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Insider Buys – Methods and Strategies

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For those wishing to learn about insider buying trading, I’ve consolidated three posts on this topic, to provide an easy way to find all the information in one place.

Insider Buys – Methods and Strategies

By Ilene and Dave

A generally reliable stock-trading strategy is to buy a stock when an insider has just reported a significant purchase to the SEC.

The theory is simple: the insider knows the stock is undervalued and/or knows there is good news on the way which will move the stock price up, and believes this move will be sustainable.

There are a number of services which notify subscribers when an insider buys stock in a company. Some services provide notification within minutes, transmitting the information to subscribers via email alerts.  Insider Cow, which is allowing us to tap into their service, allows subscribers to choose which insider actions they wish to be alerted to.

Not all insider buys have the same ability to move a stock – some are recognized as meaningful and will attract traders and investors, while others are virtually ignored. Distinguishing between meaningful buying and insignificant buying is part of successfully trading this strategy. To complicate the matter, the meaningfulness of an insider buy – measured by the market reaction to it – is influenced by an ever-changing market environment.

When I began trading this strategy, about four years ago, I was using a software program developed by a friend which would access the SEC website and alert us when an insider filed a buy.  The program would attempt to determine how bullish the purchase appeared to be.  It would do this by calculating a score based on the available information.  For example, if a CEO of company with market capitalization less than about $1 billion would buy $1 million dollars worth of stock, the program would toss out a relatively high score indicating that buying the stock was likely to result in a profitable trade.

Beginning around two and a half years ago, this method became more difficult to trade due to changes in day-trading patterns and market conditions. The first change we noticed was that we were losing our competitive edge. Faster, larger players (programs?) were buying


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Obama Passes Tenants Bill of Rights; Buying Frenzy In Phoenix

Obama Passes Tenants Bill of Rights; Buying Frenzy In Phoenix

Courtesy of Mish
 
President Obama has signed a bill that will halt "No Notice Evictions" in which tenants are give is little as 15 minutes to leave, with nowhere to go, and nowhere to put their belongings.

I talked about no notice evictions in Friday Night Videos: Inflation or Deflation; Lost Vegas.

Lost Vegas

During the boom years, no place in America boomed more than Las Vegas. But when the economy collapsed, Vegas fell hard. Laura Ling tours the wreckage of Sin City, from unemployed strippers and half-built, abandoned casino projects, to hospitals turning away cancer patients and ambulances, to one of the few remaining boom industries--evicting people.

The forced "no notice" evictions in the Lost Vegas video are very disturbing. If someone is not paying the mortgage on their property and is evicted I have little sympathy. However, the video shows multiple instances of "no notice evictions" as many as 13 a day, that give renters as little as 20 minutes to leave with nowhere to go and no place to put their belongings, even if they are current on their rent.

This is theft in my opinion, and I am quite sure the practice is not limited to Las Vegas.

Evicting Entire Rental Buildings

In response to Lost Vegas, "Tin Hat" replied in a comment:

A friend of mine experienced a "no notice" eviction in Ft Lauderdale December of 07. Her rent payments had been on time.

Luckily for her, she caught wind of it/heeded the rumor a week before it happened and found a place to move. As she was taking the last few boxes out of her apartment, the State police showed up to start mass evictions. Those tenants that didn’t know, were forced to leave with what they could carry on their backs and nothing else. They were not allowed to go back for anything that was left. So they not only lost the roof over their head, they lost most of everything they owned.

What happened to those people who didn’t have some one to take them in on no notice?

Tenants rights? In these cases, there are no tenants rights. It’s disgusting. They force people into homelessness through no fault of their own. It’s unconscionable. IMO, if a bank is going to


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Why the US Has Really Gone Broke

Another view questioning who is really in charge here.  Courtesy of Jesse’s Café Américain.

Why the US Has Really Gone Broke

Le Café AméricainThis is a difficult essay for an American of this generation to read, because we have grown up with the assumption that the security of the United States is intimately tied to massive amounts of spending for military preparedness. The first response to any essay such as this is often an emotional one: "What about the troops?"

It requires an effort to realize that the vast majority of this spending has absolutely nothing to do with what the troops want or need. The recent examples of the lack of adequate armor on vehicles carrying troops, to the abysmal conditions in the military hospital system, are more than just anomalies. The military industrial complex, of which we had been warned in the farewell address of Dwight Eisenhower, does not value the troops, the US citizen army, highly in its equations.

The United States has reached its limit. It can no longer aspire to be ‘the world’s policeman.’ We are not able to do this and maintain a viable and healthy democracy at home. We are not protecting ourselves and our liberties; we are promoting the interests of pseudo-american global corporations around the world. As Mussolini observed, corporatism is fascism.

The global corporate complex, though nominally based in part in the US, exists for its own purposes, serves its own purposes, and consumes everything which we the American people hold most valuable: our lives, our liberties, and our pursuit of peace and happiness with justice for all.

"Some of the damage can never be rectified. There are, however, some steps that the U.S. urgently needs to take. These include reversing Bush’s 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for the wealthy, beginning to liquidate our global empire of over 800 military bases, cutting from the defense budget all projects that bear no relationship to national security and ceasing to use the defense budget as a Keynesian jobs program. If we do these things we have a chance of squeaking by. If we don’t, we face probable national insolvency and a long depression."

Why the U.S. Has Really Gone Broke
Chalmers Johnson
Le Monde Diplomatique
February, 2008

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An almost perfect storm

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Here’s another one by Allan. Allan’s getting ready to pull the trigger on his long awaited Sell signal.

An almost perfect storm

The charts below contain my most important tools and indicators. They will define my trading going forward, just as they have in the past. With each chart a brief comment stating the obvious.
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Weekly SPX
 


The bars remain blue going into next week. But the False Bar Stochastic, channels and wave count are all warning that the end of a multi-month corrective Wave 4 is upon us. Still unconfirmed, but running out of room and running on fumes.

Daily SPX

The Daily chart above flipped SHORT last week. The wave count and FBS are warning that another leg up is possible, maybe even probable. A recovery from last week’s decline would certainly suck in a lot bullish sentiment, just the psychology needed for the icing on that Weekly Wave 4 end, a culmination rally sucker-punching the bears.
 
240 minute SPX

Not all charts help the analysis, as is the case with the above 240 minute chart. But it does define our dilemma; Which way, which way?

30 minute SPX


So we drill down to a chart that does add tactical perspective. At first glance, this looks eerily close to the Weekly chart. But it’s a 30 minute SPX. The portrait here is of a definitive end to a Wave 4 correction and the first red bar of Wave 5 down. On the shortest tactical time frame we see what could be the beginning of a massive bearish formation that will infect all of the above charts and bring into the play a significant decline, or more accurately, the significant decline.

Bottom line is that the resumption of the Bear Market in a big, big way is upon us. If it hasn’t started yet, it will soon enough. Significant weakness next week will seal the deal. Absent that, another week, maybe two will be needed for an almost perfect set-up for an almost perfect storm.
 


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Priory guest blog

This is truly stunning information, and although I do not consider myself a "conspiracy" believer, I’m going to post this with no further comment. – Ilene Leaked Agenda: Bilderberg Group Plans Economic Depression 060509top2

Priory guest blog

Courtesy of Allan

My recent publication of The Bilderberg Depression [written by Paul Joseph Watson, borrowed from me, here, borrowed from Global Research, possibly borrowed from Prison Planet] has received a lot of attention across much of the blogosphere. It appears to have hit a nerve as immediately upon its publication my blog’s daily hit count increased by about 25%. More significantly for us, it has brought someone out into the open (relatively) who has been contributing to this blog through his ideas and forecasts for about the past 18 months. Some of my very best "lucky guesses" from past blogs were the direct result of information passed along to me by this mystery voice. Up until the Bilderberg post, he had asked me not to disclose his participation, relationship to me, or even his existence.

But The Bilderberg Depression has changed all that. Within an hour of publication of that blog I heard from him. As in the past, he again wanted me to pass along some information through this blog. Only this time I persuaded him to post himself. The post below was his response and I can attest to the veracity of everything disclosed in the post that relates to me and my relationship this individual and his group.

I have known this person since my days as an attorney in Georgia. The circumstances surrounding how and in what capacity we met is not something I can disclose. Nonetheless, he has never suggested anything to me that did not occur just as he described it would. The accuracy of his forecasts and the breadth of knowledge he has shared with me over the years suggests very strongly that what he describes in this blog is a reality. Those of you who have been with me for the past five years should realize that credibility is a big deal to me and accordingly, this source would not be appearing here, nor posting, if I wasn’t absolutely convinced of his authenticity and the credibility of his observations.

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Charting Too Big To Fail

Courtesy of Tyler Durden

Charting Too Big To Fail

The recent addition of legacy loans to TALF caused CMBX spreads to turn on the nitrous and rip like all the commercial real estate concerns over the past 6 months have disappeared (especially in the top-most AAA tranche). Between financials, whose stocks have doubled on average, and CMBX (whose spreads have halved), there is, at this point, no doubt as to what lengths the administration is willing to go to funnel every single printed dollar into these otherwise doomed industries.

While there is still no indication that TALF v3.0 will work at all (the ongoing tweaks to TALF are nothing more than the government’s way to moderate the CRE collapse) and facilitate leveraged interest in AAA CMBX, the market has priced in a massive upside at this point, implying the up/downside from this point, absent a complete nationalization of all commercial real estate, is significantly unattractive.

CMBX 1

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CMBX 2

CMBX 3

CMBX 4

CMBX 5

CMBX AAA By Vintage

Lastly, I present the MCDX spread chart, representing the index for risk of municipal default, which consists of both state and city constituents, which has also tightened since March as well as on the heels of Frank’s initiative to guarantee municipal debt issues. At this rate, there will i) either be no non-sovereign risk attendant to any asset class relatively soon, or ii) the administration’s plan of socializing every form of risk imaginable will blow up in some unprecedented and, as of yet, inconceivable manner.

 





Tyler Durden’s Weekend Reading

Tyler Durden’s Weekend Reading

  • Ben Bernanke’s commencement speech at the Boston College School of Law (FRB)
  • Obushma-Biney in the home of the frightened (FT)
  • Geithner picking the best (for Wall Street) of all derivative worlds (Bloomberg)
  • S&P: Britain will be the next stage of the global crisis (Telegraph)
  • More on Europe: The really ugly truth on European banks (HY Blog)
  • Steve Liesman’s favorite portal (Recessionblocker)
  • Dollar is dirt, treasuries are toast, AAA is gone (Bloomberg)
  • The importance of irrelevant alternatives (Economist)
  • Why Peter Schiff’s bookings are down 75-85% (Time)
  • Some pretty ideas here, most lacking a few extra zeroes (Dollar Redesign Project)
  • Libya sees 50% chance OPEC to cut oil output at Vienna Meeting (Bloomberg)
  • The new, new economy (Wired)

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Smart money on market direction: Bears caught flat footed?

Thank you to PSW member who posted a link to this excellent review article in the chat.  Sajal has kindly granted us permission to reprint his work.  Thanks, Sajal! - Ilene

Smart money on market direction: Bears caught flat footed?

Courtesy of Sajal at Fundamental Insights and Ideas

With an almost ~40% equity markets rally behind us, this bull market may still have some upside left. The bears sure got caught flat footed on this one. It’s always interesting to collate responses from different strategists. I find that recurrent themes makes it easier to filter out the noise. (Consider this to be similar to the "most widely held" consensus stock portfolio. Only in this case we’re trying to divine the "most widely held" very-smart money strategy. )

I’ve written two other recent commentaries which can be found here and here. Together, they represent a nice summary of current very-smart money opinion.

Well, the consensus seems to:

  • Favor gold. We already knew that several prominent funds like Paulson Funds and Greenlight Capital have recently taken huge positions in gold.
  • Bearish strategists still point to the suspect technical nature of this rally, and sound as adamant as ever. Probably a little too wedded to their ideas.
  • A currency crisis with dollar devaluation looks imminent
  • Even the bears think the highs in this rally may be ahead of us
  • 930-950 on the S&P500 represents overhead resistance. If we clear it, this bull has a lot further to go. If we don’t, it’s a bear market rally.
  • One common thread running through a few commentaries focuses on a three cycle picture: a correction in May, another big rally into June-July, and then another really deep correction, possibly taking us to new lows (depending on how bearish the strategist is).
  • Some well respected economists have chimed in on how the current rally on green shoots euphoria sounds suspect.

So it definitely looks like the rally is long in the tooth. Let’s see what the very-smart money has to say:

  • Jim Rogers : The stock market may hit new lows this year or the next as the current rally has been largely caused by the money printed by central banks and fundamental problems remain unsolved

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Hedging Your Way To Healthy Dividends – Part 2

Time to get a little more conservative

In Part 1 of this post, we talked about the potential long-term value of taking a chance on companies that used to pay dividends but don’t at the moment.  In addition to the 7 selections we had last Tuesday, I would urge members to keep on the lookout for additional prospects we can discuss as the long-term benefits of catching these stocks at the lows can be amazing!  This was the same logic that led me to pound the table back in March on C, BAC, WFC, JPM and even the hated GS – stocks that have tripled or better in just 3 months

We had a very easy time selecting those stocks as we were able to hedge our entries and our long-term logic was that, at those low prices, we could be fairly sure of producing a good option income even if they never restored the dividends but the kicker was the possiblility of owning, for example, C at $1.50 down the road when they go back to paying $1 per year dividends.  Imagine having a year’s salary put away on stocks that pay you almost a year’s salary every year in dividends alone! 

Don’t worry, you didn’t miss a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, we just have to work a little harder at the moment.  As I noted with our LYG example, there are still beaten-down financials that are worth a look and today we’ll look at 2 more of our 21 Tuesday selections (one now, one later) and go over the trading plans for those positions.  Note that the LYG trade ties up just $1,035 in cash to make (hopefully) $1,465 in year 1 with a commitment of $3,535 if you end up owning all 1,000 shares on Jan 15th. 

By making sure you are on top of these figures, a person making $30,000 a year who has $5,000 in an investment account count take a modest 6-month gamble like this.  If this trade pays off, $5,000 becomes $6,465 and 500 LYG shares are secure (about $2,500 worth) or, at worst, you have 22% more cash for the next trade.  The next trade secures another potential dividend payer and if every 6 months you can secure just another $2,500 worth of dividend paying stocks for under $2,000 then in just 10 years, investing just 10% of a $30,000 annual salary, you could, very conservatively, have $50,000 worth of
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Barack Obama: “We Are Out Of Money”

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Barack Obama: "We Are Out Of Money"

Courtesy of Tyler at Zero Hedge

Fast forward to 13:34 minutes in the clip below, in which the president, interviewed by C-Span, has the mother of all Freudian slips and discloses just what the real state of the economy is.

 




 
 
 

Zero Hedge

Teachers' Retirement Funds Are Piling Into Manhattan Real Estate At Record High Prices

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

Rather than buying equity interests in buildings, TIAA-CREF and KTCU are seeking to invest in mortgages backed by office towers, retail properties, warehouses and apartments in major U.S. cities. The venture between the two companies, which manage teachers’ savings in their respective countries, is 51 percent owned by TIAA-CREF and 49 percent held by Seoul-based KTCU.

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What Would You Do?

What Would You Do?

Courtesy of Paul Price

Suppose you had the technical ability and raw materials to print up counterfeit dollars, euros or yen that were identical to the real things. Assume you could spend them as fast as you could create them with no fear of any repercussions.

Would you prudently print up only as much fresh currency as you needed for your current lifestyle? Would you create just a bit more than that to help relatives or those in need?

It is most likely you’d have your printing press running 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Becoming the richest person in the world would confer great power upon you.

You could rationalize this action because you plan to use the money for good purposes. Imagine the warm feeling you’d get by giving every person in America one million do...



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Phil's Favorites

Why The U.S. Shale Boom May Come To Abrupt End

Courtesy of Arthur Berman via OilPrice.com

U.S tight oil production from shale plays will fall more quickly than most assume.

Why? High decline rates from shale reservoirs is given. The more interesting reasons are the compounding effects of pad drilling on rig count and poorer average well performance with time.

Rig productivity has increased but average well productivity has decreased. Every rig used in pad drilling has approximately three times the impact on the daily production rate as a rig did before pad drilling. At the same time, average well productivity has decreased by about one-third.

This means that production rates will fall at a much higher rate today than during previous periods of falling rig counts.

Most shale wells today are drilled from pads. One rig drills many wells...



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Chart School

Bearish Engulfing Patterns

Courtesy of Declan.

Today's end-of-day losses were disguised by the relatively light declines at the close. Markets opened strong, but were unable to maintain premarket strength. The consolidations in place since the 'Santa Rally' are holding on, but markets can ill afford additional losses from here.

The S&P finished on the 38.2% Fib retracement of the 'Santa Rally'. Aggressive longs may view this as a head-and-shoulder reversal; if this pr-oves to be the case then markets have to rally from the cash open. The S&P is a case in point.


The Nasdaq experienced a very wide day; opening above its 20-day and 50-day MA, but finishing well below these moving averages, and on...

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All About Trends

Mid-Day Update

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OpTrader

Swing trading portfolio - week of January 26th, 2015

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This post is for all our live virtual trade ideas and daily comments. Please click on "comments" below to follow our live discussion. All of our current  trades are listed in the spreadsheet below, with entry price (1/2 in and All in), and exit prices (1/3 out, 2/3 out, and All out).

We also indicate our stop, which is most of the time the "5 day moving average". All trades, unless indicated, are front-month ATM options. 

Please feel free to participate in the discussion and ask any questions you might have about this virtual portfolio, by clicking on the "comments" link right below.

To learn more about the swing trading virtual portfolio (strategy, performance, FAQ, etc.), please click here ...



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Sabrient

Sector Detector: With the Fed fading into shadows, investors look overseas for new catalysts

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Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

By Scott Martindale

Last week, the S&P 500 put an end to its streak of weekly losses, despite giving back some gains on Friday. Thursday provided the big catalyst, with the ECB’s announcement of its bold new monetary stimulus plan. Investors were cheered and soothed for the moment. And U.S. fundamentals still look strong. But with Greece trying to turn back time, with volatility elevated (and likely to continue as such), and with the technical situation still dicey, the near term outlook is still worrisome.

In this weekly update, I give my view of the current market environment, offer a technical analysis of the S&P 500 chart...



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Digital Currencies

Jitters After Bitcoin Exchange Suspends Services

So as I was saying yesterday (Bitcoin: The Biggest Clown Show In History?), Bitcoin has several obstacles on the path to potential success as an alternative currency. But I forgot to mention hacking and theft at Bitcoin exchanges and other technical problems. This is related to the lack of government backing and the fact that the value of Bitcoins is based entirely on confidence.  

Jitters After Bitcoin Exchange Suspends Services 

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Pharmboy

2015 - Biotech Fever

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PSW Members - well, what a year for biotechs!   The Biotech Index (IBB) is up a whopping 40%, beating the S&P hands down!  The healthcare sector has had a number of high flying IPOs, and beat the Tech Sector in total nubmer of IPOs in the past 12 months.  What could go wrong?

Phil has given his Secret Santa Inflation Hedges for 2015, and since I have been trying to keep my head above water between work, PSW, and baseball with my boys...it is time that something is put together for PSW on biotechs in 2015.

Cancer and fibrosis remain two of the hottest areas for VC backed biotechs to invest their monies.  A number of companies have gone IPO which have drugs/technologies that fight cancer, includin...



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Stock World Weekly

Stock World Weekly

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Option Review

SPX Call Spread Eyes Fresh Record Highs By Year End

Stocks got off to a rocky start on the first trading day in December, with the S&P 500 Index slipping just below 2050 on Monday. Based on one large bullish SPX options trade executed on Wednesday, however, such price action is not likely to break the trend of strong gains observed in the benchmark index since mid-October. It looks like one options market participant purchased 25,000 of the 31Dec’14 2105/2115 call spreads at a net premium of $2.70 each. The trade cost $6.75mm to put on, and represents the maximum potential loss on the position should the 2105 calls expire worthless at the end of December. The call spread could reap profits of as much as $7.30 per spread, or $18.25mm, in the event that the SPX ends the year above 2115. The index would need to rally 2.0% over the current level...



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Help One Of Our Own PSW Members

"Hello PSW Members –

This is a non-trading topic, but I wanted to post it during trading hours so as many eyes can see it as possible.  Feel free to contact me directly at jennifersurovy@yahoo.com with any questions.

Last fall there was some discussion on the PSW board regarding setting up a YouCaring donation page for a PSW member, Shadowfax. Since then, we have been looking into ways to help get him additional medical services and to pay down his medical debts.  After following those leads, we are ready to move ahead with the YouCaring site. (Link is posted below.)  Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated; not only to help aid in his medical bill debt, but to also show what a great community this group is.

http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-get-shadowfax-out-from-the-darkness-of-medical-bills-/126743

Thank you for you time!




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