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AFTER MARKET UPDATE - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4TH, 2014
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Indices NYSE Nasdaq
DOW  +15.19 16,737.53 +0.09% Volume 578,785,140 -10% Volume 1,500,963,730 -5%
NASDAQ +17.56 4,251.64 +0.41% Advancers 1,592 50% Advancers 1,507 54%
S&P 500 +3.64 1,927.88 +0.19% Decliners 1,474 46% Decliners 1,216 43%
Russell 2000 +5.07 1,131.22 +0.45% 52 Wk Highs 175   52 Wk Highs 64  
S&P 600 +2.82 652.24 +0.43% 52 Wk Lows 23   52 Wk Lows 65  

Major Averages Quietly Edged Higher

The major averages edged higher on Wednesday. The volume was reported lighter than the prior session totals on the NYSE and on the Nasdaq exchange. Advancers led decliners by a 5-4 margin on Nasdaq exchange and by a narrower margin on the NYSE. There were 62 high-ranked companies from the CANSLIM.net Leaders List that made new 52-week highs and appeared on the CANSLIM.net BreakOuts Page, up from the total of 57 stocks on the prior session. New 52-week highs easily outnumbered new 52-week lows on the NYSE while the totals were nearly even on the Nasdaq exchange. There were gains for 7 of the 10 high-ranked companies currently included on the Featured Stocks Page. The S&P 500 Index and Dow Jones Industrial Average both recently surged into new high territory coupled with an expansion in leadership (new 52-week highs) that helped signal that the market direction (M criteria) is in a "confirmed uptrend".  Any new buying efforts should be selective and focused in stocks meeting all key criteria of the fact-based investment system.

 

PICTURED: The s&p Index is consolidating -3.1% off its 2014 high.
The major averages finished a choppy trading session in positive territory as investors weighed mixed data on the U.S. economy. Before the open, ADP reported 179,000 workers added to private payrolls in May, below the consensus projection of 210,000. A separate release revealed service sector activity expanded at a faster-than-expected pace last month. The Fed's Beige Book report said economic conditions continued to improve in all 12 districts. Market gains also appeared to be muted by investor caution ahead of Thursday's ECB rate decision and Friday’s U.S. employment report.
In M&A news, Protective Life (PL +18.1%) after agreeing to be acquired by Japanese life insurer Dai-Ichi for $5.7 billion. On the earnings front, spirit maker Brown-Forman (BFB +0.3%) following its better-than-expected quarterly results.
Consumer discretionary was the best performing sector in the S&P 500 today. Walgreen's (WAG +4.2%) after posting same-store sales above analyst projections. Telecom was down the most with AT&T (T -0.4%).
Treasuries were little changed on the session. Benchmark 10-year notes were down 1/32 to yield 2.60%. 

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Broker/Dealer and Biotech Indexes Led Group Gainers

The Broker/Dealer Index ($XBD +1.03%) posted a gain while the Bank Index ($BKX +0.04%) finished flat. The Biotechnology Index ($BTK +1.41%) led the tech sector higher while the Semiconductor Index ($SOX +0.45%) posted a smaller gain, but the Networking Index ($NWX -0.16%) finished the session slightly in the red. The Retail Index ($RLX +0.30%) posted a small gain. Commodity-linked groups were little changed as the Gold & Silver Index ($XAU +0.07%) and the Oil Services Index ($OSX +0.12%) finished flat.

Charts courtesy www.stockcharts.com

PICTURED: The Gold & Silver Index ($XAU +0.07%) is below its 50-day and 200-day moving average (DMA) lines while recently slumping near its December 2013 lows.


Industry Index Symbol Close Change % Change YTD % Change
Oil Services $OSX  291.99 +0.35 +0.12% +3.90%
Integrated Oil $XOI  1,619.18 -8.83 -0.54% +7.72%
Semiconductor $SOX  611.14 +2.71 +0.45% +14.23%
Networking $NWX  331.74 -0.54 -0.16% +2.41%
Broker/Dealer $XBD  153.90 +1.57 +1.03% -4.15%
Retail $RLX  878.71 +2.64 +0.30% -6.50%
Gold & Silver $XAU  85.04 +0.06 +0.07% +1.06%
Bank $BKX  69.55 +0.03 +0.04% +0.42%
Biotech $BTK  2,635.76 +36.67 +1.41% +13.10%


New Highs Again With Light Volume Behind Streak of Gains

E Q T Midstream Partners (EQM +$0.95 or +1.12% to $85.99) hit yet another new 52-week high with today's 7th consecutive gain on below average volume. It completed a new Public Offering of 10.75 Million common units on 5/01/14. Fundamental concerns remain after 2 consecutive sub par quarters below the +25% minimum earnings guideline. 

Its last appearance in this FSU section was on 5/16/14 under the headline, "Best Ever Close With Light Volume Gain". It is up +61.7% since first highlighted in yellow in the 12/12/13 mid-day report (read here) with pivot point based on its 11/18/13 high plus 10 cents. The fact-based system suggests watching for technical sell signals rather than selling purely on fundmentals, yet is wise to sometimes lock in gains at the +20% level. For those watching it and still giving it the benefit of the doubt, prior highs in the $78 area define near-term support above its 50-day moving average (DMA) line ($75.70) where violations may trigger technical sell signals.

It completed a new Public Offering on 7/16/13, then made gradual progress afterward. This MLP in the Natural Gas business has seen the number of top-rated funds owning its shares rise from 20 in Jun '12 to 53 in Mar '14, a reassuring sign concerning the I criteria. Its Up/Down Volume Ratio of 0.6 is an unbiased indication its shares have been under distributional over the past 50 days. 


Color Codes Explained :
Y - Better candidates highlighted by our staff of experts.
G - Previously featured in past reports as yellow but may no longer be buyable under the guidelines.

***Last / Change / Volume data in this table is the closing quote data***
Symbol/Exchange
Company Name
Industry Group
PRICE CHANGE
(%Change)
Day High Volume
(% DAV)
(% 50 day avg vol)
52 Wk Hi
% From Hi
Featured
Date
Price
Featured
Pivot Featured
Max Buy
AFSI - NASDAQ
Amtrust Financial Svcs
INSURANCE - Property and; Casualty Insurance  
$42.16 +0.67
1.61%

$42.68

573,882
84.89% of 50 DAV
50 DAV is 676,000
$47.10
-10.49%
5/21/2014 $44.85 PP = $44.85
MB = $47.09
Most Recent Note - 6/2/2014 6:34:47 PM
G - Finished near the session high today after testing support at its 50 DMA line but tallied a 6th consecutive loss. Disciplined investors always limit losses by selling any stock that falls more than -7% from their purchase price.
>>> FEATURED STOCK ARTICLE : Finished Strong With Gain From Advanced Base Pattern - 5/21/2014
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AL - NYSE
Air Lease Corp Cl A
DIVERSIFIED SERVICES - Rental and Leasing Services  
$41.20 -0.32
-0.77%

$41.73

1,146,019
144.88% of 50 DAV
50 DAV is 791,000
$42.12
-2.18%
5/9/2014 $38.27 PP = $38.25
MB = $40.16
Most Recent Note - 6/3/2014 5:42:34 PM
G - Small loss today broke a streak of 7 consecutive gains into new 52-week high territory. Prior highs near $40 define near-term support to watch on pullbacks.
>>> FEATURED STOCK ARTICLE : Finished Near Session Low and Below "Max Buy" Level After Gain on Volume - 5/28/2014
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EQM - NYSE
E Q T Midstream Partners
ENERGY - Oil and Gas Pipelines  
$85.99 +0.95
1.12%

$86.22

124,123
51.50% of 50 DAV
50 DAV is 241,000
$85.26
0.86%
12/12/2013 $53.17 PP = $56.51
MB = $59.34
Most Recent Note - 6/4/2014 6:08:52 PM
G - Hit yet another new 52-week high with today's 7th consecutive gain on below average volume. Fundamental concerns remain after 2 consecutive sub par quarters below the +25% minimum earnings guideline. See the latest FSU analysis for more details and new annotated graphs.
>>> FEATURED STOCK ARTICLE : New Highs Again With Light Volume Behind Streak of Gains - 6/4/2014
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GRFS - NASDAQ
Grifols Sa Ads
Medical-Ethical Drugs  
$42.56 +0.57
1.36%

$43.06

1,163,469
189.80% of 50 DAV
50 DAV is 613,000
$43.50
-2.16%
5/15/2014 $41.14 PP = $43.55
MB = $45.73
Most Recent Note - 6/4/2014 12:27:33 PM
Y - Found support at its 50 DMA line and it is perched within close striking distance of its 52-week high today while on track for a 2nd consecutive volume-driven gain. A gain above its pivot point backed by at least +40% above average volume may trigger a technical buy signal.
>>> FEATURED STOCK ARTICLE : Finding Support Above 50-Day Moving Average - 6/3/2014
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ICON - NASDAQ
Iconix Brand Group Inc
CONSUMER NON-DURABLES - Textile - Apparel Footwear  
$42.79 +0.25
0.59%

$43.05

802,852
149.79% of 50 DAV
50 DAV is 536,000
$43.34
-1.27%
4/30/2014 $42.50 PP = $42.57
MB = $44.70
Most Recent Note - 6/3/2014 5:39:26 PM
Y - Quietly hovering near its all-time high. Confirming gains above the pivot point with above average volume could trigger a new (or add-on) technical buy signal.
>>> FEATURED STOCK ARTICLE : Consolidating Above 50 DMA Line Still Perched Near 52-Week High - 5/20/2014
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Symbol/Exchange
Company Name
Industry Group
PRICE CHANGE
(%Change)
Day High Volume
(% DAV)
(% 50 day avg vol)
52 Wk Hi
% From Hi
Featured
Date
Price
Featured
Pivot Featured
Max Buy
KORS - NYSE
Michael Kors Hldgs Ltd
RETAIL - Apparel Stores  
$93.84 -0.21
-0.22%

$94.69

2,258,091
81.76% of 50 DAV
50 DAV is 2,762,000
$101.04
-7.13%
5/27/2014 $96.70 PP = $101.14
MB = $106.20
Most Recent Note - 6/4/2014 6:12:02 PM
Y - Relative Strength rating has improved to 83, above the 80+ minimum guideline for buy candidates. Finding support at its 50 DMA line, but deterioration below that important short-term average would raise more concerns and trigger a technical sell signal. A breakout above the pivot point with at least +40% above average volume is needed to trigger a new technical buy signal.
>>> FEATURED STOCK ARTICLE : Earnings News May Prompt Volume and Volatility - 5/27/2014
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PANW - NYSE
Palo Alto Networks
Computer Sftwr-Security  
$75.34 +1.08
1.45%

$76.49

1,840,674
91.76% of 50 DAV
50 DAV is 2,006,000
$80.84
-6.80%
5/29/2014 $75.95 PP = $72.50
MB = $76.13
Most Recent Note - 6/4/2014 2:28:34 PM
Y - Approaching its "max buy" level with today's gain. Little overhead supply remains up through the $80 level. Prior highs near $72 define important support above its 50 DMA line.
>>> FEATURED STOCK ARTICLE : Finish Near Session Low Following Gap Up From Double Bottom Base - 5/29/2014
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SN - NYSE
Sanchez Energy Corp
ENERGY - Independent Oil and Gas  
$33.94 +0.78
2.35%

$34.24

1,698,827
144.09% of 50 DAV
50 DAV is 1,179,000
$35.50
-4.39%
5/22/2014 $33.00 PP = $31.59
MB = $33.17
Most Recent Note - 6/3/2014 12:50:58 PM
G - Pulling back further today following a "negative reversal" on the prior session after touching a new 52-week high. Prior highs near $31-32 define initial support to watch on pullbacks.
>>> FEATURED STOCK ARTICLE : Finish Near Low a Sign of Distributional Pressure Following Gap Up and New High - 5/22/2014
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TRN - NYSE
Trinity Industries Inc
TRANSPORTATION - Railroads  
$80.26 -1.27
-1.56%

$81.22

3,629,884
255.27% of 50 DAV
50 DAV is 1,422,000
$87.89
-8.68%
4/30/2014 $75.57 PP = $76.05
MB = $79.85
Most Recent Note - 6/4/2014 2:33:11 PM
G - Pulling back near its "max buy" level with above average volume behind today's 4th consecutive loss. Traded up as much as +15.57% since first highlighted in yellow in the 4/30/14 mid-day report. Prior highs in the $75-76 area coincide with its 50 DMA line ($76.12) defining important support to watch.
>>> FEATURED STOCK ARTICLE : Extended From Prior Base After +15% Rally in One Month - 6/2/2014
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WLK - NYSE
Westlake Chemical Corp
CHEMICALS - Specialty Chemicals  
$81.20 +0.31
0.38%

$81.92

1,272,911
170.40% of 50 DAV
50 DAV is 747,000
$81.74
-0.66%
4/29/2014 $72.79 PP = $69.31
MB = $72.78
Most Recent Note - 6/4/2014 6:10:34 PM
G - Hit a new 52-week high with today's volume-driven gain. Recent lows near $73 define important near-term support to watch on pullbacks.
>>> FEATURED STOCK ARTICLE : Extended From Prior Base After 5 Weekly Gains - 5/30/2014
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Symbol/Exchange
Company Name
Industry Group
PRICE CHANGE
(%Change)
Day High Volume
(% DAV)
(% 50 day avg vol)
52 Wk Hi
% From Hi
Featured
Date
Price
Featured
Pivot Featured
Max Buy

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