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
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
This 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 MondeDiplomatique
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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
I’m not buying shares if that’s what you mean. Not
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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At least the dog didn't eat the London Whale's trade blotter, or Bart Chilton's hair wasn't caught in a snowblower. Perhaps, Mr. Chilton will blame the meeting cancelation on the day the regulators are expected to vote on banning of bank prop trading and pass a rule that was "tougher than the banks expected", on the CFTC's low budget which does not permit it to buy antifreeze?
Kvaerner sells its onshore construction business in North America to Matrix Service Company for an enterprise value of USD 80.3 million. The divestment enables Kvaerner to focus its efforts on further developing its upstream oil and gas business. "This transaction is an important step in our strategy to focus our operations. All of Kvaerner's operations will now be focused on delivering offshore installations and onshore plants to our upstream oil and gas customers. The sale also provides us with increased strength to further develop Kvaerner's position in our target markets," says Jan Arve Haugan, President & CEO of Kværner ASA. A definitive agreement was signed between Kværner AS and Matrix Service Company (Nasdaq: MTRX). In the tra...
The President’s speech yesterday on inequality avoided the “R” word. No politician wants to mention “redistribution” because it conjures up images of worthy “makers” forced to hand over hard-earned income to undeserving “takers.”
But as low-wage work proliferates in America, so-called takers are working as hard if not harder than anyone else, and often at more than one job.
Yet they’re still not making it because the twin forces of globalization and technological change have reduced their bargaining power and undermined their economic standing — while bestowing ever greater benefits on a comparative few with the right education and connections (and whose parents are often best able to secure these advantages for them).
It's time again for my weekly gasoline update based on data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Rounded to the penny, Regular and Premium were unchanged. Regular and Premium are down 52 cents and 45 cents, respectively, from their interim highs in late February.
According to GasBuddy.com, no state is averaging above $4.00 per gallon, and only Hawaii is averaging over $3.80. Five states (Oklahoma, Missouri Kansas, Minnesota and Montana) are averaging under $3.00, up from three states last Monday.
How far are we from the interim high prices of 2011 and the all-time highs of 2008? Here's a visual answer.
Today, with very little market moving news, the S&P 500 closed at 1808.4, yet another new closing daily high. The index did touch the 1811 area on at least three distinctly different time slots creating a new resistance level. But after last week’s bevy of positive economic surprises, the sharp gain of 1.1% on Friday, leaving the index just a tiny point away from its ninth consecutive up week, we can’t be too quick to suggest today was a topping rally. For one thing, volume was quite low as traders seemed to be trying to sort out the odds on the earliest date of Fed tapering. Estimates range from this month to March and even later. But it’s going to happen…so why so much emphasis on when? Perhaps protection of end-of-the-year profits in so many fund managers portfolios? ...
Investors sent the S&P 500 to a record-high close despite speeches by Federal Reserve officials hinting that the taper could begin this month.
Monday’s trading action suggested that investors finally overcame their fear that the FOMC could vote to taper the Federal Reserve’s bond-buying on December 18. The S&P 500 reached a new, record-high close, despite the fact that three Federal Reserve officials gave speeches on Monday, suggesting that the tapering program could begin this month. Dallas FedHead Richard Fisher, Richmond FedHead Jeffrey Lacker and St. Louis FedHead James Bullard gave speeches on Monday, wherein each discussed the possibility that the cutbacks to the Fed’s bond-buying could begin in December. Is a Fe...
OSIS – OSI Systems, Inc. – Options volume on OSI Systems today is well above the average daily level for the stock, with upwards of 7,500 contracts in play as of midday in New York versus average daily volume of 57 contracts. The surge in options trading on OSI Systems coincides with a 40% decline in the price of the underlying shares to $39.00 today, the lowest level since October of 2011. The company provided an update on a recent $60 million order cancellation by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Call options are more active than puts, with the call/put ratio hovering near 2.0 as of 12:40 p.m. EST. Some traders appear to be selling out of the money December and January 2014 expiry calls, while others step in to buy the contracts perhaps in the expectation that shares rebound in the...
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These rallies are becoming familiar. In early July we saw a streak of 12 of 13 sessions in a row up, early September 11 of 12, and mid October 11 of 13 (current streak). It is a bit uncanny the similarities and how the escalator goes straight up in vertical ascent as we see indexes come out of mini corrections during QE. So we are about at the same stage where the last two began to tire, so it will be interesting if this is similar or if the current consensus of the market that there is nothing to worry about until next year as the Fed and D.C. are both off the table and this 3% annual growth rate in earnings we are now seeing in the S...
Welcome to the fouth update of the IRA Virtual Portfolio. First I am going to summarize the current state of the Portfolio then I will get into all the activity we had during September expiration.
Profit and Loss – Net of closed positions the portfolio is up a total of $769
Market Commentary – Last expiration I said, "I would like to put a total of $20,000 to work by the end of SEP expiration. If the VIX pops up to around 20 I plan to put about $50,000 total to work." The market didn't quite reach the goal but I did manage to deploy $15,000 of buying power. I still feel the market is too high and expect a correction during October. If the vix pops up to around 20 I still plan to put about $50,000 to work. If a correction doesn't happen I still plan to have a total of $25,000 in buying power put to work by October expiration. Now on to the act...
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Come and get it! Read all about it! Biotechs, biotechs and more biotechs to buy buy buy for your portfolio! To date, almost 30 biotech companies have hit the market. Most of the time, there are fewer than 10-12!
For the last five years, biotechs have had issues obtaining offer prices above expectations. In 2013, that trend looks to be broken. According to BiotechNow, the offer prices are 4% above expectations! In addition, biotechs are going public with little more than a wing and a prayer (pre-clinical or Phase 1 data only). Really? What this means is that the drug or technology looks good in mice, rats, or dogs, etc, but there is no smidgen of evidence that it will work in humans. That's what is called an appitite for RISK!
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