Trade Aptitude

Results of Tuesday’s Best S&P Futures Turning Points: Neither trade triggered. 

Today’s Best S&P Futures Turning Points (consider wider stops and less size in fast moving markets): 

Buy 5046.75 stop 5042.75. No great shorts today. 

The World Index: (+100/-100) soars from +6 to +69 with all major world markets (except India) firmly Bullish. 

Catalysts: Jobless Claims @ 8:30. Flash MFG/Services PMI @ 9:45. Existing Home Sales & Fed’s Jefferson @ 10:00. Crude Oil Inventories @ 11:00. NVDA sparks worldwide rally in equities. 

Quick Tip: Hybrid Trading

There isn’t only “one way” to trade successfully. There are countless strategies and methods that can be profitable. You need to find what resonates with your trading psychology, style, and risk tolerance. 

For example, consider two popular styles of trading: trend following and mean reversion. They both can be very profitable...

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Trade Aptitude

Results of Tuesday’s Best S&P Futures Turning Points: Shorting 4799.25 stopped out. Buying the breakout failed as well. 

Today’s Best S&P Futures Turning Points (consider wider stops and less size in fast moving markets): 

Buy 4739.00 stop 4733.25. Short 4830.50 stop 4835.75.

The World Index: (+100/-100) remains at -7 with most major world markets quiet.

Catalysts: Crude Oil Inventories @ 10:30. 10-year bond auction @ 13:01. Fed’s Williams @ 15:15. 

Quick Tip: The Levels of Demand

All markets are influenced by the forces of supply and demand. More demand than supply will push a stock price higher. 

But is all demand equal? 

The least influential source of demand is the investing public. Their trade size and knowledge of the future performance of the company are minimal. 

The next tier of influence is the institutions. Their trade size and knowledge of the future performance of...

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Trade Aptitude

Results of Wednesday’s Best S&P Futures Turning Points: Neither suggested trade level triggered. 

Today’s Best S&P Futures Turning Points (consider wider stops and less size in fast moving markets): 

Buy 4704.00 stop 4699.25. Short 4780.00 stop 4785.75.

The World Index: (+100/-100) jumps from -58 to +14 in a world of mixed sentiment and lower volatility. 

Catalysts: ADP Employment Change @ 8:15. Jobless Claims @ 8:30. Final Services PMI @ 9:45. Crude Oil Inventories @11:00.  

Quick Tip: Open to Change

Last year change I wrote a blog on being “open to change.” The idea came from an article I read about five top Wall Street traders’ thoughts on how to deal with disruption in the markets. There were plenty of differences between them including chosen asset class, style, strategy, all the typical things. 

There was one huge commonality, though. They all stressed keeping an open mind....

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Trade Aptitude

investing swing trading Dec 13, 2023

Results of Tuesday’s Best S&P Futures Turning Points: Heartbreaker! Our buy at 4662.00 missed filling by ONE TICK, made the bottom of the session, and soared 36 points to the close! Reframe your thinking. You missed the trade but your strategy worked just fine. 

Today’s Best S&P Futures Turning Points (all trades are filtered out during FOMC release today): 

Buy 4662.00 stop 4658.25. Short 4777.00 stop 4781.75.

The World Index: (+100/-100) dips from +29 to +7 in a world of mixed sentiment and low volatility. 

Catalysts: PPI @ 8:30. Crude Oil Inventories @ 10:30. FOMC @ 14:00 and Press Conference @ 14:30 (most important). 

Quick Tip: Late to the Party

You probably get a stream of emails every day about trading. I sure do. 

I saw one yesterday that was touting buying Arbor Realty Trust (ABR) at $14.65 to lock in a 11.5% dividend yield. 

ABR was our InsidersEdge pick of the...

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Trade Aptitude

Results of Monday’s Best S&P Futures Turning Points: : No levels offered due to contract rollover. 

Today’s Best S&P Futures Turning Points (all trades are filtered out prior to CPI release today): 

Buy 4662.00 stop 4658.25. Short 4714.50 stop 4719.75. 

The World Index: (+100/-100) gains from +14 to +29 with most major world markets mildly Bullish.

Catalysts: CPI @ 8:30. 30-year bond auction @ 13:01. 

Quick Tip: Commitment

If you’re relatively new to trading you’ve probably experienced overwhelm from all the choices you have. All the decisions you must make. 

What asset to trade? 

Which timeframe? 

Which broker? 

Whose strategy to follow? 

How much to risk? 

The list is long. After guiding more than 4000 new traders through the process of making these decisions over the past 15 years I’ve found there is a hierarchy to these decisions. 

Start with commitment....

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Trade Aptitude

Results of Friday’s Best S&P Futures Turning Points: Buying 4572.50 was filtered out during the Employment Report @ 8:30. 

Today’s Best S&P Futures Turning Points (consider wider stops and less size in fast moving markets): 

The volume levels are affected by rollover today and are filtered out. 

The World Index: (+100/-100) gains from +7 to +14 in a world of mixed sentiment. 

Catalysts: 10-year bond auction @ 13:01. 

Quick Tip: Futures Rollover

Futures contracts are buy/sell agreements between two parties. Every contract has a delivery date at which point the transaction ends and goods/money are exchanged. 

Many futures traders have no intention of fulfilling their contractual obligations. They’re either speculating on price direction or hedging against price changes. For these traders exiting the current contract before the delivery date and entering the next contract further out on the calendar is...

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Trade Aptitude

Results of Thursday’s Best S&P Futures Turning Points: Shorting 4581.00 stopped out. 

Today’s Best S&P Futures Turning Points (consider wider stops and less size in fast moving markets): 

Buy 4572.50 stop 4569.00. Short 4628.50 stop 4632.75.

The World Index: (+100/-100) gains from -50 to +7 in a world of mixed sentiment and low volatility. 

Catalysts: Employment Report @ 8:30. UofM Preliminary Consumer Sentiment & Inflation Expectations. 

Quick Tip: Insider Buying Works

Your trading toolbox probably includes tools for the analysis of technical, fundamental, and sentiment data. All good. 

Significant research by Wall Street and academia has proven that Insider buying is predictive of positive future stock price performance. Of course, WHEN that abnormal positive move happens varies widely and understanding that is key to successfully using Insider buying data. 

If you’re...

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Trade Aptitude

Results of Friday’s Best S&P Futures Turning Points: Shorting 4598.50 was only good for a 6-point scalp but the general area held as the high including through the weekend. 

Today’s Best S&P Futures Turning Points (consider wider stops and less size in fast moving markets): 

Buy 4557.50 stop 4551.75. Short 4628.50 stop 4632.75. 

The World Index: (+100/-100) falls from -14 to -50 with most major world markets Bearish. 

Catalysts: Factory Orders @ 10:00. 

Quick Tip: Get Fearful

We all trade to win and make a profit. The ups and downs happen along the way. The time to get laser-focused is when you’re feeling like you don’t need to. 

The recent rally in the S&P has us closing in on all-time highs. Our team’s swing trading portfolio using Insiders Buys and Unusual Options Activity (long only tradessoared last week. It’s natural when everything...

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Trade Aptitude

Results of Thursday’s Best S&P Futures Turning Points: Buying 4551.00 was only good for a 4-point scalp. The breakout short failed. 

Today’s Best S&P Futures Turning Points (consider wider stops and less size in fast moving markets): 

Buy 4557.50 stop 4551.75. Short 4598.50 stop 4604.25. 

The World Index: (+100/-100) falls from +50 to -14 in a world of mixed sentiment. 

Catalysts: Final MFG PMI @ 9:45. ISM MFG PMI & Prices @ 10:00.  Fed’s Goolsbee @ 10:00, Powell @ 11:00 and 14:00. 

Quick Tip: Measured Moves

Price tends to move in impulses and corrections. The impulse is the primary direction of the trend. The correction is the minor countertrend move. 

Get in the habit of looking to the left on your trading chart and measuring these impulses and corrections. Frequently you’ll see patterns that repeat. 

For example, an 8-point move higher, followed by a 3-point move lower, then...

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Trade Aptitude

Results of Tuesday’s Best S&P Futures Turning Points: Neither trade triggered. 

Today’s Best S&P Futures Turning Points (consider wider stops and less size in fast moving markets): 

Buy 4521.00 stop 4517.00. Short 4598.50 stop 4604.25. 

The World Index: (+100/-100) rises from -29 to -14 with Asia Bearish and the west Bullish. 

Catalysts: GDP @ 8:30. Crude Oil Inventories @ 10:30. Beige Book @ 14:00. 

Quick Tip: UOA

Unusual Options Activity (UOA) is a great leading indicator of price. There are different ways to interpret exactly what qualifies an option to be “unusual” and how to utilize them in your trade selection. 

The foundation is an extreme volume spike relative to small open interest (existing contracts not yet closed out). 

Technical analysts generally agree that volume leads price, so this basis makes sense. If a stock is trading at $30 and massive volume occurs today in the $40...

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