Friday, January 23, 2009

The Kirk Report

The Kirk Report

Another Week Gone

Posted: 23 Jan 2009 05:23 PM CST

You know it's been a tough time for the market when only a smaller loss in comparison to the prior two weeks is considered a good thing.

S&P 500: This Week

For the 4-day week the S&P 500 declined -2.14%, Dow -2.46%, Nasdaq -3.40%, and the Russell 2000 -4.73%.

To win this week you either had to be long and strong gold (see DGP, UGL, GDX, GLD) or be "ultra" short (EFU, SDD, SJH, TWM, FXP). No doubt, today's big spike in oil (USO) will be talked about quite a bit over the weekend not to mention another reversal in tech and financials..

Beyond my screens, some of this week's big upside movers were Satyam (SAY), Stemcells (STEM), Novagold Resources (NG), Geron (GERN), Forestar Real Estate (FOR), Aastrom Biosciences (ASTM), Gammon Lake Resources (GRS), Limelight Network (LLNW), Aurizon Mines (AZK), Northgate Minerals (NXG), Seaspan (SSW), Keycorp (KEY), Hecla Mining (HL), Silver Standard Resource (SSRI), Gold Fields (GFI), Brinker (EAT), Interwoven (IWOV), & Yamana Gold (AUY)

Next week we close out January with a Fed meeting, lots of earnings, and much more data. Go get some rest, have some fun, and I'll see you back here on Monday!

Friday Mailbag

Posted: 23 Jan 2009 04:30 PM CST

Ah, the return of the old mailbag! Here's what I'll be covering this week:

  • Mentoring Opportunities

  • What's Working Now

  • How To Compare & Rank Stocks In Specific Sectors

  • Palm's Big Mo

  • Selling At Price Targets vs Letting Winners Run

  • One Lazy Strategy Which Outperformed In 2008

  • Bad News Priced In On Earnings?

  • Identifying Short-Squeeze Rallies

  • Using Screens For Market Timing

  • The S&P Level To Watch

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Trade The Bailout

Posted: 23 Jan 2009 10:48 AM CST

* Don't have time to read all of these links? Every day I select three to read for members. Check it out!

Three In A Row

Posted: 23 Jan 2009 08:30 AM CST

Good morning. Following weakness in overseas markets, premarket futures are indicating a lower open.

Earnings from Google to GE are in focus along with a number of other headlines including a human trial of stem cell based therapy, Pfizer is in talks to acquire Wyeth, and Geithner has issued a warning to China over currency manipulation.

Premarket gainers: FOR, GERN, ASTM, WYE, EZPW, SAY, STEM, SYNA, NTCT, ZLC, CLWR, FAZ, CBST, RVBD, GTXI, GLD, GOOG, GE, & FTR.

Premarket losers: QI, HOG, CRXL, COF, UCBH, BCS, CRBC, ING, DNB, DRYS, WFR, AMD, CYN, FITB, JASO, BIIB, TNL, CME, AEG, RBS, HBAN, FITB, ISRG, NOK, MRVL, & AEO.

There is no official economic data scheduled for release today and, if premarket futures are correct, we're going to book a third straight week of losses in the market. However, keep in mind that if recent trends hold true, we've seen strength in the last week of the month in October, November, and December. While it's not enough to become overtly bullish (just as oversold conditions alone have not been a particular helpful of late), it is nevertheless worth mentioning as we close out another ugly week.

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