SNAP dissapoints everyone.

SNAP, the provider of Snapchat over the past year has reported negative news after negative news. Now there is some news about its compensation practices which put into question more questions about the future viability of the company.

The attached charts illustrate the stock journey. Prices are as of the close of Monday, August 1, 2022

 

Early Warning Indicator

AbbVie Earnings coming next week.

“Wall Street expects a year-over-year increase in earnings on higher revenues when AbbVie (ABBV) reports results for the quarter ended March 2022. While this widely-known consensus outlook is important in gauging the company’s earnings picture, a powerful factor that could impact its near-term stock price is how the actual results compare to these estimates.

The stock might move higher if these key numbers top expectations in the upcoming earnings report, which is expected to be released on April 29. On the other hand, if they miss, the stock may move lower.” Zacks Equity Research, April 22, 2022

The following pictures of ABBV Daily and Weekly show that some expect lower results than projected. Prices are as of the close of Friday, April 22, 2022.

The weekly chart is the dominant position.  The green line indicates BUY. The RED line indicates SELL, and the BLUE line indicates CLOSE position.

As in all past posts, When and only when the Weekly indicates BUY, then if the daily is also Green, the position should be long. The BLUE line indicates CLOSE position.

SHW revisited. Swing Trading at its best.

As many of my readers know, I have been following Sherwin Williams for many years. It qualifies in most metrics as a solid company financially and has been an outstanding holding in many portfolios.

The caveat is that if you have the ability to adjust your potfolio when certain stocks are not gaining at price but declining, then SHW has been in and out of your portfolio many times in the past few years.

Using the weekly price action as the guide and the daily price action as your trigger, the following charts are a good example of good timing in SHW.

As usual, green lines represent the time of being long on the weekly, if only the daily agrees.

 

Long-only from April of 2020 until the end of January 2021. Then long-only from April of 2021 until Mid January 2022. Short only from February 11, 2022.

The daily charts are the actual trade trigger.

 

This is an example of how swing trading is supposed to work. Prices are as of the close on Friday, March 11, 2022.

PayPal

Paypal has been one of the more active stocks for the last few weeks.

Obviously, someone or a group of someone had a head start on the decline.

The following graph of the weekly activity should be helpful in coming to that conclusion.

In October of 2021, the decline began.

The daily chart should through further light.

As in all previous charts, the red line signifies SELL, the Green line, BUY, and the Blue line indicates close out the previous position

Netflix Peloton

Recently, earnings and comments from Netflix and Peloton have resulted in severe losses for many investors.

Forwarned is forearmed.

Attached are recent graphs of both as of the close of Friday, January 21, 2022.

Swing Trading

Selecting candidates for Swing Trading positions is difficult. I have found that finding moat-type businesses make the best initial candidates. Good financial underpinnings are essential. Joseph Belmonte of Buffett and Beyond has developed a screening tool based on Clean Surplus ROE(Return on Equity). His conclusion is that “portfolios made of stocks with high Clean Surplus ROE’s outperform all other portfolios”. An example is portrayed below. Salesforce (CRM) first qualified with a higher than average Clean Surplus ROE during 2016 when the shares were trading between $70 and $80.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Closing prices are as of the close on Friday, November 5, 2021.                                                                                                                                                First, find the candidates and then use weekly technicals to find the overall trend.  Use the daily as a trend decision trigger. The weekly signaled a buy decision at the end of June 2021. That is, only trade LONG from that date. The daily concurred with a long position on October 13, 2021.

Another PerfectStorm example COST

The following is another example of waiting for the long-term signal, in this case weekly. When that signal is LONG, then if and when the shorter-term time frame is also LONG, jump aboard.

The signal in COST from April 9, 2021, has been LONG only. A corresponding LONG signal was signaled on June 23 and the next day COST opened at 393. A close signal was signaled on September 20, and the opening the next day was 456. Approximately a 16% return in about 3 months.

Please refer to my previous post on REGN for more detail.

 

Back to the Beginning

In 2010 when I started this post, I recommended that one of the better methods of selecting equities was to find those sectors that were showing high relative strength with positive momentum. Selecting the highest relative strength sector with positive momentum should outperform.

I chose four sectors as illustrations.

XLE: Energy (Green)

XLY: Consumer Discretionary (Red)

XLU: Utilities (Cyan)

XTN: Transportation (Yellow)

The following chart as of the close of Friday, July 9, 2021, shows the current relative strength of these four sectors.

AMC, one of the “meme” stocks in the news.

There has a lot of news recently regarding so-called “meme’ stocks.

Last Thursday, The Wall Street Journal on B1 stated “Meme Stock Rally Resumes”. The article mentioned GameStop, AMC Entertainment Holdings, and Express Inc.

Meme stocks are those securities that have been discovered by a group of individual investors. The stocks have unusually large short positions, are usually overpriced, and share spikes of rapid growth in a short time period. Actual valuations are not important. The fear of missing out (FOMO) is a large reason to purchase, Volatility increases during times of panic-selling.

One of the most recent mentioned is AMC which recently completed a $230 million capital raise.

The following graphs show the recent price activity of AMC. The last price is as of 12:15 PM on Monday, June 1, 2021.

15 Minutes followed by daily.

Green lines represent times of purchase. Blue lines represent times of closing out positions.