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By Eric Jackson
7:53 a.m. EDT
2. Broadcom Shake 'n Bake
By Alan Farley
7:54 a.m. EDT Broadcom ( BRCM) is trading over $24 in today's premarket, a seven-month high, after positive Apple ( AAPL) earnings. This is no man's land for new long positions, because the rising highs trendline is way too close, and that level could trigger a downturn that drops the stock down to the 20-day SMA at $22. So, if you're interested in anything other than a daytrade, wait for a pullback to the 20-day SMA, or a three-to-five-day consolidation at support near $23, or a breakout over the rising-highs trendline near $25. More technical comments on the stock and annotated chart here.
By Paul Rubillo
11:08 a.m. EDT Just a quick note. I have been slowly legging into the UltraShort Financials ProShares ( SKF) and just minutes ago, into the UltraShort Real Estate ProShares ( SRS). There are some potential obstacles with the short bias, regarding earnings after the bell with American Express ( AXP), Amazon ( AMZN) and Microsoft ( MSFT). That said, traders should consider a slow hand when going into these names today. Remember the Dow is already down 300 points this week, so a big plunge may not exactly be around the corner from these levels. Either way, the risk/reward feels better than it did yesterday. We'll need to evaluate the game plan as the day progresses. Long SRS, SKF
4. Calling GLD
By Phil Pearlman
11:30 a.m. EDT While I have been and remain long SPDR Gold ( GLD), I also have a system of building and managing positions and so I am taking this strength in the name as an opportunity to begin writing May out-of-the-money calls against a portion of it. My two goals are to build a full position over time and lower my cost basis. Presently, I have two-thirds of a position and will write near-month puts on extreme weakness. I am writing calls on one-third to one-half of my current position over today and tomorrow; I have begun this process by selling very small May 94 and 95s and will write more into the end of the day assuming continued strength. Long GLD, short GLD calls
5. eBay Surges to New Highs
By Gary Morrow
12:43 p.m. EDT Heavy volume has pushed eBay ( EBAY) to new highs for the year. The stock is up 8% after beginning the day with a powerful gap higher open. Volume is already well ahead of the daily average and will likely end the day as the heaviest positive day in six months. The early morning strength follows last night's first-quarter earnings report (EPS 39 cents vs. 34-cent consensus estimate/revenue $2.02 billion vs. $1.98 billion consensus estimate). eBay bulls have ignited a breakaway gap that has left behind a solid five-month base that has been in place since the late November lows. Over the past five months, the stock has been trading in a very narrow range after dropping 70% from its 2008 highs. This healthy consolidation strengthened dramatically in early March after eBay took out its 2008 lows. Volume on the break was heavy, but the stock gave up little ground below the $10.00 area.