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Nasdaq Poised To Play Catch Up

Nasdaq Poised To Play Catch Up

After some late afternoon profit-taking on Wednesday, the stage was set for a nasty megaphone pattern on the 60 min NQ chart, which would resolve down at the Weekly Pivot (4456). The only thing standing in the way was support from a High Volume Node at 4489 (red dashed line on the chart.) On Thursday, the opening 30 minute bar tested this critical area and it held. That was an all-clear signal for the resumption of the uptrend, as indicated by the blue dashed channel.    This suggests...

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E-Mini Futures: Lack Of Volume Worrisome

E-Mini Futures: Lack Of Volume Worrisome

The S&P 500 mini-futures (ES) made a retracement move in overnight trading early Thursday morning, but stopped at the 2119 resistance area, and recovered during the day session to return to the previous day-time high at 2132. It fell back a little to close at 2128, about six points above the previous close, on very light volume. We are still worried about the lack of volume in this rally, but the price action yesterday was a bit reassuring. In particular the ability to stay above the...

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Options 101: A Myriad Of Strategies

Options 101: A Myriad Of Strategies

The beauty of option volatility trading is its flexibility.  The math does not change as you move from one asset class to another.  The market forces certainly change, but if you have a market that you want to trade, your option education goes right along with you, seamlessly.  Let’s say you are the type of trader whose experience, capitalization and risk tolerance has allowed you to be comfortable and profitable as an option premium seller.  You identify stocks that have, in your opinion,...

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Crude Oil: Driving Season Kicks Into High Gear

Crude Oil: Driving Season Kicks Into High Gear

This weekend is the unofficial kick off of the summer season in the U.S. Although if you live in the Chicago area the forty degree weather we have had this week might have you wondering when spring is arriving.  The long holiday weekend usually sees many families and travelers hitting the road and starting what has now become “driving season.” One of the biggest factors in recent years of how many people are willing to load up the family truckster and drive is the price of gasoline. For...

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Wheat Reality

Wheat Reality

Last Thursday’s weekly export sales report for wheat showed 115 thousand metric tons. That was old crop numbers with new crop numbers coming in at 142 thousand.  Clearly demand is not a driving force and for months hasn’t been in wheat.  Demand looks to remain weak until the new crop in the field shows its strength.  The Monday’s crop condition report showed 45% of the crop in good to excellent condition. We need over 60% good to excellent condition to make us a primary port of origin for...

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Will Investors Buy What Shopify ($SHOP) is Selling?

Will Investors Buy What Shopify ($SHOP) is Selling?

On May 20, cloud software developer Shopify (SHOP) will price its 7.7 million share IPO and open for trading the next morning. With the expected price range being bumped up to $14-$16 from $12-$14, early indications are that demand will be quite healthy for this deal. The lead underwriters on the deal are solid, with Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, and RBC Capital Markets involved. This, combined with the smaller float, and SHOP’s very strong revenue growth, should create a recipe for a...

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5000 Years of Data

5000 Years of Data

Systematic futures traders are invariably plagued by the small set of available daily data upon which to develop and test strategies. The last data revolution was the introduction of 24 hour electronic contracts starting in 2000.  Only a few symbols go back that far and many of them start much later.   Although some futures have a longer history, it is not helpful to back-test prior to 2000 because markets changed radically with the introduction of electronic futures. Consequently...

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Alcoa (AA) – A Leading Industrial Play on the Growing Global Aerospace and Automotive Sectors

Alcoa (AA) – A Leading Industrial Play on the Growing Global Aerospace and Automotive Sectors

AA, the largest aluminum producer in the U.S., returned nearly 50% in 2014, as the combination of rising aluminum prices (along with rising regional price premiums over London Metal Exchange prices), efficiency gains, and a 7% growth in global aluminum demand drove AA’s 2014 net income to $268 million, its highest calendar-year profit since 2011. For the U.S. aluminum industry as a whole—taking into account the three largest U.S. aluminum companies, i.e. Alcoa (AA), Century Aluminum...

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Why You Don't Have a Trading Log and Why You Should!

Why You Don't Have a Trading Log and Why You Should!

Every educator worth their salt will tell you “It’s important to log your trades”, to keep a record of your trades in order to track your progress. Almost all traders fail to heed this advice. In fact, of the traders I work with, I’d say that less than 5% actually keep a consistent trade history. It’s not just laziness at play here; there are practical reasons and psychological reasons that make keeping a journal a challenge. Journaling isn’t something specific to trading; it helps with...

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The Human Element of Trading

The Human Element of Trading

In this article I am going to, (hopefully) open you up to an aspect of trading that is ignored by most traders: The human element of trading isn’t so much about facing up to the fact that you may not be infallible in your eyes, heavens forbid, rather it is about understanding the synergy between your “beingness” as a human and how you experience the human condition, including trading as an integral part of oneness, as the Buddhists would call it.   “Human condition, trading, oneness,...

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US Labor Market Coming To A Boil

US Labor Market Coming To A Boil

Despite a recent host of weak and weaker than expected economic data the employment picture remains robust. Aside from one month of poor non-farm payrolls (NFP) data (March) the sector remains strong with positive expectations into the future. One proof of that is the rebound in NFP we saw for April. The number jumped back above 200,000 and into the range commonly agreed to represent health, if not strength, in job creation. Further evidence can be found in the Kansas City Federal...

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Stock Review And Forecast: NQ Megaphone

Stock Review And Forecast: NQ Megaphone

Thanks to the release of market-friendly Fed Minutes, on Wednesday afternoon the Nasdaq futures once again made a run at our upside target, the High Volume Node at 4523. The third time was a charm and it was briefly surpassed: 4534 marked the high of the day. No doubt the zoom-up got some animal spirits pumping, but the bulls were soon left holding the proverbial bag. During the final hour of trading the Nasdaq fell 15 points during just one 5-min bar and closed 28 points off the high. In...

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