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Low Volatility Can Be Tough For Bulls and Bears

Low Volatility Can Be Tough For Bulls and Bears

Markets have been under the guise of low volatility as seen in the VIX since this gauge started trending down in early February, and once it broke the 200 ma (see the chart) it has been grinding between 12 and 16.5.  That is somewhat normal around this time period, and we have seen spikes in volatility sold off before the end of the trading session (noted on the chart).  Usually, low...

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Crude Oil: Should You Hold Your Position Into The Holiday Weekend?

Crude Oil: Should You Hold Your Position Into The Holiday Weekend?

July Crude Oil made another new high for the move today (Thursday, May 26th) trading to 50.21 just before the US open. This is another new high for the year and Crude Oil is at a level not seen since October 2015. Follow through buying from the EIA report yesterday and another disruption in Nigeria set the early tone.   The recent EIA report showed crude inventories declining by 4.22 million...

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Stock Pick: Chart Triggers Buy Signal For Splunk

Stock Pick: Chart Triggers Buy Signal For Splunk

Splunk is one of those highly volatile names that when it trends it can provide some great profit opportunities.  As we see from the chart this stock has created a wide range over just the past few months.  The gap lower in February seemed devastating but Splunk got its energy back following a strong earnings report a few weeks later.  That move left a big gap in the chart and the following...

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It's Simple: Trade The Bullish Retest Gap

It's Simple: Trade The Bullish Retest Gap

Traders from around the planet, I hope you are doing remarkable! In this article I want to cover the simplicity of 1 specific type of gap. The bullish retest gap. And, we’re going to cover it on a swing trading level. The reason I look for gaps is because gaps cause emotion and therefore, a higher probability of direction. That’s what I’m looking for in a swing trade initially; ‘did the...

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Trade Alert: Sell An Iron Condor Before Memorial Day

Trade Alert: Sell An Iron Condor Before Memorial Day

The market certainly exhibited some volatility last week and seems like everyone wants to take a bit of a breather.  Another thing to keep in mind is that we have the Memorial Day holiday coming up on Monday.  When you have a holiday like Memorial Day it tend to act like a double day off as traders tend to take off early on Friday if nothing happens immediately off the open.  They get to...

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Buy Protection Now: Stock Market Under Distribution

Buy Protection Now: Stock Market Under Distribution

The stock market is under distribution, this is a fact. Simply put, professional selling overwhelms the buying and prices head lower.   As the markets ebb and flow with the money coming in/out we are constantly reminded about the psychological effects of a bear market.  Yes, even after the huge rally off the February lows this could still be considered a bear market.  Some of the strongest...

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Stocks: Slow Motion Correction Is Painful

Stocks: Slow Motion Correction Is Painful

What happens when market players are undecided but slowly but surely throw in the towel each day?  We have corrections, and they are slow like molasses.  Further, we had just become used to those swift, painful drops on high volume and rising volatility.  I suppose if you're going to be in pain, would you like your fingernails ripped out slowly, one at a time or quickly and all at once?  For...

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Don't Forget To Roll Your Crude Oil Position Forward

Don't Forget To Roll Your Crude Oil Position Forward

With expiration of the June Crude Oil on Friday May 20th, the most actively traded contract is now the July contract. July Crude Oil traded to 49.56 on Wednesday, May 18th, a new high for the year and a level not seen since October 2015. The strength in Crude faded when the Fed released the minutes from its April meeting. The minutes indicated the Fed is open to raising rates in June as long...

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Are Stocks Getting Ready To Roll Over Again?

Are Stocks Getting Ready To Roll Over Again?

Stocks have gained back all of January’s losses. But some key indicators suggest today’s market is overvalued. “Sell in May and go away.” It's one of those old axioms about the stock market that investors tend to chuckle at (albeit uncomfortably), and then continue on as usual. I’m not a stock analyst and make no effort to hold myself out as one. However, I’ve seen this play out in the...

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Is The Fed Ready To Move In June?

Is The Fed Ready To Move In June?

Wednesday’s Fed Minutes seem to have been a bit of a indicator that the Federal Reserve may be ready to take action. Some observers think the data is not supportive of a rate hike quite yet. The markets however reacted like that a hike is coming this summer, with June as a possibility. The equity markets have enjoyed a longer term run to the upside since bouncing back this spring. As has...

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Why Soybeans Matter Now: Bean Rationing

Why Soybeans Matter Now: Bean Rationing

November soybeans have now rallied $2.00 since March. Ninety percent of the rally is weather related.  The concern here is that excessive water from El Nino is preventing planting from occurring on time and there is much talk that it is going to turn dry and therefore we may be in for a warm dry season.  The latest crop report showed a dramatic drop in carryover stocks of twenty five...

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Chart Of The Week: Regeneron's Prescription for Market Blues

Chart Of The Week: Regeneron's Prescription for Market Blues

The Spring has been a painful time for biotech's in 2016, they have been caught with fits n' starts since bottoming with the market in early February.  Yet these are the growth names that should be leading the stock market higher, and when that doesn't happen money flees quickly.  As we see with Regeneron the range is pretty much intact and the lows in the mid 360 area has held on four...

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Buffett Wants To Buy Yahoo, Should You?

Buffett Wants To Buy Yahoo, Should You?

Yahoo is squarely in our sights this week.  From Seeking Alpha: ‘On Friday, news broke that Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett is backing a consortium that includes Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert in a bid for Yahoo. A successful bid would be a relatively rare journey into digital media for Buffett. But Rick Edmonds of Poynter Institute says Buffett’s history of betting on...

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7 Sports Companies You Can Trade Now

7 Sports Companies You Can Trade Now

Hey Traders from around the world. I’m sure you are doing wonderful today. I challenge myself to learn something new every day. I usually do and often times, it involves the stock market. Just recently I’ve learned about some Sport Themed Stocks that are publicly traded. I’m sure you knew all about this list, but someone out there will learn something new! Enjoy.  1. MANU: Yeah, like...

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Traders: Are You Trying To Make Your Daily Nut?

Traders: Are You Trying To Make Your Daily Nut?

As traders, we make our living each and everyday trying to find the best trading opportunities.  For some, daily profits are the lifeblood of their existence not just feeding the ego but also paying the rent, putting food on the table and paying the bills.  This of course is the wrong approach for anyone who really chooses this career, as the timeframe chosen is critical as is the amount of...

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