Sunday, July 15, 2007
The solar stocks have been on a rampage lately on increasing volume and many of them have massive short positions. The poster child of this rally is First Solar, ticker FSLR (see above), which recently had a big gap up and run on $1.3B in new solar panel orders. FSLR has formed what looks like a short stroke (no pun) on the daily time frame. This is a pattern you see after a big move where a stock consolidates mostly sideways for a week or so before blasting higher again. According to IBD, this pattern provides an "itty bitty opportunity to buy shares."
Since going public last fall the short interest in this stock has steadily risen. Theres no doubt that this will be a great short at some point, but lets wait for signs of a top first and until then the premature shorts will propel this stock higher as they take losses. I am very bullish on this stock above $119.85 (the all time high) which is conveniently just below $120 so this may provide a pause for the inclined to buy $120 calls before they go in the money. This level would then be a nice price to set a stop or for a longer term hold or a trailing 8% stop might be effective given the 8% range in the short stroke.
I'll leave it up to the readers to check out the charts of the other solar stocks like JASO, TSL, LDK and SPWR, but they all look very similar. They are exploding higher as the short interest grows. One stock that for the most part has not joined along that is in this sector is WFR. I have been bearish on WFR for a couple of months now but the chart is starting look good again after a few months of consolidation and base building. If WFR can manage to close above $67.50 things could get interesting. Based on a rough measured rule $85 seem like a good target once WFR starts making new all time highs.
On a few other notes, ICE broke out and looks like an awesome buy at pretty much any price as it marches towards my $210 target. In fact Investors Business Daily recommended ICE as a buy in the weekend edition of the paper. SWKS has earnings after the close on Wednesday and I will probably take some profits (but not all) ahead of that announcement even though I am still very bullish on the stock. AHM might be finding some support at $14 but who knows, that stock is a train wreck. I am also interested in IMB as another mortgage company short (like AHM and PHM). IMB seems to have more downside potential than the other mortgage stocks and the chart is begging to be shorted. Finally, Brian over at Alpha Trends had some interesting short squeeze ideas over the weekend. Check them out.
And don't forget that July options expire on Friday, so deal with your July's if you haven't yet!
Disclosure: I own ICE calls, SWKS calls, AHM puts and IMB puts.