Blue Horseshoe Stocks: RAD, ACHN Recaps & More

Achillon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ACHN

ACHN stood out amongst the stocks we discussed in yesterday’s morning report. The move came in conjunction with the announcement that the company’s Hep C treatment currently in trials had successfully cured all of the patients in the latest clinical test.

As a result ACHN ran from a morning low of 14.56 on up to 16.87 for a solid 16% intraday move, on its highest volume traded since June.

We’ve been tracking ACHN for over a month now, and in that time have observed a low of 12.00 (Nov. 12th). As of yesterday’s high, that represents an overall increase of 40% in a relatively short amount of time.

Rite-Aid Corp. RAD

We began paying attention to RAD on Tuesday of last week, and the stock has made some good progress since then. Yesterday was no exception, with RAD adding another 6% to the healthy upward movements we’ve already witnessed.

From the low of 5.79 we observed last Tuesday after adding it to our watchlist for the first time, to yesterday’s high of 7.19, equates to a move of 25% in a span of just five sessions. That’s more than enough to hold our attention as we head into the New Year.

It’s worth mentioning that the Cowen Group investment research arm upgraded RAD from a ‘Neutral’ to an ‘Outperform’ rating, with a price target of 8.50/share, and one of our favorite sites, is currently rating RAD a 100% Short-Term ‘Buy’, with an 88% ‘Buy’ Rating overall.

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Blue Horseshoe Stocks: TRXC Recap & Much More

TransEnterix Inc. TRXC

TRXC stood out among the other mentions in Friday’s premarket report. Following our tag of this stock it shot quite rapidly from an early low of 2.73, and reached a subsequent high of 4.05 shortly after 11AM EST.

We want to congratulate any of our reader who were able to take advantage of that timely alert which yielded the opportunity at intraday gains of up to 48%  The healthy spike came on nearly tenfold the 3-month average trading volume.

Friday’s move came in conjunction with the announcement of successful pre-clinical trials for its SurgiBot minimally invasive surgery system. Two different doctors used TRXC’s product in actual medical procedures and subsequently offered their endorsements. It is an important step on the way to FDA application submission, which the company has stated should be on the table by mid-2015. Thus, TRXC may be one that we’ll want to have on a more long-term watch.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–TransEnterix, Inc. (NYSE MKT: TRXC), a medical device company that is pioneering the use of robotics and flexible instruments to improve minimally invasive surgery, today announced the successful completion of four general surgery and urology procedures using its SurgiBot system patient-side robotic surgery system. >> FULL PR

The First Marblehead Corp. FMD

We also wanted to give a quick nod to FMD for a solid performance following its inclusion in Friday morning’s watchlist. The stock found a low of 4.65 within the first several minutes of the open, and would go on to end the day with a on a high note, reaching as high as 5.35 and marking a respectable intraday move of 15%

Nuvilex, Inc. NVLX

Our first mention of NVLX dates all way back to August of 2013 when we released a special report on the company and its pancreatic cancer treatment, which at the time was in the early stages of Phase-2 trials. (Read the Special Report HERE)

A major development hit the presswires this morning regarding the FDA’s granting of ‘Orphan Drug’ status to that treatment, so we wanted to bring the stock back into the mix.

It’s coming off of a recent bottom as well, so NVLX is certainly going to be reserved a spot on our watchlist as the story continues to play out. The company has stated that Phase-3 trials should begin in 2015.

SILVER SPRING, Md., Dec. 22, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nuvilex, Inc. (NVLX), a clinical-stage biotechnology company providing cell therapy solutions for the treatment of diseases, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Nuvilex orphan drug designation for its pancreatic cancer treatment. >> FULL PR

Rite-Aid Corp. RAD

We tagged RAD for tracking this past Tuesday, and the stock responded with a respectable performance on the week. An earnings beat as well as heightened guidance facilitated a healthy move from a low of 5.73 to a subsequent high of 7.05, marking a 23% intraweek spike.

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GSS(Bottom Bouncer coming off 52-week lows), CANF, APP, TGE, ACHN

Blue Horseshoe Stocks: APP, JNUG Reviews & More

American Apparel Inc. APP

When we began pounding the table on APP on Wednesday this week, it was for good reason. On that day we observed a low of .63. The chart was sending out bullish signals left, right, and center, and yesterday proved to be quite a day as the stock made a 58% intraday move from .72-1.14. That high also marked an overall increase of 81% over the low we witnessed the session prior.

APP is maintaining a majority of those gains, trading above a dollar in the premarket today so we’ve been provided with plenty of opportunity to take profits as the stock is on its way up. It remains to be seen if new CEO Paula Schneider can right the ship over time, but for now APP has given us the chance at some excellent short term gains.

Per the chart, 1.20 and 1.30 appear to be the next key areas of resistance. In order for us to remain interested in APP moving forward, we’ll need to see it maintain support at or above the .85-1.00 range.

Direxion Daily Jr Gld Mnrs Bull 3X ETF (JNUG)

We’ve tracked JNUG regularly this fall, and after tagging it in both Tuesday’s and yesterday’s extended watchlist, this ETF has gained a sizable bit of ground. Tuesday’s low was set at 1.82, meaning that as of yesterday’s high at 2.78, we saw a 53% increase out of JNUG over just a three-session span. That low also marked the 52-week low, so our timing here really couldn’t have been any better.

We also want to note that per a recent PR, Direxion will be enacting a 1-for-10 reverse split of the shares of JNUG on Dec. 23rd (This Tuesday).

Other Notable Movers From Yesterday’s Report

Yesterday’s newsletter also yielded an additional three chances to reap intraday profits:

Totally Hemp Crazy Inc. THCZ  -  Range: .013-.018  -  Gain: 38%

Agenus Inc. AGEN
  -  Range: 3.59-3.96  -  Gain: 10%

Real Goods Solar, Inc. RGSE  -  Range: .63-.70  -  Gain: 11%

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Blue Horseshoe Stocks: APP, CERS Recaps & More

American Apparel Inc. APP

It appears as if we brought APP back into the discussion yesterday at an opportune time, as the stock enjoyed a healthy intraday move on more than twice the 3-month average trading volume.

After briefly seeing a low of .63 the stock gradually built its way up to an afternoon high of .69, an increase of roughly 10%, and in the premarket this morning APP has already traded as high as .78. That pushes the overnight increase on APP to 24%

Yesterday we mentioned that breaking of the 200DMA of .74 was a key event that needed to take place and we’ve seen that happen this morning, so APP is certainly going to remain high on our watchlists as we head into week’s end.

Cerus Corp. CERS

CERS was included in yesterday’s extended watchlist, and made a solid move during the day’s session. From a low of 5.26 the stock made a run at a high of 5.94, a modest yet notable 13% increase.

It came on the heels of the announcement that the company had received the green light from the FDA on its product that limits the risk of infection-transmission in blood transfusions. We always like a good FDA-approval play so we will definitely be monitoring this play in coming sessions.

CONCORD, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cerus Corporation (CERS) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the INTERCEPT Blood System for plasma. The INTERCEPT plasma system is approved for ex vivo preparation of plasma in order to reduce the risk of transfusion-transmitted infection (TTI) when treating patients requiring therapeutic plasma transfusion. >> FULL PR

Eco Science Solutions, Inc. ESSI

We’ve still got ESSI on our radars, and wanted to remind our readers of this even as the stock has been trading in a tight channel between .20-.25 since we last took a look at it. The reason we still find ESSI attractive is that it boasts a tight share structure, and while we haven’t seen much in the way of volume, should that change, even the slightest amount of buying pressure could send ESSI flying.

From a business perspective, we’re also interested in the technology the company is working on, its innovative re-imagining on classic spark plug design. So despite not seeing much short-term activity, ESSI still has many of the hallmarks of a high-potential play that we’ll want to watch closely into the New Year.

We’ve drawn up a video on the current standing of the ESSI Chart, so take a look at that by clicking the graphic below:

If you missed our initial report on ESSI and its spark plug technology, go ahead and take a look now: ESSI Report

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Blue Horseshoe Stocks: Revisiting APP & More

American Apparel Inc. APP

This fall, for the first time in a long time, APP failed to see the increases that have coincided with the beginning of the retail season in recent years. Instead, here we are nearing the end of the heaviest shopping days of the year, and the stock is just now beginning to show signs of life.

CEO Dov Charney, thought by many to be one of the worst CEO’s on Wall Street, has been fired by the board of directors per a PR released this morning. His official dismissal amid allegations of misconduct is sitting well with investors, with the stock trading up significantly in premarket activity. We’ll be interested to follow APP more closely as the reigns are handed over to Paula Schneider on January 5th, and if she can turn APP back in a positive direction as the new CEO. >> Read About Charney’s Firing

Looking at the chart, the last time APP was trading as low as it has been in recent weeks was early this summer, just before the stock ran to over 1.20. We’ve covered APP for many years and have witnessed numerous big runs, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see a extended recovery off of these 6-month lows, if the stock can get over the hurdle that is the current 200DMA (.74). Beyond that, APP will have to contend with resistance points at .77, .85, and 1.09.

InterCloud Systems, Inc. ICLD

During this time of the year when tax-loss selling drives many stocks down to annual lows, we’re always on the lookout for a good bottom-bounce play. ICLD may fit that description. The stock touched 52-week low of 2.77 yesterday, and is currently trending up in the premarket.

The company released a PR this morning announcing  that its new business backlog was at record highs, ($32M) according to CEO Mark Munro, “This is a tribute to our growing sales organization and a competitive edge in our markets. InterCloud’s sales pipeline continues to grow month over month offering great upside as we move into 2015.” >>READ PR 

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