Saturday, April 3, 2010

Trading Stocks?

Trading For DummiesLATEST - OCLR
There was a 1 for 5 reverse split for OCLRD on 04/30/2010. A reverse split occurs when a company reduces the number of outstanding shares, while at the same time proportionally increasing the value per share. In theory, there should be no reduction in the value of the security. Once the stock begins trading, however, the price is always subject to market fluctuation. This stock continues to have a favorable buy recommendation on it.

OCLARO Inc Com (OCLR) is a company primarily involved in fiber optics communication networks. Some analysts are rating its performance at “Outstanding” with a Buy recommendation. It climbed in value from .40 to $2.90/share in one year (4/1/09 – 4/1/10) and since March 1 of this year, to the end of the month, it has climbed in value from $2 to $2.75/share.

PCBC: May 7, Even with huge financial problems and the fact that it sold off twice the last couple weeks – and in spite of the current market sell off - PCBC is back on the favorable stock list of some analysts and they are recommending buying it. It has climbed back up to more than the level where I first recommended it the last week of April.

PCBC: This morning, April 29, Pacific Cap Bancorp (PCBC) opened almost 50% down in value. Three days ago, April 26, I reported (below) that on April 25 profit takers sold off PCBC but it shortly rebounded more than $4/share and held until yesterday, April 28 allowing traders an opportunity to make further "fast plays". It was a good ride and traders made huge profits if they previously bought this company properly and sold by market close yesterday. Unfortunately, PCBC is plagued with finacial problems and now has lost its favorable recommendation status.

If you have been following PACIFIC CAP BANCORP NEW COM (PCBC), you would have seen profit takers selling it yesterday 4/25/10. It lost about a third of its value closing down at $3.47. A couple reasons prompted this sell off. The stock had climbed so high, so fast that traders wanted to take a profit while they could, and they where spooked by a report, "The case against buying small-cap stocks now" that was published on 4/23/10 speaking to the problems that plague PCBC. Despite this trader action and published opinion, the stock still has a favorable market analyst opinion on it. It is still rated as “Outperform” and has a recommended “Buy” on it. A stock like this is considered a speculative “fast play” opportunity. You would have made a huge profit if you had bought it last week and sold it yesterday. There still may be a chance to make more profit on it. The company is still set to report favorable earnings Thursday, 4/29/10. Although futures are pointing to a lower market opening this morning 4/27/10, early traders are buying PCBC - just before the open, the stock is up .11. Until the company reports its earnings, there still may be a chance to make a few bucks but you must watch the stock closely.

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