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Thrilling Thursday – Our Apple Trade of the Year Pays Off Early!

Go Apple!!! 

AAPL was our 2014 trade of the year, so we are thrilled with their Q1 earnings and expecting to see $600 on this run (I sent an Alert to our Members early this morning and you can see it on Twitter as well) detailing our strategy as well as discussing PSW's Rule #1 and it's practical implications.  In our first Webcast of the year, we picked AAPL as our top trade idea and again, on TV on March 6th, I was almost embarrassed to say AAPL was once again our trade of the year for BNN (it was last year's trade too).  

NDX WEEKLYThe fact was, there simply wasn't a more obvious way to make money tnan buying AAPL at just over $500.  When AAPL dipped to $480 in February, we PRESSED our long bets from January, rather than abandon them.  As I was saying, our 2013 trade of the year was also AAPL and I hate to seem like I don't have any other ideas but that options spread netted 550%, turning $2,800 into $15,400 in 2013 (the spread matured this year at 614% but we killed it early).  

Rolling that $15,400 into this year's trade has another 525% of upside potential (at AAPL $650), which would return $80,850 if AAPL is at $650 or better in Jan 2016.  So, starting with $2,400 in Jan 2013, we can parlay our bet to $78,450 in profits (3,268%) in just 36 months – not bad!

This stuff isn't hard folks, that was starting with just two contracts in 2013 and following our trade of the year.  In 2012, our trade of the year was BAC – which turned out to be the best-performing stock in the S&P that year.  In fact, on Jan 5th of 2012, I laid out my case for putting 100% of your portfolio into BAC and simply leaving it there for the year.  I was even crazy enough to go on TV on the 17th and say the same thing!   Lucky it worked out, really…

Of course, we don't only make picks once a year.  Just yesterday morning, in Member chat, Wobat said: "Did i miss the debrief on AAPL?
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Bespoke’s Earnings Season Map

Courtesy of Joshua M Brown, The Reformed Broker 

This map from the Notorious B.I.G. should give you a pretty good idea of the shape of earnings season, we’re about two weeks away from the heart of it…

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Earnings Reports By Day this Season (Bespoke Investment Group) 


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20 Examples Of Corporate Doublespeak You Need To Know During Earnings Season

20 Examples Of Corporate Doublespeak You Need To Know During Earnings Season

citizen caneCourtesy of Vincent Fernando, CFA and Gus Lubin at Business Insider

We’re all pretty used to business-speak these days, whereby real meanings are coded into vague euphemisms in order to sound better.

It’s all part of business spin.

Forecasts aren’t reduced, they’re adjusted.

Workers aren’t laid off, they’re right-sized.

Here’s a list of twenty business euphemisms and what they really mean, as found in financial statements, conference calls, and in the board room.

According to the firm that compiled them, Audit Integrity, the more you hear, the more likely a company is a governance risk. As we run through earnings season, you’ll likely see each of them at least once.

See what CEOs really mean >

 


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Earnings Season Kicks Off with a Public Execution

Earnings Season Kicks Off with a Public Execution

Courtesy of Joshua M Brown, The Reformed Broker 

For the seventh straight quarter, stocks raced higher into earnings season, which for 3rd quarter, officially kicks off tomorrow with the Alcoa ($AA) report.  Today’s action in the cloud computing names does not bode well for companies with shortfalls to announce.

Equinix ($EQIX), a cloud hosting data center company, missed revenue by 2.2% and is currently getting schmeissed to the tune of 30% on the day!

Had the company beaten by 2.2%, I doubt we’d be looking at a 30% rally.  The term for this type of action is Asymmetrical Risk.  Even a stop loss can’t protect you when a stock gaps down 28 points before the market even opens.  You’re getting executed wherever, Pancho.

EQIX was one of the momentum leaders in the cloud group, along with Citrix ($CTXS), Rackspace ($RAX) and VMWare ($VMW).  Going into their earnings report last night, the stock was trading at 90 times trailing earnings and 41 times next year’s.  The tightrope act you’re faced with at that kind of multiple is such that the company cannot even afford to hiccup.

With 88% of stocks trading above their 50 day moving average, I would say it’s highly likely that we’ll be witnessing other public executions this fall.

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YOU GOTTA KNOW WHEN TO FOLD ‘EM….

YOU GOTTA KNOW WHEN TO FOLD ‘EM….

WSOP No-Limit Texas Hold 'em World Championship

Courtesy of The Pragmatic Capitalist

I still maintain that the rest of earnings season will be broadly positive, however, two negative trends have developed over the course of the last few days that have changed my market outlook from bullish to neutral.

The first change in trend has been the recent spat of “selling the news”.  After the 6% run-up since the beginning of earnings season we are now seeing investors sell into strength.  This is a clear sign that the buying power is waning.  In essence, the owners of equities now have more incentive to sell than new buyers have to buy mainly because earnings were largely priced in over the course of the last few weeks. A new positive catalyst will need to develop from here for stocks to make a substantial move higher.

The second negative trend is the move in the dollar.  Today’s nearly 1% decline in the dollar index is staggering.  The negative trajectory of this move is simply unsustainable.  I also believe the $1.50 mark in the Euro is one that will not be tolerated for long.   Compounded by the move in the dollar is the surge in oil prices.  It’s only a matter of time before analysts become increasingly concerned about the impact of high oil prices on consumers. Any move higher in the dollar (for whatever reason – short covering, politics, etc) will weigh on the market.

For these reasons I think it is prudent to take a step back from the poker table and take a break.  Although I am not shifting to a short position I do view this market as one that is characterized by abnormally high risks.  The strength could very well continue through the next 3 weeks of earnings season, but after the 6% surge over the last 4 weeks I think it is prudent to take profits here.

Sometimes when you’re sitting on a strong hand you need to realize that the risks outweigh the rewards and that perhaps your hand isn’t quite as strong as you think….

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Kenny Rogers – The Gambler

 


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EARNINGS UPDATE – WHAT TO EXPECT FOR Q2 AND BEYOND

EARNINGS UPDATE – WHAT TO EXPECT FOR Q2 AND BEYOND

momentum, earningsCourtesy of The Pragmatic Capitalist

Earnings season is about the pick-up momentum and will certainly dominate the market direction over the coming 6 weeks.  Preliminary results have been much better than expected.  Analysts have backloaded their 2009 earnings estimates due to their expectations for a second half recovery.  This puts us at an odd juncture in the market.  The current quarter’s estimates appear to be relatively low, but the second half estimates appear a bit optimistic.  Analysts currently expect a 14% decline in EPS versus Q2 of 2008.   Third quarter is expected to decline 22% and full year results are expected to be down 14%.   Full year expectations are for $59 in EPS while 2010 estimates are calling for $75.  Both appear a bit optimistic.  Thus far, there have been 6 positive surprises for every negative in Q2 earnings.  Although there haven’t been many reports this quarter this likely bodes well for more of what we saw last quarter when the overwhelming majority of companies beat expectations.

My proprietary expectation ratio continues to show near-term deterioration.  The data of late has been relatively light, but the change in trend is a certain sign that analysts are getting more aggressive with their earnings expectations.  It’s important to note that the ER is an intuitive forward looking indicator.

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So, what do I expect to see in Q2?  Expect a huge amount of bottom line beats and in-line or worse than expected revenue figures.  The economy is still incredibly weak so the top line growth has been about in-line with analyst’s expectations, however, companies are cutting costs much more efficiently than expected.  This has created a huge divergence between the analysts revenue estimates and their top-line estimates. Our recent analysis of ths situation highlighted this phenomenon:

Cost cuts are no recipe for organic growth.  That can only be achieved through top line growth.  The implications here are that we are likely to see another quarter of “better than expected” bottom line earnings as analysts have adjusted their EPS estimates very little over the prior quarter.  This could further juice the stock market.  The more important factor to keep in mind, however, is that this is no recipe for long-term growth.  We will need to see a sharp expansion in the economy before revenue


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The War Between Public Pensioners And Tax Donkeys Is Heating Up

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

The migration is only beginning, but that's only half the story.

You know it's serious when the newspaper of record finally reports it: A $76,000 Monthly Pension: Why States and Cities Are Short on Cash (New York Times).

It's a long article but the summary is brief: corru...



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Morgan Stanley Explains Why Apple Investors Need To Be 'Cautious' Ahead Of Earnings

Courtesy of Benzinga.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) is scheduled to report its fiscal second quarter earnings report on May 1 and investors should hold a "cautious" stance ahead of the print, according to Morgan Stanley.

The Analyst

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Short Opportunity II

Courtesy of Declan.

The first chance for a short play got burned but there is a second one on offer for the S&P.

The S&P tagged channel resistance and while today's reversal off resistance didn't amount to a big percentage loss it did register as a distribution day. There wasn't any significant technical change so if this short does evolve it will do so with risk measured on a move above 2,717.


The Nasdaq may match a 'bearish evening star' but if this is the case there has to be a significant move lower tomor...

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What's unconscious bias training, and does it work?

 

What's unconscious bias training, and does it work?

Courtesy of Calvin K. Lai, Washington University in St Louis

A Starbucks manager in Philadelphia called the police on two black men on April 13, leading to their arrest. The two men, who had been waiting for a friend at the store, were released without being charged.

Starbucks has since apologized and announced it will close more than 8,000 of its stores in the United States to provide “racial bias” training for its 175,000 ...



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Digital Currencies

Only 0.04% Of Taxpayers Are Reporting Any Bitcoin Gains To The IRS

Courtesy of Zero Hedge

With the US tax deadline just one day away, crypto investors who traded actively during the market's run-up and inevitable meltdown should have a lot of activity to report to the IRS.

But according to a survey conducted by Credit Karma, only a handful of people who have filed their taxes using Credit Karma's tools have reported bitcoin holdings or holdings of some other cryptocurrency - fewer than 100 out of a total of 250,000 filers, or a whopping 0.04% in total.

In all likelihood, this means that (tens of) thousands of bitcoin traders are refusing to pay the IRS, either betting on the anonymity of the blockchain to conceal th...



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Buffett At His Best

By csinvesting. Originally published at ValueWalk.

Bear with me as I share a bit of my history that helped me create SkyVu and the Battle Bears games. The University of Nebraska gave me my first job after college. I mostly pushed TV carts around, edited videos for professors or the occasional speaker event. One day, Warren Buffet came to campus to speak to the College of Business. I didn’t think much of this speech at the time but I saved it for some reason. 15 years later, as a founder of my own company, I watch and listen to this particular speech every year to remind myself of the fundamentals and values Mr. Buffett looks for. He’s addressing business students at his alma mater, so I think his style here is a bit more ‘close to home’ than in his other speeches. Hopefully many of you find great value in this video like I have. Sorry for the VHS...



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The Stock Bull Market Stops Here!

 

The Stock Bull Market Stops Here!

Courtesy of Kimble Charting

 

The definition of a bull market or bull trends widely vary. One of the more common criteria for bull markets is determined by the asset being above or below its 200 day moving average.

In my humble opinion, each index above remains in a bull trend, as triple support (200-day moving averages, 2-year rising support lines, and February lows) are still in play ...



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Members' Corner

Cambridge Analytica and the 2016 Election: What you need to know (updated)

 

"If you want to fundamentally reshape society, you first have to break it." ~ Christopher Wylie

[Interview: Cambridge Analytica whistleblower: 'We spent $1m harvesting millions of Facebook profiles' – video]

"You’ve probably heard by now that Cambridge Analytica, which is backed by the borderline-psychotic Mercer family and was formerly chaired by Steve Bannon, had a decisive role in manipulating voters on a one-by-one basis – using their own personal data to push them toward voting ...



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Biotech

How your brain is wired to just say 'yes' to opioids

Reminder: Pharmboy and Ilene are available to chat with Members, comments are found below each post.

 

How your brain is wired to just say ‘yes’ to opioids

A Philadelphia man, who struggles with opioid addiction, in 2017. AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Courtesy of Paul R. Sanberg, University of South Florida and Samantha Portis, University of South Florida

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Mapping The Market

The tricks propagandists use to beat science

Via Jean-Luc

How propagandist beat science – they did it for the tobacco industry and now it's in favor of the energy companies:

The tricks propagandists use to beat science

The original tobacco strategy involved several lines of attack. One of these was to fund research that supported the industry and then publish only the results that fit the required narrative. “For instance, in 1954 the TIRC distributed a pamphlet entitled ‘A Scientific Perspective on the Cigarette Controversy’ to nearly 200,000 doctors, journalists, and policy-makers, in which they emphasized favorable research and questioned results supporting the contrary view,” say Weatherall and co, who call this approach biased production.

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Swing trading portfolio - week of September 11th, 2017

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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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Mid-Day Update

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