Thursday was an interesting day for stocks as the indices opened sharply lower and reversed course in the morning session. All four were down significantly and by mid-day two had turned positive. By the end of the day all four had moved in to positive territory.
The Dow led the way with a gain of 1.62% and it was followed by the S&P with a move of 1.15%. The Nasdaq and the Russell didn’t move into positive territory until late in the day, but they finished with gains of 0.91% and 0.35%, respectively.
The only one that finished with a loss was the consumer staples sector and it only lost 0.25%.
All the other sectors gained at least 1.0% on the day.
The financial sector was the top performer with a jump of 2.57%.
The consumer discretionary sector tacked on 1.54% as the second best performer.
The other seven sectors were all pretty close together with gains between 1.01% and 1.27%.
My scans remained negative last night with 14 bearish signals and eight bullish signals.
The barometer inched up a little, moving from -45.6 to -38.6.
Today’s trade idea is a bullish one and the company is Discovery (Nasdaq: DISCA). The cable operator and online video content provider was on the bullish list last night and the company scores very well in the fundamental ratings. The EPS rating is an 86 and the SMR rating is an A.
On the chart we see that the stock formed a bullish engulfing pattern on Thursday with the entire body from the day engulfing the body from Wednesday. Obviously this is a bullish pattern and we also see that the daily stochastic indicators made a bullish crossover as well. The indicators are in oversold territory.
Buy to open the July 20-strike calls on DISCA at $2.05 or better. These options expire on July 17. I suggest a target gain of 100% on this trade and that means the stock will need to reach $24.10. The stock peaked at $25.05 in April, so it won’t have to break that high to hit our target. I suggest a stop at $18.75.
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