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Ticker Tape Digest

Tuesday - May 23, 2017

By Leo Fasciocco -- TTD

      Ticker Tape Digest presents its daily stock market report containing stocks to go long as breakout trades, quick trades, or bargain trades. We also feature stocks under Significant Accumulation that are poised to breakout.

Ticker Tape Digest's

Daily schedule guide for TTD subscribers

1. Pre-market - check Breakout Watch List and Quick Trades.

2. Morning - (11:30 - 12 A.M.) - check breakout stocks tape and breakout chart slide show.

3. Midday (1 P.M.) check TTD Midsession Report and see market video show.

4. After close (4 P.M.) check final TTD Report for day.

Trading Strategies


Aggressive Investors Bullish - "Breakout Stocks" - ideally suited for bull markets and special situation stocks. Potential for large returns. (See Performance)

Aggressive Investor Bullish-  "Quick Trade Stocks" -ideally suited for entry into top performing issues looking for a small quick profit."  (See Performance)

Conservative Investors  "Bargain Buy Trades for the Long Term."  Ideally suited for entry into top performing big cap stocks on pullbacks within overall up trend.(See Performance)


Aggressive Bearish Investors - "Breakdown Stocks" to Sell Short. Ideally suited for bear markets or market pull backs. Potential for large returns  (See Performance)

 The TTD report also contains stocks to short as  breakdown plays and as bargain (swing trade) shorts.

  Investors should  tend to try to go with a strategy that fits with the stock market's trend, unless there is a special situation play.

  TTD's Breakout Stocks - Long are most suitable for aggressive investors seeking ideal entry points into leading stocks, especially during bull markets. They can do extremely well in bull markets with gains of as much as several hundred percent.

 These stocks can also do extremely well during strong market rallies, or if they are in a industry group that is performing very well. They tend to have strong earnings outlooks and are near new-52 week, or all-time highs.

  TTD Quick Trade Stocks - Long These are leading issues that have pulled back in recent days, but could move higher soon. They are most suitable for Aggressive Investors willing to trade short term. These stocks will do extremely  well during market advances. They have about 74% win rate. During market rally sequences the win rate is even higher. The return is small 3% to 8% in just a few days.

 TTD's Bargain Buy Trades - Long - Long Term.  These are for conservative bullish Investors These long-term buys are ideally suited for entry into stocks on pull backs within overall up trend. These stocks can give a good return long-term especially during a bull market.

   TTD also presents Stocks To Sell or Sell Short. These issues are suitable for aggressive investors willing to take short positions both as trades or for longer-term plays. These stocks will do very well during bear markets or market pull backs.

  TTD's Bearish breakdown stocks to sell short. These issues have potential to fall sharply. They often show a technical breakdown and also some fundamental business problem such as weak earnings.  

 TTD's multi-media updates include a slide-show that presents charts and analysis at midsession. Some times TTD presents feature analysis on stocks and the market. TTD uses Windows Media Files. (WMV).

 TTD also presents a "Breakout Watch List" that is up dated daily. This list consists of key stocks in position to breakout. A close watch of this list can put you in the stock just as it breaks out. A good idea is to study the list and be ready to move into a stock quickly as it hits its breakpoint.

TTD often suggests using stop buy orders to enter. It is very important to buy a breakout stock as close as possible to the breakpoint. The idea is to get "elbow room" if the stock should follow through to the upside. This is very important in being successful in making big money with breakout stocks.

It is also essential to have a stop loss strategy for all stocks in which positions are taken. Not every stock will work as expected. It is important for investors to "police" their portfolios and avoid getting trapped in any bad positions.

 Quality rating of breakout  Two key factors: 1 - Stock near all-time high in price or near a 52-week high. 2 - earnings growth current year is strong. The ideal play is a stock with an Above Average Quality Rating. The stock is near a new high and will have strong earnings. TTD's other ratings are Average and Below Average.

Quote or chart

   TTD also has  special feature sections on  Educational Tips on Investing.

    To email Mr. Leo Fasciocco  leo@tickertapedigest.com.    For service, email Beverly Owen owen@tickertapedigest.com. TTD’s Tel: 1-480-926-1680.

Tuesday - May 23, 2017

TTD's Breakout Stocks

  Stock Market Overview

Total Buy Breakouts so far today - 7

Quality of Breakouts - Average.

Stocks Screened - 12,234

Bull side -  Small list of breakouts with some utilities. Bulls be conservative.

Stock market  - Bullish. Major averages remain bullish in all time sectors. However, the Dow is rallying on lower volume. It needs to be watched closely.

Stock Market Momentum

(Based on 14 unit moving average)

Market (Daily)

 Market (Weekly)

 Market (Monthly)  

 Dow - Bullish

 Dow - Bullish

 Dow - Bullish,

  Nasdaq - Bullish

  Nasdaq - Bullish

Nasdaq - Bullish 

        S&P 500 - Bullish

  S&P 500 - Bullish

  S&P 500 - Bullish

Ticker Tape Digest's

Timely Breakout Stocks From Tape Action - Tuesday

(The “breakout List” gives all stocks breaking out of a base of five weeks or more. These stocks have a good chance to trend higher. However, a stop should be used to avoid those that do not work. They are ranked according to percentage change and classified as leaders or other. (Trading strategy: One should buy breakout stocks at breakpoint by using market order or stop buy)All Timely Breakout Stocks From Tape Action Today )  

Today's Featured TTD Breakout Stock

Cutera Inc. (CUTR) - 22.30, up 1.45 - Breakpoint 21.53

Net to Surge 137% This Year,  TTD Targets 27

                    TTD's Quality Rating of Stock - CUTR - ABOVE AVERAGE

     CUTR, based in Brisbane, Ca., produces medical devices. Annual revenues: $118 million. CUTR's stock moves sharply higher Tuesday and breaks out from a 14-week flat base. The stock is nearing a nine-year high. That is bullish.

  So far today, CUTR is trading 219,724 shares. Its average daily volume is 125,000 shares.

  CUTR has a beta of 0.88 versus 1.00 for the stock market. So, the stock tends to be less volatile than the stock market.

  CUTR rose late in the prior session and continued higher early on Tuesday and cleared its breakpoint line. (see 10-minute chart).

  The stock paused intraday, but then resumed its advance to close near its high for the session. That is bullish.

Tape Action

 CUTR's tape action shows the recent block trades.

 One can see the price for the blocks climbing from $20.65 in the prior session to as high as $22.30.

  A key bullish trade came in the morning when a block of 2,000 shares crossed the tape at $21.

  That was up from the prior block trade at $20.85 on 4,023 shares (duplicated) late on Monday.


  CUTR makes laser and other energy-based aesthetics systems for practitioners around the world.

  The company offers products based on product platforms, such as enlighten, excel HR, truSculpt, excel V and xeo, each of which enables physicians and others to perform aesthetic procedures for customers.

 Each of its laser systems consists of one or more hand pieces and a console that user interface, a laser or other energy-based module, control system software and high voltage electronics.


  CUTR's 12-month performance chart shows the stock appreciating 120% versus a 17% gain for the stock market.

  Recently, insiders were buyers using stock options at $8 to $10 a share. They were sellers at $19 to $21 a share.

  CUTR came public in 2004 and reached an all-time high of $44.20. The stock fell back during the bear market to $5.50 in 2009.

  The stock worked its way over the next few years to a peak at $16.37 in 2015. The stock fell back to $10 in 2016.

  However, since then the stock has pushed higher and is now in position to make a nine-year high.   

  CUTR's daily chart shows the stock climbing from $16 in December to a peak near $22 by February.

  The stock then pulled back and formed a tight flat base.

  The breakout Tuesday comes with a widening of the daily spread and expanding volume.

  CUTRs' CCI momentum indicator is strongly bullish.

  Earnings Outlook

  This year, analysts are forecasting a 137% surge in net to 45 cents a share from 19 cents a year ago.

  The stock sells with a price earnings ratio of 48. That is high but okay given the earnings growth rate.

  Looking out to 2018, the Street is predicting a 33% jump in net to 60 cents a share from the anticipated 45 cents this year.

  For the second quarter, analysts expect a profit of three  cents a share compared with one cent a year ago.

  The company topped the Street estimate the past three out of four quarters.

Strategy Opinion:  TTD is targeting CUTR for a move to $2.  A protective stop can be placed near $20 giving it some room.

  TTD rate CUTR a good intermediate-term play provided earnings meet expectations.

Suitability:  Aggressive Bulls.

                 TTD's special research of  Stock's Prior Performance:  

Probability - Breakout Success -  Above Average. CUTR has scored some excellent gains off its breakouts.

Probability - Earnings Response - Above Average.  CUTR has moved higher 8 out of the past 14 earnings reports that showed significant stock price movement.

Probability:  Seasonal Success -  Average. CUTR has averaged a decline of 1.3%  in May the past several years.  In June, it has risen an average of 2.5%.

           Stock's Prior Performance After A Breakout

Stock's % Change from Breakout to peak - prior  to cut below 50-day M/A.

Date of Breakout

Break point Price

Stocks Price Peak after Breakout - prior to cut below 50-day M/A

  Date Trade Closed


    2/10/2017      19.38        21.90    2/21/2017


    1/4/2017      17.55        21.90    2/21/2017


    11/17/2016      14.57        21.90    2/21/2017
             21%     9/21/2016      11.88        14.45     10/19/2016
               5%     7/31/2015      15.16        15.98     6/29/2915
             31%     12/31/2014      10.55        13.84     2/4/2015

(In actual trading, entry and exit points could vary depending on broker execution.

Also, ideal are breakouts to a new 52-week high or better, perhaps all-time highs.)

  Stock's Long-term Chart

   Stock's Performance Chart with Quarterly Earnings Markers vs. S&P 500

Insider Buying in Green  - Insider Selling in Red

   Stock's Monthly Seasonal Performance Chart - Past 5 Years

Showing % Months UP and % Change


TTD's Breakout Profile Rating
Cutera Inc.  - (CUTR)  
TTD Check List Bullish Bearish Neutral
Near 52-week High YES
Volume YES  
Tick Volume YES
Price Trend - Daily YES  
Price Trend - Long Term YES    
Price Daily Spread YES  
Base Structure YES    
Base - A-D YES
Earnings-Quarterly YES  
Earnings-Long Term YES    
Earnings Outlook YES  
Industry Group YES  
Prior Breakout Success YES  
Fund Sponsorship YES  
Total Score 14 0 0

Charts of Selected Breakout Stocks

                    TTD's Quality Rating of Stock - INTU  - AVERAGE

                    TTD's Quality Rating of Stock - LNT -  AVERAGE

                    TTD's Quality Rating of Stock - ES  - AVERAGE

                    TTD's Quality Rating of Stock - PEP  - AVERAGE


Ticker Tape Digest’s

Stocks To “Sell or Short”

Ticker Tape Digest’s Daily List of “Stocks To Sell or Sell Short” ranks stocks well timed to be sold immediately based on daily trading. The list can be used as an alert to reduce current long-term positions.

Shorts from tape action so far today - 5

Stocks Screened - 12,234

Long-Term Environment for bears:  Unfavorable.

Bear Side -  Small list of shorts Tuesday. Auto parts stock breaking down. Bears be conservative.

List of Stocks To Sell or Short

TTD’s Feature Bear Play

Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (ALXN) - 104.80, down 10.62

Executive Shake Up, TTD Sees Decline to 90

  ALXN, based in New Haven, Ct., is a biotech firm developing products to treat heart problems. Annual revenues: $3.1 billion. ALXN's stock drops sharply Tuesday on news several top executives have left the company. TTD sees more on the downside.

  The company said in a filing with the SEC that it was replacing its chief commercial officer, chief financial officer and its EVP of research. There were also others leaving.

  TTD highlighted ALXN as a short at our midsession video show on the Web Tuesday.

  So for today, ALXN is trading a heavy 18.8 million shares, nine times its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares.

  ALXN's stock fell steadily in the morning and touched an intraday low of $102.47.

  The stock then lifted to around $104 and trended  sideways the rest of the day.

  Tape Action

  A key bearish trade came in the morning when a block of 99,200 shares crossed the tape at $111.

  That was down sharply from the prior block at $115.42 on 86,245 shares late in the prior session.


   ALXN makes products to treat heart disease and inflammation, diseases of the immune system and cancer.

  The company's lead product candidates are genetically altered antibodies that target specific diseases which arise when the human immune system induces undesired inflammation in the human body.


  This year, analysts are forecasting a 19% increase in net to $4.49 a share from $3.78 a year ago.

  Net for the second quarter should be up 18%, but in the second quarter down 3%.   


  ALXN's daily chart shows the stock falling sharply Tuesday and undercutting key technical support with heavy volume.

  The stock's CCI momentum indicator is extremely bearish.

  ALXN's 12-month performance chart shows the stock falling 28% versus an 18% gain for the stock market.

Strategy Opinion: TTD is targeting ALXN for a decline to 85. A protective stop buy can be placed near 110.

Suitability: Aggressive Bears.

  TTD's special probability research of  stock's Prior Performance:  

Probability - Earnings Response -  Bearish. Stock rose 7 out of the past 13 earnings reports.

Probability:  Seasonal Activity -- Very Bearish.  ALXN has declined an average of 1.6% in May and 6% in June.

                    TTD's Quality Rating of Stock - ALXN -  BELOW AVERAGE

   Stock Performance Chart with Quarterly Earnings Markers vs. S&P 500

Insider Buying in Green  - Insider Selling in Red


TTD takes no responsibility for trading by those using this information. The stocks presented in our report are those we deem the best looking "Day Trades" for the long side. We take no responsibility for the accuracy of this data, although every effort is made to present the information correctly. Copyright Ticker Tape Digest. - 2017

TTD columnist Leo Fasciocco has covered the stock market for over 30 years. His articles appear in many publications. He is also a speaker at the Intershow conferences. He has been on television and radio. He is author of many educational articles about stock investing and the book “Guide To High-Performance Investing.”

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