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Sector Detector: Bulls retake the wheel, with a little help from their friends at the Fed

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Courtesy of Scott Martindale at Sabrient Systems

Well, it didn’t take long for the bulls to jump on their buying opportunity, with a little help from the bulls’ friend in the Fed. In fact, despite huge daily swings in the market averages driven by daily news regarding timing of interest rate hikes, the strength in the dollar, and oil prices, trading actually has been quite rational, honoring technical formations and support levels and dutifully selling overbought conditions and buying when oversold. Yes, the tried and true investing clichés continue to work — “Don’t fight the Fed,” and “The trend is your friend.”

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 top-ranked sectors.

Market overview:

Last week, global equity markets posted their biggest weekly gain in nearly two years. The S&P 500 is back above 2,100, the Dow Jones Industrials is back above 18,000, NASDAQ is above 5,000, and Russell 2000 is at new highs. Even China is performing well. Yes, the bulls are back in control and feasting on bear claws. Risk on.

The big catalyst last week of course was the FOMC announcement that at once removed the word “patient” from their strategy but also indicated some concern about the economy. The committee acknowledged that the strong dollar is hindering GDP growth and inflation. Indeed, recent economic data on retail sales, manufacturing, and home building have all been weak. Investors interpreted this to mean a further delay in raising rates, i.e., bad news is good news. After all, rising rates would only serve to make the dollar even stronger. The most likely scenario seems to be a token rate increase in September, followed by very slow going from there.

The S&P 500 has fluctuated an average of 24 points per session so far this year, which is the largest since December 2011. The dollar is up more than 20% over the past year, while oil prices are still quite low,…
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Sector Detector: Investors find a reason to sell, teeing up a new buying opportunity

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Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

When I’m in my sales role, I view every prospective client as falling into one of two broad baskets: those looking for a reason to say yes, and those looking for a reason to say no. I always try to focus on the former and spend little time on the latter. Likewise, last week’s market was dominated by those looking for a reason to sell. And so they did. Good news in the jobs and unemployment reports spooked investors on Friday, and stocks fell hard. So, for the moment we are back to a Fed-driven good-news-is-bad-news story line, or so it would seem. However, the real story is that when markets are overbought and hitting new highs on declining volume, investors look for any catalyst to take profits. But make no mistake, all signs point to more upside in U.S. equities. Bulls will simply wait for the moment when investors are again looking for a reason to buy. As the overbought conditions are relieved, that time will arrive once again.

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 top-ranked sectors.

Market overview:

Today is the 6-year anniversary of this persistent bull market, which many commentators deem as too long with a major selloff imminent. But bull markets don’t die of old age. The economy has been slow but steady in gaining traction, and cautious investors continue to worry about things like bull traps, global economic malaise, rising terrorism, and a strong dollar (hitting the earnings of multinationals). So, there are no signs of overheating in this economic recovery. And with supportive central banks keeping the liquidity flowing and interest rates low, there is still plenty of cash on the sidelines seeking better returns.

Q4 earnings season is about to wrap up, and total S&P 500 EPS indicates about 7.8% growth over last year. Healthcare, Technology, and Consumer Services/Discretionary/Cyclical have been the leading sectors,…
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Sector Detector: Stocks break out again but may be running on fumes

Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

Despite low trading volume, a strong dollar, mixed economic and earnings reports, paralyzing weather conditions throughout much of the U.S., and ominous global news events, stocks continue to march ever higher. The world remains on edge about potential Black Swan events from the likes of Russia, Greece, or ISIS (or lone wolf extremists). Moreover, the economic recovery of the U.S. may be feeling the pull of the proverbial ball-and-chain from the rest of the world’s economies. Nevertheless, awash in investable cash, global investors see few choices better than U.S. equities.

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 top-ranked sectors.

Market overview:

Happy days are here again, or so the U.S. stock market would have us believe, as all major indices are hitting or challenging new highs. The S&P 500 long ago eclipsed the 2000 mark and is now holding above 2100. The Dow Jones Industrials is solidly above 18,000. Even small caps and mid caps have joined the new-high party. The NASDAQ, which hasn’t challenged its Internet-bubble high of 5,048 in 15 years, managed to close Monday above 5,000 and seems determined to make its own new high — perhaps this week. As a reminder, next Monday, the bull market will reach its 6-year anniversary.

Stock buybacks and M&A continue at a robust pace, even though these aren’t the most popular uses of cash reserves among activist investors, who tend to prefer capital expenditures, hiring, and increased dividends. Nevertheless, the market has applauded some recent M&A that involved some of our top stock picks. Last week, Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), which is in Sabrient’s annual Baker’s Dozen top picks list this year, spiked +14% after announcing it would acquire former Sabrient favorite Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP), which 16 months ago bought another of our former favorites Santarus. Then today, NXP Semiconductor (NXPI), which has been in three consecutive Baker’s Dozen top picks lists, announced it will acquire Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), which is also highly ranked in our system. NXPI was up over +17% for the day.


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Sector Detector: Sector rankings stay neutral with few bullish catalysts on horizon

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Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

Stocks are hitting new highs across the board, even though earnings reports have been somewhat disappointing. Actually, to be more precise, Q4 results have been pretty good, but it is forward guidance that has been cautious and/or cloudy as sales into overseas markets are expected to suffer due to strength in the US dollar. Healthcare and Telecom have put in the best results overall, while of course Energy has been the weakling. Still, overall year-over-year earnings growth for the S&P 500 during 2015 is expected to be about +8%.

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 top-ranked sectors.

Market overview:

Despite cautious earnings guidance and a steady stream of doom-and-gloom in the news from all corners of the globe, the Dow Jones Industrials closed last week above 18,000, while the S&P 500 is pushing for a close above 2100 and the NASDAQ is gunning for 4900. For the week, the Dow gained +1.1%, the S&P 500 +2.0%, and the NASDAQ +3.2%. Furthermore, the S&P 400 Mid caps, the Russell 2000 small caps, and the broad Wilshire 5000 have all achieved new highs, as well. Evidently, U.S. equities remain a relative safe haven for cautious but hungry global investors who have cheap money in their clutches, thanks to global liquidity and currency wars.

Craig Lazzara of S&P Dow Jones Indices penned an article earlier in the month in which he observed that while the S&P 500 total return was -3% in January, the strengthening dollar-versus-euro exchange rate allowed European investors to earn +4% by holding dollar-denominated U.S. equities, as the euro fell -7% against the dollar. So, assuming the dollar continues to generally strengthen against other currencies, the U.S. stands to benefit from global capital flows, even as earnings among multinational U.S. firms encounter headwinds from the same…
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Placing Strategic Beta ETFs Under The Portfolio Microscope

Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

In this WealthManagement.com article, Brian Jacob peeks inside portfolios invested in strategic beta ETFs, such as Direxion’s All Cap Insider Sentiment Shares ETF (KNOW) which tracks the Sabrient Multi-cap Insider/Analyst Quant-Weighted Index (SBRQAM). Read article

 





Sector Detector: Neutral indicators and mixed reports, but sector rotation model bullish

Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

Volatility continues as the parade of mixed earnings and economic reports marches along amidst a backdrop of global unrest and economic uncertainties. This has led to a neutral near-term outlook for both the technical picture and fundamentals-based sector rankings. Nevertheless, the longer-term trends appear to favor further flattening of the yield curve and continued strength in the dollar, gold, volatility, and equities.

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 top-ranked sectors.

Market overview:

Last week, stocks finally got it together to register a +3% gain, even though it gave some back on Friday on the heels of a robust employment report that made investors worry that the Fed now has more reason to declare victory in its dual mandate (of unemployment and inflation targets) and raise the fed funds rate. With the big fall in oil prices, consumers are taking their savings from the pump directly into the stores, and retailers reported strong January sales while the ISM Services report clocked in at a robust 56.7.

There was some consternation among investors about the weaker GDP, which registered only 2.6% in Q4 versus the 5% annualized growth in Q3. However, Scott Minerd, CIO at Guggenheim, wrote that all the surprise and fuss completely misses the underlying strength hidden behind the headline number. In particular, although it was falling net exports that subtracted a full percentage point from GDP growth, net exports appeared weak only because imports were so strong, growing at an annualized rate of +8.9%. Moreover, household consumption has been the biggest driver of GDP growth, which is a big positive.

So, consumers are spending, and there are signs that wages are starting to grow, which would further support consumer spending, as would continued strengthening in the housing market. Also, federal, state, and local government spending is on the rise. In addition, global M&A totaled over $230 billion in January, which is 28% more than last January. I also find it fascinating that global semiconductor sales hit a record $336 billion during 2014,…
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Sector Detector: Volatility continues as earnings reports create excitement and despair

Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

Volatility reigned in January on elevated volume as stock investors shifted their focus from global events to U.S. earnings reports, which have ranged from amazing (e.g., Apple) to crushing (e.g., Microsoft). Although the earnings reports have brought plenty of surprises, the volatility is no surprise, as I and many other market commentators predicted for the New Year. Still, although the road may be bumpier than the past couple of years, the path of least resistance appears to be up, and the main question is whether small caps and emerging markets will make an attempt to regain past glories or if U.S. large caps must continue to carry the load.

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 top-ranked sectors.

Market overview:

The Wall Street Journal reported that the S&P 500 experienced average daily swings of 1.5% during January. If it continues, it would make 2015 the most volatile year since 2011 when the Eurozone crisis hit. Last year, the S&P dropped more than -3.5% in January. This year, the S&P 500 closed the month down -3.1% while German equities closed up +7.2% and the iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund (EFA) was up +2.2%. It’s pretty evident that this will not be a risk-on, all-boats-lifted kind of year.

After a streak of eight consecutive quarters of earnings growth, the estimates are indicating that the streak may be ending soon. According to FactSet, Wall Street was expecting +4% earnings growth in the S&P 500, but after a rash of downward revisions, overall growth (or lack thereof) is estimated at -2%, with the most optimistic earnings estimates for 2015 have fallen from around $133 average per share to nearly $125, which of course is driven mostly by the pratfall of the Energy sector, falling from a Q1 2015 estimate of +3.3% from several months ago to a current estimate of -53.8%. Harsh.

Already, earnings season has shown major stumbles in names like Caterpillar (CAT), Ford (F), Procter & Gamble (PG), and Microsoft (MSFT). But on the other…
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In the News: An ETF Rush to Bet on Insiders

Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

(ETFTrends.com by Todd Shriber): “Betting on insider buying is again proving to be an efficacious strategy as the Direxion All Cap Insider Sentiment Shares (NYSEArca: KNOW) has been noticeably less bad than the S&P 500 to start 2015. Add to that, investors are warming to the merits of KNOW’s insider sentiment strategy.” [Editor's note: KNOW tracks the Sabrient Multi-cap Insider/Analyst Quant-Weighted Index (SBRQAM)]. Read article





An ETF Rush to Bet on Insiders

Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

From  ETFTrends.com: “Betting on insider buying is again proving to be an efficacious strategy as the Direxion All Cap Insider Sentiment Shares (NYSEArca: KNOW) has been noticeably less bad than the S&P 500 to start 2015. Add to that, investors are warming to the merits of KNOW’s insider sentiment strategy.” [Editor's note: KNOW tracks the Sabrient Multi-cap Insider/Analyst Quant-Weighted Index (SBRQAM)]. Read article





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

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

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, 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 top-ranked sectors.

Market overview:

Despite the positive turn in the markets last week, this week has already brought a whole new set of issues to weigh on investors’ minds, starting with Sunday’s snap vote in Greece, which apparently has enough of the pain of austerity. Voters want to return to the past by rolling back austerity measures and thumbing their collective nose at the Eurozone and the broader international community of lenders. In reaction, the euro fell even further than it did in the face of the ECB’s stimulus announcement last week.

The ECB seeks to inflate asset prices and encourage hiring through an open-ended sovereign quantitative easing program that will inject 60 billion euros into European debt securities each month from March 2015 until at least September 2016. Heck, if it helped the U.S. recover, then why not try it everywhere? ECB President Mario Draghi, insisted that stimulus must be accompanied by reforms, because monetary policy alone will not be enough. But Europe still pines for the good old days that, unfortunately, are nothing more than nostalgia.

There is a very real danger that their QE won’t work like it did here, since the U.S. is considered the heart of the global…
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Zero Hedge

The US-Iran "Misunderstanding"

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Lost in translation?

Source: Investors.com

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Promotions

Watch Phil on Money Talk on BNN Now!

Kim Parlee interviews Phil on Money Talk. Be sure to watch the replays if you missed the show last night. As usual, Phil provides an excellent program packed with macro analysis, important lessons and trading ideas. (And get this, Obama - the President - is following Phil on Twitter.) ~ Ilene

 

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

Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. Part 3 is here.   ...

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For Robots Only: Amazon Sponsored Contest; Soft Fingers Needed

Courtesy of Mish.

Amazon is sponsoring a robot warehouse automation contest to see to who can pack the most boxes in the least amount of time without dropping any packages or crushing anything delicate such as cookies.

In the contest, in which human workers are not eligible to apply, the robots will have to work without any remote guidance from their creators.

Please consider the MIT Technology Review, Amazon Robot Contest May Accelerate Warehouse Automation.
Packets of Oreos, boxes of crayons, and squeaky dog toys will test the limits of robot vision and manipulation in a competition this May. Amazon is organizing the event to spur the development of more nimble-fingered product-packing machines.

Participating...



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All About Trends

Mid-Day Update

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Click here for the full report.




To learn more, sign up for David's free newsletter and receive the free report from All About Trends - "How To Outperform 90% Of Wall Street With Just $500 A Week." Tell David PSW sent you. - Ilene...

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Insider Scoop

Stifel, Bank Of America Are Talking About Apollo Education

Courtesy of Benzinga.

Related APOL Stocks Hitting 52-Week Lows Morning Market Losers Apollo falls on sales, outlook (Investor's Business Daily)

On Thursday, Stifel issued a report on Apollo Education Group Inc (NASDAQ: APOL) as the stock's volume has not recovered. Stifel lowered its target price from $35 to $25, but still rates Apollo Education as a Buy.

"Our Buy thesis which ...



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Chart School

S&P 500 Snapshot: Four-Day Selloff

Courtesy of Doug Short.

The S&P 500 dropped at the open, despite a good jobless claims report, and hit its -0.75% intraday low. A slow rally took the index to its 0.30% intraday high in the early afternoon. But subsequent selling pushed the index back into the red. It closed with a modest 0.24% decline, the forth consecutive daily loss.

The yield on the 10-year Note rose 8 bps to 2.01%.

Here is a 15-minute chart of the past five sessions.

Here is a daily chart of the index, where trading volume was right at its 50-day moving average.

A Perspective on Drawdowns

Here's a snapshot of selloffs since the 2009 trough.

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Sabrient

Sector Detector: Bulls retake the wheel, with a little help from their friends at the Fed

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

Courtesy of Scott Martindale at Sabrient Systems

Well, it didn’t take long for the bulls to jump on their buying opportunity, with a little help from the bulls’ friend in the Fed. In fact, despite huge daily swings in the market averages driven by daily news regarding timing of interest rate hikes, the strength in the dollar, and oil prices, trading actually has been quite rational, honoring technical formations and support levels and dutifully selling overbought conditions and buying when oversold. Yes, the tried and true investing clichés continue to work -- “Don’t fight the Fed,” and “The trend is your friend.”

In this weekly update, I give my view of the cur...



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OpTrader

Swing trading portfolio - week of March, 23rd, 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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Digital Currencies

Bitcoin vs. Uber: Bitcoin Lovers Respond to Mish

Courtesy of Mish.

I recently commented that it would not surprise me if bitcoin plunged to $1.00. That was not a prediction, it was a comment.

Still, I still feel a collapse in bitcoin is likely.

For discussion, please see Cash Dinosaur: France Limits Cash Transactions to €1,000, Puts Restrictions on Gold; Bitcoin End Coming?

In response, reader Creighton writes ...

Hello Mish

While I'm not going to argue the point about the possibility that Bitcoin drops to $1, or less, (that could happen yet, but not for the reasons you propose) I felt it necessary to point out something you seem to have overlooked.

While it's likely that the US government watching Bitco...



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Market Shadows

Kimble Charts: South Korea's EWY

Kimble Charts: South Korea's EWY

By Ilene 

Chris Kimble likes the iShares MSCI South Korea Capped (EWY), but only if it breaks out of a pennant pattern. This South Korean equities ETF has underperformed the S&P 500 by 60% since 2011.

You're probably familiar with its largest holding, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, and at least several other represented companies such as Hyundai Motor Co and Kia Motors Corp.

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Option Review

Cypress Semi Draws Bullish Option Plays

Bullish trades abound in Cypress Semiconductor options today, most notably a massive bull call spread initiated in the July expiry contracts. One strategist appears to have purchased 30,000 of the Jul 16.0 strike calls at a premium of $0.89 each and sold the same number of Jul 19.0 strike calls at a premium of $0.22 apiece. Net premium paid to put on the spread amounts to $0.67 per contract, thus establishing a breakeven share price of $16.67 on the trade. Cypress shares reached a 52-week high of $16.25 back on Friday, March 13th, and would need to rally 4.6% over the current level to exceed the breakeven point of $16.25. The spread generates maximum potential profits of $2.33 per contract in the event that CY shares surge more than 20% in the next four months to reach $19.00 by July expiration. Shar...



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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

Newsletter writers are available to chat with Members regarding topics presented in SWW, comments are found below each post.

Here's this week's Stock World Weekly.

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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

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