Investing Research

Trading Setups: 5 Stocks To Watch (SLV, ABMD, ZIOP, MDXG, NOC)

Given the broad oversold conditions, today’s bounce should not have been a surprise to anyone. As a result, several short-term trading setups emerged this morning. The S&P 500 bounced right off its 200 day moving average (dma) and ended the day in the 2090-2100 resistance area. The Russell 2000 had a textbook opening flush under the 200dma, followed by a potent bullish reversal. The question now, of course, is where

The Shanghai Composite Has Further To Fall, Here’s Why

It’s been a wild summer thus far for the Shanghai Composite and Chinese stocks. After a sharp parabolic rally into June, China’s main stock index has fallen over 30 percent in just 6 weeks. And it may have more downside to come in 2015. Here’s why.  See the charts below for reference. The Shanghai Composite has been getting a lot of media attention due to some wild market moves. The crash

Stock Market Outlook: Weekly Reversal Leaves Technical Damage

What a difference a week makes. The market ended the previous week on a strong note. And the S&P 500 seemed poised to follow the Nasdaq Composite and push to new all-time highs. But these and any other bullish hopes for the stock market were swiftly extinguished as the market put in an ugly reversal last week that resulted in a good deal of technical damage. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq

20 Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) Caught In Limbo

Last week, non-commercials went net long 10-Year Treasury Note futures for the first time since September 2014. For reference, they were net short north of 183,000 contracts as early as early May and 261,000-plus at the end of last December (see chart 1 below). So this is quite an about face in their sentiment. In fact, back in September last year, these traders went net long only briefly – twice

Unusual Options Activity: CHK, COP, HLT, TWTR, And More

It’s time to review several stocks that had unusual options activity over the last week. Although traders can never be sure why these trades take place (and who’s making them), I believe it’s important to be aware of notable options activity as an indicator for directional bias. Here’s a weekly recap of 10 stocks that had unusual options activity and what, if any, significance these trades may have. Unusual Options Activity: 10 Stocks With Notable

The COT Report: Commodities Slump, Treasuries Catch A Bid

The following is a recap of The COT Report (Commitment Of Traders) released by the CFTC (Commodity Futures Trading Commission) looking at futures positions of non-commercial holdings as of July 21, 2015. Note that the change is week-over-week. 10-Year Treasury Note: Is global growth slowing? The ongoing slump in commodities seems to suggest that. In this scenario, it would make sense for investors to be gobbling up Treasuries on the long

The Rotation Report: Are Clouds Moving In Over Market?

The action in the mega cap leaders has just been absurd of late. For example, take Amazon (AMZN). It was already significantly overbought on its weekly time-frame leading into earnings and it just happened to gap up 100 dollars and open 15 percent above the weekly upper bollinger band (the most since 1999). You don’t see this action very often. Sure seems like late stage bull market stuff. But how

S&P 500 Technical Outlook: A Look Ahead For Stocks

Like clockwork, the S&P 500 ran out of gas at the top of the price range that goes all the way back to February. As a technician, I have been trained to make a call on the market, generally up or down. Maybe the toughest call of all is sideways. Why? It just doesn’t happen that often for an extended period of time, but as I have discussed in many

Top Trading Links: Killer Research And Making Progress

What is progress? Progress in education is when you look back and you see things differently. As George Bernard Shaw said “Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything”. To be a better market operator, you’ve got to be willing to constantly re-shape (A) how you think and (B) your thoughts. Whether it’s about how the market is acting, how the world works

5 Charts That Show Why I’m Starting To Like Gold

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks for Gold prices (and investors). As most are aware by now, the yellow metal has been out of favor for some time. And more recently, Gold’s slide has turned into a mini-panic. But after diving down into the 1070’s on Friday morning, Gold staged a rally back towards 1100 by the end of the day The recent action has several of my indicators at