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All 10 carefully selected each week by Paul Rejczak based on two separate techniques for improved diversification. One technique focuses on choosing the best of the most promising sectors, and the other aims to find the stocks that showed most resilience despite being a part of a lagging sector. Both approaches are applied to many sectors and then all stock candidates are reviewed manually, before making it (or not) to our weekly list.

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  • Stock Pick Update: May 6 - May 12, 2020

    May 6, 2020, 7:53 AM

    The broad stock market has been fluctuating in the last five trading days (April 29 - May 5). Over a month ago, on March 23 the S&P 500 index sold off to new medium-term low of 2,191.86. It was a stunning 35.4% below February 19 record high of 3,393.52. The corona virus and economic slowdown fears have erased more than a third of the broad stock market value. Then we saw huge come-back rally, as the index got back above 2,900 mark. Recently it has come back to around 2,800, before rising again. Is this a new medium-term uptrend or just upward correction before another leg down? We will likely see more short-term volatility.

    The S&P 500 index has lost 1.71% since last Wednesday's open. In the same period of time our five long and five short stock picks have lost 1.05%. So stock picks were relatively stronger than the broad stock market. Our short stock picks have gained 2.88% and they were relatively stronger than the index on the short side. However, long stock picks have resulted in a loss of 4.98%. The overall results remain relatively better than the S&P 500 index over last weeks.

    If stocks were in a prolonged downtrend, being able to profit anyway, would be extremely valuable. Of course, it's not the point of our Stock Pick Updates to forecast where the general stock market is likely to move, but rather to provide you with stocks that are likely to generate profits regardless of what the S&P does.

    This means that our overall stock-picking performance can be summarized on the chart below. The assumptions are: starting with $100k, no leverage used. The data before Dec 24, 2019 comes from our internal tests and data after that can be verified by individual Stock Pick Updates posted on our website.

    Below we include statistics and the details of our three recent updates:

    • May 5, 2020
      Long Picks (Apr 29 open - May 5 close % change): MPC (+4.50%), GILD (-5.75%), LIN (-3.19%), GE (-7.19%), HIG (-13.29%)
      Short Picks (Apr 29 open - May 5 close % change): UPS (-3.53%), SPGI (-2.59%), SO (-6.06%), COG (-1.16%), AMGN (-1.06%)

      Average long result: -4.98%, average short result: +2.88%
      Total profit (average): -1.05%
    • Apr 28, 2020
      Long Picks (Apr 22 open - Apr 28 close % change): SLB (+4.46%), EXPE (+14.94%), LH (+10.36%), COTY (-0.51%), PNC (+4.52%)
      Short Picks (Apr 22 open - Apr 28 close % change): WMT (-1.54%), NDAQ (+2.50%), VZ (+0.73%), COG (-3.79%), EBAY (+2.44%)

      Average long result: +5.17%, average short result: +0.18%
      Total profit (average): +2.68%
    • Apr 21, 2020
      Long Picks (Apr 15 open - Apr 21 close % change): V (-4.84%), IP (-7.49%), SLB (+0.14%), LHX (-5.38%), FRT (-13.23%)
      Short Picks (Apr 15 open - Apr 21 close % change): BA (-1.92%), EQIX (-0.82%), NEE (-1.92%), HPQ (-6.97%), NEM (+1.25%)

      Average long result: -6.16%, average short result: +2.07%
      Total profit (average): -2.04%

    Let's check which stocks could magnify S&P's gains in case it rallies, and which stocks would be likely to decline the most if S&P plunges. Here are our stock picks for the Wednesday, May 6 - Tuesday, May 12 period.

    We will assume the following: the stocks will be bought or sold short on the opening of today's trading session (May 6) and sold or bought back on the closing of the next Tuesday's trading session (May 12).

    We will provide stock trading ideas based on our in-depth technical and fundamental analysis, but since the main point of this publication is to provide the top 5 long and top 5 short candidates (our opinion, not an investment advice) for this week, we will focus solely on the technicals. The latter are simply more useful in case of short-term trades.

    First, we will take a look at the recent performance by sector. It may show us which sector is likely to perform best in the near future and which sector is likely to lag. Then, we will select our buy and sell stock picks.

    There are eleven stock market sectors: Energy, Materials, Industrials, Consumer Discretionary, Consumer Staples, Health Care, Financials, Technology, Communications Services, Utilities and Real Estate. They are further divided into industries, but we will just stick with these main sectors of the stock market.

    We will analyze them and their relative performance by looking at the Select Sector SPDR ETF's.

    The stock market sector analysis is available to our subscribers only.

    Based on the above, we decided to choose our stock picks for the next week. We will choose our top 3 long and top 3 short candidates using trend-following approach, and top 2 long and top 2 short candidates using contrarian approach:

    Trend-following approach:

    • buys: 1 x Energy, 1 x Consumer Discretionary, 1 x Materials
    • sells: 1 x Consumer Staples, 1 x Industrials, 1 x Utilities

    Contrarian approach (betting against the recent trend):

    • buys: 1 x Consumer Staples, 1 x Industrials
    • sells: 1 x Energy, 1 x Consumer Discretionary

    Trend-following approach

    Top 3 Buy Candidates

    SLB Schlumberger Ltd. - Energy

    • Stock remains above its month-long upward trend line
    • The resistance level of $19 (initial upside profit target level)

    WYNN Wynn Resorts Ltd - Consumer Discretionary

    • Stock broke above its March - April downward trend line
    • It fluctuates along the resistance level of $80
    • Potential uptrend resuming

    MLM Martin Marietta Materials - Materials

    • The market continues to trade above the support level of $175
    • Potential breakout above the month-long downward trend line
    • The resistance level of $210 (upside profit target level)

    Summing up, the above trend-following long stock picks are just a part of our whole Stock Pick Update. The Energy, Consumer Discretionary and Materials sectors were relatively the strongest in the last 30 days. And they all have gained more than the S&P 500 index in the same period. So that part of our ten long and short stock picks is meant to outperform in the coming days if the broad stock market acts similarly as it did before.

    We hope you enjoyed reading the above free analysis, and we encourage you to read today's Stock Pick Update - this analysis' full version. There, we include the stock market sector analysis for the past month and remaining long and short stock picks for the next week. There's no risk in subscribing right away, because there's a 30-day money back guarantee for all our products, so we encourage you to subscribe today.

  • Stock Pick Update: April 29 - May 5, 2020

    April 29, 2020, 8:33 AM

    The broad stock market has extended its over-month-long uptrend in the last five trading days (April 22 - April 28). On March 23 it sold off to new medium-term low of 2,191.86. It was a stunning 35.4% below February 19 record high of 3,393.52. The corona virus and economic slowdown fears have erased more than a third of the broad stock market value! Then we saw huge come-back rally, as the S&P 500 index got back close to 2,900 mark. Is this a new uptrend or just upward correction before another leg down? We will likely see more short-term volatility.

    The S&P 500 index has gained 2.71% since last Wednesday's open. In the same period of time our five long and five short stock picks have gained 2.68%. So stock picks' return was basically in line with the broad stock market. However, our long stock picks have gained 5.17% and they were relatively much stronger than the index. Short stock picks have resulted in a gain of 0.18%. The overall results remain relatively better than the S&P 500 index over last weeks.

    If stocks were in a prolonged downtrend, being able to profit anyway, would be extremely valuable. Of course, it's not the point of our Stock Pick Updates to forecast where the general stock market is likely to move, but rather to provide you with stocks that are likely to generate profits regardless of what the S&P does.

    This means that our overall stock-picking performance can be summarized on the chart below. The assumptions are: starting with $100k, no leverage used. The data before Dec 24, 2019 comes from our internal tests and data after that can be verified by individual Stock Pick Updates posted on our website.

    Below we include statistics and the details of our three recent updates:

    • Apr 28, 2020
      Long Picks (Apr 22 open - Apr 28 close % change): SLB (+4.46%), EXPE (+14.94%), LH (+10.36%), COTY (-0.51%), PNC (+4.52%)
      Short Picks (Apr 22 open - Apr 28 close % change): WMT (-1.54%), NDAQ (+2.50%), VZ (+0.73%), COG (-3.79%), EBAY (+2.44%)

      Average long result: +5.17%, average short result: +0.18%
      Total profit (average): +2.68%
    • Apr 21, 2020
      Long Picks (Apr 15 open - Apr 21 close % change): V (-4.84%), IP (-7.49%), SLB (+0.14%), LHX (-5.38%), FRT (-13.23%)
      Short Picks (Apr 15 open - Apr 21 close % change): BA (-1.92%), EQIX (-0.82%), NEE (-1.92%), HPQ (-6.97%), NEM (+1.25%)

      Average long result: -6.16%, average short result: +2.07%
      Total profit (average): -2.04%
    • Apr 14, 2020
      Long Picks (Apr 8 open - Apr 14 close % change): WAT (+1.70%), WBA (+7.36%), AMD (+14.27%), MRO (+8.70%), VNO (+17.17%)
      Short Picks (Apr 8 open - Apr 14 close % change): CVX (+2.82%), EXR (-1.31%), ICE (+4.58%), HUM (+8.43%), PEP (+6.76%)

      Average long result: +9.84%, average short result: -4.26%
      Total profit (average): +2.79%

    Let's check which stocks could magnify S&P's gains in case it rallies, and which stocks would be likely to decline the most if S&P plunges. Here are our stock picks for the Wednesday, April 29 - Tuesday, May 5 period.

    We will assume the following: the stocks will be bought or sold short on the opening of today's trading session (April 29) and sold or bought back on the closing of the next Tuesday's trading session (May5).

    We will provide stock trading ideas based on our in-depth technical and fundamental analysis, but since the main point of this publication is to provide the top 5 long and top 5 short candidates (our opinion, not an investment advice) for this week, we will focus solely on the technicals. The latter are simply more useful in case of short-term trades.

    First, we will take a look at the recent performance by sector. It may show us which sector is likely to perform best in the near future and which sector is likely to lag. Then, we will select our buy and sell stock picks.

    There are eleven stock market sectors: Energy, Materials, Industrials, Consumer Discretionary, Consumer Staples, Health Care, Financials, Technology, Communications Services, Utilities and Real Estate. They are further divided into industries, but we will just stick with these main sectors of the stock market.

    We will analyze them and their relative performance by looking at the Select Sector SPDR ETF's.

    The stock market sector analysis is available to our subscribers only.

    Based on the above, we decided to choose our stock picks for the next week. We will choose our top 3 long and top 3 short candidates using trend-following approach, and top 2 long and top 2 short candidates using contrarian approach:

    Trend-following approach:

    • buys: 1 x Energy, 1 x Health Care, 1 x Materials
    • sells: 1 x Industrials, 1 x Financials, 1 x Utilities

    Contrarian approach (betting against the recent trend):

    • buys: 1 x Industrials, 1 x Financials
    • sells: 1 x Energy, 1 x Health Care

    Trend-following approach

    Top 3 Buy Candidates

    MPC Marathon Petroleum Corp. - Energy

    • Breakout above upward trend line/ resistance level
    • The next resistance level of $35.0-37.5 (upside profit target level)

    GILD Gilead Sciences, Inc. - Health Care

    • Stock remains above two-month-long upward trend line
    • The resistance level is at $85 (upside profit target level)

    LIN Linde plc - Materials

    • Breakout above the bull flag pattern so advance may continue
    • The resistance level of $195-205 and the support level of $170

    Summing up, the above trend-following long stock picks are just a part of our whole Stock Pick Update. The Energy, Health Care and Materials sectors were relatively the strongest in the last 30 days again. And they all have gained more than the S&P 500 index in the same period. So that part of our ten long and short stock picks is meant to outperform in the coming days if the broad stock market acts similarly as it did before.

    We hope you enjoyed reading the above free analysis, and we encourage you to read today's Stock Pick Update - this analysis' full version. There, we include the stock market sector analysis for the past month and remaining long and short stock picks for the next week. There's no risk in subscribing right away, because there's a 30-day money back guarantee for all our products, so we encourage you to subscribe today.

  • Stock Pick Update: April 22 – April 28, 2020 – S&P 500 Turning Lower?

    April 22, 2020, 8:35 AM

    The broad stock market has retraced some of its recent rally last week (April 15 - April 21). On March 23 it sold off to the new medium-term low of 2,191.86. It was a stunning 35.4% below February 19 record high of 3,393.52. The corona virus and economic slowdown fears have erased more than a third of the broad stock market value! Then we saw huge come-back rally, as the S&P 500 index got back close to 2,850 mark. Is this a new uptrend or just upward correction before another leg down? The recent days' trading action brought some doubt about the medium-term bullish outlook. We will likely see more short-term volatility.

    The S&P 500 index has lost 2.11% since last Wednesday's open. In the same period of time our five long and five short stock picks have lost 2.04%. So our stock picks were relatively very slightly stronger than the broad stock market. Long stock picks have lost 6.16% and short stock picks have resulted in a gain of 2.07%. The overall results remain relatively better than the S&P 500 index over last weeks.

    If stocks were in a prolonged downtrend, being able to profit anyway, would be extremely valuable. Of course, it's not the point of our Stock Pick Updates to forecast where the general stock market is likely to move, but rather to provide you with stocks that are likely to generate profits regardless of what the S&P does.

    This means that our overall stock-picking performance can be summarized on the chart below. The assumptions are: starting with $100k, no leverage used. The data before Dec 24, 2019 comes from our internal tests and data after that can be verified by individual Stock Pick Updates posted on our website.

    Below we include statistics and the details of our three recent updates:

    • Apr 21, 2020
      Long Picks (Apr 15 open - Apr 21 close % change): V (-4.84%), IP (-7.49%), SLB (+0.14%), LHX (-5.38%), FRT (-13.23%)
      Short Picks (Apr 15 open - Apr 21 close % change): BA (-1.92%), EQIX (-0.82%), NEE (-1.92%), HPQ (-6.97%), NEM (+1.25%)

      Average long result: -6.16%, average short result: +2.07%
      Total profit (average): -2.04%
    • Apr 14, 2020
      Long Picks (Apr 8 open - Apr 14 close % change): WAT (+1.70%), WBA (+7.36%), AMD (+14.27%), MRO (+8.70%), VNO (+17.17%)
      Short Picks (Apr 8 open - Apr 14 close % change): CVX (+2.82%), EXR (-1.31%), ICE (+4.58%), HUM (+8.43%), PEP (+6.76%)

      Average long result: +9.84%, average short result: -4.26%
      Total profit (average): +2.79%
    • Apr 7, 2020
      Long Picks (Apr 1 open - Apr 7 close % change): PFE (+5.29%), KR (+5.15%), ANSS (+7.40%), SLB (+25.82%), WFC (+6.48%)
      Short Picks (Apr 1 open - Apr 7 close % change): COG (+8.89%), MCO (+13.26%), MMM (+9.55%), IDXX (+5.86%), EL (+6.63%)

      Average long result: +10.03%, average short result: -8.84%
      Total profit (average): +0.59%

    Let's check which stocks could magnify S&P's gains in case it rallies, and which stocks would be likely to decline the most if S&P plunges. Here are our stock picks for the Wednesday, April 22 - Tuesday, April 28 period.

    We will assume the following: the stocks will be bought or sold short on the opening of today's trading session (April 22) and sold or bought back on the closing of the next Tuesday's trading session (April 28).

    We will provide stock trading ideas based on our in-depth technical and fundamental analysis, but since the main point of this publication is to provide the top 5 long and top 5 short candidates (our opinion, not an investment advice) for this week, we will focus solely on the technicals. The latter are simply more useful in case of short-term trades.

    First, we will take a look at the recent performance by sector. It may show us which sector is likely to perform best in the near future and which sector is likely to lag. Then, we will select our buy and sell stock picks.

    There are eleven stock market sectors: Energy, Materials, Industrials, Consumer Discretionary, Consumer Staples, Health Care, Financials, Technology, Communications Services, Utilities and Real Estate. They are further divided into industries, but we will just stick with these main sectors of the stock market.

    We will analyze them and their relative performance by looking at the Select Sector SPDR ETF's.

    The stock market sector analysis is available to our subscribers only.

    Based on the above, we decided to choose our stock picks for the next week. We will choose our top 3 long and top 3 short candidates using trend-following approach, and top 2 long and top 2 short candidates using contrarian approach:

    Trend-following approach:

    • buys: 1 x Energy, 1 x Consumer Discretionary, 1 x Health Care
    • sells: 1 x Consumer Staples, 1 x Financials, 1 x Communication Services

    Contrarian approach (betting against the recent trend):

    • buys: 1 x Consumer Staples, 1 x Financials
    • sells: 1 x Energy, 1 x Consumer Discretionary

    Trend-following approach

    Top 3 Buy Candidates

    SLB Schlumberger Ltd. - Energy

    • Consolidation following early April breaking above downward trend line
    • Resistance level of $19 (upside profit target level)

    EXPE Expedia, Inc. - Consumer Discretionary

    • Stock trades within a bull flag pattern following early April advance
    • The resistance level at $70-75 (upside profit target level if it breaks higher)

    LH Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings - Health Care

    • Breakout above the bull flag pattern so the advance may continue
    • The resistance level of $160-170 and the support level of $125

    Summing up, the above trend-following long stock picks are just a part of our whole Stock Pick Update. The Energy, Consumer Discretionary and Health Care sectors were relatively the strongest in the last 30 days again. And they all have gained more than the S&P 500 index in the same period. So that part of our ten long and short stock picks is meant to outperform in the coming days if the broad stock market acts similarly as it did before.

    We hope you enjoyed reading the above free analysis, and we encourage you to read today's Stock Pick Update - this analysis' full version. There, we include the stock market sector analysis for the past month and remaining long and short stock picks for the next week. There's no risk in subscribing right away, because there's a 30-day money back guarantee for all our products, so we encourage you to subscribe today.

  • Stock Pick Update: April 15 - April 21, 2020

    April 15, 2020, 8:55 AM

    The broad stock market has further extended its rebound last week (April 8 - April 14). On March 23 it sold off to the new medium-term low of 2,191.86. It was a stunning 35.4% below February 19 record high of 3,393.52. The corona virus and economic slowdown fears have erased more than a third of the broad stock market value! Then we saw huge come-back rally, as the S&P 500 index got back above 2,800 mark. Is this a new uptrend or just upward correction before another leg down? We will certainly see more short-term volatility.

    The S&P 500 index has gained 6.00% since last Wednesday's open. In the same period of time our five long and five short stock picks have gained 2.79%. So our stock picks were relatively weaker than the broad stock market. However, long stock picks have outperformed the index again as they've gained 9.84%. Short stock picks have resulted in a loss of 4.26%. The overall results remain relatively better than the S&P 500 index over last weeks.

    If stocks were in a prolonged downtrend, being able to profit anyway, would be extremely valuable. Of course, it's not the point of our Stock Pick Updates to forecast where the general stock market is likely to move, but rather to provide you with stocks that are likely to generate profits regardless of what the S&P does.

    This means that our overall stock-picking performance can be summarized on the chart below. The assumptions are: starting with $100k, no leverage used. The data before Dec 24, 2019 comes from our internal tests and data after that can be verified by individual Stock Pick Updates posted on our website.

    Below we include statistics and the details of our three recent updates:

    • Apr 14, 2020
      Long Picks (Apr 8 open - Apr 14 close % change): WAT (+1.70%), WBA (+7.36%), AMD (+14.27%), MRO (+8.70%), VNO (+17.17%)
      Short Picks (Apr 8 open - Apr 14 close % change): CVX (+2.82%), EXR (-1.31%), ICE (+4.58%), HUM (+8.43%), PEP (+6.76%)

      Average long result: +9.84%, average short result: -4.26%
      Total profit (average): +2.79%
    • Apr 7, 2020
      Long Picks (Apr 1 open - Apr 7 close % change): PFE (+5.29%), KR (+5.15%), ANSS (+7.40%), SLB (+25.82%), WFC (+6.48%)
      Short Picks (Apr 1 open - Apr 7 close % change): COG (+8.89%), MCO (+13.26%), MMM (+9.55%), IDXX (+5.86%), EL (+6.63%)

      Average long result: +10.03%, average short result: -8.84%
      Total profit (average): +0.59%
    • Mar 31, 2020
      Long Picks (Mar 25 open - Mar 31 close % change): INTC (+3.13%), STZ (+14.92%), PFE (+10.64%), SLB (-10.01%), WFC (-1.03%)
      Short Picks (Mar 25 open - Mar 31 close % change): WMB (+8.10%), PGR (+7.03%), EQIX (+16.57%), ADBE (+3.32%), CHD (+3.60%)

      Average long result: +3.53%, average short result: -7.73%
      Total profit (average): -2.10%

    Let's check which stocks could magnify S&P's gains in case it rallies, and which stocks would be likely to decline the most if S&P plunges. Here are our stock picks for the Wednesday, April 15 - Tuesday, April 21 period.

    We will assume the following: the stocks will be bought or sold short on the opening of today's trading session (April 15) and sold or bought back on the closing of the next Tuesday's trading session (April 21).

    We will provide stock trading ideas based on our in-depth technical and fundamental analysis, but since the main point of this publication is to provide the top 5 long and top 5 short candidates (our opinion, not an investment advice) for this week, we will focus solely on the technicals. The latter are simply more useful in case of short-term trades.

    First, we will take a look at the recent performance by sector. It may show us which sector is likely to perform best in the near future and which sector is likely to lag. Then, we will select our buy and sell stock picks.

    There are eleven stock market sectors: Energy, Materials, Industrials, Consumer Discretionary, Consumer Staples, Health Care, Financials, Technology, Communications Services, Utilities and Real Estate. They are further divided into industries, but we will just stick with these main sectors of the stock market.

    We will analyze them and their relative performance by looking at the Select Sector SPDR ETF's.

    The stock market sector analysis is available to our subscribers only.

    Based on the above, we decided to choose our stock picks for the next week. We will choose our top 3 long and top 3 short candidates using trend-following approach, and top 2 long and top 2 short candidates using contrarian approach:

    Trend-following approach:

    • buys: 1 x Technology, 1 x Materials, 1 x Energy
    • sells: 1 x Industrials, 1 x Real Estate, 1 x Utilities

    Contrarian approach (betting against the recent trend):

    • buys: 1 x Industrials, 1 x Real Estate
    • sells: 1 x Technology, 1 x Materials

    Trend-following approach

    Top 3 Buy Candidates

    V Visa Inc. - Technology

    • Consolidation following breaking above downward trend line
    • Resistance level of $195 (upside profit target level)

    IP International Paper Co. - Materials

    • Consolidation following breaking above downward trend line
    • The resistance level at $39-40 (upside profit target level)

    SLB Schlumberger Ltd. - Energy

    • The price at support level of previously broken downward trend line
    • Breakout above the downward trend line in early April
    • The resistance level of $19

    Summing up, the above trend-following long stock picks are just a part of our whole Stock Pick Update. The Technology, Materials and Energy sectors were relatively the strongest in the last 30 days again. And they have gained more than the S&P 500 index in the same period. So that part of our ten long and short stock picks is meant to outperform in the coming days if the broad stock market acts similarly as it did before.

    We hope you enjoyed reading the above free analysis, and we encourage you to read today's Stock Pick Update - this analysis' full version. There, we include the stock market sector analysis for the past month and remaining long and short stock picks for the next week. There's no risk in subscribing right away, because there's a 30-day money back guarantee for all our products, so we encourage you to subscribe today.

  • Stock Pick Update: April 8 - April 14, 2020

    April 8, 2020, 8:31 AM

    The broad stock market has extended its rebound last week (April 1 - April 7). On March 23 it sold off to the new medium-term low of 2,191.86. It was a stunning 35.4% below February 19 record high of 3,393.52. The corona virus and economic slowdown fears have erased more than a third of the broad stock market value! Then we saw huge come-back rally, as the S&P 500 index got back to local highs above 2,700 mark. Is this a new uptrend or just upward correction before another leg down? We will certainly see more short-term volatility.

    The S&P 500 index has gained 6.46% since last Wednesday's open. In the same period of time our five long and five short stock picks have gained 0.59%. So our stock picks were relatively weaker than the broad stock market. However, long stock picks have outperformed the index as they've gained 10.03%. But short stock picks have resulted in a loss of 8.84%. The overall results remain relatively better than the S&P 500 index over last weeks.

    If stocks were in a prolonged downtrend, being able to profit anyway, would be extremely valuable. Of course, it's not the point of our Stock Pick Updates to forecast where the general stock market is likely to move, but rather to provide you with stocks that are likely to generate profits regardless of what the S&P does.

    This means that our overall stock-picking performance can be summarized on the chart below. The assumptions are: starting with $100k, no leverage used. The data before Dec 24, 2019 comes from our internal tests and data after that can be verified by individual Stock Pick Updates posted on our website.

    Below we include statistics and the details of our three recent updates:

    • Apr 7, 2020
      Long Picks (Apr 1 open - Apr 7 close % change): PFE (+5.29%), KR (+5.15%), ANSS (+7.40%), SLB (+25.82%), WFC (+6.48%)
      Short Picks (Apr 1 open - Apr 7 close % change): COG (+8.89%), MCO (+13.26%), MMM (+9.55%), IDXX (+5.86%), EL (+6.63%)

      Average long result: +10.03%, average short result: -8.84%
      Total profit (average): +0.59%
    • Mar 31, 2020
      Long Picks (Mar 25 open - Mar 31 close % change): INTC (+3.13%), STZ (+14.92%), PFE (+10.64%), SLB (-10.01%), WFC (-1.03%)
      Short Picks (Mar 25 open - Mar 31 close % change): WMB (+8.10%), PGR (+7.03%), EQIX (+16.57%), ADBE (+3.32%), CHD (+3.60%)

      Average long result: +3.53%, average short result: -7.73%
      Total profit (average): -2.10%
    • Mar 24, 2020
      Long Picks (Mar 18 open - Mar 24 close % change): LW (+9.21%), BDX (-15.16%), PEG (+0.30%), SLB (+10.00%), AXP (+5.04%)
      Short Picks (Mar 18 open - Mar 24 close % change): COG (-12.05%), PGR (-5.79%), ITW (-7.68%), HSY (-7.78%), REGN (-9.33%)

      Average long result: -0.38%, average short result: +8.53%
      Total profit (average): +4.07%

    Let's check which stocks could magnify S&P's gains in case it rallies, and which stocks would be likely to decline the most if S&P plunges. Here are our stock picks for the Wednesday, April 8 - Tuesday, April 14 period.

    We will assume the following: the stocks will be bought or sold short on the opening of today's trading session (April 8) and sold or bought back on the closing of the next Tuesday's trading session (April 14).

    We will provide stock trading ideas based on our in-depth technical and fundamental analysis, but since the main point of this publication is to provide the top 5 long and top 5 short candidates (our opinion, not an investment advice) for this week, we will focus solely on the technicals. The latter are simply more useful in case of short-term trades.

    First, we will take a look at the recent performance by sector. It may show us which sector is likely to perform best in the near future and which sector is likely to lag. Then, we will select our buy and sell stock picks.

    There are eleven stock market sectors: Energy, Materials, Industrials, Consumer Discretionary, Consumer Staples, Health Care, Financials, Technology, Communications Services, Utilities and Real Estate. They are further divided into industries, but we will just stick with these main sectors of the stock market.

    We will analyze them and their relative performance by looking at the Select Sector SPDR ETF's.

    The stock market sector analysis is available to our subscribers only.

    Based on the above, we decided to choose our stock picks for the next week. We will choose our top 3 long and top 3 short candidates using trend-following approach, and top 2 long and top 2 short candidates using contrarian approach:

    Trend-following approach:

    • buys: 1 x Health Care, 1 x Consumer Staples, 1 x Technology
    • sells: 1 x Energy, 1 x Real Estate, 1 x Financials

    Contrarian approach (betting against the recent trend):

    • buys: 1 x Energy, 1 x Real Estate
    • sells: 1 x Health Care, 1 x Consumer Staples

    Trend-following approach

    Top 3 Buy Candidates

    WAT Waters Corp. - Health Care

    • Breakout above month-long downward trend line
    • Resistance level of $210-215 (upside profit target level)

    WBA Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. - Consumer Staples

    • Price bounced off from new medium-term low
    • Closer to breaking above the downward trend line
    • The resistance level at $50 (upside profit target level)

    AMD Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. - Technology

    • Breakout above the downward trend line
    • The resistance level of $50-54
    • Rising RSI indicator confirming short-term uptrend

    Summing up, the above trend-following long stock picks are just a part of our whole Stock Pick Update. The Health Care, Consumer Staples and Technology sectors were relatively the strongest in the last 30 days again. And they have lost less than the S&P 500 index in the same period. So that part of our ten long and short stock picks is meant to outperform in the coming days if the broad stock market acts similarly as it did before.

    We hope you enjoyed reading the above free analysis, and we encourage you to read today's Stock Pick Update - this analysis' full version. There, we include the stock market sector analysis for the past month and remaining long and short stock picks for the next week. There's no risk in subscribing right away, because there's a 30-day money back guarantee for all our products, so we encourage you to subscribe today.

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