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Stock Pick Update: April 15 – April 21, 2020

Paul Rejczak , Sunshine Profits
0 Comments| April 15, 2020

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The broad stock market has further extended its rebound last week (April 8 – April 14). On March 23 it sold off to the new medium-term low of 2,191.86. It was a stunning 35.4% below February 19 record high of 3,393.52. The corona virus and economic slowdown fears have erased more than a third of the broad stock market value! Then we saw huge come-back rally, as the S&P 500 index got back above 2,800 mark. Is this a new uptrend or just upward correction before another leg down? We will certainly see more short-term volatility.

The S&P 500 index has gained 6.00% since last Wednesday’s open. In the same period of time our five long and five short stock picks have gained 2.79%. So our stock picks were relatively weaker than the broad stock market. However, long stock picks have outperformed the index again as they’ve gained 9.84%. Short stock picks have resulted in a loss of 4.26%. The overall results remain relatively better than the S&P 500 index over last weeks.

If stocks were in a prolonged downtrend, being able to profit anyway, would be extremely valuable. Of course, it’s not the point of our Stock Pick Updates to forecast where the general stock market is likely to move, but rather to provide you with stocks that are likely to generate profits regardless of what the S&P does.

This means that our overall stock-picking performance can be summarized on the chart below. The assumptions are: starting with $100k, no leverage used. The data before Dec 24, 2019 comes from our internal tests and data after that can be verified by individual Stock Pick Updates posted on our website.

Below we include statistics and the details of our three recent updates:

  • Apr 14, 2020
    Long Picks (Apr 8 open – Apr 14 close % change): WAT (+1.70%), WBA (+7.36%), AMD (+14.27%), MRO (+8.70%), VNO (+17.17%)
    Short Picks (Apr 8 open – Apr 14 close % change): CVX (+2.82%), EXR (-1.31%), ICE (+4.58%), HUM (+8.43%), PEP (+6.76%)

    Average long result: +9.84%, average short result: -4.26%
    Total profit (average): +2.79%
  • Apr 7, 2020
    Long Picks (Apr 1 open – Apr 7 close % change): PFE (+5.29%), KR (+5.15%), ANSS (+7.40%), SLB (+25.82%), WFC (+6.48%)
    Short Picks (Apr 1 open – Apr 7 close % change): COG (+8.89%), MCO (+13.26%), MMM (+9.55%), IDXX (+5.86%), EL (+6.63%)

    Average long result: +10.03%, average short result: -8.84%
    Total profit (average): +0.59%

  • Mar 31, 2020
    Long Picks (Mar 25 open – Mar 31 close % change): INTC (+3.13%), STZ (+14.92%), PFE (+10.64%), SLB (-10.01%), WFC (-1.03%)
    Short Picks (Mar 25 open – Mar 31 close % change): WMB (+8.10%), PGR (+7.03%), EQIX (+16.57%), ADBE (+3.32%), CHD (+3.60%)

    Average long result: +3.53%, average short result: -7.73%
    Total profit (average): -2.10%

Let’s check which stocks could magnify S&P’s gains in case it rallies, and which stocks would be likely to decline the most if S&P plunges. Here are our stock picks for the Wednesday, April 15 – Tuesday, April 21 period.

We will assume the following: the stocks will be bought or sold short on the opening of today’s trading session (April 15) and sold or bought back on the closing of the next Tuesday’s trading session (April 21).

We will provide stock trading ideas based on our in-depth technical and fundamental analysis, but since the main point of this publication is to provide the top 5 long and top 5 short candidates (our opinion, not an investment advice) for this week, we will focus solely on the technicals. The latter are simply more useful in case of short-term trades.

First, we will take a look at the recent performance by sector. It may show us which sector is likely to perform best in the near future and which sector is likely to lag. Then, we will select our buy and sell stock picks.

There are eleven stock market sectors: Energy, Materials, Industrials, Consumer Discretionary, Consumer Staples, Health Care, Financials, Technology, Communications Services, Utilities and Real Estate. They are further divided into industries, but we will just stick with these main sectors of the stock market.

We will analyze them and their relative performance by looking at the Select Sector SPDR ETF’s.

The stock market sector analysis is available to our subscribers only.

Based on the above, we decided to choose our stock picks for the next week. We will choose our top 3 long and top 3 short candidates using trend-following approach, and top 2 long and top 2 short candidates using contrarian approach:

Trend-following approach:
  • buys: 1 x Technology, 1 x Materials, 1 x Energy
  • sells: 1 x Industrials, 1 x Real Estate, 1 x Utilities

Contrarian approach (betting against the recent trend):
  • buys: 1 x Industrials, 1 x Real Estate
  • sells: 1 x Technology, 1 x Materials

Trend-following approach
Top 3 Buy Candidates

V Visa Inc. - Technology

  • Consolidation following breaking above downward trend line
  • Resistance level of $195 (upside profit target level)

IP International Paper Co. – Materials

  • Consolidation following breaking above downward trend line
  • The resistance level at $39-40 (upside profit target level)

SLB Schlumberger Ltd. – Energy

  • The price at support level of previously broken downward trend line
  • Breakout above the downward trend line in early April
  • The resistance level of $19

Summing up, the above trend-following long stock picks are just a part of our whole Stock Pick Update. The Technology, Materials and Energy sectors were relatively the strongest in the last 30 days again. And they have gained more than the S&P 500 index in the same period. So that part of our ten long and short stock picks is meant to outperform in the coming days if the broad stock market acts similarly as it did before.

We hope you enjoyed reading the above free analysis, and we encourage you to read today's Stock Pick Update - this analysis' full version. There, we include the stock market sector analysis for the past month and remaining long and short stock picks for the next week. There's no risk in subscribing right away, because there's a 30-day money back guarantee for all our products, so we encourage you to subscribe today.

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Thank you.

Paul Rejczak
Stock Trading Strategist
Sunshine Profits - Effective Investments through Diligence and Care

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All essays, research and information found above represent analyses and opinions of Paul Rejczak and Sunshine Profits' associates only. As such, it may prove wrong and be a subject to change without notice. Opinions and analyses were based on data available to authors of respective essays at the time of writing. Although the information provided above is based on careful research and sources that are believed to be accurate, Paul Rejczak and his associates do not guarantee the accuracy or thoroughness of the data or information reported. The opinions published above are neither an offer nor a recommendation to purchase or sell any securities. Mr. Rejczak is not a Registered Securities Advisor. By reading Paul Rejczak’s reports you fully agree that he will not be held responsible or liable for any decisions you make regarding any information provided in these reports. Investing, trading and speculation in any financial markets may involve high risk of loss. Paul Rejczak, Sunshine Profits' employees and affiliates as well as members of their families may have a short or long position in any securities, including those mentioned in any of the reports or essays, and may make additional purchases and/or sales of those securities without notice.

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