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Craig Seidler


Sunday, May 27, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Two weeks ago, investors acted like instinctual migratory birds that seemed satisfied heading in one direction (up) just because it felt right.

Sunday, May 20, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Three In A Row
After hitting the equivalent of a homerun on Wednesday, the market followed up with two well-earned base hits to end the week on a positive note.

Thursday, May 17, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Don't Look Now
After breaking through key levels on the Dow and S&P 500 just yesterday, we followed up it with a good ol' fashion follow through session today.

Tuesday, May 15, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Fed Comes Through
The Fed gave investors exactly what they wanted today.

Thursday, May 10, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
More Ammo For The Bulls
Given today's trifecta of upbeat news, you'd think the market would have held onto more of its early gains.

Tuesday, May 08, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Waiting On Cisco
A number of analysts jumped the gun in the Cisco waiting game, creating an air of confusion going into the networking giant's earnings release.

Thursday, May 03, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Unemployment Figures Unravel Market
We all knew that layoffs have accelerated, but today's jobless claims data seemed to rekindle economic worries that had been largely absent over the past week.

Tuesday, May 01, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Stocks Make Hay On May Day
May Day has two traditions, one being the celebration of the first spring planting, the other being the unification of laborers around the world through rallies, speeches and riots.

Thursday, April 26, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Construction Zone
You know the road signs, the ones on the highway that warn you at you will be "experiencing" construction hazards over the next ten or so miles.

Tuesday, April 24, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Who Could Ask For Anything More?
Even though it's been hard to be upbeat about the recent market action, from a technical standpoint, it deserves a gold star.

Thursday, April 19, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Fed Is On Our Side
With the Fed out in front blocking, investors are now more willing to take the ball and run.

Tuesday, April 17, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
We'll Take It
While today's market action wasn't all that impressive at first glance, things are starting to come together nicely behind the scenes.

Thursday, April 12, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
NASDAQ Strings Together Four
On the day before Good Friday, the market could do no wrong.

Tuesday, April 10, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Dow 10,000 In Rearview Mirror
March 15th was the last trading day that we closed above the psychologically important 10,000 mark.

Thursday, April 05, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Dell Says All Is Swell
Michael Dell's announcement that his computer company would likely meet its first-quarter EPS and sales estimates was all that was needed to jump start the averages today.

Tuesday, April 03, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Baseball Is Back
While baseball fans started flooding ballparks around the country to watch their favorite players swing for the fences, the market was doing its best not to strike out.

Thursday, March 29, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Window Dressing
As the first quarter of 2001 mercifully winds down, many mutual fund managers will be scurrying to add some winners to a list of holdings that almost certainly is littered with bow-wows.

Tuesday, March 27, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
And The Oscar Goes To……
The market!

Thursday, March 22, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Taming Of The Bear
The bears will have to wait another day before the DOW succumbs to their grasp.

Tuesday, March 20, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Vernal Equi-knocks
Today marked the vernal equinox, where day and night are equal, balanced and poised, but about to spill over towards the side of light and warmer days (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere).

Sunday, March 18, 2001 |  by: S.P. Brown
One For The Ages
The South Sea Company and the Mississippi Company have nothing on today's technology sector.

Thursday, March 15, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Consumer Sentiment On Trial
Traders beware, before you relax and start making St. Patrick's Day plans, keep in mind tomorrow will give us triple-witch combined with a quartet of economic news.

Tuesday, March 13, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Market Must Be Down
I know this to be true now because Lou Dobbs made his token appearance as the headline guest on the Today show this morning.

Thursday, March 08, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Dow Makes It Five Straight
While the NASDAQ called it quits after three in a row, the Dow was propelled higher today by the oldest of the old economy stocks.

Tuesday, March 06, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Baffling Bounce
Can I get a side of doubt with that rally?

Thursday, March 01, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
International Rumor Machine
International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) sparked a sharp late session rally on swirling rumors that an analyst was reiterating his positive 2001 outlook for the computer giant and that the company had supposedly given optimistic comments at an investor meeting.

Tuesday, February 27, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Takin'_Losses Says It's True
A disgruntled Cisco (NYSE:CSCO) investor, Takin'_Losses, just posted a message that we are going to get a 50-basis point intra-meeting rate cut, Cisco is going to warn and the NASDAQ will rally 30% before the end of March.

Thursday, February 22, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Volatility Reigns
The indices were all over the board today.

Tuesday, February 20, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
This Isn't A Limbo Contest
How low can you go?

Thursday, February 15, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Ciena Revises Upward
That's no misprint. To the great surprise of investors and analysts alike, a tech company actually revised year 2001 revenues higher.

Tuesday, February 13, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Walking the Tightrope
Ringling-Brothers and Barnum and Bailey should be so lucky to have a performer such as the likes of our Fed Chairman.

Thursday, February 08, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Rotation, Rotation, Rotation
No, I haven't confused the old real estate adage with proper tire maintenance.

Tuesday, February 06, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Waiting On A Friend
Tech stocks are on trial after the bell today, as its hero steps before the jury disheveled, battered and feeling only a fraction of its former self (55.31% of its former self to be exact).

Thursday, February 01, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Score One for the Market
January is now in the books and lucky for us, it has been entered in the plus column.

Tuesday, January 30, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Consumers Pessimistic
The latest report out of the Conference Board indicates that consumers have not been so shaky about the future since a similar reading was seen four years ago.

Thursday, January 25, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Rewind To 2000
When investors finally returned to consciousness after being lulled into a catatonic, Humphrey-Hawkins induced stupor, most thought they had been transported back to the stock market of 2000.

Tuesday, January 23, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Tide Is Turning
As an avid fisherman, I can tell you that the best time to catch fish is when the tide is moving.

Thursday, January 18, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Big Blue Brightens Bourses
The biggest of the blue chip tech stocks intoxicated investors today with its earnings and sales reports.

Thursday, January 11, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
NASDAQ Makes It Three
The last time the NASDAQ posted three up-days in a row, investors were busy closing up the summer home and catching the last few rays of sun on the beach.

Tuesday, January 09, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Funky Finnish Phone Forecast
The NASDAQ followed through nicely from yesterday's late day rally but did so without the help of the wireless phone group.

Thursday, January 04, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Market Runs Out of Energy
After a huge run up yesterday, stocks settled back to digest the surprise 50-basis-point rate cut that served to induce giddy buying across the board within the technology sector.

Tuesday, January 02, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Happy New Year?
It was out with the bad and in with the worse for the first trading day of the New Year.

Thursday, December 28, 2000 |  by: Craig Seidler
NASDAQ Glamours Need A Makeover
The big cap tech stocks that we were so proud to own in our portfolios last year are not even worth looking at now, unless you have a Tums on hand.

Tuesday, December 26, 2000 |  by: Craig Seidler
Coming Close To The Finish Line
There are just three more days left in the trading year, a year that most investors would rather forget.

Thursday, December 21, 2000 |  by: Craig Seidler
With Visions of Rate Cuts Dancing in Their Heads
The Fed elves are too late to deliver what the market really wants for Christmas.

Tuesday, December 19, 2000 |  by: Craig Seidler
Fed Sits Tight, Market Takes Flight
Did anybody catch the truck that blindsided the market at about 2:15 p.m. eastern time?

Thursday, December 14, 2000 |  by: Craig Seidler
We Need a Leader
Last night's gracious concession by Vice President Gore finally confirmed who would be our country's next leader, but who is going to be the market's next leader?

Tuesday, December 12, 2000 |  by: Craig Seidler
Meet, Meet, Miss, Meet, Miss
It was a day of duck, duck goose on Wall Street, with companies in a variety of sectors doling out earnings guidance for next quarter.

Thursday, December 07, 2000 |  by: Craig Seidler
More Warnings and Analyst Actions
Companies threw more stones into the tech pond today, causing ripples that rocked stocks from shoreline to shoreline.

Tuesday, December 05, 2000 |  by: Craig Seidler
This morning, Chairman Greenspan put a match to the powder keg of sidelined cash.

Thursday, November 30, 2000 |  by: Craig Seidler
Like We Needed Another Reason To Sell Tech
Investors picked up right where they left off on Wednesday, with their finger on the sell button.

Tuesday, November 28, 2000 |  by: Craig Seidler
Uncle, Uncle
With new reports out today indicating that this market has seen enough pain, the Fed still has the market's arm twisted behind its back.

Tuesday, November 21, 2000
The Big D
Many traders will be spending Thursday evening on a couch watching football with their belt buckles undone.

Thursday, November 16, 2000
The Market Is Kissed by A Prince
Waxing poetically about the great future of the market, multi-billionaire Price Alwalleed was the latest Bull to come to the market's rescue.

Tuesday, November 14, 2000
Put Away the White Flag, For Now
The retail sector poked the market in the side this morning, to remind it that it's the time of year that the market is supposed to be rallying.

Tuesday, November 14, 2000
Put Away the White Flag, For Now
The retail sector poked the market in the side this morning, to remind it that it's the time of year that the market is supposed to be rallying.

Thursday, November 09, 2000
Stung By a Butterfly
With a name like the "Butterfly Ballot" who would have thought that it would have the ability to sting the market and the nation like it has in the last 48 hours.

Tuesday, November 07, 2000
Not So Super Tuesday
The elections took center stage today as traders chose to watch the polls instead of stocks.

Thursday, November 02, 2000
Everyday is Groundhog Day for the Chips
Traders woke up, stuck their heads out from under their blankets, looked around and decided, yes, we like the semis today.

Tuesday, October 31, 2000
You'll Get a Tummy Ache
Investors couldn't wait until tonight to collect sweets door to door, instead they gorged themselves on tasty treats that came in the form of beaten down technology shares.

Thursday, November 02, 2000
Everyday is Groundhog Day for the Chips
Traders woke up, stuck their heads out from under their blankets, looked around and decided, yes, we like the semis today.

Thursday, October 26, 2000
Focused On Fiber
Fiber-optics companies have grabbed the headlines this week, but the company in the news today has been dealing in fiber since 1906.

Tuesday, October 24, 2000
Can You See The Market Through the Chips?
National Semiconductor (NSM) upset the Nasdaq (COMPX) applecart and sent the Semiconductor Index (SOX.X) down 60.89 or 7.8%, to 716.37.

Thursday, October 19, 2000
Mr. Softee Plays Hardball
Microsoft (MSFT) took the whole market on its back today, rallying both the Dow (INDU) and the NASDAQ (COMPX) to triple digit gains.

Tuesday, October 17, 2000
Just Another Brick in the Wall
This wall of worry that we are climbing gets bigger everyday and now appears to be topped with barbed wire to boot.

Tuesday, October 10, 2000
Downgrades Knock Chips off the Fence
Downgrades in two of the semiconductor industry heavy hitters resulted in some big losses across the board in the chip sector today.

Thursday, October 05, 2000
Soaps and Detergents Clean Up After Dell
After the bell on Wednesday, Dell Computer (DELL) reported that it expects revenues for the third quarter to be softer than expected.

Wednesday, September 27, 2000
$19 A Share?? I'll Give Ya $10.75!
Shareholders of (PCLN) named-their-own-price on the company's stock today, driving it down $7.88, or 44%, to a 52-week low of $10.75.

Ask the Trader

Wednesday, May 23, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Comments On MRVC
MRV Communications (NASDAQ:MRVC) is a classic example of a cup and handle breakout.

Wednesday, May 16, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Relative Strength
What's the best way to trade off relative strength?

Wednesday, May 09, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Bollinger Bands
When using Bollinger Bands, it's best to think of them as a target.

Wednesday, May 02, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Checking Into Dynegy
Dynegy (NYSE:DYN) has been on our radar screen for about a month now.

Wednesday, April 25, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Genzyme Split
Thanks for writing and we are certainly glad you were able to take advantage of some of our picks.

Wednesday, April 18, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
EMC Trade
EMC Corp. (NYSE:EMC) is looking good here but if you wait, I think a better entry point could present itself soon.

Wednesday, April 04, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Fan Principle
For those of you that are trendline traders I have another method for you to put in your trading toolbox.

Wednesday, March 28, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Time Periods and Indicators
It sounds like you have all the bases covered!

Wednesday, March 21, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Lu-Lu Over Lucent
Lucent has been a chartist's and a fundamentalist's worst nightmare over the past 14 months.

Wednesday, March 14, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Think Stop Before You Go
Stops are an efficient way for traders to limit losses while largely removing the psychological pain of taking those losses.

Wednesday, March 07, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Play-By-Play On Two Split Candidates
Sungard Data Systems (NASDAQ:SDS) has indeed been a bright spot within the stormy NASDAQ.

Wednesday, February 28, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Dissecting A Long Term Buy In GE
General Electric (NYSE:GE) is a company with an amazing growth story.

Wednesday, February 21, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Momentum Defined
Like everything within the realm of charting, there is the cut and dry definition of a metric and then there is the "art" of applying that metric.

Wednesday, February 14, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Universal Health Services Revisited
The chart pattern that keyed us into Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) is most commonly seen during a recovery in the market.

Wednesday, February 07, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Question On Qualcomm
Qualcomm, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM), the darling of 1999, has since come back to earth.

Wednesday, January 31, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Holding Out For Helix
After looking at the chart and glancing at the fundamentals, Helix (NASDAQ:HELX) appears to be a good bet at these levels.

Wednesday, January 17, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Why Wait for Breakouts
It seems like you are leaving a lot on the table by waiting for a stock to break out of a range.

Wednesday, January 10, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Reviewing Retailers
How does Wal-Mart look here and do you expect it to outperform as Greenspan cuts rates?

Wednesday, January 03, 2001 |  by: Craig Seidler
Analyzing a Utility and a Recreation Stock
If I could get your opinion on Keyspan Corporation please?

Wednesday, December 27, 2000 |  by: Craig Seidler
Let's Review A Recent Play Pick: Take Three
What technical indicators gave you the buy signal on XL Capital?

Wednesday, December 20, 2000 |  by: Craig Seidler
Let's Review A Recent Play Pick: Take Two
What happened to Concord EFS?

Wednesday, December 13, 2000 |  by: Craig Seidler
Let's Review A Recent Play Pick
What caught your eye when you picked up Quest Diagnostics?

Wednesday, December 06, 2000 |  by: Craig Seidler
A Beautiful Chart
What are cup-and-handle charts, and can they be profitable?

Wednesday, November 29, 2000 |  by: Craig Seidler
Stocks on our list that may be ready to move?
I'm starting to get a watch list going and would like to include some Split Candidates off of your list.

Wednesday, November 22, 2000 |  by: Craig Seidler
Safety in Safeway?
In the Tuesday Commentary you mention that food and beverage stocks are doing well.

Wednesday, November 15, 2000 |  by: Craig Seidler
What are "circuit breakers?"
Thanks for covering "trading cubs" in your Readers Write section. I've also heard of people speaking of "circuit breakers." What does this mean?

Wednesday, November 08, 2000 |  by: Craig Seidler
Why do you use candlesticks charts almost exclusively? What's a Dragonfly Doji?
I've always used bar charting, but I notice that you use candlesticks exclusively in your analysis.

Wednesday, November 01, 2000 |  by: Craig Seidler
Strong Reversal Patterns
Since early this March we have all watched this market drop like just about any opponent versus Mike Tyson.

Wednesday, October 25, 2000 |  by: Craig Seidler
Texas Instruments
Could you please give your analysis on Texas Instruments?

Wednesday, October 18, 2000
What's with AKAM?
Akam won't be at split-levels again for a while, but would SplitTrader consider recommending it as a momentum play?

Wednesday, October 11, 2000
A Primer on Shorting
I have never shorted a stock before, but in this market environment, I feel like I am missing out because of my hesitation to short.

Wednesday, October 04, 2000
The Semiconductor Industry Has Been Roaring, Why Haven't the Stocks?
Semiconductor stocks have always surfed the demand wave generated by the telecom, PC and electronics sectors.

Monday, October 02, 2000
Looking for a bull in technology?
Pull up a chair, you might be waiting a while.

Monday, September 25, 2000
Stochastics for Trading
Stochastics is a mathematical algorithm that processes data from one form to another.

Monday, September 18, 2000
Using the Relative Strength Index (RSI)
The RSI is a price-following oscillator that ranges between 0 and 100.

Monday, September 11, 2000
Support and Resistance Guidelines
Support and resistance is analogous to supply and demand.

Tuesday, September 05, 2000
A look at Trendlines
"The trend is your friend," is one of the oldest trading maxims, not to mention one of the most useful.

Monday, August 28, 2000
What's Your Trading Goal?
For nearly everyone who reads, the goal is to develop better trading and investment skills to take advantage of market opportunities.

Monday, August 21, 2000
Some Basics on Shorting
You've spent some time defining trading terminology. I would appreciate it if you would please define the purpose of "shorting", adv. and disadvantages.

Monday, August 14, 2000
What Technical Methods are Best?
Technical analysis is a very diversified field of study and, not surprisingly, full of several different trading methodologies.

Monday, August 07, 2000
Practice Brings Confidence
Imagine a professional place kicker being called into the game with just seconds left on the clock.


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Trading Split-Adjusted June 15
Krispy Kreme (KKD) splits 2:1

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Trading Split-Adjusted June 21
Radian Group (RDN) splits 2:1

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Trading Split-Adjusted June 19
FuelCell Energy (FCEL) splits 2:1

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Trading Split-Adjusted June 19
SunGard Data Systems (SDS) splits 2:1
Diagnostic Products (DP) splits 2:1
Shuffle Master (SHFL) splits 3:2
Fred's Inc. (FRED) splits 5:4
Cheesecake Factory (CAKE) splits 3:2

Expirations by Payable Date
Trading Split-Adjusted June 18
Genesee & Wyoming (GNWR) splits 3:2
International Bancshares (IBOC) splits 5:4
Eagle Bancorp (EGBN) splits 7:5



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