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  Active Trader Play Updates

Coal, Aerospace and Natural Gas
Long Play Updates | Sunday, January 23rd, 2005
Our non-tech bullish candidates have been narrowed to more defensive candidates given the pull back in the market.

Untriggered
Short Play Updates | Sunday, January 23rd, 2005
Our bearish media play has shown a surprising lack of weakness the last couple of sessions and we remain untriggered.

Defense to Energy and more.
Long Play Updates | Sunday, January 16th, 2005
A mixed list of bullish candidates bouncing from support or breaking out.

Trimming the list
Long Play Updates | Sunday, January 9th, 2005
We are trimming the non-tech play list a bit and adjusting a couple of stop losses.

Coal, Medical Equipment, Banks and more
Long Play Updates | Sunday, January 2nd, 2005
Our current play list of bullish non-tech stocks stretches across several sectors.

Coal to Banks and more!
Long Play Updates | Sunday, December 26th, 2004
We have a very mixed bag of non-tech bullish candidates.

Energy, Healthcare, Biotech and more
Long Play Updates | Sunday, December 19th, 2004
We have a varied list tonight in our non-tech bullish plays with some pulling back towards resistance while others are breaking out.

Drugs, Dental, and Banking.
Long Play Updates | Sunday, December 12th, 2004
No we're not talking about your monthly bills just our list of non-tech bullish plays.

Resistance Tested
Short Play Updates | Sunday, December 12th, 2004
A surprise open higher on Friday only confirmed resistance near the $44 level for this utility.

A Mixed Bag with Mixed results
Long Play Updates | Sunday, December 5th, 2004
Metals, drugs, and dental supplies are turning in mixed performances.

Showing Strength
Long Play Updates | Sunday, November 28th, 2004
Our non-tech bullish candidates are doing pretty well. Some have already hit our initial profit targets.

More Relative Weakness
Short Play Updates | Sunday, November 28th, 2004
This is one retailer without any holiday cheer.

A Mixed Bag
Long Play Updates | Sunday, November 21st, 2004
We have a large section of non-tech bullish candidates. Some are nearing new highs, other are struggling for traction.

Pay Off
Short Play Updates | Sunday, November 21st, 2004
All of our patience with this retailer is paying off!

A Bullish Week
Long Play Updates | Sunday, November 14th, 2004
After a positive week these bullish candidates look strong but readers may want to watch for a pullback before considering new positions.

Tough Being A Bear
Short Play Updates | Sunday, November 14th, 2004
The broad-based market rally has been tough on our bearish positions. Next week could be pivotal.

Mixed Results
Short Play Updates | Sunday, October 31st, 2004
The bounce in insurance, new highs in retail and positive comments in Barrons have not been helpful to our short list.

Three Days Left
Long Play Updates | Sunday, October 24th, 2004
Both our non-tech bullish candidates only have three days left before their Q3 earnings report.

Our Bearish Momentum play
Short Play Updates | Sunday, October 24th, 2004
This specialty retailer continues to sink now matter what the market is doing.

Trending Lower
Short Play Updates | Sunday, October 17th, 2004
All of our non-tech bearish plays look poised for more weakness.

Bulls Fumble the Ball
Long Play Updates | Sunday, October 10th, 2004
Last week the bulls were in control and they had just scored 1st downs on these two plays. Unfortunately, the bulls have fumbled the ball on both.

Tables Turned
Short Play Updates | Sunday, October 10th, 2004
The tables have turned on our non-tech bearish plays. Both looked ready to breakout over resistance but the rallies failed and shares are turning lower.

Oil Stocks Surge Again!
Long Play Updates | Sunday, October 3rd, 2004
With crude oil closing at all time highs the energy sector continues to rock.

Bears Need to Be Cautious!
Short Play Updates | Sunday, October 3rd, 2004
This past week has been a tough week for bears. Be careful here.

Oil Stocks Surge Again
Long Play Updates | Sunday, September 26th, 2004
The climb of crude oil to new highs has powered another move in oil stocks. These to plays just hit new multi-year highs.

Our Mixed Bag of Shorts
Short Play Updates | Sunday, September 26th, 2004
We have a very mixed bag of non-tech shorts as we move into the last week of September.

Oil Service Strengthens
Long Play Updates | Sunday, September 19th, 2004
Our two oil services plays are turning in mixed results but look ready to offer new entry points.

Cable and retail sink, auto parts bounce
Short Play Updates | Sunday, September 19th, 2004
We've got a mixed bag with our non-tech shorts with generally positive results.

Oil Services Seek Volatile Week
Long Play Updates | Sunday, September 12th, 2004
Oil and oil service stocks are still strong spots in the market but Friday was a rough day for the bulls.

No Bounce for Cable
Short Play Updates | Sunday, September 12th, 2004
Shares of this television company continue to sink despite the market's bounce this week.

Oil Services Gush Higher
Long Play Updates | Sunday, September 5th, 2004
Our two new oil service plays are looking good but it may be time to put away the golf clubs.

Steadily Higher
Long Play Updates | Sunday, August 29th, 2004
Our two non-tech bullish plays continue to creep higher at a steady pace.

Banks Breakout
Long Play Updates | Sunday, August 22nd, 2004
It's been a good week for financial stocks and this bank is poised for more gains.

A Surprise Victim
Short Play Updates | Sunday, August 22nd, 2004
We were surprised to find that this restaurant would be one of the hardest hit by Charley

Dollars and Steaks
Short Play Updates | Sunday, August 15th, 2004
Our non-tech stock shorts are performing almost as well as the tech-related ones.

REITs Slip Back
Long Play Updates | Sunday, August 8th, 2004
Even the upward trend in the REITs sector saw some profit taking late last week.

Retail stocks buckle
Short Play Updates | Sunday, August 8th, 2004
The disappointing personal spending numbers and a wave of disappointing same-store sales have sent retail stocks lower.

Lots of Volatility
Short Play Updates | Sunday, August 1st, 2004
We're a little surprised at the volatility in this retailer but the downtrend remains in place.

Already turning higher
Long Play Updates | Sunday, July 25th, 2004
While this natural gas play didn't avoid the sell-off this past week it is already rebounding.

Channeling lower
Short Play Updates | Sunday, July 25th, 2004
Traders continue to sell the bounces in this retail play.

Waving the caution flag
Long Play Updates | Sunday, July 18th, 2004
Something doesn't smell right with this oil play. Shares should be hitting new highs.

More Friday Weakness
Short Play Updates | Sunday, July 18th, 2004
The weakness on Friday broke through more support and we're within striking distance of our target.

Energy & Mining stocks
Long Play Updates | Sunday, July 11th, 2004
Energy and mining stocks were pockets of strength this week.

Digesting Gains
Long Play Updates | Sunday, July 4th, 2004
Our non-tech paint play has been consolidating sideways.

Slow And Steady
Long Play Updates | Sunday, June 27th, 2004
This Retailer isn't setting any speed records, but the stock is making steady progress, hitting new multi-year highs again last week.

New Highs
Long Play Updates | Sunday, June 20th, 2004
In contrast to the drifty action in the rest of the market, this bullish play shone on Friday, blasting to new all-time highs.

Breakdown Delayed
Short Play Updates | Sunday, June 20th, 2004
With a rebound in the Housing sector in the latter half of last week, our bearish play in the sector eased away from its potential rebound. Is there another downdraft coming?

Still Strong
Long Play Updates | Sunday, June 13th, 2004
Given the major breakout move of the past couple weeks, the mild consolidation over the past couple days is nothing to worry about. Look for the next bounce from higher support to offer new entry points.

Flat as a pizza
Short Play Updates | Sunday, June 13th, 2004
Shares of this restaurant stock have barely budged in the last week but we suspect the next breakout will be down.

Consolidation
Long Play Updates | Sunday, June 6th, 2004
Only one of this bullish trio of stocks has been able to stage an unqualified breakout move, but the other two appear to be resting up for breakouts next week.

This Might Be It!
Short Play Updates | Sunday, June 6th, 2004
Finally our patience looks ready to pay off. This biotech play holding on precariously to support.

Perfect Timing
Long Play Updates | Sunday, May 30th, 2004
It looks like we added this pair of bullish plays just in time, as they rose to activate our entry triggers the very next day. Now we're watching for secondary entry opportunities on pullbacks to support.

Time is running out.
Short Play Updates | Sunday, May 30th, 2004
We're beginning to lose patience with this under performing biotech even though shares failed at resistance once again.

Resistance Is Holding
Short Play Updates | Sunday, May 23rd, 2004
We were looking for a failed rally attempt to offer attractive entries into this bearish Basic Materials stock and we got ample opportunity last week. Look for the weakness to resume early next week, with options expiration behind us.

Watching and Waiting
Short Play Updates | Sunday, May 16th, 2004
That's the position we're in with this trio of plays, wondering whether the first one will ever get moving and if the other two have run out of momentum.

Last Chance
Long Play Updates | Sunday, May 9th, 2004
Pressured by the broad market weakness, this pair of bullish plays is coming back to test critical support. That support must hold or we'll have a pair of drops early next week.

Marching Lower
Short Play Updates | Sunday, May 9th, 2004
After a feeble rebound last week, this bearish duo is back on the right track, making steady progress towards our bearish price targets.

Earnings Date Set
Long Play Updates | Thursday, May 6th, 2004
This company set its earnings date, and it was a week later than expected, giving the play more time to work.

Testing Support
Long Play Updates | Sunday, May 2nd, 2004
Last week ended on a sour note, and with all three of these bullish plays testing support. But to their credit, none of them have broken down and that keeps us in the hunt for new entries ahead of a renewed push to new highs.

Still Looking Weak
Short Play Updates | Sunday, May 2nd, 2004
While the potential for a near-term bounce does exist, this pair of bearish plays continues to look weak, pressured by the weakness across the rest of the market.

Buying Conviction
Long Play Updates | Sunday, April 25th, 2004
Rather than pull back as the broad market consolidated on Friday, this pair of bullish stocks decided to hold right near their highs of the week.

Test Or Trap
Short Play Updates | Sunday, April 25th, 2004
After satisfying its entry trigger last week, this stock has come right back to the breakdown level, leaving us wondering if the breakdown was a bear trap or if the current rebound will roll over after a test of resistance.

The Bulls Deliver
Long Play Updates | Sunday, April 18th, 2004
We had to exercise a lot of patience waiting for it to happen, but this play on the Energy sector finally came through with a strong breakout to end the week on a high note.

Not Yet
Short Play Updates | Sunday, April 18th, 2004
Earlier in the week, this stock certainly looked like a breakdown candidate, and it still does. But the required drop has yet to take place, meaning there's still time to get onboard.

Testing Support
Long Play Updates | Sunday, April 11th, 2004
Pulling back towards support, this pair of bullish plays is cooperating and giving us a shot at better entry points ahead of the next upward thrust.

Temporary Setback
Long Play Updates | Sunday, April 4th, 2004
Given the strong note on which the broad market closed, the action in this trio of bullish plays was a bit disappointing. But we're looking for consolidation to run its natural course and lead to new highs across the board.

Will Resistance Hold?
Short Play Updates | Sunday, April 4th, 2004
Our expectations of a steady and gradual rebound to resistance came to pass last week and now we're faced with the question of whether we'll get the expected rollover next week.

Catching Its Breath
Long Play Updates | Sunday, March 28th, 2004
This Gaming stock gave us the breakout we were looking for last week and given the size of the upside move, it's no surprise the bulls are pausing to catch their breath.

Setting Up The Entry
Short Play Updates | Sunday, March 28th, 2004
After producing a very clear breakdown under support, this Healthcare stock is bouncing back for a test of that broken support and if it fails there, it should be used for fresh bearish entries.

Nice Try
Long Play Updates | Sunday, March 21st, 2004
It looked like our bullish gaming stock was going to make a run at a breakout on Friday morning, but it got dragged back by the weakness in the overall market. The bulls will have to try again on Monday.

Breaking Down
Short Play Updates | Sunday, March 21st, 2004
This pair of bearish plays is performing just as expected, with both of them having broken key support levels and likely to continue their downward trek next week.

Support Holds
Long Play Updates | Sunday, March 14th, 2004
Pulling back to the middle of its rising channel last week, this bullish play delivered a solid bounce and a great entry point into its rising trend.

Oversold Bounce
Short Play Updates | Sunday, March 14th, 2004
This Electronics Retailer was due for a bounce and the bulls delivered on Friday. Look for this rebound to fail at the 200-dma to set up fresh entries into the play.

Looking Good
Long Play Updates | Sunday, March 7th, 2004
There's nothing of concern in our selection of bullish plays, as buyers continue to step in on weakness and that pattern should drive each of our plays to new recent highs as earnings season approaches.

Retail Continues to Run
Long Play Updates | Thursday, March 4th, 2004
We're raising our stop loss on this retail play after it hit our early profit targets.

A Good Start
Long Play Updates | Sunday, February 29th, 2004
Continuing its breakout from earlier in the week, this entertainment stock is on its way back towards the highs seen last month.

Still Trying
Long Play Updates | Sunday, February 22nd, 2004
After several failed attempts to get over resistance, this aerospace stock looks like it needs to gather its strength near support before making another breakout attempt.

Still Waiting
Long Play Updates | Sunday, February 15th, 2004
These two bullish plays are still poised just below major resistance and when they break out, they ought to have room to run.

SuperBowl Ads
Long Play Updates | Sunday, February 1st, 2004
That's right, SuperBowl ads! What else needs to be said except shares of this advertising company have gone into a coma.

Entry Points
Short Play Updates | Sunday, February 1st, 2004
We asked for nice entry points on this pair of bearish plays and the market delivered on Friday, giving us a breakdown on one and a failed bounce on the other.

Consolidating Sideways
Long Play Updates | Sunday, January 25th, 2004
These two non-tech bullish plays held up reasonably well this week but we're cautious on new positions.

Ace in the hole
Long Play Updates | Sunday, January 18th, 2004
This insurance stock has been marching steadily higher for weeks and is approaching our profit target.

Resistant to Weakness
Short Play Updates | Sunday, January 18th, 2004
With the continued strength in the broad market, this pair of bearish plays is having a hard time moving down. But if the broad market does turn, they could turn out to be stellar performers.

Holding Its Own
Long Play Updates | Sunday, January 11th, 2004
Despite pressure from the oil majors and a 0.87 percent downturn in the XOI, this stock held its own all week.

Bouncing Back
Short Play Updates | Sunday, January 11th, 2004
Bucking the trend in the overall market on Friday, this generic drug stock came surging back, undoing a portion of its recent decline.

Gearing Down or About to Plow through Resistance?
Long Play Updates | Wednesday, January 7th, 2004
This company in the financial sector provides financing for heavy equipment. Wednesday, the stock printed an inside-day candle.

Follow The Bouncing Ball
Short Play Updates | Wednesday, January 7th, 2004
The Retail index (RLX) continued its rebound on Wednesday, pushing nearer to resistance. That strength propelled our one remaining retail play up to resistance before a slight pullback to end very near where it was last Friday.

Clouds Appearing
Long Play Updates | Sunday, January 4th, 2004
This financial stock's daily candle created a dark cloud cover, a potential reversal signal. It might be headed down to reestablish support.

Rejected Retail Rally
Short Play Updates | Sunday, January 4th, 2004
An early rally in the Retail sector (RLX.X) was quickly knocked back, leading to a better than 2% loss by the end of the day. That sharp intraday reversal certainly worked to the benefit of our two bearish plays in the apparel sector.

Nervous Bulls
Long Play Updates | Wednesday, December 31st, 2003
Weakness wasn't found in many areas of the market this week, but the Housing sector definitely fits that description, as traders were obviously locking in gains following the less than inspiring Housing report yesterday morning.

Rising Tide
Short Play Updates | Wednesday, December 31st, 2003
Despite the significant relative weakness of this Retailer, the rising tide in the Retail index (RLX.X) over the past couple weeks, has floated it back from the brink to bump up against critical resistance.

Testing Support
Long Play Updates | Wednesday, December 24th, 2003
After its initial rise from the 50-dma, our Housing play seems like it needs to consolidate a bit and on Friday fell back to test near support at the midline of its rising channel.

Becalmed
Short Play Updates | Wednesday, December 24th, 2003
The volatility that initially drew us to this bearish Retail play has been subsiding this week, as volume dried to a trickle ahead of the holiday.

Steady Progress
Long Play Updates | Sunday, December 21st, 2003
Housing stocks climbed steadily throughout the week and it looks like the $DJUSHB index could soon make an assault on its all-time highs. Our bullish play in the sector should help to accomplish that goal, with an upcoming split to keep the bulls happy.

Rolling Over Again
Short Play Updates | Sunday, December 21st, 2003
Retail stocks bounced midweek, and that was enough to pop our bearish play back to resistance. But the rollover is well underway now and we're looking for a break to new recent lows.

Unexciting but Reassuring
Long Play Updates | Wednesday, December 17th, 2003
This financial stock spent an unexciting few days consolidating just above support, a reassuring action when the oscillators were in bearish mode.

Retail Rebound
Short Play Updates | Wednesday, December 17th, 2003
After persistent weakness for the past couple weeks, the Retail sector (RLX.X) was due for a bounce and the bulls tallied up a 2% gain on Wednesday.

Bounced Back
Long Play Updates | Sunday, December 14th, 2003
In a repeat of the dip in early November, this bullish play dipped right to critical support and then bounced back to resistance. Look for a breakout on market strength next week.

Big News
Short Play Updates | Sunday, December 14th, 2003
The much better-than-expected retail sales figure produced a one-day rally for this stock on Thursday, but Friday saw the stock fall below $30.00 again.

Bulls In Trouble
Long Play Updates | Sunday, December 10th, 2003
After more than a week of consolidating near its highs, this relatively strong stock is starting to fray around the edges breaking under near-term support on Wednesday.

The Chosen
Short Play Updates | Sunday, December 10th, 2003
A third major Asian airliner chose this developer of computer reservations system to manage its reservations, but investors ignored the news.

Quiet Strength
Long Play Updates | Sunday, December 7th, 2003
Despite an inability to make much progress by the end of the week, we can't be disappointed by the way this stock held onto the bulk of its gains from the past few weeks and it looks like it is storing up energy for another leg higher.

One Step Down, One Step Back
Short Play Updates | Sunday, December 7th, 2003
This travel-related computer reservations stock inched down and then inched back up in what appears to be a normal retest of broken support.

Repeatable
Long Play Updates | Wednesday, December 3rd, 2003
Continuing to hit new highs, followed by consolidation and then a push to new highs has been the hallmark of this bullish play. It isn't a speed demon, but it is moving closer to our target in a deliberate fashion.

Consolidation
Long Play Updates | Sunday, November 30th, 2003
With a complete dearth of volume, Friday's session can be considered a throwaway. The key will be to see whether new highs are in store next week when volume returns.

Which Way?
Short Play Updates | Sunday, November 30th, 2003
We've been waiting for this stock to break down for a week now, and so far no dice. If the breakdown arrives, then we ought to have a nice ride. If not, our trigger will never have been hit and we'll move on to the next candidate.

Consistent Pattern
Long Play Updates | Wednesday, November 26th, 2003
A breakout and then a consolidation, followed by a repeat of the process is providing ample opportunity to enter this bullish play, which tagged another all-time high on Wednesday.

Still Waiting
Short Play Updates | Wednesday, November 26th, 2003
This consumer stock is proving the wisdom in using a trigger, as instead of following through on last week's weakness with a genuine breakdown, it is just marking time between support and resistance.

Round Trip
Short Play Updates | Sunday, November 23rd, 2003
This Financial stock has now made a perfect round trip in just over a week, returning to the site of the initial price breakdown. Now we'll see whether that old support acts as new resistance.

Resistance Test
Short Play Updates | Wednesday, November 19th, 2003
After breaking down just as we expected, this Financial stock is clawing its way higher, quite possibly for a test of the breakdown level as new resistance. Use a failure there as a continuation entry.

A High Wave
Long Play Updates | Sunday, November 16th, 2003
This retailer's stock pulled back Friday, producing a high wave candle that spanned the distance from recent support to recent resistance. It closed above support and its 10-dma.

Perfect Timing
Short Play Updates | Sunday, November 16th, 2003
Just barely waiting for us to begin coverage, this Financial stock is dropping lower, perfectly following our script.

Just Barely
Long Play Updates | Wednesday, November 12th, 2003
Just avoiding being stopped out yesterday, the bulls sent this stock sharply higher on Wednesday and it looks like the long-anticipated breakout could arrive soon.

Struggling
Short Play Updates | Wednesday, November 12th, 2003
This pair of bearish plays is having a hard time deciding what to do. With strong gains in the broad market, the expected weakness has not yet materialized, but tomorrow's a new day.

Reversal
Long Play Updates | Sunday, November 9th, 2003
Thursday's clean breakout to new highs got reversed on Friday and that reversal looks problematic for the bulls. Look for a rebound from old resistance to confirm that the upside still has merit.

In Limbo
Short Play Updates | Sunday, November 9th, 2003
This pair of bearish plays caught an unexpected bounce late last week and kept the bears from celebrating over the weekend. The downside potential still looks strong, but we need to see that confirmed in the price action before committing to new positions.

Another Run
Long Play Updates | Wednesday, November 5th, 2003
After being turned back near resistance last week, this cyclical stock is poised to take another shot at breaking into the upper half of its ascending channel.

Breaking Down With Gusto
Short Play Updates | Wednesday, November 5th, 2003
Our timing couldn't have been any better, as we initiated bearish coverage of this agricultural stock just in time to allow for solid entries before the breakdown commenced.

Stalled Out
Long Play Updates | Sunday, November 2nd, 2003
The initial thrust through resistance was stymied by chart resistance, but we're looking for this bullish play to find higher support and then vault through last week's resistance.

A New Downside Target
Short Play Updates | Sunday, November 2nd, 2003
This component of the North American Telecommunications Index slipped lower Friday, creating a new P&F sell signal.

Tool Time
Long Play Updates | Wednesday, October 29th, 2003
With housing-related stocks soaring, this toolmaker performs well, too. It has performed so well, in fact, that we think it's time for the stock to consolidate some of those gains, perhaps providing new entries.

Don't Drop That Dish
Long Play Updates | Sunday, October 26th, 2003
After two weeks of slow declines, we almost dropped this bullish play. Then we noticed possible bullish divergence setting up on the oscillators.

Holding Pattern
Short Play Updates | Sunday, October 26th, 2003
This pair of relatively new bearish plays still haven't committed to which direction they want to move. There's still plenty of time to get on board before they start moving.

Left Standing at the Altar
Long Play Updates | Wednesday, October 22nd, 2003
This company suffered a disappointment and the stock fell, but support held.

Going Sideways
Long Play Updates | Sunday, October 19th, 2003
This stock has trended sideways for two weeks while oscillators cycle down. Will it reach for new highs when those oscillators turn up again?

Slow as Molasses
Short Play Updates | Sunday, October 19th, 2003
The overall trend is still bearish but we're closing this insurance short un-opened before the company announces earnings this week.

In Waiting Mode
Long Play Updates | Wednesday, October 15th, 2003
While waiting to learn the outcome of its bid for a bankrupt company's assets, this company's stock consolidates above its 30-dma.

Name That Formation
Short Play Updates | Sunday, October 15th, 2003
This stock's chart formation looks like a H&S, but if so, it's forming a second right shoulder. Wednesday's bearish candle got the rollover started. Will it continue?

A Disappointing Dish
Long Play Updates | Sunday, October 12th, 2003
This company's offer to buy the assets of a bankrupt company met with a disappointing result this week, but support held and RSI turned up along a rising trendline.

Wanna Bet a Dollar?
Short Play Updates | Sunday, October 12th, 2003
Although this play has not triggered, we like what we see on the chart and bet it's going to trigger soon.

Echoing Recent Highs
Long Play Updates | Wednesday, October 8th, 2003
Echoing recent closing highs, this stock closed just over round-number resistance at $40.00.

Still Waiting
Short Play Updates | Wednesday, October 8th, 2003
All signs are still pointing to a significant breakdown in this insurance stock, but our trigger hasn't been hit yet. Wait for that confirmation and then we ought to have a nice little selloff on our hands.

The Start of Something New
Long Play Updates | Sunday, October 5th, 2003
This company launched a new ad campaign this week, combating the negative image promoted by the trial of a former executive. We like the way the stock responded.

Foaming Up
Long Play Updates | Wednesday, October 1st, 2003
We've been waiting patiently for this brewer's stock to rise, triggering our long play. It looks ready.

Biding Its Time
Short Play Updates | Wednesday, October 1st, 2003
Bouncing back and forth between near support and resistance, it appears this bearish play is trying to determine whether to continue its decline or put in a bottom.

Still Fomenting
Long Play Updates | Sunday, September 28th, 2003
This potential long play is taking its time hitting the trigger, but we're willing to let it build a strong base upon which to rise.

New Entry or Time for an Exit?
Long Play Updates | Wednesday, September 24th, 2003
Last week, we suggested that traders look for a pullback to enter this new play. Now it pulls back, but it does so in the form of a bearish engulfing candle. Is this a new entry or time for an exit?

Getting Ahead of Itself
Long Play Updates | Sunday, September 21st, 2003
This stock broke out ahead of its sector and the underlying commodity, and printed a couple of bearish-looking candles, but its sector and the commodity now look ready to break out, too.

Sliced the Wrong Way
Long Play Updates | Wednesday, September 17th, 2003
Raymond James sliced this stock's rating, but the stock held above recent support.

Entwined with Gold
Long Play Updates | Sunday, September 14th, 2003
This stock's prices entwine themselves around a trendline that was former resistance.

The Glitter Fades
Long Play Updates | Wednesday, September 10th, 2003
After breaking out to a new high recently, this stock retreats to near support. It's possible it may need to retreat further, to stronger support, but so far it maintains a steep ascending trendline.

Ringing Up the Sales
Long Play Updates | Sunday, September 7th, 2003
This retailer's same-store sales fell year-over-year, but surprised to the upside due to strong back-to-school sales. Investors liked the news and support held after the recent pullback.

Two Laggards and One Big Winner
Short Play Updates | Sunday, September 7th, 2003
Taking away the sting of having two non-performing bearish play, our other one is going gangbusters to the downside and looks like it should achieve our aggressive exit target soon, possibly on Monday.

Confirmed Breakout
Long Play Updates | Sunday, September 3rd, 2003
It isn't likely to set any speed records, but our Basic Materials play is off to a good start, gaining ground on both of the past two sessions. A couple more days like this and we'll be turning our focus to harvesting gains.

One Up, One Down, and One Just Right
Short Play Updates | Sunday, September 3rd, 2003
Looking at our bearish plays, it feels like the story of the Three Bears. One is breaking down like we anticipated, another is rebounding and threatening to stop us out, and the other appears to have fallen asleep like Goldilocks.

Copycat Company Completes Consolidation Configuration
Long Play Updates | Sunday, August 31st, 2003
This copycat company consolidated in a regression channel for most of the summer, but broke out of that channel the middle of this week. It's ready to move up and challenge June's high.

Weak Bounces
Short Play Updates | Sunday, August 31st, 2003
With a bullish bias in the broad markets heading into the long weekend, all of our bearish plays saw a bit of a lift from their intra-week lows. Given the lack of upside strength though, these rebounds look like the setup for fresh bearish entries next week.

Ready to Shine
Long Play Updates | Wednesday, August 27th, 2003
This stock's sector performed well Wednesday and so did the stock. We think it's ready to push above next resistance and trigger our play.

A Mover and a Drifter
Short Play Updates | Wednesday, August 27th, 2003
The markets are having a hard time finding any traction, but that didn't stop our bearish drug play from plunging sharply this week. Our banking play hasn't done so well, but it is perched precariously just above critical support.

Sliding Toward Support
Short Play Updates | Sunday, August 24th, 2003
The broad market weakness on Friday pressured this bearish play in the Pharmaceutical sector right down to its 200-dma. If the bulls can't defend that support next week, then our bearish target could be coming into view sooner, rather than later.

This Is No Beauty
Long Play Updates | Wednesday, August 20th, 2003
We expected consolidation. We didn't expect to see a bearish engulfing candle on the daily chart, however.

Ain't Misbehaving
Short Play Updates | Wednesday, August 20th, 2003
While this bearish play moves slowly, it behaves just as we expected. Prices turn down below the 200-dma.

Time for a Beauty Rest
Long Play Updates | Sunday, August 17th, 2003
We think it's time for this stock to rest and consolidate its recent gains. That consolidation may provide a new entry.

The Tribulations of Job
Short Play Updates | Sunday, August 17th, 2003
This company suffers as many tribulations as Job of Biblical fame, but that's good for our short play. The stock may be getting ready to break down out of a bear flag.

Sizzling
Long Play Updates | Wednesday, August 13th, 2003
This stock is so hot, it sizzles. It's too bad we'll be closing the play soon.

Flight Cancelled
Short Play Updates | Wednesday, August 13th, 2003
This stock tried to take flight above its 10-dma, but ended up cruising below it. We're not sure the 10-dma will hold it back, but other moving averages dive toward it.

Breakout!
Long Play Updates | Sunday, August 10th, 2003
Confirming the continuation pattern we saw earlier in the week, our bullish play on the gold sector really caught fire on Friday, making it a clear standout relative to the muddled action in the rest of the market.

Holding Support
Short Play Updates | Sunday, August 10th, 2003
A tight-range consolidation day in the broad markets lent enough support to our bearish plays that they managed to cling to support heading into the weekend. But this looks like the calm before the breakdowns that we're expecting.

One Up, One Down
Long Play Updates | Wednesday, August 6th, 2003
Two bullish trades and while one is performing admirably, the other is threatening to go the wrong way. It certainly makes a powerful argument for not putting all your eggs in one basket.

Direct the Traffic This Direction
Short Play Updates | Wednesday, August 6th, 2003
This company's industry reported numbers this week that showed traffic down for many of the biggest companies. With the stock already under pressure, this stock broke down out of a consolidation pattern.

Profit Taking
Long Play Updates | Sunday, August 3rd, 2003
After last week's breakouts, these bullish plays are undergoing a bit of profit taking. But with higher support holding, it looks like another entry point in the making.

New Lows & Failed Rallies
Short Play Updates | Sunday, August 3rd, 2003
Our recent addition in the airline group gave us a bumpy ride on Thursday but we're still flying, or gliding lower. Meanwhile the housing short is working out just fine.

Profit Taking?
Long Play Updates | Wednesday, July 30th, 2003
After its sharp rise last week, the price of gold has been pulling back over the past couple days, and our bullish mining stock play is consolidating its recent bullish move as well.

Shining Brightly
Long Play Updates | Sunday, July 27th, 2003
Regardless of the extent to which this brief bull market in equities lasts, gold and gold stocks are in a confirmed bull market and there was plenty of evidence to support that premise late last week, with our bullish play in the sector hitting fresh 5-year highs on Friday.

Looking Lifeless
Short Play Updates | Sunday, July 27th, 2003
Without the boost of falling Treasury yields, it is hard to see how the Housing sector is going to find much of a rebound. These rising rates seem to be weighing on investor sentiment in the sector, and that bodes well for this bearish play.

Only A Few Days Left!
Long Play Updates | Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003
We only have a few days left before this retailer announces earnings.

Still Weak
Short Play Updates | Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003
Slight positive closes across the major market averages weren't enough to keep this pair of bearish plays in positive territory and they both look good to deliver another downward leg in the days ahead.

A Pause to Wonder
Long Play Updates | Sunday, July 20th, 2003
Hmmm... our two non-tech long plays both stalled on Friday when they should have been bouncing higher with the markets. Double-check your stops and play with caution.

There's the Bounce
Short Play Updates | Sunday, July 20th, 2003
Just as expected, this pair of bearish plays each found support and rebounded a bit on Friday. Provided these rebounds prove as short-lived as we think they will be, new entry points should be setting up by early next week.

Market Perform
Long Play Updates | Wednesday, July 16th, 2003
These three non-tech longs have followed the market's churn sideways with a little shuffle of their own.

Beware the Bounce
Short Play Updates | Wednesday, July 16th, 2003
We certainly don't have any complaints about this bearish play, as the stock has done nothing but drop since we added the play. But just as nothing can go up forever, we're thinking it is time for an oversold rebound to remove some of the bearish pressure.

Still Strong
Long Play Updates | Sunday, July 13th, 2003
While the latter half of last week provided a fair amount of volatility in the broad market, we're distinctly gratified by the way the dip in this steady performer was eagerly bought, producing the best weekly close since November.

Buy The Dip
Long Play Updates | Wednesday, July 9th, 2003
The bulls have been in charge again this week, and this bullish play delivered a strong breakout to start out the week and is currently consolidating near its highs.

Still Sour
Short Play Updates | Wednesday, July 9th, 2003
Negative comments from S&P did little to help this sector but the stock bounced anyway. Thus far resistance is holding.

Necessary Pullback
Long Play Updates | Sunday, July 6th, 2003
After tagging new recent highs on Wednesday, it is no great surprise that this pair of bullish plays retraced some of those recent gains on Thursday. But this pullback is likely just setting up the next attractive entry point.

Lower Resistance & Lower Lows
Short Play Updates | Sunday, July 6th, 2003
The degree of weakness in our homebuilder play hasn't been as extreme as we expected but we certainly can't be disappointed with a rollover at resistance, especially when that resistance was former support. Meanwhile, the high-end grocery play continues to slip.

New Highs
Long Play Updates | Wednesday, July 2nd, 2003
While the broad markets are still well off their June highs, that isn't the case with these bullish plays, both of which charged to new highs for the year on Wednesday.

The Right Target
Short Play Updates | Wednesday, July 2nd, 2003
Apparently we picked the right victim for our bearish Housing play, as it is continuing to underperform the overall Housing sector ($DJUSHB). Meanwhile our grocery short continues to sink.

New High
Long Play Updates | Sunday, June 29th, 2003
While broad market weakness blunted Friday's rally in our dividend play, we can't be too disappointed with another multi-month high and a close right near the top of the 6-week ascending channel.

Continuation
Short Play Updates | Sunday, June 29th, 2003
Judging by the action in the Dow Jones Home Construction index ($DJUSHB) investors had a hard time deciding what to make of the 25 basis point interest rate cut last week. But with the strong selling of bonds, it appears the bearish camp is going to win out.

Dividend Duo
Long Play Updates | Wednesday, June 25th, 2003
Recent breakouts in this pair of bullish dividend-related plays are seeing some profit taking, which is challenging our convictions. Now that the Fed has spoken, it is time for the bulls to show what they're made of.

Are These Entry Points?
Short Play Updates | Wednesday, June 25th, 2003
These two non-tech bearish plays are trading within our strategy thus far but new entries may be a bit aggressive right here.

Hanging In There
Long Play Updates | Sunday, June 22nd, 2003
There wasn't a lot of excitement in these bullish plays over the past two days, as one is just barely above support and the other is fast approaching it. Early next week could provide the next viable entry points.

Ready To Drop
Short Play Updates | Sunday, June 22nd, 2003
These two bearish active trader plays are poised for more lows.

Hints of Weakness
Long Play Updates | Wednesday, June 18th, 2003
While the bulls have continued to buy the dips, they seem to be losing a bit of their enthusiasm. No major support levels have been violated yet, but with the potential for a more substantial pullback, our focus turns to managing risk in our open bullish plays.

Bounce Not Unexpected
Short Play Updates | Wednesday, June 18th, 2003
These two bearish plays are still underperforming the market and nimble traders can keep their eyes open for new entries.

Not Half Bad
Long Play Updates | Sunday, June 15th, 2003
Our group of non-tech long plays are hanging in there despite the profit taking on Friday. We nudged up our stops on a couple so please take note.

Rivals Chime In
Short Play Updates | Sunday, June 15th, 2003
One of our bearish plays just had a competitor chime in with negative comments, complimenting similar statements from our candidate.

Still Going
Long Play Updates | Wednesday, June 11th, 2003
After consolidating their recent breakouts, these bullish plays look like they still have room to run.

Bounce Back
Short Play Updates | Wednesday, June 11th, 2003
Shares of this transport stock have bounced back but remain under resistance.

Moving Higher
Long Play Updates | Sunday, June 8th, 2003
While unable to maintain altitude on Friday, these bullish plays are looking solid with a consistent pattern of higher lows.

A Little Turbulence
Short Play Updates | Sunday, June 8th, 2003
As we suspected, the very short-term downward channel for this defense stock held but we'd like to see some more follow through.

Mixed Picture
Long Play Updates | Wednesday, June 4th, 2003
Strength from the Retailers is pushing one of our bullish plays towards strong resistance, while the other is struggling in a very tight range.

Still On Autopilot
Short Play Updates | Wednesday, June 4th, 2003
Unfortunately for this aviation and technology manufacturer the stock is still on autopilot set to a slow glide lower.

Still Going
Long Play Updates | Saturday, May 31st, 2003
These bullish plays are both looking solid, and a big part of the strength is coming directly from the broad market's surge to new highs for the year on Friday.

Volatility Anyone?
Short Play Updates | Saturday, May 31st, 2003
There's been on lack of reversals on what was expected to be a rather sedate play, owing in part to the impressive strength in the broad market.

One Up, One Flat
Long Play Updates | Wednesday, May 28th, 2003
These two bullish plays present a bit of a mixed picture, with one posting new recent highs and the other struggling to overcome resistance.

No Strength Here
Short Play Updates | Wednesday, May 28th, 2003
While the broad market may be tracing out new recent highs, these two bearish plays are having a hard time just holding their ground.

Still Looking Good
Long Play Updates | Friday, May 23rd, 2003
Despite a rather lackluster finish to the week, our bullish plays are holding up rather well and are positioned for more gains after the holiday weekend.

Signs of Weakness
Short Play Updates | Friday, May 23rd, 2003
With bulls still buying every dip in the markets, bears are having a hard time. But our bearish plays are still looking good.

Bulls Holding Their Ground
Long Play Updates | Wednesday, May 21st, 2003
Despite Monday's carnage, these two bullish plays are continuing their bullish trends. Apparently the bulls haven't given up yet.

Still No Fizz
Short Play Updates | Wednesday, May 21st, 2003
Unable to substantially advance or fall this week, this bearish play is still looking weak.

A Mixed Bag
Long Play Updates | Saturday, May 17th, 2003
Two long plays, one higher and one lower on Friday. But they're both looking positive and poised to go higher next week.

Rejected Again
Short Play Updates | Saturday, May 17th, 2003
Dollar weakness may have been helping this beverage company over the past couple weeks, but it didn't help on Friday, with the dollar declining to a new low and this stock starting to roll over as well.

Especially True
Long Play Updates | Wednesday, May 14th, 2003
These two bullish plays are standing up pretty well with the broader indices in pull back mode.

Flying Sideways
Short Play Updates | Wednesday, May 14th, 2003
Our non-tech short has been flying sideways that last several sessions but remains under resistance.

Buying The Dip Again
Long Play Updates | Saturday, May 10th, 2003
Shares of this drug company followed our script perfectly. Let's see if it can remember the rest of its lines.

Definite Under-Performers
Short Play Updates | Saturday, May 10th, 2003
Our two non-tech bearish plays were clear under-performers on Friday and we're looking for some follow through next week.

Looking For an Injection Of Bullishness
Long Play Updates | Thursday, May 8th, 2003
A short-term downtrend has taken its toll on this drug stock. The stock might continue to decline without some help from a rebound in the pharmaceutical index.

Glazed Bulls
Short Play Updates | Thursday, May 8th, 2003
New relative lows and an underlying fast-move region are tasty developments for this short play.

Moving Average Tested
Long Play Updates | Tuesday, May 6th, 2003
The broader market pullback that occurred after today's Fed announcement sent this drug stock down to its rising 21-dma. Shares bounced from that level and ended the day with a small loss.

Largely Unchanged
Short Play Updates | Tuesday, May 6th, 2003
There haven't been any noteworthy technical developments for this short play. The stock has spent the past few sessions trading in a tight range, slightly above the relative lows.

Relative Weakness = New Stop
Long Play Updates | Friday, May 2nd, 2003
We're getting defensive on this long play after the stock failed to participate in Friday's market rally.

Rush To Cover
Short Play Updates | Friday, May 2nd, 2003
Both of these stocks benefited from the Friday's market rally. Our retail play has not been triggered.

Stay Tuned!
Long Play Updates | Thursday, May 1st, 2003
Our long play has pulled back to its trend of higher lows. Will shares break through ascending support or stage another rebound? Friday's trading might provide an answer to that question.

Resuming the Downtrend
Short Play Updates | Thursday, May 1st, 2003
Following a rollover below several moving averages, this stock seems to be on a crash course with its relative lows.

Riding the Trend
Long Play Updates | Tuesday, April 29th, 2003
Consistent moving average support and new relative highs are hinting at continued gains for this publishing stock.

Both Are Rising, One Is Active
Short Play Updates | Tuesday, April 29th, 2003
Broad-based equity strength has pushed both of these stocks higher over the past two sessions. Our business services play has not been triggered.

Time For A New Stop
Long Play Updates | Friday, April 25th, 2003
This stock outperformed the market on Friday but still finished solidly in the red. We've taken defensive action in an attempt to reduce downside risk.

Support Fails
Short Play Updates | Friday, April 25th, 2003
This stock closed below key support on Friday. Our short play was activated during the final hour of trading.

Pulling Back With the Market
Long Play Updates | Thursday, April 24th, 2003
These two long plays weren't able to shrug off moderate equity weakness on Thursday.

Triggered!
Long Play Updates | Tuesday, April 22nd, 2003
Broader market bullishness helped to propel this stock to new relative highs. We're expecting that shares will continue to ascend as they fill in a large overhead gap.

Some Bullish Developments
Long Play Updates | Thursday, April 17th, 2003
This publishing stock appears to be headed towards its relative highs. Our long play has not yet been activated.

Not Yet Triggered
Long Play Updates | Tuesday, April 15th, 2003
Recent action in this publishing stock has been characterized by sideways trading below the relative highs. We're still looking for shares to move into a large overhead gap.

Tanking Telecom Redux
Short Play Updates | Tuesday, April 15th, 2003
Another day, another low for this short play. Be sure to check out our new stop-loss.

Plotting An Exit
Long Play Updates | Thursday, April 11th, 2003
With earnings approaching, this footwear play is on its last legs. We've collared the stock with a tight stop and a profit-target just below resistance.

Tanking Telecom
Short Play Updates | Friday, April 11th, 2003
Still no sign of a bounce in this beleaguered telecommunications stock! Some traders may want to snug their stops down to protect a larger gain.

Nice Rebound!
Long Play Updates | Thursday, April 10th, 2003
A strong bounce from moving average support has sent this stock towards its relative highs. We're looking for more upside ahead of the company's earnings report on Tuesday.

New Lows, New Stop
Short Play Updates | Thursday, April 10th, 2003
The selling continues for this Dow component. Continued weakness has prompted us to lower our stop-loss.

Reverting To the Norm
Long Play Updates | Tuesday, April 8th, 2003
Our footwear play pulled back towards its recent ascending trendline, following a new long-term high on Monday morning.

Eying Another Breakdown
Short Play Updates | Tuesday, April 8th, 2003
This telecom stock is holding just above its relative lows. Shares are going to have a tough time rebounding without some leadership from the Dow.

Target In Sight!
Long Play Updates | Friday, April 4th, 2003
Our footwear play is proceeding nicely. The stock is trading at fresh multi-month highs, and could be on course to reach our upside objective.

Stabilizing After A Large Sell-off
Short Play Updates | Thursday, April 4th, 2003
This Dow component leveled out today, following a precipitous decline from the weekly highs.

Raising Our Stop to Break-even
Long Play Updates | Thursday, April 3rd, 2003
Wednesday's market rally launched this stock out of its consolidation range. Could a rally to our exit target be far behind?

Getting Its Bell Rung!
Short Play Updates | Thursday, April 3rd, 2003
This stock plummeted into the abyss of multi-year lows after it was targeted by negative brokerage comments. The technical picture is pointing at further downside in the days to come.

The Next Few Days Could Be Pivotal
Long Play Updates | Tuesday, April 1st, 2003
We're watching for an upside breakout in this footwear stock, which traded an Inside Day amid an extended consolidation period.

Lots of Turbulence For the Airlines
Short Play Updates | Tuesday, April 1st, 2003
Quarantined jets and labor union deals have made for a choppy ride in the airline group. Our sector play closed well off its session highs on Tuesday after it filled in a previous gap.

A Pretty Good Week
Long Play Updates | Friday, March 28th, 2003
Unlike the broader market, this stock recouped all of Monday losses and trended higher throughout the week. The relative highs are now within reach.

Earnings Warning!
Short Play Updates | Friday, March 28th, 2003
Our automotive play was activated this morning after the company lowered its earnings guidance for the first quarter. The stock fell sharply in morning trading before buyers moved in near whole-number support.

Brokerage Downgrades and Bullish Divergence
Long Play Updates | Thursday, March 27th, 2003
These two stocks are heading in opposite directions. Be sure to check out the new stop for our footwear play, which has done a good job of outperforming the market.

Not So Certain Anymore
Short Play Updates | Thursday, March 27th, 2003
Much like the overall market, this Dow component is trading without any clear direction. We'll probably see more sideways action if the Industrials keep gravitating to the 8200 level.

Retail Recovery
Long Play Updates | Tuesday, March 25th, 2003
Both of these stocks outperformed the broader market today as the previous session's losses were retraced. Out retail play performed especially well, thanks to a "buy" rating from Deutsche Bank.

Defying Expectations
Short Play Updates | Tuesday, March 25th, 2003
This Dow component seems to have a mind of its own! Shares have not responded to the recent market swings - including Friday's huge rally and Monday's sell-off.

War Rally
Long Play Updates | Friday, March 21st, 2003
After a week of historical gains for the Dow, these two stocks are trading at fresh relative highs. We've implemented profit-targets in both plays, and a new stop for our retailer.

Promising Relative Weakness
Short Play Updates | Friday, March 21st, 2003
Our newly-triggered telecom play underperformed the Dow Jones on Friday.

Just Do It
Long Play Updates | Thursday, March 20th, 2003
Good news from the Nike camp helped push one of these plays up to short-term resistance on Thursday. Meanwhile, an intraday dip in our retail stock presented savvy bulls with an entry point.

Turning Up the Heat
Short Play Updates | Thursday, March 20th, 2003
Increasing competition has made it very tough for this telecom stock to find a bid. We're adjusting our entry strategy tonight.

Holding Gains
Long Play Updates | Tuesday, March 18th, 2003
Shorts must be stunned. The retail sector has been able to maintain its gains just like the broader markets.

Hanging On the Telephone
Short Play Updates | Friday, March 18th, 2003
This un-triggered short play has rebounded with the broader market. We're now watching for shares to retrace those gains and move to new relative lows.

Out Performing Again
Long Play Updates | Friday, March 14th, 2003
Our two retail stock plays were able to out perform the industrials and the S&P Retail index on Friday but new entry points may better on a pull back.

Same Old Situation
Short Play Updates | Friday, March 14th, 2003
Multi-week downtrends in these two stocks remain intact, despite the large broader market reversal. We've lowered the stop-loss for our retail play, which reached new long-term lows on Friday.

Retailers Rushing Higher
Long Play Updates | Friday, March 13th, 2003
Wall Street ignored more troubling economic data today and bid retail stocks higher in the broad market rally.

Two Are Looking Weak
Short Play Updates | Thursday, March 13th, 2003
These retail and healthcare plays showed little response to Thursday's 269-point Dow rally. Our brokerage stock, however, fared much better...

Hanging By a Thread
Long Play Updates | Tuesday, March 11th, 2003
This retail play is holding above psychological support, less than ten cents away from our stop-loss.

Double Down
Short Play Updates | Tuesday, March 11th, 2003
Looking for technical strength? You won't find much of it here. Both of these stocks are underperforming the market and trading at fresh relative lows.

New Stops
Long Play Updates | Friday, March 7th, 2003
Shares for our two bullish plays bounced higher like most of the market. We're taking the opportunity to reduce risk and raise our stops.

Split Decision
Short Play Updates | Friday, March 7th, 2003
Friday's broader market reversal helped retailers to find a bid. Our HMO play, however, did not benefit from the widespread buying.

Smells Like...
Long Play Updates | Thursday, March 6th, 2003
The way these two stocks have bounce from their lows, it smells like an entry point but given the geo-political scene heating up and the weekend ahead of us, we're rather cautious.

Buyers Strike
Short Play Updates | Thursday, March 6th, 2003
Neither one of these stocks has been able to buck the recent bearish trend in the major equity indexes. Today's weakness in the Dow was enough to push our HMO play below support. Could a full-blown breakdown be far behind?

Double Ouch
Long Play Updates | Tuesday, March 4th, 2003
As investors began to see the broader markets fall, the selling pressure continued to grow for these two bullish candidates.

A Promising Rollover
Short Play Updates | Tuesday, March 4th, 2003
This chemical stock bounced sharply from its relative lows last week. However, the bears appear to be regaining the upper hand after shares failed to move above descending resistance.

Minimizing Downside Risk
Long Play Updates | Friday, February 28th, 2003
We've adjusted the stop-loss for one of these long plays. The stock is trading at new multi-month highs after rebounding from moving average support.

Lowering Our Stop
Short Play Updates | Friday, February 28th, 2003
A recent reversal has prompted us to take defensive action in this short play.

Another Relative High
Long Play Updates | Thursday, February 27th, 2003
This recently activated long play powered ahead to new highs on Thursday, following a successful test of its 50-dma.

What Next?
Short Play Updates | Friday, February 27th, 2003
A relief rally in this chemical stock petered out at short-term resistance. We're now looking for shares to break the recent pattern of higher lows.

The Bulls Strike Back
Short Play Updates | Tuesday, February 25th, 2003
Shares of this chemical manufacturer bounced back with the Dow on Tuesday. We're looking for the rebound to create a bearish entry point if the stock rolls over from short-term resistance.

Minor Bounce
Short Play Updates | Friday, February 21st, 2003
The Dow Industrials may have turned in a triple digit gain but these two bearish plays only produced minor bounces ahead of the weekend.

Another Mixed Bag
Short Play Updates | Thursday, February 20th, 2003
We have another round of mixed results for the active trader short plays. All three were in the red today but given the broad market results, this should not be a surprise.

Blizzard of Bullishness
Short Play Updates | Tuesday, February 18th, 2003
Lack of a terrorist attack, more UN troubles for Bush and a massive snowstorm put investors in a buying mood today.

Blixed!
Short Play Updates | Friday, February 14th, 2003
Wall Street listened attentively to the proceedings at today's U.N. meeting in New York. With few surprises coming from Hans Blix or Colin Powell, shorts decided to cover en masse. We're dubious about the sustainability of these rapid gains.

Is It Short Covering?
Short Play Updates | Thursday, February 13th, 2003
With the bears in control most of the session it was a surprise to see the markets rebound in the last hour of the day. Traders were squaring away positions ahead of the U.N. meeting tomorrow and the long weekend.

Unconvincing Rebounds
Short Play Updates | Tuesday, February 11th, 2003
All four of these stocks are trading below short-term resistance. One of our retail shorts is looking particularly weak after falling to a new relative low on Tuesday.

Downside Momentum
Short Play Updates | Friday, February 7th, 2003
Two of these short plays are trading at levels not seen for several months. Neither stock has any substantial support until the October lows.

Lower Than Expected
Short Play Updates | Friday, February 6th, 2003
Our retail play hit new multi-month lows today after the company disappointed Wall Street with its January same-store sales data.

A Promising Breakdown
Short Play Updates | Tuesday, February 4th, 2003
We've tightened the stop on this retail play. The stock abandoned support on Tuesday and closed at levels not seen since October. Our chemical manufacturing play could soon follow suit if the broader market keeps moving lower.

Support Tested...Again!
Long Play Updates | Friday, January 31st, 2003
Our drug stock found enthusiastic buyers when it briefly dipped below support on Friday morning. The rising oscillators are hinting at continued upside movement.

Holding Above Support
Short Play Updates | Friday, January 31st, 2003
Much like the Dow, these two stocks have rebounded from critical support. Our retail play, however, is still threatening a breakdown to new lows.

Market Weakness Spoils Intraday Rally
Long Play Updates | Thursday, January 30th, 2003
This pharmaceutical stock was looking strong on Thursday morning before the major indexes began to sell off. Shares outperformed the market and are still holding above support.

A Mixed Bag
Short Play Updates | Thursday, January 30th, 2003
Lukewarm brokerage comments couldn't keep this retail stock out of negative territory on Thursday. Meanwhile, our chemical play has managed to hold above support.

Support Holds
Long Play Updates | Tuesday, January 28th, 2003
This drug stock might be in the early stages of a reversal after it bounced from support this morning. We'll need to see some confirmation of a follow-through on Wednesday.

Consumer Confidence Beats Weak Expectations
Short Play Updates | Tuesday, January 28th, 2003
Better-than-expected economic data helped the retail group to find a bid on Tuesday. Our sector play rebounded from its relative lows but still looks vulnerable to another round of selling.

A Tough Day For the Bulls
Long Play Updates | Friday, January 24th, 2003
Our long plays suffered at the hands of Friday's market sell-off. Two of these stocks, however, held up relatively well compared to the Dow.

It's Getting Ugly.
Short Play Updates | Friday, January 24th, 2003
The major averages all produced serious declines on Friday and one of these bearish plays followed suit. The remains under resistance. See our new stop loss.

A Pair Of New Stops
Long Play Updates | Thursday, January 23rd, 2003
We've reduced our downside exposure on two of these long plays.

Oversold Bounce? Yawn...
Short Play Updates | Thursday, January 23rd, 2003
As expected these two bearish plays bounced with the broader markets today, albeit with varied degrees of success. One appears to be offering a new entry point but we suggest patience.

Swimming Upstream
Long Play Updates | Tuesday, January 21st, 2003
These three stocks traded at or near relative highs on Tuesday, but were unable to buck the broader market decline.

Following The Leaders Lower
Short Play Updates | Tuesday, January 21st, 2003
Again our two bearish non-tech plays have followed the broader market weakness and the Premier Investor Newsletter has witnessed a 4% move in both equities. One is still offering a decent entry point for new positions.

Sector Strength Trumps Market Weakness
Long Play Updates | Friday, January 17th, 2003
Two of our long plays traded to new relative highs on Friday as money rotated into the tobacco and healthcare groups.

Bears Follow Up On Fear
Short Play Updates | Friday, January 17th, 2003
The broader market action gave the bears a big edge today and these two bearish plays have confirmed their weakness. Both have broken through recent support levels and both look ready to move even further.

Breakouts Across the Board!
Long Play Updates | Thursday, January 16th, 2003
Three of these long plays are trading at or near multi-month highs.

No Commitment To the Bounce
Short Play Updates | Thursday, January 16th, 2003
Shares of this office supply company did manage to bounce at support yesterday but there was no follow-through on the action today.

Fill That Gap!
Long Play Updates | Tuesday, January 14th, 2003
Our bullish insurance play was triggered today after shares moved above resistance. We've also raised the stop for one of our medical device stocks, which is beginning to pull back from all-time highs.

Just Above Key Support
Short Play Updates | Tuesday, January 14th, 2003
This stock is in danger of falling to multi-month lows after posting three consecutive days of losses.

New Highs and A New Stop
Long Play Updates | Friday, January 10th, 2003
One of our medical device plays climbed to a new 52-week high on Friday. We're raising our stop-loss in order to take out some downside risk.

A Promising Breakdown
Short Play Updates | Friday, January 10th, 2003
This short play faded the market on Friday and broke out of its recent trading range. We're expecting that this development will lead to a test of critical support next week.

Following the Dow
Long Play Updates | Thursday, January 9th, 2003
Our two long plays are holding at lofty levels. More bullish action in the broader market could send the stocks above short-term resistance.

An Extremely Tight Range
Short Play Updates | Thursday, January 9th, 2003
Rangebound trading isn't very fun to watch, but this stock's relative weakness and downtrending oscillators have convinced us to give the bears another day to prove themselves.

Climbing Higher
Long Play Updates | Tuesday, January 7th, 2003
Both of these long plays are trading at or near relative highs.

Double-Secret Probation
Short Play Updates | Tuesday, January 7th, 2003
A lack of direction in this stock is beginning to try our patience. We've grown weary of the sideways trading and may close the play if shares don't begin to head lower by the end of the week.

Good News and a Breakout
Long Play Updates | Friday, January 3rd, 2003
Negative study results from a competitor have pushed one of these plays within range of multi-year highs. Meanwhile, our other medical device play is already trading at all-time highs.

Bearish Consolidation
Short Play Updates | Friday, January 3rd, 2003
This stock is trading sideways with a trend of lower highs. We're looking for a rollover to take shares back down to the relative lows.

Cautiously Positive
Long Play Updates | Thursday, January 2nd, 2003
Although our drug play couldn't keep up with the broader market on Monday, several bullish technical developments might portend another leg higher.

No Gains Here
Short Play Updates | Thursday, January 2nd, 2003
Someone forgot to tell this stock to rally on Thursday.

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  Coiling Tighter and Tighter
New Bearish Plays | January 23rd, 2005
The bearish trading pattern in this semiconductor stock is forecasting a breakdown soon. We're going to use a trigger to catch the move.

Software Sinks
Bearish Play Updates | January 23rd, 2005
Our bearish software play has broken support and its 100-dma.

 
  Dividends and Oil
New Bullish Play | January 23rd, 2005
This oil trust has a huge dividend yield and a bullish chart pattern that is sure to grab the bulls' interest.

Coal, Aerospace and Natural Gas
Bullish Play Updates | January 23rd, 2005
Our non-tech bullish candidates have been narrowed to more defensive candidates given the pull back in the market.

Untriggered
Bearish Play Updates | January 23rd, 2005
Our bearish media play has shown a surprising lack of weakness the last couple of sessions and we remain untriggered.

Earnings are approaching
Closed Bullish Plays | January 23rd, 2005
It's our policy to avoid holding over an earnings report and this play ran out of time.

 
  Too Extended
New Bearish Play | January 23rd, 2005
This investment services company looks way overbought and suddenly teetering on the edge of a big breakdown.

Another Oil Victim
Closed Bullish Plays | December 2nd, 2004
This tanker stock is another victim of the sell-off in oil.

Momentum Play Hitting Highs.
Bullish Play Updates | November 28th, 2004
This momentum play is still hitting new highs but we're looking for a dip.

 
  No New Long-Term Play Candidates At This Time.

 
  HAFC announces a 2-for-1 split
Stock Split Announcements | January 20th, 2005
Thursday afternoon right at the closing bell the Hanmi Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:HAFC) announced that its Board of Directors had approved a 2-for-1 stock split of its common shares.

EBAY announces a 2-for-1 split
Stock Split Announcements | January 19th, 2005
Internet auction giant eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) reported Q4 earnings after the bell this evening.

CHS fashions a 2-for-1 split
Stock Split Announcements | January 6th, 2005
Thursday morning before the market's opening bell Chico's FAS (NYSE:CHS) announced that its Board of Directors had approved a 2-for-1 stock split of its common shares.

CVCO announces a 2-for-1 split
Stock Split Announcements | January 6th, 2005
Thursday afternoon just minutes after the closing bell Cavco Industries, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors had authorized a 2-for-1 stock split of its common shares.

MATR announces a 3-for-2 split
Stock Split Announcements | January 6th, 2005
Thursday afternoon Matria Healthcare, Inc. (NASDAQ: MATR) announced that its Board of Directors had approved a 3-for-2 stock split of its common shares.

TALX announces a 3-for-2 split
Stock Split Announcements | January 6th, 2005
Thursday afternoon after the market's closing bell the TALX Corp. (NASDAQ:TALX) announced that its Board of Directors had approved a 3-for-2 stock split in the form of a 50% stock dividend.

MCRS splits shares 2-for-1
Stock Split Announcements | January 5th, 2005
Wednesday morning before the market's opening bell MICROS Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MCRS) announced that its Board of Directors had approved a 2-for-1 stock split of its common shares in the form of a stock dividend.

CRDN announces a 3-for-2 stock split
Stock Split Announcements | December 20th, 2004
Monday morning before the market's opening bell Ceradyne, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRDN) announced that its Board of Directors had approved a 3-for-2 stock split of its common shares.

CMN announces a 3-for-2 stock split
Stock Split Announcements | December 16th, 2004
Thursday afternoon the Cantel Medical Corp. (NYSE:CMN) announced that its Board of Directors had approved a 3-for-2 stock split of its common shares.

FLIR declares a 2-for-1 stock split
Stock Split Announcements | December 16th, 2004
Thursday morning before the opening bell FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:FLIR) announced its FY05 earnings and revenue outlook.

JOYG mines a 3-for-2 stock split
Stock Split Announcements | December 16th, 2004
Thursday morning before the market's opening bell the Joy Global Inc. (NASDAQ:JOYG) announced that its Board of Directors had approved a 3-for-2 stock split of its common shares.

MTH builds a 2-for-1 stock split
Stock Split Announcements | December 16th, 2004
Thursday morning before the opening bell the Meritage Homes Corp. (NYSE:MTH) announced a 2-for-1 stock split of its common stock in the form of a stock dividend.

BCP grows a 3-for-2 stock split
Stock Split Announcements | December 16th, 2004
Thursday morning before the market's opening bell the Balchem Corporation (AMEX:BCP) announced that its Board of Directors had approved a 3-for-2 stock split of its common shares.

 

 

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