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Money Never Sleeps, But It Does Take Time Off

Money Never Sleeps, But It Does Take Time Off

If you are reading this, my guess is you are a die-hard trader or a family member. If you are the latter, thank you for supporting me. If you are the former, I have some advice for you. Gordon Gekko is wrong, sort of. He famously said in his speech to Bud Fox, “Money never sleeps.” Well, it is true, money flows in and out of markets 24 hours per day, 365 days per year on a rotating schedule...

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How To Trade Around the Holidays -- Don't

How To Trade Around the Holidays -- Don't

As traders, we all want to be in the action and make great trades.  If we are not trading, we are not potentially making any money, if trading is your sole profession.  I remember when I first started out trading full time in 2006 and I would say to myself, “I am going to trade around the holidays.”  That was eight years ago, and I can tell you from experience you will save more money by not...

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Sell Into Wheat Rallies

Sell Into Wheat Rallies

Exports account for nearly half of US wheat usage. Unfortunately the two largest importers of US wheat last year, Brazil and China, have severely reduced buying of US wheat. As a result, the US export commitment is the fourth lowest of the past ten years. In addition, East Coast hog and poultry producers have begun importing UK and French feed wheat, reducing domestic feed demand. Although...

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February Live Cattle Futures: Trading Idea November 26, 2014

February live cattle futures a selling opportunity on more price weakness. See on the daily bar chart for February live cattle futures that prices sold off sharply Monday. A move below solid chart support at this week’s low of $169.35 would produce near-term technical damage and give the bears fresh downside technical momentum. It would also become a selling opportunity. The downside price...

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Losing Energy

Crude Oil, United States Oil ETF (USO) absolute price broke down below its lows of the previous 5 years on 11/25/14, thereby reconfirming its preexisting downtrend. Energy Sector SPDR ETF Relative Strength Ratio (XLE/SPY) fell below 7-year lows on 11/25/14, thereby reconfirming its preexisting major downtrend. NASDAQ 100 ETF/S&P 500 ETF Relative Strength Ratio (QQQ/SPY) rose above its...

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Look for Quieter Trading Day Wednesday

*OVERNIGHT DEVELOPMENTS* U.S. trading activity for the week is likely to wind down as the day progresses Wednesday, ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday. Typically, Friday finds one of the lightest-volume trading days of the year for U.S. markets. However, there is a heavy slate of U.S. economic data due for release Wednesday including the weekly MBA mortgage applications survey,...

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Grain Market Bulls Showing Resilience

GRAINS: March corn futures closed up 7 cents at $3.87 1/4 today. Prices closed nearer the session high. Bulls and bears are on a level near-term technical playing field but the bulls regained some momentum today. The next downside price breakout objective for the bears is to push and close prices below solid technical support at the November low of $3.71 1/2. The next upside price breakout...

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No Reason To Change The Plan

No Reason To Change The Plan

More numbers are in and there are revisions to the US government’s second and third quarter economic data reports. Not that it matters, really, as they are lagging numbers, but they do show a stronger continuation of the economic pattern that has been happening now for years. The economy in the U.S. expanded more than previously forecast in the third quarter, reflecting bigger gains in...

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March Britain Pound Futures: Trading Idea November 25, 2014

March British Pound Futures a Selling Opportunity on More Price Weakness See on the daily bar chart for the March British pound futures that prices are in a downtrend and last week hit a contract low. Prices are also now in a pause mode, which is not bullish. A move in prices below chart support at the contract low of 1.5576 would become a selling opportunity. The downside price objective...

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Violation of Aussie Support Favors More Downside

Violation of Aussie Support Favors More Downside

The value of the Aussie dollar to the greenback is breaching a key chart support level this week. Concurrently, momentum is showing a bearish signal. Together, these conditions place odds on deeper losses to come. As the chart below shows, the Aussie has struggled with support at 0.866 - derived from the January low - since October. Price is falling below that threshold this week after three...

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