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Is The Market Ahead Of Itself?

Is The Market Ahead Of Itself?

In my line of work, I come across thoughtful perspectives, reasoned opinions, and flat-out nonsense. The latter I simply dismiss, but thoughtful and reasoned are not easy to shun, even when they go against my own line of thinking. Hence, I just read an article this morning that suggested the market was getting ahead of itself, especially since the recent US economic data has not been...

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Watch For Shifts In Commercial Traders’ Biases

Watch For Shifts In Commercial Traders’ Biases

One of the primary differences between professional traders and amateur speculators is that professional traders are only focused on the bottom line while novice traders typically find themselves in love with the story of a trade and are far more concerned with “calling the move.” It is this mentality that also leads new traders down the illusive path of homerun-hitting trading programs....

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Market Review and Forecast: Watch AAPL

Market Review and Forecast: Watch AAPL

The Nasdaq 100 still has not decided whether it will enter a corrective period or not. I suggest watching AAPL. The accompanying chart shows the Volume Profile for the Nasdaq 100 (NQ) Futures for 30 days and Apple (AAPL) for 50 days. The High Volume Node at 4441 is now critical support for the NQ. It directly corresponds to the $128 level for AAPL, which is why I show these charts side by...

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SPX: Welcome To March; Watch Out For The Weather

SPX: Welcome To March; Watch Out For The Weather

The Real World February was a terrific month for the stock market, but kind of crummy for everything else. Now we have to face the ides of March, when the weather changes and the world prepares for a reset. For investors, the future is not likely to be nearly as pleasant as the past. First, the real world, and then we look at the market. In the real economy, February was a bust. The...

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Three Peaks And A Domed House?

Three Peaks And A Domed House?

A possible 3PDh formation can be seen on the Dow Industrials index chart. The peaks in Dec’13, July’14, and Sept’14 are the three peaks. At 9mo, the distance between peaks one and three meets Lindsay’s requirement that they be no more than 10mo apart. The Sept/Oct. decline is the separating decline, and it is the only weak park of the formation. Lindsay was adamant that there be a base...

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Why Does the Market Have To Do Something?

Why Does the Market Have To Do Something?

I often find myself hearing reasons or rationale for the stock market's movements, which really is just a collection of emotions all packaged together to form a result.  I have to ignore these comments. If I listen too carefully, I might get swept up trying to rationalize the action.   Without trying to be too obvious, too much fear and the market goes down, but, too much optimism, and the...

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The Six Phases of Trader Development

The Six Phases of Trader Development

There is a natural six-phase learning process many traders go through on the road to trading mastery. Not everyone completes the process, however, but knowing the developmental roadmap might help you stay the course during darker times.     In the first phase, aspiring traders tend to think trading is easy, and for them it sometimes is. We call it “beginner’s luck.” Psychologically, it’s a...

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Someone Is Urgently Betting On Oil Going Back Up

Someone Is Urgently Betting On Oil Going Back Up

“Urgent.” The word when read or said elicits a feeling, a visceral sensibility. Funny thing, though, when I read or lead with it relative to the market, it lacks meaning. The market is anything but urgent. The Dow and the S&P 500 are not moving, the VIX is hanging around 13.5, gold is flat (and has been for some time), and the US dollar is moving a little here and there, but fairly...

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A Options Play On The Loonie

A Options Play On The Loonie

The Canadian dollar is often viewed as a commodity currency. The term refers to the view that a country’s currency is tied heavily to the commodities and natural resources it produces and exports. In the case of Canada, the Loonie (as the Canadian Dollar is often referred to) often trends with crude oil. Since the beginning of the year, the Loonie has traded from just shy of 86.00 to a low...

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Market Review and Forecast: Correction Averted

Market Review and Forecast: Correction Averted

I expected a continuation of the correction in Apple (AAPL) on Thursday and at the open it dropped quickly toward $126, taking the Nasdaq Futures (NQ) down to 4431. However, before reaching its gap, AAPL stabilized and reversed without doing much damage. The head fake lower sets up an immediate rally in the NQ to 4525-4530. The accompanying chart shows the Volume Profile for the Nasdaq 100...

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