That’s a record for the Global Bull Market Alert trading service. In addition, all nine of our stock positions in our Global Bull Market Alert portfolio are profitable.
So far, the market has defied my predictions for a summer lull. Let’s enjoy the moment, but this is no time to become complacent. After last week’s run-up, we’ll be tightening a number of our stops to lock in our profits.
BRAZILIAN ETF (EWZ)
The Brazilian benchmark Bovespa stock index closed at a record high ahead of Monday’s expiration of options contracts on a hefty trading volume of 7.52 million Brazilian reals. At the highest point, the Bovespa hit 57,983 points — a new intraday high. The Brazilian ETF is up 16.19% since we recommended it a little over a month ago. Let’s hold on for more profits. Raise your stop to $57.50.
COMPANHIA VALE DO RIO DOCE CVRD (RIO)
Our play on the Commodity Super Cycle — and George Soros’s favorite stock — is up just under 27% since early April. The strong performance of Brazil, CVRD’s status as one of the top global commodities plays, and the frenzied M&A activity in the commodity sector mean that this stock is one to hold. We’ve already made triple-digit percentage profits in playing the options on this one. We sold half of our options on Friday and we are holding the remainder for additional profits. Raise your stop to $42.50.
LAN AIRLINES (LFL)
LAN Airlines announced last week that it will add 32 Boeing 787 Dreamliner long-haul aircraft to the company’s fleet between 2011 and 2016. That’s the largest investment in the company’s history. Rising oil prices have meant that the airline sector has stayed out of the recent rally. Nevertheless, the stock is up a respectable 3.95%.
NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE (NBG)
National Bank of Greece has rallied more than 10% during the past three weeks. Forbes recently ran an article on the bullish case for the Greek stock market. Let’s hope this stock now has awakened from its long slumber. Let’s raise our stop to $10.70.
Canada-based Potash has continued to roar ahead and now is up 25.15% since late May. Potash, our #1 play on the boom in soft commodities, still has a ways to go. Let’s let our profits run.
Korea-based steelmaker Posco has shot through the roof over the past three weeks, and now is up a whopping 51% since we first recommended it. We’ve already averaged triple-digit percentage profits on Posco options during two separate sales. On Friday, we booked more than a triple-digit percentage gain on Posco options in less than three weeks! Let’s wait for a correction before we get into the options for a third time. Let’s raise our stop on the stock to $117.
TAIWAN ETF (EWT)
The technology heavy Taiwan ETF made a strong debut in our Global Bull Market Alert portfolio. The options are up 55% in just the past two weeks, and the ETF itself is up a solid 4.27%. Hold on to this one for more gains.
Last week’s pick — our Spain-based emerging global technology play — announced the signing of a contract with Kahramaa, the Qatari water and electricity utility company. The contract calls for Telvent to provide consulting services on ways to enhance drinking water transmission and distribution. This pick is in the early stages of its global-growth phase.
Since Telvent only has a market cap of around $800 million, some online brokers may not allow you to enter your stop of $18.50 electronically. Make sure you keep this price in mind as a mental stop, though.
Our global infrastructure play shot up 8.8% on a single day on the back of an upgrade from Wall Street raising the price target on the stock to $107. That sudden volatility in the stock allowed us to book triple-digit percentage gains in the options on Friday. With the stock up 10%, raise your stop to $77.50.