Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday's Finalists: WFM, VOD, ATVI

The high-end Texas-based grocery chain Whole Foods Market Inc. (WFM), the British mobile communications company Vodafone Group Plc (VOD), and the California electronic games publisher Activision Blizzard Inc. (ATVI) have reached the finals, out of five symbols that made it past the early analysis. (See "Tuesday's Prospects".) All produced bear signals in Monday's trading.

Of the five, only one, WFM, was from the regular list requiring better than even odds of success over the past year. The rest were from my supplemental list of potential bear signals regardless of historical odds.

Two failed confirmation by moving back within their 20-day price channels: TSM and AAL. That left the three finalists.

VOD is ranked bearish by Zacks Investment Research, the service I use to speed my fundamental analysis. The other two have a neutral ranking.

Also, VOD has an extremely high dividend, in excess of 7%. I set it aside on the grounds that a bear play with a high dividend is simply a waste, since bear positions don't collect the cash.

I consider WFM's chart to be marginally more bearish than ATVI's. This opinion is buttressed by the fact that 75% of WFM's bear signals over the past year have produced a profit, while ATVI has no history of bear signals.

The historical odds are the deciding factor. I shall do a full analysis of WFM and post it prior to the closing bell.

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Sept. 16, 2014


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