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Article Archive For MAY2011

Books For Traders

  • Context Is Everything by Gil Morales and Chris Kacher

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...You do not have to be a Chartered Market Technician to understand how market context can influence the price behavior of stocks. No stock is an island, and how a stock behaves is often a function of the market at large, which in turn is a function of underlying conditions -- the context within which any particular market environment is developing. In the simplest of terms, we know that in a bull market, most stocks go up, and in a bear market, most stocks go down, so this basic idea that market context can provide meaningful clues when studying stock charts is already something we are...

  • Explore Your Options by Tom Gentile

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...I've noticed many stocks see their strongest or weakest price levels in afterhours or premarket trade immediately following an earnings release. With the stock's listed options not open during those sessions, it seems an investor with a long call, if the move is up, could be missing out on exiting at more opportune levels. Why is this and do you see any changes in the future?...

  • Futures For You by Carley Garner

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Why are there dramatic differences in the way the yen is quoted in the futures market relative to the foreign exchange market?...

  • Gap Fill And Go by Jamie Theiss

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Here's a look at two trades using a strategy you can use almost every day. I'm going to show you two trades using a bread & butter strategy you can use almost every day to capture profits from the stock market. As you can see from Figures 1 and 2, I use candlesticks and moving averages on a five-minute time frame. I use the eight- and 21-period simple moving averages (Sma), which are displayed in green and blue, respectively, along with the 200-period Sma (red). Of course, eight and 21 are Fibonacci numbers. In addition, the 200-day Sma is watched by so many that it has practicall...

  • In The Volume Zone by Walid Khalil and David Steckler

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Here's a look at the volume zone oscillator, which can be applied to trending and nontrending markets. Find out how it can be used to trade the Djia, Spy, and gold....

  • Interview: Short Swings In Futures With Markus Heitkoetter by J. Gopalakrishnan and B. Faber

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...As founder and Ceo of Rockwell Trading, Markus Heitkoetter has shared his trading methods and ideas with more than 300,000 traders in over 196 countries. Heitkoetter started trading stocks 19 years ago, using point & figure charts from numbers published in the morning newspaper. In 1996, he began developing a number of trading systems, and in 2002, he decided to leave his job as a director at Ib m to become a professional trader. Throughout his career, Heitkoetter has traded virtually everything from stocks, options, futures, commodities, and spreads, all the way to forex and in...

  • Investment Candles by Thomas N. Bulkowski

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Which candlesticks work best as reversal or continuation patterns? Find out here. Investment-grade candlesticks work as reversal or continuation patterns at least two-thirds of the time (66%), and they are plentiful. By "plentiful," I mean that I sorted a list of 103 candlestick patterns by how often they appeared in the Standard & Poor's 500 from August 1996 to August 2006. I split the list and discarded the rare ones. That left just 13 candle types, which I describe here....

Letters To S&C

  • Opening Position

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Spring is the season typically associated with renewal, a time to refresh and reenergize. Alas, the spring of 2011 hasn't felt that way. We have had political unrest in Middle Eastern countries including Tunisia, Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen, escalating to the crisis in Libya, which has given rise to international involvement. There was the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Japan that devastated the northeastern portion of the island of Honshu and triggered a nuclear crisis....

  • Product Review - MESA9 by Dennis Peterson

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Mesa9 is a set of studies for TradeStation, MultiCharts, and NeuroShell Trader that employs the latest evolution of John Ehlers's analysis techniques. The indicators are a set of tools, and without a doubt, one of the most powerful approaches that try to predict price behavior....

  • Putting A Stop To It by David Garrard

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...A greater focus on your exit strategy and less on your entry may make a big difference in your overall trading results. Investors and traders alike devote a considerable amount of time focusing on what investments to make and what tools to use to make these investments. Novices often spend very little time planning the exit strategy. This is the key difference between seasoned traders and novices. In fact, a greater focus on the exit and less on the entry might make the real difference in your overall trading effectiveness....

  • Q&A by Don Bright

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...You have written about the tax advantages of being a professional trader versus a retail trader. You also mentioned something about mark to market accounting. Could you expand on these points?...

  • Quick Scans: The Machine Lite by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...In addition to selecting an equity, exchange traded fund (Etf), index, option, currency pair, futures contract, and so on to trade at any given time, at times you may want to select a portfolio of tradables that give you the desired results. Markets perform differently during different market conditions, which is why we are always told to diversify our holdings. But there is not much point in diversifying if everything you own goes up or down together. Creating an optimal portfolio, one that lets you keep your losses to a minimum, can be challenging and time consuming....

Traders' Resource - Exchanges

  • Traders' Tips - In the Volume Zone

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...For this month's Traders' Tips, the focus is Walid Khalil and David Steckler's article in this issue, "In The Volume Zone." One additional Traders' Tip is contributed for Koos van der Merwe's article in the December 2010 issue of S&C, "Less Stress With The JM Internal Band."...








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