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post Apr 22 2011, 08:35 AM
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After Market Close April 20, 2011

What a Rally!

I'm absolutely flummoxed. I was certainly open to a bit of rally, but in this context, this rally is something else. I don't remember a time that a market has gone to a confirmed sell, with tons of Bulls and then reversed and rallied as they did today. The power of liquidity...

DOW: The Dow as just plain up huge.

SPX: The S&P was also up big and is up more tonight.

NDX: The Naz gapped up huge and extended. Wow!

RUT: The Russell had a good day and that bodes well.

HUI: The Miners put in a lack-luster day. Nothing too bad, though.

BKX: The Banks are just plain weak. Not Bullish.

DJT: The Trannies are dogging it too. Warning.

RTH: Retailers had a major romp today. That's Bullish, I think, but it's an odd stick.

LPSN: LivePerson remains on trend and looks good.

CELG: Celgene is looking a bit iffy, though Bullish for now.

VPRT: VistaPrint had a nice day. Good gap up and right on trend. Snug the stop.

ONXX: I think that Onyx could do right by us after all.

EXEL: Exelixis remained in pattern and acted fairly well. This one should work out.

RMBS: Rambus was up big. Nice day.

WAG: Walgreens was up some more today.

CPWM: Cost Plus was up and looks higher. We're long.

GRMN: Garmin was up and now looks higher.

CAB: Cabela's had a huge day. Alas, we didn't get filled.

HNR: Harvest was up a bit but no break out or down.

ADS: Alliance Data Nearly got us in but gapped above our entry.


Summary:

Interestingly, we are still on a Sell. It's not necessary for us to go to a Buy for the market to rally, but soon we're going to. I'm not trusting the rally, however, and feel as though it's manipulated. If I'm right, we could have another hard down draft shortly. We'll have to see. Play the patterns for now.

Be Well, and Trade Smarter Than the Average Bear!
-The ChartSmarts Team


Current Positions:


LPSN: long 50% at 11.63, stop at 12.77

CELG: long 25% at 55.67, stop at 55.11

VPRT: long 50% at 49.47, stop at 52.17

ONXX: short 25% at 33.37, stop at 35.11

EXEL: long 25% at 11.87, stop at 11.03

RMBS: long 50% at 19.87, stop at 19.26

WAG: long 50% at 41.54, stop at 40.86

CPWM: long 25% ar 11.02, stop at 9.97

Watch List:

Buy 50% GRMN on a print of 34.37, stop at 33.03

Buy 25% HNR on a print of 15.44, stop at 13.94

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Changes in Current Positions:

Move the stop up on CELG to 55.11

Move the stop up on VPRT to 52.17

Move the stop up on RMBS to 19.26

Move the stop up on WAG to 40.86

We are now 25% long CPWM at 11.02






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