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S&P 500 - Key Levels to Watch

S&P 500 - Key Levels to Watch

Equities have retreated from the April highs in the last two weeks, dropping 1.33% so far this week. The latest pullback brought the S&P 500 back down for the eighth test of the 100-day simple moving average since December. On Wednesday, the major U.S. equity index briefly went below the key moving average, but was able to rally 12 points off of the lows by the end of the session. This type of price action could mean we are setting up for yet another successful bounce, providing for a...

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Space Travelers, Bitcoins, and Neighbors Spying On Neighbors

Space Travelers, Bitcoins, and Neighbors Spying On Neighbors

This morning, a reader responded to my referencing that report from San Jose California about personal drones spying on neighbors. Some years ago people saw space travelers from distant planets. Now perhaps they see drones. Have you seen any valid reports, substantiated by other evidence?    So, I checked it out and in my somewhat limited research, I did find numerous police reports, but I did not find any actual arrests for drone spying, which would be “other evidence.” What I did find,...

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Grain Exports

Grain Exports

Export sales for wheat on the week came in at minus 449 thousand metric tons.  Sales have been bad for months, but this should not be looked at as anything different than the week prior as wheat’s new marketing year begins June 1st.  It is common in the last month of the old marketing year to see cancelations and new shipping dates for new crop delivery.  Export sales for the new marketing year, 2015/16 were 852 thousand metric tons.  This looks like a high number but is common as the new...

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Thoughts on Liquidity

Thoughts on Liquidity

"The Federal Reserve, consistent with its responsibilities as the nation's central bank, affirmed today its readiness to serve as a source of liquidity to support the economic and financial system." --That's the statement the Greenspan Fed used to steady the markets after the 1987 Crash. I personally get turned off when news outlets all jump on the same topic and beat it to death. So, I am NOT going to talk about Bruce Jenner in this post. However, I am going to make a couple of points...

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Facebook Calendar Spread

Facebook Calendar Spread

As an options trader, all we are trying to do is maximize the reward for the risk we take.  I don’t have a crystal ball.  I do have tools at my disposal in the form of technical and fundamental analysis.  Let’s take a look in Facebook (FB).  Facebook has been a stock that has been hard to buy.  What do I mean by that?  Sure it’s easy to say “I want to buy FB” turn around, hit the green button and get long.  That’s not how to approach things.  You need to find a value point (some may call...

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Short this Rally - SPX

Short this Rally - SPX

This market continues to run with an all-in or all-out mentality. We are seeing massive moves both up and down, which in the past, would take a few days to accomplish (point wise) happen in a few hours. The market makers aren’t giving the retail traders any time to think and is putting them on “react mode”. The problem with traders being in a “reaction mode” they make trading decisions based on emotions. Anybody who has been in this business for more than a couple of years knows, any trade...

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Top Five Things Traders Need to Know About Option Margin

Top Five Things Traders Need to Know About Option Margin

The truth is, unlike margin on futures contracts, option margin is dynamic.  It is almost constantly changing along with market price, volatility, and the exchange’s perceived event risk.  Further, many brokerage firms opt to charge their clients margin requirements that are higher than the exchange minimums to compensate for what they believe to be additional risk posed to the client, and more importantly themselves.  Accordingly, one will probably never fully understand option margin but...

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E-Mini: Retreating Again

E-Mini: Retreating Again

Yesterday Let's recap a little. On Monday the S&P500 mini futures (ES) closed near the resistance that has been holding the market in check since the beginning of April. But the close near the top of the near-term triangle that has formed on the daily chart was not convincing. Yesterday (Tuesday) it reversed again. The Monday rally occurred on light volume, which indicates the Bulls were not all that enthusiastic. Absent a subsequent follow-through on the rally yesterday (Tuesday) the...

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Gap Hunt Continues

Gap Hunt Continues

The Nasdaq futures ended the day on Monday near the Weekly Pivot (4469), which represents a point of equilibrium. The rejection of higher prices on Monday, however, and the return to ground zero, filling the opening gap, the Nasdaq futures completed a bit of technical housekeeping. The pink areas on the Volume Profile chart show filled gaps. As noted yesterday, for the gap police, we had two remaining fugitives: 4419 and 4349. On Tuesday the gap hunts quickly resumed, closing the 4419 gap...

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Clarity, Clarity, Speculation, and Creepy

Clarity, Clarity, Speculation, and Creepy

I have to start the day with taking aim at Reuters News. Now, I get it, they have two different pieces of data here, but at first reading, this fact is hard to tell. The headlines are in bold below and right underneath each is the opening paragraph for each story. U.S. services sector growth cools in April: Markit The pace of expansion in the U.S. services sector eased from a seven-month high in April on a dip in new business growth, but hiring in the sector accelerated to its highest...

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More of the Same

More of the Same

Yesterday The S&P500 mini futures (ES) made a continuation move up yesterday (Monday) and rallied back to the familiar resistance level at 2115, before dropping back when the morning momentum died out. It still managed to close at 2109.25, eight points above the previous close, and above the opening gap. Volume was light, but the price action was bullish. Monday's rally takes the minis back to the resistance level that has been forming the top of a rising wedge for many weeks (see...

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Trading 101: Why I Never Buy or Sell That First Big Move

Trading 101: Why I Never Buy or Sell That First Big Move

In the game of trading, there is always a rush to be the first one in or out of a stock’s huge move. It’s great fun and a huge ego boost to be able to “call that shot,” whether it’s a bottom or top. There’s just one problem: These trading decisions are often impulsive and made without much thought. When a stock plunges, it may seem appropriate to stick your hand in and take a slice or big chunk, even if you don’t understand the technical damage that could be taking place. On the flip side,...

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