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Ticker Tape Digest

Tuesday - March 17, 2020

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 Accumulation 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: 1-480-878-8381 or 480-704-3331.

Tuesday - March 17, 2020

TTD's Breakout Stocks

  Stock Market Overview

Total Buy Breakouts Tuesday  - 4

Quality of Breakouts -  Average.

Stocks Screened - 12,234

Bull side -  Small list of breakouts and very selective. Bulls be conservative.

Stock market  -  Major averages remain bearish in all time sectors.

Comment -  Stock market has a rally day. For the market to turn bullish there needs to be a few days of consolidation at this point and then a follow through move to the upside of at least 1% with expanding volume.

See Latest Earnings Reports -  A company that tops the Street's highest earnings estimate has potential to go higher. Key earnings beats -  PFMT and BAX.

Stock Market Momentum

(Daily is based on a moving average)

Market (Daily)

 Market (Weekly)

 Market (Monthly)  

 Dow - Bearish

 Dow - Bearish

 Dow - Bearish

  Nasdaq - Bearish

  Nasdaq - Bearish

Nasdaq - Bearish

   S&P 500 - Bullish

  S&P 500 - Bearish

  S&P 500 - Bearish

Ticker Tape Digest's

Timely Breakout Stocks From Tape Action

(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 near breakpoint by using market order or stop buy.  They can also be bought soon after a follow through move, sometimes on an intraday pullback. )  

Today's Featured TTD Breakout Stock

AMN Healthcare Services  (AMN) - 80.28, up 9.88 - Breakpoint 78.28

Net To Rise 9% This Year, TTD Targets 94

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

  AMN, based in Dallas, Tex., provides healthcare workforce solutions and staffing. Annual revenues: $2.2 billion. AMN's stock drives sharply higher Tuesday and breaks out from its six-week flat base.

  The move carries the stock to a new all-time high. That is very bullish.

  TTD sees more on the upside.

  So far today, AMN is trading 1.1 million shares, about double its average daily volume of 531,000 shares.

  AMN's stock moved higher in the morning getting to its breakpoint line.

  It then backed off. However, late in the day the stock came on strong to close above its breakpoint line.

  Tape Action

  AMN's tape action shows the recent block trades.

  One can see the price for the blocks climbing from $70.40 in the prior session to as high as $80.28 by the close.

  That was a strong finish.

  A key bullish trade came in the morning when a block of 12,762 shares crossed the tape at $71.62.

  That was up from the prior block at $70.40 on 73,024 shares.

  Then near the close Tuesday a block of 62,741 shares crossed at $80.28.

  That was up sharply from the prior block at $77 on 10,081 shares.


  AMN  provides healthcare workforce solutions and staffing services at acute and sub-acute care hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

  The company's segments include nurse and allied solutions, locum tenens solutions and other workforce solutions.

  Through its suite of solutions, AMN provides technology, analytics and services to  manage its clients' healthcare workforce needs.


  AMN's 12-month performance chart shows the stock up 72% versus a 10% decline for the stock market.

  Insiders were recent buyers using stock options. The price was not disclosed.

  They were sellers at $49 to $77 a share.

  AMN's long-term chart shows the stock climbing from $10 back in 2014 to a peak at $68 by 2018.

  The stock then went into a basing pattern and then broke out and ran up to $80 earlier this year.

  AMN's daily chart shows the stock climbing from $60 in December to a peak near $80.

  The stock formed a flat base with one shake out to the downside.

  It rallied back strongly and now breaks out from its base with good volume.

  The stock's CCI momentum indicator is solidly bullish.

   Earnings Outlook

  This year, analysts are forecasting a 9% rise in net to $3.48 a share from  the $3.18 the prior year.

  The stock sells with a price-earnings ratio of 23.

  Looking out to 2021, the Street predicts a 12% increase in net to $3.89 a share from the anticipated $3.48 this year.

  For the first quarter, analysts expect a 5% rise in net to 79 cents a share from the 75 cents the prior year.

 TTD sees good chances for an upside earnings surprise. The company beat the consensus the past four quarters by 11 cents a share, 8 cents, 7 cents and 6 cents.

  Profits for the second quarter should be up 10% to 85 cents a share from the 77 cents the prior year.   

Strategy Opinion:  TTD is targeting AMN for a move to $94 within the next few months, or sooner.

A protective stop can be placed near $77.

Intermediate-Term Rating: Average.

Suitability:   Average Bulls.

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

Breakout Success


  AMN scored big gains off recent breakouts.

Response to Net


  AMN rose 9 times after 15 earnings reports.

Seasonal Success


  AMN avg. gain 4.4% in March., 8.7% in April in prior years.

Earnings Beats


  AMN beat Street net estimate 13 times after 14 reports.

           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


   1/8/2020      61.61        78.54    2/14/2020


   3/28/2018      51.77        67.75    4/25/2018


   9/20/2017      39.65        46.10    10/3/2017


   3/30/2016      31.74        44.16    7/27/2016

(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 Price Performance after Reporting Earnings


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

Insider Buying in Green  -  Insider Selling in Red

Charts of Selected Breakout Stocks

      TTD's Quality Rating of Stock - QDEL  -  AVERAGE

      TTD's Quality Rating of Stock - GIS -   AVERAGE

      TTD's Quality Rating of Stock - BNTX -  BELOW 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 for Thursday - 3

Stocks Screened - 12,234

Long-Term Environment for bears: Favorable.

Bear Side - Small list of shorts as stock market rallies after big loss the prior session.  The trend is still down. Aggressive bears remain alert.

List of Stocks To Sell or Short

TTD’s Feature Bear Play

2U Inc. (TWOU) - 17.46

Loss Seen This Year and Next, TTD Sees Drop to 14

  TWOU, based in Lanham, Md., provides cloud-based software and services for colleges. Annual revenues; $575 million. TWOU's stock falls sharply Tuesday and undercuts key technical support.

  So far today, TWOU is trading 2 million shares. Its average daily volume is 1.5 million shares.

  TTD sees more on the downside.

  TWOU's stock fell in the morning and undercut key technical support.

 The stock touched a low of $17.07 in the morning.

  It then rallied back to $19 by noon. However, in the afternoon it worked lower closing near its low for the session.

  Tape Action

  TWOU's tape action shows the recent block trades.

  One can see the price for the blocks falling from $20.32 in the prior session to as low as $17.11 in the morning.

  A key bearish trade came late on Monday when a block of 48,646 shares (duplicated) crossed the tape at $19.75.

  That was down from the prior block at $20.32 on 8,000 shares.


  TWOU provides cloud-based software-as-a-service that allows colleges to deliver online degree programs.

The company's SaaS technology consists of a learning environment , which acts as the hub for all student and faculty academic and social interaction.

  TWOU also provides services optimized with data analysis and machine learning techniques that support higher education programs. 


  This year, analysts are forecasting a loss of $1.10 a share compared with a loss of $1.17 the prior year.

  Looking out to 2021, they predict a loss of $1 a share.

  For the upcoming first quarter, the Street expects a loss of 47 cents a share compared with a loss of 15 cents the prior year.


  TWOU's daily chart shows the stock cutting below key support. The stock has fallen from $30 a few sessions ago.

  TWOU's 12-month performance chart shows the stock down 77% versus a 15% decline for the stock market.

  Insiders were recent sellers at $30 earlier this month.

Strategy Opinion: TTD  is targeting TWOU for a decline to $14 within the next few months, or sooner. A protective stop buy can be placed near $19.

Suitability:  Aggressive Bears.

  TTD's Stock Probability research of Prior Performance:  

Response to Net


 TWOU rose 7 times after 12 earnings reports.

Seasonal Success


 TWOU fell 3.7% in March, rose 4.9% in April prior years.

Earnings Beats


 TWOU beat Street estimate 18 times after 20 reports.

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

   Stock's 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. - 2020

    TTD columnist Leo Fasciocco has covered the stock market for over 30 years. His articles appear in many publications. He has also been  a speaker at the Money Show 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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