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Pre-Jobs Overview

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I'm actually looking forward to earnings season kicking into full gear in about a week. In this market, where the constant threat of more "easing" acts as a permanent source of helium for equities, it's nice to actually get some fundamental data and reality back into the picture, at least to see what's genuinely going on with the companies on which stocks are based.

Zynga is providing a bit of fireworks after hours, since they lost about 20% more of their value, pushing to new lifetime lows. This will yield a drop of about 86% from its high last March, which is, let's face it, pretty stunning. One wonders if Zynga will be around in a year or two.


Factory Orders Dropped to Lowest Level Since March 2007

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Data released today shows that the total number of new Factory
Orders dropped to its lowest reading since March of 2007, as shown on the graph

This manufacturing data is not supportive of a sustainable rise in the equity
markets; however, the markets seem to have their own agenda, regardless of the
fundamentals of this sector within the slowing economy. A slowing demand for the
"same old stuff" is just that…a slowing demand, regardless of how much money
becomes available for borrowing by the masses. At some point, rising markets
without supporting fundamentals, partnered with new, attractive, innovative,
useful, and beneficial products/services with "needed and must-have" value,
become a ship without a captain.

Here We Go: Sears Holding – Take Two (by Ryan Mallory)

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Sears-take-2Last time around, this trade on Sears Holding (SHLD) didn't work too well. This time around, I'm taking a different approach to this trade. Instead of buying on the breakout which is what I did before and got burned on the head-fake it did, I'm buying on the pullback to lower channel of the uptrend. 

That allows me to keep risk tight (about 4% max) while possibly benefiting from a move that could go to the upper channel at around $64.00. That gives me about a 3:1 reward to risk ratio which is ideal. 

I scaled in to this one as well and my buy-in price is at $56.50 with a stop at $54.48. 

Here's the SHLD trade setup

sears holding SHLD trade and chart

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