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Trading In The Last Half Hour

05/08/00 09:59:35 AM
by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

Identifying reversals are the key to satisfying results whether you are a position trader or day trader. Generally, the first and last half hour of the trading day reveal great trading opportunities. Here is an example of how to take advantage of the last half hour.

Security:   JDSU
Position:   Buy

On 5/3/00 the Nasdaq was in negative territory reaching a low of 3592.79. It wasn't until the last half hour of the trading day that the Nasdaq showed signs of recovering. This was an opportune time to exit any short positions and look to enter long ones. An example of one such stock is JDS Uniphase (JDSU). By using two indicators, namely the moving average crossovers and the moving average convergence divergence (MACD), you could have taken advantage of the upward price movement in the last ten minutes of the trading day.

On the chart you can see an overlay of the 5- and 15-day moving averages as well as the MACD plotted in a separate window. At 12:50 pm the 5-day moving average crossed above the 15-day moving average and the MACD crossed above zero. At this time you should enter your long position at around 91.5 as identified by the arrow. Since the market will close in ten minutes you should not hesitate to exit your position as soon as you have reached your profit objective. An exit at 93.75, identified by the second arrow, would have given you a substantial profit.

A buy signal was confirmed ten minutes before the close on 5/3/00. The trade resulted in a 2 1/4 point gain.
Graphic provided by: MetaStock.

Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

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Company: Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities
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