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ETF Watch: What’s the Risk in Biotech?

ETF Watch: What’s the Risk in Biotech?

Biotech has been one of the best performing sectors year to date and over the last two years. Six different biotech ETFs are among the Top 10 YTD leaders: Alps Medical Breakthroughs (SBIO), up 51%; Bioshares Biotechnology Product (BBP), up 38%; the SPDR S&P Biotech (XBI) up 36%; Bioshares Biotechnology Clinical Trials (BBC), up 31%; and NYSE Arca Biotech Index First Trust (FBT), up 23%....

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MCD Call Spread Sale- Downside Play for Chinese Exposure and Technical Resistance

MCD Call Spread Sale- Downside Play for Chinese Exposure and Technical Resistance

Believe it or not, successful traders do not have a crystal ball.  All that he or she does successfully is find a potentially favorable set up and then put the odds in such a way where the reward makes sense to the risk.  Repeat this process many, many times and you have a system that works out in the long run.  I cannot tell which trade signals are the “good” ones.  I just have to let the...

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The Dow And Emerging Markets ETF EEM

The Dow And Emerging Markets ETF EEM

This week’s commentary takes a look at emerging markets but first a review of the most recent Hybrid Lindsay forecast for the Dow Industrials index. The July 27 commentary (US Stocks Are Near A Low: Here's Why) mentioned the official forecast for a low in the period July 24-31 but also explained why “a tradable low is very close”. Indeed, last week’s low was seen that day.  The next...

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US Stocks: Trade From The Long Side

US Stocks: Trade From The Long Side

In my last market update (7/20) I characterized the 300+ point rally in the NQ as “unsustainable.” My initial target was 4492 and we hit 4497 on 7/28. This downside forecast was not due to any particular bearishness on my part. By nature, I’m actually more bullish than bearish, and in my own trading I prefer to trade from the long side. Nevertheless, the Volume Profile chart showed very...

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US Stocks: Fear Index Is At Record Lows

US Stocks: Fear Index Is At Record Lows

There goes July. Did anybody notice? June started high and ended low. July started low and ended high. Except for the color of the candles on the chart, there wasn’t much to chose between them ... and not much to remember them by. The US equity market, at least as represented by the Standard and Poor 500  (SPX), has now spent the first seven months of the year drifting along near the top of...

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The Fed: The Mindset For A Downturn

The Fed: The Mindset For A Downturn

I can hear it now from someone reading the title:  'A Ha  this guy is finally bearish after all this time -- I knew he would come around'.  That couldn't be further from the truth, in fact the bearish label is completely inaccurate.  I don't like labels, as when we describe ourselves bullish or bearish that puts us in a specific mindset unable to be flexible.  Hence, when we change our minds...

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Whole Foods: Earnings, Options Activity

Whole Foods: Earnings, Options Activity

One of the more nuanced aspects of earnings season is the combination of analyst actions after earnings announcements and the coinciding activity in the Equity options.  Typically analysts and research firms render their respective opinions and adjustments after the announcements of earnings, guidance, and conference calls of the companies.  When earnings per share, revenues, and guidance...

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US Stocks: Brace For Potential Short Squeeze

US Stocks: Brace For Potential Short Squeeze

The Street assumed that the Fed's silence on raising interest rates in 2015 means no rate hike this year. That may not be true, but it put the S&P500 mini-futures (ES) back into a bullish cycle and helped it hold the price above the key 2100 psychology line. The futures pretty much duplicated Wednesday’s action: dropped sharply from the overnight high and made a low one point above...

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How To Analyze Market Breadth: Bullish Percent

How To Analyze Market Breadth: Bullish Percent

There are a few different ways to analyze market breadth, a measure of health which identifies the number of stocks rising versus falling.  Intuitively, we know that if more stocks are rising than falling then it means markets are probably going higher.  The opposite holds true for a down market.  Yet, our current market shows some deep divergences in breadth vs. the price index, namely...

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How To Profit In Thin Liquidity Environment

How To Profit In Thin Liquidity Environment

It is a fact that liquidity in the markets has been decreasing for some time now. This is not just a feature of the holiday period, but certainly is more noticeable between mid July to around the third week in August. Thinning liquidity is in part due to the over mature long term cycle we are finding ourselves in.   Banks cannot trade as they used to due to tightening of regulations, low...

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For Phase I of Markets re-design, we are introducing simple OHLC bar charts with a volume histogram.

To adjust the period and scale of the chart, use the "slider" bar which appears underneath the Volume histogram frame. If the slider frame is not appearing, you may need to adjust the 'Zoom' view of your internet browser or adjust your screen resolution to a lower resolution.

By dragging the start and end arrows of the slider bar to the left and right, you can easily adjust the date range.

Features planned for Phase II will include a selection of chart types and a technical indicator library with the ability to define a custom date range for the chart data.

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