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 MIDDAY BREAKOUTS REPORT - MONDAY, DECEMBER 15TH, 2014
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DOW 17213.36 -67.47 (-0.39%) | NASDAQ 4620.1 -33.5 (-0.72%) | S&P 500 1997.1 -5.23 (-0.26%)
Time of Screening : 12/15/2014 12:29:58 PM         Report Released : 12/15/2014 1:37:57 PM
Price is: Above 52W High and Less Than 52W High but within 12% of the 52 Week High
Volume Is: At least 65% of 50 Day Average at the time of the screening.
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Featured Stocks Page
Symbol/Exchange
Company Name
Industry Group
PRICE CHANGE
(%Change)
Day High Volume
(% DAV)
(50 DAV)
52 Wk Hi
% From Hi
Date
Featured
Price
Featured
Pivot Point
Max Buy
RH - NYSE
Restoration Hardware Hld
RETAIL - Home Furnishing Stores
$95.08 +1.49
1.59%
$97.00 661,120
72.57% of 50 DAV
50 DAV is 911,000
$99.44
-4.39%
12/11/2014 $98.66 PP = $94.60
MB = $99.33
Most Recent Note - 12/15/2014 1:28:30 PM
Y - Reversed into the red on the prior session and after hitting a new 52-week high last week it encountered distributional pressure. Highlighted in yellow with pivot point cited based on its 6/30/14 high plus 10 cents in the 12/11/14 mid-day report (read here). Volume and volatility often increase near earnings news. It reported Oct '14 earnings rose +53% on +22% sales revenues versus the year ago period, continuing its streak of strong quarterly earnings above the +25% minimum guideline (C criteria). See the latest FSU analysis for more details and annotated graphs.
>>> The latest Featured Stock Update with an annotated graph appeared on 12/11/2014. Click here.
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Symbol - Exchange - Industry Group
Company Name
Last Chg Day
High
52 WK Hi % From Hi Volume
% DAV
DAV
AAP - NYSE - RETAIL - Auto Parts Stores
Advance Auto Parts Inc
$160.65 +0.40
0.25%
$163.36 $161.99 -0.83% 613,894
69.05%
889,000
Most Recent Note for AAP - 12/15/2014 12:33:29 PM
Steadily rising to new highs, getting more extended from any sound base. Last noted with caution in the 11/25/14 mid-day report with caution -"Reported earnings +28% on +51% sales revenues for the Sep '14 quarter, its 3rd earnings increase above the +25% minimum. The prior 7 quarterly earnings comparisons were below the +25% minimum guideline (C criteria)."
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AAPL - NASDAQ - COMPUTER HARDWARE - Personal Computers
Apple Inc
$107.84 -1.89
-1.72%
$111.60 $119.75 -9.95% 34,237,865
65.64%
52,162,000
Most Recent Note for AAPL - 12/15/2014 12:35:14 PM
Testing support at its 50 DMA line today. Enduring distributional pressure in recent weeks while retreating from its 52-week and all-time highs. Reported earnings +20% on +12% sales for the Sep '14 quarter. Fundamental concerns remain and were repeatedly noted in prior mid-day reports - "Below the +25% minimum earnings guideline of the fact-based system. Companies currently on the 'Featured Stocks' list are the most ideal candidates fitting the fact-based investment system's guidelines before becoming too heavily owned by the institutional crowd."
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ALSN - NYSE - Auto/Truck-Original Eqp
Allison Transmission Hld
$33.17 +0.71
2.17%
$33.82 $34.41 -3.62% 1,566,856
78.78%
1,989,000
Most Recent Note for ALSN - 12/15/2014 12:39:20 PM
Reported earnings +39% on +19% sales revenues for the Sep '14 quarter but fundamental concerns remain. Gapped up today. Wedged to new highs with gains lacking great volume conviction and consolidated above its 50 DMA line and prior highs in the $32 area since last noted with caution in the 11/03/14 mid day report - "Proposed another Secondary Offering on 9/03/14. Completed several Secondary Offerings in the past year including one when last noted with caution in the 6/05/14 mid-day report - "Fundamentals are not a match with the fact-based investment system's guidelines (C and A criteria)."
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AMP - NYSE - FINANCIAL SERVICES - Asset Management
Ameriprise Financial Inc
$125.34 -2.38
-1.86%
$128.91 $137.15 -8.61% 629,588
69.26%
909,000
Most Recent Note for AMP - 12/15/2014 12:42:07 PM
Testing support at its 50 DMA line today, retreating from its 52-week high abruptly with recent volume-driven losses. Reported +10% earnings on +11% sales revenues for the Sep '14 quarter, below the +25% minimum guideline. Prior mid-day reports cautioned - "Quarterly sales revenues and earnings (C criteria) growth history is below the fact-based investment system's guidelines."
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BDC - NYSE - MANUFACTURING - Industrial Electrical Equipmen
Belden Inc
$78.70 -1.71
-2.13%
$81.20 $82.90 -5.07% 238,414
82.21%
290,000
Most Recent Note for BDC - 12/15/2014 12:46:05 PM
Making its 2nd consecutive midday report appearance, pulling back from its 52-week and all-time highs following a spurt of volume-driven gains including a gap up on 12/10/14. Undercut its 200 DMA line during its consolidation then rebounded since noted in the 4/17/14 mid-day report with caution - "Quarterly and annual earnings history (C and A criteria) history has not been strong and steady."
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CNC - NYSE - HEALTH SERVICES - Health Care Plans
Centene Corp
$102.88 -0.32
-0.31%
$106.18 $104.52 -1.57% 477,391
65.40%
730,000
Most Recent Note for CNC - 12/15/2014 12:49:18 PM
Extended from any sound base, it gapped up on the prior session and hit another new 52-week high today before reversing into the red. Held its ground and rallied since noted with caution in the 10/31/14 mid-day report - "Reported earnings +37% on +56% sales revenues for the Sep '14 quarter, an improvement after earnings +22% on +54% sales for the Jun '14 quarter, below the +25% minimum earnings guideline (C criteria). Annual earnings history (A criteria) included a downturn for FY '09 and '10, another flaw concerning the fact-based investment system's guidelines. It was dropped from the Featured Stocks list on 7/27/05."
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DDC - NYSE - Mining-Gold/Silver/Gems
Dominion Diamond Corp
$17.88 +0.06
0.34%
$18.22 $18.10 -1.22% 371,441
84.23%
441,000
Most Recent Note for DDC - 12/15/2014 12:50:00 PM
Has a new CEO effective 11/20/14 and tallied big gains afterward. Prior mid-day reports repeatedly cautioned members - "Quarterly and annual earnings history (C and A criteria) is not a match with the fact-based investment system's guidelines."
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ECHO - NASDAQ - DIVERSIFIED SERVICES - Business/Management Services
Echo Global Logistics
$27.46 -0.21
-0.76%
$28.00 $29.15 -5.80% 123,197
65.18%
189,000
Most Recent Note for ECHO - 12/15/2014 12:53:37 PM

Reported improved earnings for the Jun and Sep '14 quarters, but fundamental concerns remain. Made gradual progress into new high territory and stayed above its 50 DMA line during its consolidation since last noted with caution in the 10/27/14 mid-day report - "Prior quarterly earnings comparisons were below the +25% minimum guideline (C criteria). It survived but failed to impress since dropped from the Featured Stocks list on 7/24/12."

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FRGI - NASDAQ - LEISURE - Restaurants
Fiesta Restaurant Group
$60.50 -2.35
-3.74%
$64.18 $63.55 -4.80% 266,949
82.14%
325,000
Most Recent Note for FRGI - 12/15/2014 1:00:26 PM
Touched another new 52-week high today then reversed into the red following a recent spurt of volume-driven gains into new high territory. The 12/09/14 mid-day report cautioned members - "Reported earnings +62% on +10% sales revenues for the Sep '14 quarter. Quarterly earnings increases have been above the +25% minimum guideline (C criteria), however fundamental concerns remain due to sub par sales revenues growth and its up and down annual earnings (A criteria) history."
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GNCMA - NASDAQ - TELECOMMUNICATIONS - Long Distance Carriers
General Communication A
$12.44 +0.19
1.55%
$12.50 $12.50 -0.48% 112,081
75.73%
148,000
Most Recent Note for GNCMA - 12/15/2014 1:01:52 PM
Small gap up gain today has it matching its 52-week high. Prior mid-day reports cautioned members - "Earnings history is not a match with the fact-based investment system's guidelines (C and A criteria)."

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GPI - NYSE - SPECIALTY RETAIL - Auto Dealerships
Group I Automotive Inc
$84.97 -4.00
-4.50%
$88.85 $93.23 -8.86% 178,811
65.98%
271,000
Most Recent Note for GPI - 12/15/2014 1:06:45 PM
Retreating from its 52-week high with today's 4th consecutive loss on ever-increasing volume. Wedged into new high territory in recent weeks with gains lacking great volume conviction. Last noted with caution in then 10/24/14 mid-day report following a considerable volume-driven gain - "Reported earnings +31% on +12% sales revenues for the Sep '14 quarter. Prior quarterly and annual earnings (C and A criteria) history has not been strong and steady.'
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HBOS - NASDAQ - BANKING - Regional - Mid-Atlantic Banks
Heritage Financial Group
$25.43 +0.20
0.79%
$25.55 $26.10 -2.57% 16,104
67.10%
24,000
Most Recent Note for HBOS - 12/15/2014 1:10:13 PM
Perched at its 52-week high today following a considerable gap up last week on M&A news. Reported +83% earnings on +36% sales revenues for the Sep '14 quarter but prior quarterly earnings comparisons were below the +25% minimum guideline (C criteria).
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HDB - NYSE - BANKING - Foreign Regional Banks
H D F C Bank Ltd Adr
$48.91 -0.84
-1.69%
$49.81 $54.74 -10.65% 559,933
65.18%
859,000
Most Recent Note for HDB - 12/15/2014 1:12:44 PM
Quietly slumped below its 50 DMA line since last noted with caution in the 12/04/14 mid-day report - "Reported earnings +23% on +18% sales revenues for the Sep '14 quarter and fundamental concerns remain. Quarterly earnings growth has been below the +25% minimum earnings guideline (C criteria). This India-based financial institution has shown sub par sales revenues increases. It survived but failed to impress since dropped from the Featured Stocks list on 1/17/08."
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MTD - NYSE - ELECTRONICS - Scientific & Technical Instrum
Mettler Toledo Intl Inc
$281.50 -6.20
-2.16%
$290.66 $300.33 -6.27% 97,660
69.26%
141,000
Most Recent Note for MTD - 12/15/2014 1:16:16 PM
Encountering distributional pressure in recent weeks. Wedged to new highs with gains lacking great volume conviction since last noted with caution in the 11/17/14 mid-day report - "Fundamentals remain a concern. Sales revenues and earnings history has not been strong and steady enough to solidly satisfy fundamental guidelines."
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NVEE - NASDAQ - Comml Svcs-Consulting
N V 5 Holdings Inc
$14.34 +0.30
2.14%
$14.98 $15.24 -5.91% 33,642
76.46%
44,000
Most Recent Note for NVEE - 12/15/2014 1:16:45 PM
Still hovering near its 52-week high today, extended from prior highs in the $11 area following a spurt of volume-driven gains. Prior mid-day reports repeatedly cautioned members - "Reported earnings +41% on +69% sales revenues for the Sep '14 quarter, but prior quarterly earnings comparisons were below the +25% minimum guideline (C criteria)."

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OZRK - NASDAQ - BANKING - Regional - Southeast Banks
Bank Of The Ozarks Inc
$35.15 -0.10
-0.28%
$35.49 $37.80 -7.01% 404,958
103.04%
393,000
Most Recent Note for OZRK - 12/15/2014 1:19:45 PM
Encountered distributional pressure last week, pulling back near prior highs and its 50 DMA line. Reported earnings +11% on +28% sales revenues for the Sep '14 quarter. Found support near its 200 DMA line and rebounded to new highs since noted with caution in the 9/19/14 mid-day report - "Recent quarterly comparisons - showed less than +25% earnings increases (C criteria) while sales revenues growth was not strong and consistent. Annual earnings (A criteria) has been mostly slow and steady."
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PETM - NASDAQ - SPECIALTY RETAIL - Specialty Retail, Other
Petsmart Inc
$81.14 +3.47
4.47%
$81.44 $79.68 1.83% 7,700,462
776.26%
992,000
Most Recent Note for PETM - 12/15/2014 1:23:39 PM
Gapped up today for new 52-week and all-time highs. Held its ground stubbornly following a considerable "breakaway gap" on 11/19/14. The 11/20/14 mid-day report cautioned members - "Reported earnings +16% on +3% sales revenues for the quarter ended Oct 31, 2014 versus the year ago period. Earnings per share should be up +25% or more in 3 of the past 4 comparisons to satisfy the C criteria. Sub par quarterly sales revenues increases are below the robust growth guidelines of the investment system. Sales should be up +18-25% or more or showing great acceleration over prior quarters."
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SBUX - NASDAQ - LEISURE - Specialty Eateries
Starbucks Corp
$80.82 -2.43
-2.92%
$82.50 $84.20 -4.01% 4,098,576
88.66%
4,623,000
Most Recent Note for SBUX - 12/15/2014 1:31:44 PM
Gapped down today, retreating from new 52-week and all-time highs. Reported earnings +23% on +10% sales revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2014 versus the year ago period. Prior quarterly comparisons were below the +25% minimum guideline (C criteria). The Retail - Restaurants firm has a large supply of 748 million shares (S criteria) outstanding and is already owned by 1,856 top-rated funds (I criteria), not making it match well with the guidelines of the fact-based investment system.
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UVE - NYSE - Insurance-Prop/Cas/Titl
Universal Insurance Hldg
$18.77 -1.05
-5.29%
$20.01 $21.14 -11.20% 228,532
70.97%
322,000
Most Recent Note for UVE - 12/15/2014 1:33:22 PM
Retreating from its 52-week high with recent volume-driven losses indicative of distributional pressure. Noted with caution in prior mid-day reports - "Reported earnings +53% on +32% sales revenues for the Sep '14 quarter but fundamental concerns remain. Prior quarterly and annual earnings history (C and A criteria) has not been strong and steady."
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VAL - NYSE - MATERIALS & CONSTRUCTION - General Building Materials
Valspar Corp
$82.25 -0.58
-0.70%
$83.61 $87.59 -6.10% 343,408
68.54%
501,000
Most Recent Note for VAL - 12/15/2014 1:36:53 PM
Reported earnings +42% on +11% sales revenues for the Oct '14 quarter but fundamental concerns remain. Recently wedged to new highs after briefly slumping below its 200 DMA line during its consolidation since noted with caution in the 10/08/14 mid-day report - "Annual earnings (A criteria) history has been good. Reported earnings +13% on +10% sales revenues growth for the quarter ended July 31, 2014 versus the year ago period, and prior earnings were below the +25% minimum guideline (C criteria)."
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