Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy father's Day and a 30 minute candlestick trade PI

 Happy Fathers Day to all fathers and I'm sure a few mothers who do double duty. My creative, honest,  big hearted 15 year old continues to humble me with his maturity and creative gifts as he is light years beyond where I was at his age. In my other field of work  I was recently asked how I got good at what I do. The answer was easy - my son. Before him I was average but once he came into my life it changed. For his first five years I was able to take him to work with me parts of the day. One of my departments was designing kids programs. I basically designed them all around him and improved the existing programs them so they would be top quality for him. Before I would just roll those programs out there with average results. Now my focus was on top quality and something changed. My program revenue rose dramatically, along with my monthly bonus. I look like some hero but it was my son who was the hero. All the while he got to crawl/run/ swim around the gym with dad at work and he made it fun for even my employees. They enjoyed him (even changing his diaper) which in turn made me more appreciate of there efforts and improved my supervisor skills. He basically taught me how to do my job at a higher level, be a better supervisor and then he became the reason to learn to trade. I thank God every day for him as without him in my life I wonder where Id be.

One thing on my near term list is to write a memoir for him and his kids and do it while I'm young and not 80 with my memory half gone. The card he gave me today will be in that memoir.  I recommend all moms and dads reading this to do the same. and make a memoir for your kids. Start it early and give them all the juicy stuff and add a little each year - the ups and downs and life lessons and hide it away until they are much older to appreciate. My grand parents did there's later on in life and is an interesting read.


 

Trade: PI - slower week for trading. Here was a strong break out on the daily chart (left) followed by a pullback counter bar off the 5sma. See the heavy volume as well.

Entered off Bar #: 6 - counter bar



MARKET DIRECTION 

SPY 15 minute 5,10, and 20sma:flat
SPY 15 minute 200 SMA: flat

TRADING PLANS 




* The market direction refers to when the trade was entered. Up is all three SMA trending Up, down is all three are trending Down, Mix is mixed or choppy market to then refer to 200SMA for preferred market direction)

* You don't have to trade everyday. If the conditions don't feel right or if you're unsure of the current days trading environment then PASS on the trade. Missed money is better than lost money.  Day trading and the stock market is not a "war" that you must win at all cost. Trading should be fun, wait for only the good setups. Follow your rules, stick to your stops, and know that everyday the market presents a new chess board.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

30 Minute Candlestick Long Trade

Trade: Long HA - 3 places to enter and nice volume push/breakout on the daily bar. Three inside / counter bars - with bar 2 and 3 having 5sma support.


Entered off Bar #: could of entered off bar 2, 6 or 9


MARKET DIRECTION 

SPY 15 minute 5,10, and 20sma: mixed
SPY 15 minute 200 SMA: Up

TRADING PLANS 




* The market direction refers to when the trade was entered. Up is all three SMA trending Up, down is all three are trending Down, Mix is mixed or choppy market to then refer to 200SMA for preferred market direction)

* You don't have to trade everyday. If the conditions don't feel right or if you're unsure of the current days trading environment then PASS on the trade. Missed money is better than lost money.  Day trading and the stock market is not a "war" that you must win at all cost. Trading should be fun, wait for only the good setups. Follow your rules, stick to your stops, and know that everyday the market presents a new chess board.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Two 30 minute candlestick trades and a screw up: YELP and PCAR

Trade 1 YELP: Long, see daily chart on the left as the green bar from Monday breaks away. Went long on the counter trend/inside bar, nice trade.

Entered off Bar #: 4



Trade 2 PCAR: Long, see daily chart on the left as breaks up on strong volume. Took the counter trend bar off the 5sma. Stock ran out of steam. Looking at the daily chart the stock was in a down trend. Got above the 200sma on the daily chart but couldn't keep the momentum.

Entered off Bar #: 4


MARKET DIRECTION 

SPY 15 minute 5,10, and 20sma: mixed
SPY 15 minute 200 SMA: UP

The Screw Up Trade WBMD: Placed my order to trigger and enter if the high of the bar 4 is taken out - 58.42 - or so I thought that is where I placed my order. I typed 54.82, which means any price above activates a buy order. So I was in and as you can see by the chart if fell like a rock. I sold out and while I judge my results on points (R's) and not $, and was only a 1.10 loss, I was pissed and shitty way to start the week! Cant get sloppy and loss focus or the market will eat you up!

 

TRADING PLANS 




* The market direction refers to when the trade was entered. Up is all three SMA trending Up, down is all three are trending Down, Mix is mixed or choppy market to then refer to 200SMA for preferred market direction)

* You don't have to trade everyday. If the conditions don't feel right or if you're unsure of the current days trading environment then PASS on the trade. Missed money is better than lost money.  Day trading and the stock market is not a "war" that you must win at all cost. Trading should be fun, wait for only the good setups. Follow your rules, stick to your stops, and know that everyday the market presents a new chess board.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

30 Minute Candlestick SPY

Trade: SPY inside bar off the 5sma

Entered off Bar #: 5


MARKET DIRECTION 

SPY 15 minute 5,10, and 20sma:UP
SPY 15 minute 200 SMA: UP

TRADING PLANS 




* The market direction refers to when the trade was entered. Up is all three SMA trending Up, down is all three are trending Down, Mix is mixed or choppy market to then refer to 200SMA for preferred market direction)

* You don't have to trade everyday. If the conditions don't feel right or if you're unsure of the current days trading environment then PASS on the trade. Missed money is better than lost money.  Day trading and the stock market is not a "war" that you must win at all cost. Trading should be fun, wait for only the good setups. Follow your rules, stick to your stops, and know that everyday the market presents a new chess board.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

30 Minute Candlestick Trades: NXPI, OZRK, IP

Three 30 minute setups from the past 2 days.  Winner (with a quick adjustment), small loser and one I missed. Trading is not perfect each trade an adventure in its own.

Trade 1: .NXPI - Long - Great example of not getting a full fill on the amount of shares I wanted to buy. The bar had only a .09 range which entailed buying a high number of shares and with a price of 109.43...Didn't have enough funds even with 4x margin for the risk I wanted to take. This happens time to time with narrow range bars on higher priced stocks. You quickly reduce size to fit the account buying power. Was a nice setup off the 5sma for a winner.

Entered off Bar #: 7



Trade 2: .OZRK- Short from Tuesday - Nice gap down on the daily chart. Not a fan of shorting with the indexes above their 200sma, but the SPY trend was down (QQQ was flat). Took the trade off the 5sma, for a -.15 loss. Got a nice drop and then bounced back up. Would take the trade again.

Entered off Bar #: 6


Trade 3: IP- Long from Monday that I am kicking myself for not taking as was a nice setup off the 5sma. SPY was mixed to down so I was leaning short. QQQ was mixed so in essence I could have looked for long trades as both the SPY and QQQ above their 200sma. Totally missed the trade.

Enter off Bar #: 4


MARKET DIRECTION 

SPY 15 minute 5,10, and 20sma: Down on Tuesday - Mixed Wednesday
SPY 15 minute 200 SMA:  Up both days

TRADING PLANS 




* The market direction refers to when the trade was entered. Up is all three SMA trending Up, down is all three are trending Down, Mix is mixed or choppy market to then refer to 200SMA for preferred market direction)

* You don't have to trade everyday. If the conditions don't feel right or if you're unsure of the current days trading environment then PASS on the trade. Missed money is better than lost money.  Day trading and the stock market is not a "war" that you must win at all cost. Trading should be fun, wait for only the good setups. Follow your rules, stick to your stops, and know that everyday the market presents a new chess board.

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