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October Live Cattle Futures: Trading Idea August 20, 2014

October Live Cattle Futures a Selling Opportunity on More Price Weakness  See on the daily bar chart for October live cattle that prices are in a steep three-week-old downtrend. A bearish pennant pattern has formed and price action has seen a downside “breakout” from that pattern. The bears have near-term technical momentum. A move below $146.00 would become a selling opportunity. The...

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And A Bit More Strength To Ponder

Despite the dirty facts on the ground, the breathless media is amazingly quiet. Perhaps it has lost interest in the constant warfare in Gaza, Iraq, Syria, and Ukraine. Maybe the news hasn’t played out as a thriller with the market. Given the recent market rebound, it is not a bad conclusion to draw – the market is simply not interested in the dirty facts. And really, why would it be? As I...

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Transition From Old Crop To New Crop: Musical Chairs For Beans

Transition From Old Crop To New Crop: Musical Chairs For Beans

There continues to be optimal seasonal crop condition ratings for soybeans in Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana, high yield counts from the Pro Farmer Crop Tour this week for Nebraska, South Dakota, and Ohio, along with continued favorable central US weather forecasts that have continued to pressure corn and soybean values. The volume of trade has been moderate with traders watching to see if...

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The 5 Trader Personalities- Part 5: The Engineer

The 5 Trader Personalities- Part 5: The Engineer

One’s personality is like the water a fish swims in. It colors our perceptions and decisions in a global manner that we are usually quite naive about. Frankly, one’s personality quirks often get a pass from others in the course of daily life (“He’s just that way.”), but when it comes to the financial arena, our personality strongly affects our bottom-line results.   [Note: In my work with...

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Stock Watch: NetSuite Sees Accumulation By Large Players

Stock Watch: NetSuite Sees Accumulation By Large Players

As the market rally continues to mature, start looking for some of the "dregs" to get pulled back up."Dregs" stocks are former high flyers that have not had a particularly good run of things. This can be due to a drop in earnings growth or just bad luck from a lack of momentum. Shorts Get Greedy Either way, dregs stocks become beaten down and shorts start getting greedy. If these stocks...

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Trading Strategy: Trade Gaps Off A 15-Minute Chart

Trading Strategy: Trade Gaps Off A 15-Minute Chart

Trading on small time frames like a one to five minute chart can create a lot of noise and prevent you from riding out the bigger move.   By focusing on a higher time frame like the fifteen minute chart you can tune out allot of the noise and possibly ride out a bigger move. As a gap trader I will use the fifteen minute chart after noon market time.  This way it gives the stock some time to...

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BRIC Stocks Gaining Strength BUT Foreign Stocks Losing Strength?

BRIC Stocks Gaining Strength BUT Foreign Stocks Losing Strength? U.S. dollar ETF (UUP) absolute price rose to its highest level in 6 months on 8/19/14, thereby reconfirming its preexisting uptrend. This RS ratio's rising 50-day SMA no doubt will cross above the rising 200-day SMA in a day or two, thereby turning systematically bullish (from neutral). Crude Oil, United States Oil ETF (USO)...

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Gold Bulls, Bears Fight for Technical Control

METALS: December gold futures closed down $1.90 an ounce at $1,297.30 today. Prices closed nearer the session low and were again pressured by better risk appetite in the market place and by a stronger U.S. dollar index. Gold bulls and bears are still on a level overall near-term technical playing field but the bulls are fading. The gold bulls’ next upside near-term price breakout objective...

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FOMC Minutes on Tap Wednesday P.M.

* Latest Market Developments * The Federal Reserve’s FOMC minutes’ release on Wednesday afternoon is the economic report highlight of the day. As usual, the report will be parsed and will be closely scrutinized for clues on future U.S. monetary policy direction. A main question among many market watchers is specifically when the Fed will implement its first interest rate rise in many years....

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What’s Not to Like About the Market?

The market overall had quite the day yesterday and how about that NASDAQ? Hitting a 14-year high is quite impressive, given that the index fell so far from grace in 2000, just 14 short years ago. Perhaps the NASDAQ is providing a clue as to where the money is beginning to flow. Better yet, a clue as to where the money is returning. It appears today is a follow up day for the bulls. Right out...

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