Largest winners and losers over the past week, from the close on 05/12/2009 to 05/19/2009 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
32.00%$4.62171.76%Kulicke and Soffa (KLIC)Semiconductor Cap Equip.Pipe top from 01/05/2009 to 01/12/2009
29.72%$10.04152.90%Dilliards Inc (DDS)Retail StoreRising wedge from 03/26/2009 to 04/16/2009
24.04%$6.4528.74%Solarfun Power Holdings Co. Ltd (China) (SOLF)Alternate EnergyPipe bottom from 04/20/2009 to 04/27/2009
23.62%$8.9555.11%Ann Taylor (ANN)Retail (Special Lines)Dead-cat bounce from 03/05/2009 to 03/09/2009
22.32%$1.37174.00%Powerwave Technologies Inc. (PWAV)Telecom. EquipmentDead-cat bounce from 11/06/2008 to 11/06/2008
21.77%$4.819.82%Saks Inc (SKS)Retail StorePipe top from 12/29/2008 to 01/05/2009
19.30%$56.8764.36%Mosaic Co (MOS)Chemical (Diversified)Pipe bottom from 04/20/2009 to 04/27/2009
17.94%$10.6591.55%Travelzoo Inc. (TZOO)InternetTriangle, symmetrical from 03/19/2009 to 04/07/2009
17.33%$2.6410.46%Talbots Inc. (TLB)ApparelHorn bottom from 02/17/2009 to 03/02/2009
14.31%$11.18102.54%Sterlite Industries India Ltd. (SLT)Metals and Mining (Div.)Pipe bottom from 01/20/2009 to 01/26/2009

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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
-39.72%$2.9919.12%Sealy Corp (ZZ)Furn/Home FurnishingsPipe bottom from 11/10/2008 to 11/17/2008
-32.77%$1.60-54.29%Cardica Inc. (CRDC)Medical SuppliesPipe bottom from 04/20/2009 to 04/27/2009
-21.60%$2.94-48.15%On Assignment, Inc. (ASGN)Human ResourcesPipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
-17.58%$1.36-51.25%Physicians Formula Holdings Inc (FACE)Toiletries/CosmeticsDead-cat bounce from 05/11/2009 to 05/11/2009
-17.33%$4.7783.46%Liz Claiborne (LIZ)ApparelDead-cat bounce from 05/12/2009 to 05/13/2009
-15.55%$2.01-16.94%Flow International Corp (FLOW)MachineryRectangle top from 04/02/2009 to 04/27/2009
-15.13%$1.29-8.51%Mattson Technology Inc. (MTSN)Semiconductor Cap Equip.Triangle, symmetrical from 11/26/2008 to 12/31/2008
-15.07%$10.8828.30%Conns Inc (CONN)Retail (Special Lines)Roof, inverted from 04/03/2009 to 04/27/2009
-14.68%$12.5018.60%M/I Homes, Inc. (MHO)HomebuildingTriangle, symmetrical from 03/26/2009 to 04/14/2009
-14.22%$1.99-8.29%La-Z-Boy Inc (LZB)Furn/Home FurnishingsPipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009

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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
365.94%$21.34Dendreon Corp (DNDN)BiotechnologyRectangle bottom from 11/28/2008 to 01/15/2009
311.50%$4.65Stein Mart Inc. (SMRT)ApparelTriangle, descending from 08/27/2008 to 09/15/2008
194.87%$2.30RF Micro Devices Inc. (RFMD)SemiconductorHead-and-shoulders top from 05/16/2008 to 06/17/2008
174.00%$1.37Powerwave Technologies Inc. (PWAV)Telecom. EquipmentDead-cat bounce from 11/06/2008 to 11/06/2008
171.76%$4.62Kulicke and Soffa (KLIC)Semiconductor Cap Equip.Pipe top from 01/05/2009 to 01/12/2009
170.54%$10.01XL Capital Ltd (XL)Insurance (Diversified)Broadening bottom from 12/18/2008 to 02/11/2009
152.90%$10.04Dilliards Inc (DDS)Retail StoreRising wedge from 03/26/2009 to 04/16/2009
148.33%$26.10Ashland Inc. (ASH)Chemical (Basic)Head-and-shoulders bottom from 02/05/2009 to 03/20/2009
139.88%$3.91Tuesday Morning Corp (TUES)Retail StorePipe top from 01/05/2009 to 01/12/2009
130.71%$3.23AC Moore Arts and Crafts (ACMR)Retail (Special Lines)Dead-cat bounce from 05/13/2009 to 05/14/2009

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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
-66.26%$5.50NCI Building Systems Inc. (NCS)Building MaterialsDead-cat bounce from 03/11/2009 to 03/11/2009
-54.29%$1.60Cardica Inc. (CRDC)Medical SuppliesPipe bottom from 04/20/2009 to 04/27/2009
-53.14%$5.00AMR Corporation (AMR)Air TransportTriangle, symmetrical from 03/13/2009 to 04/02/2009
-51.25%$1.36Physicians Formula Holdings Inc (FACE)Toiletries/CosmeticsDead-cat bounce from 05/11/2009 to 05/11/2009
-49.80%$11.47Lawson Products (LAWS)Metal FabricatingTriangle, symmetrical from 04/03/2009 to 05/07/2009
-48.15%$2.94On Assignment, Inc. (ASGN)Human ResourcesPipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
-46.43%$15.67Alaska Air Group, Inc (ALK)Air TransportPipe top from 04/06/2009 to 04/13/2009
-45.75%$5.43Aceto Corp (ACET)Chemical (Diversified)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
-45.34%$7.33Ultralife Corp. (ULBI)Alternate EnergyPipe top from 12/29/2008 to 01/05/2009
-45.31%$10.85Standex International Corp (SXI)Diversified Co.Pipe top from 04/27/2009 to 05/04/2009

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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
6.33%$42.99-1.38%UltraShort 2x Utilities ProShares (SDP)Rectangle bottom from 03/24/2009 to 05/01/2009
5.48%$35.2029.79%MSCI Turkey Index (TUR)Pipe top from 07/28/2008 to 08/04/2008
4.93%$43.0344.30%MSCI Chile Investable Mkt Idx (ECH)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
4.55%$8.9727.23%MSCI Singapore Index (EWS)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
4.39%$10.7141.11%MSCI Taiwan Index (EWT)Big M from 12/16/2008 to 01/02/2009
4.37%$37.0314.75%MSCI Mexico Investable Mkt idx (EWW)Head-and-shoulders bottom from 11/13/2008 to 12/01/2008
4.19%$34.3020.90%Goldman Sachs Semiconductor (IGW)Pipe bottom from 01/12/2009 to 01/20/2009
4.16%$35.8023.07%FTSE/Xinhua China 25 index fund (FXI)Rising wedge from 03/26/2009 to 04/16/2009
4.04%$13.1326.62%MSCI Hong Kong Index fund (EWH)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
3.38%$18.9421.72%MSCI Sweden Index (EWD)Pipe top from 12/29/2008 to 01/05/2009

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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
-12.94%$15.20-34.40%United States Natural Gas (UNG)Pipe bottom from 04/20/2009 to 04/27/2009
-8.90%$42.07-45.99%UltraShort 2x Semiconductor ProShares (SSG)Falling wedge from 03/26/2009 to 04/14/2009
-6.20%$18.92-51.34%UltraShort 2x Basic Materials ProShares (SMN)Falling wedge from 03/26/2009 to 04/14/2009
-5.00%$46.61-40.71%UltraShort 2x Technology ProShares (REW)Pipe bottom from 04/27/2009 to 05/04/2009
-4.06%$66.90-9.61%UltraShort 2x Consumer Goods ProShares (SZK)Pipe top from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
-3.33%$26.41-9.03%SPDR Utilities Select Sector (XLU)Triangle, symmetrical from 01/06/2009 to 02/04/2009
-3.24%$12.23-24.60%PowerShares Dynamic Banking (PJB)Triangle, ascending from 03/18/2009 to 04/08/2009
-3.21%$62.97-9.20%DJ US Utilities sector index fund (IDU)Rectangle top from 03/19/2009 to 04/30/2009
-2.97%$36.61-36.16%Nasdaq 100 short 2x ProShares (QID)Falling wedge from 03/26/2009 to 04/14/2009
-2.51%$18.62-21.50%iShares DJ US Regional Banks (IAT)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
47.41%$51.58MSCI Brazil Index fund (EWZ)Pipe top from 02/02/2009 to 02/09/2009
44.30%$43.03MSCI Chile Investable Mkt Idx (ECH)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
41.11%$10.71MSCI Taiwan Index (EWT)Big M from 12/16/2008 to 01/02/2009
34.20%$34.18S and P Latin America 40 Index fund (ILF)Pipe top from 02/02/2009 to 02/09/2009
31.43%$36.76MSCI South Korea Index (EWY)Broadening top, right-angled and descending from 01/06/2009 to 03/26/2009
30.31%$14.53PowerShares Dynamic Oil Services (PXJ)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
29.79%$35.20MSCI Turkey Index (TUR)Pipe top from 07/28/2008 to 08/04/2008
29.22%$34.27DJ US Oil Equip and services (IEZ)Pipe bottom from 01/12/2009 to 01/20/2009
28.59%$32.11MSCI Emerging Markets Index fund (EEM)Pipe bottom from 04/20/2009 to 04/27/2009
27.45%$34.27Nasdaq 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
-58.02%$21.29UltraShort 2x Real Estate ProShares (SRS)Pipe top from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
-57.80%$43.47UltraShort 2x Financials ProShares (SKF)Pipe top from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
-51.34%$18.92UltraShort 2x Basic Materials ProShares (SMN)Falling wedge from 03/26/2009 to 04/14/2009
-45.99%$42.07UltraShort 2x Semiconductor ProShares (SSG)Falling wedge from 03/26/2009 to 04/14/2009
-44.31%$26.67Direxion Small Cap Short 3x Russell 2000 (TZA)Falling wedge from 03/23/2009 to 04/14/2009
-40.71%$46.61UltraShort 2x Technology ProShares (REW)Pipe bottom from 04/27/2009 to 05/04/2009
-36.16%$36.61Nasdaq 100 short 2x ProShares (QID)Falling wedge from 03/26/2009 to 04/14/2009
-34.52%$38.24Direxion Large Cap Short 3x Russell 1000 (BGZ)Falling wedge from 03/23/2009 to 04/14/2009
-34.40%$15.20United States Natural Gas (UNG)Pipe bottom from 04/20/2009 to 04/27/2009
-26.00%$18.53UltraShort 2x Oil and Gas ProShares (DUG)Triangle, descending from 03/26/2009 to 04/16/2009

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

Week
Change
Last
Close
YTDIndexMost Recent Chart Pattern
1.09%1,734.549.99%Nasdaq Composite (^IXIC)Rising wedge from 03/26/2009 to 04/16/2009
0.07%8,474.85-3.44%DJ 30 Industrials (^DJI)Rising wedge from 03/23/2009 to 04/16/2009
0.04%9,283.682.16%Dow Jones Wilshire 5000 TTL Market Index (^DWC)Rising wedge from 03/23/2009 to 04/16/2009
-0.02%908.130.54%S and P 500 (^GSPC)Rising wedge from 03/26/2009 to 04/16/2009
-0.23%3,141.36-11.19%DJ 20 Transportation (^DJT)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
-0.39%493.26-1.24%Russell 2000 Index (^RUT)Rising wedge from 03/26/2009 to 04/16/2009
-4.03%336.01-9.37%DJ 15 Utilities (^DJU)Triangle, symmetrical from 03/23/2009 to 04/21/2009

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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
5.48%$35.2029.79%MSCI Turkey Index (TUR)Pipe top from 07/28/2008 to 08/04/2008
4.93%$43.0344.30%MSCI Chile Investable Mkt Idx (ECH)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
4.55%$8.9727.23%MSCI Singapore Index (EWS)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
4.39%$10.7141.11%MSCI Taiwan Index (EWT)Big M from 12/16/2008 to 01/02/2009
4.37%$37.0314.75%MSCI Mexico Investable Mkt idx (EWW)Head-and-shoulders bottom from 11/13/2008 to 12/01/2008
4.04%$13.1326.62%MSCI Hong Kong Index fund (EWH)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
3.38%$18.9421.72%MSCI Sweden Index (EWD)Pipe top from 12/29/2008 to 01/05/2009
3.35%$32.1128.59%MSCI Emerging Markets Index fund (EEM)Pipe bottom from 04/20/2009 to 04/27/2009
2.57%$51.5847.41%MSCI Brazil Index fund (EWZ)Pipe top from 02/02/2009 to 02/09/2009
2.41%$13.187.59%MSCI United Kingdom Index (EWU)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 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
47.41%$51.58MSCI Brazil Index fund (EWZ)Pipe top from 02/02/2009 to 02/09/2009
44.30%$43.03MSCI Chile Investable Mkt Idx (ECH)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
41.11%$10.71MSCI Taiwan Index (EWT)Big M from 12/16/2008 to 01/02/2009
31.43%$36.76MSCI South Korea Index (EWY)Broadening top, right-angled and descending from 01/06/2009 to 03/26/2009
29.79%$35.20MSCI Turkey Index (TUR)Pipe top from 07/28/2008 to 08/04/2008
28.59%$32.11MSCI Emerging Markets Index fund (EEM)Pipe bottom from 04/20/2009 to 04/27/2009
27.23%$8.97MSCI Singapore Index (EWS)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
26.62%$13.13MSCI Hong Kong Index fund (EWH)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009
21.72%$18.94MSCI Sweden Index (EWD)Pipe top from 12/29/2008 to 01/05/2009
20.54%$21.01MSCI Canada Index (EWC)Pipe bottom from 03/02/2009 to 03/09/2009

 

-- Thomas Bulkowski