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URL :http://blog.afraidtotrade.com/
Filed Under:Business & Finance / Investing
Posts on Regator:949
Posts / Week:4.5
Archived Since:February 23, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Quick Pullback Planning for the SP500 to Start December

And now for something completely expected – after multiple days in a row to the upside with persistent negative divergences, stocks pulled back from their overextended conditions. However, how far may stock prices fall and what levels are both potential downside targets and possible buy levels? Let’s update our charts and plan accordingly: Markets tend to “wave,” or [...]

GMCR Reveals a Prelude to a Pullback Lesson

We can learn valuable lessons by studying classic examples of price action – in this case, a large divergence into snap-back reversal event (which stuns traders when they’re caught in the sharp sell-off). Let’s take a quick look at a recent clear example in Keurig Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR): The Daily Chart revealed a strong uptrend [...]

Join a Free Options on ETFs Training Webinar Tonight!

If you’re looking to diversify your trading strategies, learn a new technique, or just are looking for a new way to liven up your trading, then join us tonight for a special webinar with my friend and colleague John Carter. John will be presenting “My Favorite Ways to Trade Options on ETFs” which combines the option [...]

Updating Key Levels and Opportunities in Natural Gas UNG

I had a question about Natural Gas this morning and found something interesting on the current chart – note the key levels and breakout opportunities that are setting up currently. Let’s see these levels and highlight the key targets and structure moving forward: The indicator-heavy chart above shows the trend, spike in bullish (buy) volume going into [...]

Nov 24 Midday Update and Trending Stock Scan

We continue to see “more of the same” action and the simplest play is to “go with it.”  Yet so few traders actually do that it seems. Nevertheless, let’s update our mid-day information and highlight our trending stock candidates for today’s session. We’ll actually start with Sector Breadth which is MIXED BULLISH today: On today’s bullish session [...]

Open Air Pullback Planning for Best Buy BBY Breakout

Best Buy (BBY) shares continued their uptrend with a breakout gap into “Open Air.” Let’s highlight this chart and plot a “pullback” or else surprise breakout plan. Here’s the Daily Chart: Best Buy (BBY) has charted three symmetrical bullish swings (blue lines) from the May 2014 lows. This time, we see an extension and bullish gap event above the [...]

Scanning for November Stocks Most Extended from 200 SMA

Which top trending stocks – both bullish and bearish – are most extended from their rising (or falling) 200 day Simple Moving Average? Let’s use this simple yet effective stock scan to highlight eight trade-trending (or fading) candidates right now: This scan was created from FinViz.com’s Screener Tool focusing on the stocks most over and under extended [...]

Russell 2000 Showing Relative Weakness at the New Highs

A quick “Quad Index” Grid shows us that the small-cap Russell 2000 is showing relative strength to the other major US Equity Indexes. Let’s take a moment to update our charts and highlight this situation and what it may mean going forward. I’m charting the futures contracts for the main index markets and we’re seeing three indexes [...]

Nov 19 Midday Market Update and Stock Scan List

Price action continued its bullish activity despite a morning retracement against the broader trend. Note the support/reversal level into 2,040. Let’s update our charts and highlight some strong trending stocks for potential candidates...Show More Summary

Trading the Extended Intraday Run

How do you trade run-away markets?  Very carefully! Let’s chart the intraday stock market action and focus on a kindergarten-simple strategy that beats virtually all others when the market forms these sort of creeping-trend patterns. With...Show More Summary

Quick Country ETF Comparison Reveals the US as the Best in a Bad Bunch

Let’s take a quick fly-by overview of the international ETF landscape to reveal an interesting fact of the current environment. Here’s our quick 12-International ETF Comparison Chart: With the exception of Japan – which recently entered an official recession (by definition) – the other country ETFs trade far away from their 2014 peaks. Of course, the other exception [...]

SP500 In the Sky with Diamonds

I couldn’t resist the catchy headline to demonstrate the mini-Diamond Pattern forming in the S&P 500. Let’s take a look and chart a possible course for this developing pattern: Diamonds are relatively rare consolidation or contraction patterns that represent balance in price. At the moment, the “Balance Price” is the 2,036 level which reflects the black diagonal line [...]

A Broader Triple Timeframe Glance at Apple AAPL to Plan

Apple (AAPL) shares continue to enjoy their bull-run and new all-time highs, but what does the Monthly and Weekly chart suggest about additional upside action? Let’s take a broader “Triple Timeframe” chart view of this stellar stock and note a key price level target to watch – and plan. Here’s our Big Monthly Chart: Keep in mind, Apple [...]

Rest Easy with this Options on ETFs Trading Strategy from John Carter

Have you ever wanted to reduce stress with your trades?  Of course, we all do. John Carter released a quick video entitled “My Favorite Ways to Trade Options on ETFs” which combines the option world with broader ETFs. I’ve always been a huge fan of Carter’s work and am proud to count myself as an educational affiliate [...]

Does a Lower Priced Trading Computer Mean You are Sacrificing Speed or Performance?

Does a low price trading computer mean you’re sacrificing speed or performance? We have a special guest article from Russ Hazelcorn of EZ Trading Computers who addresses a common question when it comes to shopping for a new or upgraded computer for trading. You can see his prior guest post “Answers to the Top Three Questions about [...]

Bull Trap Intraday Reversal Market Update and Power Trending Stock Scan Nov 13

Wow – well that was certainly interesting. Stocks continued their short-squeezed march higher but stumbled on divergences and an intraday reversal shy of the 2,050 target. Let’s update our charts and highlight some strong trending stocks for potential candidates to trade: The trading range developed between the 2,040 level and the 2,035 support (with minor spikes outside it) [...]

About those Support Levels in Crude Oil…

Crude Oil traders have found it impossible to call a bottom (reversal) in the sharp decline in Crude Oil prices. Admittedly I’ve fallen victim to trying to call that elusive bottom in this strong collapsing market but so far it’s not been the case that oil has bounced for anything but a small retracement against the [...]

Nov 12 Update and Stock Scan Down from the Highs

“And now, for something a little different.” Stocks have traded sideways into the 2,040 S&P 500 level and we can define a short-term range for our trade plans. Note this morning’s market update on the magic of the 2,040 level and how we’re planning around it. Here’s our updated levels as the S&P trades through all-time highs: Our short-term [...]

Planning the SP500 into the New 2040 Level

Market Internals and a Critical Trendline give us clues about how to position into the current 2,040 level for the S&P 500. Let’s see both of these and update our trade planning: A Broadening Top or Expanding Trendline pattern continues to plague the market, or at least the charting side of the market. The upper trendline extends into [...]

Nov 10 More Bullishness Market Update and Stock Scan for the Day

We have “more of the same” upside action in the stock market, defying bears all the way to even more new highs. The short-squeeze continues and we have a repetitive morning pattern to study on the intraday frame (as seen Friday) which continued today. Here’s our updated levels as the S&P trades through more all-time highs: Our key [...]

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