#IPOs – A Great Year For “Dummies”

In the fervor of an initial public offering — an IPO — investors can easily get carried away.

After all, they are being pummeled with positive publicity by underwriters and brokers that this is it – the chance finally to buy into a latest, hot new company! But, in fact, unless one is some kind of insider or maybe a politician being bribed the first day of trading – the stock’s IPO day – is a crap shoot.

Take CRWD (Crowd Strike Holdings), which went public yesterday, as an example. The stock opened at 63.50, rose to 67, dropped to a low of 56, and closed at 58. A gambler might have a strategy to buy in during the day but at what point in that nine point chop does an investor make a safe investment? At no point.

The key to investing in IPOs is the first day’s price range but the buy comes after the first day as suggested in this post here: Buying IPOs for Dummies.

Following a “buying IPOs for dummies” strategy, CRWD is a buy on a close above 67.00 and at no other time. That’s when the initial fervor is over and there may be a worthwhile chance to profit going forward. Otherwise, the stock could drop through the low like LYFT did this year and keep on falling. Everyone who bought LYFT on its first day is losing money but those who did not buy are not.

How has this strategy worked this year so far?

With several companies, just great! SOLY is up 217%, SWAV is up 90%, BYND is up 86%, ZM is up 45% (see the charts below).

PINS is included here as an example of how defense can be played by both the long-term investors and swing traders. PINS rose 29% before falling back below the high of its IPO day for a loss of .9%. Disappointing for the investor, yes, but not catastrophic. Along the way, a trader might pay closer attention – at the bottom of the first big down blue bar on the chart at the right of the chart panel below PINS still had a profit of 17.2%. That would have been a good spot to take some, if not all, off the table.

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#GoldStocks – talking trees when there’s a forest out there…

To state the obvious, most stocks move with the general market, and more obviously almost all stocks move like all stocks in their sector.

And this may be no more obvious than with the gold stocks.

I’m always surprised at the endless discussions of which gold stock to buy. Gold bugs, particularly, love this stuff — this one, or that one, or maybe that one. One stock picker or another has very good arguments for each of their choices, fundamentals, technicals, some buddy’s opinion, whatever, but they all ignore the obvious — they’re talking about trees when there’s a forest out there.

Take a look at the charts below.

Five of those charts are stocks and three are ETFs, but hide the symbols and company names for each chart and who would be able to tell which NEM and which GOLD, which is AEM and which is NUGT? The patterns essentially all look the same (like fir trees in a fir forest).

But actually they are not the same. I have the same swing-trading system on each of those charts. Now look at the numbers in the white flags on the lower left of each chart. Those are the total returns year-to-date per $100K committed to each swing trade (calculated also to easily show percentage gains for the system).

Obviously, there is a difference between the stocks and the ETFs. The leading stock in the sector, KL, is up 17%, while RGLD, lagging, is up only 1.4%; a prominent name like Newmont Mining (NEM) is up 14%. On the other hand, the leveraged ETFs, NUGT and JNUG, are both up 82% and even GDX, not leveraged, is up 25% – same time frame, same trading system.

The trading system here is not the point. It is just here to illustrate that too often traders and investors can’t, as they say, see the forest for the trees.

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#MarketTiming – tracks of the bear?

Sometimes, as they say, it’s not a stock market, it’s a market of stocks:

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$SPY – Long Friday calls on bounce day three…

The bounce continued Thursday…

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#IPOs – no shares to ride for $UBER and $LYFT yet

Since BYND, with a big jump, is making noise again today, thought it’d be a good time to take a quick look at recent IPOs still in play as per this criteria:

Buying IPOs For Dummies

See the charts below. Each is set at a $10K investment to show the percentage as well as dollar gain for each stock in the white flag on the lower right of each chart — for example, SWAV is up 99% since its IPO buy, SOLY up 115%, and so on.

UBER and LYFT have not climbed above the hype on each of their first days of trading so they are not long investments. At best, LYFT particularly is a short.

Of note, if APLT holds its gain for today, it will be a buy either at the close today or on tomorrow’s open.

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#MarketTiming – Oversold and very close to a bounce…

MARKET TIMING SIGNALS FOR 5/13/2019.

Long-Term Breadth (NYSI): SELL FROM 5/6.
Short-Term Breadth (NYMO): SELL FROM 5/13.
Price: SELL FROM 5/13.
Nifty-50-Stock-List: 9 BUYS, 0 NEW BUYS, 2 OVERBOUGHT; 41 SELLS, 14 NEW SELLS, 30 OVERSOLD.
CNN MONEY’S “Fear and Greed” Index: 32, FALLING, FEAR LEVEL.
Bellwether Stocks: 0 UP, 15 DOWN.

OF NOTE SPY OPTIONS:

In a very bearish trading environment, today was a put day (see post below) with the in-the-money at the open 284 put rocketing to a 144% gain at its peak and registering through a chop at the end of the day a 76% gain. That final gain is if one was not paying attention, but obviously there were profit taking points all during the day – as it gained 100%, coming off the top for 121%, selling on the first blue-bar sell signal for 90% (see the chart in the post below).

WHAT:

Today’s market action was again news driven as the US-China trade talks broke off Friday with Trump escalating the pressure with a jump in tariffs on many Chinese imports from 10% to 25%, then tweeting over the weekend several threats to make it worse.

Finally, China retaliated with $60B in tariffs on US products, most farm products in the heart of Trump’s voter support. Sixty billion is not that much on its face but in the scheme of things it was a sign China is not going to, as some Trump supporters were claiming, “bend a knee.”

With an all-out trade war getting closer and closer to a real possibility (don’t these guys ever read history?) it was inevitable the US market was going to take a big rip.

On a technical note, except for a one-day up blip on 5/3, the long-term breadth, as measured by the NYSI, has been been falling since 4/17 (see the red vertical line on the chart below). Since that time, the market managed to trudge higher but the indexes are all now below the level they were at when the NYSI turned down. In other words never bet against the NYSI. It sometimes takes a while but it most often wins in the end.

In a previous post on the this pullback, I said: “If the market focuses more and more on the Trump administration turmoil in Washington, it is likely to unstable for some time.” That still is the what’s what.

WHAT’S NEXT?

However, for now, it is time for a bounce. It may not come Tuesday (a “turnaround Tuesday”?) but it is very close by.

The market can go down as long as it wants but not forever.

At this point SPY is down seven of the past nine trading day, the nasdaq down eight of the last ten. Short-term breadth, the NYMO, is deeply oversold. VIX has moved from the “12s” to 20 in the same amount of time. It’s getting to be too far, too fast, which always leads to a quick bounce. Except for QCOM, all the bellwether stocks are sells and were flushed to oversold with big drops in the indexes today.

In addition, my nifty-50-stock-list has 41 stocks on sells and 30 individual stock on the list oversold. Forty or more on sells is oftentimes the beginning of the end, if not the end, of a downswing.

I’m not one for Fibonacci numbers because like all support and resistance indicators they are notable only as long as the market doesn’t slice right through them (which it often does), but they are sometimes fun to take a look at and right now it appears SPY is sitting on one on a retrace of the rally from December (see the chart below). Supposedly that’s as good a spot as any for a bounce to begin.

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$LYFT gets no lift on first earning report since IPO

LYFT, the ride-share biggie, is a perfect example of not buying into the hype surrounding an IPO.

LYFT came public on 3/29 and dropped almost immediately in on its opening bar, then gaped down the next day (see the charts below). Eventually, it settle down to move sideways until…today. It’s earnings report was terrible, losing $9 a share, more than a billion dollars, despite an increase in revenue and market share. And it had to announce on a day when its drivers are on strike with its biggest competitor coming public Friday.

The stock dropped nearly 11%

If one is an investor, none of this should matter. As outlined in this link below, investors should not even be long the stock until all fundamental and technical finally shake out, if they ever do. (Keep all this in mind also for the upcoming UBER IPO.)


Buying IPOs For Dummies

These IPOs are difficult to short in the initial stages, but traders on biggies like LYFT have options to play with. LYFT’s options came to market five days after the stock’s IPO day (see the charts below). And there is where the downside can be played. The LYFT May monthly 75 puts bought on its own “IPO day”, using the same criteria outlined for the stock in the link above,is now up approximately 150%.

Now that is uplifting.

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$SPY – the slide from the top continues…

MARKET TIMING SIGNALS FOR 5/8/2019.

Long-Term Breadth (NYSI): SELL FROM 5/6.
Short-Term Breadth (NYMO): SELL FROM 5/6.
Price: SELL FROM 5/6.
Nifty-50-Stock-List: 18 BUYS, 3 NEW BUYS, 7 OVERBOUGHT; 32 SELLS, 1 NEW SELLS, 16 OVERSOLD.
CNN MONEY’S “Fear and Greed” Index: 41, FALLING, FEAR LEVEL.
Bellwether Stocks: 5 UP, 10 DOWN.

OF NOTE SPY OPTIONS:

SPY CALLS AND PUTS, BOTH, were down on the day as a tight sideways chop all day slammed premium for Friday’s expiration on both sides of the market. (See the charts below for how bad it was.)

The most nimble of options traders could make money, at great risk, buying the yellows And selling the blues on the charts below, but not much. The not-so-nimble could lose a lot.

WHAT:

It appears the market has been moving on Trump tweets. That is as absurd as it can get since he should not be tweeting about any of this and the market shouldn’t be paying any attention to any thing he tweets. The New York Times broke a story on ten years of his tax returns during a time he lost more than a billion dollars, all of the money his father gave him a lot more. Surely, one of the worst businessmen in history but a major-league con-man. His beloved Twitter has hung #BillionDollarLoser on him.

If the market focuses more and more on the Trump administration turmoil in Washington, it is likely to unstable for some time.

WHAT’S NEXT?

All sell signals remain in place – as usual this is a market can can go down as long as it wants and turn up any time. That sharp drop in the calls and the rise in the puts in the last twenty minutes of the day on the 10-minute charts below may hint there is more downside to come right away tomorrow but news, like a trade deal with China, can intervene.

This is a dangerous time for short-term traders. On the longer term, every bear market begins (or resumes) on a single down day and that day was six days ago to start this current slide.

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#IPOs – when “dummies” should take the trade

And on the second day of trading an IPO, dummies discover why they should never buy on the first day of trading.

This is based on suggestion in this post:

Buying IPOs For Dummies

Don’t mean to use the term “dummies” in a derogatory fashion but sometimes it’s hard not to.

Over and over again, unless one is a real insider or being bribed for doing something else, or running some money-laundering scam that’s beyond me, anyone giving in to the hype surrounding an initial public stocks offering and buying before seeing which way it is going when its first day is done is plain and simple a dummy.

As said the link, this is one of the easiest trades in the market if one has persistence to follow an IPO and the discipline to wait for it reveal its direction before buying. Initially these stocks are difficult, if not impossible to short, so we’re talking only the long side here.

The keys to taking a position in a recent IPO are the high and the low in price on the first trading day (its “IPO day”). It is a buy on a close above the high of the IPO day. After the buy the high of that day becomes the stop loss level or the low of the IPO day becomes the stop-loss level depending on any individual trader’s or investor’s risk tolerance.

The trade is as simple as that.

See the chart panel below for examples. The top row of charts are recent successful IPO investments using this system. Each is set at a $10,000 investment to show both the money and percentage gains (the white flags on the lower right of each chart). As of today’s close, SWAV is up 46%, PINS up 11%, ZM .98% and SOLY up 133%.

In the bottom row are four IPOs from Friday which should not be in anyone’s portfolio…not yet at least – these second days are, as I said above, when dummies learn they never shoulda never bought any of these Friday.

Going forward, RRBI will be a buy above 58 and not before; SCPL above 18.75, ATIF above 5.10, and YJ above 18.20.

Simple as that.

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$SPY – market tries to reverse Trump tariff sell-off

MARKET TIMING SIGNALS FOR 5/6/2019.

Long-Term Breadth (NYSI): SELL FROM 5/6.
Short-Term Breadth (NYMO): SELL FROM 5/6.
Price: SELL FROM 5/6.
Nifty-50-Stock-List: 27 BUYS, 4 NEW BUYS, 13 OVERBOUGHT; 23 SELLS, 11 NEW SELLS, 5 OVERSOLD.
CNN MONEY’S “Fear and Greed” Index: 56, FALLING, GREED LEVEL.
Bellwether Stocks: 1 UP, 14 DOWN.

OF NOTE SPY OPTIONS DAY TRADES:

SPY CALLS, 5/6 288 UP 71%, 290 UP 120%, 291 up 190%. No put trades.

OF NOTE
:
Fourteen of the bellwether stocks (AAPL, TSLA, NFLX, TWLO, AMD, NVDA, QCOM, GS, GOOGL, BABA, MSFT, FB, FSLR, AMZN) were up from the open although down on the day; and one (WYNN) was both down for the day and down more from its open.

WHAT:

The futures market sold off hard overnight on the news Trump threatened new tariffs on Chinese imports, then rebounded immediately at the open on the news that the Chinese negotiators planned to come to the U.S. to talk as planned anyway. The market was poised to go higher, prior to Trump’s announcement but the news cut short the buy signals across the board on Friday’s gains.

Can’t do anything about news, either positive or negative, except to go with the flow as it unfolds – in this case for day and swing traders it was a buy on today’s open and turned out to be quite a remarkable bounce back. Fourteen of the bellwether stocks were up from the open despite remaining down for the day. The $10K day trading system, had today’s 290 calls (in the money, ten minutes into the market) up 120% or the day, and just out of the money 291 call up 190%.

WHAT’S NEXT?

All technical signals I follow gave sell signals today for tomorrow open as the one-day blip up in long-term breadth ($NYSI) Friday retreated today on the tumble in short-term breadth ($NYMO); the price buy for today’s open, which racked up 4.5% on TQQQ and 3.7% on UPRO on the close, will be a sell on tomorrow’s open. In addition, CNN’s Fear and Greed Index dipped today while still at a greed level, and volatility surged (VIX), both negatives for the market.

Sell signals are sell signals but what’s next is tricky given the velocity of today’s rebound (see the candle on the SPY chart below), but it did not quite reverse completely and it may have used up immediate buying power to get to where it got on the close. If so, chances are it reverses again to the downside tomorrow. The key will be play the open, preferably with either calls or puts, while looking to lock in profits on today’s gains on TQQQ and UPRO and any of the bellwether stocks.

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