QQQQ Short term down-trend still intact–15th day; KMR: cup-with-handle break-out?


Thursday was the 15th day of the current QQQQ short term down-trend.   It will take a few more days of a rise to turn the QQQQ trend into an up-trend.   Meanwhile, my short term indicators in the GMI-R have turned up, to +7.   The GMI remains at +3.   I generally like the GMI to be 4 or more to feel comfortable going long.   A lot of stocks have bounced and it remains to be seen whether the market   is setting up for a major up-trend.

With a possible up-trend on the horizon, it is time to look for stocks breaking out of bases.   Stocks that break to new highs early in a market up-trend often become leaders in a real rally. KMR hit an all-time high on Thursday.   Imagine a stock emerging from this weak market at an all-time high! KMR is also up 30% from a year ago.   It looks like a cup-with-handle break-out, as this weekly chart shows (click on chart to enlarge).   The volume on Wednesday was above its 50 day average, a good sign for a break-out. William O’Neil made the cup-with-handle chart   formation famous.   Note that KMR has also   found support at its critical 30 week average (red line), and is in a StanWeinstein Stage 2 up-trend. If one purchases a stock breaking from a valid base, O’Neil’s research shows one should place a stop about 8% below the break-out price of 60.50.   Valid break-outs, he says,   rarely decline to 8% below the break-out point. That would mean a GTC (good-til-canceled) stop order to sell should be placed at about $55.50.   My preference would be to place a stop order at 58.59, just below the 5 day low and   the 10 week average (dotted blue line).   KMR’s last quarterly earnings were up about 192%. Time will tell if   KMR is a winner.

Among the stocks on my IBD100 and New America lists that hit an all-time high on Thursday are:   CVLT, SXCI, APKT, CMG, TDG, EW, RHT, CRM, FOSL, INFA, OPEN, MFB, DLTR, BAP, CTXS, CLW, AAP, PCLN, MWIV, AZO, IT, LZ, MCD, CIB, NEOG, and SAN.   Some of these will prove to be true winners and I own a few.

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