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Rick Pendergraft
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Jun 08, 2020
Taking One Bearish Signal and Using It to Discover a Potential Problem for an Entire Industry

Taking One Bearish Signal and Using It to Discover a Potential Problem for an Entire Industry

With the overall market screaming higher in recent weeks and with so many stocks in overbought territory, I went looking for bearish trade ideas that could be used to hedge my long portfolio.

I started my search with a quick screen of bearish signals produced by Tickeron's platform. There were 10 stocks that appeared from the screen, one of which was Alcoa (NYSE: AA). When I pulled Alcoa up specifically and started looking at other aluminum companies, I discovered a potential problem for the group as a whole.

The aluminum theme refers to companies engaged in making aluminum components and products. Crown Holdings, Inc., for example, designs and manufactures steel and aluminum cans. Tredegar Corp. produces plastic films and aluminum extrusions. SIFCO Industries Inc. makes metalworking products. Alcoa itself produces aluminum used by other companies in their own products.

For Alcoa, there was a bearish signal from the Bollinger Bands as the upper band was broken. A price fall is expected as the ticker heads toward the middle band, which invites the trader to consider selling or shorting the ticker or exploring put options. In 25 of 35 cases where AA's price broke its higher Bollinger Band, its price dropped further during the following month. The odds of a continued downward trend are 71%.

I also pulled up the fundamental analysis ratings on Tickeron and noticed that the Profit Vs. Risk Rating was a 100—the worst possible score a stock can get. It also got a poor score of 88 on the P/E Growth Rating. This led me to look at other companies in the aluminum industry and so I pulled up the group.

Looking at the fundamental analysis screener I found there were 10 stocks in the group. Seven of the 10 scored 100 on the Profit Vs. Risk rating while the other three stocks had scores of 93, 84, and 62. In other words, every single stock in the group is below average when it comes to Profit Vs. Risk right now. The only one that gets a score that is even close to average is Crown Holdings (NYSE: CCK).

After finding this information a little concerning, I jumped over to the technical analysis screener for the group. What I found there was that Alcoa wasn't the only stock in the group that had received a bearish signal from its Bollinger Bands. Eight of the 10 stocks have received bearish signals from the Bollinger Bands indicator within the last few weeks with five of them coming within the past week.

Looking at the success percentages, six of the 10 stocks with bearish signals show a probability of success of 70% or higher. That's a really high percentage for a group of six stocks.

The aluminum industry tends to be very dependent on growth in the overall economy for its own growth. If the economy is growing, the aluminum industry tends to grow as well. If the economy is shrinking, the industry tends to see a decline in earnings and revenue. This can be explained by looking at the products where aluminum is used. A lot of aluminum is used in packaging—soft drink cans, beer cans, etc. While many of these products are considered staples, they still tend to be somewhat dependent on overall economic growth.

Momentum for the market as a whole is clearly to the upside at this time. However, there will come a time where the euphoria wears off and we will see some selling hit the market. When it does, the aluminum industry could be one that gets hit particularly hard. This is based on the incredibly high Profit Vs. Risk ratings and the confidence levels from the bearish Bollinger Band signals.

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Sergey Savastiouk
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Mar 07, 2021
4 Tricks Hedge Funds Use to Get Ahead

4 Tricks Hedge Funds Use to Get Ahead

If the stock market were Major League Baseball, hedge funds and institutional investors would be the pros on championship teams while everyday self-directed investors (SDIs) are the benchwarmers in the minors.It’s how they get ahead, and it’s why 90% of SDIs lose money trying to play (invest and trade) in the major leagues. The 4 tricks we discuss below are rooted in one common theme: they all use Artificial Intelligence and algorithms to generate data and ideas.
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John Jacques
published in Blogs
Mar 22, 2018
A.I. Stock Market Predictions: Head & Shoulders

A.I. Stock Market Predictions: Head & Shoulders

Statistics for the Head-and-Shoulders Bottom Pattern The days where only hedge funds used algorithms to trade stocks are officially over. Now retail investors can use Artificial Intelligence (A.I.  Here’s an example of the algorithm in action: Late last year, Tickeron’s A.I.
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Sergey Savastiouk
published in Blogs
Jul 10, 2020
3 Stocks to Buy if Coronavirus Second Wave Hits

3 Stocks to Buy if Coronavirus Second Wave Hits

By analyzing market trends from the first wave, you can predict behavior for the second. Technology stocks have performed at historic levels this year, but the market is severely overbought.To compensate for that, look at performance during Q1 and Q2, the height of global Covid shutdowns.
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Edward Flores
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Feb 06, 2021
How to Become the Millionaire Next Door

How to Become the Millionaire Next Door

The Golden Gate Bridge is always a fixture of these walks too, one of man's most beautiful creations.  As we were walking, at one point she turned to me and said, "Man, I'll never have a million dollars."" My girlfriend is 27 years old and works as a graphic designer, making about $75,000 a year.
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Alla Petriaieva
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Feb 23, 2021
Is Ethereum’s Bomb about to Explode?

Is Ethereum’s Bomb about to Explode?

Ethereum’s software is set for an update in October.Until it is finished, participants in the Ethereum blockchain must determine how to delay the difficulty bomb – code that necessitates a steadily increasing amount of computer power to mine blocks and unlock rewards – that is already in place.
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Sergey Savastiouk
published in Blogs
Aug 07, 2018
When Is the Next Recession Coming?

When Is the Next Recession Coming?

However, we also know that economists predicted 22 recessions out of 11 that took place since 1945. Are there real recession signs we should watch for?Indeed, the answer is yes, and here are a few very important ones: The first one is almost obvious and known to everyone – it is the Fed.
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Abhoy Sarkar
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May 22, 2020
Central banks have been buying $2.4 billion in assets every hour for the past two months

Central banks have been buying $2.4 billion in assets every hour for the past two months

Some $17.8 billion has been poured into  bond markets over the past week, the biggest move in more than three months.Around $3.5 billion has been invested into gold, the second largest on record. 
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Rick Pendergraft
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Feb 07, 2021
Mid-January Short Interest Report Shows 8 Stocks with Good Fundamentals and High Short Interest
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Sergey Savastiouk
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Mar 10, 2021
How to Start Trading Penny Stocks

How to Start Trading Penny Stocks

Penny stocks have long been marginalized within the professional investment community, oftentimes being painted with a broad brush of simply being “too risky.” Leonardo DiCaprio’s depiction of the penny stock peddling conman, Jordan Belfort, in the Wolf of Wall Street certainly didn’t help.Here are four reasons to start trading them now. Reason #1: Let’s State the Obvious -- Penny Stocks are Cheap A single share of Apple Inc. costs over $350.
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Abhoy Sarkar
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May 08, 2020
US unemployment rate jumps to 14.7%, the highest in series history

US unemployment rate jumps to 14.7%, the highest in series history

The U.S. economy’s employment fell by -20.5 million in April. The coronavirus crisis led to unemployment rate soaring to 14.7% in the U.S, the highest rate in the Bureau of Labor Statistics-tracked series history that goes back to 1948. However, the figures were better compared to several economists'/analysts' forecasts of 22 million job losses and 16% unemployment rate.  Another unemployment measure that includes those who have stopped looking for work as well as those holding part-time jobs for economic reasons also touched an all-time high of 22.8%.