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High Risk/Reward Closed Plays

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

Biotechs Bounce
Closed Bearish Plays | Wednesday, October 27th, 2004
The biotech sector has bounced sharply with the market these past two days and that's bad news for our short.

IO Issues Earnings Warning
Closed Bullish Plays | Tuesday, October 5th, 2004
Input Output Inc isn't getting enough input for its output and issued a Q3 earnings warning today.

Out of Luck
Closed Bearish Plays | Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004
While we don't count on luck to trade sometimes bad luck strikes.

Preserving Capital
Closed Bearish Plays | Sunday, September 19th, 2004
The long-term trend looks very bearish but we can't find the short-term bounce.

Back to the Bottom
Closed Bullish Plays | Sunday, September 5th, 2004
Our buy the long-term bottom play has slipped back to test the bottom again.

Market's Momentum
Closed Bearish Plays | Tuesday, August 17th, 2004
The market's bullish rebound has begun to lose some momentum but it was enough to stop us out of these high risk/reward plays.

Exiting with a 13% move.
Closed Bearish Plays | Wednesday, July 28th, 2004
We're closing this bearish play after a significant drop.

Rumor of an acquisition
Closed Bearish Plays | Thursday, July 22nd, 2004
Buyout rumors send this Internet stock higher.

Big Moves!
Closed Bearish Plays | Sunday, July 18th, 2004
We're closing these two high risk/reward bearish plays after some big moves. IMOS dropped almost 20% and VISG declined about 17%.

SOHU's 20% Drop
Closed Bearish Plays | Wednesday, July 14th, 2004
We are closing SOHU as a successful short with a 20 percent decline from our suggested entry.

In and Out
Closed Bullish Plays | Thursday, July 8th, 2004
Our speculation play on a battered telecom didn't fare well in the face of another tech sell-off.

Head Fake
Closed Bullish Plays | Sunday, July 4th, 2004
Giving us just enough to pin a bullish case on, this High Risk play caught us in a bull trap, stalling and then heading back towards and then below support.

Rolling Over
Closed Bullish Plays | Wednesday, June 30th, 2004
Rather than the breakout we expected, this stock looks poised to break near-term support, so we're closing the play tonight before our stop gets hit.

Gaining Strength
Closed Bearish Plays | Wednesday, June 30th, 2004
Rather than rolling over from resistance as we expected, this Biotechnology stock appears to be chipping away at resistance in preparation for a stronger bullish move.

Target hit and Stopped Out
Closed Bearish Plays | Sunday, June 6th, 2004
Our recently added short play in the chip sector hit our initial target on Thursday.

Breakdown
Closed Bullish Plays | Thursday, June 3rd, 2004
After two solid rally attempts, our aggressive Internet play finally broke down today, suggesting that lower rather than higher price levels lie ahead.

Take The Money And Run
Closed Bullish Plays | Wednesday, May 26th, 2004
After breaking out with conviction early in the week, this aggressive bullish stock dipped to almost clip our trailed stop yesterday and then exploded to the upside today, breaking right through our profit target.

Time's Up
Closed Bearish Plays | Tuesday, May 4th, 2004
Continuing in its bearish trend, this play still looks like it has some downside potential, but we're out of time with the company set to released its earnings report tomorrow.

Biotech Implosion
Closed Bullish Plays | Sunday, May 2nd, 2004
Traders quickly took money out of biotech stocks this past week as the NASDAQ turned lower.

End Of The Line
Closed Bearish Plays | Monday, April 26th, 2004
As we feared, the bounce in this aggressive bearish play was too strong and the stock plowed right through resistance this morning, triggering our stop in the process.

Low on fuel
Closed Bullish Plays | Sunday, April 18th, 2004
Rising oil prices, demoralizing earnings reports, and growing tensions in the middle east have short circuited our bullish play here.

Take The Money And Run
Closed Bullish Plays | Wednesday, April 7th, 2004
Played out to perfection, this bullish play has just marched steadily higher since its inception, tagging our profit target today and it's clearly time to harvest our gains.

Good News, Bad News
Closed Bearish Plays | Thursday, March 25th, 2004
News of a management change at this Biotechnology company put investors in a buying mood and based on the strong volume, it looks like now is a good time to get out of this bearish play.

Time To Go
Closed Bearish Plays | Wednesday, March 10th, 2004
After more than a month on our playlist, this stock just can't seem to break support. With risk of another rebound, let's harvest our small gain and move on.

Bears Win
Closed Bullish Plays | Tuesday, March 9th, 2004
While the initial breakout looked encouraging, this Technology stock just couldn't hold above that breakout and succumbed to selling pressure over the past 2 days.

Dollar Rebound
Closed Bullish Plays | Sunday, February 22nd, 2004
The dollar caught an impressive rebound towards the end of the week and that was enough to put an end to any bullish thoughts on gold stocks for the near term, with our speculative bullish play being stopped out early on Friday.

No Breakout
Closed Bullish Plays | Wednesday, February 4th, 2004
An imminent breakout looked to be on tap for shares of this recovering Financial stock last weekend, but a complete lack of strength has the stock close to breaking down instead. Our desired entry setup never arrived, so we're dropping coverage tonight in favor of stronger plays.

That Pesky Law of Gravity
Closed Bullish Plays | Thursday, January 29th, 2004
After more than two weeks of struggling with resistance, our space-related play suffered a major failure on Thursday, taking out critical support in the process of tripping our stop.

Never Had A Chance
Closed Bearish Plays | Tuesday, January 27th, 2004
Our aggressive bearish Networking play never got out of the starting gate, triggering our stop before reaching its entry trigger.

Exit For Earnings
Closed Bullish Plays | Wednesday, January 21st, 2004
After a promising start, this bullish play just ran out of steam and with earnings due out tomorrow, it's time to close it out for a slight gain.

A Boost from Across the Sea
Closed Bearish Plays | Sunday, January 4th, 2004
The Chinese and Hong Kong markets climbed strongly on Friday, boosting this Chinese Internet-related stock.

Failed Breakout
Closed Bullish Plays | Wednesday, December 17th, 2003
Despite an encouraging start to the week, this aggressive play got sharply reversed today, leaving behind a bearish looking candle pattern, along with bearish oscillator divergence.

Weak Charge
Closed Bearish Plays | Monday, December 14th, 2003
This energy-related stock tried to charge up to challenge recently broken support, but the charge proved too weak.

Mail-Order Drop Off
Closed Bullish Plays | Monday, December 10th, 2003
A new trend in insurance plans requires patients to receive refills via the mail. That keeps them out of the drugstores and stops them from buying higher-margin front-of-the-store items. That trend may have hurt this drugstore's prospects, sending it below our stop.

Channel Failure
Closed Bullish Plays | Tuesday, December 9th, 2003
After several successful bounces from the bottom of its rising channel in recent months, this Networking stock finally broke down on Tuesday, pressured by strong selling in the Semiconductor group, which only intensified after the FOMC meeting.

Scrapped
Closed Bullish Plays | Tuesday, December 2nd, 2003
The higher cost of scrap metal led one analyst to downgrade this stock. Even though that downgrade was to a buy rating, investors fled and the stock hit our stop.

Not Strong Enough
Closed Bullish Plays | Sunday, November 30th, 2003
This specialty chemicals company's stock was not strong enough to break higher and trigger our play. Friday it broke through support.

Another Bear Trap
Closed Bearish Plays | Wednesday, November 26th, 2003
Chart patterns have been issuing a lot of false signals lately and this failed play is just the latest to come to our attention, with last week's breakdown being strongly reversed today.

Riding a Wave from Distant Lands
Closed Bearish Plays | Monday, November 24th, 2003
China's Shanghai Composite gained more than 3 percent in Wednesday's trading, and this stock benefited. Since the play hasn't yet triggered, we're dropping it from the list.

To the Penny!
Closed Bullish Plays | Monday, November 19th, 2003
This stock's price hit our stop to the penny, then climbed.

To the moon, Alice. To the moon.
Closed Bullish Plays | Tuesday, November 18th, 2003
After only a week and a half, this play has already met our target.

Expended Energy
Closed Bearish Plays | Sunday, November 16th, 2003
Unfortunately, this high risk Technology play blew off too much energy before we got a chance to play. With the rebound bringing it right back to our picked price, it seems unlikely that we'll see a good tradable downside move.

The Patient Will Live, but the Play Will Not
Closed Bearish Plays | Tuesday, November 4th, 2003
A suspicious volume spike in the last five minutes of Friday's trading was followed by an upgrade before the market opened Monday. Tuesday, the continued climb sent the stock above our stop.

Bear Trap
Closed Bearish Plays | Monday, November 3rd, 2003
Just when this play was starting to move in our direction, the company reaffirmed guidance and the bulls were off to the races this morning. That left us firmly in the grasp of an artfully laid bear trap.

Not Meeting Our Expectations
Closed Bullish Plays | Tuesday, October 28th, 2003
This stock performed well earlier in the week, but dipped below our stop just before the conclusion of today's FOMC meeting. It then bounced into the close.

Out Of Time
Closed Bearish Plays | Monday, October 27th, 2003
Just when it looks like this bearish Biotech play is finally going to break down from its current range, we have to drop it due to the approach of earnings tomorrow.

Earnings Due
Closed Bullish Plays | Wednesday, October 22nd, 2003
This tech stock reports earnings Thursday, so it's time to close the play.

Boring!
Closed Bearish Plays | Wednesday, October 22nd, 2003
With all the wild gyrations coming out of this earnings season, we've lost interest in this bearish play, which can't seem to make any progress in either direction. Better to focus our efforts elsewhere.

It Was a Blast!
Closed Bullish Plays | Tuesday, October 14th, 2003
While this play has accumulated solid percentage gains, it's time to close it ahead of Thursday's earnings report.

End Of The Road
Closed Bullish Plays | Sunday, October 12th, 2003
Clearly frustrating to the bulls, this aggressive play couldn't get with the trend of the overall market last week, finally dropping to trigger our stop early on Friday.

A Stellar Performer . . . For the Other Side
Closed Bearish Plays | Sunday, October 5th, 2003
This stock made a big percentage gain on above-average volume. Too bad it was a bearish play.

No Wind in Their Sails
Closed Bullish Plays | Sunday, September 28th, 2003
Small and mid-caps have been sailing high, but they got the wind knocked out of their sails Friday. This former high-flyer sank beneath our stop.

QCOM swoons
Closed Bullish Plays | Thursday, September 25th, 2003
It looks like we have a bearish reversal on our hands and we've been stopped out right under short-term support.

Reversal of Fortune
Closed Bullish Plays | Wednesday, September 24th, 2003
Fresh from recent breakouts to new 52-week highs, this pair of aggressive bullish plays is overdue for an exit from our playlist, with profit taking finally taking its toll.

Call Us Crazy
Closed Bullish Plays | Wednesday, September 17th, 2003
Call us crazy, but we're closing this highly profitable play just as it breaks through round-number resistance.

They Took Out a Contract on Us
Closed Bearish Plays | Wednesday, September 17th, 2003
This defense-related company received a new contract from the Air Force, sending the stock higher.

Close Enough
Closed Bullish Plays | Tuesday, September 9th, 2003
After hitting our initial profit target late last week, we were really hoping that the bulls would be able to reach our aggressive target before our stop was triggered. Alas, they couldn't quite do it, but we're still out with a nice gain.

Catch the Wave
Closed Bearish Plays | Monday, August 25th, 2003
Within this company's sector, the majors retraced some of their recent losses. This company may have gotten caught up in the wave of short-covering.

Out of Gas
Closed Bullish Plays | Sunday, August 24th, 2003
Intel's late Thursday news drove the entire chip sector much higher on Friday but by the end of the day most of the gains were gone. We're closing our play in LSI.

Stopped by the Bell
Closed Bearish Plays | Thursday, August 21st, 2003
When we saw a competitor's symbol crawling across the CNBC screen in pre-market trading on Thursday, highlighted in green, we knew this play was in trouble. We were right.

Out Of Gas
Closed Bullish Plays | Thursday, August 7th, 2003
It has been a rather volatile experience, watching and waiting to see whether our bullish Software play would manage to break support or resistance first. Support finally broke on Thursday, and our stop was triggered.

Tuning Out
Closed Bullish Plays | Sunday, July 27th, 2003
We're going to put ourselves out of our misery on this play. We've haven't yet been stopped out but the prospects are looking dim.

Prime Candidate Harvested
Closed Bullish Plays | Thursday, July 17th, 2003
One of the biggest winners for stocks in 2003 has been hit hard with profit taking. We are stopped out for a 46 cent move.

Booking Some Profits
Closed Bullish Plays | Wednesday, July 16th, 2003
We're cashing in our chips early as the broader market weakness is stalling this stock's advance.

Caught By An Upgrade
Closed Bearish Plays | Tuesday, July 8th, 2003
Yesterday's rebound in the Biotechnology sector gave a mild lift to this bearish play, but not enough to cause us great concern. That all changed this morning with a pre-market upgrade that sent the stock soaring through our stop.

Crippling Words
Closed Bullish Plays | Tuesday, June 19th, 2003
A CEO's appearance before an industry group and his words had a negative impact on his stock's price.

Too Conservative
Closed Bullish Plays | Wednesday, June 18th, 2003
We got a little too conservative with the stop loss on our high-risk/reward natural gas play and it stopped us out before the bounce higher.

61 Cents
Closed Bearish Plays | Wednesday, June 18th, 2003
Our high-risk short on this networker didn't quite work out for us but our stop loss took us out for a 61 cent loss.

Disconnected
Closed Bullish Plays | Monday, May 19th, 2003
Despite the strong bullish undertones last week, the bulls couldn't ignore reality any longer and entered profit-taking mode on Monday and stayed there all day.

Take the Money and Run
Closed Bullish Plays | Tuesday, May 13th, 2003
Internet stocks were all the rage on Tuesday and now seems like a good opportunity to harvest some gains.

Stopped Out Before Earnings
Closed Bullish Plays | Thursday, May 8th, 2003
Our long play in IPG was closed for a gain of 10.9% as shares sold off ahead of the company's quarterly report.

An Unwelcome Reversal
Closed Bearish Plays | Thursday, April 24th, 2003
A promising beginning for this short play quickly morphed into a steep rally. Our stop-loss was violated on Thursday morning.

Biogen Bolsters Biotechs
Closed Bearish Plays | Thursday, April 17th, 2003
Strong earnings from BGEN put a bid under the BTK.X on Thursday. The sector momentum pushed TECH above two levels of overhead resistance. We've closed the play for a loss of 4.2%.

Closing The Box
Closed Bullish Plays | Wednesday, April 16th, 2003
BBOX just can't seem to break out of its recent range. We've dropped the play for a small loss.

Delayed Reaction
Closed Bearish Plays | Tuesday, March 18th, 2003
CTAC didn't respond to yesterday's market rally, but that couldn't prevent the bulls from pushing the stock above psychological resistance during today's session.

Selling Into Strength
Closed Bullish Plays | Friday, March 14th, 2003
With AMGN distancing itself from its long-term ascending trendline and the NASDAQ just below resistance, traders may want to strongly consider taking profits at current levels. Our paper trade has been closed for a gain of 9.7%.

Into the Dustbin
Closed Bearish Plays | Tuesday, March 13th, 2003
It's time to part ways with Allied Waste. With the stock rocketing above its recent downtrend, we've elected to close this play for a small gain.

Take the Money And Run!
Closed Bullish Plays | Monday, March 10th, 2003
Hopefully that's what bullish traders did today when GLW topped out just below whole-number resistance. Our long play was closed for a hypothetical gain of 19.5%.

Unwanted Relative Strength
Closed Bearish Plays | Thursday, March 6th, 2003
Our short play in IDPH has been closed for a 4.2% gain. The stock is moving sideways and not responding to downward movement in the BTK.X.

Breakeven After Two Weeks
Closed Bullish Plays | Tuesday, March 4th, 2003
We're giving TECD the boot tonight after shares experienced a sharp reversal from the relative highs.

Breakdown, Breakeven, Bounce Back
Closed Bullish Plays | Tuesday, February 25th, 2003
Our break-even stop was violated shortly before CYTC rebounded from previous resistance this morning. The subsequent intraday rally is a promising development for the bulls.

AMAT Trips Up the SOX
Closed Bearish Plays | Friday, January 31st, 2003
One of the leading chip equipment manufacturers in the world announced a 35% decline in expected orders and the chip sector gapped down on the news.

Not Enough Time
Closed Bearish Plays | Thursday, January 23rd, 2003
With only four trading days before earnings, we're dropping this un-triggered short play in ERTS. The stock posted some sharp gains in late-day trading and closed above short-term resistance.

Waving the White Flag
Closed Bearish Plays | Friday, January 10th, 2003
Although CEPH didn't reach our stop-loss on Friday, bullish action in biotech sector has prompted us to close the play for a managable loss.

Looking for older articles?

  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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