• Daily Game Plan – Inside Day

    by  • May 24, 2013 2:19 pm • Broad Market Analysis, Bryan Sapp’s Daily Game Plan, Charts to Watch • 0 Comments


    Markets were weak on today’s open, but the initial push lower was met with buyers near yesterday’s lows.  Since then, equities have rallied back near yesterday’s closing prices, but so far have failed to retake them.  Bulls are still present, but they’ve yet to steal the reins from the bears after Wednesday’s big intrday reversal.  At current levels, the S&P 500, Nasdaq, and Russell 2000 are all about 0.3% lower on the session.  Bonds are slightly higher, while metals are a little lower for the day.  For the time being, the range on the S&P 500 is contained by yesterday’s range, which is known as an “inside day” by technical analysts.



    Autozone (AZO) – The auto parts retailer has been on a tear this year, up nearly 20% since the beginning of the year.  The company recently reported better-than-expected earnings and rallied in a big way on that news.  Since then, it has consolidated nicely back to its 20-day moving average, a trendline that has supported the stock in the recent past.  This trendline could act as support going forward.

    I like a long entry here with a stop on a close below 408.  I would initially target a move to 430, with 450 as a stretch target.

    courtesy of stockcharts.com



    Given today’s inside day and the long weekend, I’d look for a big move in markets next week.  There is a fair deal of economic data set to be released, including the Case-Shiller home price index on Tuesday and GDP on Thursday.  This recent down move should resolve itself, and a break of the past three days’ range will give us more clues as to which direction the next leg in equities will take.


    Bryan Sapp is a Senior Trading Analyst at Schaeffer’s Investment Research, where he has specialized in volatility-based options trading since early 2010. With Bryan at the helm, Schaeffer’s Volatility Trader generated a 2012 portfolio return of 70% for subscribers. This real-time option recommendation service exclusively trades short-term straddles. Prior to joining the research team at Schaeffer’s, Bryan honed his skills as a speculator by trading his own account, and playing poker professionally to pay his way through college. Bryan attended the University of Louisville, where he received his Bachelors in Economics and an MBA with an Entrepreneurship focus.


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