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DARK HORSE HEDGE

DARK HORSE HEDGE Weekend Catch-Up 

By Scott at Sabrient and Ilene at Phil’s Stock World

Hedging into the week of August 2nd, the Dark Horse Hedge (DHH) is in a BALANCED tilt (long to short ratio) with 8 LONG and 8 SHORT positions. We used Phil’s BUY/WRITE strategy to enter two of our LONG positions (IM and GCI) at a 10-20% discount to the market.  As you can see from the chart, the SPX wandered between the 50 and 200 day moving averages (MAs) all week before whimpering towards the bottom of the channel Thursday and Friday. The 12-26-9 MACD which is the faster of the 2 technical direction signals we follow has flat-lined at just above +6 and the slower RSI 14-day still remains just below 50.

Without some impressive economic reports coming this week or much better than expected earnings reports, we believe the market will drift down towards and test the 50 day MA. If a bullish tone sets back in, it is doubtful that it could easily push through the 200 day MA.  Resistance points as well as the 50 and 200 day MAs all which fit into a fairly narrow trading channel.

[chart from FreeStockCharts.com]

We are happy with the positions we put on in DHH’s first 30 days of existence and we look forward to capturing more profit as the companies report earnings this week.  We will continue to take profits "after the news" and rotate into newer, fresher positions while keeping an eye on the overall market to adjust our tilt for maximum Alpha*, which is why we all write and read DHH. 

Summary of DHH positions in the virtual portfolio

LONG: XRTX, WDC, GCI, IM, DLX, GME, FRZ, and TEO  

SHORT: AIV, STI, HUSA, USG, CLDA, TEX, RAIL, and JOE 
 
Read previous DHH actions and follow our latest portfolio moves here. > 
 
*We are aiming to be hedged in our market exposure by being long stocks with the greatest potential to rise and short stocks with the greatest potential to decline.  To identify these winner and loser stocks, we use Sabrient’s Value Change Up (VCU) assessment system. Sabrient’s VCU system is a multi-factor quantitative ranking system that scores over 2,000 stocks and allows us to enter LONG positions in the best ranking stocks and SHORT positions in worst ranking


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DARK HORSE HEDGE

DARK HORSE HEDGE

By Scott at Sabrient and Ilene at Phil’s Stock World

Cover short AMAG at the Market, Thursday 7/29/10

Short RAIL at the Market, Thursday 7/29/10

AMAG lived up to expectations last night with a resounding -$1.01 versus expectations of -$.96 and revenues fell slightly short at a not-so-healthy $16 million from its main product, Feraheme.  Analyst Robert W. Baird immediately dropped AMAG from outperform to neutral and the stock has fallen -13.51%.  DHH added AMAG as a short on July 1, 2010 in anticipation of the “earnings” shortfall.  We believe it is best to “sell on the news” so we are recommending covering AMAG at the market. 

DHH will replace the short position in the virtual portfolio to maintain our BALANCED Long/Short tilt as the market is between the 50 and 200 day MA at this time. 

AMAG

Chart from FreeStockCharts.com (click on images or links if you can’t see the chart)

See also: AMAG slides on earnings report, downgrade, MW

SHORT FreightCar America (RAIL) at the market, July 29, 2010 

Continuing on DHH theme of looking for SHORT opportunities that continually disappoint on “earnings” day, we are adding RAIL to replace AMAG at the market.  RAIL is set to announce “earnings” on August 5, 2010 at 11am ET.  The eight analysts who follow RAIL expect a loss of -$.17 with a range of -$.24 on the low side to -$.10 on the high side.  Going back to Sept 2009, RAIL has disappointed analysts in a consistent fashion by delivering a profit of +$.09 versus expectations of +$.22 in September 2009, a loss of -$.47 in December 2009 when analysts were looking for a +$.04 gain, and again last quarter, when RAIL delivered -$.28 in the face of analysts’ projections of -$.17. 

RAIL is rated a STRONGSELL by Sabrient with a VALUE score of 25 (out of a possible 100) and a GROWTH score of 30 (out of 100).  DHH is in a BALANCED L/S tilt with 8 LONG and with the addition of RAIL 8 SHORT.  We will continue to monitor market trends to evaluate the need to change the tilt.

Chart from FreeStockCharts.com


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DARK HORSE HEDGE – Covering AMAG, Shorting RAIL

DARK HORSE HEDGE 

By Scott at Sabrient and Ilene at Phil’s Stock World

Cover short AMAG at the Market, Thursday 7/29/10

Short RAIL at the Market, Thursday 7/29/10

AMAG lived up to expectations last night with a resounding -$1.01 versus expectations of -$.96 and revenues fell slightly short at a not-so-healthy $16 million from its main product, Feraheme.  Analyst Robert W. Baird immediately dropped AMAG from outperform to neutral and the stock has fallen -13.51%.  DHH added AMAG as a short on July 1, 2010 in anticipation of the “earnings” shortfall.  We believe it is best to “sell on the news” so we are recommending covering AMAG at the market. 

DHH will replace the short position in the virtual portfolio to maintain our BALANCED Long/Short tilt as the market is between the 50 and 200 day MA at this time. 

AMAG

Chart from FreeStockCharts.com (click on images or links if you can’t see the chart)

See also: AMAG slides on earnings report, downgrade, MW

SHORT FreightCar America (RAIL) at the market, 7/29/10 

Continuing on DHH theme of looking for SHORT opportunities that continually disappoint on “earnings” day, we are adding RAIL to replace AMAG at the market.  RAIL is set to announce “earnings” on August 5, 2010 at 11am ET.  The eight analysts who follow RAIL expect a loss of -$.17 with a range of -$.24 on the low side to -$.10 on the high side.  Going back to Sept 2009, RAIL has disappointed analysts in a consistent fashion by delivering a profit of +$.09 versus expectations of +$.22 in September 2009, a loss of -$.47 in December 2009 when analysts were looking for a +$.04 gain, and last quarter, when RAIL delivered -$.28 in the face of analysts’ projections of -$.17. 

RAIL is rated a STRONGSELL by Sabrient with a VALUE score of 25 (out of a possible 100) and a GROWTH score of 30 (out of 100).  DHH is in a BALANCED L/S tilt with 8 LONG and with the addition of RAIL 8 SHORT.  We will continue to monitor market trends to evaluate the need to change the tilt.

Chart from FreeStockCharts.com


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