The Deipnosophist

Where the science of investing becomes an art of living

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Location: Summerlin, Nevada, United States

A private investor for 20+ years, I manage private portfolios and write about investing. You can read my market musings on three different sites: 1) The Deipnosophist, dedicated to teaching the market's processes and mechanics; 2) Investment Poetry, a subscription site dedicated to real time investment recommendations; and 3) Seeking Alpha, a combination of the other two sites with a mix of reprints from this site and all-original content. See you here, there, or the other site!

27 February 2007

A day like any other day

On a day like today -- a wildly down opening, and with massive gaps -- the first item to seek is relative strength. Which stocks among those you track rebound first and with alacrity?

Among my list of opportunities, I note beguiling strength in the following:

Abbott Labs/ABT, Colgate-Palmolive/CL, Clorox/CLX, General Mills/GIS, Heinz/HNZ, Hologic/HOLX, Intuitive Surgical/ISRG (again bouncing off that trend line!), Kellogg/K, Kimberly Clark/KMB, Pepsi/PEP, Research in Motion/RIMM, and Zumiez/ZUMZ. This list could change, and probably will, as the day proceeds.

From this narrowed list, I watch for follow-on strength via studying the intra-day patterns. Subtle clues will abound, and are there for the discerning investor. It would not be a surprise should the market continue its downtrend to several days (or more) from an opening gap down and intra-day decline. Invest with discipline, as always.

Of course, if you proceed with a trader's mindset, then openings such as today's are manna from heaven -- you simply act rather than watch. And then you watch the intra-day patterns build; if they assume a bearish tilt, you sell rather than hope.

-- David M Gordon / The Deipnosophist


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