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  • Wednesday, February 10 2016

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This prediction was valid between April 10, 2013 and May 29, 2013. All information in this report is for reference only and should not be considered forward looking.


First Merchants Corp.


First Merchants Corporation operates as the financial holding company for First Merchants Bank, National Association that provides community banking services. It accepts time, savings, and demand deposits; and makes consumer, commercial, agri-business, and real estate mortgage loans, as well as rents safe deposit facilities. The company also provides personal and corporate trust, full-service brokerage, corporate, letters of credit, and repurchase agreements services. In addition, it operates as a property, casualty, personal lines, and employee benefit insurance agency. The company operates 106 banking locations in 26 Indiana, 2 Illinois, and 2 Ohio counties. Its delivery channels include ATMs, check cards, remote deposit capture, interactive voice response systems, and Internet technology. The company was founded in 1893 and is headquartered in Muncie, Indiana.

Investment Highlights

  • PATTERN SCAN predicts the price of FRME expected to move up in the coming weeks based on the appearance of a 'Trend Line Break(4)' pattern. Specifically, a ACT EOD variant of Trend Line Break(4) has been detected. The target is $15.74. more
  • SEASONALITY expects the price of FRME expected to move up to $15.21 by January 28, 2013. more
  • INSIDER predicts that FRME will move up based on insiders trading in the stock. more
  • INSIDER predicts that FRME will move up based on insiders trading in the stock. more
  • SQUEEZETRIGGER predicts that when FRME closes above $14.43, we expect a short squeeze to begin that could quickly drive the price of FRME considerably higher.

Predictive Range January 24, 2013 - May 29, 2013

Anticipated price movement, between prediction date and target date, based on all market reads.
$14.98 - $17.66

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  • EARNINGS Most stock price histories show random or unpredictable movements around earnings reports. But some repeat the same pattern quarter after quarter, year after year. Earnings predicts probability, price move and length of move before and after all US stock earnings reports.
  • FRICTION FACTOR Friction Factor is based on the relationship between the price of a stock and the volume at which it's bought and sold. Normal and abnormal Friction factor patterns can help you time your buying and selling decisions for maximum earnings potential.
  • GATS The Global Automated Trading System (GATS) combines neural networks and genetic algorithms to reduce investment risks. GATS selects the highest probability trades in stocks, bonds, options, commodities, currencies and private equities, delivering precise, predictive and profitable data.
  • GROUP SECTOR Certain institutions can exert buying or selling pressure over an entire industry group, pushing prices higher. Group Sector identifies stocks that most closely match their group's movement and generate powerful group consensus trading signals to help you profit from the herd mentality.
  • PATTERN SCAN This technology automatically tracks "Trigger Events" that positively or negatively affect the value of a stock — or its perceived value among analysts — ranging from price fluctuations to natural disasters and political shifts. The results reveal patterns that can predict market movements.
  • EVENTS Events describe the current technical situation in your stock. It displays the technicals, trend conditions and seasonal factors and automatically discovers how that stock has performed in the trading days following the occurrences of the event or combination of events. This technology automatically scans using complex historical queries based on what event is taking place right now in the stock. It then displays the probability, expected return and number of trading days for the expected move.
  • RegSHO NAKED SHORTS SEC Regulation SHO mandates that if a clearing agent holds a fail-to-deliver position for 13 consecutive settlement days, it must purchase securities to close out its position, a.k.a. a forced cover. WealthMakers aggregates data from NYSE, AMEX, NASDAQ, OTCBB and PINKSHEETS to track stocks that are about to have forced covers.
  • SEASONALITY Seasonality analyzes more than 20 years of data to determine if stocks have a long or short seasonal bias, how many trading days the move is expected to last, the probability of that move and the percentage move the stock is expected to make based on the seasonal bias.
  • SQUEEZE TRIGGER Our proprietary database of more than 3,500,000,000 short sale transactions allows us to calculate the exact price at which the total short interest is short in each stock. Squeeze Trigger Alerts let you know exactly when a short squeeze will start and how to trade profitably.
  • VALUATION A stock's value is a function of its forecasted earnings per share and forecasted earnings growth, as well as profitability, interest and inflation rates. Valuation use these metrics to determine at what price a stock is undervalued or overvalued, so that you can make investment decisions accordingly.
  • INSIDER Significant stock sales or purchases by company "insiders" (officers or directors) can be a predictor of future price movements — up or down. The Insider strategy tracks these actions and correlates them with historical data to give you an investment edge.

Pattern Scan


Tracks "Trigger Events" that positively or negatively affect the value of a stock.

First Merchants Corp. (NASDAQ: FRME) is predicted to go up in coming weeks based on bullish technical trends that have appeared in the recent performance of the stock. FRME has demonstrated Trend Line Break(4) strategy ACT EOD with a strength of 3.0/5. The higher the strength, the higher the probability of an accurate prediction.

  • The price of FRME expected to move up in the coming weeks.
  • PatternScan has detected that a 'ACT EOD' pattern has appeared.
  • Specifically, a ACT EOD variant of Trend Line Break(4) has been detected.
  • This indicates a high probablity that FRME will move up in the coming weeks.



Predicts probability and percentage of stock movements based on seasonal factors.

First Merchants Corp. (NASDAQ: FRME) is predicted to go up in coming weeks based on bullish trends that appear around this time of the year. By identifying stocks that are poised to go up or down based on seasonal tendencies, traders can increase their odds of making money. FRME, currently trading at 22.43 expected to hit $15.21 by January 28, 2013.

  • The price of FRME expected to move up to $15.21 by January 28, 2013.
  • Expected gain of 2.69% from price at time of prediction (14.81).
  • This pattern has held 11.0 of the last 13.0 seasonal periods. (84.62%)


Tracks stock transactions by company "insiders" and correlates them with historical data.

First Merchants Corp. (NASDAQ: FRME) is expected to go higher as buy signals have been generated by top insider trading patterns. The most important data elements considered when performing insider analysis are: Insiders Track Record - An insiders track record is best summarized by the Insider Score which ranges from 1 (least predictive) to 100 (most predictive) based on prior trading performance. In addition, the actual returns following the insiders prior trades are included to determine the potential magnitude of future returns. Insiders Role - Trades by higher-level insiders are generally more predictive than trades by lower level insiders. Higher-level insiders to include Chairman, CEO, President, CFO, and Vice Chairman.

  • The price of FRME expected to move up soon.
  • Insider buying has been detected by high level insiders at the company.
  • Based on our predictive insider equity formula, FRME is expected to rise to $19.90.

Squeeze Trigger


We have a proprietary database of all trading in US stocks and maintain massive databases of short sale and naked short sale time and sales data, along with short squeeze SqueezeTrigger prices. We are the only firm that knows the exact price that a short squeeze will start in every US stock.

The Cumulative Squeeze Trigger price for FRME is 14.43.

This means that when FRME closes above $14.43, we expect a short squeeze to begin that could quickly drive the price of FRME considerably higher.

Date Short Volume Short Value SqueezeTrigger
2015-12-31 173389 4709678.7125 27.1625
2015-11-30 32628 863575.0644 26.4673
2015-10-31 335097 8720597.8377 26.0241
2015-09-30 655078 17010606.9494 25.9673
2015-08-31 620030 15908295.719 25.6573
2015-07-31 44028 1100774.8476 25.0017
2015-06-30 151661 3626593.6625 23.9125
2015-05-31 20659 463309.0635 22.4265
2015-04-30 10862 255834.8584 23.5532
2015-03-31 51936 1179726.24 22.715
2015-02-28 38326 860449.3608 22.4508
2015-01-31 152607 3364953.8286 22.0498
2014-12-31 249431 5531656.2301 22.1771
2014-11-30 53391 1191793.902 22.322
2014-10-31 436021 9016260.2485 20.6785
2014-09-30 233878 4750880.753 20.3135
2014-08-31 198418 3979292.8318 20.0551
2014-07-31 269230 5574003.305 20.7035
2014-06-30 54964 1096586.764 19.951
2014-05-31 187451 3890976.6423 20.7573

Friction Factor


Friction Factor determines if there is normal or abnormal behavior in the price action of the stock when compared to the buying vs. selling trading statistics. It shows us how many more shares of buying than selling it takes to move a stock higher by 1 cent, or how many more shares of selling than buying it takes to drop a stock by 1 cent.
Here is how to understand Friction Factor:

  • If Friction Factor is positive, more buying than selling caused FRME's price to rise
  • If Friction Factor is negative, more selling than buying caused FRME's price to fall
  • If Friction Factor is 0, there was no discernable activity either way
  • If Friction Factor is abnormal, it means that more buying than selling caused the price to drop which is evidence of manipulative activity. In some cases more selling than buying can cause the price to increase. While this is rare, it must be noted as well. Friction Factor raw data.

Date Change Buy Vol Sell Vol Net Vol Friction
2015-12-03 -0.27 20562 39565 -19003 -703.8148148
2015-12-02 -0.35 26769 39537 -12768 -364.8
2015-12-01 0.01 177167 56914 120253 120253
2015-11-30 0.01 40297 94529 -54232 Bullish Bias
2015-11-27 0.11 11015 11977 -962 Bullish Bias
2015-11-25 -0.11 64304 76758 -12454 -1132.181818
2015-11-24 0.11 27448 20714 6734 612.1818182
2015-11-23 0.17 38840 18421 20419 1201.117647
2015-11-20 0.23 23168 25942 -2774 Bullish Bias
2015-11-19 -0.09 14408 19795 -5387 -598.5555556
2015-11-18 -0.03 29463 27374 2089 Bearish Bias
2015-11-17 0.13 40160 24325 15835 1218.076923
2015-11-16 -0.08 39157 34444 4713 Bearish Bias
2015-11-13 0.0 32385 26008 6377 Bearish Bias
2015-11-12 -0.3 64524 55118 9406 Bearish Bias
2015-11-11 0.0 32385 26008 6377 Bearish Bias
2015-11-10 0.09 55673 83451 -27778 Bullish Bias
2015-11-09 -0.34 18039 25633 -7594 -223.3529412
2015-11-06 0.62 32054 27537 4517 72.85483871
2015-11-05 0.08 54824 47427 7397 924.625

General Results


Past success in predictions regarding all predictions on the WealthMakers platform.

Our prediction engine has a track record that is second to none. See for our results.

Read Type Avg Return Avg Maturity Days Hits Misses % Accurate
Insider 17.489 84.63 14336 612 95.91%
Valuation 14.484 26.96 4201 302 93.29%
SqueezeTrigger 12.471 21.36 10622 772 93.22%
Seasonality 7.259 15.12 56893 5332 91.43%
Group Correlation 7.028 14.98 9332 1068 89.73%
PatternScan 8.438 11.38 220216 32812 87.03%
Events 6.8 11.25 4523 689 86.78%
Earnings 8.499 10.33 24777 4994 83.23%
GATS 5.547 7.88 78832 16523 82.67%
Naked Shorts 13.64 10.99 2922 751 79.55%
Friction Factor 6.988 3.61 8192 2364 77.61%

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Last Price$22.43
52 Week Range$16.67 - $23.35
1 Month Range$20.03 - $22.10
Avg Daily Volume99825.0
PE Ratio14.75
Earnings Per Share
Shares Outstanding36MM
Market Capitalization$754.00MM


ACCOUNT SUPPORT 855-879-3258