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Don’t Be Fooled By This Strength In GOOG

Don’t Be Fooled By This Strength In GOOG

With Google's (GOOGL's) earnings release date just around the corner (January 29th), I thought I'd take a close look at the daily and weekly charts in hopes of offering a useful technical interpretation of the price action on both the intermediate and short-term time frames.  The daily chart below sports a bullish BAT harmonic pattern that confirmed on two separate occasions by dropping below black point B (price = 511). However, when it comes to trading, things are never quite this...

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Look To Platinum And The PGM in 2015

Look To Platinum And The PGM in 2015

Given a growing global demand for platinum, palladium, and rhodium, three of the six metals in the platinum metals group (PGM), and the increasing cost to mine platinum, we are focusing our efforts to accumulate platinum over the course of the year. PGM, specifically platinum, is an excellent store of value and it performs well as an inflation hedge.  One could argue that platinum – and the other meals in the PGM - are a better long term hedge than gold, as there are a number of industrial...

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S&P Futures Market Review: Knocking on the Ceiling

S&P Futures Market Review: Knocking on the Ceiling

On Thursday, the S&P 500 futures followed through on the anticipated move up to the 2051-2061 zone.  The key level now is 2061. That level is determined by the small green peak on the volume profile seen on the left side of the chart below. The 2061 level has been in place for several months. It’s an area where we can expect selling to occur. This profile encompasses more than a year of transactions, so it provides an objective context for understanding support and resistance. A move...

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Get Your Money Into Europe

Get Your Money Into Europe

Okay, so the market volatility continues, in a big way. Perhaps it is the ECB actions that are driving the market. Actually, the ECB is driving the market. This is big news out of Europe. The expectation is that the QE there will do for Europe what it did for the US. As we all know by now, the central bank announced a Quantitative Easing program to the tune of €60b per month, beating the whisper expectations of 50B/month, and most importantly, committed to buying assets for at least 18...

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Taking A Peek Inside (the) Box

Taking A Peek Inside (the) Box

The volatility roiling the broader markets has, at least thus far, kept a lid on the IPO market in 2015. To date, just two companies have braved the elements with County Bancorp (ICBK) and Patriot National (PN) going public on January 16. This week, however, the IPO market will once again find itself in the spotlight as a well-known tech company makes its long-awaited debut in the public markets. Specifically, on January 22, Box, Inc. (BOX) – a provider of cloud-based storage and file...

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S&P Futures Market Review

S&P Futures Market Review

The S&P 500 futures survived a very important test over the last few days at the 1984 level, as you can see on the year-long Volume Profile on the left side of the chart below. This support level has been in place for many months. On Tuesday, the index broke up through a down-trend line stretching back to 1/9. That was a bullish development. On Wednesday it tested that trend line from above and it held as support. This suggests that higher prices are a distinct possibility. Short term...

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The Market’s Sleight-of-Hand

The Market’s Sleight-of-Hand

Misdirection is a form of manipulation in which the attention of an audience is intentionally focused on one thing in order to conceal what’s really going on. We know from recent neurological research that the human mind can only concentrate on one thing at a time. Magicians use this limitation to manipulate our perceptions, ideas, and expectations. We draw false conclusions… and then we find ourselves pleasantly surprised in the end. Mr. Market practices the same misdirection techniques,...

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Expect Economic Boom In 2015

Expect Economic Boom In 2015

You should expect a US economic boom in 2015. All the signs are pointing to it. The economic trends are up, led by a positive outlook and forward momentum for US labor. All together, these things add up to an economy that, by many economist accounts, is growing at a pace faster than anticipated. There has been a recent slump in activity, but this is nothing more than a seasonally expected lull occurring in tandem with the end of the year and the post-holiday period. New data is already...

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Time Segmented Volume - The Ideal Oscillator For Automated Markets

Time Segmented Volume - The Ideal Oscillator For Automated Markets

The modern market structure employs order types that are automated, which creates different patterns on charts. This requires a different type of oscillator for the best technical analysis. Although most technical traders are familiar with and use price and time oscillators, few use volume oscillators. Volume oscillators are uniquely different than price oscillators. Instead of signaling overbought or oversold price action, the volume oscillator provides far more valuable information about...

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How To Trade Stocks Without Breaking A Sweat

How To Trade Stocks Without Breaking A Sweat

When I was working in the markets full time, I found trading an enjoyable but immensely stressful experience. Back then, I was a day trader and invariably getting caught up in every market turn. I felt a strange mixture of feelings back then. Some days there was so much going on I could barely sleep. Yet when the weekend came, all I wanted was for Monday to come around again so that the markets would re-open. Fortunately for my health, as well as my stress levels, I don’t trade that way...

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Is The Market Going Back To Normal?

Is The Market Going Back To Normal?

For the first time in some time, I feel the market is behaving normally. I am not sure why I feel this way, but somehow the market action today feels right. I suspect it is the VIX going down, along with the Dow (incrementally), while the Russell 2000 is going up. That just feels right, as if it is the way to go now after all of the recent volatility. The US dollar going up and remaining on the strong side is slightly disconcerting, but that is tempered by the slight drop in the price of...

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The Canadian Dollar, A Bearish Play

The Canadian Dollar, A Bearish Play

Another week of currencies at play … Last week, it was the Swiss National Bank giving the markets a kick. This week, rumors about ECB action and Super Mario’s words have everyone’s attention. Thursday morning, the ECB gave us two pieces of information. They will leave the interest rate unchanged, and they will begin a QE (quantitative easing) program similar to what just finished up in the United States. Wednesday gave us a peek (or was it a leak) to what the ECB’s asset purchase plan was...

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