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Ticker Tape Digest

Wednesday - January 22, 2014

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 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.

  Breakout Stocks

Total Buy Breakouts so far today - 16

Overall Quality of Breakouts - AVERAGE

Stocks Screened - 8,300

Bull side - Breakout list large with some good looking plays. Earnings now coming in and will have an impact on stocks. Stock market mixed, blue chips weak, small caps strong.  

 (Put mouse on Dow chart to see Nasdaq chart)

Long Term Environment for bulls:  Favorable

    Stock Market Momentum

Market (Daily) - NYSE Bearish, Nasdaq Bullish

Market (Weekly) - NYSE Bullish, Nasdaq Bullish

Market  (Monthly) - NYSE Bullish, Nasdaq Bullish 

Ticker Tape Digest's

Timely Breakout Stocks From Tape Action - Wednesday

(See Top Performing Breakout Stocks for 2011- 2012)

(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

Eagle Materials Inc. (EXP) - 80.89, up 1.37 - Breakpoint 79.79

Net to Soar 68% This Fiscal Year (March), TTD Targets 100

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

    EXP, based in Dallas, makes cement and wallbard. Annual revenues: $804 million. EXP's stock breaks out today from a 9-month, cup-and-held base. The stock has been in good position to breakout as it recently has been holding near the top of its base. So far today, EXP is trading 845,218 shares, about double its average daily volume of 469,000 shares.

TTD highlighted EXP as a breakout at our midsession video show on the Web. The stock was also highlighted recently as one to accumulate.

  EXP's 10 minute chart shows the stock clearing its breakpoint line in the morning. The stock then pushed higher to reach a peak around noon. In the early afternoon, EXP trended sideways.

  Then late in the day it resumed its advance hitting an intraday peak of 81.01.

   EXP's tape action shows the recent block trades.

  One can see the price for the blocks climbing from $78.06 a few sessions ago to as high as $80.89.

  A key bullish trade came in the morning when a block of 10,000 shares crossed the tape at $80.01.

  That was up sharply from the prior block trade at $79.68.

  Then late in the day a massive block of 80,785 shares crossed at $80.89. That was up from the prior block at $80.23. The size of the block gave indication of massive institutional accumulation.

  EXP makes cement, gypsum wallboard, recycled paperboard and concrete.

  The company mines limestone and gypsum..

  EXP's 12-month performance chart shows the stock appreciating 25%. That compares with a 24% gain for the S&P 500 index.

  EXP's long-term chart shows the stock coming public in 2004 and trading around 18.50. The stock soared to a peak of 74 in 2006 and then split 3-for -1.

  The stock eventually fell to a low of 13 in 2008 due to the bear market.

  It has since made a sensational recovery soaring to an all-time high of 81.01 Wednesday.  The move to a new all-time high could well draw in more buying from the new-high crowd..

  EXP's daily chart shows the stock climbing to a peak near 80 in early November from 65 back in September. Near-term, the stock set up a very good looking cup-and-handle base.

  Long-term, going back 9 months, it has the same look.

  The breakout today comes with a nice widening of the daily trading spread and good volume.

  The TTD momentum indicator (top of chart) is bullish.

  The accumulation - distribution line (bottom of chart) compliments the price action.

  Analysts are forecasting EXP will rack up a 68% gain in earnings for the fiscal year ending in March of 2014.

  They look for $2.74 a share, up from $1.63 a year ago.

  The stock sells with a price-earnings ratio of 27. TTD sees that as low given the strong earnings outlook. The p/e is well below the 68% projected growth rate.

  Going out fiscal 2015 ending in March, the Street is looking for a 58% jump in net to $4.32 a share from the anticipated $2.74 this fiscal year.

  Net for the upcoming fiscal third quarter ending in December should jump 73% to 75 cents a share from 43 cents a year ago. The highest estimate on the Street is at 77 cents a share. Analysts have trimmed their estimates recent.  

  EXP tends to come in close to the consensus estimate. (See table)

  Looking out to the fiscal fourth quarter ending in March, profits are expected to climb 40% to 59 cents a share from 42 cents a year before.

  Strategy Opinion: TTD is targeting EXP for a move to 100 off this breakout. A protective stop can be placed near 76.

  TTD rates EXP a very good intermediate-term play due to its strong earnings outlook.

  Sponsorship: Excellent. The largest fund holder is 5-star rated MainStay Marketfield I Fund with a 5.2% stake. It was a recent buyer of 347,529 shares.   Also, the 4-star rated Fidelity Select Materials Fund purchased 123,602 shares. It has a 0.86% stake.

  EXP has 50 million shares outstanding. Institutions hold 95% of the stock.

  Insider Activity: Bearish. Insiders have been getting stock options at $11 to $31 a share. They have been steady sellers around $72 to $78.

  Currently, 8 analysts follow the stock, 4 have a buy, up from 3 three months ago.

Stock Performance Chart with Quarterly Earnings Markers.


TTD's Breakout Profile Rating
Eagle Materials Inc.  - (EXP)  
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 - EQT  - ABOVE AVERAGE

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

                    TTD's Quality Rating of Stock - HURN -  AVERAGE

                    TTD's Quality Rating of Stock - EAT  - 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 - 8,300

Long-Term Environment for bears: Unfavorable.

Bear Side - Small list of shorts. Retail stocks lead bear plays. Stock market continues to hold up trend.  Bears remain conservative.

List of Stocks To Sell or Short

TTD’s Feature Bear Play

Firstenergy Corp. (FE) - 31.17, down 0.98

Earnings to Decline in 2014, TTD Sees Drop to 26

FE, based in Akron, Ohio, provides electrical services to some 6 million customers. Annual revenues: 14.8 billion. FE's stock falls today and cuts below key technical support. With profits to decline in 2013 and 2014, TTD sees more on the downside. So far today, FE is trading a heavy 12.7 million shares, triple its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares.

TTD highlighted FE as a short at our midsession video show on the Web Wednesday.

  The stock, down in the prior session, fell Wednesday morning and hit an intraday low  of 30.86. The stock then rallied to 31.81.

  However, in the afternoon, it turned lower again.

  FE's tape action shows the recent block trades.

  One can see the price for the blocks falling from $33.01 to as low as $31.43.

 The Company includes one of the nation's investor-owned electric systems and a diverse generating fleet with a total capacity of nearly 23,000 megawatts. It serves 6 million customers in the Midwest and mid-Atlantic regions.

Analysts expect earnings for 2013 to decline 11% to $2.96 a share from $3.33 a year before. Going out to 2014, they look for net to fall another 6% to $2.79 a share.

  Net for the upcoming fourth quarter should decline 14%.

  FE's daily chart shows the stock dropping form 38 in November to 31. It tried to form a bottom. However, it is now breaking down again with expanding volume.

   Strategy Opinion: TTD is targeting FE for a drop to 26 within the next few months. A protective stop buy can be placed near 32.70

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

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. - 2013

TTD columnist Leo Fasciocco has covered the stock market for over 20 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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