Working backwards through the year, here are some of the better calls by technicians as reported in The TaskMaster column. Jeff deGraaf, senior technical analyst at Lehman Brothers, issued a sell recommendation on stocks the week of Dec. 9 , accurately forecasting that Santa would not be paying stockholders a visit this year. Several technicians made bullish calls at or around the market's October lows, most prominently Rick Bensignor, chief technical analyst at Morgan Stanley. The morning of Oct. 10, the day major averages hit their intraday lows for the cycle, Bensignor declared "one of the best buying opportunities of the year" had arrived. In addition, the technician expressed particular favor for high beta stocks -- namely low-priced technology names -- which vastly outperformed stock proxies during the rally. Back on Aug. 21 , just a day before the rally from the July lows peaked, Phil Erlanger of Erlanger's Squeeze Play warned "the market is in trouble" and said there were few reasons to "bet on the long side." Speaking of the July lows, Woody Dorsey of Market Semiotics, correctly forecast on July 25 that "stocks have finally given a real reversal" that should result in "good interim lows." Around the same time, Kevin Depew, a technical analyst at Dorsey Wright & Associates, was another chart-watcher who made similar observations . Meanwhile, Bernie Schaeffer of Schaeffer's Research, suggested that a "major rally ... was not precluded," but warned that "the 'all clear' signal for jumping back full bore into this market has not sounded, and the possibility of major additional damage before the ultimate bottom is far from remote." Those July lows followed some heavy-duty selling of stocks in late June and July. On the cusp of that selloff, Depew warned that "the risk is high in all stocks." Jordi Visser, head of hedge fund sales at Morgan Stanley, showed how a series of technical indicators presaged the market rally in late April.