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ETF Watch: Biotech On The Bid (IBB)

ETF Watch: Biotech On The Bid (IBB)

About 3 weeks ago I wrote an article for Trader Planet entitled: Bye Bye Biotech, with an immediate target for the main Biotech ETF (IBB) of $250 and a 12-18 month target of $175 and then $150. This week IBB hit my first target (the low was $251) and has paused at its Volume Profile Point of Control (VPPOC) at $260. Interestingly the Nasdaq itself is also at its VPPOC (750 day lookback)....

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Traders: Brace Yourself For Sustained Volatility

Traders: Brace Yourself For Sustained Volatility

To what extent will volatility continue in to February? Market participants remain uncertain.  Numerous indicators point to some level of sustained volatility including price fluctuations in oil, US dollar and other major currencies, macro-economic gauges, and the ever present political climate leading up to the presidential election in the US. Traders and active investors have certainly had...

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ETF Liquidation Triggers Crude Oil Volatility Spike

ETF Liquidation Triggers Crude Oil Volatility Spike

March Crude Oil traded up to 33.60 on Thursday as the Russian Defense Ministry announced they have evidence the Turkish military is making preparations to invade Syria. The rally stalled however, as reports came in stating Syrian coalition forces have encircled Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. This city is seen as key to restoring President Assad’s control of the country from militants. The...

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Trading Tactics: Dealing With A Trading Slump Part 2

Trading Tactics: Dealing With A Trading Slump Part 2

If you are actively trading/investing in markets you understand there is a great deal of volatility to contend with.  Certainly the emotions run rampant as we try best to find the right names at the right time for our portfolio.  Sometimes we get lucky and pick up stuff at good prices, but other times we are not so fortunate.  For traders, this can be repetitive, and nothing hurts more than...

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Oil, Bonds, Currencies, Stocks - The Correlation Conundrum

Oil, Bonds, Currencies, Stocks - The Correlation Conundrum

The Bond and Currency markets are painting a different picture than the Equity market. Watch the Dollar Index it continues to weaken and the Euro is now nearly at 1.12. The Ten Treasury Bond is holding firm around 1.88%. What is this telling me? Well if the ECB and BOJ is in the midst of QE and Negative Rates with no sign of letting up.  This means the bond and currency markets are believing...

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Why Do You Trade?

Why Do You Trade?

Let’s be honest: only a very small number of adventurous individuals would ever think that active trading is a reasonable way to make a living, support a family or manage one’s retirement assets. But when I interview struggling traders they are usually quite convinced that trading is a reasonable venture to undertake and real success, while elusive, is just around the corner. There is a...

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Dow Jones Index Should Trend Downward Through The Year

Dow Jones Index Should Trend Downward Through The Year

With the Dow Jones Industrial Average showing signs of breakdown, our primary chart scenario suggests that traders should look for downward-trending moves throughout most of 2016. However, we also expect the market to present several opportunities for traders to make missteps. This post offers a big-picture roadmap and identifies some likely targets for the first part of the expected...

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Bank of America (BAC): Buy It Cheaper Than Charlie Munger

Bank of America (BAC): Buy It Cheaper Than Charlie Munger

Last week, I spoke about Warren Buffett’s and Charlie Munger’s favourite and biggest stock holding Wells Fargo at Trader Planet. I have identified another opportunity I’ve been loading up on as of late, Bank of America (BAC). Interestingly, it is also Charlie Munger’s second largest holding after Wells Fargo. He holds almost 30% of his portfolio in BAC. Along with all banking stocks, Bank of...

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Gold Poised To Continue Rally

Gold Poised To Continue Rally

Gold has perked up since the turn of the New Year and the shiny metal remains in a position to continue its shining performance. Gold has paused upon the touch to the next upside target at 1129.6 – 1136.  On any move over this zone, the next higher resistance / target is at 1162.5 – 1179.4.  There is nearby support established at 1092.5 – 1103.5 on any pullback and only a decline back below...

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Thin Fundamentals for Corn

Thin Fundamentals for Corn

Bearish side fundamentals are getting thin now.  These include the Ukraine and Argentina holding large inventories of corn at values under U.S. posted prices and private forecasters are starting to come out with their projections for this year’s planted acres.  One forecaster last week projected 89.2 million acres to be planted versus 88.0 last year. However bullish side fundamentals are...

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