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Article Archive For JUN2005

  • At The Close by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:6 (98, 88): At The Close by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan The Standard & Poor's 500 index has not really been doing much of late to get excited about. If you look at the daily chart of the index in Figure 1, you will see that it has been bouncing around between its upward sloping trendline (support) and its 50-day moving average (resistance). It has tested that support level three times, but I am waiting for it to break out above that resistance level before even thinking of going long. Or perhaps the index will break below the trendline that has been acting as a support...

  • Books For Traders by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:6 (96): Books For Traders by Technical Analysis, Inc. Hot Commodities: How Anyone Can Invest Profitably In The World's Best Market (250 pages, $29.95 hardcover, 2004, ISBN 1-4000-6337-X) by Jim Rogers, published by Random House. The next bull market is here, not in stocks or bonds, but in commodities. The commodities bull market began in 1998 and Rogers thinks it will last for at least 15 years. The fund he started in 1998 is up more than 165% and is one of the best-performing index funds in the world. Rogers' strategies are simple and straightforward. He offers th...

  • Explore Your Options by Tom Gentile

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:6 (51): Explore Your Options by Tom Gentile Got a question about options? Tom Gentile is the chief options strategist at Optionetics (www.optionetics.com), an education and publishing firm dedicated to teaching investors how to minimize their risk while maximizing profits using options. To submit a question, post it to our website at http://Message-Boards.Traders.com. Answers will be posted there, and selected questions will appear in a future issue of S&C. CLOSING OUT A LOSING BEAR PUT SPREAD I set up a losing bear put spread, and the price is staying above the p...

  • Interview: Michael W. Covel by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:6 (52-57): Interview: Michael W. Covel by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan The author of Trend Following: How Great Traders Make Millions In Up Or Down Markets and a researcher of the most successful trend-following investment managers, Michael Covel has been consulting on trend-following to individual traders, hedge funds, and banks for 10 years. Teaching and sharing unique insights about trend-following, trading, and alternative investments has earned him respect as a rational voice in uncertain times. He can be reached at www.michaelcovel.com and www.trendfollowing.com. S...

  • Letters To S&C by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:6 (10-15): Letters To S&C by Technical Analysis, Inc. The editors of S&C invite readers to submit their opinions and information on subjects relating to technical analysis and this magazine. This column is our means of communication with our readers. Is there something you would like to know more (or less) about? Tell us about it. Without a source of new ideas and subjects coming from our readers, this magazine would not exist. Address your correspondence to: Editor, STOCKS & COMMODITIES, 4757 California Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98116-4499, or email to Editor@Traders.co...

Opening Position by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

  • Q&A by Don Bright

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:6 (82): Q&A by Don Bright SINCE YOU ASKED Confused about some aspect of trading? Professional trader Don Bright of Bright Trading (www.stocktrading.com), an equity trading corporation, answers a few of your questions. To submit a question, post your question to our website at http:// Message-Boards.Traders.com. Answers will be posted there, and selected questions will appear in a future issue of S&C. PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR NEW OPTIONS TRADERS Q: I recently started to look at options trading and am considering LEAPS in particular. As with everything else, I'm learni...

  • Retracement Analysis Beyond The Horizonal by Cornelius Luca

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:6 (38-43): Retracement Analysis Beyond The Horizonal by Cornelius Luca If you are a currency trader, then you need to know your trends. Here's how you can monitor the health of a trend in the currency markets. Currencies may be one of the best-trending financial instruments, so monitoring the health of the trend is an extremely important responsibility for those who trade currencies. While at times you will enjoy surging trends, such as the downtrend experienced by the dollar/Norwegian krone in the last quarter of 2004 (Figure 1), this is the exception to the rule....

  • Sidebar: Constructing a PAC chart by François Bertrand

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:6 (46-50): Sidebar: Constructing a PAC chart by François Bertrand CONSTRUCTING A PAC CHART Here are the steps: 1. Create a "price grid" where each row in the grid represents a range of prices. Then identify the range of boxes in the grid that encompasses each day's trading range (from low to high). This step is somewhat similar to how point & figure charts are constructed. . ....

  • Sidebar: MetaStock formulas for Darvas technique by Daryl Guppy

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:6 (16-22): Sidebar: MetaStock formulas for Darvas technique by Daryl Guppy METASTOCK FORMULAS FOR DARVAS TECHNIQUE A MetaStock expert advisor developed by technician Matthew Ford implementing the modified Darvas technique was originally published in my weekly newsletter, Tutorials In Applied Technical Analysis. These free formulas can be downloaded from www.guppytraders.com under the Trend Trading Formula button....

  • Something Darvas, Something New by Daryl Guppy

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:6 (16-22): Something Darvas, Something New by Daryl Guppy In the May 2005 STOCKS & COMMODITIES, Daryl Guppy discussed classic Darvas-style trading. Here, he modifies the technique to fit modern-day markets, given that markets are more volatile these days than they were in the 1960s. The increased volatility of modern-day trading has reduced the risk control elements of the Darvas approach, which was originally developed and applied to less volatile markets. The Darvas box and trailing-stop approach is designed to keep you in a long-term steady trend, since the stop...

  • Spike Up The Volume by Giorgos Siligardos, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:6 (30-37): Spike Up The Volume by Giorgos Siligardos, Ph.D. A long spike appearing in the volume histogram usually catches your attention. But how do these spikes in volume really affect indicators and prices? Volume can be considered to be the fuel of the markets. When the daily trading volume of a security is extremely high compared to its average daily values, that means it's attracting a large number of buyers or sellers. Oftentimes, this huge rush leads traders awry. In his article "A Tale Of Two Indicators," Andrew Tomlinson gave an interesting example of two...

  • Traders' Resource: Consultants

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:6 (84-86): Traders' Resource: Consultants Consultants consult on just about every conceivable worry traders have. A quick perusal of our listing in this issue shows that they have been called in to consult on everything from tax advice to weather reporting. Can all this help you? Maybe. The rules for checking out consultants are simple: check references, check references, and (did you guess?) check references. Nothing can be more vague than a consultant's initial proposal, but nothing is clearer than a client's opinion on the success of a consultant's engagement. Co...

  • Traders' Tips by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:6 (76-81): Traders' Tips by Technical Analysis, Inc. Here is this month's selection of Traders' Tips, contributed by various developers of technical analysis software, all to help readers more easily implement some of the strategies presented in this issue. Daryl Guppy's two articles, "Something Darvas, Something New" in this issue and "Darvas-Style Trading" in the May 2005 S&C, introduce a new trading system. Code for this system shows how Darvas boxes are drawn and also the three methods for using the boxes: classic, modern, and breakout methods. MetaStock code...

  • Visualize Price Movement by François Bertrand

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:6 (46-50): Visualize Price Movement by François Bertrand Detecting the strength and direction of investor sentiment at an early stage is critical for successful trading. Here's an inventive, profit-generating type of charting that provides unparalleled insight into volume. Detecting the strength and direction of investor sentiment toward a stock at an early stage is critical for successful trading. Volume, the number of shares traded for a stock on a given day, has long been recognized as a premier indicator of investor emotion and is used daily by traders under on...

  • Websites For Traders: TheLongWaveAnalyst.ca by David Penn

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:6 (58-59): Websites For Traders: TheLongWaveAnalyst.ca by David Penn THELONGWAVEANALYST.CA Writing in his best-selling book, Conquer The Crash, Elliott wave theoretician Robert Prechter said this about analyst Ian Gordon: I am convinced that the explanation for such opinions is that these analysts feel optimistic and have to rationalize why. I am aware of only two other writers who see the [Kondratieff] cycle performing in its typical way and with its normal timing. Ian Gordon, who in 1998 began publishing The Long Wave Analyst, is an astute historian and student ...

  • Websites For Traders: www.BreakoutWatch.com byJayanthi Gopalakrishnan

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:6 (68): Websites For Traders: www.BreakoutWatch.com byJayanthi Gopalakrishnan WWW.BREAKOUTWATCH.COM When it comes to trading, breakouts have always attracted attention. This is because they are always associated with making quick profits. But how do you know when a breakout is a breakout? Making that identification is a task that may require hours of pondering over charts. To reduce the time you spend looking for them, you may want to try using the services that www.BreakoutWatch.com offers. As you can probably guess by the domain name, those services tell you whic...

Working Money: Charting Options by David Penn

Working Money: Forex At A Glance by John Devcic

Working Money: Less Is More by Mark Phillips








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