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Will These Stocks Rally Again This Year?

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The US markets are on a roll as we head into the last quarter of the year. The S&P 500 continues to record new lifetime highs on a regular basis. While a section of the trading community has been skeptical of the rally, it has not deterred the bulls from buying on every dip. The correction still eludes the bears.

Key points

  1. The markets are at new lifetime highs.
  2. The fourth quarter is the strongest quarter for the stock market.
  3. Historically, five stocks of the Dow Jones industrial average have traded positive about 80% of the times in the fourth quarter.
  4. We analyze the charts of the five stocks to determine whether they offer a good risk to reward trading opportunity this year.

However, the current bull rally, which is already the second longest in history calls for caution but traders should continue to participate because no one can predict the exact top in the markets. It is only in hindsight that one comes to know about the top.

Therefore, in this article, we shall analyze the historical performance of the stock markets and a few stocks in the fourth quarter of the year, which have rewarded the investors handsomely.

Though it is not necessary that history will repeat itself, chances are that it may rhyme. These studies help the trader improve his odds for success.

The Dow Jones industrial average has risen for eight straight quarters, the longest winning streak since 1997. The S&P 500 has also rallied similarly, while the Nasdaq composite has risen for five straight quarters.

Though the September quarter is cyclically one of the weakest, this year, the Dow rallied 4.9%, the S&P 500 4%, and the Nasdaq composite 5.8% respectively. The stock market has entered its strongest quarter with a favorable tailwind.

The fourth quarter is the strongest for the markets

The fourth quarter is the best quarter for the stock markets by a huge margin. In the last 25 years, it has been positive 80% of the times. This is no small achievement. Also, the returns have been impressive.

Therefore, it is appropriate to expect the markets to close the year with strength. That is what most of the analysts also forecast.

Analysts expect 2017 to end on a strong note

In a recent poll by CNBC, majority of the analysts were confident that the S&P 500 will rise from the current levels and end the year with strength.

Along with the rise, they were extremely bullish on the pace of rise. About 79% believed that the rally will be more than 5%, which gives a year-end target of 2635 on the S&P 500. Considering the rally of the past few days, it certainly looks achievable.

But it is not only the US markets that are creating new records. The global stocks have also equaled the record for consecutive monthly gains – 11 straight months, last achieved in 2003, during the rebound from the dotcom bust.

Therefore, historical evidence suggests that we should see a strong fourth quarter, which will be good for stocks.

However, in the current bull run, the rally has not been broad-based. Only a handful of stocks have led the rally. Therefore, in order to profit, one has to pick the right stocks. Just buying any stock in the markets will not guarantee returns.

A study by CNBC  has identified five stocks in the Dow Jones industrial average, which have rallied in the fourth quarter majority of the times.

While these are positive numbers over a long period of time, still, before investing, it is always prudent to analyze whether the performance can be repeated this year.

Let’s look at the chart patterns to find out whether the stocks offer a good risk to reward trade opportunity or not.

UNH

The stock is currently trading within an ascending channel. It has traded in the upper half of the channel for most of the times, however, in September, it fell to the lower end of the channel. Since then, the stock has again rallied back to the highs. We can expect the stock to continue trending higher until it breaks down of the channel. Therefore, we have a clear stop loss at around $190.

Also, considering the stock’s performance of the past few months, we can expect a rally to the upper end of the channel, which should be around $207. However, for that, the stock will have to first rally above the highs of $200.76. If we buy at the current levels, our immediate profit objective is around $10, whereas, the possibility of a loss is $8, which leaves us with a risk to reward ratio of 1:1. Traders can take 50% position at the current levels and add the remaining 50% once the stock breaks out of $201. The initial stop loss should be kept at $190, which should be trailed higher once the stock moves up.

HD

The stock has broken out of an inverse head and shoulders pattern, which has a pattern target of $176. However, most breakouts retest their neckline, which in this case would be the $162.5 levels. Therefore, traders can buy 50% of the position at the current levels and 50% on a retrace to $162.5.

The stop loss should be kept at $159 levels, just below the neckline because the pattern weakens when the stock starts to trade below $162. This gives us a risk to reward ratio of roughly 1:2.

CSCO

Weekly chart

The stock has formed a large base after falling from the peak made during the dotcom bubble. A breakout of the overhead resistance zone of $33 to $35 can be very bullish for the stock, as it has no major resistances ahead. Therefore, we can assume that the stock will gain momentum once it sustains above $35.

Daily chart

On the daily chart, we find that the stock has a stiff resistance at $34.5, where the stock is likely to stall its current rally. However, if the stock breaks out of the resistance, it will be very positive for it. Therefore, traders should wait for a close above $34.5 and enter at $35. The stop loss for the trade can be kept at about $32.5 levels. The rally can easily extend to $39 and higher, which gives it a risk to reward ratio of about 1:2.

DIS

DIS is range bound between $90 and $120. Currently, it is trending down, as price is quoting below the downtrend line and the 50-day simple moving average (SMA). Any rally from the present levels is likely to face a slew of resistances between $101 to $106, from the 50-day SMA and the downtrend line. Therefore, we don’t find a buy setup here that can be traded.

TRV

The stock has been in a well-established uptrend, trading inside the ascending channel since 2010. However, at the current levels, the stock is right in the middle of the channel. Its support is at $110, whereas, it has resistance at $130 and thereafter at $140. The stock has not reached the upper end of the channel since November 2015. Therefore, the chances of a rally to the upper end of the channel in the fourth quarter look dim. At the present levels, we don’t find a good trade setup, which offers an attractive risk to reward ratio.

Conclusion

After analyzing the charts of the five stocks, we find buy setups only on three stocks. We don’t find any reliable buy setups on the other two.

Though the fourth quarter is the strongest, October gives jitters to the history students of the stock markets because two major crashes started in this month. First was the crash on 29 October 1929, commonly known as ‘Black Tuesday’ and the second was the crash on 19 October 1987, also known as ‘Black Monday’.

Though we don’t expect a similar crash this year, there is no running away from the fact that the markets are trading above their average price to earnings ratio. Additionally, the geopolitical tensions and the news on the tax reforms will keep the markets on the edge. Therefore, traders should be cautious and reduce their position size. Participate in the markets but with a lower allocation and keep a generous amount of cash in the portfolio.

Important: Never invest (trade with) money you can't afford to comfortably lose. Always do your own research and due diligence before placing a trade. Read our Terms & Conditions here. Trade recommendations and analysis are written by our analysts which might have different opinions. Read my 6 Golden Steps to Financial Freedom here. Best regards, Jonas Borchgrevink.

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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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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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