Of the remaining four, one, PBYI, a breakout to the downside, had an overly wide spread on its options, making a bear play impossible to set up. The other three -- VIAB, FSRV and XOM -- were rated neutral by Zacks Invesstment Research. I prefer trades that are backed by a directional opinion from Zacks.
A note on the charts. In an essay posted May 25, "A Tale of Three Charts", I looked at three charts and identified two recurring themes, one of which I named, in an excess of whimsy, the "Corrective Hook".
Most of the potential bull plays I looked at in today's walk-through of the charts showed the Corrective Hook pattern. For me, that pattern is a warning to wait and see what happens. And that's what I have done.
With nothing to analyze from among Tuesday's prospects, I'll use the time to analyze ERF, a possible long-term play with monthly dividends that I opened Monday without a full analysis in order to meet today's ex-dividend date.
I'll post the analysis prior to the closing bell, and based on my conclusions, with either close the position, hold it under my longer-term rules and move it to my more sensitive shorter-term rules.
-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, June 3, 2014
My shorter-term trading rules can be read here. My longer-term trading rules can be read here. And the classic Turtle Trading rules on which my rules are based can be read here.
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