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Nuclear Energy Stocks

There are many different stocks out there that fall under the term “speculative”, of course that not really the case when it comes to the electric utility stocks. I just want to write about a sector that seems to be building up steam (literally and figuratively) later that needs to be addressed.


A little over a month ago I started looking for a new speculative stock to trade (oppose to invest in) and I happen to stumble over a company that is in the electric utility sector, but because it is mainly a nuclear play, I thought it would be a decent opportunity. I looked around at other companies that are also trying to expand their nuclear plant output, but this one stuck in my mind.


I invested a small amount (like I always do on speculative stocks) in the company after reading their earnings reports and reading the transcripts from their conference calls. Since then the stock price has moved up over 30% in just 5 weeks.


What really made me think that I had to write a post on it, was the fact that the company was profiled on a CNBC special this week titled Nuclear Option. In the show there was a lot of positive talk about the use of nuclear power being used in this country. There hasn’t been a nuclear power plant built in the United States in over thirty years, but now there are two being built as I type this post. One in Texas and the other in Maryland.


The company that I’m referring to is NRG Energy Inc. (NYSE:NRG). The company looks good to me and I will be buying more of it on the dips. I do expect it to lose some value because of profit takers as well as the overall market taking it down some as the DOW and the economy take a roller-coaster ride throughout the remaining part of the year. The chart looks healthy and with the price of oil expected to go back up, it will continue to rise.


As with any stock you look to invest in or trade, you need to do your own research to see if it’s right for you.

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Happy Trading



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Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM)

Yesterday I spoke about building a position in Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM). My first buy-in was at $76.25 when the price dropped. Share price opened this morning at $77.86 and within the first five minutes of trading, it was up to $78.40. Unfortunately that was as high as it would go. Minutes later it fell to $76.13, where it would continue to bounce within that range.

Research In Motion was scheduled to release their first quarter earnings report after the closing bell today. I was looking for some more upward motion from other traders getting on board in expectation of RIMM beating the street.

Shortly after the bell, RIMM released their report. RIMM earned $1.12 per share for the first quarter on revenue of $3.42 billion, compared with $482.5 million or 84 cents on revenue of $2.24 billion a year earlier. Included in the results were non-recurring items. $96.4 million relating to certain employee tax liabilities along with a gain of 175.1 million primarily as a result of the enactment of functional currency tax rules. While the analysts were only expecting $0.94 on revenue of $3.43 billion, RIMM earned $0.98 per share.

What I didn’t expect was after the company beating expectation by $0.04, the stock dropped more than 6% in after market trading. By the time after hour trading was done, the stock moved back up to $76.06, just off by 0.5% from where it closed at 4:00pm today.

One thing that I wish I was able to do was to buy more shares when it fell to $73 shortly after the release. In April, Rimm beat expectation by 7% and since then the stock price has moved up 55%. Today they beat it by more than 4% and it moved no where today. Many investors and traders were looking for more and the knee-jerk reaction was to sell. The more they were looking for was in RIMM’s second quarter guidance. RIMM”S range for earning in the next quarter is $0.94 to $1.03 per share on revenue of $3.45-$3.70 billion. The mean analyst estimate is for 97 cents on revenue of $3.61 billion. After the conference call, I guess people realized it wasn’t as bad as it originally sounded.

With the information I have on this company, I believe that RIMM is still fundamentlly sound and will continue to grow. I will continue to buy into RIMM under $80, after that I will sit back and watch the gains from this great company with a fantastic product. The BlackBerry is a great smartphone with many different applications to do the things you want to do. As a matter of fact RIMM just released their latest BlackBerry model, the Tour, earlier this week.

Jim Cramer doesn’t call this company one of the four horseman of the tech sector for nothing.

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The Stock Market Is Getting Ready For Another Run ...

Here we are again going through another correction in the markets. The three indicies have dropped over the past week off their seven month high and I’m not surprised. Over the last three months the markets have been on a tear coming off their lows. I mentioned before about how the markets wouldn’t be able to continue these gains without some sort of correction and profit taking.
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Even though I’ve been waiting for this pull back for some time, I did expect it. I will say that the markets aren’t as weak as I thought. I no longer expect to see the DOW reach 7000 again. As a matter of fact I don’t think it will get below 7800.
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The word on the street is that there is a large amount of money sitting on the sidelines waiting to jump back in, which means that once investors and traders feel that the waters a safe enough to come back in, it will help the markets rebound even more. Yesterday I heard that many of the hedge fund managers are already invested in and that they don’t have much capital not isn’t in the markets. The report stated that they are concerned that they may miss the next surge in the markets and they don’t want to be caught sitting it out.
If that’s the case, it can also be said that if they get skittish and pull their money out to avoid another big loss, we will see the 7800 level on the DOW.
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I don’t think so on the latter issue because the housing market is showing signs of stabilization, as well as the financial sector. Jim Cramer last night even had a segment in regards to the housing bottom. Since last August he has been saying that the housing bottom would be around June 30th of this year. Well, he ripped the board down and said that after yesterday’s housing number were the third straight month that they have improved. Other indicators are looking good too.
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With that in mind, I will start building positions in the stocks that I’ve been watching for sometime. Over the next two weeks, I will be looking at Apple, JP Morgan, Research In Motion and Agnico Eagle Mines. Of course there are others that I do like, but I would want more of a pull back before jumping on board with them.
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Finance, Energy And Politics, Oh My

It seems that the stock market doesn’t react the way it should when important economic news is released. Over the last two months there has been negative news reports released that would normally cause the indicies to drop, but instead they have responded in the opposite manner.

The same goes for the good news that is also released. Look at how the news came out yesterday about the billions of dollars that will be paid back by ten of the major banks. You would think that the news would make investors and traders want to invest in these companies, making the price rise, well it’s wasn’t the case. As a sidebar comment, It amazes me that the money isn’t being returned to the Fed’s, instead it will be held by the Treasury Department just in case it will be needed again. My opinion is that the money will be used in the department’s slush fund and never returned to the tax payer.

The talk is out again about drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The talks should have never halted. How are we to ever take control of our economy if we are depending on foreign countries to supply us with our energy needs? Oil is abundant in the gulf and we are not taking advantage of it, but I guess it’s OK since Russia is working with Cuba to drill in the gulf. That’s real good that they are doing so, this way they can also sell oil to us and we won’t be dependent on the Middle East. If you’re not sure, that last comment was a sarcastic one. Keep an eye on the alternative energy sector for some good gains. When oil gets above $70-$80 per barrel, solar and wind energy becomes more feasible and profitable as an investment.

The politicians are not doing the job that they were sent to Washington to do. The spending in this country is way out of control and needs to be pulled back. The private sector has to take charge of their future. We can not expect the government to come to their rescue. If the company can’t make a profit, then it needs to close no matter how many people it will affect. In the long run, having the Federal government get involved will only hurt more than it would have originally.

Keep your eyes on the stock market and be ready to raise capital (cash). I expect a pull back soon enough.

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Take Advantage Of The Stock Market

I’ve been trading in the stock market for years now. Over those years I’ve learned to take advantage of opportunities when they’re presented to me. One of the biggest opportunities to be offered is when the stock market drops quite a few percentage points in one day or over a period of a week.
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Yesterday’s decline was one of those days to take advantage of, especially in the basic material sector. The sector has moved up majorly over the last two to three months. In some cases like Freeport McMoran (NYSE:FCX) and Allegheny Technologies (NYSE:ATI), they’re up 83% and 130% since their March lows. So when days like yesterday happen and most investor and traders are taking profits, you need to be ready to jump in to buy.
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Wednesday was clearly a profit-taking day. Of course the media was stating that it was because of the bad ADP Employment change report that came out, I beg to differ. Employment reports are always lousy near the end of a recession and during the turn-around period of the economy.
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So late yesterday afternoon I took advantage of some good buying opportunities. The first trade I made was to buy Agnico Eagle Mines (NYSE:AEM). After it was up to $64 in the last week, it took a dive yesterday to the low $58 range, where I decided to pick up some shares. At the time of writing this post, It has moved to $61.25. A gain of over 5% overnight.
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This is why you need to do research on not just the individual stocks, but also the market as a whole. I’ve been talking about the DOW going back down to the mid 7000 range and it seems that I may be wrong. Then again, it could still be coming, but the mood of the markets is more positive than negative. You can’t fight the markets, you need to ride out the current of the them to take advantage of days like yesterday. No one sector sells off like that in one day without having other investors jumping right in on the great buying opportunity.

Happy Trading.

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The ADP Report Better Than Expected

The April ADP report was released today and it was better than expected. That doesn’t mean that it was all roses though. Many people are still losing their jobs, but not to the extent to where we could be. The report states that there was a decline of 491,000 compared to the 700,000 that the analysts were expecting. In the release, the March numbers were adjusted to 700,000 from the original number of 663,000.
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This brings the unemployment rate to 8.9% from 8.5% last month. This makes it the highest unemployment rate since 1983.
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All the signs of the stock market and the economy show that the bottom is coming (if not here already). The unemployment rate is the last thing to change course. We can expect to see the unemployment rate get as high as 10%, but as that happens the economy will improve.
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In the meantime the stock market has made some great strides this week again. Seeing the DOW at 8500 is nice, but can it stay that way or will it drop down to the 7000 level once more before we really get get back on track. The S&P 500 closed over 900 points and to think of it dropping down below eight hundred is not something that most analysts are predicting.
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Either way I’m keeping a watchful eye on the markets as I continue to be a trader and not an investor. Yesterday was a great example. when the market opened, the trend was pointing downward. I sold out of my positions in the morning and jumped back into the same ones right before the close of the day. In some cases I bought the same shares back at 15% less than the price I sold them at earlier in the day.
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Two of the stocks were
Sirius (NASDAQ: SIRI) sold at 0.52 per share, bought back at 0.42
Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) sold at $40.75 per share, bought back at $38
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*DISCLAIMER* Billy has holdings in Sirius and Caterpillar at the time of this being posted.

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Stress Test Results

It was announced today that the results of the bank stress test will be released on May 7th. Which might be a good thing for investors and traders who are looking at some more gains this week. The stock markets have been relatively flat today on light volume.
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I’ve been holding on to some of the positions waiting for some sort of sign of a pull back to come. With the news of the stress test coming out on Monday, I was planning to sell out of the remaining positions today, but with the news being pushed back three days, I just might wait till Tuesday.
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One company I’m looking to jump out of is Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (NYSE:KMP). The stock has jumped over 15% the beginning of March. Why I’m waiting to exit the stock is because of the 10% yield I will receive on the dividend. The ex-date is today at the close of the trading day. I feel that it’s been stuck at a resistance level and has stalled. I’m up nicely and will get back in when the markets pull back, taking KMP’s price down along with it.
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I feel that the stress test are going to be negative for the nineteen banks, why else would they delay the results. Of course we should have known they would be for the simple fact of the guidelines put in place by the government. The banks won’t be allowed to count the preferred assets to the bottom line. Without those assets counted, the government will claim that the banks are not well capitalized. If they are considered not well capitalized, the government will not allow them to give back the bailout money, letting the government have some say in what they banks policies and procedures are.
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Keep in mind that the markets have moved up well over 20% in the last two months. We are not out of the woods yet when it comes to the economy. So be prepared for a healthy pull back in the indicies.
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Have a great weekend and happy trading.

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Today In The Stock Market

With a hour left in the trading day, the stock market has been pretty flat. There have been some great gains with a few stocks as well as some big losses in others. That’s typical in any day of trading, but is this a typical day? On a regular day in the markets, yes it is.
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This morning would have been good if I went ahead and bought into some companies that I’ve been looking at, but as I’ve said in the last few posts, I don’t have too much confident in the markets.
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So should I concern my myself with the money I could have made today doing some day trading? No. There will be some great opportunities in the near future for me to capitalize on.
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The agricultural and consumer staple sectors have done good today. It would be nice to see them hold those gains.
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On a typical day we just might see a sell off come in the last hour. If it does, I’ll be ready to buy on weakness.

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Will The Stock Market Retest The Lows?

This past month has been great and the way the “experts” are talking, you would think that the bottoms have been found in the stock markets. If we are to learn anything from history, it’s that it tends to repeat itself. During the Great Depression, the markets experienced bull rallies a few times only to reach a new “bottom. The process was dragged out from 1929 to 1932.
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We only started seeing the signs of a downward spin in November 2007. So what makes them think that we’ve seen a bottom? When the S&P 500 hit 741 and started to climb back up, We heard that this could be the bottom. Only to pull back and fall even further to 666. That level was reached on March 9, 2009, a year and five months after it all started. Throughout that time we also were told that the credit crisis and the housing was so screwed up by “improper practices”. How could this all be figured out and solved in such a short time.
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Now we’re hearing reports about how some banks that received government money, are looking to give it back. On top of that Goldman Sachs just reported that they nearly double what The Street had expected. Something doesn’t make sense and because of that, I’m expecting us to see the markets drop back down to the lows of March 2009.
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Another thing to take into consideration is that Barack Obama stated today in a press conference that we will still see an increase in unemployment as well as foreclosures for some time.
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Do I think that the S&P will fall below 666 soon? That I can’t answer, but I can say that it will be down to that level again before the end of the third quarter of 2009.
In the meantime, I’m going to continue to be a trader and not an investor. I suggest you do the same. If you don’t have time to do your homework on stocks you’re going to invest or trade in, don’t jump in right now. You will see that there will be another opportunity to get back in at lower levels.
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Happy Trading

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Stock Market Technicals

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I’ve been warning many of my readers that the stock market will take a dive very soon and from the looks of the last few days, that time has come. If you look at stock market technicals, you are aware that the DOW at a level of 7550.00 is a level that would cause many sell-offs to happen.
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Today’s lows of the DOW was 7551.01, which came very close, but not to the point where the sell off would have occurred.
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I said it before and I’ll say it again, you need to keep plenty of money on the sidelines for times like these when the prices for stocks in good companies are at a great “sale” price. These companies are not damaged, just the stock prices are. You need to be ready to take advantage of these buying opportunities to help grow your portfolio during a bad economic down-turn.
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For those of you that have had patience over the last month or so, this just might be the time for you to jump in and build a good solid position in the companies that you’ve been watching. I’ve been holding back in jumping in with both feet and with the stock market down at these levels, it’s hard not to just dive in head first. Of course I won’t involve my emotions in the markets.
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Who knows where the markets will be in a month or two from now. Especially with the fact that Obama’s stimulus plan hasn’t really been accepted by Wall Street and Main Street. On the news of the plan being approved, the Dow has dropped quite a bit. The markets can hit that crucial level of 7550 and all bets will be off, the sell off will begin and it won’t stop until it get to about 7300 basis points. Then again it may just take back off to the 9000 level just like it did not too long ago.
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No matter what, the rest of 2009 is going to be a total washout and the only way to get your portfolio to grow is to make trades when the time is right and then get out while the getting is good. Either way the market may go either way over the next couple of days, you should keep an old saying in mind, ” hope for the best, but prepare for the worst”. This way you’ll be ready without being disappointed.

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