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Sterling Weekly for the Week of December 6th, 2010
A Few Thoughts on the Price of Oil

Since the previous edition of the Sterling Weekly the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 278.44 or approximately 2.5% to 11,362.19 The overall market continues to look positive, however as I write this week's Sterling Weekly I do have some concerns that the S&P 500 might be bumping up against an up against a trendline that may provide some short term resistance and contribute to a short term pullback. Or, we could trade right though it. Oil closed today at $89.38 per barrel, and with the price of Oil close to $90 I thought I would take a look at the chart for January's Oil futures contract and the Amex Oil Index 'XOI' and see what they are telling us.

I've inserted a 1 year chart below for the January 2011 Oil futures contract. In looking at the chart of the January 2011 Oil futures contract, it appears that price of Oil for January delivery is in the process of testing $93.31 per barrel. If the prices of Oil for January delivery closes above $93.31 per barrel, then it will have completed a "cup pattern" with a measured move to $113.17 per barrel.

January 2011 Oil future Contract

We have seen the price of Oil get close to $90 per barrel before only to fall back down below $80 per barrel, so I thought it might be wise to look and see if there might be something we could take as a confirmation of the likely hood of a movement higher in the price of Oil. So, I decided to look at the Amex Oil Index 'XOI'. I've inserted a chart on the 'XOI' below. The 'XOI' has completed a "cup & handle" pattern. This is a very bullish trading pattern that produces highly predictable measured movements. This pattern is forecasting a short term move to 1,189.98 on a closing basis; and on a slightly longer term basis a move to 1,389.50. Right about where I would expect the 'XOI' to be if the price of Oil reached $93.31 and $113.17 per barrel.

Amex Oil Index 'XOI'

Investors looking to trade this potential movement in the price of Oil the 'XOI' have several options. For those looking to trade the movement in the 'XOI', the SPDR Energy Select ETF 'XLE' closely tracks the movement in the 'XOI'. For investors looking to trade the movement in the price of Oil the US Oil Fund ETF 'USO' is designed to allow investors to participate in the oil futures market.


Sterling Calendars for the Week of December 6th, 2010.
Economic Calendar


Est. Time Release


Consensus Prior
12/07 3:00pm Consumer Credit Oct. ($2.3B) $2.1B
12/08 7:00am MBA Mortgage Applications 12/03 N/A (16.5%)
12/08 10:30am Crude Inventories 12/04 N/A 1.07M
12/09 8:30am Initial Claims 12/04 430K 436K
12/09 8:30am Continuing Claims 11/27 4,250K 4,270K
12/09 10:00am Wholesale Inventories Oct. 0.8% 1.5%
12/10 8:30am Trade Balance Oct. ($44.4B) ($44.0B)
12/10 8:30am Export Prices Ex.-Ag. Nov. N/A 0.7%
12/10 8:30am Import Price Ex.-Oil Nov. N/A 0.3%
12/10 9:55am Michigan Sentiment Dec. 72.5 71.6
12/10 2:00pm Treasury Budget Nov. ($134.0B) ($120.3B)
  Misc. Calendar
Date: Comments:
12/06 Pep Boys 'PBY' announces earnings after the close. Est. $0.08
12/07 Autozone 'AZO' announce earnings before the open. Est. $3.40
12/07 Talbots 'TLB' announces earnings before the open. Est. $0.26
12/07 Vail Resorts 'MTN' announces earnings before the open. Est. ($1.10)
12/07 Casey's General Stores 'CASY' announces earnings after the close. Est. $0.77
12/09 Smithfield Foods 'SFD' announces earnings before the open. Est. $0.55
12/09 Esterline Techs 'ESL' announces earnings after the close. Est. $1.23
12/09 Green Mtn. Coffee 'GMCR' announces earnings after the close. Est. $0.20
12/09 National Semi. 'NSM' announces earnings after the close. Est. $0.32
12/10 Jackson Hewitt 'JTX' announces earnings before the open. Est. ($0.74)
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Highlights from Recent (20) Editions of the Prime Stock Newsletter
Recommendation Date Entry Point Recent Close or Exit Price Profit* Note
Informatica 'INFA' Oct. 25 $39.41 $40.66 $1.25 Sold on the 25th
Altera Corp. 'ALTR' Oct. 28 $30.59 $33.98 $3.39 Sold November 9th
Ann Taylor 'ANN' Oct. 29 $22.60 $23.76 $1.16 Sold November 1st


* Our November 10th short sale recommendation of Abbot Labs 'ABT' @ $50.05/share closed at $46.49/share on November 29th for a gain of $3.56/share.

* Our November 2nd recommendation of Coca-Cola 'KO' @ $61.71/share closed at $64.61/share on November 24th for a gain of $2.90/share.

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