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Ticker Tape Digest

Thursday -  May 25, 2017

TTD does not publish Friday. Markets are closed Monday. We resume Tuesday

By Leo Fasciocco -- TTD

      Ticker Tape Digest presents its daily stock market report containing stocks to go long as breakout trades, quick trades, or bargain trades. We also feature stocks under Significant Accumulation that are poised to breakout.

Ticker Tape Digest's

Daily schedule guide for TTD subscribers

1. Pre-market - check Breakout Watch List and Quick Trades.

2. Morning - (11:30 - 12 A.M.) - check breakout stocks tape and breakout chart slide show.

3. Midday (1 P.M.) check TTD Midsession Report and see market video show.

4. After close (4 P.M.) check final TTD Report for day.

Trading Strategies


Aggressive Investors Bullish - "Breakout Stocks" - ideally suited for bull markets and special situation stocks. Potential for large returns. (See Performance)

Aggressive Investor Bullish-  "Quick Trade Stocks" -ideally suited for entry into top performing issues looking for a small quick profit."  (See Performance)

Conservative Investors  "Bargain Buy Trades for the Long Term."  Ideally suited for entry into top performing big cap stocks on pullbacks within overall up trend.(See Performance)


Aggressive Bearish Investors - "Breakdown Stocks" to Sell Short. Ideally suited for bear markets or market pull backs. Potential for large returns  (See Performance)

 The TTD report also contains stocks to short as  breakdown plays and as bargain (swing trade) shorts.

  Investors should  tend to try to go with a strategy that fits with the stock market's trend, unless there is a special situation play.

  TTD's Breakout Stocks - Long are most suitable for aggressive investors seeking ideal entry points into leading stocks, especially during bull markets. They can do extremely well in bull markets with gains of as much as several hundred percent.

 These stocks can also do extremely well during strong market rallies, or if they are in a industry group that is performing very well. They tend to have strong earnings outlooks and are near new-52 week, or all-time highs.

  TTD Quick Trade Stocks - Long These are leading issues that have pulled back in recent days, but could move higher soon. They are most suitable for Aggressive Investors willing to trade short term. These stocks will do extremely  well during market advances. They have about 74% win rate. During market rally sequences the win rate is even higher. The return is small 3% to 8% in just a few days.

 TTD's Bargain Buy Trades - Long - Long Term.  These are for conservative bullish Investors These long-term buys are ideally suited for entry into stocks on pull backs within overall up trend. These stocks can give a good return long-term especially during a bull market.

   TTD also presents Stocks To Sell or Sell Short. These issues are suitable for aggressive investors willing to take short positions both as trades or for longer-term plays. These stocks will do very well during bear markets or market pull backs.

  TTD's Bearish breakdown stocks to sell short. These issues have potential to fall sharply. They often show a technical breakdown and also some fundamental business problem such as weak earnings.  

 TTD's multi-media updates include a slide-show that presents charts and analysis at midsession. Some times TTD presents feature analysis on stocks and the market. TTD uses Windows Media Files. (WMV).

 TTD also presents a "Breakout Watch List" that is up dated daily. This list consists of key stocks in position to breakout. A close watch of this list can put you in the stock just as it breaks out. A good idea is to study the list and be ready to move into a stock quickly as it hits its breakpoint.

TTD often suggests using stop buy orders to enter. It is very important to buy a breakout stock as close as possible to the breakpoint. The idea is to get "elbow room" if the stock should follow through to the upside. This is very important in being successful in making big money with breakout stocks.

It is also essential to have a stop loss strategy for all stocks in which positions are taken. Not every stock will work as expected. It is important for investors to "police" their portfolios and avoid getting trapped in any bad positions.

 Quality rating of breakout  Two key factors: 1 - Stock near all-time high in price or near a 52-week high. 2 - earnings growth current year is strong. The ideal play is a stock with an Above Average Quality Rating. The stock is near a new high and will have strong earnings. TTD's other ratings are Average and Below Average.

Quote or chart

   TTD also has  special feature sections on  Educational Tips on Investing.

    To email Mr. Leo Fasciocco  leo@tickertapedigest.com.    For service, email Beverly Owen owen@tickertapedigest.com. TTD’s Tel: 1-480-926-1680.

Thursday - May 25, 2017

TTD's Breakout Stocks

  Stock Market Overview

Total Buy Breakouts so far today - 14

Quality of Breakouts - Average

Stocks Screened - 12,234

Bull side -  Breakout list selective. Bulls be conservative. Stock market remains in long-term up trend.

Stock market  - Major averages remain bullish in all time sectors.

Stock Market Momentum

(Based on 14 unit moving average)

Market (Daily)

 Market (Weekly)

 Market (Monthly)  

 Dow - Bullish

 Dow - Bullish

 Dow - Bullish,

  Nasdaq - Bullish

  Nasdaq - Bullish

Nasdaq - Bullish 

        S&P 500 - Bullish

  S&P 500 - Bullish

  S&P 500 - Bullish

Ticker Tape Digest's

Timely Breakout Stocks From Tape Action - Thursday

(The “breakout List” gives all stocks breaking out of a base of five weeks or more. These stocks have a good chance to trend higher. However, a stop should be used to avoid those that do not work. They are ranked according to percentage change and classified as leaders or other. (Trading strategy: One should buy breakout stocks at breakpoint by using market order or stop buy)All Timely Breakout Stocks From Tape Action Today )  

Today's Featured TTD Breakout Stock

Unitedhealth Group Inc. (UNH) - 178.05, up 2.46 - Breakpoint 176.19

Net to Climb 22% This Year, TTD Targets 205

                    TTD's Quality Rating of Stock - UNH  - ABOVE AVERAGE

  UNH, based in Hopkins, Min., provides a variety of healthcare services. Annual revenues: $184.8 billion. UNH's stock drives higher Thursday to breakout from a five-week flat base. The move carries the stock to a new all-time high. That is bullish.

  TTD highlighted UNH as a breakout at our midsession video show on the Web Thursday.

  So far today, UNH is trading $3.2 million shares. Its average daily volume is 2.9 million shares.

  UNH pushed higher in the morning and cleared its breakpoint line.

  The stock continued to work higher and reached an intraday peak in the afternoon at 178.73.

  It then gave some ground late in the day.

   Tape Action

  UNH's tape action shows the recent block trades.

  One can see the price for the blocks climbing from $167.48 in the prior session to as high as $178.05.

  A key bullish trade came in the morning when a block of 38,126 shares crossed the tape at $176.08

  That was up sharply from the prior block trade late the day before at $167.48 on 16,045  


  UNH operates in four areas: UnitedHealthcare, OptumHealth, OptumInsight and OptumRx

 It conducts its operations through two business platforms: health benefits operating under UnitedHealthcare and health services operating under Optum.

UnitedHealthcare provides healthcare benefits to customers and markets.

 It  includes UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement, UnitedHealthcare Community & State, and UnitedHealthcare Global businesses.

 Optum is a health services business serving the healthcare marketplace, including payers, care providers, employers, governments, life sciences companies and consumers.


  UNH's 12-month performance chart shows the stock up 33% versus a 16% gain for the stock market.

  Insiders have bought using stock options around $52 to $55 a share. They were sellers around $159.

  UNH's long-term chart shows the stock climbing steadily since it made a bear market low $14.51 back in 2008.

  The stock's move to a new all-time high is bullish since there is not any overhead resistance now.  

  UNH's daily chart shows the stock advancing from $156 back in January to around $176 by late April

  The stock put down a flat base with one shakeout to the downside.

  UNH has since driven steadily higher and emerges from the small base with a nice expansion in volume.

  The stock's CCI momentum indicator is strongly bullish.

  Earnings Outlook

  This year, analysts are forecasting a 22% increase in UNH's net to $9.80 a share from $8.05 a year ago.

  The stock sells with a price-earnings ratio of 18. TTD sees that as reasonable.

  Analysts expect net for 2018 to be up a more modest 10% to $10.75 a share from the anticipated $9.80 this year.

 Net for the upcoming second quarter should climb 21% to $2.38 a share from $1.96 the year before.

  The highest estimate on the Street is at $2.41 a share.

  TTD sees good chances for an upside earnings surprise. The company topped the consensus estimate the past four quarters by 19 cents, 4 cents, 9 cents and 7 cents.

  Net for the third quarter is expected to climb 19% to $2.57 a share from the $2.17 the year before .

Strategy Opinion: TTD is targeting UNH for a $205 within the next few months or sooner. A protective stop can be placed near $170.

  TTD rates UNH a good intermediate-term play.

Suitability:  Conservative Bulls.

        TTD's special research of  Stock's Prior Performance:  

Probability - Breakout Success - Average - UNH has scored just small gains off recent breakouts. It did better a few years ago. The stock does remain in a long-term up trend.

Probability - Earnings Response - Average - UNH rose 7 times after 11 earnings reports when there was a significant change.

Probability:  Seasonal Success - Above Average - UNH has risen an average of 4% in June the past five years and 2.8% in July.

           Stock's Prior Performance After A Breakout

Stock's % Change from Breakout to peak - prior  to cut below 50-day M/A.

Date of Breakout

Break point Price

Stocks Price Peak after Breakout - prior to cut below 50-day M/A

  Date Trade Closed


    2/27/2017      164.05        171.78    3/15/2017


    6/3/2016      139.05        143.02    7/20/2016


    3/11/2016      121.48        143.02    7/20/2016
             37%     10/17/2014      86.69        119.37     4/13/2015
             6%     3/19/2014      77        81.99     3/31/2014
             27%     4/1/2013      58.90        75.12     9/16/2013

(In actual trading, entry and exit points could vary depending on broker execution.

Also, ideal are breakouts to a new 52-week high or better, perhaps all-time highs.)

  Stock's Long-term Chart

   Stock's Performance Chart with Quarterly Earnings Markers vs. S&P 500

Insider Buying in Green  - Insider Selling in Red

   Stock's Monthly Seasonal Performance Chart - Past 5 Years

Showing % Months UP and % Change


TTD's Breakout Profile Rating
UnitedHealth Group Inc. - (UNH)  
TTD Check List Bullish Bearish Neutral
Near 52-week High YES
Volume   YES
Tick Volume YES
Price Trend - Daily YES  
Price Trend - Long Term YES    
Price Daily Spread YES  
Base Structure YES    
Base - A-D YES
Earnings-Quarterly YES  
Earnings-Long Term YES    
Earnings Outlook YES  
Industry Group YES  
Prior Breakout Success YES  
Fund Sponsorship YES  
Total Score 13 0 1

Charts of Selected Breakout Stocks

                    TTD's Quality Rating of Stock - PAM  - ABOVE AVERAGE

                    TTD's Quality Rating of Stock - BBY -  AVERAGE

                    TTD's Quality Rating of Stock - BLK  - AVERAGE

                    TTD's Quality Rating of Stock - SBUX - AVERAGE

Ticker Tape Digest's

Pre-Market Breakout Watch List

Selections for - Tuesday - May 30, 2017

Ticker Tape Digest provides a list of potential breakout stocks from our screen of companies that will show some of the strongest earnings gains. One of the best ways to play these stocks is to study the list and then place a stop buy order to catch the stock on the breakout.

One can take either a full position on the breakout if they are aggressive, or scale-in looking to add to the stake later if they are conservative. TTD's premarket breakout watch list gives you a great opportunity "to be prepared for the next key breakout stock just before it happens." The list will be updated daily and the screen monthly.

TTD's Breakout Watch List Set up on May 1, 2017

Latest prices are May 26, 2017

Stocks with Gain in blue have surpassed their breakpoint and have broken out of their base.

Guide: Symbol=Ticker, Name=Corporate name, Entry is the buy price to enter on the breakout, Last=prior close, Change=change from last close to prior, Date=date of price of close etc, Gain in blue is price above breakpoint (entry), Gain in red is price below breakpoint (entry)., % Gain in blue is % over breakpoint (entry), Gain in red is % below breakpoint (entry)

TTD takes no responsibility for trading by those using this information. The stocks presented in our report are those we deem the best looking Trade Setups for the long side. We take no responsibility for the accuracy of this data, although every effort is made to present the information correctly. Copyright Ticker Tape Digest.

Ticker Tape Digest’s

Stocks To “Sell or Short”

Ticker Tape Digest’s Daily List of “Stocks To Sell or Sell Short” ranks stocks well timed to be sold immediately based on daily trading. The list can be used as an alert to reduce current long-term positions.

Shorts from tape action so far today - 6

Stocks Screened - 12,234

Long-Term Environment for bears:  Unfavorable.

Bear Side -  Small list of short plays Thursday. Bears need to be conservative. Oil stocks moving lower.

  TTD's feature short on Wednesday was Advance Auto Parts Inc. (AAP) at $133.02. Thursday, AAP fell to $131.97.

List of Stocks To Sell or Short

TTD’s Feature Bear Play

Helmerich & Payne Inc. (HP) - 53.79, down 2.22

Stock Cuts Below Support, TTD Sees Decline to 46

  HP, based in Tulsa, Okla., provides contract drilling of oil and gas wells. Annual revenues: $1.6 billion. HP's stock falls sharply Thursday and undercuts key technical support. Oil related stocks were under selling pressure due to a decline in oil prices.

  TTD highlighted HP as a short at our midsession video show on the Web Thursday.

  HP's stock rose slightly in the morning getting to an intraday high of $56.37.

  However, the stock rolled over and fell steadily to a session low of $52.95.

  It then rallied modestly in the afternoon to trim some of its deficit.

 Tape Action

  HP's tape action shows the recent block trades.

  One can see the price for the blocks falling from $56.48 in the prior session to as low as $53.62 Thursday.

  A key bearish trade came in the morning when a block of 19,381 shares crossed the tape at $55.91.

  That was down from the prior block trade at $56.42 on 20,800 shares late on Wednesday.


 HP's contract drilling covers U.S. Land, Offshore and International Land.

The company is also engaged in the ownership, development and operation of commercial real estate and the research and development of rotary steerable technology.

  Its real estate investments are in Tulsa and include a shopping center with  441,000 leasable square feet, multi-tenant industrial warehouse properties with one million leasable square feet and 210 acres of undeveloped real estate.


  This fiscal year ending in September, analysts are forecasting a loss of  $1.38 a share compared with a profit of four cents a share the year before.

  The Street is expecting a loss of 30 cents a share in the fiscal third quarter ending in June. and a loss of 19 cents a share in the fiscal fourth quarter ending in September.   


  HP's daily chart shows the stock trending lower from $80 back in January to around $56 in May. The stock cuts below support with a big increase in volume. The CCI momentum indicator is strongly bearish.

  HP's 12-month performance chart shows the stock down 10% versus a gain of 15% for the stock market.

  Insiders were recent buyers using stock options at $35 to $48 a share. They were sellers around $77 to $83 a share.

Strategy Opinion: TTD is targeting HP for a decline to $46 within the next few months, or sooner. A protective stop buy can be placed near $57.

Suitability: Average Bears.

  TTD's special probability research of  stock's Prior Performance:  

Probability - Earnings Response -  Extremely Bearish.  HP rose just twice after the past 11 earnings reports when there was a significant change.

Probability:  Seasonal Activity -- Bearish.  Stock rose an average of 3.3%  in June the past fiver years. It fell a big 8.2%  on average in July.  

                    TTD's Quality Rating of Stock - HP -  BELOW AVERAGE

   Stock Performance Chart with Quarterly Earnings Markers vs. S&P 500

Insider Buying in Green  - Insider Selling in Red


TTD takes no responsibility for trading by those using this information. The stocks presented in our report are those we deem the best looking "Day Trades" for the long side. We take no responsibility for the accuracy of this data, although every effort is made to present the information correctly. Copyright Ticker Tape Digest. - 2017

TTD columnist Leo Fasciocco has covered the stock market for over 30 years. His articles appear in many publications. He is also a speaker at the Intershow conferences. He has been on television and radio. He is author of many educational articles about stock investing and the book “Guide To High-Performance Investing.”

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