7% Drop In Crude Oil on August 1st

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Nat Gas May Have Bottomed

Readers who follow our work will know that we are advocates for investing in out of favor stocks. Many times, the problem with investing in ultra oversold stocks is timing. Value investors know that patience is key as many times the respective investment can take months if not years to recover.

The flip-side of the above scenario though is that the investment never recovers. Then instead of having researched or invested in a value play, the risk is that one could have actually invested in something known as a value trap. Many times, these companies can go bankrupt which basically leaves the investor with nothing to show for the initial investment.

Investing in Instruments such as commodities and ETF’s protect against any bankruptcy. A commodity such as gold , oil or natural gas can never trade at $0 as they all have intrinsic value. Furthermore the probability of an exchange traded fund which holds a basket of stocks going to $0 is also practically zero when you think of the diversification in those funds.

One such commodity which we have been watching carefully has been Natural Gas. The commodity continues to drift lower as it seems to seeking out a daily cycle low if not a more broader intermediate cycle low. The lower it goes, the more potential we see in this asset class when the commodity turns in earnest. Therefore from this standpoint, let’s have a look at the its charts to see how they have been cycling. We will start off with the long term monthly chart.

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One Step Closer In Nat Gas


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Gold : Another Breakout Or Pending Intermediate Decline ?

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Multiple Trading/Investing Strategies For Different Environments

  • Long term buy and hold blue chip stocks

Here is where we use cycle analysis, sentiment numbers and even Commitment of Traders reports to gauge how broad equity markets are cycling. With respect to the S&P for example, we have been consistently bullish for some time now. As a result, our portfolio contains a basket of dividend paying blue-chip stocks. Whereas may investors have been waiting for a multi-year top in US equities, our analysis has demonstrated that this bull run may have plenty of years to run yet. This could be classified as an edge. The S&P for example printed a multi-year cycle low back in December of last year. That low should now pave the way for significant higher highs in the years to come.

  • Swing trades

Swing trades are all about the following mindset. It is all about putting ourselves in as many situations as possible where we have limited downside risk but maximum upside. Like risking one to make three. The more viable trades we have in this strategy the better. We use technical tools here such as moving average crossovers, trend-lines, volume and momentum trends in an attempt to gain that edge. We actually deployed a swing trade in AVX Corporation (AVX) recently as shares managed to close above their 200 day moving average. However the firm’s recent earnings numbers caused our trade to get stopped out at $16 a share. We only lost $48 on this trade where we risked $1,300+. We may wait here for a better re-entry but our main focus here is generating more trade ideas

  • Value Plays

The edge here we believe is investing in companies with strong financials but which also have a keen valuation and low debt. Valuation metrics such as low book, sales, cash and earnings multiple straight away stack the odds in our favor if the respective company is still profitable and not that leveraged. The risk with investing in stocks with very cheap valuations is that they can remain cheap for an extended period of time. For example many traders/investors most likely pulled the trigger on a Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (BBBY) over the past few months which in hindsight was far too early. Investing against the trend is always risky no matter how strong a firm’s financials may look. It will be interesting to see whether BBBY has finally bottomed here as shares have had a couple strong trading days recently.

  • Implied Volatility Plays

Again this is a strategy which we get aggressive with when the conditions stack up. At the moment, the Volatility Index (^VIX) is trading at just over 12. Since we believe that option sellers gain more of an edge than option buyers, we really do not sell option premium unless the VIX is much higher than it is at present. The edge here is in the fact that one can get much further away with respective strike prices which improves the probability of profit on the trades. Many times though (such as now), the risk does not justify the reward when selling option premium. Things can change fast though which is why we always have this strategy on standby.

How The Asset Classes Are Cycling

1. S&P500

We wrote a piece recently on the free site stating that we had at least another 10 weeks of higher prices ahead of us in this present intermediate cycle in equities. We still feel this is the case although we still are unsure if the July 18th low will end up being a daily cycle low. We state this because usually at daily lows, we get the 10 day moving average turning down along with the RSI dropping to oversold levels. Neither of these were achieved back on the 18th of last month.

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Crude Oil Nearing A Buy Signal

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Brinker Looks To Have More Downside

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Gold Is On Week 6 Of Its New Intermediate Cycle

I think there is no doubt now that the yellow metal has indeed put in an intermediate cycle low. What caught many by surprise this time round was with how the rally played itself out. Usually at intermediate lows, we get the bottom and then we have a violent move to the upside soon in the aftermath. Gold though time round bottomed at the end of April and really needed a month before we got our bullish engulfing candle. We initiated long positions pretty close to the bottom as we knew the bottom (considering the timing band) would come sooner rather than later. This means we are on week 6 of gold’s present intermediate cycle.

On the daily chart, we can see that gold is in its timing band for a daily cycle low. Thursday the 13th will now be day 29 of gold’s present daily cycle. We would be expecting a drop down at least under the 30 level on the RSI indicator. We actually were about to issue a short delta implied volatility trade of GDXJ (weekend report) but remain wary of a sustained move higher here. Before we can call a daily cycle decline though, we would need to see price drop below that 10 day moving average which it still has not done.

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Hawaiian Airlines Will Attract Value Investors

Hawaiian Airlines doesn’t announce its next quarterly numbers until the end of July so we may not have a near-term catalyst to produce a storming rally here. As we can see from the chart above we actually projected a double bottom reversal pattern back at the end of March. We got long the stock soon thereafter. However this reversal pattern did not come to pass and at this stage we seem to be looking at either a triple bottom or maybe an inverse head-and-shoulders pattern.

$24.13 is the low point which shorter-term Traders are investors should be focusing on. This number was the low in March and if a bullish reversal pattern is playing out at present, then this number cannot be breached. Therefore from shorter-term point of view we believe that the risk-reward increases the closer you can get to that support point.

We state this because even with Hawaiians very attractive valuation at present, there is also a risk that a descending triangle could be playing out. These patterns are usually bearish patterns but as we know, in the financial markets everything is possible. This means that even though Hawaiian is very cheap compared to its historic valuation, shares could still get cheaper here before bottoming.

Longer-term investor should have no problem in holding Hawaiian long-term. When you include the airlines dividend and balance sheet along with the really low valuation metrics we have inserted in the chart above, then it stands to reason that the downside should be pretty small here. Remember the stock got a bit of a shock when Southwest announced that they would be entering the Hawaiian market. However when you study the numbers its difficult to see where Hawaiian can get significantly hurt by Southwest. Suffice it to say we will be remaining long our present position.

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Crude Oil : Intermediate Decline Looming ?

Crude oil weekly cycle

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