Thursday, May 1, 2014

Friday Pre Market Thoughts


                                          ES/NQ Ten Day 60 minute chart
Support and Resistance Key. White Lines: multi price levels and trend lines, Yellow Lines: daily chart major price points, Solid Green/Red Lines: prior day high and lows,  Dotted Green/Red lines: pivot points, Light Blue Lines: prior unfilled gaps. Does not include overnight highs and lows. Price Points to watch.
  • 1882.75
  • 1880.25
  • 1875.25
  • 1871.50
  • 1868
  • 1865 
  • 1852
PRE MARKET THOUGHTS 
This a sample of how I do my market preparation. The night before I form a hypothesis of how I will approach the day if the market gaps up or down. Preparing the night before takes out all the emotion of possibly considering a trade when the markets open.
 
Trend Thoughts:  
  • Short term is neutral as the ES is extended into resistance and consolidating. The white trend lines will be my guide to a run to yesterdays low or high. Would look for a pullback to get long.
  • Longer Term remains in a bullish up trend

Thoughts on the Trading Day and the  Month: 
  • Day: 2nd trading day: Historically Bullish
  • Month: Sell in May and Go away has been the historic saying. May can tend to start the slow summer doldrums. Still let the charts lead the way.
  • * Information taken from Stock Market Almanac and provided more for fun and not as a trading bias. (Trading Day 1, 2, 9, 10, 11, 19, 20 historically bullish. Trading Day 5, 14, 16  historically bearish.)

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Gap Fill Thoughts: 
  • Up Gap: Will consider fading an UP gap near 1880 with overnight support.
  • Down Gap: Will consider fading a down gap near 1871.50 with overnight resistance.
  • Note: Always check pre-market to see if price is considered support or Resistance.

Flat Open:  Pass

Gap and Go Thoughts: 

  • Up Gap: May consider if clearly over 1883 and with overnight support.
  • Down Gap: will not chase a short at the open unless clearly under 1871.50 with overnight overhead resistance.
  • Note: Always check pre-market to see if price is considered support or Resistance. 
 
Long or Short's to Consider after 15 Minutes

LONGS

Breakout/Pullback Long thoughts Will consider pullbacks at support or breakouts if clearly over 1879 with divergent support (above average volume and trending TICKS) Will consider BO's or pullbacks on a down gap coming strong off support with room to resistance.

Fading Long thoughts: 
  • Points to  target 1871.75 and other points mentioned above with TICK divergence and average volume.
  • Notes: Prefer a a 5 point plus move into the location

SHORTS

Breakdown/Pullback Short thoughts: Will consider breakdowns and pullbacks if trading under 1871.50 without increased volume off support.  

Fading Short
thoughts:
 
  • Points to  target 1882.50 and other points mentioned above with TICK divergence and average volume.
  •  Notes: Prefer a a 5 point plus move into the location

Always study the overnight trading and mark Support/Resistance and confluence zones that could be used for targets, fading, pullbacks and breakout/breakdowns.



* 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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