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JimVanMeerten (65.44)

October 2011

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Is Costco a bargain?

October 14, 2011 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: COST

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Many shoppers look to Costco Wholesale Corp (COST) to stretch their consumer dollar but is its stock a bargain?  I've read comparative data about the typical members' income and learned that Costco shoppers have a higher annual income than BJ's and Sam's.  This allows for a higher quality and higher priced inventory and the ability to be more flexible in passing on inventory price increases to their members.  As this graph provided by Barchart of yearly stock price vs the 20, 50 and 100 day moving averages shows the stock has had a good year up almost 31%:

Barchart technical indicators:

1 - Barchart uses various methods of technical analysis of price movements from 7 day to 6 months to form opinions on the price trend - the sell signals are getting weaker and the buy signals are getting stronger40%  [more]

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Big Blue keeps going strong

October 13, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: IBM

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Home Depot is strong

October 13, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: HD

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New home building is in a slump but remodeling, general maintenance and repair from the recent weather disasters has kept Home Depot(HD) in the black.  Same store sales are up year over year and analysts predict a bright future.  Over the past 2 1/4 years the price has been up and down but as the Barchart provided graph of the trading prices shows the stock has held up well during this latest recession:

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Pepsico fizzles out

October 12, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: PEP

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Pepsico (PEP) has been having some issues recently but might recover soon.  Commodity prices have given them challenges.  I'm not just talking about sugar, flour and corn, I'm talking aluminium and plastics for packaging and oil based fuels for transportation costs.  The company always has good earnings but the costs of commodities determines how much.  The stock has been down recently as this 6 month price chart provided by Barchart shows:

Barchart technical indicators:

1 - 72% Barchart technical sell signal  [more]

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Southern Copper is a basic material buy

October 12, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: SCCO

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Most long term conservative portfolios have basic material stocks in them and a great one is Southern Peru Copper (SCCO).  Basic material stocks have taken a big hit in this recession and long term investors should look at these dips as a great buying opportunity:  Right now the stock is 44.03% off its 1 year high but still up for the long run as  you can see by this 5 year weekly price graph provided by Barchart:


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Petrobras on sale at a discount

October 11, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: PBR

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If you are looking for a stock that is raising cash for a major expansion then look no farther than Petrobras (PBR).  Recently they raised $70 billion through stock offerings, issued $6 billion in bonds, identified $13.6 billion of assets for divestiture and are on target to receive another $35 billion through a positive cash flow.  They will be acquiring and developing assets in the ground at an unprecedented level and should start generating terrific returns for stockholders.  The graph provided by Barchart of the daily trading trends over the past year shows an opportunity to buy on a dip:



Barchart technical indicators:

1 - Barchart's indicators are based on current price movements from 7 days to 6 months and sell signals can be a buying opportunity to buy on a dip  [more]

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3M for buy and hold

October 11, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: MMM

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There are not too many companies that you can say Buy and Hold but 3M (MMM) may be one of them.  The ones you'd like to buy and hold should have an A++ financial strength, a 100 percentile price stability rating, fairly predictable earnings streams and a cash flow that will allow for share buy backs, aggressive R&D, funding of acquisitions and any capital expenditures management deems necessary.  3M has all of those.  Buying these companies on dips is always a good long term strategy.  As this 2 1/4 year weekly trading chart provided by Barchart illustrates now might be the time to acquire additional shares:

Barchart technical indicators:

1 - Short term sell signals in stocks that have terrific price stability can signal a good buying opportunity  [more]

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Dark days ahead for solar energy

October 10, 2011 – Comments (5) | RELATED TICKERS: STPFQ

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Solyndra has signaled the dark days ahead for the solar energy sectors and high flying Suntech Power Holdings (STP) is no exception.  The price is off 97.17% from its one time high and it's currently down 78.30% from its one year high.  The daily trading price on this graph provided by Barchart shows just how bad the daily trading data has been:



Barchart technical indicators:
1 - 64% overall Barchart technical sell signal  [more]

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Ctrip.com : The Chinese Expedia

October 10, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: CTRP

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There is a growing economy in China and as business travel and the middle/upper class begin to vacation travel Ctrip.com International (CTRP) may be the beneficiary of the new found Chinese discretionary income.  They book hotel and airline reservation not only within China but they are also expanding into select international markets.  The last 5 years has been kind to investors in this stock as this Barchart provided graph of the last 5 years shows.  Investors that bought in at the low in November of 2008 saw their investment return 208% by November of 2010.


Barchart technical indicators:

1 - Barchart indicators are based on technical analysis of price momentum between 7 days and 6 months.  Short term weakness in fundamentally strong companies can signal buying opportunities  [more]

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Whole Food is high priced

October 07, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: WFM

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Whole Foods (WFM) has beem both a Wall Street darling and a favorite with the individual investors but I'd like to give you a little note of caution.  With a P/E ratio of 34 in an industry that normally trades a P/E ratio between 10-14 it might be a good time to protect your profits with stop losses.  The graph provided by Barchart of the weekly prices over the past 3 1/2 years shows a solid price growth:

Barchart technical indicators:

1 - 67% Barchart long term technical buy signal  [more]

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Valero is a speculative energy play

October 07, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: VLO

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Energy is a highly followed industry and Valero Energy (VLO) is a highly followed petroleum refiner.  Despite recent weakness in oil prices, overall the energy sector has had a very good year.  After a recent dip Valero's price is starting to recover as revealed in this hourly trading chart for the past month provided by Barchart shows:

Barchart technical indicators:

1 - Barchart's technical indicators are based on short term price movement between 7 days and 6 months.  Lately the sell signals have begun to weaken as the stock's price seems to be turning upward  [more]

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Buffalo Wild Wings is in a sweet spot

October 06, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: BWLD

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When I was a kid we used to use chicken wings in crab traps because they were so cheap.  The food fad, turned food staple really changed the prices of chicken parts.  Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) has come out of nowhere to really expand on this product.  Most of its competitors like Fox and Hound, Hooters, KFC and Outback are privately held so its hard to gauge it.  This year hasn't been kind to the stock even though its only off 16.89% from its one year high compared to the Value Line Index off 23.57% from its high.  The 5 year weekly price graph provided by Barchart is telling a different story:

Barchart technical indicators:

1 - 72% Barchart technical sell signal -- sell signals are weakening  [more]

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Baidu is about to soar

October 05, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: BIDU

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American Airlines in a tail spin

October 05, 2011 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: AAMRQ.DL

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Warren Buffet and I agree on one thing:  Why would I ever own an airline?  For those of you placing bets to see if and when AMR Inc (AMR) will file bankruptcy you might have noticed the 33% nose dive yesterday and the 21% dead cat bounce today.  Fasten your seat belt and do not attempt to use the lavatory.

All kidding aside the numbers, the markets and most of all the press have not been kind to AMR lately.  Rumors are that every pilot eligible for retirement is planning on turning in their papers hoping to retire and save their vested pensions prior to the company filing bankruptcy.  Lets look at the numbers.  The 5 year weekly trading activity on the graph provided by Barchart shows the stock is 94.69% off it's 5 year high:

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Potash can make your portfolio grow

October 05, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: POT

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Potash (POT) has returned over 247% to investors that have held on.  From a low of 11.81 in October of 2006 to today's level the price has risen.  I'd like you to notice in this 5 year graph provided byBarchart how although recessions have effected the price it always recovers when things get better:

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Is Verizon a Blue Chip?

October 04, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: V

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Verizon (VZ) has begun to act like a real blue chip stock with it terrific price stability persistence even as the rest of the market falls.  Compare how Verizon is up and the Value Line Index of 1700 stocks is down over the past year in this Barchart graph.

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The wonderful world of Disney

October 04, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: DIS

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Walt Disney (DIS) is a real good barometer of what is happening in the world wide consumer spending.  They are into entertainment, TV, movies, travel and a host of other discretionary consumer spending enterprises.  Lately the stock has taken a beating in spite of positive projections from analysts as this Barchart graph of the daily trading prices over the last 9 months shows:


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Visa deserves a look

October 04, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: V

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When I think of Visa (V) I think of plastic.  Do you all remember the advice given to Dustin Hoffman in the Graduate?  One word: Plastics.  Plastics in the form of credit and debit cards has never been more popular and I think all 4 of the biggest card companies will have record years.  Although Visa and other credit card companies are mirrors of consumer spending the effect is amplified as more and more consumers across the globe turn from cash to plastic to complete a consumer transaction.  Right now might be a good time to buy Visa in light of the recent dip in price as this Barchart hourly trading graph shows over the last month:


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Yahoo yells for attention

October 03, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: YHOO

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With a name like Yahoo! (YHOO) you'd expect to see great things but lately the stock has failed to live up to its name.  Problems with upper management and sales management have not yet been solved and the new cadre has yet to perform.  Recently the market has become forward looking and predicts the problems will be resolved and fall to the bottom line as this Barchart hourly trading chart reveals:



Barchart technical indicators:

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

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BP gets no respect

October 03, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: BP

BP plc (BP) just hasn't seemed to recover like the rest of the industry.  It is down almost 43% from its 5 year high and is still off its one year high by 23.29%.  The 5.93% one year loss hasn't been pretty either:


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Barchart technical indicators:

1 - 72% Barchart technical sell signal  [more]

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Nvidia has possibilities

October 03, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: NVDA

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Nvidia (NVDA) is one of those middle of the road stocks that has taken a small beating in the market lately and might be due for a little rebound.  The stock is off its one year high by about 49% so if you have it on your watchlist this might be a nice entry point.  Recent trading activity hasn't been kind as this one month hourly trading chart provided by Barchart shows:



Barchart technical indicators:

1 - 56% Barchart technical sell signal  [more]

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Strum Ruger sell signals

October 01, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: RGR

Time to trim Strum Ruger (RGR) from the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio for a loss that exceed the market.

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