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The S&P 500 Index (SPX) continues its rampage as it breaks through 2,800 resistance with very little trouble. While bears attempted to defend that level on January 16, bulls came out on top three days later with above average volume. The unstoppable ascent might lure you to invest in bullish stocks that are generating fresh highs. However, it is during market tops that you should practice prudence to protect your capital.  

If you still want to invest, do so in stocks that near their strong support levels. This limits your risks while providing considerable rewards. Let’s look at names that fit the bill.

SCG – SCANA Corporation

The SCANA Corporation is an electric and natural gas holding company serving the Carolinas and Georgia. Tracing its origins back to the Charleston Gas Light Company 170 years ago, its major subsidiaries include South Carolina Electric & Gas, PSNC Energy, and SCANA Energy. Now with a workforce of nearly 6,000 full and part-time employees, it is continuing its legacy of serving the community through charitable and economic development activities.

SCG went in a downtrend after generating a bearish double top structure at 75 in September 2016. Things went from bad to worse when the stock broke support of 65 in July 2017. From there, SCG created one lower low after another in quick succession. Investors sold their positions with haste. Those who sold, however, lost the opportunity to recoup some of their investments from the impending bounce.

Technical analysis show that SCG may have bottomed out during the first week of 2018. Volume for that week spiked to over 37 million when the average was only 11 million. More importantly, the stock appears to have generated a false break down at 40. This momentary break in support is known as the Spring pattern, and it usually enables the stock to rally to the top end of the range as sellers lose ammunition.

The strategy is to buy as close to 40 as possible. Should that support level hold firm, our target is the top end of the range which is 65.

Weekly SCG Chart

Monthly SCG Chart

As of January 19, the SCANA Corporation stock closed at 43.35.

Summary of Strategy

Buy: As close to 40 as possible.

Target: 65

Stop: A close below 37 negates this trade call.

 

REGN – Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals is a multi-awarded science and technology company that specializes in biopharmaceutics and medical biotechnology. With FDA-approved medicine for asthma, cancer, and infectious diseases along with the VelociSuite biotechnology line, the company founded by physician scientists almost 30 years ago continues to innovate and excel in this field with the aim of pushing the boundaries of science and technology for the global good.

REGN reversed its trend on November 2015 when it posted a bearish double top structure at 590. Its downfall accelerated on January 2016 when it broke support at 520. Within six months, it fell to support of 335. That’s close to 40 percent reduction in value from the 520 high. The positive takeaway is that bulls are intent on defending the 335 support level.

Technical analysis show that REGN has created a bullish higher low set up at 355. In November 2017, the stock posted a hammer candlestick on the weekly chart which indicates the presence of buyers at 355. In addition, volume surged on the week of November 27th, generating close to 8.5 million in traded shares when the average weekly volume stood at 4.03 million. Lastly, RSI seems to respect support at 35. These indicators suggest that REGN has bottomed out for now.

The strategy is to buy as close to 355 as possible. If the market holds this level, our target is the top end of the range at 520. Take note, the market has not yet reversed. We are just playing the bounce.

Weekly REGN Chart

Monthly REGN Chart

As of January 19, the Regeneron Pharmaceuticals stock closed at 371.53.

Summary of Strategy

Buy: As close to 355 as possible.

Target: 520

Stop: A close below 335 invalidates this trade call.

 

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    January 26, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    Scana tip is great so far!

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Symantec Corporation (SYMC) is a Fortune 500 company that sells cybersecurity applications and services. Their mission is to help consumers and organizations protect and manage their most valuable data. The firm carries reputable cybersecurity software brands including Symantec, LifeLock, and Norton. As of June 2018, Symantec has 13,000 employees with sales of $4.8 billion.

Technical Analysis of Symantec Corporation (SYMC)

Symantec has been correcting since it posted an all time high of $34.20 in September 2017. At that level, SYMC was showing signs of weakness. It created a large bearish divergence on the weekly chart. On top of that, the stock failed to go above $34 resistance after several attempts. These were indications that bulls were exhausted.

One year later, bulls appear to have replenished their numbers. They are now working hard to keep the stock from officially reversing its trend.

Technical analysis shows that SYMC is respecting its uptrend support when it bounced off lows of $17.49 in October 2018. The bounce was supported by heavy volume, which enabled to pair to climb as high as $23.57 early this month. The stock has been pulling back since but we’re confident that the bounce will continue.

That’s because Symantec has numerous support levels at this area on top of the uptrend support, including the 50% Fibonacci level of $18.71. In addition, the weekly RSI has broken out of two resistances. This tells us that bulls are gaining heavy momentum.

Fundamental Analysis of Symantec Corporation (SYMC)

In addition to technical analysis, fundamental analysis also support our bullish view.

In May 2018, Symantec made headlines as the stock crashed by 34.7% after the company announced an internal investigation. The investigation focused on the company’s questionable accounting practices. The cybersecurity firm sought the services of independent counsel and kept the SEC in the loop. Symantec also warned investors that the investigation might lead to financial restatements.

Four months later, Symantec announced that the investigation has concluded. The company said that it will not restate its previous financial statement with the exception of one transaction that’s worth $13 million.

With this development, the stock appears to have been unjustly sold. It might take SYMC some time to regain investor confidence but it seems to be fundamentally sound. Its trailing twelve months price-to-earnings ratio is 11.70. This tells us that the stock is undervalued considering that its five-year maximum is 23.33.

The strategy is to buy on dips as close to $20 as possible. As long as the stock is above this level, it has the momentum to rally to our target of $26.

The timeline for the target is more than six months.

Weekly SYMC Chart

Monthly SYMC Chart

As of this writing, the Symantec Corporaton stock (SYMC) is trading at $21.83.

Summary of Strategy

Buy: On dips as close to $20 support as possible.

Target: $26

Stop: Close below $18.75.

 

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Black Friday: How to Capitalize on It

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By Dmitriy Gurkovskiy, Chief Analyst at RoboMarkets

The most interesting event this month in the US is the famous Black Friday, the day of large discounts, which is on Nov 23. On this day, Americans make 45% of all their annual purchases. The US economy is doing well compared to other countries, with the Fed hiking the rates in order to cool the markets down. The unemployment rate is at its record lows, which means people have money, and there’s going to be much hype about the Black Friday as usual. With this scenario, a few companies may show great potential during Q4. First, there’s e-commerce that is a very strong competition against offline stores. Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) is the leader here, with the market cap of $1T. In Q3, Amazon made a record high when it comes to quarterly earnings. However, the chart shows it is Q4 that is going to be the most profitable for the company.

Unluckily, after the Q3 report, the price was unable to reach new highs. Investors’ expectations were higher than the data that came out, which led to the share price going down. However, Amazon did make profit, and there’s a good trend in it. Furthermore, Amazon management expects to book the record profit in Q4 2018. In October, we analyzed Amazon and said the company stock is going to trade at around $1,400. It is now trading at its low at $1,476, however, and is above the 200-day SMA. When the price goes below $1,700, the volumes get much higher, according to the chart. Thus, this may be the support the price may start recovering from.

If the earnings expectations are met, Amazon may well rise above the round number of $2,000. Another large company that may get nice profits is eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY), which is mostly centered around e-commerce, too. The profits are good here, while the stock price leaves much to be desired.

Still, eBay incomes are rising quarter to quarter. According to the expectations, Q4 is going to be the most profitable in the recent few years.

Over 2018, eBay stock went down by nearly 30%. Perhaps, the reason for that is the increasing debt, with the debt to equity ratio now being 1.11, while, for Amazon, it is just 0.63. Technically, the stock went down till November last year, too, while after the Q4 report it traded at its highs. This time, the stock looks somewhat weaker than before, and may only reach $36 or so.

Walmart, an offline store chain, may also be included into this list, as this company is sure to get good profits thanks to Black Friday sales. Nevertheless, while eBay and Amazon shares corrected before Q4, Walmart is rising and is trying to break out its record highs made a year ago. Walmart earnings, like internet giants’ ones, are sure to be sensitive to the sales before Xmas.

The company reports its earnings on Thursday, and they are expected higher than the same quarter last year. The income is visibly growing up, and the record highs for Q4 earnings expectations are quite logical. Walmart has been recently going up thanks to large hedge funds positions, with around 52 funds now including this stock into their portfolios.

Technically, as said before, the stock is quite strong. The price is currently above the 200-day SMA, showing good growth and ready to hit new record highs. As for the entry, it’s hard to determine the risk. The nearest support levels are $100 and $90, and once the price reaches either, it could be a good entry point for the next few months.

 

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Time to Focus on General Motors

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By Dmitriy Gurkovskiy, Chief Analyst at RoboMarkets

As earnings season continues, analysts have been bewildered by General Motors’ (NYSE: GM) report.  Over the last year, GM shares became 35% cheaper, while income was mixed, both rising and falling, and net profit turned positive only in late 2018.

The GM stock price has been under pressure, most likely because of rising debt. General Motors went bankrupt in 2009, liquidating all previous debts, but new ones started appearing soon. The debt-equity ratio reached 1.93 ever since, making it a serious question whether or not to invest in such a company that had previously been bankrupt.

Since the second IPO in 2010, GM shares have been unable to overcome the 30% rise barrier, while the DJIA rose by over 100% over the same period. This made interest in GM quite low.

With ever-growing debt and shareholder pressure, the company had to cut expenses, and this was done through cutting jobs and closing factories in various countries. For instance, the GM Korea factory is likely to get closed, with over 2,000 jobs cut. Another factory, located in Saint Petersburg, Russia may be closed, too. Meanwhile, in North America, around 36% of jobs were cut.

Overall, the former multinational giant is leaving the markets in Europe, Indonesia, Thailand, India and Australia. The company may end up present only in the US and China.

Naturally, running a company with multiple branches in multiple countries is much harder than the one working in a single country. A good example is Tesla, which in 2008 was saved by a single contract with SpaceX (both owned by Elon Musk) worth $1.8B, while General Motors was unable to do with even $30B.

After the 2008 crisis, US automotive companies faced serious issues. Ford Motor, for example, has not shown any good results ever since, and is still trading at its 2010 lows.

Nevertheless, in mid 2018, Warren Buffet’s fund disclosed information on its Q2 portfolio that included Apple (Buffet said he would like to control 100% of Apple shares), Goldman Sachs, Teva, Delta Airlines and General Motors. If GM is on this list, other investors might also want focus on it.

Meanwhile, in Q2, GM shares rose sharply by 10%, which was the result of an agreement between General Motors and an investment fund run by SoftBank Group, the Japanese telecommunication giant. The fund invested $2.25B into the autonomous taxi development led by a part of GM team.

Thus, Q2 was overall positive for GM, and while the stock price did not increase significantly, the net profit did. As a result, the Q3 report was great, beating all expectations.

The net profit in Q3 reached $2.53B, or $1.75 EPS, against the $2.98B loss, or -$2.03, reported last year. The yearly EPS is expected at somewhere between $5.80 and $6.20, though GM management assumes it could be even higher.

Around 86% of net profit comes from the North American market, while only 14% covers the rest of the world. This is quite in line with the company’s policy regarding closing its regional branches.

Meanwhile, car production was lowered by 14.70% compared to last year, but GM succeeded thanks to the price increase and truck sales, where the yield is higher.

Technically, the price is still below the 200-day SMA, which may push values to the descending trend line which was broken out thanks to the positive report. If the price then bounces, it may rise above $40. GM management’s prediction on beating the yearly profit expectations may be priced quite soon, while then the yearly report comes, the price may head down. The Buy Rumors, Sell Facts rule may well work here.

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