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Hour of Extreme Opportunity

Zacks strategist Kevin Cook predicts that the relief rally is topping out, and we're due for a sharp plunge.

Most investors will be caught off-guard and miss out. But a few could make a killing on that downturn.

Dear Zacks Member,

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Many investors are holding back, worrying about the sharp volatility, and waiting to see where the market turns before making any trades.

But for those of us who pursue quick, substantial profits, these are exciting times.

Right now conditions are prime for a signficant short-term downward swing.

And yes, whether the market plunges, booms or stays flat overall, you can make significant money if you know where to look. Fortunes were made even during the Great Depression and Great Recession.

Consider what happened last year when the market slipped into the red. This 2015 Bulls & Bears chart shows what "might have been" for your portfolio.

Imagine if you had focused on Consumer Discretionary industries like cars, apparel, hotels, restaurants, leisure, media, and retailing. Or if you concentrated on Health Care or traded Technology. Your returns would likely have been significantly greater.

Similarly, if you had played Energy or Materials or Utilities to fall, you could have made a lot of money, too.

I am about to brief you on four potentially market-crushing sector trades and also on three particular industries that I'm tracking with intense interest.

But it's even more important to see what's happening today behind the scenes, while most traders are unsuccessfully chasing the market or letting their savings stagnate and erode from inflation.

Do you wonder why the best professional investors continue to make money hand over fist?

Their Simple Secret

These pros know how to "read the minds" of institutional investors, and how to time the market so they get in and out before the big money does.

They know when irrational doubts and fears are distracting investors from seeing the "Hidden Bulls" until it's too late to fully profit from them. And then they pounce.

The good news is that "hidden bulls" are abundant today.

Right now, while the market is swinging up and down, there are plenty of great trades for the picking. But, chances are, you and your friends could use some help in that regard.

Look, most investors are in the same boat. The market sails well into the green and you make money. But maybe you hold your stocks too long and then you lose those gains.

Self doubt runs rampant. It goes something like this:

  • The market moves upward. Is the rally for real?
  • The market moves downward. Will the pullback turn into a full-blown correction?
  • Have I figured it out correctly? Is it too late to take advantage of the upswing or the downswing?

So there you are, selling at the lows. Then - whoa - you find that the market was actually about to bounce. Instead of selling, you could have made substantial profits "buying the fear"!

You could also have preserved more capital on existing positions if you only had reliable ways to time the market. It seems you just can't make real money unless the U.S. market is flying upward.

Sound familiar? If so, I have something to ask you:

Who Says You Have to Buy and Hold?

To use a phrase I coined during the last recession, what if you could "buy and trade"?

Why settle for waiting out the market?

It hurts your portfolio when you get in after the market goes up ??? and when you get out after the market goes down.

Why can't you be on the right side of a market swing?

Imagine buying after others have panicked and created the market bottoms. Then riding the upswing, cutting losers early, and staying aboard winners for outsized profits.

Let me put this another way: Why restrict your money-making ambitions to the relatively few periods when the market is most bullish?

The best professionals know that even in the worst of times. As the saying goes, there is always a bull market somewhere. There are always great trades out there waiting for a keen eye and shrewd conviction.

These people can profit when the market goes up . . . when the market goes down . . . and when the market goes sideways.

How They Make Their Money

For starters, they're up to their elbows in research. They're watching the markets in real time.

Even after Wall Street's closing bell, they're monitoring foreign markets.

They're combing through stock charts and analyst reports. Sifting and sorting through hundreds, even thousands of stocks.

They're searching and waiting. Then buying and selling when the numbers and charts say the odds are in their favor.

This describes the world of the pros at the big trading firms, investment banks, and hedge funds. I call it "total immersion, instant access."

Keeping Pace with the Pros

Can you immerse yourself in rich information networks, with your fingers hovering over the buy and sell buttons? Can you catch the emotional swings to pinpoint bottoms and tops?

Are you willing to devote several hours a day to your investment portfolio?

My guess is that you can't and won't. Few non-professionals can spare that much time. Fewer still have training and instincts refined through years of trial and error.

But that's what it usually takes to invest like the pros.

Since most investors can't compete with Fidelity traders, or Jim Simons at Renaissance Capital, or experts at a hundred other momentum hit-and-run hedge funds, let me suggest another alternative.

How to Get Similar Outsized Returns

I'm going to show you how to consistently beat the market, buying low and selling high, going short as well as long, and making well-timed options moves.

What's more, you can do all this without the training and toil, and without subjecting yourself to the frenzy of day-trading.

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As Editor of Tactical Trader, I will personally provide you with carefully timed moves and explanations, private market commentary for today and forecasts for tomorrow.

Here's What Prepared Me for This Mission

Let me tell you something about my background. As an institutional currency trader for nearly a decade, I traded $100 million dollars per day in the hyper-kinetic world of cash-futures arbitrage.

I was a market-maker in the $4-trillion-dollar-a-day interbank currency - the biggest in the world. And I provided liquidity to the biggest banks and hedge funds in the world.

Feeling like a jungle guerilla-fighter in a war of titans, I learned how the big guys shift money and execute strategies that catch the big moves every week.

During my tours of duty on the trading desks of all three of the major "theaters of operation" - Asia, Europe, and North America - I traded over 1 million futures contracts and nearly $200 billion in currency.

Tuning into all the major economies of the world 24/7, I developed a natural sense for what moves money around the globe.

I took this knowledge into the world of equities in 2008, working for one of the largest option market makers during the subprime financial crisis. I had a ringside seat for the implosions of Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, and countless other companies with exposure to excess leverage. This experience shaped my own approaches to risk and portfolio management in stocks, ETFs, options, and currencies.

The Money Trail

For years, I've followed the money moves of institutional portfolio managers and studied their behavior.

I know how they think, what their job descriptions dictate they must do.

They aren't the ones selling at the bottom before the market turns. And when the market sells off to new lows and then reverses as it did in August, 2015, you know they're behind it.

But it wasn't until April, 2011 that "the lights really went on" for me.

That's when I joined Zacks, and began to use their time-tested fundamental model to screen thousands of stocks instantly, every day, based on Len Zacks' discovery:

The most powerful force impacting stock prices is Earnings Estimate Revisions.

When stock analysts raise their estimates of a company's earnings, its stock price tends to go up in the short term. And when earnings estimates trend downward, so do the stock prices.

This is one of the most proven truths about the stock market. Since 1988, Zacks Rank #1 Strong Buy stocks (so rated for upward swinging earnings estimates) have nearly tripled the S&P 500 with an average gain of +26% per year. But Zacks Rank #5 Strong Sells (with downward swinging earnings estimates) perform more than 4X worse than the market.

That performance has been examined and attested by the independent accounting firm of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP.*

What's more, Investars (another independent organization), rated Zacks research #1 in quantitative research from 2011 through 2015. Its cumulative return during that time span was +130%.

For me, the stunning power of earnings estimate revisions was a transforming revelation. It meant I could get the most out of my market swing predictions by focusing on specific companies that are firing up to outperform (or underperform) others in their sectors.

Armed with the Zacks Rank, I have a higher probability of knowing where the big money is going weeks before it gets there. (They know about earnings estimates, too.)

After studying earnings in the spring of 2014, I alerted my followers to a "Buy in May" thesis. While investors everywhere were getting ready to pack it up and "sell in May" after a very choppy encore to the terrific 2013 returns, we began accumulating key leveraged ETFs from late April through early June. Here were 8 consecutive closed trades exactly as they happened:

QQQ 3X Bull20006/05/1469.0006/11/1472.00600.00+4.35%
EM 3X Bull20004/30/1426.5006/11/1431.39978.00+18.45%
S&P 3X Bull30006/05/1472.5006/09/1474.75675.00+3.10%
SmlCap 3X Bull20006/05/1469.5006/06/1475.501,200.00+8.63%
SmlCap 3X Bull20005/28/1470.0006/06/1475.001,000.00+7.14%
S&P 3X Bull30005/19/1467.5006/02/1471.801,290.00+6.37%
QQQ 3X Bull20005/19/1462.0005/29/1468.101,220.00+9.84%
SmlCap 3X Bull20005/19/1465.5005/27/1471.001,100.00+8.40%

Then we bought the lows in October of 2014, as fear was running wild about Ebola, and rode sizable profits into November and December, like a 27% gain with Nasdaq 100 3X Bull ETF and a 40% gain in the VelocityShares VIX Inverse ETF.

We did it again in 2015 when I warned that the market was getting very top-heavy and over-valued in July. By moving allocations to a large cash position, we avoided the steep declines of the third quarter and paved the way bargain-hunt with confidence in September and October when the market solidified a "fortress of institutional demand" at S&P 1900.

What Can All This Mean For You?

It simply suggests you can be on top of events rather than operating in their aftermath.

Will all of our Tactical Trader predictions be as successful as that? Of course not. But recent market turbulence is creating trading setups that most investors never see.

Today's Hidden Bull Profit Opportunities

As of now, I am closely monitoring 4 sectors that can make significant money for us no matter which way the market breaks.

Today there is compelling profit potential from broad swings in . . .

  • Technology (One of my specialty focus areas that has handily beaten the market over the past few years.)
  • Health Care (Another of my favorites as demographic and regulatory tail winds drive strong earnings power.)
  • Energy (The emotional swings of crude oil will continue to provide terrific trading opportunities.)
  • Gold (I'm bearish right now, looking for a better buying opportunity.)

Of course, there will be losing trades which we'll quickly sell off. But look at the flurry of 2015 trades I recommended in the big winning sectors of the last 3 years, Technology and Healthcare:

  • Avago Technologies: 8 swing trades with an average gain of +12.4% each and only one loss among them
  • Acadia Healthcare: 5 swing trades with an average gain of over +22% each and only one loss among them
  • Mobileye: 5 swing trades with an average gain of +22.77% each and no losses
  • Ambarella: 5 swing trades with an average gain of +21.27% each and no losses

Regarding specific industries in the weeks to come, I am targeting Semiconductors, Biotechnology, and Oil & Gas Refiners. Plus the U.S. Dollar and Euro Currency.

How to Make Most of Your Money While Other Investors Behave Irrationally

Every negative turn seems to stir up doubts and fears that send ripples through U.S. markets. But that can be very lucrative for us. Emotions like these lead to swings that churn up Extreme Value Areas. That's when we'll apply the principles of "Behavioral Finance." And follow Zacks Rank and other fundamental signals to determine when the time is right to buy and sell.

We'll exploit these market swings with individual stocks, ETFs, options techniques like straddles and strangles, and more.

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Thank you and good trading!

Kevin Cook

Kevin Cook
Senior Stock Strategist

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