– James F. Taulman, former Editor-in-Chief of the first independently licensed website to offer stock reports and services based on the CAN SLIM® investment system.



The recent volatility which began last week looks to continue at least for another day as world markets are significantly lower and U.S. futures are off sharply. Nasdaq futures are currently down -200.


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Last week was basically the worst week of the new year. No matter how good the news on the economy, traders were negatively focused all week on the prospect of a deepening trade dispute between the U.S. and China after Trump tweeted his frustration over the pace of talks last Sunday.

Tensions ratcheted up further Wednesday evening when Trump accused the Chinese of negotiating in bad faith and reneging on commitments made in previous rounds of negotiation.

Then on Friday, the President ordered the U.S. to raise a previous 10% tariff on $200 billion in Chinese goods to 25% and said the tariff may soon apply to all goods coming from the country.

The Dow broke below and closed below its 50-day moving average for the first time since Jan., 17th.

The index ended the week at 25,942 off -2.12% or 562 points, its biggest weekly loss since March by just -0.1%.

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After closing at an all-time high last week, the Nasdaq Composite lost -3% or -247 points this past week to end at 7917.

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The S&P 500 lost -64.24 points or +2.18% this past week and closed at 2881.

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The major averages basically bounced from support on Friday as the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 hung in near their respective 50-day moving averages, and the Dow traded sharply higher from its 200-day.

The current uptrend is officially “under pressure” with 5 distribution days on S&P 500 and also 5 on the Nasdaq.


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Atlassian Corporation Plc. (TEAM – Nasdaq)

This very highly-ranked stock had been featured each morning in our Stock WatchList: Morning Update starting on Thursday 5/2.

Shares broke out late afternoon on Wednesday as they traded above our posted TRIGGER PRICE of $117.16 while volume was running twice the normal rate.

This leader closed its break out day at the session highs and at a new all-time high.

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Even with the pressure of the broader market this week, this latest breakout continued higher the following day with an additional +7% gains.

Then on Friday, the stock did dip very briefly first thing in the morning, before quickly recovering and going on to close out the day with another +3% gain.

Shares closed the week with breakout gains of +9.99%.

Volume has been well above the normal rate for this entire advance from the 50-day moving average, which is a sign of institutional accumulation and that is a characteristic we like to see accompany such gains.

As mentioned above, the stock is very highly-ranked and also has solid fundamentals. The company recently reported a +133% increase in EPS compared to the same quarter a year ago.

From here, any above average volume declines would be, at the least, the first concern.

I am going to put our 1st SUPPORT at the highs of the previous base near $115.00, and a break below there would be a technical violation.

Below there we have the 50-day moving average, currently at $110.65.

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