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Nine Stocks Take Trip to the Woodshed

Stocks in this article: BIDU CHRW GME MCO LTM MHP STZ TWC YUM

Gamestop (GME) ($25.20) revealed that some used video games sold at the retailer would not work on the new Xbox game console and the stock dropped from a high of $27.01 on Feb. 5 to a low of $23.75 on Feb. 6. GME has been chopping around between $28.35 on Dec. 13 to $22.30 on Jan. 11, so the stock has been extremely volatile. GME has been bouncing off its 200-week SMA in recent weeks at $22.51 with a buy rating and influenced by a monthly value level at $24.16 and a quarterly pivot at $25.98.

Moody's (MCO) ($47.49) fell in sympathy with a Justice Department's civil charges against its ratings rival Standard & Poor's. MCO has not been charged concerning inflated ratings on toxic mortgage securities but the stock fell from a multi-year high at $55.58 on Feb. 1 to $42.71 on Feb. 5 holding its 200-day SMA at $43.15. MCO has a buy rating with my annual value level at $39.68 with a semiannual risky level at $48.54.

Life Time Fitness (LTM) ($41.50) pre-announced weaker than expected preliminary quarterly results on Jan. 31 and the stock plunged from $50.99 to $39.10 on Feb. 1. LTM has a hold rating with a semiannual value level at $40.02, which held at the low, with a weekly risky level at $47.70.

McGraw-Hill (MHP) ($44.61) fell from a multi-year high at $58.62 on Feb. 1 to a low of $43.33 on Feb. 5 on the potential $5 billion charge against their S&P ratings agency on alleged inflated ratings on mortgage-backed securities filed by the Justice Department. MHP has a buy rating after plunging below its 200-day SMA at $50.44. My semiannual value level is $34.97 with an annual pivot at $45.86 and another annual pivot, now a risky level at $55.59.

Constellation Brands (STZ) ($31.37) was flying high with an all-time high at $39.64 on Jan. 29 and plunged to a low of $28.37 on Jan. 31, as the Justice Department considers blocking a beer merger that would have a Bud and Corona under one umbrella. The stock closed that day above its 200-day SMA now at $30.23. STZ has a buy rating with my semiannual value level at $29.94, which held at the low, an annual pivot at $30.65, which is a magnet, and a weekly risky level at $35.08.

Time Warner Cable (TWC) ($88.09) beat EPS estimates by 3 cents a share on Jan. 30 earning $1.57 per share, but the stock fell on weaker than expected forward guidance. TWC closed at $100.70 on Jan. 30 and traded as low as $86.80 on Feb. 1, and is below its 200-day SMA at $89.08. The stock has a buy rating without a value level with a semiannual pivot at 92.08 and weekly risky level at $96.86.

Yum! Brands (YUM) ($62.93) beat EPS estimates by 2 cents a share on Feb. 4 earning 83 cents per share, but repeated warnings about its KFC unit in China, where there is food safety concerns about KFC's chicken. This stock has been taken behind the woodshed three times since setting a multi-year high at $74.75 on Nov. 29. The stock traded as low as $59.68 on Feb. 5 following its latest whipping. The stock is rated a buy with a monthly value level at $61.37, which held around the low, with a weekly risky level at $65.55.

At the time of publication the author held no positions in any of the stocks mentioned.

This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.

Richard Suttmeier has an engineering degree from Georgia Tech and a master of science from Brooklyn Poly. He began his career in the financial services industry in 1972 trading U.S. Treasury securities in the primary dealer community. In 1981 he formed the Government Bond Department at LF Rothschild and helped establish that firm as a primary dealer in 1986. Richard began writing market research in 1984 and held positions as market strategist at firms such as Smith Barney, William R Hough, Joseph Stevens, and Rightside Advisors. He joined in 2008 producing newsletters covering the U.S. capital markets, and a universe of more than 7,000 stocks. Richard employs a "buy and trade" investment strategy and can be reached at
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