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Resistance Is Futile

“Resistance is futile.” Don’t go there! I am not a Trekkie, but I have seen all the TV episodes and all the movies (I think), so I am familiar with the Borg, the space folk who take over the collective minds of other civilizations. Watching the market this morning, the Borg and their motto popped into my head (Could it be? No, no way!). Anyway, it struck me that the market can go here and go...

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March Australian Dollar Futures: Trading Idea October 30, 2014

March Australian Dollar Futures a Buying Opportunity on More Price Strength See on the daily bar chart for the March Aussie dollar futures that prices are in a fledgling uptrend, have just hit a five-week high and have seen a bullish upside “breakout” from a sideways trading range at lower price levels. The bulls have gained good upside technical momentum recently. A move above chart...

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Miners Are Losing Strength

Gold Mining Stocks ETF/Gold Shares ETF Relative Strength Ratio (GDX/GLD) fell below its lows of the previous 8 years on 10/29/14, thereby reconfirming its preexisting downtrend. Absolute price of GDX fell below its lows of the previous 5 years on 10/29/14. Silver Miners ETF (SIL) price also fell to a new low. Newmont Mining (NEM) price fell below its lows of the previous 12 years. ...

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Markets Still Digesting Hawkish FOMC Statement

* Latest Market Developments * The market place is still digesting Wednesday afternoon’s FOMC statement that was deemed surprisingly hawkish on U.S. monetary policy. The Fed ended its monthly bond-buying program (quantitative easing), which was expected. However, the FOMC statement emphasized the improving U.S. economy, which led many to believe U.S. interest rates will be raised in 2015....

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U.S. Treasuries Bulls are Fading

December U.S. T-Bonds closed down 10/32 at 141 7/32 today. Prices closed nearer the session high after hitting a three-week low early on today. The bulls have faded but still have the slight overall near-term technical advantage. The next downside price breakout objective for the T-Bond bears is closing prices below solid technical support at 140 even. The next upside technical objective for...

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Your Brain on Trading

Your Brain on Trading

Traders are often advised to approach trading as a business. That’s a “good idea” but difficult to achieve in practice. Why so? The cerebral cortex is the “smart “ part of the brain. All mammals have a cerebral cortex, but the size, in percentage terms, varies. Your cat’s brain is about 3% cortex. Your dog’s brain is about 6% cortex. The human brain, on the other hand, is 83% cortex. That’s...

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Netflix Is Worth A Look

Netflix Is Worth A Look

Earnings gaps to the downside can provide a significant amount of technical damage to stocks. This kind of damage takes weeks or even months to repair, and you can use this to your advantage in the options market. After trading in a six-month range, NFLX had a massive gap down of over 100 points. Since then the sellers have cleared out, leading to a slow grind higher. What we are seeing as...

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A Look At Grains This Week

A Look At Grains This Week

The week started with the weekly crop-progress report, a gauge of supply.  Corn condition came in at 74% good to excellent condition unchanged on the week. Harvest was pegged at 46% complete.  The ten-year average is 64%.  Early indications suggest farmers will store three-quarters of this year’s crop.  Soybean condition came in at 74% good to excellent condition, up one percentage point on...

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Slow Down and Chew More Carefully

Again, I would caution the market to take small bites and chew carefully before swallowing. Yesterday’s gulp chomped off another chunk of the big losses recently seen. Heck, the Dow is back above 17,000 and the S&P 500 crushed its most recent ceiling at 1967, finishing up 18 points higher at 1985. My guess is the market will heed my advice today, even though the economic data coming out...

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December Live Cattle Futures: Trading Idea October 29, 2014

Consider Buying a Put Option on December Live Cattle Futures See on the daily bar chart for December live cattle futures that recent price action at higher levels has been volatile. This is a warning signal of a topping process. This is also a very mature bull market run in cattle futures. Consider buying a put option on December live cattle futures, with a downside price objective of...

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