BREAKING OUT – 01/25/2013

With the bull still wild, we have another good set of promising breakouts.

TPX

Before we go anywhere let’s look at a breakout we talked about yesterday. Interestingly, GAAP EPS of $0.39 for Q4 were 54% lower than the prior-year quarter’s $0.84 per share. For the quarter, gross margin was 50.0%, 210 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 15.0%, 840 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 6.9%, 850 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Decreased 7.01% to $342 million from the year-earlier quarter.

But it did one thing right – The EPS of $0.60 a share, beat the $0.55 average analyst estimate. Revenue of $342 million also beat the $339 million estimate. Result-

TPX

The surprise of the day is a break out of good ole Proctor and Gamble. Earnings is the driver for this BO. Kudos to the management’s effort, the Adjusted gross and adjusted operating margins popped 110 basis points to 51.2% and 20.0%. Underlying second-quarter sales ticked up 3% year over year–on top of a 4% increase in last year’s second quarter–including a 5% jump in baby and feminine care, 4% in health care, and 3% in fabric and home care.

PG

CHUY: Fast growing TexMex joint broke out today. But there is a road bump right ahead. I entered it at $26.4 today.

CHUY

HAL: Been a long time favorite of mine – Halliburton. It broke out today. I have owned it since it’s early 30s. I would wait for some consolidation before entering now due the run up it had in last two months.

Today’s BO was due to better than expected earnings. All three of Halliburton’s international regions and 8 of its 12 product lines set new revenue records. Sequentially, the Middle East/Asia region increased revenue 14% to $1.2 billion, and in the Europe/Africa/Commonwealth of Independent States region, revenue increased 8% over the same time frame to $1.2 billion as well. Overall, Halliburton’s international operating margin improved to 17.6% from 14.6% in the prior quarter. But the picture was exactly opposite in US. The revenue dipped 5% sequentially to $3.8 billion while adjusted operating income declined 22% over the same time frame to $465 million. The operating margin for the region declined to 12.4% from 14.1% last quarter, still above Baker Hughes’ BHI 8.7%. Overall the revenue was up 3% YoY.

HAL

Other key breakouts have been – PCLN (Priceline), ROSE (Rosetta Resources – Need to compare this with CLR), TEX (Terex), THO (Thor Industries) and CPWR (Compuware – a prime recruiter in Detroit Area.)

Break Out Watch List – KORS, JOBS, ISRG, MDVN, CTRX, LL and LNKD.

Lastly, what happens when you miss the estimates by miles –

SCSS

Analysts polled by FactSet expected the company to earn 32 cents per share on revenue of $229.8 million.

Net income fell to $12.5 million, or 22 cents per share, for the period ended Dec. 29. That compares with $15.4 million, or 27 cents per share, in the same quarter last year. Select Comfort’s total revenue increased 17 percent to $220.6 million. Select Comfort expects to earn between $1.65 and $1.80 in fiscal 2013 fiscal. Analysts forecast $1.89 per share.

Well, you get pummeled!

SCSS

I initiated a short at $23.5 with stop at $24.5. Now I will close it at $21. This being a bull market. I think any short is a risky proposition.

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Didn’t I tell you?

Before we move forward –

  • First thing that I did on Sunday night after posting “Deja Vu!” is – I followed my instruction.
  • I sold 60% to 100% of my holdings in most stocks. The ones left untouched were – QCOM, STX and APA.
  • I will add some APA around $85 and some QCOM around $63.9
  • I even parted ways with some of AAPL and PCLN shares. I plan on adding some of them after they correct by 5% or market corrects shows direction .
  • I sold a major portion of my most profitable stocks of the quarter such as AAPL, PCLN, SCSS, CLR, SXCI, HLF, GNC, ALLT, FFIV, F and RHT.
  • I will wait and see the action of top stocks before I make new purchases or additional purchases. Top stocks that I will be eyeing –
    • SXCI
    • AAPL
    • PCLN
    • ULTA
    • TSCO
    • SCSS
    • TPX
    • HLF
    • GNC
    • KORS
    • LNKD
    • FFIV
    • CMI
    • RHT
    • PII
    • ALXN
    • UA
    • STX
    • WDC
    • URI
    • FOSL
  • I sold all the shares of LNKD (a minor portion), WLL (took a major hit), URI and FOSL (recently opened). Last two had gone under water prior to sale.
  • I bought TLT, BLV and RWM as mentioned on Monday morning. First thing in the morning 😉

So this is where we stand today.

  • The market averages fell sharply as the Dow dropped for the fifth day in a row losing 214 points -1.65%.  The S&P 500 lost -1.71% and the NASDAQ was down -1.83%.
  • Down volume swamped up volume on the NYSE by a 13 to 1 margin and by 12 to 1 on the NASDAQ.  Declining stocks outnumbered advancing issues by a 5.6 to 1 margin on the NYSE and 4.6 to 1 on the NASDAQ.
  • Number of stocks above 50 DMA are on a decline.
  • Let’s look at the sectors
Sector name Price from 52 Week high Price from 3 month high
XLE Energy -15.21 -10.48
XLB Materials -13.95 -7.07
XLI Industrial -7.93 -6.58
XLF Financial -10.3 -6.32
IYZ Telecom -16.48 -6.05
SPY Market Index -4.22 -4.22
XLY Consumer Disc -4.12 -4.12
XLU Utilities -5.46 -4.01
XLK Technology -3.08 -3.08
XLV Health Care -2.99 -2.99
XLP Staples -2.65 -2.65

  • The market is approaching oversold territory. Below is the graph of overbought vs oversold stocks.
  • The number of stocks declining to 52 week lows have started to exceed the number of stocks new 52 week highs.
  • Let’s look at some of the declines encountered by the leading stocks.

Good Reads –

  • China surprises with trade surplus (REU)
  • German exports unexpectedly rose (BL)
  • French economy grinds to a halt (REU)
  • European investor confidence sees decline (BW)
  • Top forecasters see euro weakness (BL)
  • U.S. small business optimism falls (NFIB)
  • Weekly retail store sales up +0.5%(ICSC)
  • Skilled-worker visas see surge in demand (WSJ)
  • U.S. profit growth still expected to stall (BL)
  • Goldman’s Dominic Wilson sees more danger (BI)

Poll Time –

Deja Vu!

Before we move forward let’s review the market

If you look at the half-hourly chart of S & P 500 for last few weeks you will observe a lot of indecision. This can stem from a market that is awaiting a jobs report or the one that has rallied almost 25% since October bottom but bumping into some bad data or a market that is just waiting for earnings to come out. This is a typical sideways movement that needs just one or two catalysts to either jump up or break down.

Till Friday morning, we were all hunky dory – raising toast to the best quarter since 1998.

But by now, you guys must have heard, read and pondered about the jobs report that came out on Friday morning. Entire market was expecting creation of 205000 jobs with lowest estimate being 193K but to everyone’s disappointment the number came in at 120000. This is exactly the catalyst that I mentioned above. Following is the S & P 500 futures –

Going Forward –

The question is where are we heading from here. Let’s look at the slightly bigger picture –

We will definitely get temporary support at 1375-1370. But that floor might not last long if Alcoa comes out with bad numbers on Tuesday after close. I personally expect the floor to crack on Monday itself. This market might turn into a sideways market or 5-7% correction if this is just one-off jobs miss and not a trend.

The real correction will start if –

  1. We get more of such job reports.
  2. The companies fail to meet Q1 numbers.
  3. Manufacturing margins start contracting.
  4. The inventories start piling up.
  5. Europe’s problem resurfaces.
  6. Israel goes after Iran.

All these events individually have the capability of turning a flat market in to an intermediate/full blown correction. A correction that can go beyond 12-15% – That’s spooky.

In terms of technicals if we fail to hold on to 1336, we are looking at lower lows and lower highs. This means that we are in correction. The breakouts will fail, the industrial sector & commodities will sink and we will stare at repeat of 2011.

Deja Vu!

There is a stark resemblance between job numbers & rally at the beginning of 2011 and the similar macro economic data points in 2012. All of them  fizzled out, making 2011 one of the worst trading year in last 20 years. In case 2012 tries to follow the suit of 2011, I suggest that please sit on the sidelines unless you are nimble (like really really nimble) or you are willing to take 15-20% loss or you want to buy stocks such as QCOM,APA, EMC, etc for long-term. The top traders have always said that it’s good to sit out when market goes sideways and hop in when the direction is confirmed.

This is the kind of summer where I would use the old adage -“Sell in Summer and go away”.

Question is why side ways and why not a full fledged correction?

Never underestimate the Printing Press. One off job report might not bring back QE3 from dead but few of such reports will definitely get Feds going.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lastly what do we do with current portfolio?

Just as not all fingers are alike similarly different kinds of stock in a portfolio deserve different treatment.

  1. Reduce all the momo stocks such as LULU, ALLT, SCSS, TPX, HLF, ULTA, CLR, ALXN, etc to 1/3 of original position. A risk averse investor might sell all. The reason is the panic grips the owners of such stocks with higher multiples faster than does the rest of the market. Just a reminder, small cap stocks corrects more than larger cap stocks during a correction.
  2. Stick with oldies such as HAL, APA, STX, WDC, PG, COV,etc unless the fundamentals show a major shift such as margins contraction trend,etc. Some of them have already seen fair share of correction.
  3. To defend your portfolio you can buy long term US treasury bonds such as BLV, TLT, etc. They tend to be haven during such corrections.
  4. A very active trader might try putting in shorts such as SH, HDGE, RWM, etc.
  5. Keep an eye on the leaders of this bull and see how they perform during the correction. By leaders I mean – AAPL, ISRG, CMG, SCSS, ULTA, LULU, TSCO, FFIV, etc.
  6. Start running scans to look for stocks with excellent fundamentals that are holding up well. They might be the future leaders.
  7. Lastly add to your existing value positions or buy new ones (after fishing for course) after market has gone corrected by 10%. But remember an oversold market can become more oversold!
  8. Again, In case 2012 tries to follow the suit of 2011, I would suggest that please sit on the sidelines unless you are nimble (like really really nimble) or you are willing to take 15-20% loss or you want to buy stocks such as QCOM,APA, EMC, etc for long-term.

I believe that capital preserved is the capital created for future investment opportunities.

If you are really, really lost, I will talk more about correction, handling of stocks during corrections and going short later on in the week.

By the what do you think?

Thanks For participating!