#Bitcoin – Don’t follow this crypto mania much but…

But I took a look today to see what’s going on lately.

Are you kidding me? There are people out there claiming this will replace the dollar? Replace gold?

Can’t anyone spell T-U-L-I-P-S?

I thought this would end when lap dancers in New Orleans started putting bar-code tattoos on their boobs to collect bitcoin tips.

Now that the drug dealers and money launderers have made a market a few notable institutions (like Microsoft for heavens sake!) had gotten sucked into, and computer nerds in bedrooms with potato chips are “mining” in their spare time, and even more than a few suburban crazies have gone crazy over, what is the real future for this crap? It is in market history (duh, the tulips), and it is not good.

Does anyone actually want to put their savings in this for a buy-and-hold overnight?

That this stuff is priced in U.S. Dollars should tell everyone everything that needs to be told.

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$BID And $TIF – What do the rich folk do?

They buy stocks, and spend money on all sorts of luxuries – second, third, fourth houses, paintings, baubles, antiquities… Just about anything that can be had at auction or in blue boxes.

And when they quit… Let’s just say they pull the BID (see charts below).

As bellwethers of the future market action BID (Sotheby’s) and TIF (Tiffany’s) are always worth watching. The timing is not precise but when they are long and strong the bull market is strong also but when they fall they tend to fall ahead of time. BID particularly.

Just bringing this up since I happened to notice BID seems to have had quite a sell-off lately, and it appears TIF could follow with a lot of downside space to drop into.

Just a cautionary note to remind anyone used to bull-market stock moves that whatever goes up can also go down.

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$SPY options – can little losers be the prelude to a big winner?

I came into today expecting a sell-off in the general market.

It didn’t happen, at least not right off the bat. At the end of the day, it sort of sold down in a way that may mean the market “plop” I suggest yesterday will come tomorrow.

For the past three days the market has been in a very tight range – for instance SPY opened Tuesday at 285.39, opened Wednesday again at 285.39 and today at 285.53, a total range of 14 cents in three days. This might be great if one is selling SPY options but I don’t even look at the short side naked because it takes too much margin. Instead in what I’ve been calling, tongue-in-cheek “the fool’s game,” these three days have been yuck. I mean PURE YUCK!

Today was a little loser again.

Because I’ve been posting winners, primarily to explore the potential of day trading SPY calls and puts on the long side (“the fool’s game”), I’ve been met on the internet as expected by a chorus of naysayers who believe what I’m saying is far “too good to be true.” So I’ve decided to post this loser to reassure that while it is good and it is true it is not every day.

Today’s loss came from trading $10K on each trade, first the 284 call, expiring tomorrow (see the the chart on the left below), then the 286 put on the day-trading reversal. The call lost 22.8% percent on the $10K trade, $2282. The put, which was deeply underwater most of the day (see the white profit histogram on the chart on the right below), managed to surge to a .9% profit on the SPY sell-down into the close, $958. Total loss for the day was $1324 for $10K traded, 13.2% for the day.

That 22% loss on the calls and the 13% loss overall is why money management is most important in trading anything, especially any strategy like this. It is intended to be traded small versus one’s overall portfolio and traded everyday.

The tight range of the past three days suggest SPY could go big either way tomorrow. My hope is it will be a trending day either up or down since the real money here is made on trending days, usually days of options expiration like Friday (in fact, YTD Friday’s have been the best days of the week), or like last Monday…

Monday’s SPY 283 call (see the pattern on the charts) trended all day. As a result, the profit for week remains at 57% despite the yuck, yuck chop of Tuesday, Wednesday and today.

As a great, wise film fool once said: “That’s…

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$SPY – chances are the market plops tomorrow

I was going to write a detailed analysis of why I think the general market (SPY, QQQ) takes at least a dip Thursday but I’m kind of tired.

So suffice it to say, the Nasdaq Composite is up seven days in a row, and SPY, except for a brief pause a few days ago, the same. My Nifty-50 stocks have gone from 40 on sells at the beginning of the rally up to 41 on buys Monday and are now rolling over. A lot of the stocks have been sluggish since that peak three days ago.

CNN Money’s Fear and Greed Index is one click away from an extreme greed level.

Most importantly, long-term breadth has gone negative today (see the red line on the chart below).

Yup, there’s good chance a pull back begins tomorrow. Hopefully it is a down swing that lasts for a couple of trading days since this advance is now in thin air and can surprise to the downside any second.

Time to tighten stops or look to to exit the up swing.

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Buying IPOs For Dummies

In the tradition of the “For Dummies” books, I give you the short and sweet on trading and/or investing in IPOs:

Buying into an IPOs is actually one of the easiest decisions in stock investing but never let a broker con you into doing it the day of the offering.

Instead, note the high price and the low price on the first IPO is traded. Those are the lines in the sand or the Darvas box around the first day of trading (see the charts below). The time to buy, invest, is on a close above the high of the first day with a stop loss below the high of the first day.

That is usually a low-risk trade since the real good news comes when the stock proves it can move up from all the hype surrounding the offering itself and if it falls back the stop to exit can close by and obvious – either below the high of the opening day or below the low of the opening day depending one’s own time parameters and risk tolerance.

Whatever the latest stock IPO, there is nothing more to say except maybe “Keep it simple, dummie!”

Wednesday in the $10K Day Tradeā€¦Final gain 14%

The SPY options trade had huge swings on the Fed announcement today.

The action was not in the calls which never triggered a system buy despite the AAPL news and gains, but in the 282 put, expiring today, first a plummet (see the chart below), then an immediate snap back to a new high for the day before a final grind down into the close. At its low the trade was down 43% and at its high up 84%, all within 20 minutes.

It was enough to make a trader, long the puts, as dizzy as whirling dervish.

Despite the gyrations, at the close the day trade managed to nab a 14% profit, $1469 on the $10K committed to the trade (see the white flag on the lower right of the chart below).

Still, not a bad day in options no matter what.

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$TWLO – can the stock swing to 100% for the year?

TWLO, coming out of oversold, is on a buy signal for tomorrow’s open.

It is up 98% for the year to date on 21 swings, longs only, that have been 61% profitable. See the white flag on the lower left of the chart below for the closed profits per $100K committed to each trade.

This is a simple oversold/overbought swing-trading system for a stock on its own with no market factors in play. On market swing signals it is up 44% for the year (not bad). That it is outperforming the market signals is a sign of an exceptionally strong and consistent mover in this bull market.

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Tuesday in the $10K day Trade…Final 10% gain

Tweeted this trade near the highs of the day. SPY 280 Call, Wednesday expiration, up 38%. TQQQ at the time was up 1.5% ($1500 per $100K).

This was a display of a day trade based on the suggestion (see post below) that Tuesday after three days down in the Nasdaq (two of them hard down) would bounce today with an entry into the trade near the open.

Some defense (like a trailing stop) had to be played to lock in gains intraday since once again with long-term breadth still negative there was the possibility of another fade into the close, which happened. Still (see chart below), the SPY trade netted 10% for the day, and TQQQ added another $450 on its $100K buy.

Not a bad return for the day even if the defense stayed on the bench.

Tomorrow, AAPL will be the focus of the day for the general market. The company reported earnings after the close today and rose eight points in the after-market to an new all time high. The question will be can it vault the market higher for the day or will this be a “sell the news” time?

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#MarketTiming $QQQ – tomorrow the bounce…

After three days down in the Nasdaq, two of them hard downs, it is very likely time for a bounce tomorrow.

All of my bellwether stocks, as suggested yesterday (see posts below), followed through with losses today, led by NFLX down 5.5%. With the exception of AAPL and GOOGL they are all oversold. In addition forty of my nifty-fifty stocks are on sells with 34 of those oversold. Forty or more sells usually means we are at the bottom or the beginning of a swing bottom before a bounce.

Most likely he Nasdaq Composite Index has gone down too far too fast (see chart below). Focus on the chart and note that each time the blue histogram pierces the green lines, what happens next is a bounce, sometimes a substantial bounce. That is the most compelling technical case for timing a bounce for tomorrow. Also note if there is a bounce, it will likely not be a bottom. Bottoms and subsequent rallies come after retests.

This time could be an exception of course since the market can do anything it wants any time it wants but for now, I’m watching tomorrow open primarily for some play on the long side.

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