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What Does S&P 500 At 2000 Really Mean And How Can You Trade It?

What Does S&P 500 At 2000 Really Mean And How Can You Trade It?

Traditionally September is a month that sees a decline in the equity index markets. When markets put in new record highs, we often see a retracement from those levels. On the flipside, investors and market players have heard from the Fed and have a better picture of the Fed’s future plans. The shrinking of the stimulus program along with the hint of changing interest rates next year has not scared anyone away from the equities. Numbers Stick We often pay attention closely to numbers. It...

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Airlines Stocks Poised To Fly

Airlines Stocks Poised To Fly

Hi, World! I hope you’re doing sensational. I’m back from GA and had an enjoyable visit with the family. The market is closed this upcoming Monday. My girlfriend works at a bank and she’s actually off. Hopefully I am, too? Anyway, take time off this weekend. Make sure you enjoy yourself and spend time with your family. Maybe fly somewhere you haven’t been before! Airline Stocks Speaking of flying gets me thinking of the airline industry.  I believe the airline industry is poised to break...

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The Versatility Of The 1-2-3 Iron Butterfly

The Versatility Of The 1-2-3 Iron Butterfly

Traders may be aware of the iron butterfly, a strategy that creates a limit on possible losses, in exchange for a limit on potential profits. Expanding this further, the 1-2-3 iron butterfly is a strategy consisting of three expiration dates and three butterflies.The middle is a reverse iron butterfly. This structure means that half of the positions will always become profitable whether the stock price moves up or down. And even with no movement, half of the positions – all of the short...

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Psychology: The Five Trader Personality Types, Which One Are You?

Psychology: The Five Trader Personality Types, Which One Are You?

I’ve learned from over a dozen years as a coach to top traders that traders, like criminals, can be profiled (no offense.)  In fact, just 5 Trader Personality Types encompass all the personality variations I’ve ever encountered, if one includes hybrids. (By the way, these five types have nothing in common with standard academic or corporate personality models.) Over the last 5 weeks I’ve presented these Five Types to Trader Planet readers. They correspond to the acronym AWARE.TM ‘A’ stands...

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Stock Play: JC Penney Breaks Out To The Upside

Stock Play: JC Penney Breaks Out To The Upside

JCP (Penney J.C.) has been in a downtrend for all of 2012 going from $43.00 to $5.00. Gap Review On February 27, JCP gapped up and broke the downtrend line that it established since 2012.  The gap up put the stock on a long watch because the downtrend was broken.  This action forced out any short players from the entire move down since 2012.  Since then JCP has based in sideways action from $7.00 to $10.00.  On August 25, 2014 JCP cleared over $10.30 which was a longer term resistance...

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Gold Trade: Position For A Breakout From The Wedge

Gold Trade: Position For A Breakout From The Wedge

There are reasons on both sides of the bull and bear aisle to fuel the gold market's future longer term direction. The battle currently waged by individual speculators and funds alike have gold trading between the upper and lower trendlines, seen on Figure 1 below. Last Thursday’s (8/21/14) breakdown to $1273.4 basis December futures rubbed right against the down trendline, only to see the market bounce through September option expiration. July’s rally up to $1347.5 basis December 2014...

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Stock Watch: Western Digital Shows Good Relative Strength

Stock Watch: Western Digital Shows Good Relative Strength

While much of the broad market has rallied, there have been stocks biding their time and gathering strength for the next move higher.Western Digital (WDC) is one of those stocks. Quiet Range After a very strong rally from May to July, the stock has done nothing besides settle down in a three- point range. Good Relative Strength The important thing to note is that the stock didn't break its range to the downside while the rest of the market was selling off in August. This indicates a good...

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Unusual Options Action: Big Player Snaps Up QEP

Unusual Options Action: Big Player Snaps Up QEP

On Monday morning, QEP Resources (QEP) joined the list of names in which we’ve seen unusual options activity in 2014.  Shares are up over 15% in 2014, outperforming both the broader market and the energy sector (S&P 500 Energy Sector stocks are up 10.6% this year).  Volume Data With an average daily volume of under 1.5 million shares, QEP Resources is one of the lesser known names for unusual options activity in 2014.  Shares have traded in a 52-week range of $25.93-$35.03, having...

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Stocks: Lack Of Volume And Confirmation Waves Warning Flag

Stocks: Lack Of Volume And Confirmation Waves Warning Flag

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that the small caps had room to run and the expected target was 116-118.  IWM  iShares Russell 2000 Index (ETF) is now at the lower end of the range, but it has traded in a very suspicious manner. In the past, when the other U.S. indexes pushed higher like we have seen and the small caps lagged, they would then go into a euphoria style move and play catch up to the other indexes. Divergences: Red Warning Flag We have not really seen that style move and...

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Canadian Dollar: Loonie Hugs a Key Floor

Canadian Dollar: Loonie Hugs a Key Floor

I'm sticking with the foreign exchange markets this week as this asset class continues to show attractive position trade scenarios (short euro and yen are both working out nicely). The Canadian dollar futures contract is pressing technical support at 0.9113 for the fifth consecutive day and intraday price weakness has so far attracted buying. This line in the sand is a 50% retracement of the uptrend from March to July. It acted as resistance in February and support upon three tests in May...

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The Three T's For Day Trading In The Forex Market

The Three T's For Day Trading In The Forex Market

FX trades nearly $5 trillion each day, according to 2013 Bank for International Settlements Triennial Report. Many traders are attracted to the FX market due to this substantial amount of liquidity and the ease of getting into and out of positions.[Editor's note: this is part three in a Learning To Trade Forex series by Daily FX on TraderPlanet. Read the previous story here.]This has led to an increase in popularity of day trading FX.  Today, we are going to talk about three T’s for day...

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Yellen Pulls Away the Punch Bowl, Will Rates Rise?

Yellen Pulls Away the Punch Bowl, Will Rates Rise?

Let's focus in on negative interest rates and the potential for gold to increase in value.As the Fed met in Jackson Hole over the weekend, gold was trying to hold on at the $1,300 level. Using a negative real interest rate model, gold should be around $1,400. Why? There is lots of concern about global GDP growth maintaining itself.Let's take a look at the overall metals landscape. Some precious metals appear to be doing well. Palladium is at a 13-year high and rhodium is up 45% from the...

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