The $SPY $10K day trade for 26.7%

Just a quick note on the $10K SPY options day trade for Thursday.

The long signal triggered just after the open and rose to a 97% peak (see the chart below) and closed the day up 26.7 percent, $2,670 for each $10K trade (see the white profit flag on the lower right). The is the day trade, start to finish.

Note, though, I consider a 100% gain a “trending day”, which are obviously the most important days to capture. Had this position passed above that threshold it could be locked in that profit level with a trailing stop. Just missed it today. Shucks!

However, it also should be noted that light blue candle after the peak on the chart was a chance to take at least some profits – the $10K was up 56.9% at the point. Short-circuiting the day-trade has not be more profitable over the long run this year than just letting it ride, but there at times when it just looks so obvious…

These trades are all day trades, either in the nearest in-the-money SPY calls or puts (in this case the 283 call, expiring Friday, and are closed at the close of each day. There was no signal for the puts today but on some days there are both calls and puts in play. My entry signal is proprietary, and should be tuned to any individual trader’s courage and risk tolerance.

Keep in mind, these posts are only for entertainment and educational purposes and should not in any way be construed as trading or investment advice.

#SwingTrading – Up, down, sideways, sideways sideways…

It appears the market could go up tomorrow.

“Could go up”, I say that hesitantly because for end-of-the day swing traders like me, this has been a rather confounding week. On Monday, all of my swing signals (based on price, breadth, volatility) were on sells for Tuesday – Tuesday the intraday market went up. At the end of the day Tuesday all of the signals were on buys for Wednesday – Wednesday the intraday went down. At the close Wednesday, all of the signals were again on sells – today the market went up a lot.

Well, in SPY’s case it went back up into the Monday’s price range – in other words, sideways, sideways, sideways…

Although long-term breadth has not turned up, the low above a low in short-term breadth (see the circle on the upper portion of the chart below) usually will bring a bounce. That should happen tomorrow. And if long-term breadth turns up with it, the entire market could rally for a couple of weeks at least, which would be just fine and dandy.

If the market manages to put a final confounding candle on the cake tomorrow with a hard down day then…okay, I’ll say it, then we will have another indication a sizable bear may be stirring in its cave.

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#GOLD stocks prove there is always a bear market somewhere

This what a bear market and an outright crash looks like.

Gold and its sector stocks, after a long steady decline, went into free fall about four trading days ago and continued down virtually across the board today.

See the chart panel below for a random selection of the stocks.

Like all stocks, when the bear growls, these gold stocks can go down forever, but there were a couple of signs that the fall might be slowing in that two of the biggies – NEM and ABX — at least fell slower today (see the NEM chart below for an example).

A bounce may be due right about now for a quick scalp on the long side before any more decline. After drops like these this week, it will not surprise me if short-sellers want to log some profits for the weekend. Watch the open tomorrow for a trigger and keep a tight stop.

It must be said more downside will come with this much momentum in place. Shorting the bounce, if and whenever it comes, may be the better strategy for swing traders. The sector will be in its own bear market until it isn’t anymore and it’s going to have to base for sometime before it ever sees a bull again.

However, for the longer term, gold has had value for centuries and will again. Those who like to bottom fish and hold forever, or at least until the metals shine bright again, might start to carefully and patiently bait their lines.

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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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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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Monday in the $10K day trade FINAL gain 76%

SPY 282 put, expiring today. Final day’s gain 76%.

“THE FOOL’S GAME”

$SPX $SPY – walking the edge of the long-term cliff…

As we end another month and the first half of the year, I thought I’d take a quick look at a long-term monthly of chart of the SPX/SPY, the S&P 500 index and its primary ETF.

Someone (probably the great trader, Linda Raschke) once said if the short term is confusing in the stock market just back to a longer term view and all will become clear.

So what is clear in the here and now?

The bull market is still in progress (see chart below) although that progress has been stalled for this year to date.

The current upswing is completing a three-month rally so a sell-off could come any day now.

The technical indicators MACD and CCI are lagging, setting up as in the past (see the red rectangles on the chart) for a possible sell-off. But at the moment the pattern this time is not complete.

If the SPX had closed lower this month than it closed last month and its volume finished higher than its volume last month, I’d have to say the sell-off is likely right now. But that didn’t happen.

Obviously, the market in general is walking along a cliff (see the blue trend lines)… But until it falls off that doesn’t matter.

So is it going higher? I hate to but I have to shrug on that. Could be but with that cliff edge so close better to be be alert, and best to put in place some protections like trailing stops on any long-term investments.

Buying this? Okay, it remains a bull after all. But, me thinks, only for the short-term while standing every day next to the exit door. If the market charges higher, the short term will have you in, and if it goes screaming lower the short term will take you out.

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