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Market Analysis By Seed

Monday, May 29, 2017

5/29/2017 sp500 breadth analysis

After briefly market comes to new high, sp500 has already inked 7 consecutively up days. Everyone is concerned about how the market will develop in next several trading sessions. The breadth analysis is following:

1. The percentage of sp500 stocks above 50 days MA. The reason of not using 200 days MA or 100 days MA is that the index still above 50 days MA, no need worry about 100 days MA or 200 days MA for now.

2. breadth momentum oscillator which can confirm the current sp500 breadth.
In summary, the breadth momentum oscillator confirmed the current index breadth is improving and will be improved further. It is a very positive sign for the bull. The pull back will happen, but it will be manageable and small. Buy dip is the best deal still.
My personal opinion is not for investment, but for education and illustration.

Top Cybersecurity Stocks to Buy in 2017

These three businesses can help meet America’s growing need for effective cyber defenses.

Jan 31, 2017 at 12:41PM
Hooded hacker sitting at a computer.


The number of U.S. data breaches surged 40% to an all-time record high of 1,093 in 2016, according to a new report by the Identity Theft Resource Center and CyberScout. To combat this growing threat, The Trump administration has vowed to strengthen America’s cyber capabilities.

“Cyberwarfare is an emerging battlefield, and we must take every measure to safeguard our national security secrets and systems,” reads a page on the official website.

Fortunately, several companies have the technology that can help Americans strengthen their cyber defenses. Read on to learn about these cybersecurity leaders, and see why their stocks are well positioned to reward investors in the year ahead.

FireEye logo


FireEye (NASDAQ:FEYE) is a leader in next-generation cybersecurity. FireEye’s patented multi-vector virtual execution (MVX) architecture analyzes threats across hundreds of combinations of operating systems, apps, and software versions. The company excels at protecting against so-called zero-day exploits –- attacks on vulnerabilities that up to that point were unknown to the security community.

FireEye’s cybersecurity platform is further strengthened by its intelligence network, which collects data about threats and attackers from more than 1,000 FireEye security experts, 5,000 customers, and millions of network and endpoint sensors across 67 countries. This global intelligence network helps FireEye and its customers constantly update their security operations to defend against newly discovered dangers. Each new customer adds more data points, which bolsters FireEye’s threat detection abilities, thereby making the network more valuable for both new and existing customers. It’s a virtuous cycle that should continue to benefit FireEye and its growing base of users.

For these reasons, FireEye’s stock has traded at sky-high valuations for most of its existence as a public company. Yet after a rough 2016 that saw FireEye’s stock fall 43% on concerns regarding decelerating revenue growth and mounting losses, shares are now much more reasonably valued at about three times sales. Additionally, new CEO Kevin Mandia is leading a major restructuring effort that’s helping to slash costs and place the company on track for positive free cash flow generation in 2017.

This improved financial discipline, combined with the strong possibility that FireEye — as aDepartment of Homeland Security certified technology provider — will benefit from the U.S. government’s intensified focus on cybersecurity sets up FireEye’s stock as a solid turnaround play in the year ahead.

CyberArk logo


While FireEye excels at defending against external threats, CyberArk (NASDAQ:CYBR) provides strong protection from internal data breaches. The Israel-based company is the leader in “privileged account” security solutions, which help to protect against cyber attacks that use insider privileges to penetrate network perimeters and assault the most vital aspects of an enterprise’s IT infrastructure.

CyberArk provides cyber protection services to more than 2,800 businesses, including 45% of theFortune 100 and 25% of the Global 2000. Yet that’s only a small fraction of the companies that could benefit from CyberArk’s expertise, particularly as small and mid-size businesses come to understand the importance of strengthening their cybersecurity defenses in the coming years. Additionally, CyberArk is enjoying strong growth in its sales to government organizations, which may be further boosted by the Trump administration’s desire to strengthen America’s cyber defenses.

Impressively — and unlike many of its competitors — CyberArk is profitable on a GAAP basis, with the company earning a net income margin of nearly 13% in the third quarter. That comes even as CyberArk is investing heavily into R&D to strengthen its product arsenal, as well as to significantly expand its sales force — two moves that should lead to even higher sales and profits in the years ahead.

With 43% of data breaches caused by internal actors, according to a report by Intel Security, privileged account security is rapidly becoming a necessity for an increasing number of businesses and government agencies around the world. CyberArk owns this highly profitable niche, which makes it a stock cybersecurity investors may wish to consider.

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The increasing frequency of data breaches and the government’s new focus on cybersecurity may also heighten consumers’ perceptions as to the importance of securing their own personal devices. And that plays right into the wheelhouse of consumer cybersecurity powerhouse, Symantec(NASDAQ:SYMC).

With its award-winning Norton antivirus product, Symantec helps its customers secure their data across devices such as PCs, Macs, tablets, and mobile phones. Symantec also recently purchasedLifeLock (NYSE:LOCK), the leader in identity theft protection services, and BlueCoat, which offers security solutions for networks and cloud services. Together, these acquisitions will allow Symantec to provide an “end-to-end” bundled cybersecurity offering to consumers and businesses of all sizes. They also make Symantec the largest pure play cybersecurity company — a valuable position in an industry where spending is forecast to top $1 trillion over the next half decade.

All told, Symantec — and its shareholders — have many ways to profit from the growing need for effective cybersecurity solutions in the years ahead.

10 stocks we like better than LifeLock
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David and Tom just revealed what they believe are the ten best stocks for investors to buy right now… and LifeLock wasn’t one of them! That’s right — they think these 10 stocks are even better buys.

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Joe Tenebruso has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends FireEye. The Motley Fool recommends CyberArk Software. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997
Imagine if you had bought Amazon in 1997… a $5,000 investment then would be worth almost $1 million today.

You can’t go back and buy Amazon 20 years ago…but we’ve uncovered what our analysts think is the next-best thing: A special stock with mind-boggling growth potential.

With hundreds of thousands business customers already signed up, this stock has been described as “strikingly similar to an early”

To learn more about it, click here.

3 Things Snap, Inc. Stock Has to Do to Snap Back

Snapchat’s parent struggles in its first quarterly report as a public company. The stock opened 22% lower on the news.

May 11, 2017 at 2:24PM
Investors hoping for Snap, Inc. (NYSE:SNAP) to come up big in its first financial report as a public company are smarting. Shares of Snapchat’s parent company opened 22% lower on Thursday after falling short of Wall Street expectations for the tech debutante’s first quarter.

There’s no shortage of bears when it comes to Snap. There were more than 36 million shares of the recent IPO sold short as of mid-April. However, the stock was showing signs of momentum heading into Wednesday afternoon’s report. The stock had moved higher for three weeks in a row, soaring nearly 15% in that time. Those gains were more than done away with by Thursday morning, but this isn’t the end for Snap stock. Let’s go over a few things that can still go right.

Someone on the Snap app walking in front of a Snapchat billboard.


1. Facebook did it first

When investors compare Snap to Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), it’s usually not in a favorable light. Facebook is profitable and so much larger, and now even Facebook’s Instagram has more active users than Snapchat. However, let’s not forget that some of the same rookie mistakes that Snap is making, Facebook also made.

A few have singled out the arrogance displayed by Snap during Wednesday’s earnings call, but Facebook was also arrogant early in its public life. Those who are calling Snap’s IPO a failure because it’s falling back down near its $17 IPO price from early March may want to consider that Facebook’s stock shed more than half of its value at one point, months after going public at $38.

The hurdle to clear when you disappoint in your first quarter as a public company is high. I’m not trying to suggest that a poorly received quarter will benefit Snap or inject humility into its DNA. However, when it comes to social media, Facebook proves that bouncing back after the market spits you out is possible.

2. Monetization needs to accelerate

Snap is growing faster than Facebook did in its first quarter as a public company. Facebook’s first report after going public was pretty anticlimactic. Revenue grew 32% in Facebook’s second quarter of 2012, essentially in line with the 32% year-over-year increase in daily active users. Snap is faring considerably better in terms of percentage growth — as revenue soared 286% on a 36% uptick in daily active users — but it’s also earlier in its growth and monetization cycle than Facebook was five years ago.

The key for Snap to succeed as an investment rests on its ability to keep milking more ad revenue out of its users, something that is particularly important for Snap since it has big hosting expenses to cover given the meaty nature of its media. Facebook’s monthly active user base has only doubled over the past five years, but its revenue has popped sevenfold. Snap is still a neophyte when it comes to monetizing its traffic, but it needs to make sure revenue continues to outpace its usage.

3. The path to profitability needs to be clearer

Facebook was profitable on an adjusted basis in its first quarter as a public company. Snap isn’t close to getting out of the red on any basis. Facebook was a lot bigger when it went public, generating nearly eight times the revenue of Snap, but Snap’s steep quarterly hole in Wednesday’s report is daunting.

There were plenty of unique and, in some cases, one-time factors weighing on Snap’s income statement. G&A costs are out of control. R&D should never eat up five times your revenue, even if you’re rolling out cool app tweaks and slick hardware. Snap will need to show cost controls that a publicly traded businesses is expected to live up to quarter after quarter.

Mark Cuban predicts this will make someone a trillion dollars
Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban recently predicted that an emerging tech trend would make someone $1 trillion. That lucky future trillionaire is just the beginning — and the trend itself could be worth as much as $19.9 trillion.

Fortunately, this hasn’t yet gone mainstream — most people haven’t recognized the scale of opportunity here.

We believe that one market expert has the right answer for investors looking to get in early — and potentially win big. Click here to learn more.

Rick Munarriz has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Facebook. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997
Imagine if you had bought Amazon in 1997… a $5,000 investment then would be worth almost $1 million today.

You can’t go back and buy Amazon 20 years ago…but we’ve uncovered what our analysts think is the next-best thing: A special stock with mind-boggling growth potential.

With hundreds of thousands business customers already signed up, this stock has been described as “strikingly similar to an early”

To learn more about it, click here.

How Rogers Corp. Stock Rose 20% in April

The engineered-materials manufacturer’s first-quarter report paired strong sales growth with an even larger earnings surprise.

May 11, 2017 at 5:03PM

What happened

Shares of Rogers Corp. (NYSE:ROG) gained 19.9% in April 2017, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

So what

The company reported first-quarter results on April 26, sending share prices nearly 12% higher the next day. Rogers saw 27% year-over-year sales growth and 79% higher earnings, leaving analyst estimates far behind in both cases.

Battery researcher in the lab.


Now what

Rogers shares have now gained 72% over the last 52 weeks, trading steadily near all-time highs. The maker of specialized materials used in battery systems and wireless antennas has consistently delivered solid earnings surprises over the last three years, often coupled with equally strong revenue wins.

This company is poised to continue making a killing in several emerging markets, including the Internet of Things and automotive computing. Best of all, Rogers is winning competitive contracts without resorting to pricing discounts. Trailing operating margins have increased from 12.4% to 14.2% over the last four quarters. In other words, clients are choosing Rogers over rival materials providers for other reasons than low prices, such as product quality and dependable ordering and delivery processes.

Investors celebrated Rogers’ quarterly report for all the right reasons. This company is going places, as long as batteries and antennas stay in high demand.

Mark Cuban predicts this will make someone a trillion dollars
Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban recently predicted that an emerging tech trend would make someone $1 trillion. That lucky future trillionaire is just the beginning — and the trend itself could be worth as much as $19.9 trillion.

Fortunately, this hasn’t yet gone mainstream — most people haven’t recognized the scale of opportunity here.

We believe that one market expert has the right answer for investors looking to get in early — and potentially win big. Click here to learn more.

Anders Bylund has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997
Imagine if you had bought Amazon in 1997… a $5,000 investment then would be worth almost $1 million today.

You can’t go back and buy Amazon 20 years ago…but we’ve uncovered what our analysts think is the next-best thing: A special stock with mind-boggling growth potential.

With hundreds of thousands business customers already signed up, this stock has been described as “strikingly similar to an early”

To learn more about it, click here.

Surging Digital Subscriptions Are Validating The New York Times’ Business Model

The venerable media company recorded its highest number of new digital subscriptions ever in the first quarter of 2017.

May 11, 2017 at 4:50PM
The New York Times Company (NYSE:NYT) reported credible first-quarter earnings on May 5, as digital revenue offset continued declines in the company’s print media business. Excuse the pun, but after we review the “headline” numbers, we’ll delve into the quarter’s details, as well as theTimes‘ subscription and revenue outlook.

The New York Times earnings: The raw numbers

Metric Q1 2017 Q1 2016 Year-Over-Year Growth
Revenue $398.8 million $379.5 million 5.1%
Net income $13.1 million ($8.3) million N/A
Diluted earnings per share $0.08 ($0.05) N/A


What happened with The New York Times this quarter?

  • Circulation revenue rose 11.2% to $242.4 million. A decline in print circulation was offset by an extremely vigorous expansion of digital subscribers, as well as an increase in The New York Times home delivery pricing.
  • The Times added 308,000 new digital-only subscriptions, setting a company record. The admirable haul exceeded the prior year increase by 62%. Total digital-only subscribers now exceed 2.2 million.
  • Crossword subscriptions surged 45% to 285,000. Revenue from crossword subscriptions made up 4% of total digital-only subscription revenue in the first quarter.
  • Advertising revenue dropped 6.9% to $130 million. Print advertising revenue fell by 17.9% to $80.4 million. This decline was partially offset by digital advertising revenue, which climbed a healthy 18.9% to $49.7 million.
  • “Other” revenue experienced a tangible increase of nearly 20% to $26.4 million. Management attributed the jump to new affiliate referral revenue from the purchase of two product recommendation web sites which the Times purchased in October 2016, The Wirecutter and The Sweethome.
  • Circulation, advertising, and other revenue all appear to be validating the Times‘ decisions over the past few years to pour resources into digital content and subscriptions. While print revenue remains a significant contributor to the company’s bottom line, expansion into branded content, and mobile display advertising, are clearly proponents of future revenue growth.
  • Operating expenses creeped up due to higher marketing expenses and acquisition-related costs. Operating expenses totaled $367.4 million during the quarter, a roughly 4.4% increase over the prior year quarter.
  • The Times recorded interest expense of $5.3 million, quite lower than Q1 2016 interest expense of $8.8 million. In the last sequential quarter, the company utilized some of its annual operating cash flow, as well as the sale of marketable securities, to retire $189.2 million of 6.625% notes which were due in December 2016. Thus, the Times should record favorable year-over-year quarterly interest expense comparisons throughout 2017.
Business man drinking coffee with folded newspaper.


What management had to say

As in the last sequential quarter, a portion of the huge ramp-up in digital subscriptions is seen as an effect of the 2016 election and current news cycle, in which attention to the evolving Donald Trump presidency appears to correlate with higher interest in The New York Times content.

Given this event-driven boost, investors are naturally concerned with the retention of new subscribers. CEO Mark Thompson treated this topic in detail during the company’s earnings call with analysts, stating the following:

We’ve seen an overall picture of an improvement in churn, which has been pretty consistent now for many quarters. Although it is too early to be certain that, that will continue with the very large number of new subscribers that we’ve had essentially around 1/4 of the whole that arrived in recent months.

I think it’s fair to say the early indications about retention in the early months are very encouraging relative to the previous cohorts coming in. These are subscribers, the overwhelming majority who are on introductory offers. We moved to longer introductory offers some time ago. And that is a, we think, is a significant factor in improved churn numbers. Because it turns out the long introductory offers, where people get habituated to Times, come to value it, are better at retaining subscribers.

Looking forward

While the Times doesn’t provide quarterly financial guidance, it does provide a rough overview of revenue outlook trends. In the second quarter of 2017, the organization sees total circulation revenues increasing at a “similar rate” to Q1 2017, while the rate of new digital-only subscriptions is expected to slow versus the last two sequential quarters. Total advertising revenues are expected to dip in the low- to mid-single digits against Q2 2016, which is roughly similar to the current quarter’s decline. In sum, performance may not be quite as sterling as the first quarter, but the Times hopes to maintain its digital subscriber momentum through the rest of 2017.

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What Will Smartphones Look Like in the Future?

The smartphone of the future may not look like, or even be, a phone as we know them today.

May 11, 2017 at 2:07PM
While today’s smartphone represents a major leap from the bulky phones of the 1980s, the smartphone of the future may look like something else entirely.

Even though the current smartphone has evolved from what our grandparents used back when you had to use a rotary dial to make a call, they are still in the form of handsets. What will smartphones look like in the future? They may not look like phones at all. The smartphone of the future might be something you wear or it may even be something that actually becomes a part of you.

A rotary phone next to a modern smartphone.


A brief history of smartphones

While many people think of Apple‘s (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPhone as the first smartphone, IBM (NYSE: IBM) actually had the first-ever phone with apps and a touchscreen with its little-remembered Simon.

What’s shocking though is that even though smartphones have evolved, the Simon in 1994 and the first iPhone more than a decade later in 2007, don’t look all that different from current handsets. The smartphone of today looks a lot like a nicer version of the smartphone of a decade ago, but what will smartphones look like in the future?

A look into the near future

In the short-term smartphone innovation will remain moderate. In reality, the biggest change in phones over the past five years has been the launch of “phablets,” phones that offer a screen size larger than a typical phone, but smaller than a tablet. There’s no strict definition for what makes a phablet, but anything with a screen around 5.5 inches to 7 inches roughly qualifies.

Over the next year or two expect similar small tweaks. Apple may, for example, launch a phone with an edge-to-edge screen that eliminates the “home” button. It’s also possible that a phone with screens on both sides will launch or that one of the major players will come up with a viable, bendable screen.

A big change will eventually come

While the next year or two of phones most likely won’t bring anything overly exciting or shockingly different, that will eventually change. At some point implanted or wearable augmented reality devices will replace our phones. Exactly what form that will take remains to be seen, but Facebook(NASDAQ: FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg believes it’s going to happen.

Speaking at the recent F8 Developer conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg suggested that glasses or contact lenses embedded with augmented reality (AR) technology could replace today’s “primitive” smartphones.

“We’re not using primitive tools today because we prefer primitive tools,” Zuckerberg said, according to Newsweek. “We’re using primitive tools because we’re still early in the journey to create better ones.”

The Facebook boss is not alone in believing that smartphones will be replaced by AR technology. Serial entrepreneur Elon Musk has created a company called Neuralink that will work to connect human brains to computers. The primary goal of that company is not eliminating smartphones, but if Musk succeeds, that could be a byproduct of his efforts.

It’s the end of the phone as we know it

At some point, after more than 100 years of using phones to communicate, the telephone will disappear. That may not happen soon, but it might be sooner than you think. While AR devices have struggled and mostly been used for gaming or other novelty uses, at some point that will change.

For that to happen, a company like Apple, IBM, Facebook, or Musk’s new effort will need to create a form factor that makes sense. Attempts at AR glasses have so far not caught on with the mainstream, perhaps because they are so obtrusive. It may take implants or invisible wearables like a contact lens to change the future of smartphones, but it does seem like at some point that change is inevitable.

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Utilizing the Power of 1×2 Call Spreads

1×2 call spreads are a powerful tool that can be used even by traders who aren’t crazy about options or generally stay away since they view them as very risky. I will go into 2 simple uses that are basically the same play for 2 different purposes. Both of these scenarios are meant for situations where you are already long the underlying stock.

  1. Stock Repair – this is the nickname sometimes given to buying a 1×2 ratio call spread when you are underwater on a stock. Say you hold a stock that is -10% from your entry for example and you just want out at break even. Even though it may be better to take your loss and move on to the next setup, we’ve all been in the situation where you hope to get out break even though we know that’s just a mental mind trap that hurts more than helps in trading…Bad habit: the desire not to take a loss or having to admit you had a bad trade. Anyway…


Let’s use $GDX for our example. Assume you bought 100 shares of GDX at $28 and it’s now at $25 so you have ~11% loss and you just want out at break even. Today, 2/9, you could buy the March $25 call for $1.24 and sell to open (or short) double the amount of March $26.50 strike calls for 65c (collecting $1.30). So you would be able to put the 1×2 package on for a small credit, 6c credit before commissions in this scenario (a credit is always desired as explained below). Important to note is that the 2nd call you sold is “covered” by the stock you own so it is not a “naked short”. Each call controls 100 shares so if you owned 100 shares of stock the stock repair size would be simply +1 x -2. If you owned 500 shares you would put on +5 x -10.

The reason this is called stock repair is because now you have the opportunity to make 2x the return from $25 to $26.50 ($26.50 = max profit level). So where before you needed a 12% rally to break even, now you only need 6% since you have effectively double the shares from $25 to $26.50 due to the calls. Break-even is now $26.50, not $28.

Important to note the trade-off with this strategy: if the stock goes to $30 you are capped at $26.50 max gain…you won’t lose above that but you also won’t make anything additional either. Timing is also an issue if the move happens too fast as the max profit level gets paid fully only on expiry so it pays to not go too far out with expirations otherwise you may have a situation where you are at max profit price wise but need to wait til expiration for it to fully pay and we know that the stock can obviously fall back below the upper strike again.

Also, the reason it is effectively a free option play…if the stock closes below $25, you lose nothing on the options since you put them on for a credit…both strikes expire worthless…that’s why putting it on for a credit is smart…you paid nothing (or even received $) for the 1×2. You still lose on the stock…but you would have regardless.

Below is a screen grab showing real prices that were used for the examples.

2) Press Your Bet – while the above 1×2 strategy works great for stock repair you can also use it to press your bet for a current position that is not under water or to initiate one that’s turbocharged for the first 6% . It is basically the same play but from a position of strength instead of weakness.

This works especially well when you have a price target say 5-10% higher that you would likely sell your position at. Either buy stock or have an existing stock position that you now pair up with the same 1×2 call spread. Now from $25 to $26.50 you make 6% effectively twice (6% on double the standalone position). Again, if stock is below $25 at 1×2 expiry then you only lose on the stock, not the options. The strategy adds additional gains than the standalone position would have with the stock above $25 at expiry with the Max profit capped at $26.50 and you make nothing more above that. But keep in mind that by not adding the 1×2 option press you would need over a +12% move in the standalone stock before you were better off without the 1×2.

The further out in time you are willing to go the wider the strikes you can use and more potential gain you can play for since the further out of the money strikes can be sold for either more credit or you can use even higher strikes for the same credit as an earlier expiry, lower strike, would get you.