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Ticker Tape Digest

Monday, April 19, 2010

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 Trading Strategies Overview and Performance


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"  (swing trades). Ideally suited for entry into stocks on pullbacks within overall up trend. Good for trading range markets

 (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)

Conservative Bearish Investors  (swing traders).  "Bargain Bearish Plays" to Sell Short. Ideally suited for trading range markets with overall market down trend.

  (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  These are for conservative bullish Investors The strategy is called swing trading. These long buys are ideally suited for entry into stocks on pull backs within overall up trend. They are good for trading range markets. These stocks can give a good return in a week or two. They can also explode into a breakout and a powerful advance.

   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 Bearish bargain play stocks to sell short. These issues are usually in down trends and are poised to rollover after a minor rally. They often can provide a conservative bear with a good entry point.

 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.

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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 - 3

Stocks Screened - 8,200

Bull side - Breakout list very small today.  Stock market mixed. Bulls remain patient and very selective.  Market still vulnerable to the downside.

(Put mouse on Dow chart to see Nasdaq chart)

Long Term Environment for bulls:  Favorable

Market (Daily) - NYSE  Bearish, Nasdaq Bearish

Market (Weekly) - NYSE Bullish, Nasdaq Bullish

Market  (Monthly) - NYSE Bullish, Nasdaq Bullish

Today's Featured Breakout Stock

Carefusion Corp. (CFN) - 27.44, up 0.26 - Breakpoint 27.09

Nearing New High, Profits to Improve, TTD Targets 34

                    TTD's Quality Rating of Stock - CFN - AVERAGE

  CFN, based in San Diego, produces products for intravenous  infusion, medication and supply dispensing. Annual revenues: $3.7 billion. CFN's stock breaks out from a 12-week flat base today. The stock is within striking distance to make a new high. So far today, CFN's volume is running at 1.2 million shares. Its average daily volume is 883,000 shares.

  TTD highlighted CFN as a breakout at our midsession show on the We Monday.

  The stock is an IPO from late 2009. It has done very well climbing from 18 to 27.

 CFN's 10-minute chart shows the stock clearing its base this morning near 27. It got up to $27.50 and then trended sideways in the afternoon.

  The stock's all-time high is 28.35. So, it is close to surpassing that peak. If it does, the stock could bring in more buying from the new-high crowd.

  TTD's clip of the tape shows the recent big block trades. 

  A key trade took place today when a big block of 96,800 shares crossed the tape at $27.20. That was up nicely from the prior block trade that crossed at $27.07. The tape action indicated heavy and aggressive institutional buying.

   CFN provides products for infusion, medication, respiratory care, infection prevention and surgery.

   Its primary product brands include Alaris IV infusion systems that feature its Guardrails software, an application that alerts the clinician when a parameter is outside the institution’s pre-established limitations for that medication, thereby helping to reduce IV medication errors; .

 The firm also makes Pyxis automated medication dispensing systems that provide medication management and Pyxis automated medical supply dispensing systems. Another items include Pulmonetic Systems ventilation and respiratory products, and Jaeger and SensorMedics pulmonary products. It also makes ChloraPrep products that help prevent vascular and surgical-site infections.

  CFN's 9-month performance chart shows the stock appreciating 48% versus a 22% gain for the S&P 500 index. The stock has been an outstanding performer since coming public.

  CFN's long-term chart shows the stock in a basing pattern formed after a strong run up. It is poised to make a new-all-time high.    

  CFN's daily chart shows the flat base with key resistance around 27. The stock's move today comes with a modest pick up in volume. It will be important for CFN to show good follow through action near-term.

  The stock's TTD momentum indicator (top of chart) is strongly bullish.

  The accumulation - distribution line (bottom of chart) has already broken out to the upside. That is a good lead indicator that the price of the stock should make a new high.

  The company has been growing by coming out with new products and expanding via acquisitions.

  Net for the upcoming fiscal third quarter ending March 30 should come in at 32 cents a share. Comparable results for a year ago were not available. The highest estimate on the Street is at 35 cents a share, the lowest 21 cents.

 Net for the fiscal year ending June 30 should come in at $1.46 a share. No comparisons were available. The stock sells with a price-earnings ratio of 18.

  Going out to 2011 fiscal year, analysts project a 14% rise in net to $1.67 a share from the anticipated $1.46 a share for this fiscal year.

  Strategy Opinion: CFN's stock is a winner until proven otherwise. TTD is targeting the stock for a move to 34. A protective stop can be placed near 25. TTD rates CFN a good intermediate-term play.

  Sponsorship: Excellent. The largest fund buyer recently was 5-star rated T. Rowe Price Capital Appreciation Fund which purchased 3.4 million shares. Also, 4-star rated T. Rowe Price Mid-Cap Value fund bought 2.9 million shares. CFN has 221.6 million shares outstanding.

 Insider Activity: Neutral. Insiders have not done much. However, Cardinal Health Inc. has been selling some of its stock. Ten analysts follow the stock, 2 have a buy, the same as three months ago.

  Stock Performance Chart for 9 months with Quarterly Earnings Markers.    

TTD's Breakout Profile Rating

Carefusion Corp.  (CFN)

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 13 0 1

All Timely Breakout Stocks From Tape Action Today

(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)


Charts of Selected Breakout Stocks

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

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

Weekly - Conservative Investors Bearish (swing traders) - Go To TTD Bargain Short Trade Setups - Monday, April 19

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Ticker Tape Digest’s

Stocks To “Sell Short”

Ticker Tape Digest’s Daily List of “Stocks To 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 - 4

Stocks Screened - 8,2007

Long-Term Environment for bears: Unfavorable.

Bear Side -  Small number of breakdown stocks even though stock market remains under pressure. Bears be selective and patient.  TTD's short play from Friday was   Sohu.com Inc. (SOHU) - 50.64, down 2.34. Today, the stock has declined to 49.82 and is working well for bears.

List of Stocks To Sell or Short

(Trading strategy: These stocks can be sold short, or if held should be sold. If a stock is sold short, a protective stop buy should be placed. Short plays work best when the stock market is in a down trend.)


Commentary on TTD’s Feature Bear Play

McMoRan Exploration Co.  (MMR) - 13.35, down 2.01

Reports a Loss, TTD Sees Decline to 10

  MMR, based in New Orleans, produces oil and natural gas offshore in the Gulf of Mexico and onshore in the Gulf Coast area of the U.S. Annual revenues: $435 million. MMR's stock gaps lower today in heavy trading after the company reported a loss for the first quarter. The loss was more than expected. So far today, MMR is trading 7 million shares, four times its normal daily volume of 1.8 million shares.

  TTD highlighted MMR as a short at our midsession show on the web.

  The company reported a first quarter loss of  74 cents a share compared with a loss of 90 cents a year ago. The loss this year was more than the Street expected.

  The stock fell sharply in the morning. It hit a low in the early afternoon at 13.11. It then trended sideways.

  TTD's clip of the tape shows the recent big block trades. One can see the price for the blocks declining from $13.67 to a low of $13.14. A key bearish trade was a block of 100,000 shares that crossed at $13.14. That trade indicated an institutional urgency to sell and was very bearish.

  MMR is developing the Main Pass Energy Hub.

 The company owns or controls an interests in 352 oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico and onshore Louisiana and Texas. They cover  0.97 million gross acre. Its acreage position on the outer continental shelf includes 0.77 million gross acre .Its estimated proved oil and natural gas reserves totaled 271.9 billion cubic feet equivalent, of which 66% represented natural gas reserves.

  This year, the Street was expecting a loss of 47 cents a share compared with a loss of $2.14 a year ago. The loss estimate for this year will probably be raised by analysts.   

  MMR's daily chart shows the stock moving higher earlier this year. It had technical support at 15. However, that has been broken. The stock's TTD momentum indicator (top of chart) is bearish.

Strategy Opinion:  TTD is targeting MMR for a decline to 10 within the next few months, or sooner. A protective stop buy can be placed near 14.70.

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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