Many more stocks on the short-side of my day trading game plan today…
Have the bears taken a bite or is this simply summer trading with no direction? I think volume tells us the story.
Stock Market Today: Map of the S&P 500
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The SPY traded 120 millions more shares than the previous day, and traded below the open for the majority of the day. The FOMC minutes gave us a spike higher but price action returned lower. The sellers may have taken a stand. Lets see what the buyers have to say today and tomorrow. If you are day trading the SPY or the ES, be picky in this mostly sloppy trade.
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Stocks to Trade | Thursday August 20, 2015
- Many more short-sale set ups to trade today.
- Oil continues to move lower but no sign of capitulation yet.
Charts in Focus
Sometimes a higher open in a strong stock is not a time to buy. It can be a time to sell to those late to the trade. DHI price action is strong, a solid stock to buy with new multi-year highs this week. If you dig a little deeper into the story, volume the last 2 days has increased AFTER a significant move.
This is typically a “clean-up print.” I call this exhaustion to give you a better mental picture. It shows us the buyer who pushed the stock higher is done.
In this case a higher open today would not have the “big-money” support to hold the stock higher. So if you already own the stock, a higher open would be a profit taking opportunity, not a time to initiate a new trade. To take it a little deeper we would anticipate a higher open to trade lower for the remainder of the day and close below the open price.
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Earnings in play today > 1M avg shares: brcd, crm, gps, hpq, intu, mrvl, rost, shld
Bullish Ideas ATR/Volume/Price: UA, AMZN, NFLX, HD, TSO, VLO, NKE, TWC
Bearish Ideas ATR/Volume/Price: gmcr, yelp, qrvo, viab, bidu, uri, swks, dvn, paa, cvx, rrc, cof, kss, clr, baba, bhi, wynn, sina, unp, vtr, cat, mmm, ibm, slb<80, hes, utx, apa, apc
Weak Stock Weak Close: tasr, csiq, cop, dvn, fti, cvx, mur, rrc, cnq, clr, bhi, cog, hal, nxpi, lng, slb, cam, apa, sndk, apc, eog
Strong Stock Weak Close: HFT, NFLX, MDLZ, VLO, UNH
Weak Stock Strong Close: RAX, SYMC,
Strong Stock Strong Close: BXLT, DHI LUV, LOW, XEL, AEP, PEG, PGR
20 day Breakdown: hal, csiq, hpq, cop, cvx, pg, sndk, slb, bp, ntap, cnq, wfm, dvn, urbn, rrc, amtd, kkr, etn, fti, qihu, gmcr, mur, tasr
20 Day Breakout: LOW, DHI, EXC, MRK, MCD, PGR, ARMK, AXP, AEM, HCP, XEL, DLTR, EIX, CMS, PEG, AEP, CDNS, D, DUK
2x Normal Volume: TGT, WMT, CSIQ, LOW, DHI, SNDK, ADI, YUM, TJX, AER, ARMK, AEM, AFL
Watch List Longs: TJX, HD, MCD, VLO, SBUX, TWC, BK, LUV, LOW, TOL, HD, LEN, ADBE,
Watch List Short: cop, cvx, kss, bhi<95, hal (38 support), all, xom, wmt, slb, m, dow, wynn, dd, hpq, qcom, lltc, wmt, ntap, klac, sndk, txn, intc
Inside days: hd, swks, phm, tsla, mas, fit, hum
Day Trading Game Plan | August 20
Sector rotation, for the purpose of this discussion, is in the context of stock picking.
Sector Rotation [Video and Transcript]
What’s more important effectively keep making higher-highs and higher-lows or the fact that we keep doing it a decrease in volume?
Right, something I think you do have to be aware of…
I spoke a little bit yesterday with somebody and they said “I can’t understand, you know we keep going higher but nobody’s really trading if we keep going higher.” and I’m like what’s more important the fact we keep going higher or the fact that there’s lighter volume?
You aren’t going to take the volume into the bank.
Right, right exactly. I think well I mean I think we’ve been harping on this now for three months but I think it’s still important, it is the individual stocks. We’re not really trading the markets, it’s really hard to trade the market as a whole.
If we can find each the strong sectors or the weak sectors we can trade them and then we find sectors that are do nothing even if they were a do something before they’re a do nothing now.
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