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December 2010

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3 Hottest Penny Stocks -- 13/31

December 31, 2010 – Comments (2)

When I say hot that doesn't mean buy.  These are just 3 OTCBB stocks that I found on Barchart that have consistently hit new highs in the last 20 trading sessions.  If you're into technical analysis put them on your watch list and run them through your screening process.  If you're a fundamental investor better look at the companies' websites and find out what you can on the Internet.  But--please-- be cognizant that many of the Internet bulletin boards are used by churners that are either pumping a stock up or trashing it to bits while secretly holding a long or short position.  The OTCBB part of the market isn't for long term investors but is a fun place for speculators.

ALME - Alamo Energy -- an early stage oil and gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of oil and gas properties. It owns a 75% working interest in oil and gas properties in Frio County, Texas; and a 16% working interest in oil and gas leases in Adair County, Kentucky. It also has farm-in and participation rights agreements in onshore oil and gas properties in the United Kingdom. The company is based in Houston, Texas.

1 - 96% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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RF Micro Devices -- sell signals

December 31, 2010 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: RFMD

This morning I deleted RF Micro Devices (RFMD) from the Barchart Van Meerten Speculative Portfolio.  When I decide to sell a stock there is no magic rule but if a stock has a Barchart short term sell signal and is trading below its 20 day moving average I put it immediately on my sell watch list.  I then look at other momentum factors and when there are fewer pros than cons I pull the trigger.  Here's what I found:

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

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3 Hottest ETF's -- 12/30

December 30, 2010 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: DTN , IYZ , EES

I consider an ETF hot if its having positive and consistent price momentum.  Please look at the reasons I think they are hot and maybe even put them on your watch list.

DTN - Wisdom Tree Dividend Ex-Financials ETF -  WisdomTree Dividend Top 100 Fund seeks investment results that closely correspond to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the WisdomTree Dividend Top 100 Index. The WisdomTree DEFA Equity Income Index is a fundamentally weighted Index that measures the performance of companies with high dividend yields selected from the WisdomTree DEFA Index. At the index measurement date, companies within the WisdomTree DEFA Index with market capitalizations of at least $200 million and average daily trading volumes of at least $200,000 for the prior three months are ranked by dividend yield. Securities ranking in the highest 30% by dividend yield are selected for inclusion. Companies are weighted in the Index based on annual cash dividends paid.

1  - 96% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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Biotime - BTX -- sell signal

December 30, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: BTX

This morning I deleted the unrated Biotime Inc (BTX) for the Barchart Van Meerten Speculative portfolio for very negative price trend

1 - Stock dropped 15.29% off its recent high  [more]

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J C Penney sell signal

December 30, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: JCP

This morning I deleted J C Penny (JCP) from the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio for negative price trends.

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

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3 Hottest Nasdaq stocks - 12/29

December 29, 2010 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: FULT , ADTN , PICO

Hot stocks not only appreciate but consistently continue to hit new highs.  I found these while screening on Barchart for the NASDAQ stock that hit the most frequent new highs. Put these on your watch lists.

Fulton Financial (FULT) -- a bank holding company. It provides retail and commercial banking and investment management and trust services in central and eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, northern Maryland and southern Delaware through its wholly-owned subsidiaries: Fulton Bank, Lebanon Valley Farmers Bank, Swineford National Bank, Lafayette Ambassador Bank, FNB Bank, N.A., Great Valley Bank, Hagerstown Trust Company, Delaware National Bank, The Bank of Gloucester County, The Woodstown National Bank & Trust Company, and The Peoples Bank of Elkton.

1 - 96% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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Chevron keeps pumping profits

December 29, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: CVX

This morning I added Chevron (CVX) to the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio.  I think that with the Gulf drilling moratorium ending and CVX's new processing of shale gas the future looks bright.  Between the capital appreciation and the generous and steady dividend long term investors should see a annual total return in the 15% range for the next 5 years.

Chevron is the fifth-largest integrated energy company in the world. Headquartered in San Ramon, California, and conducting business in approximately 180 countries, this highly competitive corporation is engaged in every aspect of the oil and natural gas industry, including exploration and production; refining, marketing and transportation; chemicals manufacturing and sales; and power generation.

The stock came to my notice when I used Barchart to screen for stocks hitting the most frequent new highs.  The stock hit 18 new highs and appreciated 12.52% in the last month earning it a 96% Barchart technical buy signal. The stock trades around 91.99 which is well above its 50 day moving average of 85.04.  The Relative Strength Index is 74.25% and still rising so there is an indication that the price rise will continue.

Wall Street brokerage analysts consider CVX a core position and have published 15 buy and 6 hold recommendations for their brokers to push to clients.  No negative reports were noted.  The consensus is for an increase in sales of 21.80% next year and a 5 year annual compounded earnings per share increase of 18.63% per annum.  That with a 3.60% dividend rate look promising.

The general investor has not let this stock go unnoticed with the CAPS members on Motley Fool voting 3,457 to 158 that the stock will beat the market.  The more experienced All Stars are in agreement with a vote of 957 to 24.  Fool notes that all 22 of the recent Wall Street columnists articles have been positive.

Although this stock is on my list for recent price movement please consider:

1 - 96% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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Devon Energy changes tack

December 28, 2010 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: DVN

A stock you might want to add to your watch list is Devon Energy (DVN).  The company realizes that natural gas prices will continue to stay low but liquid oil prices will probably rise.  That being said they are cutting back on NG exploration and plowing ahead full tilt into discovering new oil reserves.

Devon Energy Corporation is an independent energy company engaged primarily in oil and gas exploration, development and production, and in the acquisition of producing properties. Devon currently owns oil and gas properties concentrated in four operating divisions: the Northern Division; the Southern Division,; Canada; and the International Division.

The company came under my radar while screening on Barchart for S&P 100 stocks enjoying recent positive price momentum.  The stock has a 100% Barchart technical buy signal.  It hit 11 new highs and was up 9.75% in the last month.  The stock trades around 77.47 which is well above its 50 day moving average of 70.93 and enjoys a Relative Strength Index of 73.99% which is on the rise.

Wall Street brokerage analysts have 20 buy and 8 hold reports published with no negative recommendations.  Although overall revenue is not expected to increase they project an annual earnings per share growth of 11.60% for at least the next 5 years.

General investor sentiment is very high with the CAPS members on Motley Fool voting 1,874 to 56 that the stock will beat the market.  The more experienced All Stars are in agreement with a vote of 611 to 5.  Fool notes that 26 of the last 27 Wall Street columnists articles have been positive.

Reasons to put on your watch lists:

1 - 100% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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Gov Ed Rendell - Biggest Bozo in America

December 28, 2010 – Comments (3)

Just when you think a public official can't make a more stupid statement along comes another political bozo that proves how the average American just throws away his vote by putting the lowest common denominator into a position of public trust.

Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania chastised football officials for calling off a football game that would have been played in the middle of one of the worst winter blizzards in over a century.  He said that proved that we were a nation of wusses and said the Chinese wouldn't have called off the game.

When there is bad weather schools across the country call off school not because they are wusses but as a safety concern to keep all the teachers, support staff, bus drivers and parents off the roads.  The school days can be made up without putting lives in danger.

Bozo ED - There was going to be a blizzard.  Roads and parking lots were buried under snow.  Public transportation was curtailed.  All the police, firemen and EMTs that would normally be needed at the game were needed elsewhere.

You wanted to put 70,000 fans plus 10's of thousands of support people at the stadium in danger, just for a game that could be postponed to another evening.

If you really believe that not venturing out in the blizzard makes you a Wuss then put your money where your big mouth is.  Declare by Executive Order that any public employee in the State of Pennsylvania who did not show up for work be declared an unexcused Wuss.  Put a reprimand in his file and dock his pay for the unexcused absences.

Hold a press conference and release the names of all the public employee wusses who didn't show up for work.

I bet you won't do it because you are afraid of the public employees unions and you are the Biggest Wuss in America.  [more]

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Listen to AudioVox

December 22, 2010 – Comments (4) | RELATED TICKERS: VOXX

This morning I added AudioVox (VOXX) to the Barchart Van Meerten Speculative portfolio because:

1 - 96% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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Global Payments

December 22, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: GPN

This morning I added Global Payments (GPN) to the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio.  They are a leading provider of electronic transaction processing services for consumers, merchants, Independent Sales Organizations, financial institutions, government agencies and multi- national corporations located throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe. Global Payments offers a comprehensive line of processing solutions for credit and debit cards, business-to-business purchasing cards, gift cards, electronic check conversion and check guarantee, verification and recovery, as well as terminal management. The company also provides consumer money transfer services from the U.S. and Europe to destinations in Latin America, Morocco, and the Philippines.

45% of the operations are outside the US and they are a leader in the Chinese markets.  Just look at the tags saying "Made in China" and you get a feel of what possibilities lie in money transfers to Asia.

GPN is enjoying recent price momentum and has a 96% Barchart technical buy signal.  The stock hit 17 new highs and is up 11.19% in the last month.  The Relative Strength Index is 74.93% and rising.  The stock trades around 45.65 which is well above its 50 day moving average of 41.27.

Wall Street brokerage analysts have noticed this Chinese connection and predict a revenue growth of 8.60% next year with earnings per share increasing 13.30% next year and continuing at a 5 year annual compounded EPS growth rate of 12.54%. I like double digit EPS growth rates.  That has earned the stock 16 buy and 13 hold reports

The general investor over on Motley Fool votes 224 to 24 that the stock will beat the market and the All Stars agree 90 to 3.  Fool notes that columnists articles have been positive 12 to 1.

The stock has what I look for:

1 - 96% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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Trouble signs in Thailand

December 22, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: TTF

This morning I deleted the Thai Fund (TTF) from the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio for negative price momentum:

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

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Biopharma R&D pays off

December 20, 2010 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: PDLI

I added PDL Biopharma (PDLI) to the Barchart Van Meerten Specualtive portfolio --Protein Design Labs Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the research, development and commercialization of novel therapies for inflammation and autoimmune diseases, acute cardiac conditions and cancer. PDL markets several biopharmaceutical products in the United States through its hospital sales force and wholly-owned subsidiary, ESP Pharma, Inc. As a leader in the development of humanized antibodies, PDL has licensed its patents to numerous pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, some of which are now paying royalties on net sales of licensed products.

Recent price momentum has given the stock a 100% Barchart technical buy signal -- With 16 new highs and an 11.80% price appreciation in the last 20 sessions the stock looks great.  The Relative Strength Index is 74.94% and rising.  The stock trades around 6.31 which is above its 50 day moving average of 5.66.

Wall Street analysts look for sales to increase by 12.50% next year with earnings per share increasing by 37.40% for the same period.  The 5 year projected  EPS annual growth rate of 26.00% has resulted in 2 buy and 5 hold recommendations for their clients.

The Fools on Motley Fool have the CAPS members voting 807 to 34 that the stock will beat the market with the more experienced All Stars voting 301 to 9.  Fool notes that the last 6 articles in Wall Street periodicals have all been positive.

The stock was added because:

1 - 100% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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BMC manages cloud technology

December 17, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: BMC

I added BMC Software (BMC) to the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio.  BMC provides software products on a worldwide basis that significantly increase the productivity, reliability and recoverability of its customers' core information technology operations, including their software applications and the systems on which they run. The company's goal is to help its customers improve the efficiency and productivity of their mainframe and distributed IT systems.

Their Enterprise Service Management Group looks to be a leader in the cloud computer managment technology.  No don't ask me to explain it but I know that's the future.

The stock has a 96% Barchart technical buy signal and hit 15 new highs and gained 10.55% in the last month.  With a price around 48.54 its Relative Strength Index is 71.89% and rising.

Wall Street brokerages think the sales will increase 6.10% next year and earnings per share should increase 7.00%.  I like their 5 year annual EPS growth rate estimated to be 13.07%

The fools on Motley Fool have notice this one too with the CAPS members voting 192 to 21 for the stock to beat the market.  The more experienced All Stars vote 78 to 7.  The Wall Street columnists articles have been positive 14 to 4.

I don't understand cloud technology but I understand the price movement:

1 - 96% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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Roper measures up

December 17, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: ROP

This morning I added Roper Industries (ROP) to the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio.  Roper Industries, Inc. designs, manufactures and distributes specialty industrial controls, fluid handling and analytical instrumentation products worldwide, serving selected segments of a broad range of markets such as oil & gas, scientific research, medical diagnostics, semiconductor, microscopy, chemical and petrochemical processing, large diesel engine and turbine/compressor control applications, bulk-liquid trucking, power generation, and agricultural irrigation industries.  Lot's of stuff to monitor!

The stock earned a 96% Barchart technical buy rating as well a hitting 16 new highs and price appreciation of 12.01% in the last 20 trading session.  With a 75.27% rising Relative Strength Index the stock trades around 78.56.
Wall Street brokerages are using 9 buy and 7 hold reports to push this stock to their clients.  A forecast of an 11.60% increase is sales and an 18.80% increase in earnings is nice but the 5 year annual increase of EPS of 15.00% gets my attention for the long term.
Investor sentiment on Motley Fool is high with the CAPS members voting 100 to 7 that the stock will beat the market and the All Stars are in agreement by a vote of 37 to4.  Fool notes that 12 of the last 13 articles about the company have been positive.
I like Roper because:96% Barchart technical buy signalRising Relative Strength if 75.27%Wall Street on board with buy report based on double digit increase in sales and earningsPositive general investor sentimentJim 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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Steris buy signals

December 17, 2010 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: STE

This morning I added Steris Corp (STE) to the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio.  Steris is a leading provider of infection prevention, contamination prevention, and surgical support systems, products, services, and technologies to healthcare, scientific, research, and industrial Customers throughout the world. The Company has over 4,000 Associates (employees) worldwide, including more than 1,200 direct sales, service, and field support personnel. Customer Support facilities are located in major global market centers with manufacturing operations in theUnited States, Canada, Germany, and Finland.

I bought it for price trends but it just might be an Obama Care recipient.

The stock is on a a tear with a 96% Barchart technical buy signal. It was up in 16 of the last 20 session, 5 of the last 5 and up 12.21% in the last month.  It trades around 37.93 and has a Relative Strength Index of 72.59% and rising.

Wall Street analysts approve and have published 5 buy and 2 hold reports.  They predict a 5.50% increase in sales and 11.70% increase in earnings next year with a 10.00% increase in EPS to be expected annually for at least 5 years.

The general investing public as expressed by Motley Fool CAPS members think the stock will beat the market by a vote of 86 to 14 with the more experienced All Stars voting 31 to 1.  Fool notes that of the 10 articles recently written about the company only 1 has been negative.

I bought the stock because:

1 - 96% Barchart technical buy singal  [more]

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Star Bulk Carrier - Sell Signals

December 17, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: SBLK

This morning I deleted Star Bulk Carrier (SBLK) from the Barchart Van Meerten Speculative portfolio for negative price trends:

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

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Agnico-Eagle sell signal

December 17, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: AEM

This morning I deleted Agnico-Eagle Mines (AEM) from the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio for negative price trends:

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

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3 Hottest ETFs -- 12/15

December 16, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: FIW , PXMC

Hot ETFs are not like hot stocks they move much slower because they are baskets.  On Barchart I use the new high list then sort for frequency.  Lastly use the flipchart feature so you can see for yourself how consistent the current momentum is.  Take a peek at these 3 and put them on your watch lists.

ISE Water Index - (FIW)  --The First Trust ISE Water Index Fund is an exchange-traded fund. The investment objective of the Fund is to seek investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield, before fees and expenses, of an equity index called the ISE Water Index. The ISE Water Index is a modified market capitalization-weighted index comprised of exchange-listed companies that derive a substantial portion of their revenues from the potable and wastewater industry. The Index selects the top 36 stocks in the industry by market capitalization. The Index is rebalanced on the application of the above model on a semi-annual basis.

1 - 96% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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Bio Tech long shot

December 16, 2010 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: ENZ

This morning I added a long shot, dark horse candidate Enzo BioChem (ENZO) to the Barchart Van Meerten Speculaive portfolio. The company develops, manufactures and markets health care products based on molecular biology and genetic engineering techniques, and also provides diagnostic services to the medical community. The business activities of the company are performed by one of the company's three wholly-owned subsidiaries--Enzo Diagnostics, Inc., Enzo Therapeutics, Inc., and Enzo Clinical Labs, Inc. The primary focus of the company's research is the development of products based on two technology platforms -- genetic modulation and immune modulation.


I'm calling this a speculative long shot because a lot of analysts including Value Line have beaten this stock up for a long time.  I'm only looking at the recent price momentum and one lone analyst's opinion.


Lately the stock has momentum with 16 new highs and price appreciation of 25.60% in the last 20 trading sessions.  The stock has a 96% Barchart technical buy signal and a Relative Strength Index of 68.30% that is rising.  It recently traded at 5.21 which is well above it's 50 day moving average of 4.47.


The lone analyst made a Strong Buy report based on his thoughts that sales will increase 12.50% this year and 18.20% next year.  As with most pharma companies increases in sales usually effect the bottom line very well.  He estimates an earnings per share increase of 62.70% this year, 109.10% next year and a 5 year annual EPS growth rate of 14.00%.


Some small investors have noticed these projections and the CAPS members on Motley Fool vote 63 to 9 that the stock will out perform the market with the All Stars in agreement 23 to 1.  There have only been 2 articles about the company but both have been positive.


There is a reason the portfolio is called a SPECULATIVE portfolio.  I look for momentum not fundamentals so many of the pick are undiscovered long shots and you need to do your own research before you press the buy button.

1 - 96% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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Invest in infrastructure

December 16, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: AMN.DL2

With the world wide economy poised for expansion there's a lot of money to be made in infrastructure construction projects, so this morning I added Ameron International ( AMN) to the Barchart Van Meerten New High Portfolio.

They are a multinational manufacturer of highly-engineered products and materials for the chemical, industrial, energy, transportation and infrastructure markets. Traded on the New York Stock Exchange, Ameron is a leading producer of water transmission lines; fiberglass-composite pipe for transporting oil, chemicals and corrosive fluids and specialized materials and products used in infrastructure projects. The Company operates businesses in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. It also participates in several joint-venture companies in the U.S. and the Middle East.

Basically AMN will supply the pipes and poles to move petroleum, chemical, water and electricity  They make their products in concrete, steel and fiberglass. 

The stock came under my radar when screening on Barchart for stocks hitting new highs.  The stock currently has momentum hitting new highs in 18 of the last 20 trading sessions for a 25.59% gain.  That earned the stock a 96% Barchart technical buy signal.  The Relative Strength Index is 83.69% and rising.  It currently trades around 84.10 which is well above its 50 day moving average of 69.85.

Wall Street brokerage analysts are beginning to notice this company and both of the analysts following them have published Strong Buy reports.  The concensus is for a 9.40% increase in sales and a 32.40% increase in earnings for the coming year.  EPS growth at an annual rate of 12.00%  is expected for the next 5 years.

It seems small investors have beaten the big boys to this stock with the CAPS members on Motley Fool voting 208 to 15 that the stock will beat the market.  The vote of the more experienced All Star group is a solid 81 to 2 for the same result.  Fool notes that the last 4 articles by Wall Street columnists have been positive.


Put this one on your watch list and remember:

1 - 96% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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Reading International -RDI - sell signal

December 16, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: RDI

This morning I deleted Reading International (RDI) from the Barchart Van Meerten Speculative portfolio for negative price trends:

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

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Cypress Sharpridge Investments - sell signal

December 16, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: CYS

This morning I deleted Cypress Sharpridge Investments (CYS) from the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio for negative price trends:

1 - 40% Barchart technical sell signal  [more]

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3 stock to add to your NASDAQ watch lists

December 15, 2010 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: PEGA , CTWS , COHU

Here are 3 NASDAQ stocks that float to the top of my watch list today.  I found them on the Barchart new high lists

Pega Systems (PEGA) -- a leading provider of Customer Relationship Management software that enables transaction-intensive organizations to manage a broad array of customer interactions. Their software enables organizations to deliver high-quality, consistent customer service across today's preferred interaction channels, from the traditional call center environment to Internet self-service. The company's customers represent a wide range of industries, including banking and financial services, insurance, healthcare management, and telecommunications.

1 - 96% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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Evergreen Utilities and High Income Fund - Sell Signals

December 15, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: ERH

This morning I'm deleting the Evergreen Utilities and High Income Fund (ERH)  from the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio for negative price trends:

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

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PFSWeb -- sell signals

December 15, 2010 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: PFSW

This morning I'm deleting PFSWeb Inc (PFSW) from the Barchart Van Meerten Speculative portfolio for negative price trends:

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

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Rigth Now Technologies is a sell

December 15, 2010 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: RNOW.DL2

Today I'm deleting Right Now Technologies (RNOW) from the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio for negative price trends:

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

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3 Amex watchlist stocks - 12/14

December 14, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: GRC , LZR.DL

Here are 3 AMEX stocks I found on Barchart while screening for those stocks hitting the most frequent new highs:

Golf Trust of America (PTX) -- Pernix Therapeutics Holdings Inc., formerly known as Golf Trust of America, Inc., is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing pharmaceutical products to meet medical needs primarily in pediatrics. The Company's product families include Aldex, Pediatex, Z-Cof, Brovex, ReZyst and QuinZyme. Its ALDEX products are indicated for the treatment of allergies and symptoms of the common cold. PEDIATEX TD is for the treatment of respiratory allergies. Z-COF 8DM is for the treatment of allergies and symptoms of the common cold. The BROVEX products are indicated for the treatment of allergies and symptoms of the common cold. REZYST IM is a chewable tablet probiotic indicated to replace active cultures that are destroyed by diet and antibiotics and to reduce symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome and various gastrointestinal issues. QUINZYME is a dissolve tablet for patients with depleted ubiquinone levels and for patients on statin therapy. Pernix is based in Magnolia, Texas.


1 - 100% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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Mom! Please send money!

December 13, 2010 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: WU

How many of you when in college or in the service ran into a temporary cash flow problem and placed the call:  "Mom can you please send me a few bucks by Western Union to tide me over?"

The Western Union Company (WU) is a leading provider of global money-transfer services. Together with its affiliates, Orlandi Valuta and Vigo, Western Union provides consumers with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, as well as send payments and purchase money orders.

They now have over 410,000 locations in over 200 countries.  I know in my local area some of the customer services desks at the grocery stores are WU locations.  Transaction fees account for 79% of their revenues and consumer to consumer transactions are up over 10%

I noticed this stock on my Barchart screening of S&P 500 companies experiencing recent upward price momentum.  The stocks enjoys a 96% Barchart technical buy signal with the price up 12.67% for the quarter, 3.87% for the month and 2.48% for the last week.  The Relative Strength Index is 52.58% and rising.  The stock trades around $18.72 well above its 50 day moving average of $18.10.

Wall Street brokerage analysts love this stock with 18 buy and 9 hold reports published for their brokers to push to clients.  Although the analysts only look for a 1.60% increase in sales this year and a 4.10% increase next year they have good earnings estimates of an EPS increase of 7.80% this year, 7.90% next year and a 12.46% annual increase for at least the next 5 years.

The general investing public overwhelmingly favors this stock with the CAPS members on Motley Fool voting 1,500 to 44 that the stock will beat the market.  The more experienced All Stars also vote 484 to 6 for the same result.

Of the Wall Street columnists Fool follows all of the last 16 articles have been positive.

If your portfolio needs an S&P 500 core positions consider Western Union (WU) :

1 - 96% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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3 NYSE stocks to add to your watchlist

December 13, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: BH , RBN , ICO.DL

Here are 3 NYSE stocks you might want to add to your watch list.  They were found on the Barchart most new highs list.

Biglari Holdings (BH) -- formerly known as The Steak n Shake Company, is engaged primarily in the ownership, operation, and franchising of restaurants in the United States. Steak n Shake Operations, Inc. (Steak n Shake) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company. Steak n Shake is an American brand serving burgers and milk shakes. It offers its patrons full-service dining with counter and dining room seating, as well as drive-thru and carry-out service. Biglari Holdings is based in San Antonio, Texas.

1 - 100% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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Sappi is dropping

December 13, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: SPPJY

I deleted Sappi Ltd (SPP) from the Barchart Van Meerten Speculative portfolio for negative price trends.

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

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Hudson is hiring

December 11, 2010 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: HSON

Hudson Highland Group, Inc.(HHGP) was added to the Barchart Van Meerten Speculative portfolio.  They are a leading provider of permanent recruitment, contract professionals and talent management services worldwide. From single placements to total outsourced solutions, Hudson helps clients achieve greater organizational performance by assessing, recruiting, developing and engaging the best and brightest people for their businesses.

1 - 100% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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Vail Resorts reaches new peaks

December 11, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: MTN

Vail Resorts, Inc. (MTN) was added to the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio.  They are one of the leading resort operators in North America. The company's operations are grouped into two segments, Resort and Real Estate. In the company's Resort segment, they own and operate resort properties which provide a comprehensive resort experience throughout the year to a diverse clientele with an attractive demographic profile. The company's Real Estate segment develops, buys and sells real estate in and around the their resort communities.

1 - 100% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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Exide is charged up

December 11, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: XIDEQ

I added Exide Technologies (XIDE) to the Barchart Van Meerten Speculative portfolio/  It is one of the world's largest producers and recyclers of lead-acid batteries. The Company's four global business groups - Transportation North America, Transportation Europe and Rest of World, Industrial Energy North America and Industrial Energy Europe and Rest of World - provide a comprehensive range of stored electrical energy products and services for industrial and transportation applications. Transportation markets include original-equipment and aftermarket automotive, heavy-duty truck, agricultural and marine applications, and new technologies for hybrid vehicles and forty two-volt automotive applications. Industrial markets include network power applications such as telecommunications systems, electric utilities, railroads, photovoltaic i.e. solar-power related and uninterruptible power supply, and motive-power applications including lift trucks, mining and other commercial vehicles.

1 - 100% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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Belden connects

December 11, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: BDC

Belden CDT ( BDC) was added to the Barchart Van Meerten New High portfolio .  Belden CDT Inc. is one of the largest U.S.-based manufacturers of high- speed electronic cables and focuses on products for the specialty electronics and data networking markets, including connectivity.


1 - 96% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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Kodiak roars

December 11, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: KOG

I added Kodiak Oil ( KOG) to the Barchart Van Meerten Speculative portfolio.  KOG is an independent energy exploration and development company focused on exploring, developing and producing oil and natural gas in the Williston and Greater Green River Basins in the U.S. Rocky Mountains. The primary function of the board of directors is therefore oversight - defining and enforcing standards of accountability that enable the CEO and senior management to execute their responsibilities fully and in the interests of the Company's shareholders.

1 - 100% Barchart Technical buy signal  [more]

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Hope in Pharma

December 11, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: SNTA

Synta Pharmaceuticals (SNTA) was added to the Barchart Van Meerten Speculative portfolio.  They are a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing, and commercializing small molecule drugs to extend and enhance the lives of patients with severe medical conditions, including cancer and chronic inflammatory diseases. Synta has a unique chemical compound library, an integrated discovery engine, and a diverse pipeline of clinical- and preclinical-stage drug candidates with distinct mechanisms of action and novel chemical structures. All Synta drug candidates were invented by Synta scientists using our compound library and drug discovery capabilities. Synta has a partnership with GlaxoSmithKline for the joint development and commercialization of its lead investigational drug candidate, elesclomol, which is in a global, pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial for the treatment of metastatic melanoma.

1 - 96% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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Cree lights up

December 11, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: CREE

I've added Cree Inc (CREE) to the Barchart Van Meerten New high portfolio.

Cree, Inc. is a market-leading innovator and manufacturer of semiconductors that enhance the value of solid-state lighting, power and communications products by significantly increasing their energy performance and efficiency. Key to Cree's market advantage is its world-class materials expertise in silicon carbide and gallium nitride for chips and packaged devices that can handle more power in a smaller space while producing less heat than other available technologies, materials and products. Cree drives its increased performance technology into multiple applications, including exciting alternatives in brighter and more-tunable light for general illumination, backlighting for more-vivid displays, optimized power management for high-current switch-mode power supplies and variable-speed motors, and more-effective wireless infrastructure for data and voice communications. Cree customers range from innovative lighting-fixtures makers to defense-related federal agencies.

1 - 80% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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Lj International -- sell signal

December 11, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: JADE

I deleted LJ International (JADE) from the Barchart Van Meerten Speculative portfolio for negative price momentum.

LJ International Inc. is a manufacturer of semi-precious jewelry.

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

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Weekly Market Recap -- 12/10

December 11, 2010 – Comments (0)

Every week end we go back to the data on Barchart to see what really happened in the market.  Using the numbers instead of the headlines gives us a much better picture of the state of the market.  I use 3 different market momentum indicators because they each measures market momentum in a different way and each is not always right 100% of the time.

Value Line Index -- Contains 1700 stocks so its more representative of the market than the S&P 500 or very narrow Dow 30 -- Very positive this past week

1 - 100% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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3 Hot Nasdaq stock to put on your watch list -- 12/8

December 08, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: PARL.DL , TXRH , SNTA

Here are 3 NASDAQ stocks that hit the most frequent new high onBarchart.  Try these for your watch list.

PARL - Parlux Fragrances - a manufacturer and international distributor of prestige products. It holds licenses for Paris Hiltonfragrances, watches, cosmetics, sunglasses, handbags and other small leather accessories in addition to licenses to manufacture and distribute the designer fragrance brands of Perry Ellis, XOXO, Ocean Pacific, Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, babyGund, and Fred Hayman Beverly Hills.

Paris Hilton? That's hot!!

1 - 96% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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Request for reader comments of governmental debt

December 07, 2010 – Comments (9)

I'd like to poll the readers of Motley Fool -- the smartest people in the world that I know of -  and find out what you think.

There seems to be so much confusion on what course the governments, states, counties and cities around the world should take.

Should they:

1 - Increase spending and reduce taxes
2 - Increase taxes and reduce spending
3 - Increase both taxes and spending
4 - Reduce both taxes and spending
5  - Put their head in the sand and hope it all goes away

This is a serious question and your input would be appreciated  [more]

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Sell sovereign debt

December 07, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: FAX

I'm deleting Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund (FAX) from the Barchart Van Meerten New High Portfolio for negative price momentum.

FAX is a closed-end, non-diversified investment company seeking current income through investment primarily in Australian debt securities. The Fund may also achieve incidental capital appreciation. It won't this year.  with a yield of 6.09% and a price loss of 3.21% this is not a winning position

I'm afraid of all sovereign and municipal debt in the short term.  The great argument at present is whether to raise revenue and cut spending or cut taxes and raise spending.

Technical reasons:

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

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3 AMEX stocks for 12/1

December 07, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: KOG , APP , TWO

Today I'm highlighting 3 AMEX stocks that I found on Barchart new highs screens.

KOG - Kodiak Oil -headquartered in Denver, is an independent energy exploration and development company focused on exploring, developing and producing oil and natural gas in the Williston and Greater Green River Basins in the U.S. Rocky Mountains. The primary function of the board of directors is therefore oversight - defining and enforcing standards of accountability that enable the CEO and senior management to execute their responsibilities fully and in the interests of the Company's shareholders.

1 - 100% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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Pall filters out earnings

December 06, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: PLL

As both the industrial economy and health care industry come out of the recession Pall Corp (PLL) should be in both of their capital expenditure budgets They are a leading supplier of fine filters, principally made by the Company using its proprietary filter media, and other fluid clarification and separations equipment for the removal of solid, liquid and gaseous contaminants from a wide variety of liquids and gases. They serve customers in two distinct businesses: Health Care and Industrial. These businesses include the following major markets: BioPharmaceuticals and Medical and Aeropower and Fluid Processing.

The stock has enjoyed a price increase of 8.59% in the last month earning it a 100% Barchart technical buy signal.  The price was up in 10 of the last 20 trading sessions and currently trades around 48.68 which is 11.19% above its 50 day moving average of  43.78.  The Relative Strength Index is 74.95% and rising.

Wall Street analysts look for revenue growth of 6.00% this year and 5.90% next year but a lot of that will fall to the bottom line.  Earnings per share are expected to increase 16.50% this year, 13.80% next year and continue for 5 years at an annual rate of 11.65%.  These double digit EPS figures earned it 4 buy and 8 hold reports from the analysts for the brokers to push.

The general investing public likes this stock too with the CAPS members on Motley Fools thinking the stock will beat the market by a vote of 125 to 19 in agreement with the All Stars vote of 44 to 6.  Fool notes that the last 11 articles about the stock by Wall Street columnists have been positive.

Take notice of the recent price momentum and:

1 - 100% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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3 NYSE stocks to watch -- 12/6

December 06, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: HTS , AZO , FTK

Here are 3 NYSE stocks that have hit new highs on my Barchart screener.  These are not buy recommedations but stocks you might want to put on your watchlist.

HTS --Hatteras Financial -- an externally-managed mortgage real estate investment trust formed in 2007 to invest in adjustable-rate and hybrid adjustable-rate single-family residential mortgage pass-through securities issued or guaranteed by U.S. Government agencies or U.S. Government-sponsored entities, such as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or Ginnie Mae. Hatteras Financial Corp. is managed and advised by Atlantic Capital Advisors LLC.  [more]

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Weekly Market Recap -- 12/3

December 04, 2010 – Comments (0)

As weeks go this wasn't a bad one.  It's the weekend and time to pull out our 3 market momentum yardsticks.  We get all our data onBarchart and use 3 because each one measures momentum in a slightly different way.  Let's cut out the hype and analyze what happened.

Value Line Index -- Contains 1700 stocks so it's much broader than the narrow S&P 500 or very narrow Dow 30 -- All signs seem positive  [more]

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United Tech poised for growth

December 03, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: UTX

You many not believe this but we are beginning to come out of the recession and we should be looking for companies that are poised for growth.  Companies that have a world wide foot print and already are established in China and India should benefit first.  United Technologies (UTX) is just such a company.

United Technologies Corporation provides a broad range of high technology products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries. Those products include Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines; Carrier heating, air conditioning and refrigeration; Otis elevator, escalator and people movers; Hamilton Sundstrand aerospace and industrial products; Sikorsky helicopters and International Fuel Cells power systems.

China's economy is already flying and they are buying UTX products.  Elevators from Otis, jet engines from Pratt & Whitney, helicopters from Sikorsky and refrigeration units from Carrier.  This new orders are replacing the weakness UTX has experienced in the US and European markets.

The stock is enjoying recent price momentum that has earned it a 100% Barchart technical buy signal.  The stock trades at 78.43 which is above its 50 day moving average of 74.09.  In the last month the 50 day moving average has gained 12.95% while the stock has gained 5.06%.  That shows a strong support level.  The Relative Strength Index is 66.26% and rising.

Wall Street brokerage analysts consider this stock a core holding and have published 16 buy and 6 hold reports for their financial advisors to push.  Although sales are only expected to increase 2.60% this year and 5.20% next year earnings are the real story.  The analysts predict double digit increases in EPS of 14.60% this year, 12.30% next year and a continued annual EPS growth rate of 10.03% for at least 5 years out.

There is wide and positive investor sentiment for this stock with the CAPS members on Motley Fool voting 1,403 to 86 that the stock will beat the market.  The All Stars agree with a similar vote of 429 to 14.

Of the Wall Street columnists Fool follows 20 have written positive articles with no negative press noted.

If you are looking for a financially strong S&P 100 company to add to your core holdings consider that UTX has:

1 - Wall Street analysts predicting double digit earnings growth for at least 5 years  [more]

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3 OTCBB Picks for 12/3

December 03, 2010 – Comments (0)

Today's screens come from OTCBB stocks hitting the most frequent new highs.  This are highly, highly speculative and are gambles not investments.

HHWW - Horiyoshi Worldwide - As of November 5, 2010, Horiyoshi Worldwide Inc. was acquired by Horiyoshi the Third Limited, in a reverse merger transaction. Horiyoshi Worldwide Inc. intends to engage in luxury apparel business. The company was formerly known as Kranti Resources, Inc. and changed its name to Horiyoshi Worldwide Inc. in June 2010. Horiyoshi Worldwide Inc. was founded in 2006 and is based in Mississauga, Canada.

1 - 21 new highs in the last monthup  [more]

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Is there a future in home mortgages?

December 02, 2010 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: HTS

I'm going out on a limb today and adding Hatteras Financial (HTS) to the Barchart Van Meerten Speculative portfolio.

Before you all call me crazy let me introduce you to the word of the day "Underwriting".  That's a word that hasn't been visited by mortgage underwriters in quite some time.  In the last decade the underwriter would place a mirror under the borrower's nose and is they could detect a breath the loan was approved.

The world has changed.  I'm helping a family member sell a home to an FHA borrower.  The home passed title search, inspection and appraisal with flying colors but FHA is making the borrower just through so many fiery hoops that their credit approval has taken almost 6 months.  FHA has asked for everything but a note of reference by the borrower's first grade teacher.

Fannie and Freddie are requiring a return to traditional underwriting standards and that's my reason for looking to invest in a leveraged buyer of Federally backed mortgages.  My pick is Hatteras Financial for a speculative play.

Hatteras Financial Corp. is an externally-managed mortgage real estate investment trust formed in 2007 to invest in adjustable-rate and hybrid adjustable-rate single-family residential mortgage pass-through securities issued or guaranteed by U.S. Government agencies or U.S. Government-sponsored entities, such as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or Ginnie Mae. Hatteras Financial Corp. is managed and advised by Atlantic Capital Advisors LLC.

The stock has great recent price momentum and has a 100% Barchart technical buy signal.  The price hit 16 new highs and is up 6.12% in the last month.  The price is around 31.28 which is above its 50 day moving average of 29.66.  Looking at the rise of 11.25% in the 50 day moving average in the last 20 trading sessions helps smooth out the momentum.  The Relative Strength Index is 77.33% and also rising.

Although Wall Street analysts are not willing to make solid projections they are looking for a 21.80% revenue growth next year and 9 have published buy reports with 5 more recommending their long term investors hold their positions.

Investor sentiment is high with the CAPS members on Motley Fool voting 214 to 17 that the stock will out perform the market.  The more experienced All Stars are voting 71 to 5 for the same result.

For the long term total return investor the stock has:

1 - 14.20% dividend yield  [more]

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3 ETF's for 12/2

December 02, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: PXJ , PXI , IEZ

Let's look at 3 ETFs that came up on my Barchart new high screener:

PXJ - The PowerShares Dynamic Oil & Services Portfolio seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield (before the Fund's fees and expenses) of an equity index called the Dynamic Oil Services Intellidex Index (the "Underlying Intellidex"). The Underlying Intellidex is comprised of stocks of 30 U.S. companies that assist in the production, processing and distribution of oil and gas. The Underlying Intellidex may include companies that are engaged in the drilling of oil and gas wells; manufacturing oil and gas field machinery and equipment; or providing services to the oil and gas industry, such as well analysis, platform and pipeline engineering and construction, logistics and transportation services, oil and gas well emergency management and geophysical data acquisition and processing. Stocks are selected principally on the basis of their capital appreciation potential as identified by NYSE Arca pursuant to a proprietary Intellidex methodology. The Fund will normally invest at least 80% of its total assets in common stocks of companies that assist in the production, processing and distribution of oil and gas.

1 - 100% Barchart technical buy signal  [more]

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As of today I'm in the contest

December 02, 2010 – Comments (1)

I haven't been keeping up my CAPS accouint so I'm down about  80 points which for the purpose of this site makes me about even.

I'll be buying unspecifird term picks and staying with them as long as they beat the market.

 

Let the games begin!

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Walgreens rides the rally

December 01, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: WAG

One of the major investment letters advised their subscribers to buyWalgreens (WAG) on a dip and a lot of investors took their advice. If you were on board great, but it may not be too late.

Walgreens Co. is a national retail pharmacy chain and considered the leader in innovative drugstore retailing. Walgreens pioneered many store features that are becoming standards in the industry. Among those concepts are: Computerized pharmacies, Point-of-sale scanning, Freestanding stores with drive-thru pharmacies, and Intercom Plus, Walgreens advanced new pharmacy computer and workflow system. Intercom Plus allows pharmacists to spend more time counseling patients by assigning administrative tasks to pharmacy technicians.

Price momentum has been very positive recently.  The stock trades around 35.67 which is above its 50 day average of 33.89.  That 50 day moving average has risen steadily these days by 20.54% in the last month.  The stock has an 88% Barchart technical buy signal after rising in price 5.21% in the last month.  The Relative Strength Index is a steady 94.58%.

Although the Wall Street brokerage analysts only predict an increase in sales of 5.90% this year and 5.10% next year they have double digit EPS forecasts,  They estimate that earnings will rise 14.70% this year, 14.90% next year and continue for the next 5 years at an annual rate of 13.45%,

The general investor likes this company and the CAPS members on Motley Fool bet the stock will beat the market with a vote of 1947 to 118 with the more experienced All Stars in agreement 507 to 14.

There have been 18 recent favorable articles by columnists.

I hope you bought on the dip but if you didn't the stocks has:

1 - Solid and recent upward price momentum  [more]

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