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Waiting for the Costco Earnings Report

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By Dmitriy Gurkovskiy, Chief Analyst at RoboMarkets

Retail companies are among the best investment choices right before the New Year. Let’s see whether it is really true by analyzing Costco, a retail company whose Q4 earnings report is due on Dec 13.

Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) is the largest self-service warehouse chain across the globe and the fifth retail company in the US with the most sales. The company sells domestic appliances, foods, chemicals and cleaning agents, clothes, consumer electronics, etc. There is a loyalty program, and members get discounts. Among the members, around 90% are active customers. Costco is conquering the e-commerce world, too, but online sales contribute just 4% to the entire revenue, so the potential here is great.

The company buys products right from the manufacturers and sends them to warehouses, where they are sold to consumers. This saves time and money on multi-level distribution while maximizing the turnover and sales. Currently, there are 768 Costco warehouses in the world, including 533 in the US, 10 in Canada, 39 in Mexico, 28 in the UK, 26 in Japan, 15 in South Korea, 13 in Taiwan, 10 in Australia, two in Spain, and one in France and Iceland. With Costco stock being quite choppy, it has still been a safe haven for most investors, as both the stock price and the dividends have been growing steadily. Over the last 24 months, Costco was better than such competition as Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT), Kroger (NYSE: KR), and Walmart (NYSE: WMT), performing even better than S&P 500.

Costco earnings are season-based, yet its overall trend is ascending.

The debt to equity ratio is under 1.00, while the shorts are just 1.20%. Costco is interesting for investors mostly because of its dividends it’s been paying for over 15 years. In 2004, one share paid $0.10, while in 2018 it is $0.57. The share price also rose considerably, from $40 to $240, which was a great profit for long-term investors (6x+).

In November, retail sales amounted to $12.77B, which is 9.80% more than 12 months ago. The Q4 earnings report may be positive as well. Kroger (NYSE: KR), which had already reported its earnings, exceeded analysts’ expectations, which proves Costco’s report may trigger the same effect.

Fundamentally, there are no negative factors across the board, while, technically, one may want to wait for a better chance that will surely come. The report due this week is 90% likely to exceed expectations, that will push the stock upwards in the short term. However, in W1, one can see the stock has been growing abnormally since June and is well above the 200-day SMA. This is usually followed with an appropriate correction. Besides, when the stock hit $250, its volatility increased.

In terms of candlestick analysis, there are two engulfing patterns, which means the price may start falling soon. It may well test $200 and then go up again, in case there’s enough volume coming from the investors’ interest.

On D1, the stock may rise in the short term because of the good earnings report, as mentioned earlier. This is confirmed by both the support at $218 and the increase in volume. This increase, however, is becoming more and more humble over time. Thus, in case $218 gets broken out, the price may go down, which is confirmed with W1 chart. Buying COST right now expecting a good earnings report on Dec 13 is risky.

The price may rise only in case the report beats expectations, though; otherwise, the stock may fall down quickly to reach $200.

Overall, trading Costco straight away is not the best idea and will suit only those who are hunting for adrenaline. The company looks well attractive for a long-term investment next year, but waiting for a better price is the best thing you can do.

Costco is popular with hedge fund managers, too. As of late Q3, 39 hedge funds had it, including Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, with Costco shares worth over $1B.

The P/E is 31.50, which means you will need quite a lot of time for your investment to prove profitable (Apple’s P/E, for instance, is 13.87). Thus, it’s better to wait until the hype comes down, and only then take a long position on Costco Wholesale Corporation.

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Crypto Update: Sideways Drift Continues but Sellers Still in Control

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While the bounce on Monday gave some hope to crypto bulls that last week’s plunge was just a correction in an ongoing broader counter-trend move, so far, we haven’t seen meaningful follow-through. That means that the bearish short- and long-term trends are still dominant in the segment and sellers are clearly in control of every major top coin.

Also, while volatility is relatively low, correlations are still elevated, and volume patterns are bearish as well, so our trend model remains on sell signals with regards to the overwhelming majority of coin on all time-frames. Traders and investors are still advised to stay away from entering new positions, as we have no evidence the bear market is over, and at least the test of the lows is likely in the coming months.

That said, a quick recovery above the primary resistance levels would be a positive sign here, but until we see signs of technical strength, the defensive approach is warranted as bearish risks remain very high here.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin’s relative stability is still the only positive sign among the top coins, but BTC also lacks bullish momentum and it failed to leave the close vicinity of the key $3600 support level. The $3850 resistance is out of reach, for now, and given the clearly bearish long-term setup, traders and investors shouldn’t enter positions here.

A move above that level would be a positive sign for bulls, with further zones between $4000 and $4050, and near $4450, but we still expect a move towards the support levels near $3250 and $3000 in the coming weeks, even if a broader bottoming process might already be underway.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While Ethereum spiked higher again towards the $130 resistance level today, the move failed again and bulls failed to make technical progress, with the recent low still being in danger. A sustained push above $130 could still signal a failed break-down pattern, but the lack of bullish momentum points to a continuation of the decline.  Key support is found near $120 and between $95 and $100, while further resistance is ahead at $145, $160, and near $180.

Altcoins Unchanged and Bearish After Choppy Day

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The volatility compression continued in all of the major altcoins as well, but the broad selling pressure is still apparent in the segment. Litecoin failed to get close to the primary resistance zone near $34.50 despite the early-week rally attempt, and it continues to threaten with a move below the key $30-$30.50 support zone.

A breach of support would likely trigger a move towards the $26 level, with the oversold short-term momentum readings now being cleared in the market of LTC. Further strong resistance is ahead near $38 and $44 and with support found near $23, and traders and investors still shouldn’t enter positions here.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple has been showing signs of relative weakness again today, after the brief period of stability and the technical picture continues to be negative on all time-frames, and our trend model is also on short- and long-term sell signals. The $0.32 price level is still in focus, and we still expect a move below $0.30, with strong support found near the $0.26 level, with resistance ahead near $0.3550 and $0.3750.

DASH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Dash remained among the relatively weaker majors as well, and it still hovering around the $70 price level after bottoming out close to $67.50. A test of the bear market low near $56 seems very likely in the coming weeks, and only a move above the strong resistance zone between $76.50 and $80 would change the short-term outlook for the coin.

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Disclaimer:  The analyst owns cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but doesn’t engage in short-term or day-trading, nor does he hold short positions on any of the coins.

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Crypto Update: Zilliqa a Good Buy on Dips

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Zilliqa (ZIL/BTC) has been on our radar ever since it revisited a price level of 0.0000039 on November 20, 2018. At that point, we were curious whether the market would respect its previous low or breach the support and print a new 2018 low. We got a little bit of both and that’s the stuff that makes crypto very exciting.

While Zilliqa printed a new 2018 low of 0.00000347 on November 25, bulls managed to lift the market back above 0.0000039 on November 27 with heavy volume. This fakeout gave this coin a new lease in life and the market is not taking the opportunity for granted. In this article, we reveal why Zilliqa presents a good buy on dip opportunity.

Solid Base at Parabolic Support

Zilliqa bottoming out and accumulating around 0.0000039 is no coincidence. This is the level where the market rejected lower prices in March 2018. Zilliqa’s ability to stay above 0.0000039 back then sparked a parabolic run that saw the market climb as high as 0.00002508 on May 10. Thus, it is not surprising for the market to return to its low level and start a new market cycle.

To build its base, Zilliqa spent 154 days range trading between 0.0000039 and 0.000006. That’s over five months dedicated to accumulation. We’ve seen many altcoins with significantly shorter accumulation periods launch massive bull runs.

Daily chart of ZIL/BTC

With a solid base in place, you can be fairly certain that market participants will buy the dips. Like you, they also likely know that the market spent a lot of time base-building. Therefore, they’ll take advantage of any opportunity to get in cheap before the market launches its bull run.

Breakout from Consolidation

After five months of base-building, the market appears ready to break out from a double bottom pattern. It made a strong push yesterday, January 15, 2019, to take out our range high of 0.000006. The move up was supported by above-average volume. So far today, the market has managed to stay above 0.000006.

ZIL/BTC Double bottom breakout

This price action tells us that Zilliqa is raring to launch a bull run. This type of bullish momentum is rare in crypto nowadays. With so many suffering from heavy losses in this bear market, a lot of people are eager to ride on markets that are showing bullish potential. As Zilliqa continues to show strength, participants will likely buy on dips in the hope of either growing their capital or recouping losses.  

Key Levels to Watch

If you’re looking to place a long position in Zilliqa, we believe that one of these two scenarios can play out.

The first scenario shows the market pumping in the next few days. The pump might send the market to as high as 0.00000685 where Zilliqa will likely face heavy resistance from bears. If bulls succumb, Zilliqa might retest 0.000006 before resuming its uptrend.

ZIL/BTC Scenario 1

The other scenario involves an immediate throwback as Zilliqa succumbs to profit taking. We can see it retesting support of 0.00000575. If Zilliqa respects the support, the market would print a bullish higher low setup. This will likely send the market to greater heights.

ZIL/BTC Scenario 2

Bottom Line

With an extensive base and a recent breakout from consolidation, Zilliqa is a good buy on dips. It appears that the market now belongs to a small group of alts that show bullish potential. This makes Zilliqa attractive to investors who are looking to grow their capital or recoup their losses.

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AMD: Time to Find the Bottom

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By Dmitriy Gurkovsky, Chief Analyst at RoboMarkets

With the crypto hype nearly over, it’s time to see what’s happening with graphic board manufacturers. When demand boomed, their earnings burst, and so did the stock prices. Currently, however, the demand is down, and this is clearly seen in the earnings reports. While previously the earnings reached rather high numbers, they are bound to start shrinking now. What is important here is whether the management at such companies used the large capital inflows to take the companies’ performance to the next level.

Today, we’ll take a closer look at Advanced Micro Devices, known as AMD. We could also consider Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA), but its stock is seven times more expensive than AMD’s, which means it is much less available to the retail investors.

AMD earnings had risen by 2,200% when the crypto boom was at large, while Nvidia added 1,500% to its value. At the same time, when AMD shares were at the low, they cost around $1.50, which was quite alright for retail traders, while Nvidia shares were 15 times higher.

Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ: AMD) is a major GPU and chip set manufacturer. The company hasn’t had any production facilities of its own since 2009, and uses other companies’ facilities. Among AMD’s partners, one may mention Acer, Cisco, Dell, Ericsson, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, NEC, Nokia, Siemens, and Sony.

The major competition of AMD is Nvidia. In 2010, AMD was better than Nvidia, when its market share amounted to 51%. It was actually in 2010 when the first Bitcoin transaction was made. This was the jump start for the cryptos and, eventually, for mining devices.

By 2018, the crypto market cap reached its high at $840B, followed by the fall that has so far reached $119B. This caused a high demand for used GPUs, while the demand for new devices fell; this eventually led to the falling AMD sales. Investors booked their profits, and AMD shares fell, too. The earnings will continue going down, and the company will have to distract the investors from this.

The forecast for earnings in the coming quarter is not positive either, which means the stock has not reached its bottom yet.

AMD: What Happened Recently

In October, the Q3 report came in, with both the earnings and the ROI rising YoY. The operational profit went up to $150M, while the net profit rose by 70% to reach $102B. However, even with the earnings rising (mostly due to the CPU sales), the stock went down by 22% just because GPU sales shrank. When this happened, Deutsche Bank, Mizuho, and Morgan Stanley cut their forecasts regarding AMD share price.

In November, AMD partnered with Amazon to supply Epic CPUs for Amazon data centers. This pushed the price by 9% in the short term. Another price spike happened in December, when the 90-day ‘cease-fire’ was achieved in Sino-US trade wars; this was perceived as positive news for tech companies, and, in particular, pushed the AMD price by 7.50% upwards.

After that, the rise was over, and the shares were falling for 20 days in a row. The last hope was the Radeon IIV GPU release, which was presented at the CES expo on January 9, 2019. The stock started to recover but then went down abruptly.

This whipsaw may continue for long. What one may do is pay attention to the next quarter forecasts and do the tech analysis, while also watching the current and past events.

As such, some figures may show AMD’s strong points.

Thus, the equity ROI is 28.44%, with the overall industry number being at 11.84%; the profit margin is 5.05% versus 2.06%. On Dec 20, 2018, AMD was added into NASDAQ 100. Every year, the amount of data to process is increasing, while making the CPUs and GPUs smaller gets more and more difficult. This is likely to increase the demand, and, subsequently, increase AMD earnings, too.

On the dark side, AMD is not currently paying any dividends, while the P/E is 49.50 versus the 14.85 industry average, which means the company is well overpriced. The forecasts for the next quarter earnings are negative, which may put the AMD shares under pressure, too.

Thus, AMD shares may shrink in the short term, but in the longer term, they look quite attractive for investment. In order to understand where the price is going to ‘take off’, one should use tech analysis.

On W1, the price is above the 200-day SMA, which means there is an ascending trend. Fundamentally, however, the price may get lower, perhaps finding its support at the 200-day SMA.

The secondary support levels are at $10 and $15. $15, the nearest one, is very likely to get broken down, as it is quite far from the SMA. If the sellers get more active, the price may head further lower to reach and even break out $10. However, the odds are that the breakout will not continue for long, and a recovery will follow immediately. Thus, $10 may be considered a good level for taking long positions.

On D1, $22 is a currently strong level. In case it does not get broken out soon, it may become then a starting point for the price to start heading towards $10.

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