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AFTER MARKET UPDATE - WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13TH, 2014
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Indices NYSE Nasdaq
DOW  +91.26 16,651.80 +0.55% Volume 547,739,870 +3% Volume 1,485,831,960 +3%
NASDAQ +44.88 4,434.13 +1.02% Advancers 2,311 73% Advancers 1,833 65%
S&P 500 +12.97 1,946.72 +0.67% Decliners 778 25% Decliners 884 31%
Russell 2000 +8.75 1,141.78 +0.77% 52 Wk Highs 76   52 Wk Highs 56  
S&P 600 +3.82 657.18 +0.58% 52 Wk Lows 26   52 Wk Lows 45  

Indices Small Posted Gains With Better Volume

Stocks rallied on Wednesday's session. Volume totals were slightly higher on both major exchanges, a sign of better institutional buying demand. Breadth was positive as advancing issues beat decliners by 3-1 on the NYSE and 2-1 on the NASDAQ exchange. There were 26 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 prior session total of 19 stocks. New 52-week highs made a meaningful improvement and outnumbered new 52-week lows on the NYSE and on the Nasdaq exchange. There were gains for 10 of the 11 of the high-ranked companies currently included on the Featured Stocks Page. The market (M criteria) deterioration recently earned the label of a "correction" as the technical damage became significant to chart readers and leadership (stocks hitting new 52-week highs) waned.  Disciplined investors limit losses and reduce market exposure during rough market periods by selling any stocks which fall more than -7% from their purchase price.

 

PICTURED 1: The S&P 500 Index climbed 13 points or +0.67% to 1,946 on Day 4 of its new rally effort.

Stocks finished higher on Wednesday. The Dow rose 91 points to 16,651. With the gain, the blue chip index moved back into positive territory for the year, up 0.5%.  The NASDAQ Composite increased 45 points to 4,434.
The major averages advanced as weaker-than-expected retail sales data prompted speculation that the Fed will maintain its accommodative interest rate policy. Before the open, the Commerce Department reported retail sales were unchanged in July, below a projected 0.2% increase. Stocks also rose as investors continued to monitor events in Ukraine and the Middle East.
On the earnings front, Macy's (M -5.5%) fell as profits missed analyst projections. Kohl's (KSS -1.5%) fell and Wal-Mart (WMT -0.3%) slipped in sympathy ahead of their scheduled quarterly results tomorrow. Deere (DE -2.3%) fell after lowering its full-year forecast.
Nine of 10 sectors in the S&P 500 were up on the session led by health care. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ +1.1%). Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX +3.9%) rose after receiving approval in Europe for its cystic fibrosis treatment. Tech also paced the market higher with Apple (AAPL +1.3%) rising. Telecom was the lone sector lower. CenturyLink (CTL -0.7%).
Treasuries rose with the 10-year note up 10/32 to yield 2.41%.

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Tech, and Financial Shares Rose

The Biotechnology Index ($BTK +2.15%) led the tech sector higher while the Semiconductor Index ($SOX +0.92%) and the Networking Index ($NWX +0.37%) posted smaller gains. Financial shares helped to underpin the major averages' gains as the Broker/Dealer Index ($XBD +0.29%) and the Bank Index ($BKX +0.61%) rose.  The Gold & Silver Index ($XAU -0.02%) and the Retail Index ($RLX +0.08%) finished flat. Energy-related shares had a slightly positive bias as the Integrated Oil Index ($XOI +0.13%) and the Oil Services Index ($OSX +0.24%) rose.

Charts courtesy www.stockcharts.com

PICTURED: The Semiconductor Index ($SOX +0.92%) is consolidating below its 50-day moving average (DMA) line.


Industry Index Symbol Close Change % Change YTD % Change
Oil Services $OSX  287.48 +0.69 +0.24% +2.30%
Integrated Oil $XOI  1,635.89 +2.16 +0.13% +8.83%
Semiconductor $SOX  616.95 +5.63 +0.92% +15.31%
Networking $NWX  324.08 +1.21 +0.37% +0.04%
Broker/Dealer $XBD  162.91 +0.48 +0.29% +1.46%
Retail $RLX  904.46 +0.70 +0.08% -3.76%
Gold & Silver $XAU  103.83 -0.02 -0.02% +23.39%
Bank $BKX  69.13 +0.42 +0.61% -0.19%
Biotech $BTK  2,866.03 +60.42 +2.15% +22.98%


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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
ACT - NYSE
Actavis plc
Medical-Generic Drugs  
$206.97 +3.81
1.88%

$208.63

2,028,482
79.64% of 50 DAV
50 DAV is 2,547,000
$230.77
-10.31%
6/20/2014 $216.53 PP = $230.87
MB = $242.41
Most Recent Note - 8/6/2014 12:03:39 PM
G - Small gap down today and its color code is changed to green while slumping below its 50 DMA line and enduring distributional pressure. A rebound above the 50 DMA line is needed for its outlook to improve. Reported earnings +70% on +34% sales revenues for the Jun '14 quarter. See the latest FSU analysis for more details and new annotated graphs.
>>> FEATURED STOCK ARTICLE : Enduring Distributional Pressure While Sputtering Near 50-Day Average - 8/5/2014
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AFSI - NASDAQ
Amtrust Financial Svcs
INSURANCE - Property and; Casualty Insurance  
$44.59 +0.83
1.90%

$44.95

333,754
74.83% of 50 DAV
50 DAV is 446,000
$47.10
-5.33%
5/21/2014 $44.85 PP = $44.85
MB = $47.09
Most Recent Note - 8/7/2014 11:55:47 AM
G - Reversed into the red after gapping up today following Jun '14 earnings news. Previously noted with caution - "Consolidating just above its 50 DMA line, facing resistance due to overhead supply up through the $47 level."
>>> FEATURED STOCK ARTICLE : 50-Day Moving Average Line Acted as Recent Resistance - 7/23/2014
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BITA - NYSE
Bitauto Hldgs Ltd Ads
Internet-Content  
$74.01 +0.94
1.29%

$74.88

1,926,027
195.73% of 50 DAV
50 DAV is 984,000
$73.42
0.80%
6/26/2014 $46.20 PP = $47.03
MB = $49.38
Most Recent Note - 8/13/2014 12:08:03 PM
G - Powering to yet another new 52-week high with today's 6th consecutive gain, getting more extended from its prior base. Its 50 DMA line ($51.19) defines important near-term support to watch on pullbacks.
>>> FEATURED STOCK ARTICLE : Perched at High After 3 Consecutive Volume-Driven Gains - 8/8/2014
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EQM - NYSE
E Q T Midstream Partners
ENERGY - Oil and Gas Pipelines  
$90.69 +2.56
2.90%

$91.78

177,014
50.29% of 50 DAV
50 DAV is 352,000
$102.51
-11.53%
12/12/2013 $53.17 PP = $56.51
MB = $59.34
Most Recent Note - 8/11/2014 6:22:06 PM
G - Rebounded toward its 50 DMA line with today's solid gain. That short-term average may now act as a resistance level. Reported earnings +37% on +21% sales revenues for the Jun '14 quarter, an improvement after 2 sub par quarterly earnings comparisons.
>>> FEATURED STOCK ARTICLE : Following 50-Day Moving Average Violation Gains Lacked Volume - 8/7/2014
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FB - NASDAQ
Facebook Inc Cl A
INTERNET  
$73.77 +0.94
1.29%

$74.25

29,196,166
69.07% of 50 DAV
50 DAV is 42,272,000
$76.74
-3.87%
7/24/2014 $76.00 PP = $72.69
MB = $76.32
Most Recent Note - 8/8/2014 4:06:39 PM
Y - Volume totals have been cooling while consolidating near its pivot point, stubbornly holding its ground after gapping up on 7/24/14. Prior highs in the $72 area define initial support above its 50 DMA line.
>>> FEATURED STOCK ARTICLE : Breakaway Gap May Signal Beginning of Meaningful Rally - 7/24/2014
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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
ICON - NASDAQ
Iconix Brand Group Inc
CONSUMER NON-DURABLES - Textile - Apparel Footwear  
$40.89 -0.86
-2.06%

$41.85

652,002
143.55% of 50 DAV
50 DAV is 454,200
$44.81
-8.75%
6/5/2014 $43.54 PP = $43.44
MB = $45.61
Most Recent Note - 8/13/2014 6:13:58 PM
Slumped further below its 50 DMA line with a damaging loss on higher volume and it will be dropped from the featured stocks list tonight. Reported earnings +4% on +3% sales revenues for the Jun '14 quarter, below the +25% minimum earnings guideline (C criteria) raising fundamental concerns. There was a "negative reversal" on 7/29/14 as its 50 DMA line acted as resistance and it Relative Strength rating fell below 80+ minimum guideline.
>>> FEATURED STOCK ARTICLE : Fundamental and Technical Deterioration Hurts Outlook - 7/31/2014
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PANW - NYSE
Palo Alto Networks
Computer Sftwr-Security  
$84.79 +3.53
4.34%

$86.51

2,701,330
184.90% of 50 DAV
50 DAV is 1,461,000
$85.78
-1.15%
7/30/2014 $84.21 PP = $85.88
MB = $90.17
Most Recent Note - 8/13/2014 12:30:13 PM
Y - Gapped up today for a volume-driven gain and hit a new 52-week high. Volume should be at least +40% above average behind gains above a stock's pivot point during a market rally (M criteria) to trigger a proper technical buy signal. Found support at its 50 DMA line. That important short-term average and its recent low ($76.86 on 8/01/14) define important near-term support.
>>> FEATURED STOCK ARTICLE : Building on New Base Pattern Above 50-Day Average - 8/11/2014
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TARO - NYSE
Taro Pharmaceutical Inds
DRUGS - Drug Manufacturers - Other  
$152.97 +4.84
3.27%

$154.17

143,170
193.47% of 50 DAV
50 DAV is 74,000
$150.68
1.52%
7/30/2014 $144.24 PP = $149.99
MB = $157.49
Most Recent Note - 8/13/2014 12:37:05 PM
G - Hitting another new 52-week high with today's 5th consecutive gain. Found support at its 50 DMA line while building on its latest base pattern. Reported earnings -18% on -15% sales revenues for the Jun '14 quarter, below the +25% minimum earnings guideline (C criteria) raising fundamental concerns and its color code was changed to green.
>>> FEATURED STOCK ARTICLE : Still Building on an Advanced Base Pattern - 8/6/2014
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TRN - NYSE
Trinity Industries Inc
TRANSPORTATION - Railroads  
$43.73 +1.23
2.89%

$43.97

2,581,370
85.39% of 50 DAV
50 DAV is 3,023,000
$47.83
-8.57%
4/30/2014 $37.79 PP = $38.03
MB = $39.93
Most Recent Note - 8/13/2014 6:15:36 PM
Y - Rebounded above its 50 DMA line helping its technical outlook improve and its color code is changed to yellow. Reported earnings +91% on +39% sales for the Jun '14 quarter.
>>> FEATURED STOCK ARTICLE : Earnings News Due Following Tuesday's Close - 7/28/2014
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UA - NYSE
Under Armour Inc Cl A
CONSUMER NON-DURABLES - Textile - Apparel Clothing  
$69.09 +0.73
1.07%

$69.27

1,885,902
71.06% of 50 DAV
50 DAV is 2,654,000
$70.94
-2.61%
7/10/2014 $58.50 PP = $60.79
MB = $63.83
Most Recent Note - 8/6/2014 6:48:24 PM
G - Recently reported earnings +0% on +34% sales revenues for the Jun '14 quarter, below the +25% minimum earnings guideline (C criteria), yet the company raised its guidance. Hold its ground stubbornly near all-time highs with no resistance remaining due to overhead supply.
>>> FEATURED STOCK ARTICLE : Bullish Action Despite Latest Earnings Below +25% Minimum Guideline - 7/30/2014
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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
WLK - NYSE
Westlake Chemical Corp
CHEMICALS - Specialty Chemicals  
$88.92 +1.45
1.66%

$89.17

471,322
88.59% of 50 DAV
50 DAV is 532,000
$91.97
-3.32%
4/29/2014 $72.79 PP = $69.31
MB = $72.78
Most Recent Note - 8/8/2014 4:08:52 PM
G - Reported earnings +11% on +6% sales revenues for the Jun '14 quarter, below the +25% minimum earnings guideline (C criteria), raising fundamental concerns. Found support this week at its 50 DMA line ($85.05) where a subsequent violation would raise greater concerns and trigger a technical sell signal.
>>> FEATURED STOCK ARTICLE : Extended From Prior Base After Streak of 8 Consecutive Gains - 7/25/2014
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