Monday saw an even split between the indices with two moving higher and two moving lower. The Dow led the way with a gain of 0.76% and it was joined in positive territory by the S&P with a gain of 0.56%. The Russell lost 0.1% and the Nasdaq suffered the worst loss at 0.38%.
Eight of the 10 main sectors moved higher yesterday and four of them gained over one percent. The energy sector led the way with a gain of 1.73% and it was followed by the financial sector which notched a gain of 1.52%. The utilities sector (+1.41%) and the consumer staples sector (+1.29%) were the other two with gains over one percent.[hana-code-insert name=’adsense-article’ /]The communication services sector was the worst performer with a loss of 0.35%.
The other sector that lost ground was the tech sector which registered a loss of 0.07%.
My scans registered another bearish day with 28 names on that side of the docket and only four on the bullish side.
The barometer dipped in to negative territory with a reading of -11.9.
That is the first negative reading in nine trading days and only the second one since September 27.
Today’s trade idea is another bearish one, making it three in a row on the bearish side. American Airlines Group (Nasdaq: AAL) appeared on the bearish scan last night and the fundamental rankings are mixed with an EPS rating of only 22, but the SMR rating is above average with a B.
The chart shows that American has rallied up to its 50-day moving average since dropping down near the $30 level in late October. If you look at the pattern back in March and April, the stock rallied above the 50-day and then fell. It rallied back up to the moving average in early April and then fell sharply. I am looking for that pattern to repeat.
Buy to open the December $37-strike puts on AAL at $2.80 or better. These options expire on December 21. These options will double if the stock drops down to the $31.40 level. That is well above the recent low. I suggest a target gain of 100% and would recommend shutting the trade down if the stock closes above the 50-day.
— Rick Pendergraft[hana-code-insert name=’oxford 2′ /]