Daily Issues

Energy, Materials Shine Amid Late-Day Rally

October 8, 2015

Stocks started the Thursday session in the red -- but buyers slowly infiltrated the arena and pushed the indexes higher: first up to the flat line, and then way up into the green. Big-cap gained 0.9% in late-day trading, a very big swing.

Energy was the best performer, in sync with the rally in crude. Exploration and production firms outperformed, up 3.6% as a group. Industrial and precious metals extended their recent rally. Health care underperformed, with renewed weakness in hospital stocks, and biotechs were flat. Meanwhile, the materials sector beat the tape on fairly broad-based strength.

In today's Trader's Advantage, I'm adding four new stocks, one of which I discuss at length: a plastic compounds supplier whose products are little known -- but ubiquitous. We sold two option trades today; I'll recap both outcomes, too, then update you on our current holdings.

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1 New Buy as Rally Continues

October 7, 2015

Stocks were modestly higher on Wednesday, with each of the broad-market indexes gaining about 0.8%. Wall Street's attention was focused on the corporate calendar as earnings season gets going. One such notable headline came from Yum! Brands (YUM), which fell 18.8% after missing on both earnings and revenue, dragged down by poor sales in China.

Among key S&P sectors, health care, materials and industrials led the gainers, while telecom and utilities lagged. Crude oil was lower, and gold was little changed.

In today's Trader's Advantage, I'm recommending a new bearish trade, and I'll update you on our current holdings, including one half profit and one new sell.

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Short-side Profits in DLTR, and 3 New Opportunities

October 6, 2015

Stocks were mostly lower in the midst of a sell-off in biotech and a rally in oil. Energy and materials were at the top of the leaderboard, while healthcare and utilities lagged. Crude oil and gold were both higher.

The downdraft sent one of our shorts to its profit target and allowed us to enter two new longs. The opportunities keep coming, and I've got three new trade recommendations for you today that are a mix of longs and shorts to take advantage of all this market has to offer.

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Which of the following sectors of the market do you think will outperform for the balance of 2015?

  • Utilities
  • Energy
  • Healthcare
  • Technology
  • Financials
  • Industrials