Brief – Economic concerns weaken dollar [UPDATE]

The US Dollar slid vs. the Euro amid expectations of lower economic growth in the US, pushing gold higher. US Markets are poised to open higher as better than expected earnings from General Motors, Waste Management and Sun Microsystems beat Wall Street expectations.

UPDATE: The dollar’s strength was increased by news of slower domestic inflation. This caused a sharp turn-around against the Euro and as a result pushed gold futures lower.

A stock on the moove

Exxon Mobil tanked 8% on bad earnings and market weakness, but I don’t think they’re done moving by a long shot. Today we saw a technical bounce bank, but relative strength should gain again as investors cast off myopic fears spawned by weak earnings of last quarter and begin looking forward to this quarter’s earnings. Crude prices have neared $80 a barrel on purely a supply/demand basis, without any disruptions in supplies from political or natural events.

Watch this stock and do your homework. If you believe Exxon Mobil is oversold then I encourage you to buy purely on a technical basis.  As a long term investment, Exxon Mobil is an excellent energy play as well.

Moo Trades of the Week

Welcome to Moo Trades. We’re here to provide bullish insight to investors about stocks and options through technical analysis, trading strategies and informative opinions.

Moo Trades aims to provide weekly coverage of the markets. This week’s Moo Trades are chosen for the anticipated Q3 2007 tech rally. We know we could mention Apple (AAPL) or Google (GOOG), or some of the other popular names. That’s not our aim, though. We believe investors are saturated with the most well known names constantly and need a breath of fresh air.

We’re currently watching Seagate (STX) and Corning (GLW). We believe the market is positioned to trend higher based on good earnings, solid economic outlook and moderating treasury bond yields. The price of fuel has not yet had a tremendous impact on profits.

Seagate (STX) is the global leader in storage, providing the best quality hard drives to the greatest number of customers. They are currently positioned to grow their storage revenues from increasing demand driven by Microsoft Windows Vista and increased data storage demand for videos, music, photography, etc.

Referencing the chart below, we believe the target buy-in price for Seagate is $22.50. Seagate is strongly above its 50 day moving average (in black), the RSI (chart bottom) indicates it is not overbought and the stock between the Bollinger bands (in gray). We feel this means the stock is in a good position to be acquired.

Corning (GLW) is lighting the way for the US fiber infrastructure build-out that companies like Verizon, Comcast and ATT are participating in to bring their broadband networks in to the 21st century. Corning’s fiber is also being used in Verizon’s FiOS Fiber-to-the-Home offering, which is growing rapidly. We believe Corning is poised to continue its upward trend given the high demand for its products.

Referencing the chart below, we believe Corning’s stock may be overbought (see high RSI) at this time. There is increased inherent risk given the stock gravitating towards the top Bollinger bands. Conversely, we feel the stock may continue to ascend in price from aggressive purchasing. We at Moo Trades encourage caution when purchasing these type of growth stocks unless you are a savvy investor.