Top Trades Outside of Tech
This column was originally published on RealMoney on Jan. 25 at 12:10 p.m. EST. It's being republished as a bonus for TheStreet.com readers. For more information about subscribing to RealMoney, please click here.
After three weeks of stomach-wrenching turns, the tech sector is so disjointed that it's almost impossible to figure out how to play the group. You can chase around these four-letter favorites if you want, but I'd rather risk my capital in more reliable corners of the market. Let's focus today on the top non-tech trades.
To get a leg up on them, I've been scanning my databases, looking for rotation that exposes the stealthy action of speculators placing bets on new sectors, ideas and trade setups. This is January, the time of year when fresh cash burns big holes in the pockets of market players, so I figure that folks won't be sitting on the sidelines for too long, waiting for the elusive all-clear signal.
Big chunks of capital have poured into blue-chips, retail and biotech stocks in the past few weeks, but where is the rest of it going? Let's see where the money might be headed as we approach the second month of this interesting year.
Fronteer DevelopmentIndustrial metals and mining stocks have made a quiet comeback, with many of them challenging last year's lofty levels. Good stockpicking skills are required in taking sector exposure, because January performance has been uneven, to say the least. Fronteer Development Group (FRG) is one lesser-known play in the group.
Neurocrine BiosciencesLast year's dogs could become this year's winners, or at least stop barking for a few months. Last May, Neurocrine Biosciences (NBIX) triggered a wave of sleepless nights and empty wallets when it dropped 34 points in a single session. The stock spent the next seven months looking for a bottom, before starting a weak recovery.
AsiaInfo HoldingsWhat's not to love about Asian plays these days? The broad range of these stocks trading on American exchanges and their excellent liquidity give market players all kinds of opportunities from which to choose. My favorite name in the group is AsiaInfo Holdings (ASIA), a volatile issue that's still trading in single digits.
Health Care Select Sector SPDRHealth care stocks got bid up in recent months but took it on the chin with the broad market during the recent decline. However, the group is setting up for an excellent recovery, so readers should consider buying aggressively on pullbacks. Just make sure to choose the right trading vehicles.
Krispy KremeI'm not sure which category Krispy Kreme (KKD) should fall into. Is it a former momentum favorite that's looking for new love? Or perhaps it's a turnaround story that's turned around for so long that it's starting to get dizzy. In either case, the stock bottomed out in 2005 after a dramatic fall from grace that wiped out 90% of its value.
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