Saturday, July 26, 2014
Above is a weekly chart of the homebuilders ETF symbol XHB. The blue line is the S&P500. As you can see both markets have been moving higher TOGETHER for the past few years until now. If you look closely at the chart you will notice that the S&P has made a new swing high while the homebuilders have made a lower high. This is a bearish negative divergence and is a sign that we should see further weakness (in my opinion) in the homebuilders over the next couple of months.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
I know it's been awhile since I've posted on this blog and that's primarily because I am more of a trader than blogger. If any of my readers are still with me I'd like to share a trade I see setting up in the gold market particularly the gold stocks.
Above is a weekly chart of GDXJ which is the Junior Gold Miners ETF. As you can see we have an inverted head and shoulders bottom which has just been confirmed today with a rally through the neckline. For those of you not familiar with this pattern an inverted H&S formation is a bullish setup.
What I like about this setup is that both shoulders are symmetrical in terms of distance away from the head portion of the pattern. Notice the huge increase in volume that has taken place over the past few months which in my opinion is pent up energy that is about to be released.
On a seasonal basis gold and gold stocks usually begin their seasonal rally around July/August which helps add further confirmation that this inverted H&S pattern may have validity.
If the pattern plays out I'm looking for a rally up to the 62.50 area which is quite a distance away from where we are trading now. As always there are no certainties in trading and this is not a recommendation to get long. I am simply sharing my view of the market for what it's worth. GDXJ closed today at 45.03 which is up 5.41% from yesterday's close.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
The stochastics indicator is a popular oscillator that many technicians like to use when trading the markets but like with most indicators they have a poor track record. If used correctly, the stochastics indicator can actually be profitable by simply focusing on trading with the trend and trading at support and resistance.
Above we have a 60 min chart of QCOM with the stochastics oscillator in the lower panel using the standard default setting of 14 bars. The first thing I like to do when analyzing a chart is to determine the trend. Trading in the direction of the trend puts the odds tremendously in your favor as the moves tend to be much larger in price and time than counter trend trades. There are many ways to determine the trend but I like to keep things simple and just look at the swing points and ask the question, is the market making higher highs and higher lows or lower highs and lower lows? If the swings are moving higher then the trend is up and I will look to take buy signals only using the stochastics indicator.
The next piece of information that I look for is where is the support and resistance. If the trend is up as it is in the above chart example, I will look to buy when the stochastics are oversold and price is also testing a support area. Taking buy signals in the oscillator that also coincides with a support level can increase the likelihood of that buy signal working.
There are two forms of support that I look for on a chart. One is a test of a previous swing low and the other is when the market breaks out above resistance and now comes back to test that resistance area which should now act as support. Both examples of support can be seen in the above chart.
So there you have it, two simple ways to increase your odds of capturing a profitable trade using the stochastics indicator. Trade with the trend and trade when the stochastics are overbought/oversold and support/resistance is also being tested.
As you can tell from my uncluttered charts I like to keep things simple which I do believe is one of the keys in analyzing and trading any market successfully. Above is 2 hour chart of the Russell2000 index and as you can see there is a head and shoulders pattern which has formed over the last 3 weeks. My plan was to short this market on a move below the neckline but with today's gap down the risk was too high. I waited for a rally which never came as today's open was the high of the day. Hey, that's trading! The downside target for this head and shoulders pattern is about 1021 which means we should expect a little bit more selling in the next few days.
Monday, August 12, 2013
Above is a daily chart of the gold stocks index symbol XAU and as you can see we have a head and shoulders bottoming formation taking place. Today we saw the XAU index trade above the neckline confirming the bullish pattern.
On a seasonal basis we usually see gold and gold stocks make their greatest gains during the months of August and September . When you combine a bullish seasonal with a bullish technical chart pattern such as we have now, I think the odds favor higher prices in the weeks to come in my opinion. As always. we'll see what happens!
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