Richard-James– 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.


NOTE: Today’s watch list can be found here.

All three major benchmarks finished lower last week, as ongoing trade war-related issues weighed on the market.

The Dow fell for a second week, down -1.2%, after a string of 6 up weeks. The blue chips remain under resistance of their 50-day moving average and a downward trend line.


“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.”
– Robert H. Schuller

This past week the S&P 500 lost -1.3%, and the leading Nasdaq dropped -2.4%.

On Friday, we ended the month, the 2nd quarter, and the first half of 2018.

Volume was lower on this final trading day, which is a surprise considering the last day of the quarter usually causes the addition of “window-dressing” trading.

For the month, the averages ended mixed as the Dow slipped -0.6% while the S&P rose +0.5% and the Nasdaq gained +0.9%.

However, for the second quarter, all three ended in the green, with the Dow up +0.7%, the S&P up +2.9%, and the Nasdaq +6.3%.

For the first half of the year, the Dow is down -1.8% and the S&P is up +1.7%. The Nasdaq is up +8.8%.

This morning, the deepening trade tensions continue unsettling investors. U.S. stock futures are down, and all major global markets dropped.

European markets slid at the open. Germany’s Dax, the UK’s FTSE 100 and the French CAC 40 were all down by more than -1%.

Asian markets also suffered. The benchmark index in Shanghai sank -2.5%, while Japan’s Nikkei fell -2.2%. Hong Kong markets were closed for a public holiday.

Remember, the U.S. markets will close early on Tuesday, and then be closed the entire day Wednesday for Independence Day. Expect volume totals to be lighter than average.

I ran my routine stock screens over the weekend and added 3 new stocks to our watch list.

We now have 14 stocks on our watch list which we will be watching for the next buyable breakout.

One stock in particular is COP which was just added.

Chart courtesy of – Click chart to enlarge.

No one has to wait for me to issue any type of alert on the stocks from the watch list. Standard rules apply – any gains above the stock’s TRIGGER PRICE while the day’s volume is at least on pace to make the TRIGGER VOLUME would have any of these set ups confirming a BUY signal up to their MAX BUY PRICE by default.

Keep in mind that when a stock breaks out – becomes potentially buyable – there are other factors to consider.

Volume on the breakout. A stock that is breaking out through resistance, with an increase in volume of +50% above the stock’s average volume (50 DAV), is showing more conviction and more demand. This is not saying – all lower volume breakouts will fail. Actually, we’ve seen many continue higher. If you have found that you did buy a stock that showed lower daily volume or volume under 50%, going forward – simply treat it a regular trade.

Earnings BreakOuts. Many stocks from our watch list will break out during earnings season. Earnings breakouts can be more rewarding, however, these trades carry much more risk then traditional (non-news) breakouts. One needs to also consider – the strenght/weakness of the fundamental news that was just released along with the foward-looking guidance the company gave, investors response to the conference call, etc. For anyone who is not familiar with – buying earnings breakouts – I suggest that they sit through a few seasons to study, paper trade, and show some profits, before applying actual capital.

Current Portfolio Members can access all watch lists with updated trading criteria including – TRIGGER PRICE, TRIGGER VOLUME, and MAX BUY PRICE for every stock here.

Missed any of these morning reports? You can find all previous reports here.

As always, if anyone has any questions – please feel free to email me at as I would be glad to assist you. _________________________________________________

About the Founder: Richard-JamesJames F. Taulman – James served as Editor-in-Chief of the first independently licensed website that offered stock reports and services based on the CAN SLIM® investment system. He has developed a knack for being able to quickly and accurately analyze high-ranked stocks based on this winning investment strategy. Over the years, Mr. Taulman has enjoyed assisting individuals from professional money managers to private investors with their needs in relation to implementing this investment approach on a daily basis in the current marketplace. Each Sunday you could hear him deliver his weekly market report as part of the “Your Money Matters” radio program on ABC and CBS radio networks. _________________________________________________ Disclaimer: James Taulman is not an investment advisory service, nor a registered investment advisor or broker-dealer and does not purport to tell or suggest which securities or currencies customers should buy or sell for themselves. The independent contractors and employees or affiliates of Company may hold positions in the stocks, currencies or industries discussed here. You understand and acknowledge that there is a very high degree of risk involved in trading securities and/or currencies. The Company, the authors, the publisher, and all affiliates of Company assume no responsibility or liability for your trading and investment results. Factual statements on the Company’s website, or in its publications, are made as of the date stated and are subject to change without notice. It should not be assumed that the methods, techniques, or indicators presented in these products will be profitable or that they will not result in losses. Past results of any individual trader or trading system published by Company are not indicative of future returns by that trader or system and are not indicative of future returns which be realized by you. In addition, the indicators, strategies, columns, articles and all other features of Company’s products (collectively, the “Information”) are provided for informational and educational purposes only and should not be construed as investment advice.