Largest winners and losers over the past week, from the close on 05/05/2009 to 05/12/2009 and year to date.

Below are the top 10 stocks with the best performance during the past week out of 565 stocks. Stocks from this list may suggest what stocks or industries will do well in the future.

Week
Change
Last
Close
YTDStockIndustryMost Recent Chart Pattern
69.44%$3.05-41.12%Conseco Inc (CNO)Insurance (Diversified)Dead-cat bounce from 03/02/2009 to 03/02/2009
60.74%$5.2485.16%Genworth Financial Inc (GNW)Insurance (Life)Triangle, ascending from 03/19/2009 to 04/07/2009
37.83%$16.14-14.33%Lincoln National Corp (LNC)Insurance (Life)Rectangle top from 12/08/2008 to 12/31/2008
31.76%$1.12124.00%Powerwave Technologies Inc. (PWAV)Telecom. EquipmentDead-cat bounce from 11/06/2008 to 11/06/2008
31.49%$3.80133.13%Tuesday Morning Corp (TUES)Retail StorePipe top from 01/05/2009 to 01/12/2009
28.52%$6.8522.98%Pioneer Drilling Co. (PDC)Oilfield Svcs/EquipmentDouble Bottom, Adam and Eve from 03/17/2009 to 04/01/2009
27.27%$2.38-1.65%Flow International Corp (FLOW)MachineryRectangle top from 04/02/2009 to 04/27/2009
26.81%$39.3129.91%Prudential Financial Inc (PRU)Insurance (Life)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
26.69%$6.7475.98%North American Galvanizing and Coatings (NGA)Building MaterialsPipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
22.83%$4.25-37.04%Headwaters Inc. (HW)Building MaterialsDouble Top, Adam and Adam from 12/09/2008 to 12/17/2008

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Below are the 10 worst performing stocks during the past week out of 565 stocks. Stocks from this list suggest companies or industries that may be having difficulty and might be future short sale candidates.

Week
Change
Last
Close
YTDStockIndustryMost Recent Chart Pattern
-48.44%$1.65-40.86%Physicians Formula Holdings Inc (FACE)Toiletries/CosmeticsDead-cat bounce from 05/11/2009 to 05/11/2009
-31.20%$2.58108.06%CROCS Inc (CROX)ShoeTriangle, symmetrical from 11/20/2008 to 01/15/2009
-28.33%$7.74-32.11%K Swiss Inc (KSWS)ShoeDead-cat bounce from 03/04/2009 to 03/05/2009
-27.23%$4.57-21.34%Brooks Automation (BRKS)Semiconductor Cap Equip.Dead-cat bounce from 05/07/2009 to 05/11/2009
-26.35%$2.326.91%La-Z-Boy Inc (LZB)Furn/Home FurnishingsPipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
-25.50%$2.25-5.86%Talbots Inc. (TLB)ApparelHorn bottom from 02/17/2009 to 03/02/2009
-24.96%$9.20-0.76%Hot Topic Inc (HOTT)Retail (Special Lines)Dead-cat bounce from 05/06/2009 to 05/07/2009
-23.90%$8.9811.28%NVidia Corp (NVDA)SemiconductorPipe top from 02/02/2009 to 02/09/2009
-23.24%$9.4834.09%Horton, D.R. Inc. (DHI)HomebuildingPipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
-21.78%$3.95-9.82%Saks Inc (SKS)Retail StorePipe top from 12/29/2008 to 01/05/2009

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Below are the top 10 stocks with the best performance year to date out of 565 stocks. Knowing which securities are trending higher makes selecting stocks for momentum trades much easier, especially if some share the same industry.

YTD
Change
Last
Close
StockIndustryMost Recent Chart Pattern
340.83%$20.19Dendreon Corp (DNDN)BiotechnologyRectangle bottom from 11/28/2008 to 01/15/2009
276.11%$4.25Stein Mart Inc. (SMRT)ApparelTriangle, descending from 08/27/2008 to 09/15/2008
180.77%$2.19RF Micro Devices Inc. (RFMD)SemiconductorHead-and-shoulders top from 05/16/2008 to 06/17/2008
157.03%$9.51XL Capital Ltd (XL)Insurance (Diversified)Broadening bottom from 12/18/2008 to 02/11/2009
135.71%$3.30AC Moore Arts and Crafts (ACMR)Retail (Special Lines)Triangle, ascending from 12/01/2008 to 01/23/2009
133.13%$3.80Tuesday Morning Corp (TUES)Retail StorePipe top from 01/05/2009 to 01/12/2009
124.45%$23.59Ashland Inc. (ASH)Chemical (Basic)Head-and-shoulders bottom from 02/05/2009 to 03/20/2009
124.00%$1.12Powerwave Technologies Inc. (PWAV)Telecom. EquipmentDead-cat bounce from 11/06/2008 to 11/06/2008
121.92%$5.77Liz Claiborne (LIZ)ApparelBroadening bottom from 01/23/2009 to 04/08/2009
109.15%$3.20Builders FirstSource, Inc (BLDR)Retail Building SupplyPipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009

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Below are the 10 worst performing stocks year to date out of 565 stocks. These stocks might represent a good momentum trade from the short side. If some stocks also share the same industry, then the industry may be weak, so concentrate your search there.

YTD
Change
Last
Close
StockIndustryMost Recent Chart Pattern
-61.96%$6.20NCI Building Systems Inc. (NCS)Building MaterialsDead-cat bounce from 03/11/2009 to 03/11/2009
-50.72%$11.26Lawson Products (LAWS)Metal FabricatingTriangle, symmetrical from 04/03/2009 to 05/07/2009
-50.70%$5.26AMR Corporation (AMR)Air TransportTriangle, symmetrical from 03/13/2009 to 04/02/2009
-45.94%$7.25Ultralife Corp. (ULBI)Alternate EnergyPipe top from 12/29/2008 to 01/05/2009
-44.91%$10.93Standex International Corp (SXI)Diversified Co.Pipe bottom from 03/30/2009 to 04/06/2009
-44.18%$8.25Chiquita Brands International (CQB)Food ProcessingTriangle, ascending from 03/27/2009 to 04/29/2009
-43.21%$16.61Alaska Air Group, Inc (ALK)Air TransportPipe top from 04/06/2009 to 04/13/2009
-41.12%$3.05Conseco Inc (CNO)Insurance (Diversified)Dead-cat bounce from 03/02/2009 to 03/02/2009
-40.86%$1.65Physicians Formula Holdings Inc (FACE)Toiletries/CosmeticsDead-cat bounce from 05/11/2009 to 05/11/2009
-40.76%$5.93Aceto Corp (ACET)Chemical (Diversified)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009

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Below are the top 10 exchange traded funds (ETF) with the best performance this past week out of 93 ETFs. A hot ETF may suggest an industry or commodity that is doing well, so look there for individual stock picks or just trade the ETF for a momentum play.

Week
Change
Last
Close
YTDFundMost Recent Chart Pattern
24.27%$17.46-24.64%United States Natural Gas (UNG)Pipe bottom from 04/20/2009 to 04/27/2009
17.99%$46.18-40.71%UltraShort 2x Semiconductor ProShares (SSG)Falling wedge from 03/26/2009 to 04/14/2009
8.30%$49.06-37.59%UltraShort 2x Technology ProShares (REW)Pipe top from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
8.23%$32.63-1.42%United States Oil (USO)Triangle, symmetrical from 03/26/2009 to 04/14/2009
7.68%$10.0915.58%MSCI Belgium Investable Mkt Idx (EWK)Rising wedge from 03/23/2009 to 04/16/2009
6.70%$14.0225.18%iShares Silver Trust (SLV)Head-and-shoulders bottom from 04/06/2009 to 04/30/2009
6.10%$37.73-34.21%Nasdaq 100 short 2x ProShares (QID)Falling wedge from 03/26/2009 to 04/14/2009
6.06%$8.5821.70%MSCI Singapore Index (EWS)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
6.05%$41.0137.53%MSCI Chile Investable Mkt Idx (ECH)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
5.25%$31.457.48%S and P Global Energy Sector Index fund (IXC)Triangle, symmetrical from 03/25/2009 to 04/14/2009

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Below are the 10 worst performing ETFs over the past week out of 93 ETFs. These funds may represent companies or industries that are suffering. Avoid going long in those stocks or buying any stocks from those industries.

Week
Change
Last
Close
YTDFundMost Recent Chart Pattern
-10.07%$18.03-28.00%UltraShort 2x Oil and Gas ProShares (DUG)Triangle, descending from 03/26/2009 to 04/16/2009
-9.64%$10.597.95%DJ US Home construction index fund (ITB)Triangle, symmetrical from 03/27/2009 to 04/13/2009
-9.59%$32.9216.04%Goldman Sachs Semiconductor (IGW)Pipe bottom from 01/12/2009 to 01/20/2009
-9.58%$44.48-56.82%UltraShort 2x Financials ProShares (SKF)Pipe top from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
-6.26%$33.4124.25%Nasdaq 100 long 2x Ultra QQQ ProShares (QLD)Rising wedge from 04/09/2009 to 04/30/2009
-4.57%$26.70-21.68%Direxion Small Cap Long 3x Russell 2000 (TNA)Rising wedge from 03/26/2009 to 04/16/2009
-4.21%$40.43-7.25%UltraShort 2x Utilities ProShares (SDP)Rectangle bottom from 03/24/2009 to 05/01/2009
-4.05%$10.90-7.63%PowerShares Dynamic Building Construct (PKB)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
-3.62%$17.0510.64%SPDR Technology Select Sector (XLK)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
-3.60%$42.1013.78%S and P Global Tech Sector Index fund (IXN)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009

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Below are the top 10 exchange traded funds (ETF) with the best performance year to date out of 93 ETFs. Concentrate your individual stock picks from industries that are doing well, or trade the ETF for a momentum play.

YTD
Change
Last
Close
FundMost Recent Chart Pattern
43.73%$50.29MSCI Brazil Index fund (EWZ)Pipe top from 02/02/2009 to 02/09/2009
37.53%$41.01MSCI Chile Investable Mkt Idx (ECH)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
35.18%$10.26MSCI Taiwan Index (EWT)Big M from 12/16/2008 to 01/02/2009
32.20%$14.74PowerShares Dynamic Oil Services (PXJ)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
31.45%$34.86DJ US Oil Equip and services (IEZ)Pipe bottom from 01/12/2009 to 01/20/2009
30.23%$33.17S and P Latin America 40 Index fund (ILF)Pipe top from 02/02/2009 to 02/09/2009
29.28%$36.16MSCI South Korea Index (EWY)Broadening top, right-angled and descending from 01/06/2009 to 03/26/2009
25.18%$14.02iShares Silver Trust (SLV)Head-and-shoulders bottom from 04/06/2009 to 04/30/2009
24.43%$31.07MSCI Emerging Markets Index fund (EEM)Pipe bottom from 04/20/2009 to 04/27/2009
24.25%$33.41Nasdaq 100 long 2x Ultra QQQ ProShares (QLD)Rising wedge from 04/09/2009 to 04/30/2009

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Below are the 10 worst performing ETFs year to date out of 93 ETFs. These represent the stocks or industries you will want to avoid buying or want to concentrate selling short.

YTD
Change
Last
Close
FundMost Recent Chart Pattern
-57.44%$21.58UltraShort 2x Real Estate ProShares (SRS)Pipe top from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
-56.82%$44.48UltraShort 2x Financials ProShares (SKF)Pipe top from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
-48.12%$20.17UltraShort 2x Basic Materials ProShares (SMN)Falling wedge from 03/26/2009 to 04/14/2009
-43.27%$27.17Direxion Small Cap Short 3x Russell 2000 (TZA)Falling wedge from 03/23/2009 to 04/14/2009
-40.71%$46.18UltraShort 2x Semiconductor ProShares (SSG)Falling wedge from 03/26/2009 to 04/14/2009
-37.59%$49.06UltraShort 2x Technology ProShares (REW)Pipe top from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
-34.21%$37.73Nasdaq 100 short 2x ProShares (QID)Falling wedge from 03/26/2009 to 04/14/2009
-33.34%$38.93Direxion Large Cap Short 3x Russell 1000 (BGZ)Falling wedge from 03/23/2009 to 04/14/2009
-28.00%$18.03UltraShort 2x Oil and Gas ProShares (DUG)Triangle, descending from 03/26/2009 to 04/16/2009
-24.64%$17.46United States Natural Gas (UNG)Pipe bottom from 04/20/2009 to 04/27/2009

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Below is a list of market index performance over the past week.

Week
Change
Last
Close
YTDIndexMost Recent Chart Pattern
1.18%350.13-5.56%DJ 15 Utilities (^DJU)Triangle, symmetrical from 03/23/2009 to 04/21/2009
0.70%8,469.11-3.50%DJ 30 Industrials (^DJI)Rising wedge from 03/23/2009 to 04/16/2009
0.50%908.350.56%S and P 500 (^GSPC)Rising wedge from 03/26/2009 to 04/16/2009
0.01%9,280.372.13%Dow Jones Wilshire 5000 TTL Market Index (^DWC)Rising wedge from 03/23/2009 to 04/16/2009
-1.47%495.18-0.85%Russell 2000 Index (^RUT)Rising wedge from 03/26/2009 to 04/16/2009
-2.18%1,715.928.81%Nasdaq Composite (^IXIC)Rising wedge from 03/26/2009 to 04/16/2009
-5.61%3,148.68-10.98%DJ 20 Transportation (^DJT)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009

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Below are the top 10 country exchange traded funds with the best performance this past week out of 23 ETFs. These may highlight emerging markets that are ready to soar.

Week
Change
Last
Close
YTDFundMost Recent Chart Pattern
7.68%$10.0915.58%MSCI Belgium Investable Mkt Idx (EWK)Rising wedge from 03/23/2009 to 04/16/2009
6.06%$8.5821.70%MSCI Singapore Index (EWS)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
6.05%$41.0137.53%MSCI Chile Investable Mkt Idx (ECH)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
5.15%$37.74-0.24%MSCI Spain Index (EWP)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
5.09%$16.530.85%MSCI Italy Index (EWI)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
4.29%$12.875.06%MSCI United Kingdom Index (EWU)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
4.23%$17.48-5.72%MSCI Switzerland Index (EWL)Triangle, ascending from 03/26/2009 to 04/27/2009
3.62%$9.16-4.38%MSCI Japan Index fund (EWJ)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
3.56%$20.9620.25%MSCI Canada Index (EWC)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
2.76%$30.1314.35%MSCI Pacific ex-Japan Index fund (EPP)Pipe bottom from 04/20/2009 to 04/27/2009

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Below are the top 10 country exchange traded funds with the best performance year to date out of 23 ETFs. Finding several countries from a similar region that is performing well helps identify which international mutual fund or ETF may continue to do well in the future.

YTD
Change
Last
Close
FundMost Recent Chart Pattern
43.73%$50.29MSCI Brazil Index fund (EWZ)Pipe top from 02/02/2009 to 02/09/2009
37.53%$41.01MSCI Chile Investable Mkt Idx (ECH)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
35.18%$10.26MSCI Taiwan Index (EWT)Big M from 12/16/2008 to 01/02/2009
29.28%$36.16MSCI South Korea Index (EWY)Broadening top, right-angled and descending from 01/06/2009 to 03/26/2009
24.43%$31.07MSCI Emerging Markets Index fund (EEM)Pipe bottom from 04/20/2009 to 04/27/2009
23.05%$33.37MSCI Turkey Index (TUR)Pipe top from 07/28/2008 to 08/04/2008
21.70%$8.58MSCI Singapore Index (EWS)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
21.70%$12.62MSCI Hong Kong Index fund (EWH)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
20.25%$20.96MSCI Canada Index (EWC)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
17.74%$18.32MSCI Sweden Index (EWD)Pipe top from 12/29/2008 to 01/05/2009

 

-- Thomas Bulkowski