Last week’s stock picks*:

VA: ARII -4.53%
TF: MU +1.50%
ST: IDRA +29.89%
SS: ANIP +1.52%

On the agenda this week will be central bank announcements and retail sales. A reader mentioned that one of my picks had made him $400 the other week which made my day.

I think my short term stock picking is improving and our stock picks did well last week after a 30% jump in Idera Pharmaceuticals $IDRA. Our short pick $ANIP actually jumped higher too, but in the end it finished lower on the week which was nice.

Last week's stock picks chart

Last week’s stock picks. Src: Google Finance

Here’s this week’s stock picks: (Vote for your favourite at the end)


Select Medical Holdings Corpo $SEM

I have said before that value stocks are not ideal for short term trading. The difference here is that I’m looking for good quality companies that also have a catalyst to move higher over the next 5 days.

Select Medical Holdings Corporation $SEM is a company I like which recently moved past a downward trend-line. The company has grown EPS at an impressive 86% over the past 5 years and has an ROE of 20%. The stock hit a new 50 day high last week and that momentum looks likely to continue.

sem stock chart


Expedia Inc. $EXPE

Online travel company Expedia Inc. was highlighted before on this blog and shares have continued to do well. The chart is starting to look a little overbought, however, there is a lot of momentum behind $EXPE at the moment and sentiment is touching 100% on social trading platform StockTwits. There could be some more gains in store this week.

I also considered IsoRay $ISR but the stock did not meet my minimum price criteria of $2.

expedia stock chart

Trend following

Hewlett-Packard Co. $HPQ

Laptop, computer, and printer manufacturer Hewlett-Packard has been a steady pick for trend followers at times this year and shares hit another 52-week high last week.

Although $HPQ has a PEG ratio over 3, price-to-sales is only 0.66 and PE is 15.10. The stock has a high level of bullish sentiment and has moved higher for eight consecutive weeks. As shown on the weekly chart below.

hpq stock picks stock chart

Short Sellers

Abercrombie & Fitch $ANF

I would not be surprised to see $ANIP move lower again but I’m going for Abercrombie & Fitch. The clothing retailer is trending downwards and has fallen 15% year-to-date.

Despite that the stock still looks expensive according to it’s financial ratios. PEG is over 4 and PE is 60.64.

anf stock chart

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*Hypothetical results. Commissions and slippage not applied.

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