The 2015 stock market is not place for those looking for action. You will be destroyed.
Day trading this challenging market requires patience. This means patience to actually sit down and create a trading plan, and patience to wait for opportunities that match your edge.
The amount of emails I receive asking to comment on trades in the middle of nowhere is staggering. If you can’t answer a simple question about your stock, you need training.
What is that question? Are the buyers or sellers clearly in charge?”
It’s simple but don’t be deceived, it works. If it takes more than 2 seconds to answer you should not consider the stock for a day trade. You want obvious, and then you want room-to-go (profit potential).
If you have a clear answer, then you need to read the tape. How far has the stock moved the last 3-5 days? Are there doji candlesticks or large red or green bodies? This will tell you if the institutions are active. Are you outside of yesterday’s range? If so, is the change from the open in sync with yesterday’s breakout?
Consistency comes from your plan, not the market. No matter how challenging this market may seem, day traders can make money with a clear strategy.
Can you explain your edge in one paragraph?
Stock Market Today: Map of the S&P 500
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The $SPY continues to be a two-way-street. The 2015 resistance will not be broken without a significant catalyst. Inside day looking for a trend day that closes at an extreme.
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- Energy pounded, still a sell-short.
- The financials have no bias. A day trade at best, if you want to dip your toes there at all.
- Will TWTR break support and make a run lower to $20?
- Still in day trading mode. To have a long-term bias in not prudent trading. You are guessing.
Charts in Focus
Airlines are getting a boost from the decline in oil. This breakout needs to get above $52 and hold for at least one day.
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How to Day Trade Challenging Markets | Stocks to Trade 12-8-15
Relative strength yesterday compared to the SPY negative change from the open: NWL, LULU, DAL, MOS, JAH, VIPS, QUNR, TMUS, DUK, KMI
> 20sma | positive week | closed 2% higher from the open: NWL, LULU, DAL, MOS, JAH, QUNR, DUK
<20sma, negative last 5 days and closed 2% lower from the open: wmb, oke, wpz, sm, paa, cldx, clr, rrc, lyb, pxd, eog, nov, lng, fti, bhi, apc, uri, hp, amba, feye, wwav, gs, dks, abbv
Bullish Ideas ATR/Volume/Price: QUNR, UAL, EL, DLTR, AVGO, TEVA, COST, NKE, AMZN, WTW, HD, PNC, GOOGL, CRM, CTRP, ADSK,
Bearish Ideas ATR/Volume/Price: wmb, oke, wpz, sm, clr, rrc, etp, pxd, thc, eog, lng, apc, uri, hp, cop, amba, xpo, apa, oxy, cvx, cf, xom, gs, cat, mar, nfx, aka, abbv, unp, cmi, jwn, gild, mbly, ua, car, gme,
Weak Stock Weak Close: wmb, oke, wpz, sm, clr, rrc, cnq, se, eog, nov, lng, fti, apc, uri, hp, zion, amba, wwav, gs, dks, twtr, abbv
Strong Stock Weak Close: SRPT, NFLX, CFG, ADSK
Weak Stock Strong Close: tmus, usg
Strong Stock Strong Close: QUNR, NWL, JBLU, DAL
20 day Breakdown: wmb, oke, wpz, sm, paa, dvn, clr, etp, pxd, eog, nov, lng, apc, epd, psx, hal, mpc, hes, oxy, cvx, wwav, nfx, unp
20 Day Breakout: DAL, JAH, NWL, TEVA
2x Normal Volume: KMI, GMCR, WMB, EPD, ETP, LNG, CVN, APC, WPZ, PAA, MOS, JAH, NWL, JWN, RULP, OKE, PXD
Watch List Longs: GE, KO, JNJ, HD, MCD, COST, PNC, T, MSFT, INTC, DAL, LUV, BRCM, TXN, LOW,
Watch List Short: hal, xom, cvx, cop, slb, axp, adm, m, lvs, akam, nue
Inside days: ge, msft, pfe, wfc, fb, c, yhoo, ko, jpm, wcom, aig, ms, nvda, m, ebay, schw, gild, met, hd, pypl, utx, ctsh, lvs, cl, sti, pm, gs, hrb, wynn, ibm, low, esrx, amba, crm, aet, ma, aem, de, adi, rost, ua, mmm, jbl, googl, akam, yelp