Best Trades of 2014

Jan 8, 2015   //   by Profitly   //   Best Trades, Market, Profitly  //  Comments Off on Best Trades of 2014

The year is coming to a close, and it’s always great to look back at some of the best trades on Wall Street. Quartz did a great roundup that we are sharing here:

So that’s what we’re giving you in lieu of sweet, sweet returns.

1. Beef Lattes

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Return on the left, underlying asset on the right.(AP Photo/Mike Groll)

That’s not a real thing. But severe droughts in Brazil and the western USdid cut down dramatically on the supply of both coffee and beef. And if you managed not to fall asleep during your Econ 101 lectures, you know that means prices go up! Which is exactly what happened.

Coffee prices spiked earlier this year, forcing chains like Starbucks andDunkin Donuts to pass the hike onto customers. Brazil got some rainthis fall, so the java jump is over. But the much of the American West—until this week, at least—is still a vast, arid expanse (paywall), so cattle herds are still small and prices are high enough to bring back cattle rustling.

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2. Billionaire dollar store whimsy

Carl Icahn, corporate takeover specialist, speaks at the Reuters Corporate Reform Summit at the Reut..

Lend me your ear.(Reuters)

Carl Icahn is an activist investors, which means he buys big chunks of public companies, harangues them into making changes and profits on the resultant stock gains. He did just that earlier this year with Family Dollar, announcing in June a 9.4% stake in the low-cost retailer. He proposed that the company put itself up for sale, which it did. That turned into a bidding war between Dollar Tree and Dollar General. As of now, Family Dollar is sitting on an $8.5 billion offer from Dollar Tree, though the matter seems far from settled. But none of that matters for Icahn. His work done when the stock surged, he jumped out of the stock months ago for a reported gain of $200 million.

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3. The Almighty Dollar

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Might as well just use this stuff.(AP Photo/David Duprey)

The US is doing almost singularly wellamong developed economies. And so is the US dollar among major currencies. So investors are flocking into greenbacks to ride out the storm elsewhere.

As the Federal Reserve winds down its bond-buying program, the European Central Bank is attempting to get its own party started and the Bank of Japan is slamming open its own spigots, helping to make those currencies cheaper and driving the dollar to its most expensive level in five years. In many cases, a strong currency hurts economies because it makes exports more expensive. But it makes imports cheaper for American consumers, who are saving money on cheap gas anyway, so go ahead and buy that house you’ve been eyeing on Snapdeal already!

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4. Old World Obligations

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Betting against Mario was a poor decision.(Reuters/Ralph Orlowski)

Speaking of the ECB, foreign exchange traders aren’t the only ones trying to get in on the stimulus action. Bond investors have been bidding up European government debt in the hopes that the ECB (or some other investor) will take them off their hands later if Germany actually allows the whole thing to go through. To be sure, not all eurozone debt is the same (looking at you Greece), but it’s been a pretty broadly hot category this year.

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5. Chinese Stocks

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Thumbs and markets up.(REUTERS/China Daily)

The Shanghai Hong Kong Stock Connect, also known as the “Through Train,” has picked up a few passengers since it left the station last month. It was in the works for a while, but Chinese officials delayed its launchamid the Umbrella Movement protests in Hong Kong. This week’s minor meltdown notwithstanding, they still did pretty well for the year.

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But it’s curious that a country’s stock market can be doing so well when its underlying economy seems to be going in the opposite direction. Where’s the money coming from? Like in so many other parts of the Chinese economy, the answer is leverage.

Here’s Quartz’s Gwynn Guildford to explain some of that dissonance:

But if leverage has been around for two years now, why are mainland-listed shares only now rallying? Because the Chinese government has been drumming up enthusiasm for stocks, including in its surprise launch of the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect—which, so far, has boosted A-shares minimally. It has also encouraged investment in its state-run press.

“The government may be hoping, by engineering a buoyant stock market through words and deeds, companies can raise equity (rather than debt) so the whole economy can de-leverage,” writes Cui, adding that a stock boom also should boost consumption by making people feel richer.

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Weekly Roundup December 22-26

Jan 6, 2015   //   by Profitly   //   Profitly, Profitly Weekly  //  Comments Off on Weekly Roundup December 22-26

The team at Profit.ly hopes you’ve been enjoying the holidays with you family like we have.

$826 profit on  ATOS; Short Stock by Timothy Sykes.

Entry comments: Very small short, but 2nd up day, paid pump by Zacks, resistance at 2.20, goal is to cover in the 1.90s or 1.80s.

Exit comments: Ignore these fast trades, just showing my http://tim.ly/sykesmc students the basics of live trading/Level 2 during a webinar right now.

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$835 profit on MEDA; Short Stock by Timothy Sykes.

Entry comments: Shorting this pump on its 2nd spike, up from .04, goal is to cover for 30-50% gains, I don’t like shorting stocks so low, but this is a blatant pump up from .01 so there’s tremendous downside, IB has shares to short but going fast.

Exit comments: No big panic, but easy 15%+ profit shorting this dead pump bounce, congrats to everyone with IB.
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$9,788 loss on CUBA; Short Stock by Timothy Sykes.

One of the worst managed trades of my career, only good news is I knew I was wrong immediately so I didn’t alert it, video lesson coming to help you understand how I compounded several mistakes on this trade….greatttttttt lessons for everyone!

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$2,950 loss on CUBA; Short Stock by Timothy Sykes.

Entry comments: Shorting on the perfect downtrend, missed out on $40k in profits in between my last cover and this short, absolutely disgusted with myself, but even if its choppy the pattern works every time, next support is 10ish so I want to make 50-75 cents/share, ideally morning panic Friday.

Exit comments: Covered into nice premarket drop, might actually be a loss for me givin ex-dividend date, my high net worth broker is looking into now, when in doubt get out, video lesson coming, GREAT webinar starting n 2 minutes for http://tim.ly/sykesmc students.

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$62,950 profit on CYBR; Long Stock by Super Trades.

Entry comments: SWING – personal stop loss low 36’s and personal target 38-40 plus if it works ….dip buy on chart gap fill.

Exit comments: $55k #SUPER TRADE !! May go higher but need to get better at profit taking and will do Super Pro video telling why i sod rest….pullback below 40 and I’m stalking.

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$5,120 profit on WLDN; Long Stock by Super Trades.

Entry comments: Starter sell off for no reason i can see —- personal stop loss low 10’s and personal target 12-15 if it works and bounces.

Exit comments: super trade – may go much higher but need to get more disciplined with profits.

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$11,500 loss on LC; Long Stock by Super Trades.

Entry comments: SWING – sister IPO is tomorrow and this has some characteristic to disrupt normal business with internet so sexy…..personal stop loss low 25 or 4ema if i choose and personal target 26-30 plus if it works.

Exit comments: using stop loss here…does not look like it will reclaim 4ema…..not going to get into another EYES type mistake…..I had great profit but broke rules here and this has caused me to focus more on taking profits sooner at least partial according to rules….will keep call options as risk is 5k.

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Don’t forget to check out previous roundups here:

September 29-October 3

October 6-October 10

October 13-October 17

October 20-October 24

October 27-October 31

November 3-Novermber 7

November 10-November 14

November 17-November 21

November 24-November 28

December 1-December 5

December 8-December 12

Weekly Roundup December 15-19

Jan 4, 2015   //   by Profitly   //   Profitly, Profitly Weekly  //  Comments Off on Weekly Roundup December 15-19

$1,821 profit on HGSH; Long Stock by Timothy Sykes.

Entry comments: Bought on dip off 5.10 day highs, it’s using 4.75 Friday highs as support today, so I’ll use that as my support too, if it takes out day high at 5.10 goal is to sell in the mid 5s for me.

Exit comments: Tried a few times to break the day high of 5.10, but now ominous wall of sellers at 5 to 5.05, can’t risk it dropping like it did late Friday, taking puny gains, potential re-buy only if it can take out day high and odds don’t look good right now…haha now hitting 5.20 right as I type this up, I played too safely, congrats to longs.

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$1,518 profit on VGGL; Long Stock by Timothy Sykes.

Entry comments: Dip buying this earnings winner/quasi-pump near its multi-week lows, nice double bottom now put in at 3.15 so only 10-15 cents/share of risk, goal is to make 20-40 cents/share over the next day or so, not a huge huge huge play but good risk/reward, probly holding overnight.

Exit comments: No overnight PR from pumpers like I wanted, got a little bounce and had a chance to break 3.45 but not much volume, I’ll play safe, good lesson during my live http://tim.ly/sykesmc webinar happening now.

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$1,509 profit on ZAGG; Long Stock by Timothy Sykes.

Entry comments: Dip buying this earnings winner, they upped estimate BIGTIME, doubling previous profits and upping revenue guidance and margins too, perfect PR, multi-month breakout above 6-6.15ish, if it can hold and breakout, my goal is to sell mid 6s tomorrow.

Exit comments: Now 6.44 as I type this I got faked out by early morning weakness blehhhh choppy stock, congrats to all longs though whether you made 10, 20 or now 30-40 cents/share from my buy alert, video lesson coming.

Position Updates

Dec 19, 9:57 AM: Sold 20000 at 6.26 – Now 6.44 as I type this I got faked out by early morning weakness blehhhh choppy stock, congrats to all longs though whether you made 10, 20 or now 30-40 cents/share from my buy alert, video lesson coming

Dec 18, 3:55 PM: Added 14300 at 6.18 – Added to my long overnight, closing nicely, I wan the mid 6s tomorrow!

Dec 18, 2:30 PM: Bought 5700 at 6.02 – Dip buying this earnings winner, they upped estimate BIGTIME, doubling previous profits and upping revenue guidance and margins too, perfect PR, multi-month breakout above 6-6.15ish, if it can hold and breakout, my goal is to sell mid 6s tomorrow

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$1,383 profit on CUBA; Short Stock by Timothy Sykes.

Entry comments: Goal is to cover into morning panic, ideally high 8s.

Exit comments: Got the crack of the day low, but big buyers at 8.95, I’m probly playing too safe, but it’ll be easier to short in the afternoon, already down to 8.91 as I type this, good pattern to short.

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And Super Man had a rough week, but he’s STILL up more than $1.5 million this year and nobody is perfect.

$8,010 profit on BLUE; Long Stock by Super Trades.

Entry comments: CHART or TRADE 2-3 day rest 4ema retest on shares sold 85…personal stop loss 4ema and personal target 86-90 plus if it works.

Exit comments: SUPER TRADE.

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$4,700 profit on NVGN; Long Stock by Super Trades.

Entry comments: TRADE – DO NOT CHASE….on melanoma news…. personal stop loss 2.20 area and will sell if it goes against me ….personal target 3-3.50 plus if it works.

Exit comments: #SUPER TRADE – may very well go higher but taking the 5k trade as it has stayed in profit range for reasonable amount of time.

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$66,550 loss on EYES; Long Stock by Super Trades.

Entry comments: SWING – risky but maybe has 2nd day gains….. NOT FOR NEW TRADERS could open up 5 or down 2…….

Exit comments: taking the tax loss here……will do video on what i could have done better.

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$21,750 loss on MBVX; Long Stock by Super Trades.

Entry comments: TRADE / SWING – DO NOT CHASE !!! OTCBB and low float but has collaboration with JUNO which is hot IPO this Friday – Adam F on twitter also said way to play it…. I will sell if it goes against me and stop low 3’s …target 4 plus if it works…. http://www.contractpharma.com/contents/view_breaking-news/2014-09-11/mabvax-msk-juno-enter-antibody-discovery-pact/ https://twitter.com/adamfeuerstein/status/507622519000424448

Exit comments: out for loss……..my own fault for not using stop (I stepped away) , average down, and going long an otcbb – good lesson on many mistakes and will do video.

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$4,100 loss on ONDK; Long Stock by Super Trades.

Entry comments: TRADE IPO personal stop low 26’s and personal target 27-29 plus if it works.

Exit comments: had chance for profit but was greedy – sticking with LC as top dog.

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$5,500 loss on CADC; Long Stock by Super Trades.

Entry comments: TRADE – DO NOT CHASE ultra-low float…..small position as it is up but ultra-low float and sales doubled and guidance , albeit big range may get attention 0-$4 eps guidance) . persona stop loss high 4’s as small position and personal target 7-10 plus if it gets momentum….

Exit comments: taking small loss here for tax year. could have had small profit in 6’s but i don’t sell right away……will take news to move in my opinion.

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$4,150 loss on NEOT; Long Stock by Super Trades.

Entry comments: CHART / SWING beaten down IPO priced at $14 chart looks like trying to bottom…. has shot to reduce fat in non-obese people. personal stop loss 7.5 area and personal target 9-10 plus if it works.

Exit comments: taking small loss for tax purposes …i broke rule and should have used stop loss at 8 or high 7’s….very well may still work but did not move on analyst upgrades….

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Don’t forget to check out previous roundups here:

September 29-October 3

October 6-October 10

October 13-October 17

October 20-October 24

October 27-October 31

November 3-Novermber 7

November 10-November 14

November 17-November 21

November 24-November 28

December 1-December 5

Weekly Roundup December 8-12

Dec 23, 2014   //   by Profitly   //   Profitly, Profitly Weekly  //  Comments Off on Weekly Roundup December 8-12

There are only a few weeks left in 2014, and our gurus are finishing the year on a strong note!

$5,222 profit on ECRY; Short Stock by Timothy Sykes.

Entry comments: Re-shorted some into the bounce, will add to short position if it goes higher since now the daily chart is broken and my goal is to cover in the .30s later today or later this week. Exit comments: Locked I don’t know how much in profits, tons of borrow fees/commissions, but solid profit, might re-short.

Position Updates

Dec 10, 2:05 PM: Covered 150000 at 0.39 – Locked I don’t know how much in profits, tons of borrow fees/commissions, but solid profit, might re-short

Dec 10, 12:36 PM: Added 50000 at 0.4415 – Shorting more, once it takes out .44s and .43s, onto .40 and I think this could really crack today or more likely tomorrow morning

Dec 10, 10:39 AM: Added 75000 at 0.46 – Adding to short, still think it touches .40 again today and possibly breaks it, WATCH http://tim.ly/sykestrades

Dec 10, 10:26 AM: Shorted 25000 at 0.46 – Re-shorted some into the bounce, will add to short position if it goes higher since now the daily chart is broken and my goal is to cover in the .30s later today or later this week

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$4,670 profit on HGSH; Long Stock by Timothy Sykes.

Entry comments: TRYING AGAIN TO BREAK TO NEW DAY HIGHS, GOAL IS TO MAKE 30-50 CENTS/SHARE. Exit comments: Whewwwwww nice breakout over day high of 4.50, but now choppy, like TCCO this breakout isn’t convincing, glad to be out, thought we’d have a real runner to 5, but I’ll take 30+ cents/share.

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$1,870 profit on RESN; Long Stock by Timothy Sykes.

Entry comments: Multi-day support now 8.50 today is 1st day breakout over longer term support in low 8s, goal is to sell in 9s or even 10s, good to buy speculative stocks on Friday, possible Monday announcement? Volume higher than average does someone know something? Good risk/reward here, don’t chase though since its choppy. Exit comments: Got up to 9.55, but I wasn’t looking to sell right away, coulda woulda shoulda sold into big bidder at .944 but I missed, cost me roughly $1k on that mistake, ah well, I wanted big breakout, didn’t get it, last time I sold like this it spiked $2/share in delayed morning spike, who knows now, I’m playing safe as always.

Position Updates

Dec 08, 9:36 AM: Sold 5400 at 9.24 – Got up to 9.55, but I wasn’t looking to sell right away, coulda woulda shoulda sold into big bidder at .944 but I missed, cost me roughly $1k on that mistake, ah well, I wanted big breakout, didn’t get it, last time I sold like this it spiked $2/share in delayed morning spike, who knows now, I’m playing safe as always

Dec 05, 3:47 PM: Added 2000 at 9.07 – Bought more since its holding just above multi-day resistance at 9ish and this has spiked $2/share in 15 minutes before on previous breakouts (last time I was long at 7.77 and sold the next morning at 7.92, then 5 min later it broke out and spiked to 9.92!) Classic case of air pockets here as detailed in my new http://tim.ly/bigspikes DVD see video trailer to better understand, goal is to sell in mid to high 9s next week

Dec 05, 3:03 PM: Bought 3400 at 8.79 – Multi-day support now 8.50 today is 1st day breakout over longer term support in low 8s, goal is to sell in 9s or even 10s, good to buy speculative stocks on Friday, possible Monday announcement? Volume higher than average does someone know something? Good risk/reward here, don’t chase though since its choppy

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$1,821 profit on HGSH; Long Stock by Timothy Sykes.

Entry comments: Bought on dip off 5.10 day highs, it’s using 4.75 Friday highs as support today, so I’ll use that as my support too, if it takes out day high at 5.10 goal is to sell in the mid 5s for me. Exit comments: Tried a few times to break the day high of 5.10, but now ominous wall of sellers at 5 to 5.05, can’t risk it dropping like it did late Friday, taking puny gains, potential re-buy only if it can take out day high and odds don’t look good right now…haha now hitting 5.20 right as I type this up, I played too safely, congrats to longs.

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$1,766 profit on AWRE; Long Stock by Timothy Sykes.

Entry comments: Small position on this multi-month breakout, already have long-term http://tim.ly/timlong position from 4.40, but now 14k buyer at 4.55 protects me/lessens risk, 5-10 cents/share of potential risk 20-40 cents/share of upside, solid chart, biometric security, hot sector, don’t chase it though since this can move fast. Exit comments: Almost nailed my initial target, had NO idea about this promotion video http://reports.wealthpire.com/tripledigitreturns/ I’m keeping long-term position though since this could be beginning of multi-week pump, will do video lesson, congrats all longs.

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$1,037 loss on NMED; Short Stock by Timothy Sykes.

Entry comments: Shorting 1st down day of this mailer stock, fading volume, took out day low, goal is to cover into panic ideally below $1 tomorrow. Exit comments: Didn’t get what I wanted, cutting losses quickly, CLASSIC http://tim.ly/thebestrules.

Position Updates

Dec 10, 10:43 AM: Covered 17200 at 1.17 – Didn’t get what I wanted, cutting losses quickly, CLASSIC http://tim.ly/thebestrules

Dec 09, 3:36 PM: Added 3700 at 1.10 – Added to short, like cutting through warm butter

Dec 09, 3:07 PM: Shorted 13500 at 1.17 – Shorting 1st down day of this mailer stock, fading volume, took out day low, goal is to cover into panic ideally below $1 tomorrow

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$12,050 profit on DVCR; Long Stock by Super Trades.

Entry comments: DO NOT CHASE – SWING – unknown low float earnings winner…….growth through acquisitions……did 4.6m EBITDA this q and has 6mm o/s and 3.4mm float …personal stop loss 6.5 area and personal target 8-10 if it works. Exit comments: lost patience will keep on watch for further developments.

Position Updates

Dec 12, 2:29 PM: Sold 10000 at 9.90 – lost patience will keep on watch for further developments

Nov 13, 12:49 PM: Added 5000 at 10.25 – add

Aug 08, 9:46 AM: Bought 5000 at 7.14 – DO NOT CHASE – SWING – unknown low float earnings winner…….growth through acquisitions……did 4.6m EBITDA this q and has 6mm o/s and 3.4mm float …personal stop loss 6.5 area and personal target 8-10 if it works

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$9,700 profit on CEMP; Long Stock by Super Trades.

Entry comments: SWING – sympathy to CBST .. best emaining anti biotic play in my opinion personal stop high 14’s and personal target 16-18 plus if it gets traction. Exit comments: when i close out partial position , profitly gives you the average of the whole trade – may go higher and will watch but SUPER from 15.3.

Position Updates

Dec 09, 10:53 AM: Sold 5000 at 16.90 – when i close out partial position , profitly gives you the average of the whole trade – may go higher and will watch but SUPER from 15.3

Dec 08, 3:58 PM: Sold 3000 at 16.00 – Rules – still have 5k shares of 8k shares.

Dec 08, 11:07 AM: Bought 8000 at 15.35 – SWING – sympathy to CBST .. best emaining anti biotic play in my opinion personal stop high 14’s and personal target 16-18 plus if it gets traction

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$6,411 profit on QURE; Long Stock by Super Trades.

Entry comments: TRADE or CHART sympathy to BLUE and this was in Super Pro IPO tracker analysts have big targets….personal stop loss mid 14;s and personal target 16-18 plus if it works. Exit comments: super trade from 15.24 may go higher will watch chart.

Position Updates

Dec 10, 2:10 PM: Sold 5000 at 16.00 – super trade from 15.24 may go higher will watch chart

Dec 09, 2:02 PM: Sold 4000 at 15.90 – rules, still have 5k shares

Dec 09, 11:26 AM: Added 2000 at 15.50 – add

Dec 09, 10:51 AM: Bought 7000 at 15.17 – TRADE or CHART sympathy to BLUE and this was in Super Pro IPO tracker analysts have big targets….personal stop loss mid 14;s and personal target 16-18 plus if it works

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$5,250 profit on CLDN; Long Stock by Super Trades.

Entry comments: TRADE or SWING sympathy to BLUE , Gene therapy heart failure results due in April . personal stop loss 4ema are and personal target 14.5-15 plus if it works , will sell if goes against me. Exit comments: #SUPER trade may very well go higher and will watch , probably taking off too soon but have too many stocks to watch , like this story into April results.

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$1,800 loss on DATE; Long Stock by Super Trades.

Entry comments: CHART -DO NOT CHASE — sympathy to MOMO as $DATE is like the match.com of china and has mobile .. slow sto 20 4ema reclaim …personal stop low 4’s and personal target 5 plus if it works. Exit comments: out small loss no momentum so far….will keep on watch in case MOMO gets going big time.

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$3,660 loss on VIRC; Long Stock by Super Trades.

Entry comments: in on earnings .31 for the q … personal stop loss 3 area and personal target 4 plus if it works. Exit comments: $VIRC spiked to 3.85 but i never sell into alert spikes as always…. taking the loss as I do not like action and do not have time to watch.

Position Updates

Dec 10, 11:04 AM: Sold 12000 at 2.97 – $VIRC spiked to 3.85 but i never sell into alert spikes as always…. taking the loss as I do not like action and do not have time to watch.

Dec 10, 10:01 AM: Added 2000 at 3.25 – add

Dec 10, 9:38 AM: Bought 10000 at 3.28 – in on earnings .31 for the q … personal stop loss 3 area and personal target 4 plus if it works

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Don’t forget to check out previous roundups here:

September 29-October 3

October 6-October 10

October 13-October 17

October 20-October 24

October 27-October 31

November 3-Novermber 7

November 10-November 14

November 17-November 21

November 24-November 28

December 1-December 5

30 Stocks Traders Are Extremely Bearish On

Dec 19, 2014   //   by Profitly   //   Market, Profitly  //  Comments Off on 30 Stocks Traders Are Extremely Bearish On

Here at Profit.ly, we teach you how to go long and go short stocks. Going long is easier for people to understand. It’s when you buy a stock and hope for the price to go up. Shorting is a little bit trickier for people to wrap their heads around. It means you are selling a stock and hoping the price falls.

Here are 30 stocks traders are shorting like crazy, courtesy of Business Insider and data from FinViz. 

Shorting a stock can be a huge loss of its price goes up.

The major stock indices are up this year, with the Dow up nearly 8% year-to-date, and the S&P 500 up 12%.

But there are a number of stocks that traders have consistently shorted, or bet will fall.

We compiled a list of 30 stocks with market caps over $2 billion that investors are still betting against big time.

We ranked the stocks by percentage of shares outstanding held short, going from the least shorted to the most.

Ryman Hospitality Properties

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Ticker: RHP

Short Interest: 24.67%

YTD return: 28.01%

Sector: Financial

Comment: Revenue in the third quarter increased 10.8% to $245 million. 

United States Steel

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Ticker: X

Short Interest: 24.67%

YTD return: 6.13%

Sector: Basic Materials

Comment: On October 28, United Steel reported a third quarter net loss of $207 million in the fourth quarter.

 Burger King

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Ticker: BKW

Short Interest: 25.03%

YTD return: 50.69%

Sector: Services

Comment: On November 9, Burger King opened its first restaurant in India, its 100th country of operation.

Athenahealth

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Ticker: ATHN

Short Interest: 25.21%

YTD return: -12.58%

Sector: Technology

Comment: Hedge fund manager David Einhorn told CNBC on October 21 that he’s short Athenahealth.

Autohome

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Ticker: ATHM

Short Interest: 25.64%

YTD return: 22.20%

Sector: Technology

Comment: Autohome’s profits jumped 64.6% year-over-year in the third quarter, at $88.8 million.

Caesars Entertainment

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Ticker: CZR

Short Interest: 25.97%

YTD return: -25.81%

Sector: Resorts & Casinos

Comment: On November 26, Caesar’s gave a group of its bondholders a lien on potential proceeds from lawsuits.

SunEdison

sunedison

Ticker: SUNE

Short Interest: 26.18%

YTD return: 58.16%

Sector: Technology

Comment: SunEdison announced November 17 that it will acquire First Wind for $2.4 billion, making it the largest renewable energy development in the country.

Cablevision

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Short Interest: 26.57%

YTD return: 15.46%

Sector: Services

Comment: Cablevision’s net revenues rose 3.7% in the third quarter to $1.626 billion, after it increased subscription rates.

Weibo

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Ticker: WB

Short Interest: 27.84%

YTD return: -14.72%

Sector: Technology

Comment: Weibo shares rose in after-hours trading November 13 after the Chinese microblogging site raised its fourth-quarter revenue forecast in the earnings announcement. Profits rose 58% year-on-year to $84.1 million in the third quarter.

Restoration Hardware

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Ticker: RH

Short Interest: 29.88%

YTD return: 23.22%

Sector: Services

Comment: The home furnishings company is changing its small-format stores for larger ones and is expanding its offerings.

 Abercrombie & Fitch

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Ticker: ANF

Short Interest: 29.96%

YTD return: -12.58%

Sector: Services

Comment: On November 21, the company announced that it will sign a franchise agreement with a Grupo AXO to launch in Mexico. 

AmTrust Financial Services

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Ticker: AFSI

Short Interest: 30.66%

YTD return: 60.55%

Sector: Financial

Comment: AmTrust announced November 24 that it has entered an agreement, pending regulation, to acquire CorePointe Insurance Company for cash.

BlackBerry

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Ticker: BBRY

Short Interest: 31.79%

YTD return: 38.17%

Sector: Technology

Comment: The company is paying iPhone users up to $550 to trade in their devices for the new BlackBerry Passport.

 Zillow

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Ticker: Z

Short Interest: 32.55%

YTD return: 37.33%

Sector: Financial

Comment: Zillow shares gained more than 6% on November 19 after hedge fund manager Michael Massara said the company’s market cap could reach $50 billion.

 MannKind

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Ticker: MNKD

Short Interest: 32.59%

YTD return: 11.35%

Sector: Healthcare

Comment: MannKind’s net loss during the third quarter was $36.5 million, or $0.09 per share.

 Sanderson Farms

sanderson-farms

Ticker: SAFM

Short Interest: 33.06%

YTD return: 27.27%

Sector: Consumer Goods

Comment: Shares of the poultry producer tanked October 16 after it noted lower sales because fewer people were eating in casual dining restaurants.

 J.C. Penney

jc-penney

Ticker: JCP

Short Interest: 34.81%

YTD return: -19.23%

Sector: Services

Comment: Third quarter net income grew 62% year-on-year.

 3D Systems

3d-systems

Ticker: DDD

Short Interest: 35.08%

YTD return: -63.27%

Sector: Technology

Comment: On November 24, the company announced that it will acquire Cimatron Ltd. to expand its share of the growing 3D-printing market.

Herbalife

herbalife

Ticker: HLF

Short Interest: 35.26%

YTD return: -45.91%

Sector: Consumer Goods

Comment: Bill Ackman continues his crusade against Herbalife with a belief that the company operates as a “pyramid scheme.” He’s betting the stock will fall to zero.

GameStop

gamestop

Ticker: GME

Short Interest: 35.83%

YTD return: -25.46%

Sector: Services

Comment: Cyber Monday savings will last the entire week of Cyber Monday at GameStop. It’s shares fell 5% on the news.

 Zulily

zulily

Ticker: ZU

Short Interest: 37.15%

YTD return: -34.61%

Sector: Services

Comment: Third quarter net sales jumped 72% year over year to $285.8 million.

Ubiquiti Networks

ubiquiti-networks

Ticker: UBNT

Short Interest: 38.36%

YTD return: -37.45%

Sector: Technology

Comment: Ubiquiti signed an agreement in October to distribute its broadband products in India.

SolarCity Corporation

solarcity-corporation

Ticker: SCTY

Short Interest: 39.28%

YTD return: -10.05%

Sector: Technology

Comment: SolarCity’s contract with Walmart to provide solar power in up to 36 states over the next four years is expected to be a revenue boost.

GoPro

gopro

Ticker: GPRO

Short Interest: 39.60%

Return Since IPO: 135.77%

Sector: Consumer Goods

Comment: GoPro plans to launch consumer drones next year.

Pilgrim’s Pride

pilgrims-pride

Ticker: PPC

Short Interest: 41.89%

Return Since IPO: 108.31%

Sector: Consumer Goods

Comment: The company reported better-than-expected third quarter earnings, at 99 cents per share, compared to an expected 85 cents, and up from 62 cents in the same period a year ago.

Jumei International

jumei-international

Ticker: JMEI

Short Interest: 42.10%

Return Since IPO: -31.97%

Sector: Services

Comment: The beauty products retailer based in China announced a partnership with Givenchy and beefed up anti-counterfeit measures in October.

Myriad Genetics

myriad-genetics

Ticker: MYGN

Short Interest: 44.74%

Return Since IPO: 58.53%

Sector: Services

Comment: Myriad is 16th on Forbes’ list of America’s best small companies.

JD.com

jdcom

Ticker: JD

Short Interest: 50.56%

Return Since IPO: 14.40%

Sector: Technology

Comment: China’s largest online direct sales company announced a secondary offering of an aggregate of 26,003,171 American depository shares (ADS) December 3, each representing two class A shares. JD rose 3.99% on the news.

58.com

58com

Ticker: WUBA

Short Interest: 53.29%

Return Since IPO: 24.60%

Sector: Technology

Comment: Shares of the Chinese classifieds website climbed 11% on November 12 after it reported earnings that beat estimates, and forecast an up to 70% increase in fourth-quarter revenue.

Cheetah Mobile

cheetah-mobile

Ticker: CMCM

Short Interest: 56.54%

Return Since IPO: 19.65%

Sector: Technology

Comment: Third quarter revenues increased 158.1% year-over-year to $78 million.

 

Top Trades of 2014

Dec 17, 2014   //   by Profitly   //   Best Trades, Profitly  //  Comments Off on Top Trades of 2014

We do a roundup each week of our gurus’ best trades for the past 5 days, but now that 2014 is coming to a close, here is a post with the top 3 trades from each guru so far this year. There is still a month left for them to beat these trades, but they’ve all had a great year regardless.

In a year when the Dow and S&P are only up about 10%, it’s even more impressive that these guys are making so much money. No matter what happens to the general stock market in 2015, it’s safe to say these guys will be ready to find the best trades once again.

First we’ll start off with Tim Sykes. He’s up a whopping $850,000 year to date. Think he can break the $1 million mark in the next month?

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Then we have Superman, who has been making some of the biggest trades we’ve ever seen on profit.ly this year and is clearly in the green because of it. He’s made more than $1.48 million already, and certainly has the potential to top $1.5 million by the year’s end.

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Last but not least we have InvestorsLive. He just came out with a new DVD that is sure to be a hit, especially with how well he and his students have done in 2014. He’s up more than $360K this year.

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Weekly Roundup December 1-5

Dec 11, 2014   //   by Profitly   //   Profitly, Profitly Weekly  //  Comments Off on Weekly Roundup December 1-5

We hope all of you enjoyed the holiday weekend and were ready to pick up the trading on Monday just like our gurus did!

$35,200 profit on MTEX; Long Stock by Super Trades.

Entry comments: plane wifi SLOW — TRADE/SWING SMALL position low float earnings winner…1.89 eps this Q…..personal stop loss 19 area and I WILL SELL if it goes against me …personal target 21-25 plus if it runs. Exit comments: may go higher but #SUPOER SWING trade.

Position Updates

Dec 04, 12:02 PM: Sold 7000 at 26.35 – may go higher but #SUPOER SWING trade

Nov 05, 1:34 PM: Added 2000 at 22.50 – add

Nov 05, 1:13 PM: Added 2000 at 22.50 – add

Nov 04, 12:58 PM: Bought 3000 at 19.75 – plane wifi SLOW — TRADE/SWING SMALL position low float earnings winner…1.89 eps this Q…..personal stop loss 19 area and I WILL SELL if it goes against me …personal target 21-25 plus if it runs

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$8,250 profit on RADA; Long Stock by Super Trades.

Entry comments: TRADE – n ice news out and market starved for small cap runners , personal stop loss 2.45 area and personal target 3 pus if works. Exit comments: may go higher but taking the profit #WUPER #TRADE.

Position Updates

Dec 04, 12:03 PM: Sold 10000 at 3.08 – may go higher but taking the profit #WUPER #TRADE

Dec 04, 10:49 AM: Sold 10000 at 3.03 – rules , still have other half

Dec 04, 10:05 AM: Added 5000 at 2.80 – add – We believe that additional leading countries and integrators will follow this selection.”

Dec 04, 10:03 AM: Bought 15000 at 2.59 – TRADE – n ice news out and market starved for small cap runners , personal stop loss 2.45 area and personal target 3 pus if works

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$6,925 profit on TCCO; Long Stock by Super Trades.

Entry comments: DO NOT CHASE – Swing nice contract , low float sexy sector, personal stop loss low 4;s and personal target 5.50-6 plus if it works ..has moved in past. Exit comments: #SUPER TRADE educational alert in 4.84 and hit well over 6 !!

Position Updates

Dec 03, 10:17 AM: Sold 3500 at 5.70 – #SUPER TRADE educational alert in 4.84 and hit well over 6 !!

Dec 03, 10:10 AM: Sold 3500 at 6.05 – rules

Dec 03, 9:37 AM: Added 2000 at 5.00 – add

Dec 03, 9:33 AM: Bought 5000 at 4.84 – DO NOT CHASE – Swing nice contract , low float sexy sector, personal stop loss low 4’s and personal target 5.50-6 plus if it works ..has moved in past.

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$4,185 loss on BDL; Long Stock by Super Trades.

Entry comments: DO NOT CHASE – ultra low float – i asked myself why would someone do an SA hit piece on this unless they were caught short or planning on shorting. personal stop loss 30 area and personal target 35-40 plus if i am correct and it squeezes – very thin and dangerous. Exit comments: idea did not work – taking loss.

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$3,791 profit on TCCO; Long Stock by Timothy Sykes.

Entry comments: Dip buying this contract winner, found support at 5.50-5.60, goal is low 6s. Exit comments: This could keep going, but I made nearly $1/share from my original buy alert which is BEST case scenario for an impatient trader like me. If this keeps breaking out I might re-buy, but its choppy & has a habit of fading volume so be careful, DON’T CHASE THIS…the key on this trade for me was dip buying near multi-month support at 5.70ish…if this runs up enough it might even be a good short, I don’t like shorting contract winners, but its always faded after 2 day spikes.

Position Updates

Dec 04, 8:03 AM: Sold 5000 at 6.66 – This could keep going, but I made nearly $1/share from my original buy alert which is BEST case scenario for an impatient trader like me. If this keeps breaking out I might re-buy, but its choppy & has a habit of fading volume so be careful, DON’T CHASE THIS…the key on this trade for me was dip buying near multi-month support at 5.70ish…if this runs up enough it might even be a good short, I don’t like shorting contract winners, but it’s always faded after 2 day spikes

Dec 03, 7:48 PM: Added 1000 at 6.25 – Added more on this afterhours breakout above 6.20, nice afterhours buying, only resistance that remains is 6.45-6.50 then it really could hit 7 tomorrow, see video lesson, congrats longs!

Dec 03, 3:34 PM: Bought 4000 at 5.78 – Dip buying this contract winner, found support at 5.50-5.60, goal is low 6s
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$2,659 profit on MAGS; Long Stock by Timothy Sykes.

Entry comments: This security company reported blowout earnings today and already hit 6.30 so I’m buying on a sizable dip. It is a multi-year breakout above $5/share so there’s not much risk and their new next generation products like RoboGuard has ZERO competitors. I can picture robots guarding facilities and they should announce contracts for it in the coming few weeks and months, my goal is to make 20-40% on this stock over that time. Exit comments: Taking decent 10% gain since it’s up on the this Ferguson debate/press/hype, not really due to the company itself, taking advantage of it, nice gains, congrats everyone!

Position Updates

Dec 03, 1:30 PM: Sold 3000 at 5.77 – Taking decent 10% gain since it’s up on the this Ferguson debate/press/hype, not really due to the company itself, taking advantage of it, nice gains, congrats everyone!

Nov 28, 9:39 AM: Sold 3000 at 5.50 – Sold half my position into the nice holiday spike, normally I would hold longer, but this is a choppy stock and I let my position get a bit too big since I plan on holding for weeks if not months to sell into bigger spike in the 6s or ideally the 7s…I’ll do a video lesson explaining why this weekend, Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 24, 10:13 AM: Added 3000 at 4.97 – Added to my long position after reading the company’s conference call transcript, I’ll have videos explaining this earnings report and EFUT’s earnings report, I’m long both of them and will look to sell into big spikes

Nov 20, 2:52 PM: Bought 3000 at 5.40 – This security company reported blowout earnings today and already hit 6.30 so I’m buying on a sizable dip. It is a multi-year breakout above $5/share so there’s not much risk and their new next generation products like RoboGuard has ZERO competitors. I can picture robots guarding facilities and they should announce contracts for it in the coming few weeks and months, my goal is to make 20-40% on this stock over that time

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$2,980 loss on CANF; Short Stock by Timothy Sykes.

Entry comments: Pump about to go negative on the day, yesterday big crash, volume fading, goal is to cover at 4ish or maybe even break below. Exit comments: Couldn’t crack day low as evidenced by similar pumps VGGL and ECRY, promoters are holding these carcasses up and squeezing shorts, so I’ll play safe and cut losses quickly, this was a frustrating trade but will make for a great video lesson later tonight…learn from my mistakes!

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$4,330 loss on ECRY; Short Stock by Timothy Sykes.

Entry comments: Shorting this pump on its probable 1st down day since runup from .17, goal is to cover below today’s low of .34, ideally .30ish or even lower depending on morning panic tomorrow…PERFECT panic today and now failed bounce, good indicators to short, easy to borrow w/ my high net worth broker. Exit comments: Good job promoters you squeezed me with your ridiculous overnight emails, thats what I get for being too aggressive too early…now get to work spiking this MUCH more so I can have a better entry at higher prices, thanks! (Gotta cut losses quickly when wrong especially since .38 breakdown point was initial pump highs so the promoters are adhering to technical analysis to lure in more buyers).

Position Updates

Dec 05, 9:51 AM: Covered 91000 at 0.425 – Good job promoters you squeezed me with your ridiculous overnight emails, thats what I get for being too aggressive too early…now get to work spiking this MUCH more so I can have a better entry at higher prices, thanks! (Gotta cut losses quickly when wrong especially since .38 breakdown point was initial pump highs so the promoters are adhering to technical analysis to lure in more buyers)

Dec 04, 3:54 PM: Added 46000 at 0.385 – Added to my short, looks ripe for overnight crash or even possible halt always

Dec 04, 3:45 PM: Shorted 45000 at 0.39 – Shorting this pump on its probable 1st down day since runup from .17, goal is to cover below today’s low of .34, ideally .30ish or even lower depending on morning panic tomorrow…PERFECT panic today and now failed bounce, good indicators to short, easy to borrow w/ my high net worth broker

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Don’t forget to check out previous roundups here:

September 29-October 3

October 6-October 10

October 13-October 17

October 20-October 24

October 27-October 31

November 3-Novermber 7

November 10-November 14

November 17-November 21

November 24-November 28

Profit.ly Gurus Are Crushing The Competition

Dec 9, 2014   //   by Profitly   //   Leaderboards, Profitly  //  Comments Off on Profit.ly Gurus Are Crushing The Competition

While we’re having another great year here at Profit.ly while other stock pickers aren’t doing too well. In fact, 2014 is shaping up to be their worst year in 3 decades. According to Lipper, 2014 has shaped up to be the worst year in modern history for active stock picking fund managers, with 85% of them failing to beat their benchmarks! It’s almost unbelievable. Imagine if airlines only got 15% of their flights to the destination on time. This is a massive fail,  and it is why we work so hard to be part of the 15% that does do well. Superman, for instance, is up for than $1 million this year! Check out his profit chart as well as Tim’s:

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Superman’s Profits

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Tim Sykes’ Profits

We’ve told you time and again that educating yourself is the number one way to become a successful trader. It sounds like a lot of fund managers need to go back to investing 101 or buy one of our DVDs.

Here is the original post that appeared on both Business Insider and Reuters:

With bad bets on financial shares, missed opportunities in technology stocks and too much cash on the sidelines, roughly 85 percent of active large-cap stock funds have lagged their benchmark indexes through Nov. 25 this year, according to an analysis by Lipper, a Thomson Reuters research unit. It is likely their worst comparative showing in 30 years, Lipper said.

Some long-term advocates of active management may be turned off by the results, especially considering the funds’ higher fees. Through Oct. 31, index stock funds and exchange traded funds have pulled in $206.2 billion in net deposits.

Actively managed funds, a much larger universe, took in a much smaller $35.6 billion, sharply down from the $162 billion taken in during 2013, their first year of net inflows since 2007.

Jeff Tjornehoj, head of Lipper Americas Research, said investors will have to decide if they have the stomach to stick with active funds in hopes of better results in the future.

“A year like this sorts out what kind of investor you are,” he said.

Even long-time standout managers like Bill Nygren of the $17.8 billion Oakmark Fund and Jason Subotky of the $14.2 billion Yacktman Fund are lagging, at a time when advisers are growing more focused on fees.

The Oakmark fund, which is up 11.82 percent this year through Nov. 25, charges 0.95 percent of assets in annual fees, compared with 0.09 percent for the SPDR S&P 500 exchange traded fund, which mimics the S&P 500 and is up almost 14 percent this year, according to Morningstar. The Yacktman fund is up 10.2 percent over the same period and charges 0.74 percent of assets in annual fees.

The pay-for-active-performance camp argues that talented managers are worth paying for and will beat the market over investment cycles.

Rob Brown, chief investment strategist for United Capital, which has $11 billion under management and keeps about two thirds of its mutual fund holdings in active funds, estimates that good managers can add an extra 1 percent to returns over time compared with an index-only strategy.

Indeed, the top active managers have delivered. For example, $10,000 invested in the Yacktman Fund on Nov. 23, 2004, would have been worth $27,844 on Nov. 25 of this year; the same amount invested in the S&P 500 would be worth $21,649, according to Lipper.

Even so, active funds as a group tend to lag broad market indexes, though this year’s underperformance is extreme. In the rout of 2008, when the S&P 500 fell 38 percent, more than half of the active large cap stock funds had declines that were greater than those of their benchmarks, Lipper found. The last time when more than half of active large cap stock managers beat their index was 2009, when the S&P 500 was up 26 percent. That year, 55 percent of these managers beat their benchmarks.

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www.telegraph.co.uk

UNUSUALLY BAD BETS

In 2014, some recurring bad market bets were made by various active managers. Holding too much cash was one.

Yacktman’s Subotky said high stock prices made him skeptical of buying new shares, leaving him with 17 percent of the fund’s holdings in cash while share prices have continued to rise. He cautioned investors to have patience.

“Our goal is never to capture every last drop of a roaring bull market,” Subotky said

Oakmark’s Nygren cited his light weighting of hot Apple shares and heavy holdings of underperforming financials, but said his record should be judged over time. “Very short-term performance comparisons, good or bad, may bear little resemblance to long term results,” he said.

Shares of Apple, the world’s most valuable publicly traded company, are up 48 percent year to date. As of Sept 30, Apple stock made up 1.75 percent of Oakmark’s assets, compared with 3.69 percent of the SPDR S&P 500 ETF.

Investors added $3.9 billion to Nygren’s fund through Nov. 19, Lipper said.

Still, some managers risk losing their faithful.

“We have been very much believers in active management but a number of our active managers have let us down this year and we are rethinking our strategy,” said Martin Hopkins, president of an investment management firm in Annapolis, Maryland, that has $4 million in the Yacktman Fund.

Derek Holman of EP Wealth Advisors, in Torrance, California, which manages about $1.8 billion, said his firm recently moved $130 million from a pair of active large cap funds into ETFs, saying it would save clients about $650,000 in fees per year.

Holman said his firm still uses active funds for areas like small-cap investing, but it is getting harder for fund managers to gain special insights about large companies.

For those managers, he said, “it’s getting harder to stand out.”

This article originally appeared at Reuters. Copyright 2014. Follow Reuters on Twitter.

Weekly Roundup November 24-28

Dec 5, 2014   //   by Profitly   //   Profitly, Profitly Weekly  //  Comments Off on Weekly Roundup November 24-28

Our gurus have all been busy working on special projects and it was also a shortened trading week due to the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, but we do still have some trades to recap!

$1,920 profit on MAGS; Long Stock by Timothy Sykes.

Entry comments: Rebought this earnings winner on its bounce near day highs, still think this bounces 20-40 cents/share, not much risk buying now that its dropped for several days and is holding multi-year breakout at 5.10ish. Exit comments: Got a nice breakout above the mid-day high of 5.38 but then wall of sellers at 5.40ish, no thanks, I’ll re-buy on big dips, these earnings winners as of late are chopppppy, gotta play safe.

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$665 profit on CANF; Short Stock by Timothy Sykes.

Entry comments: Re-shorted this pump as its failing so gradually, annoying to short into the SSR (short-sale restriction), but I think this has a good shot at a morning panic tomorrow, goal is to cover in the mid to high 3s. Exit comments: Got a slight gap down, but not the panic I wanted, that opens the door to it spiking since its down so much off its highs and lots of shorts still here.

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$787 loss on VSR; Long Stock by Timothy Sykes.

Entry comments: With APT/LAKE spiking 26-40% today VSR is the 3rd hottest play in that sector so I’m buying the runt of the litter, goal is to make 20-40 cents/share, right at day highs. Exit comments: It did hit 3.36 premarket today, but I wasn’t awake and now there’s no gap up/morning spike since sector leaders LAKE/APT are down 7+% so I’m cutting losses quickly, rule #1 from http://tim.ly/thebestrules The good news is I barely lost a few cents/share here, buying the runt of the litter in a hot sector protects you from larger losses.

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Don’t forget to check out previous roundups here:

September 2-September 5

September 8-September 12

September 15-September 19

September 22-September 26

September 29-October 3

October 6-October 10

October 13-October 17

October 20-October 24

October 27-October 31

November 3-Novermber 7

November 10-November 14

November 17-November 21

Traits of the Youngest Millionaires

Dec 2, 2014   //   by Profitly   //   Profitly  //  Comments Off on Traits of the Youngest Millionaires

Our guru’s and a number of their students have achieved the coveted millionaire status, but that doesn’t mean it happened overnight or that it was an easy feat. There was blood, sweat and tears, so to speak, on their road to success. We always try to write posts and link to content that tells you it IS possible to become a millionaire, but it is difficult and you shouldn’t get discouraged when you encounter obsticals. Superman, for instance, lived in a car for awhile, but now he makes more than a million dollars a year.

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www.megadual.com

LinkedIn has a lot of great content, and here is a post from Peter Voogd about young entrepreneurs that we believed should be shared. So here we go:

This article isn’t about the millions, it’s about interrupting the belief system you currently have, and educating you on how to build wealth. Being a millionaire is very rare in our society. Some work their whole lives and never reach the status. Of course, they’ll validate anyway they can saying things like “I don’t care about money,” “Millionaires aren’t happy,” “I don’t need that much money,” and I’m sure you can think of 30 others validations. The exciting news for all those Young Professionals that aspire to become millionaires is that the number of young millionaires are rising year after year. They’re also getting younger and younger. That’s exciting! I have been around my fair share of extremely successful young professionals, made my first million before 26, and have a mentor that made his first million when he was 21. You don’t make a million by accident and if it’s not a goal you sure as hell won’t hit it. Let’s talk about what I’ve discovered over the past 10 years, and what the common themes you see in all these Young Millionaires are. These are facts, not theory. Let’s go!

Urgency

The best companies on the planet LOVE young talent, they love those who are on purpose, and they love those who have a sense of urgency to their life. Google is hiring more teenagers than college graduates. Here’s an article talking about the 12 year old they just hired. Hmm… I would ponder on that one.. Realize, now matters more than any other time, and the “someday isle” mentality is killing so many dreams. I know people who have been in the same company for years, but haven’t advanced. Opportunities are only opportunities if you’re taking full advantage of them. Young millionaires always do, and they are consistently reaching for new goals and ambitions. You MUST have a sense of urgency that most of society doesn’t have if you’re serious about success. One trait we look for when qualifying people who apply for our Game Changers Academy is urgency. Do they have hunger and ambition to elevate their game NOW, not a month from now? There will NEVER be the right time.

Elevated Influence

Behind every young millionaire you’ll find an educated and wise mentor. I have yet to meet any millionaires or billionaires who don’t have mentors that guide them, challenge them, and always focus them on bigger thinking. They understand deep down that it’s impossible to grow, learn, and become the person needed to reach the million mark without an exceptional network behind you. Success rises and falls on who you associate with so make sure you stay aware of your surroundings. You can systematize a lot of things, but you can’t systematize time so make sure you’re always spending it with the right people.

Maximizing Their Strengths

One of my favorite Gary Vaynerchuk quotes of all time is

“I suck at 99% of stuff, but I go all out on that 1% I’m good at.”

We’re conditioned by our teachers, peers, parents, uneducated coaches, and everybody else pumped to give advice that you must “learn to work on your weaknesses,” and “Strengthen your weaknesses,” but all young millionaires focus 100% on their best skills and strengths. They learn to surround themselves with people who compliment their weaknesses, or they delegate them. You’ll never get wealthy focusing on things you aren’t good at. Whats your 1 thing? What can you become the best at? Now, once you master that area, and start producing real results, you can then move to something else. The jack of all trades is seldom exceptional at anything, and usually broke as well.

Never Trade Time For Money

Young Millionaires realize they’ll never become wealthy trading time for money, and neither will you. It’s ok for awhile, but at some point you have to focus on scaling and leverage. One of the reasons Entrepreneurship, Network Marketing, Direct Sales, and Internet Businesses are growing exponentially is because of the endless possibility. It’s not easy, and it takes risk, but you must see past the risk and focus on the rewards. Focus on the power of leverage and how to create consistent income without trading time for money. Investment properties, membership sites, building a brand, partnerships, affiliate marketing, different types of programs, etc. Take some time to really analyze if you’re maximizing your time. If you are trading time for money make 100% sure it’s an intelligent trade. If you want to make more money become more valuable. It’s as simple as that. Millionaires become millionaires because they’ve added more value to the marketplace than most people, and they understand the power of leveraging and scaling their businesses.

They Could Care Less

You must drop the need to be liked if you want an extraordinary life. People who care what others think of them will always be limited to others opinions. You best believe Young Millionaires take very few opinions and have a extremely thick skin. (Check out my 1o min podcast about “How to build real mental toughness” and subscribe here) When you pursue greatness don’t expect others to support you, because you’ll represent the courage, strength, and vision they don’t yet have. The remarkable innovator, Steve Jobs use to say

“your time is limited so don’t waste it living somebody else’s life.”

Young Millionaires trust their vision, and have an unshakable confidence in what they do; even when everyone else is doubting it. I challenge you to stay fearless in everything you do. The reason most don’t take risks, live on the edge, or push the envelope is the fear of what others might think of them. If you want to live the life you truly deserve, one of significance and fulfillment you must give up the need to be liked by everybody. Will Smith said it perfectly

“Trying to get everybody to like you is the most common chosen road to mediocrity.”

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