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Enter with the Pros and Ride the Runs

Enter with the Pros and Ride the Runs

By far the most expert Technical Traders in the Stock Market are the Professional Traders Market Participant Group. These seasoned Independent, Floor, and Proprietary Desk Professional Traders are the best of the best at trading using Technical Analysis. Retail Traders can learn a great deal from their professional cousins about when to enter a stock, how long to hold, where to exit, how resistance will behave, and much more. How to Find Professional Traders Activity is by looking for...

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Is the Trend Really our Friend?

Is the Trend Really our Friend?

If I had a dollar for each time I’ve heard someone insinuate that trading should be as simple as identifying a trend then jumping on the bandwagon, I would be a wealthy woman.  Looking at a chart of crude oil falling from $100 to $26 per barrel, or the e-mini S&P peaking near 1,500 in 2007 and reaching 660 before finding a lasting bottom a few years later, one would assume being short these markets were easy trades producing massive wealth to speculators.  However, as they say—“The...

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Greed and Fear: What Happens When a Carry Trade Goes Wrong?

Greed and Fear: What Happens When a Carry Trade Goes Wrong?

The Capital Market is a jungle, and everyone is on a hunt for yield. Every investor is trying to maximize the return and minimize the risk, that goes without saying. But what happens when the “safe” yields are at zero (or below)? As investors, our goal is to earn the highest yield possible, given our risk appetite. The more risk-averse we are, the less yield we can get, as our scope of our investment will be narrowed down to the “safest” assets, such as High Graded Government Bonds (US,...

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A Simple Way to Improve Your Investment Result

A Simple Way to Improve Your Investment Result

Over the years, I’ve found that most investors believe that the process of achieving high returns tends to be through the process of addition. Everywhere you turn there is an advisor or commentator recommending that you buy one thing or another to add to your portfolio. What many investors don’t realize is that there are times when the process of subtraction can be a better strategy. In simple terms, the subtraction process means avoiding investments that are losers. To put this in...

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Near-term resistance for German DAX

Near-term resistance for German DAX

Our post in early June about the DAX showed how the index might erase four years of growth during its next declining phase. However it is still too soon to be certain about the character of the decline – whether it will consist of a series of overlapping three-wave moves or will instead take an impulsive (non-overlapping) five-wave form. As a rule of thumb, the target of a retracement after coming out of a triangle is a retest of the middle area of the same triangle. In this case, it...

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Does The Fed Actually Manipulate Markets?

Does The Fed Actually Manipulate Markets?

Investors love dogging the Fed. This is especially true for hedge fund managers. They’re extremely quick to blame their weak performance on central bank “manipulation” instead of their own failures. So the question is… does the Fed really manipulate markets? And does it hurt investors? The answer is yes and no. To properly explain, we need to explore the central bank/market relationship. Understanding this dynamic is one of the most important concepts a trader/investor can grasp...

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NVDA is Clearly Best in Class

NVDA is Clearly Best in Class

NVIDIA is one of the best performing stocks in 2016 and there seems no letting up.  After a couple of stellar earnings reports in February and May this company has defied the odds and any market selloff to lift to levels not seen in years.  The impressive run has been on very strong turnover, what we like to see when a stock shows tremendous power.  We can see from the lower pane the momentum continues with this stock. The MACD is still on a buy signal but what is amazing is the relative...

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Profit from Uncertain Wheat Direction

Profit from Uncertain Wheat Direction

Wheat recovered nicely Friday (7/22), and Monday (7/25) posting solid gains amid poor harvest results so far in France and parts of the European Union. However a turnaround Tuesday buoyed by hopes of record Russian Production in the post Soviet era halted the two session rally as once again both Chicago and K.C. futures couldn’t hold any rally much less the 4.50 level. The situation is worth following as non commercial and non reportable funds entered this week short over 100K Chicago...

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A Crude Breakdown

A Crude Breakdown

Crude oil has been sliding since the early July breach of 45.83, an important support now turned resistance.  It’s now fallen below the next critical support at 43.03, which is likely to usher in a persistent move to the downside. Click here to watch a video explaining how to read markets using volume at price. The break below 45.83 shifted the bias to bearish but with established support at 43.03 – 44.79 there was no meaningful downside progress initially.  Now that this zone of support...

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Get Ready to Trade Apple Earnings

Get Ready to Trade Apple Earnings

AAPL’s earnings always generate a huge discussion and they affect any traders. As you likely know, AAPL is one of my favorite stocks to trade and trade. I often post my analysis pre-earnings here, just for you on TraderPlanet! In this particular earnings gap, I’ll be slightly surprised if AAPL  gaps more than 10%,  now that AAPL is an official ‘blue chip, dividend paying’ stock. Here are my thoughts on AAPL over earnings. This will be purely a shorter term (weeks to months) perspective...

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Zero Percent mortgages debut setting up the next stage for this Stock Market Bull

Zero Percent mortgages debut setting up the next stage for this Stock Market Bull

Although gold dust is precious, when it gets in your eyes it obstructs your vision. Hsi-Tang   Economists stated that main trigger for the financial crisis of 2008 was the issuance of mortgages that did not require down payments.  The ease at which one could get mortgages in the past is what drove housing prices to unsustainable levels. Post-crisis all banks vowed to end the practice forever, or that is what they wanted everyone to believe.   When the credit markets froze, we openly stated...

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August Upside Targets

August Upside Targets

SHORT-TERM (today and 5 days out) For Thursday, both 2166.75 and 2158.75 can firmly contain intraday activity, beyond which the next notable level is expected intraday. Downside today, breaking/opening below 2158.75 signals 2149.00, able to contain selling through Friday and above which the 2186.75-88.75 region remains a 3-5 day target. A settlement today below 2149.00 indicates a good weekly high, bearish continuation over the next 3-5 days then expected into the 2118.50 region where the...

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