Posts From David Blair

David Blair

David has been a full time trader and mentor for several years. His thoughts and insights on trading the markets can be found on his website CrossHairs Trading. Therein, David offers a focused trading methodology that centers around one potentially profitable, repeatable pattern in both trending and consolidating markets that can help traders better control any number of self-defeating emotions. David’s strategies combine the basics of swing and trend trading. He resides in North Carolina.


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How To Take Advantage Of The Earnings Catalyst

A catalyst can provide what most traders I know prefer…volatility, or a higher than average increase in price movement. Trading Catalysts can range from potential drug approval, sales numbers, analyst day meetings, product announcements, etc. Some catalysts have known dates (e.g., Apple $AAPL product announcements, analyst day meetings); others can…

In The Crosshairs: 3 Stocks On Breakout Watch (HIG, LMT, and ABT)

I pay attention to specific, price defined levels of support (demand) and resistance (supply), looking for opportunities to trade around these levels based on a simple process for doing so. I use two charts, the DAILY and WEEKLY, the former I use for entry, the latter for direction. Let’s take…

3 Sector ETFs With Great Weekly Trading Setups (XOP, XRT, XLY)

For those traders who prefer trading ETFs vs individual names what follows are a few weekly charts to consider. They are all sector ETFs and are based on a simple understanding of supply and demand, tracked via trend lines and boxes (i.e., support and resistance). NOTE: We use the WEEKLY…

3 Stocks That Are Ready To Make A Move ($CLX, $JOY, $VRX)

No trading edge is complete without an understanding of the concepts of support (demand) and resistance (supply). The most successful traders I know focus solely on these concepts, employing both for entries and exits, for measuring overbought and oversold conditions, for confirming chart patterns, and for determining trends and trend…

Trading The Trend: 6 Stocks With Good Risk/Reward Setups

A trend is nothing more than the general direction of something, be it a fashion trend, a product sales trend, or an employment trend. Trends are time based and can catch momentum. When they do so, a clothing style makes headlines, a product’s sales take off, and employment noticeably increases….

3 Reasons Why Choppy Markets Are Troublesome For Traders

Navigating The “CHOP CHOP” Stock Market The CHOP CHOP market is so named because it has a tendency to “chop up” both the trader’s mental and trading capital. It is the market phase where traders experience the most anxiety and choppy markets tend to see them lose the most money….

Stocks In Boxes: 4 Trading Setups For This Market

While the financial media and its various pundits continue to blabber on about a “market in turmoil” technical traders choose instead to focus on what matters…the charts and quality trading setups. I am of the opinion that the very best traders focus on adapting their trading edge to current market…

Stocks In Boxes: 5 Trading Setups For Bulls And Bears

It is that time of year again when funds hold on to and add to stocks that are winners while selling losers (i.e. window dressing). From a technical perspective, both bullish and bearish trends can set up tradable continuation opportunities. These are opportunities that astute technical traders can take advantage of…

Trading Breakouts: 3 Stocks On The Move

Over the years experience has taught me, more than written word, that developing and adhering to a well-defined process is the foundation for long term success in any endeavor, especially trading. For most, this process includes recognizing “pre-trade” price action. For example, if trading breakouts, what does the price action…

Trade The Expectation: Riding Pre-Earnings Stock Trends

We are right in the middle of earnings season where a large majority of companies report their numbers for the previous three months. It is also a time when many stocks exhibit a pattern of bullishness ahead of their respective earnings dates. There are many different strategies for trading around…