The Trend

Gap Trading Fundamentals

All of a sudden, there’s a gap in the chart of your favorite stock.

Surprise news, earnings, something unexpected caused a bout of extreme optimism or pessimism that resulted in the move.

Look at Palo Alto Networks (PANW), for example.  In early June 2017, shares closed at $118.59.  However, shortly after the close, news of a massive cyber attack began hitting headlines.  Orders come flooding in overnight.  The next day, the stock opens at $140.

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Trading Secrets: One of the Easiest Ways to Trade Oil Prices

For the better part of 20 years, I’ve noticed an interesting pattern with oil.

While OPEC, non-OPEC, supply-demand, and international chaos certainly play a major role in determining direction, oil prices often fall within a predictable technical pattern, as dictated by excessive fear and greed.

Here’s a two-year chart of oil prices for example.

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Bollinger Bands and the Rubber Band Effect

If you pull a rubber band too far, too fast, what happens?

It snaps back, right?  The same thing happens with stocks, indexes, and currencies.  If they’re pulled too far in one direction, eventually they’ll snap back and revert to back to the mean.  In fact, we see it happen all the time.

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How to Use the Parabolic Stop and Reverse (SAR) Indicator in Your Trading

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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How to Spot Overbought Pivots up to 80% of the Time

With the incredibly popular Avengers: Endgame film, shares of Disney Co. exploded from a low of $107.50 to $142.50 in April 2019.

After the film grossed $1.2 billion in its opening weekend (biggest in history), analysts were still seen raising price targets.

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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.

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Technical Analysis: Three of the Most Powerful Candlesticks to Use

When Munehia Homma first created candlestick charts in the 1700s, he had no idea it’d change the way we look at stocks 300 years later.

To him, candlestick charting was meant for the rice trade.

Now, when applied to technical analysis, it can help give us a clear picture of trader emotion.  

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How to Use Full Stochastics in Your Trading

Fear can destroy a stock in seconds.

But it can also lead to quite a bit of opportunity.

Look at Coca-Cola (KO), for example in late February 2019. 

 

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How to Use the Williams’ %R in Your Trading

One of the best ways to become a great trader is to try new things.

Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as a perfect strategy. But if you’re willing to trade outside of the box, you can become a better trader.

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Bollinger Band and Keltner Channel Trading: Similarities and Differences

magine jumping off a bridge with a bungee cord.

As you begin to reach the end of the cord’s pull, you’re quickly yanked in the other direction.

That very same thing happens with stocks when they become far too extended in overbought or oversold territory. And we judge exactly where that’s likely to happen with two key indicators.

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Using the RSI Indicator Correctly Can Increase Your Odds of Success

Of the dozens of indicators on the market, one of my personal favorites is Relative Strength (RSI), a momentum oscillator that measures the speed and change of price movements of a stock. The closer RSI gets to its 30-line, the more oversold the stock is considered to be. The closer RSI gets to its 70-line, the more overbought the stock is considered to be. 

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How to Use the Chande Trend Meter (CTM) with 80% Success

Unbelievably, technical analysis is still written off as useless.

In fact, some denounce it as a laughable study of charts, patterns, and squiggly lines without any concrete or profitable results. Others argue it’s only good for short-term trading.

However, none of that is true.

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Three of the Best Ways to Hedge for Market Downside

Markets are a fickle beast.

Even with the U.S. and China nearing a trade deal, markets began to pull back in March 2019.

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One of the Easiest Ways to Spot Trading Opportunities

Fear can destroy a stock in seconds.

But it can also create a wealth of opportunity if you know when to buy it. In fact, it’s how investors like Warren Buffett, Sir John Templeton, and Baron Rothschild made their money.

Each of them subscribed to fundamental analysis to do so.

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The Five Key Technical Indicators You Need to Use - Always

One of the best ways to spot reversals is by spotting excessive fear.

To do so, we typically watch for agreement among Bollinger Bands (2,20), MACD, Relative Strength (RSI) and Williams’ %R in either overbought or oversold territory. However, we can also strengthen what those indicators say by adding in the Money Flow Index (MFI).

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How to Spot Options Opportunities

We’re often told to “Never buy a stock hitting a 52-week low.”

“Stocks in downtrends tend to stay in downtrends.”

“Any stock hitting a 52-week low will always be weak.”

 

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How Using the Money Flow Index (MFI) Can Give You an Edge

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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