

This small cap stock is followed by the CAPS members on Motley Fool and they think the stock will beat the market by a vote of 61 to 11.

The stock was added because:

1 - 96% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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3 Hot AMEX stocks - 1/4

January 04, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: PLX , TSH , IEC

When I say hottest stocks I'm not talking revenue, earnings or fastest price appreciation.  My idea of hot is how many times this stock hit new highs recently.  I use Barchart new high/low screens then sort for frequency.  These are not buy recommendation but you might want to add these to your watch lists.

PLX - Protalix Biotherapeutics  -- is engaged in the provision of practice management services to the Affiliated Practices pursuant to long-term Administrative Services Agreements with separately organized affiliated professional associations. Under the Administrative Services Agreements, they have control over all non-orthodontic functions of the PA Contractors, including administrative, management, billing and support functions.

1 - 96% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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