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STTG Market Recap May 28, 2015

Courtesy of Blain.

After 2 volatile days, a return to more calm on Thursday as the S&P 500 fell 0.13% and the NASDAQ 0.17%.  The daily Greek drama continues; IMF Managing Director Christine Lagare told a German newspaper that a Greek exit from the euro zone was possible but that this would probably not herald the end of the euro currency.  On Wednesday, both U.S. and European equities rallied after Greece said it had stated crafting a “staff level agreement” with its international bailout supervisors. However, European officials rebuked the claims on Thursday, saying there was some way to go before any agreement could be drawn up and that they were surprised by the upbeat sentiment from Greece.

Indexes look much the same as we entered the week.

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Despite Wednesday’s rally, the NYSE McClellan Oscillator remains in the red; bulls would like to see this change.

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China stocks plunging 6.5 percent on Thursday, with traders citing the tightening of marginal lending rules as an explanation.  The chart had become parabolic…

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Costco (COST) reported quarterly earnings of $1.17 per share, two cents above estimates, though revenue and comparable store sales were below forecasts. The warehouse retailer was hurt by lower gasoline prices and a stronger dollar.

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Abercrombie (ANF) lost 53 cents per share for its latest quarter, wider than the 34 cent consensus estimate. Revenue missed forecasts amid an eight percent drop in comparable store sales. The apparel retailer did say it sees sales improving, and that it will see continued headwinds from foreign currency fluctuations.   Its teen-focused Hollister chain showed signs of improvement, a relative bright spot for a company struggling to make a comeback.

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GoPro (GPRO) rose to a four-month high after the maker of action cameras announced plans to develop drone and virtual-reality businesses.  It tagged its newly created 200 day moving average.

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STTG Market Recap May 27, 2015

Courtesy of Blain.

Wednesday’s action was almost a 180 degree turn from Tuesday’s with the S&P 500 up 0.92% and the NASDAQ 1.47%.  Sone vague belief in (yet another) resolution in Greece seemed to be the catalyst.   Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Wednesday the negotiations are on the “final stretch” towards a positive deal, Reuters reported.   Later in the day, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said there was not much progress in the Greek debt talks and he was surprised by the upbeat tone from some Greek government officials.  Athens must make a 300 million euro payment to the International Monetary Fund on June 5, ahead of several other payments due to the IMF later in the month, for a total of 1.6 billion euros.

We’ll see if yesterday’s move was the head fake or today’s was shortly.

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nasdaq

As with almost every rally in the NASDAQ nowadays, it begins and ends with Apple (AAPL) and the biotech stocks (ETF: IBB).   With both up 2% you have a large % of the NASDAQ index sharply up.

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Semiconductors (ETF: SMH) also surged.

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Chip company Broadcom (BRCM) jumped nearly 22 percent for its best day since April 10, 2001, after Dow Jones reported the chip company was in talks to be bought by peer Avago Technologies.

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Michael Kors (KORS) fell one cent shy of estimates with quarterly profit of 90 cents per share, with revenue essentially in line. The company, however, reported its slowest sales growth in 3-1/2 years, and its full-year forecast was below Street estimates.  This was an ugly chart before today’s news – and it just got a whole lot uglier.

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Toll Brothers (TOL) earned 37 cents per share for its latest quarter, two cents above estimates. The luxury home builder did see revenue come in below estimates as the number of homes sold fell two percent.

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STTG Market Recap May 26, 2015

Courtesy of Blain.

Last week we remarked how the S&P 500 finally had broken out of a multi month range… but then it did little.  Usually once a stock/ETF moves out of a long range it has a pronounced move; but the S&P 500 didn’t – it barely budged.  Today that move collapsed.  The S&P 500 fell 1.03% and the NASDAQ 1.11%.   Most pointed to some vague increase in a chance of a rate hike but this is too much tea leaving – the Federal Reserve has said everything is data dependent.

U.S. Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said Tuesday that markets should not be surprised by the timing or pace of rate hikes.

In economic news, durable goods for April showed a decline of 0.5 percent, roughly in-line with expectations. Non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircraft, a closely watched proxy for business spending plans, rose 1.0 percent last month after an upwardly revised 1.5 percent increase in March.  New home sales for April showed an increase of 6.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 517,000, up from the consensus 510,000.

You can see the failure in the S&P 500 below as the NASDAQ returned to a key moving average as well.

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And just like that the NYSE McClellan Oscillator went from a positive range to well into the negatives.

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We noted the transports sticking out like a sore thumb last week to the downside – this continued.

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AutoZone (AZO) said quarterly gross profit was 52.3 percent, a slight uptik from 52.0 percent for the same period last year. Same-store sales increased 2.3 percent for the quarter.

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A rotten day for Apple (AAPL) now means a rotten day for the NASDAQ and NYSE as it is a major component of both.

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Here are some additional charts via Marketsmith:

Charter Communications said it would purchase Time Warner Cable for $55 billion, valuing each share around $195.71. The deal merges the second and third largest U.S. cable companies and creates a greater rival for Comcast Corp.

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Here is a chart of an ETF for the dollar:

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Best Trader on eToro?

Courtesy of Declan.

Going by their current +eToro  Trending Investors, there is a familiar avatar at the top:



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Profit Taking Sweeps Into Town

Courtesy of Declan.

After days of tight trading, bulls decided to take money off the table following a slew of economic data. The S&P finished at rising support after tagging the 50-day MA. Today’s selling hasn’t totally reversed the rally, but another day like today would seed enough doubts in bulls to restrict dip buying.


The Nasdaq looks to be double topping around 5,100. It finished at its 20-day MA, but has room to maneuver down to rising support. Unlike the S&P, the Nasdaq could survive another day of selling.


The Russell 2000 is shaping a downward channel, finishing the day on its 50-day MA. Small Caps have struggled since April and given relative (under-)performance to Large Caps and Tech, looks ready to continue lower. Technicals are a little mixed, especially with the -DI leading +DI and the MACD ready to trigger a strong ‘sell’.


For tomorrow, bulls will be looking to the S&P for a bounce. If buyer don’t make a stand in the first hour of the cash market opening, then the Russell 2000 and Nasdaq could experience the brunt of the disappointment.

You’ve now read my opinion, next read Douglas’ and Jani’s.





Handsome gains in NYSE index may be over

Courtesy of Read the Ticker.

handsome-gains-in-nyse-index-may-be-overThe NYSE Summation index (Ratio Adjusted) is a very good measure of the performance of advancing and declining issues within the NYSE index.

It takes new money or true liquidity to have more advancing stocks than declining stocks, if the new money flow into the stock market slows or stops then NYSE Summation Index (ratio Adjusted) struggles to get over +500 or falls. If this happens over a longer period then this evidence that a stock market top is likely. Sure you may get the NYSE index moving up and down within a 10% range, buy the days of 30% gains are very unlikely while the NYSE Summation Index (Ratio Adj) struggles at +500.

This quote is appropriate:

Bernard Baruch..“Don’t try to buy at the bottom and sell at the top. It can’t be done except by liars.”..

The above quote means, if you have green on the screen, green becomes cash at times like these.

The chart below shows the NYSE Summation index (ratio adj) performance at the two previous market tops. History is repeating. Time to keep and eye on this index.

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Investing Quote…

..”Without specific, clear, and tested rules, speculators do not have any real chance of success”..

Jesse Livermore


..“If it’s obvious, it’s obviously wrong.”..

Joe Granville








April Durable Goods: Another Mixed Bag

Courtesy of Doug Short.

The May Advance Report on April Durable Goods released today by the Census Bureau was another disappointment. Here is the Bureau’s summary on new orders:

New orders for manufactured durable goods in April decreased $1.2 billion or 0.5 percent to $235.5 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This decrease, down two of the last three months, followed a 5.1 percent March increase. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 0.5 percent. Excluding defense, new orders increased 0.2 percent.

Transportation equipment, also down two of the last three months, drove the decrease, $ 2.0 billion or 2.5 percent to $77.9 billion.   Download full PDF

The latest new orders headline number at -0.5 percent was slightly below the Investing.com estimate of -0.4 percent. However, this series is down 2.3 percent year-over-year (YoY). If we exclude transportation, “core” durable goods came in at 0.5 percent month-over-month (MoM), slightly beating the Investing.com estimate of 0.4 percent. However, the core measure is down -0.9 percent YoY.

If we exclude both transportation and defense for an even more fundamental “core”, the latest number was up 1.6 percent MoM, but up 5.6 percent YoY.

Core Capital Goods New Orders (nondefense capital goods used in the production of goods or services, excluding aircraft) is an important gauge of business spending, often referred to as Core Capex. It posted a 1.0 percent monthly gain but it is down 1.4 percent YoY.

For a look at the big picture and an understanding of the relative size of the major components, here is an area chart of Durable Goods New Orders minus Transportation and Defense with those two components stacked on top. We’ve also included a dotted line to show the relative size of Core Capex.

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The next chart shows year-over-year percent change in Core Durable Goods. We’ve highlighted the value at recession starts and the latest value for this metric.

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The next chart shows the growth in Core Durable Goods overlaid on the headline…
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Richmond Fed: Manufacturing Flattened in May

Courtesy of Doug Short.

Today the Richmond Fed Manufacturing Composite Index squeaked back above the flatline with a 4 point increase to 1 from last month’s -3. Investing.com had forecast a rise to 0. Because of the highly volatile nature of this index, we include a 3-month moving average to facilitate the identification of trends, now at -3.3, in modest contraction.

The complete data series behind today’s Richmond Fed manufacturing report (available here), which dates from November 1993. Here is a snapshot of the complete Richmond Fed Manufacturing Composite series.

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Here is the latest Richmond Fed manufacturing overview.

new orders leveled off, while the backlog of orders declined further compared to last month. Hiring edged up, while the average workweek increased slightly. However, average wage growth accelerated this month.

Despite the soft conditions this month, manufacturers continued to look for improved business conditions in the next six months. Expectations were for solid growth in shipments and in the volume of new orders in the six months ahead. In addition, survey participants looked for increased capacity utilization and expected order backlogs to grow more quickly. However, producers looked for little change in vendor lead times.

Manufacturers’ outlook for the months ahead included faster growth in the number of employees and average wages than in the current month. In addition, they expected modest growth in the length of the average workweek.

Here is a somewhat closer look at the index since the turn of the century.

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Is today’s Richmond composite a clue of what to expect in the next PMI composite? We’ll find out when the next Manufacturing ISM Report on Business is released on June 1st.

Because of the high volatility of this series, we should take the data for any individual month with the proverbial grain of salt.





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Date Found: Thursday, 12 February 2015, 09:05:43 PM

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Comment: GDX: Higher lower, holding above support. Pullback swing on less volume than up swing. RTT: Bullish.

Date Found: Thursday, 07 May 2015, 04:35:23 AM

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Comment: RAISE CASH, before the crowd does!

Date Found: Thursday, 07 May 2015, 06:45:04 PM

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Comment: Richard Wyckoff calls this a CAUSE, at the moment the selling waves during the cause do NOT give an indication of a break out down. Bias is bullish. NOT on HTML! ha

Date Found: Thursday, 07 May 2015, 06:49:11 PM

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Comment: Look away, nothing to see here. BUY APPL, FB, NFLX etc (ha)

Date Found: Thursday, 07 May 2015, 10:57:22 PM

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Comment: Chart In Focus: Correlation says Aug/Sept 2015, some gas out of the balloon!

Date Found: Friday, 08 May 2015, 02:53:05 PM

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Comment: A reminder, juice for the goose!

Date Found: Friday, 08 May 2015, 08:40:57 PM

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Comment: The JAWS of divergence, wont be good if it returns to the mean!

Date Found: Friday, 08 May 2015, 10:08:54 PM

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Comment: This would not happen to you or me, emails removed! youtu.be/z-FdKgNLDIk

Date Found: Sunday, 10 May 2015, 02:11:12 PM

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Comment: Tow very important components of US GDP, both going in the wrong direction.

Date Found: Sunday, 10 May 2015, 06:56:57 PM

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Comment: MORE MORE money…
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Tight Trading Covered Last Weeks Action

Courtesy of Declan.

Friday didn’t bring a flourish of buying or selling into the long weekend, so it’s up to Tuesday to price in weekend news. Opportunities are available for both bulls and bears.

Bulls will be looking to the S&P to push from 5-day days of tight, sideways pattern in an effort to put some distance to 2120. Technicals are mixed, with a strong ‘buy’ in the MACD and bullish momentum, offset by a ‘sell’ trigger in On-Balance-Volume and some mixed action in the ADX. One point of note is the bullish cross in relative performance against the Russell 2000.


In the bears camp is the Nasdaq. While it has managed to hold 5038 support it has resistance at 5096 to contend with. This may give bears a chance to sneak a quick trade in, looking for a move to retest support of what is increasingly looking like a rising (bearish) wedge. With the exception of the ADX, all supporting technicals are bullish. In addition, the index is outperforming the S&P. Collectively, there may be enough to keep shorts honest, as buyers look to drive past 5096 and on to new highs.


Although bears can also look to the Percentage of Nasdaq Stocks above the 50-day MA as a marker for further weakness. Note the reversal from 54% resistance; the way this is heading it won’t be long until there are fewer than 50% of component Nasdaq stocks above their 50-day MA.


Bears may also be looking at the Russell 2000. There is a potential new bearish channel taking shape with the 50-day MA providing the current support. The channel hasn’t been confirmed (3 touches of resistance are required), but if Tuesday opens weak then shorts will be clustering their stops around 1,261.  Technicals are bullish, but not strongly so.


Shorts may have the easier time of it on Tuesday, but any profit taking which takes hold will probably run into buyers sooner rather than later. The slow drip action of markets is favouring bulls, who have little incentive to sell. It would probably take 3 consecutive big red candles to put bulls in a position where they would feel the need to sell rallies. It’s all very tight at the moment.

You’ve now read my opinion, next read Douglas’ and Jani’s.





 
 
 

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How Japan's Unemployment Rate Dropped Even As 280,000 People Lost Their Jobs

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Back in August 2010, Zero Hedge was ostracized for daring to first point out the massive distortion to the US unemployment rate as a result of the collapse in the labor force participation rate, and the far less realistic modeling of the US labor force. We said that while the US unemployment rate was shown to be steadily declining, the real unemployment rate when one factors in a realistic participation rate is well above 10%. It still is.

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Introducing the Zero Labor Factory (90% Free Actually); Robots at Chili's, Applebees, Panera

Courtesy of Mish.

In the strive for zero labor factories we are nearly there. Is 90% good enough?

China Daily reports Manufacturing Hub Starts Work on First Zero-Labor Factory.
A manufacturing hub in South China's Guangdong province has begun constructing the city's first zero-labor factory, a signal that the local authorities are bringing into effect its "robot assembling line" strategy.

Dongguan-based private company Everwin Precision Technology Ltd is pushing toward putting 1,000 robots in use in its first phase of the zero-labor project, China National Radio reported. It said the company has already put first 100 robots on the assembly line.

"The 'zero-labor factory' does not mean we will not employ any humans, but what it means is that we will sc...



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STTG Market Recap May 28, 2015

Courtesy of Blain.

After 2 volatile days, a return to more calm on Thursday as the S&P 500 fell 0.13% and the NASDAQ 0.17%.  The daily Greek drama continues; IMF Managing Director Christine Lagare told a German newspaper that a Greek exit from the euro zone was possible but that this would probably not herald the end of the euro currency.  On Wednesday, both U.S. and European equities rallied after Greece said it had stated crafting a “staff level agreement” with its international bailout supervisors. However, European officials rebuked the claims on Thursday, saying there was some way to go before any agreement could be drawn up and that they were surprised by the upbeat sentiment from Greece.

Indexes look much the same as we entered the week.

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All About Trends

Mid-Day Update

Reminder: David is available to chat with Members, comments are found below each post.

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Dow Jones- 4th tightest trading range in 115 years is about to end!

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

The tug of war between the bulls and bears has created an unusual situation this year, a historically tight trading range! The chart below reflects that the Dow Jones has traded within a 6.68% high to low trading range this year. That is the 4th tightest trading range through May, in the past 115 years.

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The inset table to the right looks at future performance of the Dow following narrow trading ranges through May. As you can see, most of the time the market has ended the year to the upside. Will it be different this time?

The chart below shares that the S&P 500 i...



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Sabrient

Sector Detector: Stocks provide a tepid breakout as Fed greases the skids. So now what?

Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

Early last week, stocks broke out, with the S&P 500 setting a new high with blue skies overhead. But then the market basically flat-lined for the rest of the week as bulls just couldn’t gather the fuel and conviction to take prices higher. In fact, the technical picture now has turned a bit defensive, at least for the short term, thus joining what has been a neutral-to-defensive tilt to our fundamentals-based Outlook rankings.

In this weekly update, I give my view of the current market environment, offer a technical analysis of the S&P 500 chart, review our weekly fundamentals-based SectorCast rankings of the ten U.S. business sectors, and then offer up some actionable trading ideas, including a sector rotation strategy using ETFs and an enhanced version using top-ranked stocks from the t...



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OpTrader

Swing trading portfolio - week of May 24th, 2015

Reminder: OpTrader is available to chat with Members, comments are found below each post.

 

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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Pharmboy

Big Pharma's Business Model is Changing

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Understanding the new normal of a business model is key to the success of any company.  The managment of companies need to adapt to the changing demand, but first they must recognize what changes are taking place.  Big Pharma's business model is changing rapidly, and much like the airline industry, there will be but a handful of pharma companies left at the end of this path.

Most Big Pharma companies have traditionally done everything from research and development (R&D) through to commercialisation themselves. Research was proprietary, and diseases were cherry picked on the back of academic research that was done using NIH grants.  This was in the heyday of research, where multiple companies had drugs for the same target (Mevocor, Zocor, Crestor, Lipitor), and could reap the rewards on multiple scales.  However, in the c...



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Digital Currencies

Nasdaq's bitcoin plan will provide a real test of bitcoin hype

 

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Bitcoin, the virtual digital currency, has been called the future of banking, a dangerous fad, and almost everything in between, but we're finally about to get some solid data to help settle the debate.

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Kimble Charts: US Dollar

Which way from here?

Chris Kimble likes the idea of shorting the US dollar if it bounces higher. Phil's likes the dollar better long here. These views are not inconsistent, actually, the dollar could bounce and drop again. We'll be watching. 

 

Phil writes:  If the Fed begins to tighten OR if Greece defaults OR if China begins to fall apart OR if Japan begins to unwind, then the Dollar could move 10% higher.  Without any of those things happening – you still have the Fed pursuing a relatively stronger currency policy than the rest of the G8.  So, if anything, I think the pressure should be up, not down.  

 

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Mapping The Market

An update on oil proxies

Courtesy of Jean-Luc Saillard

Back in December, I wrote a post on my blog where I compared the performances of various ETFs related to the oil industry. I was looking for the best possible proxy to match the moves of oil prices if you didn't want to play with futures. At the time, I concluded that for medium term trades, USO and the leveraged ETFs UCO and SCO were the most promising. Longer term, broader ETFs like OIH and XLE might make better investment if oil prices do recover to more profitable prices since ETF linked to futures like USO, UCO and SCO do suffer from decay. It also seemed that DIG and DUG could be promising if OIH could recover as it should with the price of oil, but that they don't make a good proxy for the price of oil itself. 

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The replay is now available on BNN's website. For the three part series, click on the links below. 

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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.

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