September 29, 2016

PSG Ripe for a Short

This company Performance Sports Group ticker PSG has run up 100% in less than 30 days from $1 and change to $4.00 a share. It appears the main driver of this huge run is that it is in such a poor financial position it got an extension on a loan agreement. This is from another article,

Shares of Performance Sports Group (PSG) were surging 29.44% to $2.33 on heavy trading volume late Friday morning as the sports equipment maker nears a deal to receive a 60-day extension to meet its loan covenants, sources told the New York Post. If the Exeter, NH-based company fails to reach such a deal, it will reportedly default on August 29 and consequently become vulnerable to creditor action. Certain creditors hope to swap their debt for equity and assume control of the business, the Post reports.

A quick peek reveals it doesn't seem to be going well financially for the company. I ask myself is a move from $1.80 to $4 logical given what I see here. I think this run-up is overdone. Technically, it has printed a couple doji candles back to back and the last two trading days have been red. It looks ready to roll over if $3.88 fails to hold. I have a stop order to short sell PSG at $3.87.

September 2, 2016

Short Setup On NTP

Recently, I came across a familiar chart pattern in the stock NTP. It shows a long period of normal, light daily trading volume. We can see roughly two weeks ago the stock surged much higher on unusual volume. The unusual volume continued everyday as the stock continued to run. The daily candle's representing each trading day became shorter the past few days. These are doji candles. Doji candles indicate uncertainty and often are the beginning of a trend reversal. In the case of NTP this reversal could be down. This kind of enormous unusual buy volume always gets exhausted. It can't keep up for weeks. This stock looks overbought. I see it going lower in the short-term.

Initially, I only noticed the chart but digging deeper into the company I discovered this is a Chinese company. There was some news before the move up about a share buyback. I couldn't find any other substantive news on the stock around the beginning of the run.

Full Disclosure: I have a short position in NTP