When I first looked at the optionsXpress trading patterns (“People Trading ___ Also Traded ___”) function back in September, I certainly did not expect that it would become a recurring feature on the blog.
I did, however, have the good fortune of selecting Baidu (BIDU) as my example stock and came up with a good list of speculative companies – all of which were taken to the woodshed at the end of October and sold aggressively over the past six months or so.
Here we are in April and the market has put in a provisional bottom and lo and behold, BIDU is up over 70% in the past month. So, I asked that same rhetorical question once again and optionsXpress was kind enough to oblige me with a list of companies that BIDU speculators have been pushing up over the past month. [All optionsXpress customers can do the same for any security by going to the Quotes tab, clicking on Quote Detail, then clicking on the People Trading… link under the chart on the right.]
There are no real surprises on my end this time around, save perhaps the inclusion of two financial plays, MER and XLF, though it is interesting to see how the list has changed since the last time I did this, which just happened to be on October 30, 2007, at the time the markets were peaking.