Friday, July 29, 2011

Debt Ceiling Political Weapon Craziness

I promised you a roller coaster for the financial markets this week, and that is exactly what we are getting. The on again/off again talks and the finger pointing that follows seems to be generating round lot moves of 30 points in the S&P 500. The high frequency trading algorithms are running wild.

Keep in mind that what the republicans in the House of Representatives are trying to pull off here nothing less than a Coup ‘d Etat. Their machinations are a blatant attempt to expand the power of the House while they command a majority. The debt ceiling has never before been used in this way.

They have taking a normal housekeeping matter and to turn it into a political weapon. Now that they have set the precedent, you can expect the democrats to behave just as badly next time they are in the driver’s seat, making all our lives permanently miserable.

I have traded markets like this before, and there is only one way to do it. Close your eyes and stop thinking. Become a robot yourself. If the market is up big, sell it. If it is down big, buy it. It is impossible to predict how the next headline will read. Stocks are really operating independent of the though process. Try an analyze this, and it will just blow up in your face.

Using this twisted, but functional logic, the thing to do after a 50 point sell off in three days is to buy. Just write the damn ticket. If you are mercifully mostly in cash, as I am, then you have plenty of dry powder to do this with. If you don’t, you’re screwed.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Why Congress Can't (Won't?) Fix the Debt Crisis

The federal budget is arguably the most basic responsibility of the Congress, and has been literally from the start. The Articles of Confederation failed because of huge problems related to taxing and spending, which in turn led to the Constitutional Convention in 1787.

But as I write this, Congress has come to an historic deadlock over the budget, specifically the debt ceiling. Legislators must raise the debt ceiling by August 2 or the federal government's ability to borrow and spend will be in peril.

How much peril depends, of course, on who you ask. The crisis has been building for most of this year; the approaching deadline has made it the top political story for days on end. It's big enough now to spill into the financial news. (It won't matter whether the market goes up, down or sideways, and it won't matter if the politicians decide on compromise or default -- you'll still read stories which fictitiously connect the dots from politics to markets.)

I have no intention of assigning "blame" to either party, though I will observe that both sides are guilty of shameless hypocrisy. In 2006, then-Senator Obama voted against raising the debt ceiling. South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint is a Tea-party favorite, yet his votes include debt-ceiling raises which amount to some $3 trillion.

The screamingly obvious question is, Why Now? Why the high-stakes showdown, when all parties agree that markets and the economy are fragile? Why can't Congress act on its most basic responsibility?

Plenty of answers seem to make sense, I'm sure you've read a few. Yet I'd like to introduce you to an answer that you will not read elsewhere. It has to do with social mood, and how this debt ceiling crisis is a near-perfect reflection of the current trend in that mood.

Consider this excerpt from Bob Prechter's 1999 book, The Wave Principle of Human Social Behavior:

"What does it really mean to say that the social mood trend is trending 'up' or 'down' at a particular degree? Specifically, what characteristics and emotions do waves reflect? What actual human feelings compose social mood? There appears to be a social polarity that underlies all social interaction. We can refer to these opposites as 'positive' and 'negative,' not simply to represent polarity but also to imply a value judgment with respect to the net social experience (though not to every aspect of it).... The list below summarizes these polarities.

"Positive mood/Negative mood
tendency to praise/tendency to criticize

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Please note that this list is incomplete; it's longer in the book. But the Positive/Negative list I excerpt here speaks for itself -- on the negative side, that is, as they all describe the mood that's at work in the budget crisis.

That crisis is an expression of social mood unfolding before our eyes. Understand that mood, and the question regarding "Why Now?" answers itself.

Prechter's current Elliott Wave Theorist goes much deeper into where social mood is now, and where it's heading in the near future. Learn more about the issue below.

Inside Bob Prechter's July 2011 Elliott Wave Theorist ...

The Demise of "Printing Money at Will"?

The ability of central banks to "print money at will" explains why many investors have a deeply held fear of inflation.

It's true that central bankers sometimes drop not-so-subtle hints to reinforce this perception -- such as Ben Bernanke's 2002 "fighting deflation" speech, when he said that if necessary, the Fed would get the public to spend with a "helicopter drop" of money.

The TheoristWell, that symbolic "helicopter drop" has been in flight since 2007. But now the so-called "drop" is over. The printing presses have gone silent. It's time to look at what's happening right now -- and what will follow soon.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Short-Selling Into a Energy Supply-Demand Imbalance

The stock market is at major crossroads this week or next in my opinion. Its either up into a new breakout uptrend or back down into a bear market again. I’m betting on prices heading lower over the long-term from here and these resistance levels are the levels where it breaks up or down in my opinion. If the dollar does a reversal here, stocks would normally go down, and the USD is very close to that point for it to happen. Or vice versa, if stocks head down, the dollar would normally go up. When everyone is on one side of the trade, you have start thinking about moving to the other side at some point. First in and first out is always better than last in and last out when it comes to the money markets.

With the financial crisis going on in Europe and USA currently, do you actually think GDP in these countries is going to keep steady and or moving up along with sustainable increasing earnings? I am bullish on China on a selective stock by stock basis now after a recent sell-off downtrend there, but not across the board. They have their own problems too.

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Now for my stock pick this week. It’s Sunoco Ticker SUN. They are in the USA energy space and are having supply-demand imbalance problems that make them a low-risk high-reward short sell candidate. I agree with Zacks on selling them. Whether you’re buying or selling, always use stop-loss in case your positions go against you to preserve your capital for another day of investing and trading.

Zacks Investment Research reports that in an attempt to expand its retail web, Sunoco added 13 sites of its namesake brand in Birmingham, Alabama. The expansion was done under the terms of an agreement entered into with Quality Petroleum of Alabama and Chattahoochee Oil, a distributor of petroleum products.

The existing set-up of Sunoco retail sites consist of more than 4,900 stores selling transportation fuels and convenience items. Constructions of the new outlets are underway and will be made part of the Sunoco brand by the end of the third quarter.

Management remains highly upbeat about this development and noted that the new stores will widen Sunoco’s horizons. The company is also tying up with various distributors that will likely strengthen its foothold in Midwest and other Southeastern states.

Sunoco has embarked upon the strategy to make additions to its store base from early 2010 and has established more than 250 new retail locations till date. Last December, the company signed an agreement with Pennsylvania-based Lehigh Gas Corporation to acquire 25 retail assets in Buffalo, Syracuse, Albany and Rochester markets of central and northern New York.

Headquartered in Philadelphia, Sunoco is a leading independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products as well as a manufacturer of chemicals. The company also has interests in logistics and cokemaking facilities.

However, we believe that Sunoco’s near-term growth prospects remain clouded due to the supply-demand imbalance of refining products. Moreover, the company’s successful restructuring initiatives have been overshadowed by operational reliability issues and increased unscheduled downtime. We expect these issues to continue for some time, creating pressure on stock performance.

Taking into account these factors, we expect Sunoco shares to perform below the market level over the coming months and maintain our long-term Underperform rating on the stock.

Sunoco, which enjoys 31% interest in Sunoco Logistics Partners, L.P. currently retains a Zacks #4 Rank (short-term Sell recommendation).

Sell Short Sunoco – Ticker SUN

Sell Entry: 43.48 to 45.43

Stop-Loss: 47.69

Take Profit Areas: 38.07 to 37.40, 35.60 to 35.00, 30.57 to 30.04, 23.91 to 23.39

Company Profile

Sunoco, Inc., through its subsidiaries, refines and markets petroleum products, and manufactures chemicals in the United states. It operates in five segments: Refining and Supply, Retail Marketing, Logistics, Chemicals, and Coke. The Refining and Supply segment manufactures petroleum products, including gasoline; middle distillates, such as jet fuel, heating oil, and diesel fuel; and residual fuel oil, as well as commodity petrochemicals comprising refinery-grade propylene, benzene, cumene, toluene, and xylene. This segment sells its products to wholesale and industrial customers. The Retail Marketing segment engages in the retail sale of gasoline and middle distillates, as well as in the operation of convenience stores. As of June 28, 2011, this segment operated approximately 4,900 Sunoco-branded retail locations in 24 states primarily on the east coast and in the midwest region of the United States. The Logistics segment operates refined product and crude oil pipelines and terminals; and acquires and markets crude oil and refined products. As of June 28, 2011, this segment owned and operated 7,600 miles of refined product and crude oil pipelines, as well as approximately 40 active product terminals. The Chemicals segment manufactures, distributes, and markets commodity and intermediate petrochemicals. This segment offers aromatic derivatives including phenol, acetone, bisphenol-A, and other phenol derivatives. The Coke segment owns and operates metallurgical coke plants; and metallurgical coal mines located in Virginia and West Virginia. This segment sells metallurgical-grade coke for major steel manufacturers. The company was founded in 1886 and is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Nison Candlesticks and Options Video

Steve Nison has been undercover doing some great work recently.

If you don't recognize his name, you should.

Steve is the Western world's top expert on candlestick charts.

I wouldn’t even think of trading without his training, especially because they work in all markets and all time frames.

And now he has just uncovered some very cool new approaches to options trading.

He takes proven options trading methods and improves them with candlestick patterns.

The results are shockingly good.

He has some free videos that explain his new methods that you should check out for yourself.

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Pretty much every trader is either trading options in their portfolio or has plans to do it soon.

That's why this information Steve has is so valuable.

In these videos you will see:

How to double your profits by seeing reversals before they become obvious to others

The way to squeeze maximum profits from breakouts

A secret strategy using the doji candlestick to set up an options trade

A chart challenge where you will have a chance to see an option situation, decide what you would do, and then see Steve's answer

Not all breakouts are equal . . . discover why


In these videos, Steve also gives you the most important thing you need to know for successful options trading – don't even consider doing an option trade until you know this!

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And it's easy enough for any options trader -- even if you are brand new to options or just thinking of trading options -- to do on their own.

If my enthusiasm for Steve's candlestick and options strategies isn't strong enough, consider what other traders using his methods have to say...

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

New Hot Trading Trends & ETF List

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Profiting from the Commodities Boom

Wow! I really hit a nerve with my presentation on how to play the commodities boom.

The comments are pouring in. There are well over a 100 now; some from incredibly experienced investors. I’d love to hear YOUR thoughts.

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I’m trying to get to all of your comments because you’re asking really smart questions, like Alison Lexter, who asked,

“Are you saying the BRICS are dead?”

YES! U.S. stocks and the BRICs are dead, if you want to make real money! Goldman Sachs and all of the big hedge fund money are looking into the 13 countries I listed in my presentation for hot opportunities now.

You may not know this, but the now famous BRICs went largely ignored by the media, the online investment gurus, newsletter publishers, etc., until later 2006… FIVE YEARS AFTER Goldman Sachs and the hedge funds got in and caught the biggest moves. Watch my presentation to see where the big money is moving now.

Now, the #1 question I’m getting is:

“Can I use your strategies in my IRA or 401k?”

Yes, you can. 95% of my trades are easily executed in your IRA or 401k. I’m putting together a second presentation now on how to trade so you can see how easy it is.

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First, you’ll get a ton of specific trades in my free market commentary emailed to you daily.

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In the meantime, I’d love to hear YOUR thoughts, ideas and questions about the commodities boom, the “frontier” and pre-emerging markets, the shift from paper assets to hard assets and the other opportunities I laid out for you in my video presentation.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Learn This Trading Skill and Profit to Prosperity

I've seen it more than once (in fact, many times).

A struggling trader decides, FINALLY, to take control of his/her trading success by realizing that...

The reason for their trading struggle . . . their lack of consistent trading success (or success AT ALL, for that matter) is . . .

They do not really trust their trading plan or trust THEMSELVES to execute the trading plan.

At the point that a trader admits this . . . the solution appears . . .


Journaling their trades (entrances, exits, outcomes) and their emotions during their trading days (their ability to execute their trading plan).

This ONE SKILL... Journaling... if done properly, WILL reveal if your trading plan is TRULY working and WILL reveal whether you are mentally and emotionally executing your plan properly.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

T Minus 5 and Counting to Armageddon

First, I don't have a stock pick this week because I'm seeing many mixed signals in the short, intermediate, and long-term right now. This week, I'm looking at the markets bigger picture. The technical's and fundamentals of the markets right now.

On a technical basis, the markets now are at some major crossroads. Fundamentally I'll let you review John Nyaradi's analysis below.

In my opinion, short term, I think we might see a upside retest of SP500 resistance of 1356.48. After that, maybe more continued upside, but I'm betting on a rollover to the downside after that. The TS1 label on the chart above is telling me this is major resistance, and a low-risk high-reward short sell opportunity on the SP500 index and or stocks. Read more about the potential for large downside below by John Nyaradi.

T Minus 5 and Counting to Armageddon By John Nyaradi Wall Street Sector Selector

The debt ceiling debate enters its final act this week as Friday becomes "D-Day" for a Congressional bill that can be passed and signed in time for the August 2nd deadline.

But the really scary road to Armageddon is that even an extension of the debt ceiling might not be enough to stave off a U.S. downgrade by Standard and Poor's and Moody's within the next few months.

We'll discuss all of this in greater detail in a moment, but for this week, Wall Street Sector Selector remains comfortable with our inverse ETF and put option positions.

On My Wall Street Radar

In the chart of the S&P 500 above, we see how a classic head and shoulders pattern has developed which is one of the most well known and widely watched indicators of a weakening market structure. Support exits right here at the 1312 level which is also the 50 Day Moving Average, and a break lower would set up another challenge of the 200 Day Moving Average at 1276. A break below the 200 DMA would widely be viewed as the onset of a new bear market, or at least, major correction.

The Economic View From 35,000 Feet

The economic view and economic news continue to be alarming while corporate profits have generally been positive.

Here are the week's highlights:

Portugal, Greece and Ireland have all now been downgraded to "junk" by major ratings agencies.

Italy remains in jeopardy.

Greek 2 year bond yields jumped to 32%

Italy and Spain 10 year bond yields are at record highs

Eight European banks failed the stress tests

A Euro summit is planned for July 21st to discuss all of these problems

Dr. Bernanke made it clear this week in his Congressional testimony that he has no active plans for "QE3" but will continue with "QE Lite," his repurchase of securities as they mature.

Consumer confidence fell dramatically from 71.5 to 63.8 last week.

But the big news continues to be the deficit ceiling debate.

It's a fast moving situation but generally both sides still seem to be digging in to their positions as the clock ticks to the rapidly approaching D-Day.

I would expect that some sort of 11th hour resolution will be reached, however, ideology on both sides is strong and there is an outside chance that political intransigence could take us over the cliff.

However, if the deficit reduction settlement isn't big enough or convincing enough that we can get our fiscal house in order in the medium term, Moody's and S&P have made it clear that they could still downgrade the U.S. over the course of the next few months. Therefore, any "Plan B" or "kicking the can" down the road" on the part of Congress could still lead to Armageddon within a few weeks time.

Furthermore, Moody's now threatens to downgrade entities with close links to Federal debt in the event of a Federal downgrade, and some of those entities include well known names like Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Federal Home Loan Banks, Federal Farm Credit Banks as well as thousands of municipalities.

For an in-depth discussion of this topic, see Fiscal Suicide, The Point of No Return

It certainly appears that the United States is reaching the end of the road on this issue and that if Congress and the White House can't force a change, the ratings agencies, "bond vigilantes" and global markets will.

If The U.S. Government Loses Its AAA Credit Rating It Could Potentially Unleash Financial Hell Across The United States

What It All Means for Stock Market and ETF Investors

We continue to live through the pages of this financial thriller and the end game now seems to be coming into view. There are opportunities in any market environment and the biggest dangers always are accompanied by the biggest opportunities.

However, it will very likely take more than a buy and hold or stick your head in the sand approach to be successful during the coming weeks and months as forest fires erupt around the world and global policy makers try to stem what is simply a tidal wave of too much debt.

The Business and Financial News Week Ahead

Obviously this will be a critical week ahead.

The focus will be on the debt ceiling debate and market reaction to whatever settlement is eventually reached (or not) and on what happens in Europe.

Major earnings announcements will come nearly every day with Coca Cola, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs Johnson and Johnson and Yahoo! on Tuesday, Apple and Intel on Wednesday, Morgan Stanley and Microsoft on Thursday, and Caterpillar, McDonald's and Xerox on Friday.

Also, major economic reports on the still beleaguered housing market and manufacturing are due mid-week.

Tuesday: June Housing Starts, June Building Permits

Wednesday: June Existing Home Sales

Thursday: Initial Unemployment Claims, Continuing Claims, Philadelphia Fed, June Leading Indicators,

ETF Spotlight

Leaders: (NYSE: SLV) Silver (NYSE: GLD) Gold

Laggards: (NYSE: EWP) Spain (NYS: EWD) Sweden

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

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People don't call veteran day trader Dick Diamond "The Man in Black" for nothing.

When you go 45 years in the market – and make a respectable living – someone will give you a cool nickname, too.

It's true Dick Diamond's career since 1960 is the stuff of legend, though it bears no resemblance to what you might expect. Dick is no Gordon Gekko wannabe. You won't see him in a million-dollar car or pressed Italian suit – he'll leave that to the Johnny-come-lately trading gurus you see on late-night television and all over the Internet.

Dick's story is quite different. It's about a career of success built on discipline and consistency – two things he had to learn the hard way.

Humble and quiet – yet fiercely confident and independent – Dick began trading his personal account in 1965. He's been doing so ever since.

In the 1960s, market conditions were similar to the 1990s mania, Dick says, everything was going up in price. He used it to his advantage and “rode the wave,” as he puts it, between 1965 and 1968. That year, 1968, he made $900,000.

The next year, the bull market ended and Dick lost 70% of his capital.

That experience would have been career-ending for most traders – not Mr. Diamond. He vowed it would never happen again – it hasn't.

In fact, the experience taught him a lesson that ultimately cemented his career as a professional trader. He realized making a living as a professional requires a highly disciplined approach to trading both the long and short sides of the market. After all, bear markets are not "bad"; they're simply part of the natural market cycle. The reality is markets go up and down; you must be equally adept at capitalizing on the opportunities – in both directions – and defending yourself against the inevitable pitfalls.

Put simply, Dick says the trick isn't being a cowboy trader – throwing down risky bets for huge profits – it's making money consistently by learning to successfully trade both sides of the trend while minimizing risk. But doing so is easier said than done – that's why Dick's 45-year career is nothing short of legendary.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Straddle Auto-Trading Economic Data Reports

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Selling Short Big Printer Company

After reviewing the DJIA, SP500 and Nasdaq index charts, it looks like a major downtrend is underway. With the sell-off in May and June, one might expect a short-term rebound. There possibly could be one, but the charts are still pointing down to me. I suggest caution on the buy side, and selling short my stock pick this week on Lexmark, or any other favorite short-sells you might have. Energy, commodity stocks have been the place to be lately on the buy side. Maybe they have more room to run, and maybe its time for a reversal with them. I recommend selling short stocks, trading commodities and forex.

According to Zacks Investment Research and their long-term winning stock portfolios, leading printing and imaging solutions provider Lexmark International Inc. won a 3-year contract from a renowned tire and auto repair company TBC Corporation. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Per the contract terms, Lexmark will provide its Managed Printing Services (MPS) to TBC Corp, which aims to upgrade and reduce operational costs of its printing environment. Apart from this, Lexmark will enhance the manner in which TBC Corp handles and orders printer consumables.

With Lexmark’s technology, the company will be able to keep its inventory up to date and thereby order the exact amount of consumables required. The process should subsequently clear the clutter at TBC Corp and more importantly, save it from blocking a huge amount of money.

TBC Corp. has begun deploying Lexmark’s MPS across its retail tire and automotive maintenance stores, as well as its Wholesale Division throughout the U.S.

As a new branch of the printing business, MPS is attracting major industry players. Gartner sees this as the capability of the service provider to take primary responsibility for meeting customers’ office printing needs, including printing equipment, supplies, service and overall management. Lexmark has entered into this business in a big way.

Lexmark operates in a highly competitive market. So there is a constant price war among major players to snatch market share from one another. The market is narrowing as digital technology and e-commerce become more prevalent.

Lexmark’s first quarter results were disappointing, as both top and bottom lines missed Zacks expectations. The company provided a lackluster revenue outlook for the second quarter. Though new products could stem market share losses, the impact on results could still be some ways off. Though Lexmark faced little impact from Japan’s disaster, the company expects a mild jolt in its second quarter earnings.

However, Lexmark may benefit from its retail presence as it sells through Best Buy Co. stores in the U.S.

Currently, Lexmark has a Zacks #5 Rank, implying a short-term Strong Sell rating.

Sell Short Lexmark – Ticker LXK

Sell Entry: 29.85 to 29.09

Stop-Loss: 32.23

Take Profit Areas: 24.84 to 24.53, 21.39 to 21.11, 16.86 to 16.63

Company Profile

Lexmark International, Inc. develops, manufactures, and supplies printing and imaging solutions for offices. It offers laser printers, inkjet printers, and multifunction devices, as well as cartridges and other supplies, services, and solutions. The company also sells dot matrix printers for printing single and multi-part forms by business users. In addition, it offers maintenance, consulting, and systems integration services, as well as provides managed print services, including asset lifecycle management, implementation and decommissioning services, consumables management, optimization services, and utilization management. Lexmark International serves large enterprises, small and medium businesses, and small offices/home offices. The company offers its products primarily through resellers, retailers, and distributors, as well as through solution providers, discount store chains, consumer electronics stores, office superstores, wholesale clubs, OEM arrangements, and online. It operates in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Pacific Rim, and the Caribbean. The company was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Prologis Additional Equity Offer to Reduce Debt

Hope you had a great Fourth of July weekend! This week, I'm seeing continued selling pressure in the global stock market, and have a short-sell on Prologis real estate investment trust.

By Zacks Investment Research Earnings Estimates Revisions Winning Portfolios

Prologis Inc, the erstwhile AMB Property Corp., has priced its equity offer of 30.0 million common shares at $33.50 each. The secondary offering was announced recently as part of its strategic initiative to raise cash and repay debt. The company has also decided to grant the underwriters an option to purchase an additional 4.5 million shares to cover any over-allotments.

BofA Merrill Lynch – the investment banking and wealth management division of Bank of America Corporation; JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. – the U.S. investment banking and securities arm of Deutsche Bank AG; Morgan Stanley; The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.; and Citigroup, Inc. are acting as joint book-running managers for the public offering.

The company intends to utilize the proceeds from the equity offer to fully repay debt under the existing Prologis European Properties bridge facility. The remainder of the proceeds would be used for general corporate purposes and for reducing debt under its global senior credit facility.

Prologis, a leading industrial real estate investment trust (REIT), acquires, develops, operates and manages industrial real estate space in North America, Asia and Europe. The majority of the company’s portfolio comprises high throughput distribution (HTD), which provides multiple options for quick movement and the distribution of goods to the customer and serves as a critical element in creating efficiencies in the global supply chain.

HTD properties are warehouses or other industrial properties that are located near airports, seaports, and ground transportation facilities, which enable rapid distribution of customers’ products.

Given its international presence, Prologis has lately faced unfavorable foreign currency movements and other economic fluctuations that have impaired its top-line growth. Furthermore, although first quarter 2011 results were in line with the company’s expectations, macroeconomic issues had contributed to a slower pace of recovery as the industry was affected by the continued concerns about sovereign debt issues, rising energy costs, global military actions and the devastation and loss caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

In addition, the unrelenting troubles in the residential mortgage loans sector are weighing on commercial property operations. The credit crunch has also widened the bid-ask spread between buyers and sellers of commercial real estate, which has caused deal volumes to fall dramatically. In addition, market vacancy increases will mitigate Prologis’ ability to push through rental rate increases. This has significantly affected the long-term growth of the company.

We currently have an ‘Underperform’ recommendation and a Zacks #3 Rank for Prologis, which translates into a short-term ‘Hold’ recommendation.

Sell-Short Prologis - Ticker PLD

Sell Entry: 38.07 to 35.13

Stop-Loss: 41.12

Take Profit Areas: 31.97 to 31.49, 30.90 to 30.44, 27.40 to 26.99, 20.72 to 20.46

Company Profile

ProLogis operates as a real estate investment trust in the United States. It owns, operates, and develops industrial distribution properties in North America, Europe, and Asia. The company operates in three segments: Property Operations, Fund Management, and Corporate Distribution Facilities Services (CDFS). The Property Operations segment engages in the ownership, management, and leasing of industrial distribution and retail properties. As of December 31, 2005, this segment consisted of 1,461 operating properties with approximately 186.7 million square feet. The Fund Management segment provides investment management services for unconsolidated property funds and other properties. As of the above date, this segment had investments in approximately 14 property funds. The CDFS segment primarily develops properties that are contributed to a property fund or sold to third parties. This segment also engages in commercial mixed-use development activities, such as selling the land or completed projects to third parties. As of the above date, this segment had approximately 72 distribution properties. As a REIT, the company would not be subject to federal tax to the extent that it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its shareholders. It has a strategic cooperation agreement with China National Materials Storage & Transportation Co. and Zhongchu Development Stock Co., Ltd. to develop logistics and storage markets. The company also has a joint venture agreement with K Raheja Corp. for the acquisition and development of properties in Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata, and Pune, India. ProLogis was founded as Security Capital Industrial Trust in 1991 and changed its name to ProLogis Trust in 1998. Subsequently, it changed its name to ProLogis. The company is based in San Francisco, California.

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