Stock Pick Update: January 8 – January 14, 2020

January 9, 2020

Let’s check which stock could magnify S&P’s gains in case it rallies, and which stocks would be likely to decline the most if S&P plunges. Here are our stock picks for the Wednesday, January 8 – Tuesday, January 14 period.

The Stock Pick Update for the Thursday, January 2 – Tuesday, January 7, 2020 period resulted in a modest loss of 0.09%. The S&P 500 index has lost 0.23% in the same period. Below we include statistics and the details of the previous updates. Only the updates for week-long periods ending on December 24 and January 7 are verified by the alert’s release on our website, but before we decided to make it available to you, we tested our approach and our stock picks performed very well:

  • Jan 7, 2020

Long Picks: GD, CHRW, CTL, CLX, CSCO

Short Picks: PM, ANSS, HST, JCI, EA

Average long result: -1.15%, average short result: 0.97%

Total profit (average): -0.09%

  • Dec 24, 2019


Short Picks: LLY, MS, AES, DRE, AME

Average long result: 1.12%, average short result: -1.31%

Total profit (average): -0.10%

  • Dec 17, 2019

Long Picks: WMT, FAST, SEE, ZTS, SLB

Short Picks: BMY, PSX, SST, LW, EMR

Average long result: 2.45%, average short result: -1.69%

Total profit (average): 0.38%

  • Dec 10, 2019

Long Picks: PSA, OXY, DE, ILMN, TTWO

Short Picks: ZTS, DIS, LW, WELL, PSX

Average long result: 0.87%, average short result: 1.30%

Total profit (average): 1.08%

  • Dec 03, 2019



Average long result: -0.03%, average short result: 1.55%

Total profit (average): 0.76%

  • Nov 26, 2019

Long Picks: VTR, YUM, HAL, ADI, CME

Short Picks: MSFT, JPM, ABT, WELL, LOW

Average long result: 1.89%, average short result: -0.50%

Total profit (average): 0.69%

  • Nov 19, 2019

Long Picks: PSA, DUK, EBAY, MMC, MMM

Short Picks: C, CAT, TXN, PLD, SO

Average long result: 1.08%, average short result: -1.50%

Total profit (average): -0.21%

The broad stock market has reached historically high levels recently. Last year’s breathtaking December correction was followed by the record-breaking comeback rally. The late October – early November breakout led to another leg higher, as the S&P 500 index broke above the 3,200 mark. But will the rally continue? If the market goes higher, which stocks are going to beat the index? And if it reverses down from here, which stocks are about to outperform on the short side?

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

We will assume the following: the stocks will be bought or sold short on the opening of today’s trading session (January 2) and sold or bought back on the closing of the next Tuesday’s trading session (January 7).

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

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

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

Let’s start with our first charts (charts courtesy of


There’s a S&P 500’s 30-minute chart along with market sector indicators for the past month.  The S&P 500 index has gained 3.82% since December 6. The strongest sector was Energy XLE, as it gained 7.72%. The Technology XLK gained 6.92% and the Consumer Discretionary XLY gained 4.65%.

On the other hand, the weakest sector was Real Estate XLRE, as it gained just 0.10%. The Consumer Staples XLP gained 0.16% and Materials XLB gained 0.40% in the last 30 days.

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

Contrarian approach (betting against the recent trend):

  • buys: 1 x Real Estate, 1 x Consumer Staples, 1 x Materials
  • sells: 1 x Energy, 1 x Technology, 1 x Consumer Discretionary

Trend-following approach:

  • buys: 1 x Energy, 1 x Technology
  • sells: 1 x Real Estate, 1 x Consumer Staples

Contrarian approach

Top 3 Buy Candidates

VTR Ventas, Inc. – Real Estate

The VTR stock remains slightly below its two-month-long downward trend line. It may act as a neckline of the inverse head and shoulders pattern. If the price breaks above the line, we could see short-term advance towards the resistance level of $60-62.

COST Costco Wholesale Corp. – Consumer Staples

The Costco Wholesale Corp. stock continues to trade above the support level of $290. We could see an attempt at breaking above a potential falling wedge pattern. The resistance level is at around $295.

ECL Ecolab, Inc. - Materials

The stock retraced its mid-December advance and it is back at the support level of its previous consolidation. Therefore we may see an attempt at reversing short-term downtrend here.

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

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Paul Rejczak

Stock Trading Strategist

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