Two short candidates to take advantage of the new market downtrend

Since reaching an all-time high of 1,687.18 on 22 May the S&P 500 has established a downtrend which so far has seen the index fall 4.7%. This article shows the new trend in the major US stock average and examines two potential short candidates that could take advantage of the new market downtrend.

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Energy sector trade update: So far so good

The article ‘Energy sector provides decent trading opportunity’, published last week, outlined a potential trading opportunity in the energy sector ETF XLE. The fund had broken out above a key resistance level and established a well defined uptrend. Now however, the fund has begun to advance strongly and it’s time to safe-guard our profit.

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Chart of the week: Apple is trapped in a range but a breakout above $466 could be very bullish

Having dropped 44.8% from its all-time high on 21 September 2012 Apple encountered major support in mid-April at around $380. Since then the stock’s advance has been capped at around $466. However, if it can breakout decisively above this level it could be potentially very bullish for the stock which is already attracting both value and income investors.

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247Bull Trading Portfolio: Technology, materials & industrials give buy signals on breakouts & sector rotation

Until last month the technology, materials and industrials sectors within the S&P 500 had been trending down while other sectors such as health care, consumer staples and utilities had been trending up. Now however, the trend appears to be reversing and the sectors that had lagged behind are breaking out to new highs, something which presents a buying opportunity for traders and investors.

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The search for the perfect trading strategy: Part II

Yesterday’s article focused on an intermediate term trend following trading strategy that makes use of both trend channel analysis (TCA), and moving averages. Today’s article applies the same trend following principals to shorter-term market movements, and looks at possible trading opportunities that exist right now.

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The search for the perfect trading strategy

The words “perfect trading strategy” will mean different things to different people. In this article however, the perfect trading strategy is one that combines a systematic, rules based approach with strict risk management. This article explores these elements and searches for possible trading opportunities.

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Weekly Market Wrap: 3 May 2013 – Oil forms second tradable pattern while Japanese and US equities continue to power higher

This regular column reviews the condition of several different markets. This week’s column examines the chart pattern that has formed in crude oil, the best performing sector in the S&P 500 (the financials), and the powerful uptrends that exist within the Wilshire 5000 and the Nikkei.

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6-Month Unfavorable Seasonality Period Approaches

Next Wednesday, May 1, begins a six-month period of unfavorable seasonality, of which we are commonly reminded by the saying “Sell in May and go away.” Research published by Yale Hirsch in the Trader’s Almanac shows that the market year is broken into two six-month seasonality periods. From May 1 through October 31 is seasonally unfavorable.

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