Stocks Near Big Breakout, Tesla Shorts Can't Win, Booking May Fall 12%

Stocks Near Big Breakout, Tesla Shorts Can’t Win, Booking May Fall 12%

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Stocks Near Big Breakout, Tesla Shorts Can’t Win, Booking May Fall 12%


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S&P 500

The good news, the S&P 500 finished above 2,853 today, at 2,857. The next hurdle for the index is to take out the highs around 2,875. Then a move likely to 2,900 and beyond. In fact, it could even result in a bit of melt-up pushing the index on to 3,000. Unless you are new here, you know I have been calling for the S&P 500 to rise to 3,000 since late last year and even since the end of the third quarter for 2017.  I still see no reason why that can’t happen, and soon.
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Netflix had a nice bounce back today, rising to $327. But noticed where the stock failed on the chart today, right at resistance around $332. That price will be crucial tomorrow to know if today’s rally was a one day bounce or a sign of a turn higher in the stock. A rise above $332 likely sends the stock back on towards $357.



Amazon fell again today, and is stepping it way lower, and continues to look as though $1840 is still in play.



If you are a Tesla short, you have to be pulling your hair out.  Tesla was down by $20 bucks in pre-market trading, albeit on no volume. But still, the stock managed to stage a comeback and finish up on the day at $309.
The stock bounced when it was supposed to off the uptrend, using the Log chart. I will repeat it, in case I haven’t said it enough, for the stock to go lower there needs to be more than short-sellers. Either the shorts need to put more pressure on the stock, or they are going to need real sellers to step in. At this point do not think that is going happen.


The cost to borrow shares of Tesla to then go short is around 3 percent. There is likely still plenty of stock to lend, which means the shorts have a lot more work to do.

Months ago I highlighted why the shorts can’t win in Tesla, from January and bunch of other thoughts. An Intelligent Way Of Looking At Tesla’s Results


I got a request to take a look at, and from a fundamental standpoint, I can’t say I know the story super well. Based on the estimates and growth rates, it is hard to argue shares are expensive at 18.4 times next years earnings. Earnings growth in 2019 is forecast at 13 percent on 12 percent revenue growth. TripAdvisor is far more expensive at more than 33 times. Meanwhile, Expedia trades at 20 times and offers the best growth profile.

EXPE PE Ratio (Forward 1y) Chart

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EXPE PE Ratio (Forward 1y) data by YCharts

The chart on Booking doesn’t look particularly strong. I could make a solid case for shares to decline to roughly $1.630 from $1,860, a drop of about 12 percent.



The moment of truth is coming for the 10-year treasury butting up against support at an uptrend. Should yields break 2.80, they may have much further to fall to 2.6 percent.


That is going to be it today, good luck tomorrow.


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