1/26/18 Market Update

Current Positions:

$DIS: 25 shares.  Current Status: +0.56%. Plan: Sell at Target 1: $113.16.    Earnings: 6 Feb

$DNKN:  3 March 67.5 Calls.  Current Status:  +12.3%.  Plan:  Target 1:  70.82

$IWM:  2 March $157 calls.  Current Status: One call @ +25%  Target: $162.09

 

$C:  2 March $77.5 calls.  Current status:  CLOSED +18.8% Target 1: $79.64  Target 2: $81.97  Earnings: April

$MCD:  2 February $175 calls.  Current Status: CLOSED -3.2%

$WMT: 2 March $100 calls.  Current Status: 2nd contract +97.4%. CLOSED

NEW:

$AXP:  2 March $100 calls.  Current Status: -3.9%   Target 1:  $102.37  Target 2: $104.94 Target 3: 108.26

 

In addition to the above, I also cover: $SPY, $QQQ, $CAT $DE $EBAY $FCX $TSLA

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1/23/18 Market Update

Current Positions:

$AAPL: 2 February $180 calls.  Current Status: -17.9%.  Target 1:  182.13   Target 2: 189.59  Earnings:  1 February

$DIS: 25 shares.  Current Status: +0.55%. Plan: Sell at Target 1: $113.16.    Earnings: 6 Feb

$WMT: 2 March $100 calls.  Current Status: 2nd contract +81.58% Plan:  Sell at Target 2: 108.69  Earnings:  15 Feb

$WYNN: 1 February $175 calls  Current Status: +138.5%  CLOSED

New:

$C:  2 March $77.5 calls.  Current status:  +6.7% Target 1: $79.64  Target 2: $81.97  Earnings: April

$EBAY: 2 February $38 calls.  Current status: +19.3%  Target: $40.12
Earnings:  31 January

$IWM:  2 March $157 calls.  Current Status: +27.2%  Target: $162.09

$MCD:  2 February $175 calls.  Current Status: -0.74%  Target 1:  $179.06  Target 2:  $183.31 Earnings:  30 January

 

In addition to the above, I also cover: $SPY, $QQQ, $FCX, $FB $KORS, $KO $LULU, $TSLA

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1/22/18 Market Update

Current Positions:

$AAPL: 2 February $180 calls.  Current Status: +2.38%.  Target 1:  182.13   Target 2: 189.59  Earnings:  1 February

$DIS: 25 shares.  Current Status: +0.55%. Plan: Sell at Target 1: $113.16.    Earnings: 6 Feb

$WMT: 2 March $100 calls.  Current Status: 2nd contract +66.5% Plan:  Sell at Target 2: 108.69  Earnings:  15 Feb

$WYNN: 1 February $175 calls  Current Status: +57.26%  Plan:  Target 1: 178.35  Target 2: 188.58.  Earnings:  1 Feb

New:

$C:  2 March $77.5 calls.  Current status:  +1.72% Target 1: $79.64  Target 2: $81.97  Earnings: April

$EBAY: 2 February $38 calls.  Current status: -19.6%  Target: $40.12
Earnings:  31 January

$IWM:  2 March $157 calls.  Current Status: +14.7%  Target: $162.09

$MCD:  2 February $175 calls.  Current Status: 0%  Target 1:  $179.06  Target 2:  $183.31 Earnings:  30 January

 

In addition to the above, I also cover: $SPY, $QQQ, $FCX, $KORS, $LULU, $TSLA

Video here

1/19/18 – Market Update

Current Positions:

$AAPL: 2 February $180 calls.  Current Status: +18.5%.  Target 1:  182.13   Target 2: 189.59  Earnings:  1 February

$DIS: 25 shares.  Current Status: +0.4%. Plan: Sell at Target 1: $113.16.    Earnings: 6 Feb

$WMT: 2 March $100 calls.  Current Status: 2nd contract +64% Plan:  Sell at Target 2: 108.69  Earnings:  15 Feb

$WYNN: 1 February $175 calls  Current Status: +17%  Plan:  Target 1: 178.35  Target 2: 188.58.  Earnings:  1 Feb

 

In addition to the above, I also cover: $SPY, $QQQ, $C, $DNKN, $EBAY, $IP, $IWM, $MCD, $MMM, $TSLA

Video here: https://youtu.be/c80SVbCb8Aw

1/18/18 Market Update

Current Positions:

$AAPL: 2 February $180 calls.  Current Status: +19%.  Target 1:  182.13   Target 2: 189.59  Earnings:  1 February

$DIS: 25 shares.  Current Status: +1.8%. Plan: Sell at Target 1: $113.16.    Earnings: 6 Feb

$HD: 2 February $195 calls.  Current Status:  Second contract status:  +49% CLOSED Plan:  Target 2: $202.27.    Earnings:  13 Feb

$JNJ: 2 February $145 calls.  Current Status:  +26% CLOSED Earnings: 23 January.

$WMT: 2 March $100 calls.  Current Status: 30%; 1 contract sold for 30% Plan:  Sell at Target 2: 108.69  Earnings:  15 Feb

 

See today’s video for details:

1/17/18 Stock Picks

Current Positions:

$AAPL: 2 February $180 calls.  Current Status:  -17%.  Plan:  I entered Apple via the 5minute rule, but it did not hold its gains.  It closed right around the breakout level, so I’m looking for a bounce tomorrow.    Earnings:  1 February

$DIS: 25 shares.  Current Status: 0.82%. Plan: Sell at Target 1: $113.16.     Well, I put in a limit order for 113.10, but not in time for it to execute.  It was my own fault for not putting in the order prior to market open.  Now I’ll wait to see if it bounces off of the ascending triangle. Earnings: 6 Feb

$HD: 2 February $195 calls.  Current Status:  Second contract status:  +26%.  Plan: Another ugly candle today, but still not breaking any trends. Target 2: $202.27.    Earnings:  13 Feb

$JNJ: 2 February $145 calls.  Current Status:  +23%Plan:  Trim 1 call at Target 1: 148.63.  Ensure position is closed prior to earnings.  The gains didn’t quite hold, but better than a lot of other stocks today.  Still looking solid.  Earnings: 23 January.

$WMT: 2 March $100 calls.  Current Status: 0%. Plan: My plan remains to trim 1 call at Target 1: $103.85.  Quite a bit of action on WMT today.  Bullish trend is still in tact. Earnings:  15 Feb

 

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1/16/18 Stock Picks

On Friday, we enjoyed another solid bullish move in the  markets.  I think we’re starting to get a bit over-extended/overbought here, but by managing risk through setting stops, I’m confident in nibbling on small bullish positions.

Current Positions:

$DIS: 25 shares.  Current Status: 2.2%. Plan: Sell at Target 1: $113.16.     Earnings: 6 Feb

$HD: 2 February $195 calls.  Current Status: Closed one contract for 35 gain%. Plan: HD had an ugly candle on Friday.  Not sure what caused the massive sell-off in the afternoon.  However, I’m still holding one contract, look at Target 2: $202.27.    Earnings:  13 Feb

$IWM: 2 March $157 calls.  Current Status: Closed position for 46% gain.  I only intended to close 1 contract, but had a lag in my app where I inadvertently sold two.  I’m tempted to get back in with one contract, but don’t want to push my luck since Target 1 was hit.  I’m very happy with the profit I locked in.

$JNJ: 2 February $145 calls.  Current Status:  +4.5%.  Plan:  Trim 1 call at Target 1: 148.63.  Ensure position is closed prior to earnings.  Earnings: 23 January.

$WMT: 2 March $100 calls.  Current Status: 0%. Plan: My plan remains to trim 1 call at Target 1: $103.85.  Not the prettiest candle, but there’s no reason why we can’t continue higher.  Earnings:  15 Feb

Breaking Out

$AAPL:  After flirting with the line for a while, Apple finally saw a breakout.  I’m not in love with $AAPL’s price action, but I do think it’s worth taking a trade here assuming the 5 minute candle rule works out.  Target 1:  $182.13  Target2:  $189.59.AAPL

$BEAT:  I’m honestly not familiar with this company, but based on the chart, it has broken out and looks like it has room to run.  Friday was a strong candle and I’d be interested in buying shares instead of options (due to low OPT interest) assuming successful 5minute rule.  Target 1: $34.14  Target 2:  $36.42BEAT.png

$MMM: 3M had a breakout-ish candle on Friday.  Again, not the prettiest candle, but it is technically above the breakout line.  I would consider a small position based on the 5 minute rule.  Target 1:  $249.06  Target 2:  $255.33MMM.png

$PYPL:  PayPal technically broke out on Thursday, with confirmation on Friday.  5 minute rule to get in on the action.  Target 1:  $82.27   Target 2:  $86.02PYPL.png

Other Types of Breakouts

$C:  Citigroup broke out of it’s wedge/triangle pattern on Friday.  Although it still needs to get through it’s breakout price level ($77.83), the fact it broke bullishly from the pattern is a positive sign.  I would consider getting in tomorrow based on the 5 minute rule.  Target 1:  $79.64.    Target 2:  $81.97C.png

$DNKN:  Who doesn’t like Dunkin Donuts? haha  Well even if you’re not a fan, you should like the strong bounce off of the 50% Fib re-tracement price.  Once again, observe the 5 minute rule, and if it permits, get in the trade.  Breakout line:  $66.43   Target 1: $68.35  Target 2:  $70.82.DNKN.png

 

1/9/18

Nothing worked out too well today.  $FLIR popped as I expected, but it never got a close above it’s first 5min candle.  $IGT couldn’t sustain it’s pop.

$FB and $HD both had 5min candles that closed above their first 5min candle, but I chose to get into $HD (two 195 strike February calls) as it was the first stock to signal a buy.  I was up for a short time, but now down 40 cents, which isn’t too bad as my risk is low.  My stop will be the low of the first 5minute candle from today’s trading session.  Targets remain unchanged.

Potential For Breakouts:

$AAPL:  $AAPL still looks poised for a breakout.  Targets remain unchanged.  AAPL

$BABA:  I’m interested in $BABA if it can break out above $191.75.  Target1: $199.14  Target2: $208.75.BABA.png

$NKE: $NKE in a nice up-trend, poised to break out.  However with the overhead resistance above Target 1, I don’t love the trade.  Breakout: $65.23  Target1: $67.98  Target 2: $71.53.NKE.png

$PYPL:  $PYPL was in an up-trend, had a healthy pull-back and now looks poised to run further, as MACD turns up, if it can crack $79.39.  Target 1: $82.27  Target 2:  $86.02PYPL.png

Breaking Out:

$KORS:  $KORS has nearly doubled since July, but recently went into a “resting” or “sideways pattern”.  Although the Stochs and RSI indicate overbought and MACD is pointing down, the stock is still pushing higher.  There is still room for it to get back to and beyond it’s three year high at ~$73.  MACD is trying to turn back up.  I think there is still more room to run, especially if MACD turns up.  Target 1: $68.91   Target 2:  $74.82KORS

$WMT:  Good old Walmart has broken out from it’s holding pattern from the past few months.  I like this trade a lot assuming we get a close over the first 5min candle tomorrow.  Target 1:  $103.85 Target 2: $108.69  WMT

Target 1 Hit

$FB and $NFLX:  Both $FB and $NFLX hit their first targets today.  Depending on your risk plan, it may not be too late to get into these to see if they reach their second targets of $193.73 and $222.24, respectively.FB

NFLX

 

1/8/18 – New Year New Approach

It’s been over a year since I wrote on my blog, but one of my new year’s resolutions is to take more time studying stocks and making proper investments and trades.  Today’s blog will look at some stocks that are breaking out, others that are close to breaking out, another in a bullish continuation pattern and finally one risky, but interesting stock.  So here we go:

Breaking Out:

$FB:  $FB has broken out from it’s short term channel and is moving up.  Target 1:  188.34, Target 2:  193.73.  FB

$HD:  I see HD as a little risky as it’s been in a steady upward trend for a while now.  Not to say that it couldn’t continue, but you may want a tight stop if you’re planning on getting in.  Target1:  $193.29  Target2: $202.27.HD

$MA:  $MA had a great day on Friday and cleared through the first target of $158.25.  Since it’s already through the first target, I would consider a small position to see if it can reach target 2:  $163.12  MACD is rather flat and RSI is high as well.  Be careful here.MA

$NFLX:  Target1: $212.36, Target 2: $222.24NFLX

$FLIR:  This is probably my favorite breakout play of the 5 breaking out stocks I’ve identified since it’s been consolidating for the last few weeks.  I would wait for confirmation at the open tomorrow before entering (i.e. when looking at a daily 5min chart, ensure the we get a close ABOVE the close of the first 5min candle.  This isn’t a fool proof method, but it’s rather reliable.  Target 1: $50.67  Target 2: $53.95FLIR

Breakout Potential:

$AAPL:  $AAPL has been consolidating the last few weeks.  If it closes above $176.34, it could reach Target 1: $182.13 and Target 2:  $189.59AAPL

$IGT:  $IGT is an interesting play.  It had a strong day on Friday and while it has not broken out, it has bounced off of the 50% FIB re-tracement and is following an upward trend line.  If you’re comfortable getting in now with a tight stop below the low on Thursday, it could pay off nicely.  Or you could choose to wait until it breaks out and closes above $29.40.  Target 1:  31.30  Target  2: 33.76IGT

$SBUX:  I’m not in love with this trade since there is some resistance above Target 1: ($61.13).  Target 2 would be $62.58 SBUX

Trending:

$DAN: This stock has been in a solid up trend since July 2016 off of it’s low of $9.80.  Target 1: $34.93  Target 2: $36.75.  OR, this could be a stock you want to hold onto.   Also notice that MACD is turning up, Stochs are pointed up, as is RSI.  DAN

Risk and Reward

$VRX:  This is a pharmaceutical stock, which are typically risky by nature, $VRX being no exception.  A few years ago $VRX was ~$260 and fell over time down to $8.31.  It’s currently at $23.85.  I’m not saying it will get back to $260 and while there’s some overhead resistance to watch out for (see chart below), there is some potential for this stock to grow.  Proceed with caution, but keep it in mind.VRX

April 5 Update

Hello all,

I’ve been keeping an eye on the market and it seems as though we are at or very close to a breaking point on a descending triangle.  This is true both of the DOW and the S&P.  Will we bounce or will we push lower?  There’s no answer to that until it actually happens.  Once it does happen, the direction of the market will become more clear and trades with low risk and high reward can be taken.

On a side note, with the addition of $AAPL to the DOW, I believe the S&P is a better indicator of overall market health.  So any time I reference “the market”, I am talking about the S&P unless otherwise specified.

A number of stocks are at key support levels, some are in bollinger band squeezes, and others are in existing down-trends.  Let’s take a look at a couple of stocks exhibiting this behavior:

$JNJ:

As can be seen, $JNJ has been in a down trend in recent months.  It appeared to have formed a double bottom, but it is about to retest that bottom.  $JNJ was in a downward channel, but made a higher high and slightly broke out of the channel which is slightly concerning.  However, if it breaks and closes below $98, I’m looking for a swing trade over the course of a week or two down to $95.  MACD is already looking slightly bearish and a close below $98 should support a short trade.  The other way to play this stock is to go long if it bounces off $98, but that would be a counter trend trade and would require a tight stop.  JNJ$LVS is another stock in a downward trend worth looking at.

$FSLR:

This stock does not necessarily follow the trend of the overall market.  As a matter of fact, it has been in a side-ways pattern for around a month or so and is now in a bollinger-band squeeze.  Whichever way it breaks out of the band is the direction I would take the trade.  However, I would start with a small position due to the possibility of a “head fake”.FSLR$HES is a stock just about to enter into a bollinger band squeeze.

$EXPE

$EXPE is a great example of a stock breaking out.  The only thing I am concerned with is if the market pushes lower, the breakout could fizzle.  A low risk trade would be watching for $EXPE to come back to $96.74 before getting in and keeping a tight stop.  You may miss the move with this approach, so the alternative is to get in at market open understanding that you’ll want a wide stop.EXPE

$EBAY:

$EBAY is and has been in a nice uptrend.  It sits on the ascending trend line and is a good low risk/reward play.  However, this one may also depend on the direction of the market.  MACD is looking bearish so the stock may roll over.  If it does $55.50 is the first target.  $54.00 is the second.  If we get a bounce, $59.70 looks likely as a first target.EBAY$BBY is another stock in a similar up-trend.

That wraps up this update.  Have a great night, hope you had a happy Easter.  Good night and happy trading!