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READ THIS: The following are NOT stocks I own or recommend people buy. This is just a shopping list of stocks I'm interested in buying. I may or may not buy them.

Consider these stocks as just the first cut in a long process of elimination. They have not been filtered for anything other than I find them interesting, so you should do additional research before trading them. I am not recommending that you buy any of these stocks. No stocks that I currently own appear in the list unless I bought it after I posted it. See the privacy statement and disclaimer for more information. I do not tout stocks that I own nor do I tout stocks on behalf of others.

I have a computer program that builds this list by finding the most recent chart pattern in the file. That may or may not be the one I am interested in, so keep that in mind. This list is updated whenever time allows. Stocks may appear or disappear without this list being updated.

Watch List Removal Philosophy

First, there are two reasons for a security listed in the Additions section to not appear in the list. The first is that I bought it. Stocks I own, as I mentioned above, will not appear in this list. I don't want to be accused to touting stuff I own.

Second, is that I conducted more research or something happened in the markets which caused me to remove the security from my shopping list. It fell out of favor for whatever reason. I don't disclose the reason for removal (I used to), because maintaining the list is just too much trouble.


Watch List

The following are NOT stocks I own or recommend people buy. This is just a shopping list of stocks I'm interested in buying. I may or may not buy them. Read the above introduction for more information.

If no securities appear in the list, then I don't see anything worth buying. Click on the symbol for a more detailed discussion of the security. This list is automatically generated, so the patterns found here are the most recent ones located in the stock, but are not necessarily the ones I am looking at. Read the list of additions for a more accurate picture.


Symbol Chart Pattern Bullish
Start End Industry
CNPHead-and-shoulders top      10/07/201511/05/2015Electric Utility (Central)
PRUTriple top      08/28/201509/17/2015Insurance (Life)


RS is relative strength (where 1 is best). For other definitions, see the glossary.
’Breakout is upward/downward 100% of the time’ means price breaks out up/down by definition, not by statistically measuring the rate.
All numbers assume a bull market and are based on the breakout direction that occurs most often.
For more information, consult my book, Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns, Second Edition.
Centerpoint Energy (CNP)
Industry: Electric Utility (Central)
Industry RS rank: 31 out of 53
Stock RS rank: 405 out of 567
11/19/15 close: $17.10
1 Month avg volatility: $0.39. Volatility stop (for downward breakout): $18.07 or 5.7% above the close.
Change YTD: -27.02%
Volume: 2,665,900 shares. 3 month avg: 4,295,748 shares.
Since 2009 bear market, the best buy day (fewest up closes) is Wednesday, and best sell day (most up closes) is Friday.
Chart pattern: Head-and-shoulders top reversal pattern from 10/07/2015 to 11/05/2015
Breakout is downward 100% of the time.
Average decline: 22%.
Break-even failure rate: 4%.
Pullbacks occur 50% of the time.
Price hits measure rule target 55% of the time.


Prudential Financial Inc (PRU)
Industry: Insurance (Life)
Industry RS rank: 3 out of 53
Stock RS rank: 147 out of 567
11/19/15 close: $87.40
1 Month avg volatility: $1.73. Volatility stop (for downward breakout): $91.09 or 4.2% above the close.
Change YTD: -3.38%
Volume: 1,763,200 shares. 3 month avg: 2,617,963 shares.
Since 2009 bear market, the best buy day (fewest up closes) is Monday, and best sell day (most up closes) is Thursday.
Chart pattern: Triple top reversal pattern from 08/28/2015 to 09/17/2015
Breakout is downward 100% of the time.
Average decline: 19%.
Break-even failure rate: 10%.
Pullbacks occur 61% of the time.
Price hits measure rule target 40% of the time.


Watch List Additions

11/20/15: I added Centerpoint Energy (CNP). With a dividend rate of 5.8%, it's a risky play since the div rate is above peers (it could be cut and if it is, expect the stock to drop the same percentage as the percentage of the cut). Interest rates are due to rise in December, so that's a negative, too.

11/16/15 I added Prudential Financial (PRU) to my shopping list but this is too expensive at current price. If it drops (to, say, 81), I'll buy some. If it breaks out of it's congestion region (see the long term chart, from 75-95), then maybe I'll buy some there, too.

8/3/15: I added two stocks, ALK and CNW. Alaska Air (ALK) and Con-way (CNW) should prosper as the price of oil sinks. ALK had a quarter release that the market couldn't decide if if was good or not. The stock has recovered a bit since the release. CNW has been trendline lower but it shows a confirmed double bottom at the end of a long downtrend and a quarter that was better than the market expected. I may buy this after the throwback completes. Since the stock has been trendline lower for most of the year, it's a chancy, bottom-fishing play. ALK is a momentum play.

4/22/15: I added Global Sources (GSOL). This is a thinly traded stock but what appeals to me is the ugly double bottom that appears since March. Few analysts cover this stock so it's hard to get info about the company.

3/19/15: I thought I would swing trade these three ETFs: PJP (PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust Dynamic Pharmaceuticals Portfolio), IYC (iShares U.S. Consumer Services), and IBB (iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology). I will do this by buying soon, perhaps tomorrow, and selling when the weekly chart closes below an up-sloping trendline. I chose these three because they have few dramatic moves down recently and are outperforming the market.

3/2/15: I continued shopping for stocks and found a few more. Facebook (FB) has moved sideways in a tall rectangle since October. If it hits 83 (above the top), it could pop. Trex (TREX) is similar except it broke out after good earnings. I expect a retrace and when that happens, it could be a buy. I haven't looked at the fundamentals of either company yet.

3/1/15: With the turn of a new month (March 1), I looked at my portfolio for pruning. Some stocks are doing well, too well, and some are moving sideways for too long. Hub Group (HUBG) is one I'm looking at. It broke out upward from a broadening bottom pattern (pattern start: the peak in Nov).

(I didn't record when I posted this, but it was about mid Feb). I went shopping for stocks I could swing trade and found these: CDI (CDI), Illumina (ILMN), and PowerShares Dynamic Pharmaceuticals (PJP). PJP is an exchange traded fund to help shelter risk from a drug company. It sports a high return with average risk. ILMN is a biotech company that has moved horizontally since Nov 2014. I expect this to move up soon, following the breakout from an ascending triangle (except that this triangle slopes upward like a rising wedge...starting in Feb 2014). CDI is another flat base breakout although it hasn't moved far. On the weekly chart, this has formed a flat top since April 2012 after a good move up in 2011. All three of these are from industries ranked high for relative strength among other industries I follow.

Addendum: Another word about ILMN: The stock has move up sharply from the low in 12/2011. Thus, I expect this stock to go sideways for an extended period. I probably won't buy it for that reason and because it's expensive.

Also, CDI suffers weakness every March or shortly thereafter. This has happened for the last 4 years. I'm going to avoid buying this stock for that reason. Even if earnings are boffo on March 4, this stock could drop from 19 to 13.5 easily enough in the coming months. Too risky.

2/12/15: I added Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU). I'm overloaded with cash but the utility sector is having problems. I haven't uncovered why but this fund yields 3+% and I figure if I time the entry right, I can trade this one higher while collecting the dividend.

1/12/15: I found 15 stocks that interested me but most will be deleted. See my Tuesday 1/13/15. Stock Shopping List blog post for more details.

8/10/14: After reviewing the companies, I removed MAS because of limited gain potential (a move from 21 to 26). HD will announce earnings on the 19th, so it's too close to buy now. I don't like NVDA since it has lots of overhead resistance to an up move. I'm removing it from my buy list. I also removed FFIV because of limited upside potential due to overhead resistance.

8/9/14: I added several companies to my shopping list. They include, Masco (MAS). This stock has gone nowhere for over a year and the daily chart looks like a saw tooth. A breakout to the upside could be a nice move up, but there's overhead resistance at 26 to 30.

Home Depot (HD). I like the company but the stock has been flat for over a year now. Again, it could move after an upward breakout.

NVidia (NVDA) This is up on a good quarter which suggests it'll be lower in 10 days or so. If it breaks out of the congestion area, it could make a strong push higher, but it could drop just as easily.

JB Hunt (JBHT). This is another flat stock for over a year. An upside breakout from congestion could mean a good move.

Ebay (EBAY). This is a play on a waveform I see. Look on the weekly scale, back in mid 2009 to early 2010. The stock was flat then shot up and then plummeted before making a strong push upward. The stock has completed the up and down motion now. Will it push higher?

F5 Networks (FFIV). The stock has gone nowhere this year so I'm waiting for an upward breakout.

Any other stocks in the list are ones I sold but may rebuy them at a later time.

12/26/13: I never did buy FMC (FMC) so I'm adding it to my list again. I haven't had the opportunity to review the stock, so take care with this one. Wait for it to break out upward from the congestion area.

12/13/13: I added Walmart (WMT) because I like the company but it's too soon to buy it (price is falling).

11/27/13: I added J.C. Penny (JCP) to the shopping list. This is a turn around situation, a V-bottom. I haven't looked at this stock closely, so be careful. It's a high risk, high reward proposition.

11/11/13: I went shopping for stocks this weekend and found four that are mediocre. All show these patterns on the weekly scale. Albemarle (ALB) is an ascending triangle. Kulicke & Soffa (KLIC) is a symmetrical triangle as is Teradyne (TER). USG (USG) is a potential double top. They are not buys yet but maybe in the next month they will move to a price that is compelling or will have broken out upward.

7/5/13: I added Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) to my watch list. This stock is moving horizontally in a flat base/rectangle pattern. The fundamentals suck: high debt and what not but the pattern looks good. If it breaks out upward, then this could make a quick dash higher. If it breaks out downward, then I'll walk away. I've had trouble making money in the semiconductors, so this would be a gamble and a trade, not a buy and hold proposition.

6/5/13: I added 3 companies to my watch list: Dominion Resources (D), Public Service Enterprise Group (PEG) and Williams Companies (WMB). The first two are utilities and Williams runs oil and gas pipelines. With the utility index down so far, it's worth shopping for dividend plays. I'm going to wait for these to bottom before buying. WMB is the strongest with the most growth potential according to the research reports I looked at. Yields on these are over 4%.

5/10/13: I added two securities to my shopping list. Why? Because I found an inordinate number of pipe bottoms in the oil sector and I want to drain some of the cash from my sale of ABFS.

The first is SPDR Energy Select Sector (XLE). This is an exchange traded fund. The top two holdings (Exxon-Mobile and Chevron) account for about a third of assets. Ouch. It's made a straight-line run from the April low, so I'll wait for it to reach the corrective phase of a measured move up ($77 to 79 range). This isn't cheap but it has lots of volume. If you want cheap, try IYE. It's half the price but a fraction of the volume, too (8m vs 200k).

Atwood Oceanics (ATW) is my second pick. The rating agencies are hot on this stock. It's another straight-line run from the April low, so I'm looking for a retrace, maybe down to 50.

3/3/13: I added Fifth and Pacific (FNP) because of a cloud bank pattern (2004-7) on the weekly scale. Target: 33. The stock is at 17.85. This used to be Liz Claiborne, so it's into women's clothes. General Electric (GE) is a large cap with a cloud bank (2004-8). Currently at 23.19. Cloud is at 32. I don't like large caps, but this also pays a 3.3% dividend. Textron (TXT) is another cloud bank setup by a trendline along the bottoms from 2004 to 2008. 28.47 currently with a target of maybe 50 or the trendline. Resistance begins at 38 and goes on up. Public Service Enterprise Group (PEG) is a utility yielding over 4%. It's flat lined for years (since last 2008, range bound between 29-34. It's at 32.85. If this breaks out of that range upward, that would be a nice hold. Payout ratio is 57% (as per, which is low for a utility. Arkansas Best (ABFS) is a plunge play. The stock hit bottom at 6.43 in November and has bounced. This is a trade to play that bounce, say, up to 18 from 11 now. You can think of this as a cloud bank (late 2007 to early 2012)

1/11/13: I added two chemical stocks to my shopping list: Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL) and FMC (FMC). I reported on SIAL on 12/12/12, so no need to discuss it again. FMC is also a repeat from 6/12/12. Earnings are due 2/6. Insiders are selling, which is never a good sign. Two of three rating agencies (Credit Suisse and Jaywalk) like the stock, S&P says hold.

1/6/13: Housing stocks are ranked 2 out of the 54 industries I follow (1 is best) for relative strength (not Wilder RSI). Few are worth buying because they have made a move and there's no technical reason to buy them. So iShares Dow Jones US Home Construction(ITB)ETF is good to buy the group. It's breaking out of a consolidation head-and-shoulders bottom. I'm going to wait for a throwback since prior congestion breakouts/gaps showed a retrace to the bottom of the gap. Long term hold to 32. The other pick is a risky play: Standard Pacific (SPF). This has broken out of a not-so-flat base since 2008. Resistance at 10 then 20. S&P says sell. Credit Suisse says outperform as of Nov. Earnings are due Jan 31, so I'll wait to see how the company performs. This is another long term hold, but as I said, it's a risky play. It hasn't moved like the others. It's a breakout from a consolidation head-and-shoulders bottom, too.

1/2/12: Since I can't find any stocks worth buying, I decided to add ETFs on the indices. I might as well park some money there. Powershares QQQ (QQQ) and SPDR S&P 500 (SPY).

12/20/12: BTH: After I posted the below comment, I looked at the stock again and decided that the stock had no reason to go higher. So I won't be buying it. It might recover or it might not. I have noticed that the stock made another big drop. I would avoid it.

12/13/12: I added Blyth (BTH) because of the big drop. Such large drops tend to see a nice recovery in the coming months. I don't particularly like the company business nor its fundamentals, but this might be a decent recovery play. I'm looking for the stock to make a double bottom, but we could have already seen the low (meaning a V-shaped recovery). Be careful because this is bottom fishing and you could get pulled into the water and drown as the stock sinks.

12/12/12: I added a bunch of stocks to my shopping list and I intend to buy some of these in the coming days. Insteel Industries (IIIN). On the weekly chart, it shows a symmetrical triangle starting from April 2011. Target would be $16 (then 20 and 23) from current 12. Texas Industries (TXI) is one of my favorite picks. It's at overhead resistance on the weekly scale, from mid 2009. Target: 68 from 47. Vulcan Materials (VMC) short term has broken out of consolidation from Sept. I'd wait for a retrace to 50. Target: 66 then 80. Mosaic (MOS) is predicted to have a difficult year in 2013 according to one research report but it's showing a head-and-shoulders bottom on weekly scale, from 12/2011 (left shoulder low). If it confirms, it could move up to 74 from 56. 12/18/12: Reports say that the price of potash is declining and some producers are closing mines. That does not bode well for the company.Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL) is near the top of a loose congestion region starting from 3/2012. This would be a upward momentum play. Emerson Electric (EMR) shows the same pattern from 11/2011. Target 58 from 51. Yawn.

11/16/12: I added UIL Holdings (UIL). This is an electric utility paying over a 5% dividend. They missed their revs in the most recent quarter (Nov 5) and the stock has been dropping. That presents a buying opportunity for those with extra cash sitting on the sidelines like me. The payout ratio is high, well above the 70% I like to see, but that fluctuates from year to year as earnings change. There is a risk that they could cut the dividend. Any bills for Sandy damage should be passed on to customers over time.

11/12/12: I added SodaStream International (SODA) to my list. I think the stock is fairly valued now ($36) but if it drops to about $30, then it's a buy. When it rises into the $40s, it's a sale. Sales are growing big time, so this range may curve upward over time. However, as good as the fundamentals are, the stock has moved sideways since Aug 2011, so that's puzzling. It also looks like a flat base, building support for a strong move up. Something is holding the stock down, so I would find out what that is before investing. The company is based in Israel, so maybe there is an international element involved.

10/18/12: I added Prana Biotech (PRAN) to my shopping list. It recently broke out of a flat base, so it's too expensive now (I expect price to drop because that's what has happened repeatedly in the past). The investment community is showing signs of recognizing the worth of their compounds in development for Huntington's disease, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and brain cancer. This is early stage development (phase IIb for the most advanced). It's high risk, so keep any investment small and only for high net-worth individuals willing to lose all of their investment. If they announce favorable clinical trial results, sell immediately because the price will likely drop thereafter.

9/29/12: I looked at TEG on the weekly scale and it appears that the August bump is an anomaly and expecting a rise to occur is wishful thinking. I'm removing it from the buy list because I don't think it'll go anywhere.

9/27/12: I added FirstEnergy (FE) and Integrys Energy Group (TEG). These are two utility stocks under pressure (meaning they are tumbling). When they bottom, they could pay a tasty dividend plus have capital appreciation potential. However, there are reasons the stocks are dropping, so be sure you know what you're buying. These are not a buy now but maybe in the coming weeks they might be worth a small position. 12/17/12: addendum. FirstEnergy is overloaded with debt 139% of capital. Avoid. They may cut the dividend and even if they don't, they will have to play games by selling assets to make the coming debt payment.

6/16/12: I added Assurant (AIZ) and Mosaic (MOS). AIZ is at a measured move down resting on support, so I see a bounce coming. MOS shows a head-and-shoulders bottom confirmed on Friday. With food prices high, I think farmers will plant more, using more fertilizer. That's good for the company. Stock has been trending down since Jan 2011, so that's not good.

6/13/12: I added Balchem Corp (BCPC) mostly because I like the ascending triangle that appears starting from March/April coupled with a drop in stock price. I look for a recovery, so a nice move up. It's also related to the chemicals industry.

6/12/12: I added FMC (FMC) and Celanese (CE) to my shopping list. Basic chemicals as an industry have done well recently, so I went shopping and found these two. Insiders sold both in Feb and that's not good but the research reports I read were positive on the stocks going forward. I think FMC is a stronger play than CE. CE is trending down. When it bottoms out, it might be worth nibbling. FMC is moving horizontally after trending up. It's more of a momentum play while CE is a reversal play.

5/12/12: I removed CREE from the list after doing more research. It's been going down for 2 years now and there is a case to be made that it is near it's bottom, but I'm not interested in finding out when it continues to drop. Instead I added Exelon (EXC). This is an electric utility stock with a div of 5.4%. The stock has not gone anywhere because highly profitable contracts to provide electricity are expiring and being replaced with less profitable ones. Thus, earnings will be under pressure going forward. Supposedly, the recent merger should help with that. For a long term hold, you can make almost 5.5% waiting for this to move up, but there is downside risk.

5/11/2012: I added Cree Inc (CREE) to my shopping list. I have a lot of cash sitting on the sidelines and noticed an ascending triangle after a big dip (Dec 2011) in the stock. This could be a profitable play for the long term hold or even a decent swing play. It's a semiconductor stocks and I've not had too much luck with those. This has to break out of the congestion area formed during the past week or so, right at the breakout price of the triangle. If it can push above that area, then it could form a straight-line run. Otherwise, I would be cautious. I am going to wait for a clear direction (up) before I buy, if I buy.

-- Thomas Bulkowski


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