The Trend

How to Use the Chaikin Oscillator to Analyze Markets

Any time you use technical analysis, confirmation is essential.

If you’re not willing to confirm, you’re doing yourself a great disservice. In fact, at no time will I ever just use Bollinger Bands (2,20), MACD, relative strength, or Williams’ R% alone.

That’s an amateur, foolish move.

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Tesla Erupts in Chaos, but There May Be Good News

Tesla Inc. has been a slow-motion train wreck.

All thanks to un-CEO behavior from Elon Musk.

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How to Trade Parabolic Stop and Reverse (SAR)

The Parabolic Stop and Reverse (SAR), commonly known as Parabolic SAR is a trend following indicator that highlights current price direction.

It also provides entry and exit signals as well with dotted lines.

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The Exact Time to Jump out of Any Trade

It’s not about having the perfect strategy.

It’s about the rule you abide by with each trade. 

One of the biggest issues facing all walks of traders is a severe lack of discipline and structure in stock buying habits. Many fail to use stop losses, or even protect gains with a simple trailing stop loss strategy. Others risk far too much.

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Why it Pays to Use these 4 Key Technical Tools

Sometimes, simplicity is the best way to spot opportunity.

In early August 2018, shares of Weight Watchers (WTW) plunged $12 unexpectedly on an earnings overreaction. But the news really wasn’t worthy of such a gap lower.

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The Most Essential Part of any Trade

Any one can trade a stock.

But it takes a disciplined person to trade that stock well.

One of the biggest issues facing all walks of traders is a severe lack of discipline and structure in stock buying habits. Many fail to use stop losses, or even protect gains with a simple trailing stop loss strategy. Others risk far too much.

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How to Properly Catch a Falling Knife

Traders are often told to buy excessive fear.

Warren Buffett even advises to buy when others are fearful.

It’s part of the reason some bought Twitter (TWTR) and Facebook (FB) after both witnessed ugly downturns on earnings fiascos.

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Three of the Oddest Candlesticks to Trade

When traders first hear that candlesticks can help predict stock direction, most roll their eyes to the back of their head.  But truth be told, candlesticks are a great way to gain insight into the very market psychology that drives all stocks and indices.  

In fact, three of my favorites are doji crosses, the three black crows, and the hanging man. 

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Always Look for Agreement with These Technical Indicators

I love when traders tell me technical analysis doesn’t work. 

While they’re entitled to be wrong, the fact remains that technical analysis does work, sometimes by up to 80% of the time. Granted, there is no Holy Grail, but if we use the right indicators, we increase our odds of success. Especially if we apply those indicators to well known stocks that may only be down temporarily.

Let’s look at Raytheon (RTN) for example.

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Why Investors Are Sending Markets Higher, Especially Small-Caps

Six months ago, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Half a year into the cuts, the economy is on sound footing, despite fears of a trade war. Unemployment is at multi-decade lows. Even corporate stock buybacks are reaching record highs, sending markets to unbelievable heights.

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$90 Oil Prices: Why It Could Happen in 2018

For most of 2018, oil prices have churned higher.

Granted, prices took a short breather in early May through June 2018, but that proved to be short-lived on fears that supply won’t be able to offset issues.

In fact, since the middle of June 2018, oil ran from a los of $63.50 to $74 a barrel – its highest point in about four years thanks to OPEC’s underwhelming news of a smaller than expected increase in oil production.

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This Pattern Has Not Happened to Gold Since 2016

The last time this happened, gold sank from $1,306 to a low of about $1,125.

Nowadays, at the same price of $1,306, it’s happening yet again, and analysts are fearful it could pinpoint to further downside for the meal.

If you look closely at this chart, you’ll see what happened when the 50-day moving average crossed below the 200-day moving average in November 2016.  Nowadays, it’s happening again with a slight crossover today.

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Three Treacherous Technical Patterns on the Dow Jones

It is absolutely imperative that traders pay close attention to key technical patterns, especially when it could cost them thousands of dollars.

In June 2018, it was safe to say the market was in train wreck-mode.

In fact, on June 19, 2018, the Dow Jones fell more than 350 points on fears of trade war escalation with China. At the time, President Trump threatened to impose another $200 billion of tariffs on Chinese goods if Beijing follows through with its promise to retaliate against our first round of tariffs.

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Engulfing Candlesticks: How to Spot Them and What They Mean

To the average trader, candlestick patterns are a bunch of crosses and odd shapes with bizarre names, like the three black crows, or the abandoned baby bottom. 

But as odd as they may sound, they can provide powerful insight into direction.

For example, one of the oddest ones is the doji cross. But if you spot one of these at top or bottom of trend, you may have uncovered an opportunity to trade a trend reversal. The profit stars, more commonly known as dojis, are commanding reversal signals. These are formed when the candlestick opens and closes at the same level, implying indecision in the stock price.

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These Technical Indicators are Musts for Your Trading Plan

Every time you trade a stock, it’s essential that you understand the psychology of the buyers and seller.  If not, you begin to run the risk of losing money.

That’s the last thing any of us want to do.

So, we need to understand if the bulls have gotten ridiculously, and unsustainably bullish.  And we need to understand if the bears have begun to lose their minds after a sell-off.

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Two Essential Technical Patterns to Follow at All Times

It is essential that you’re well aware of support and resistance points.

If not, you could be setting yourself up for abysmal failure.

Support represents the moment when buying begins to overwhelm selling and prices begin to bounce back. Resistance represents the moment when selling begins to overwhelm buying and prices begin to pivot.

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The Importance of the Money Flow Index (MFI)

When it comes to trading, one of the best ways to tell what’s happening is by paying attention to the flow of money in and out of a stock. 

Surely, none of us want to buy a stock if money is flowing out, right? 

Instead, we want to buy if we’re seeing money flow in, or short if we begin to see signs that money is about to start flowing out of a stock.

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