Monday, August 29, 2011

Position Update


If you took the LULU trade you got stopped out when the stop got taken out.


AVP stop held in and is still in play. AVP is trying to break the most recent high and if it gets taken out we could see the $24 area.

Friday, August 26, 2011

LULU Second Move Down

Looks like we are getting our second move down on LULU. I have been bearish on LULU and think they still have a long way to go down. You can read my write up, Lululemon look out below. What I don't like about this setup is you might run into the 200ma which may become a support so if it can't break that  moving average, take the position off. You could use $53.52 as your stop if you want to try a short. I think I would take some off if I could get 2X my risk and as usual I will trail with a breakeven stop once I'm up $3 on this stock.

LULU was once a high flyer on wall street and any time the market realizes that growth will slow down the stock is usually severely punished. I think that same thing will happen to LULU.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Apple Profits Booked

The Apple trade worked perfectly as expected. I felt the selling was over done and if you followed our plan you would have made money. Apple opened alittle above the area we wanted ideally but you could have entered on the breakout in the $360 area. You had to enter in premarket trading in order to get in. Here is Apple premarket:

Apple traded as high as $375 way past our minimum target.

I don't think we'll get a trade in Apple like this again for a long time. This is one of those rare instances where the market was completely over reacting and astute traders could take advantage of it.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Apple sell off on Steve Jobs news, great buying opportunity

Apple sold off as much as 7% in after hours trading on news that Steve Jobs is stepping down as CEO. It appears the fears may be a bit over done and I think you could take advantage of a gap down into support on Apple. I will look to buy one lot of Apple on a gap down in the $355 down to the 350 area. I would buy two lots of Apple at the 200ma which is around $343. I will also look to add on a buy setup if I get a good buy pattern. I will use the $339 area as my stop so be sure to position size correctly to your risk. I would like to see support first before buying if we gap below $350. This trade is also invalid if it trades below $339 before we are able to buy. I marked support and buy areas with green arrows.

If we get a buy from the $350 area, I would like to target the $360-365 area. Be sure to properly trail the position and move stop to breakeven once your 3-4 points in the money.

AVP near 20ma target

Our AVP trade is doing well heading towards our 20ma target. If you used a tight stop under $21, you would have gotten dinked out on the failure to hold above the 8ma. If you used the $20 stop, which is the low of the pivot, you should still be in. AVP came close to breaking the low but it held in.

The 20ma should be a good first target but I think there is more room to run if it could break above it. I'm not gonna give AVP to much room because of the volatility in the market. I would take at least a third of the position off on a test of the 20ma and move the stop on the rest of the position to breakeven.

I will also move the current stop to 20.47 to tighten up the risk. I marked the stop loss area with a red arrow in the chart.

Monday, August 22, 2011

What a killer Goldman Short

Too bad my followers did get a chance to participate in this sell off.

It dropped 6 points right after I submitted my writeup to Seeking Alpha. I finished my article at 3:14pm.

I didn't expect this big a selloff  but when you position yourself correctly, sometimes you get rewarded.

Monday, August 15, 2011

AVP nice daytrade with a tight stop

AVP is a buy at this price at $21.78. After chopping around for several days AVP finally made a strong move that it is ready to try a relief rally. I'm looking for AVP to get back to it's daily 20MA around the $24 area over the next few days. If you want an aggressive stop you may place it below the $21 area or if you want to give yourself alittle more room you may place it below $20.

I marked the entry with a green arrow and possible stop areas with the red arrows. You can learn more about my strategies in the swing trade lessons section.

QQQ following through with our rally

The QQQ's is following through with the rally that we have been expecting. The QQQ were very quiet in the morning session rallying late in the day to close the day at it's high. I wouldn't celebrate the rally just yet. We have some major resistance that will be coming up in the $56 area so I would expect that to be the first test. I wouldn't be surprised to see the QQQ's pull back alittle here which could actually be a bullish sign if it could create a higher low.

We want the QQQ's to break above and hold that $56 area in order to get momentum to test the highs. If we hold above we could look to test the $59 area once again. I marked the $56 resistance area with a red arrow.

I would look to take alittle profits on any longs if we get another day or two of rallies without any pullback.

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Friday, August 12, 2011

QQQ's weak rally

The market pulled off a quiet rally today without much volatility. This week was one of the markets most volatile weeks in history which made it very difficult to get a read on the market. We got a small gap this morning that didn't get much follow through. I still think we could continue with this bounce that we are getting in the market but I wouldn't be surprised if we chopped around here while the market consolidates the extreme volatility we have been experiencing. I believe on the top side we could get near the $55 area which could serve as a strong resistance area going into an options expiration week.

The market still seems weak and I believe it's still to early to decide which direction the market wants to go to open swing trades. Daytrades are the best way to go for now. You want to stay nimble until the odds move back into your favor and you have a good feel on the market.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Failure to hold a break on QQQ

The QQQ's has failed to hold on to highs after the break of the $53 area. This shows there is heavy selling pressure and it looks like the market could have a rough time recovering losses. I was looking for swing plays that could take advantage of a market bounce and couldn't find any good risk/reward trades. The market is just to volatile to take swing trades at this point so daytrades come in handy in staying nimble and bringing in profits. I posted a couple day trades on SODA and CREE earlier today that worked to perfect. This type of enviornment is where it pays to be an all around investor and trader taking advantage of the different waves of opportunity the market provides.

I believe if the market could break and hold above the $53.50 area in the QQQ's, we could see the market try to test the upper resistance near $56. Any failure and break below $50 in the QQQ's at this point is a very bearish sign which will bring alot of panicked sellers into the market since at this point. There are many stops sitting below the $50 area and a break of that area will change my bias to bearish.

I definitely have my shopping list out and looking for opportunities to take advantage of this move in my long term trades. This is a great time to watch those penny stocks and target those value plays.

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Money in the bank! Solid day on SODA and CREE Summary

Daytrades were posted in real-time with updates. I don't usually like to post daytrades but I really liked these plays and felt that they would be excellent lessons in how to daytrade correctly while seeing them unfold before your eyes. So you get the opportunity to see what I see at the same time as the trade unfolds. It is very difficult to manage a trade and update the blog in real-time while taking pictures so I tried my best to update quickly.

Now to the summary:

CREE - Profits banked at $36.31 banking an average profit of 3X risk. This position fell alittle short of our 90 cent target area and I was to busy to update the trade here on the blog so I will just use the last post to update the blog which was when I moved the stop to $36.31 if you were following my techniques you have gotten out at $36.55.

I highlighted in green the arrows I was looking at for a trigger. The blue arrow represents the trigger and the red arrow was when the final lot was exited.

SODA - Exited the final piece at $46.95 bringing our profits to an average of $4/share. This is about 1.3X our risk but had an opportunity to trail it tighter when you hit $48.48 but again wasn't able to update the trade in the blog so I just used my last post to update the trade here.

The blue arrow was the trigger and the red arrow was when the final trade was exited. It took us two looks until we got the right trigger since the first look was invalidated by taking out the low first before rallying which is my first post on this trade.

Like my comment yesterday on the market it is not uncommon to see a retest of the lows in stocks as well as in the market before the rally comes. The key is knowing which one to take.

I base my returns off multiples of risk because I believe that if I'm right just 50% of the time but average more than 1X my risk then over time I will make more money. So if I could get 2X or 3X risk on half my trades then I could make good money.

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CREE Profits in the bank on a nice daytrade

Banked 3x risk on CREE with a tight stop. move stop to breakeven at 36.11 sold 3/4ths of my position in the high 30 cent area. On these type of breakout plays I like to use tight entries to maximize returns. You have to let your winners run and worst case scenario the rest of the trade takes you out breakeven. Close the position near the end of day if our 5 min trail doesn't take us out.

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Take profits on rest of position in CREE in the $46.90 - $47 areas stop now $46.31

SODA stop update

Move the stop on SODA to $45.90 below the 5min pivot locking in at least another $2 on our last quarter position left. Looking to take the rest of the position around the $49-50 area.

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Move SODA stop to $46.95 to lock in profits

Cha-Ching on SODA taking a $2 move, taking only partial profit

I would take some profits here with the rest of my stop at breakeven using a 5min pivot trail. Nice $2 move that came within 15cents of taking us out at breakeven but held in. I think we could get more so will try to ride half into the close or my pivot trail gets taken out.

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Taking another half of my posittion with a $4 profit quarter of my position left with $3 banked

move SODA stop now to breakeven

Time to move our SODA play to breakeven at 43.61 we don't want to see it fail at this point so worst case scenario is break even for us now.

CREE potential breakout

I'm watching CREE for a potential breakout move. The strong had a real strong opening and I believe this consolidation could be setting up for a nice breakout daytrade. Resistance is the $36 area so I want CREE to break above that to go long.

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SODA another shot

Buy SODA on a move above 43.60 with a stop below the low at 40.80 first target is the 20MA and trail the rest following my pivot trail method. If low is broken before our trigger then play is invalidated.

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SODA trade invalidated

SODA failed to give us our tigger and broke the low hitting 40.90 invalidating our play. There is a chance that this will bounce going into the afternoon session so keep and eye out.

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Day Trade on SODA

Take SODA on a 15min trigger, a 15min bar must close above 44.05 and a stop below the low at 41.15. This is only for a daytrade and must be closed before the end of the day. First target is 8ma second target is 20ma and big target is in the $50 area.

If the low gets taken out the trigger the play is invalid.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Is this the next round of selling?

The market had another strong day of selling but does this mean that there is more to come? I'm not convinced yet until we break the lows which on the QQQ's was $50. It's not uncommon for markets and stocks to retest lows after heavy rounds of selling. Retests aren't a sign of weakness but actually could be a sign of strength. Why is that? If the market or stock trys to break lower and fails then it shows that there is strong support in that area with alot of buyers. That actually could provide a great opportunity to add to a position with a tighter risk since your stop should be at the low of the closest pivot.

So far the QQQ's have failed to break above the last red bar and has failed to break the $50 low so we are still in a sideways range. Support and Resistance triggers are marked with arrows.

I still have an upside bias but we play the market waves so which ever way the market breaks is where we will position ourselves. If these lows break I believe we could see some pretty heavy selling but I would prefer to see a bounce first before entering any new shorts.

Right now the smart thing to do is look for plays to add to my long term portfolio. When markets get hit hard it's always a good idea to update the shopping list.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Is this finally the bottom?

I think QQQ's can get to $55-56 as a 1st target and $58 as the top target. If QQQ's close below $50 then I believe we have a hard move down and I will look for stocks to short.

Could we have a bottom in place on the Nasdaq QQQ's ? I think we may have a short term bottom for now. It looks like the markets welcomed the news that Fed have decided to keep rates near 0% till 2013. Now no one really knows the true reason for the rally and I have noticed through the years that news outlets like to make up reasons for all the movements that go on in the markets with no real confirmation other than talking to a trader somewhere and that's what they think is going one but the market is not made my any one person. But anyway back to what we were talking about. Buyers could come back to the market now that they have confirmation rates will remain low for the forseeable future. So why is that? Well if you know rates are gonna be at 0% for the next two years then why stay in T-bills and money markets. You definitely can make more from stocks even conservative blue chips that are now paying 6% dividend yields.

This is what we know. The market is heavily oversold, blood and fear is in the streets and the Fed pretty much said they will do anything to support the markets. I have seen this happen before and one thing I know is don't cross the Fed. If they want something to rally it will and if they want something to fall it will. It might not happen right away but it eventually will. They have a lot of tools at their disposal and are very big force to go against. In the dot com bubble the Fed wanted to slow the over heated economy at the time and said the will raise rates to slow down the economy. So what did the crazy market do? It rallied and rallied, it pretty much blew off the Fed. So naturally what did the Fed do? They pretty much raised rates until the market got the picture that the Fed was just gonna keep on going till the market dropped. That move led to the dot com bubble bursting and to a big short position for me. The Fed then wanted to support the waek economy and prop up the market. So what did they do? They keep on lowering the rates which led to the strong rally that preceeded the financial crisis.

Does this sound familiar? Markets have a tendency to repeat themselves and now the Fed wants to support the market. I believe not only the Fed but the government will do anything to prop up this economy and we could see a pretty good bounce back. Now for me to remain bullish I still want the markets to hold above the lows made today.

Investanomics The Beginning

Investanomics was created to provide new investors and traders with insights into the market movements and help gain that consistent profitability many are looking for. I have been investing profitably in the markets for over 10 years and would like to bring those lessons to investors the same way I learned. My mentors help give me the foundation to get started in investing and I have learned many different strategies along the way that fit my style of investing. I believe no one strategy fits all and in fact that investing is a continous learning process.

When I first started trading in 2001, the markets were a much different place than today. My level 2 screen showed market makers, ECN's were a new thing, stocks traded in fractions and algo trading was up and coming. Today trading is anonymous, algo trading accounts for over 80% of volume in the markets, we trade in decimals and the speed of the movements are lightning fast with never before seen volatility. You have to be able to adapt to be able to survive in the markets. After all you are going against the biggest institutions in the business that have unlimited amounts of capital and everyone has the same objective, take each others money.

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