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Article Archive For NOV2005

  • Applying Pit-Trading Techniques To Electronic Trading by Clem Chambers

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:11 (16-19): Applying Pit-Trading Techniques To Electronic Trading by Clem Chambers Just like every other established futures market, the London International Financial Futures Exchange (LIFFE) used to have a pit where colorfully jacketed traders stood and bellowed their orders back and forth. But in recent years, pit trading has made way for electronic trading and the old floor traders have either retired, gone to the US to work the pits there, or made the transition to screen trading. Those who hoped to make it trading electronically have found it hard to get by;...

  • At The Close by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:11 (98): At The Close by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan For reasons that are obvious (think prices at the gas pump if you're confused), I have been watching the action in the crude oil market recently. Given that haven't seen prices come down that much at the gas pumps, I thought I'd pull up a chart of the continuous crude oil contracts to see where things were heading. I'm not trading crude oil contracts but thought I'd share my observations. Usually, I overlay a 50-period moving average but in this case, I thought a shorter period would fit better. I applied the 40-day m...

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  • Chart Your Stocks With Float Charts by Steve Woods

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:11 (20-27): Chart Your Stocks With Float Charts by Steve Woods Price is king. Volume is queen. Both live in the context of time. But is there a prince or prime minister who has been overlooked? Float charts may have the answer. In my 1996 STOCKS & COMMODITIES article, I introduced the cumulative volume float indicator and In demonstrated a dynamic relationship between a stock's price and volume and its floating supply of shares. The idea was simple: by adding up volume cumulatively on a chart, we can identify rectangles that correspond with areas of accumulation at...

  • Explore Your Options by Tom Gentile

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:11 (86): Explore Your Options by Tom Gentile AVOIDING ASSIGNMENT Suppose I use a spread by selling a 50 call and buying a 55 call. If the stock starts approaching 50, at what price should I buy back the 50 call to avoid assignment? How else can I hedge this situation for limited losses? Assignment happens when you have very little or no time value remaining in the options contract. Time value will drop toward zero when an option is inthe- money and running out of time. Very deep in-the-money options also have very little time value. In rare instances, an out-of-t...

  • Forex Focus by Kathy Lien

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:11 (32): Forex Focus by Kathy Lien Access to foreign exchange trading has opened up exciting trading options for the retail trader. You can now trade alongside corporations and institutions in a highly liquid market that is global, traded around the clock, and highly leveraged. Before jumping into this market, however, we must understand the factors that affect the forex market. With that in mind, STOCKS & COMMODITIES has introduced Forex Focus to better prepare the retail trader to participate in the currency market. Ever thought of currencies as an alternative or...

  • Futures For You by Dan O'Neil

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:11 (54-55): Futures For You by Dan O'Neil INSIDE THE FUTURES WORLD Want to learn how the futures markets really work? Dan O'Neil, a principal at online futures and forex broker XPRESSTRADE (www.xpresstrade.com), responds to your questions about today's futures markets. 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. MARKED-TO-MARKET The Chicago Mercantile Exchange's popular e-mini stock index futures have triggered an influx of ...

  • Improve Your Trading System With Speed by Gomu Vetrivel

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:11 (28): Improve Your Trading System With Speed by Gomu Vetrivel Constantly improving your trading system is the best way to improve the performance of your trading system. But what's speed got to do with it? Speed has a lot to do with improving the performance of your trading system. As you'll see, it makes all the difference. What is speed? Speed refers to how fast the price is moving. The average speed during the course of a motion is often computed using the following equation: Speed = Distance traveled by price / Time taken Try not to confuse speed with mome...

  • Intermarket Review by David Penn

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:11 (84-85): Intermarket Review by David Penn This month's reviews are for: Internet Holdrs Trust (HHH), GSTI Software Index ($GSO), Philadelphia Stock Exchange Semiconductor Index ($SOX), and the Telecommunications Holders Trust (TTH)....

  • Interview: Floyd Upperman by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:11 (62-68): Interview: Floyd Upperman by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan Floyd Upperman became interested in the futures market in the early 1990s after investing in stocks and stock options. While working in the high-tech world of semiconductors, Upperman spent his spare time and money researching the investment world. Using his knowledge of statistics and engineering background combined with his programming skills, he designed his own trading system based on repetitive patterns and conditions characteristic to individual commodities. Using fundamental information supplied...

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

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...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. TRUE STRENGTH INDEX Editor, As a veteran reader of S&C, I have found the recent dialogue on William Blau's TSI (true strength index) very interesting. I consider Blau's work on double smoothing as remarkably insightful....

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  • Q&A by Don Bright

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:11 (40): 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. SPECIALIST STRATEGY I am interested in your strategy for calculating fair value, mentioned in the August 2005 issue of S&C. How can I get more info on this strategy...

  • Sidebar: EasyLanguage for Vetrivel systems by Gomu Vetrivel

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:11 (28): Sidebar: EasyLanguage for Vetrivel systems by Gomu Vetrivel Base System var:x(0); x=absvalue(c-c[1]); if c>average(c,10) and c[1]<average(c,10)[1] then buy at c; if c<average(c,10) and c[1]>average(c,10)[1] then sell at c;...

  • Singular Spectrum Analysis: Part II by Sergiy Drogobetskii

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:11 (44-48): Singular Spectrum Analysis: Part II by Sergiy Drogobetskii Here's another look at applying singular spectrum analysis to the foreign exchange markets. In my last article, I discussed some of the variables that make up single spectrum analysis (SSA), an analytical method that has been applied to various branches of scientific study. It has proved useful for compressing information, smoothing initial data and, in certain cases, predicting time series data prices. Last time, I showed how SSA could be applied to forex market prices. This time, I will contin...

  • The Development Of A Futures Trader by Thomas Drinka, Nathan Losey, and Ryan Lauer

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:11 (34-38): The Development Of A Futures Trader by Thomas Drinka, Nathan Losey, and Ryan Lauer Here's a look at the trading methodology implemented by two futures traders. By using Market Profile, they successfully traded the e-mini. In my opinion, the teaching of off-floor futures trading is a relevant part of academic curricula. In fact, at Western Illinois University there are six agricultural economics (AE) courses related to the use of futures and options for hedging and speculation. In one of the advanced AE courses, students learn about the traditional Mar...

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  • Traders' Tips by Technical Analysis, Inc.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 23:11 (75-83, 95): 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. In his article, "Improve Your Trading System With Speed," Gomu Vetrivel presents an indicator called speed. He defines speed as the absolute value of the difference between two closing prices. Vetrivel presents the results of tests he conducted to attempt to determine whether speed can be used to improve th...

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Working Money: Get The "CAN" in CAN SLIM by Sharon Yamanaka

Working Money: The Market Thrivor's Secret Weapon by Matt Blackman







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