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Monday, April 3rd 2006

Nightly Update - NQ, COMPQ, RGLD, MTH, SU, WLT,
ACL, ADBE, & MRVL

NASDAQ 100 Futures update (NQ) - Daily Chart

At the beginning of the year NQ rallied sharply higher in 7 trading days, which is more than what it is has taken for the market to rally in the last 36 trading days. Why aren't more stocks working? They are not working because our perception of time has been thrown off. The market is moving slowly, but are minds our moving at full speed. The market is the tortoise and our minds are the hare. On the daily chart you can see that NQ has hit the 72% retracement mark, and that confirms that the move from the top was a correction. Stochastics are bullish.

The Nasdaq Composite (COMPQ)- Daily Chart
The daily chart of COMPQ illustrates that it hs broken out of an ascending triangle pattern. The COMPQ is now pulling back on low volume to form a bull flag. Indicators and oscillators are bullish and trending.

Royal Gold, Inc. (RGLD)- Daily Chart
The daily chart of RGLD illustrates that it has corrected down to the 200 day moving average at $27.01. It then rallied sharply higher in 7 trading days to $38.89. RGLD is now pulling back to form a bull flag. Furthermore, the moving averages have crossed over. Indicators and oscillators are bullish and stochastics are bull flagging. I am watching it and will issue a buy alert on it when the time is right.

Meritage Homes Corp. (MTH)- Daily Chart
The daily chart of MTH illustrates that it is in a falling wedge reversal pattern. MTH has completed a wave (3) to wave (4) correction. MTH has not broken the pattern, but it also has not broken out yet. Once it breaks the down trend line, I have a conservative short term price target $65.00. The Breakout point is $58.50. Medium term price target is at the 50% Fibonacci retracement level at $74.00. The Aroon just had a bullish cross, and the indicators and oscillators are lagging the Aroon and waiting to go bullish. Nothing will happen in this sector until MTH breaks out. MTH is up 1.06% at $55.54, which is an outside bullish reversal.

Sunocor Energy. (SU) - Daily Chart
SU is an energy front runner stock. The daily chart shows that SU has broken out an symmetrical triangle. The Aroon just had a bullish cross. Indicators and oscillators are bullish. Today SU is up 2.30% at $78.79. You may want to take partial profits on your position here.

Walter Industries, Inc. (WLT)- Daily Chart

The daily chart of WLT illustrates that it is in an ascending triangle pattern. Indicators and oscillators are bullish. Use the pivot table for entry at $66.37. Today WLT closed up 2.18% at $68.070.

Alcon Inc. (ACL) - Daily Chart
I believe ACL is a stock that is worth waiting for it to move. If you look at the daily chart you cans see that it has been trading in a down trending corrective channel since December. There is bullish divergence int he indicators. I know that the stock has not topped, and that it is in a wave 3 to wave 4 correction. The best entry for ACL would be at the weekly uptrend line at $93.00 which would be the lowest risk entry point. I am watching it and will issue a buy alert on it when the time is right.

Adobe Systems, Inc. (ADBE)- Daily Chart
ADBE has reported, and has drifted back to the gap support zone. Adobe has recently bought Macromedia. Fundamentals aside, I would not short ADBE. The pullback channel stopped at Gap support. The daily chart of ADBE is short term bearish. It may back test the breakout line at the $33 level, but overlapping is not until the $20 area. The Williams %, PPO and stochastics are still in a bearish trend reversal. Longer term I believe it is bullish. It is not yet a portfolio stock.

Marvell Technology Group, Ltd (MRVL)- Daily Chart
As you can see by looking at the daily chart, MRVL has been trading in a wave (3) to (4) corrective channel. Support comes in at the gap support area at $50.00. Indicators are still bearish , but look to be bottoming.

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Richard Smitten's observations on Jesse Livermore....Link Back Richard Smitten

(This was sent in by a subscriber unsolicited but was such a good, it should be shared. This could be an excerpt or interpretation by the subscriber but thought I would pass it along because of a particular paragraph within the excerpt)

In his book "How to Trade Stocks" Richard Smitten talks about Jesse Livermore the man and his trading techniques (Available from Traders Press). Here are some of his observations about the legend Jesse Livermore.

He quickly learned that it was never what the brokers, or the customers, or the newspapers said — the only thing that was important was what the tape said. The tape had a life of its own, and its was the most important life. Its verdict was final. He learned to be interested only in the change in price, not the reason for the change. He had no time to waste trying to rationalize the action of the stock. There could be a million reasons why the price had changed. These reasons would be revealed later, after the fact. He knew that unless he actually purchased a stock, he could never know how he would handle himself. When a trader made a bet everything changed, and he knew it. Then and only then did the trader enter the heated jungle of emotions.. .fear and greed. You either control them or they control you.

He worked alone.. .never telling anyone what he was doing, never taking on a partner. The trill came from the winning, not the money, though the money was nice. He never blamed the market. It was illogical to get angry at an inanimate object, like a gambler getting mad at a deck of cards. There was no arguing with the tape. The tape was always right; it was the players who were wrong. His first conclusion was that he won when all the factors were in his favor, when he was patient and waited for all the ducks to line up in a row. That led him to his second conclusion, that no one could or should trade the market all the time. There were times when a trader should be out of the market, in cash, waiting.

To speculate, a trader had to be a player, not a theorist, or an economist, or an analyst. A speculator had to be a player with money down on the table. It was not the coach or the team's owner who won the game, it was the players on the field — just as it was not the generals who won the battle, it was the grunts on the ground. You had to lose, because it taught you what not to do... his conclusions were developing from actual trading, from hands-on participation in the market and constant analysis. He never used the words bull market or bear market because these terms tended to make too permanent a psychological mind-set.

Livermore was looking for the difference between stock gambling & stock speculation. His final conclusion was clear:

To anticipate markets is to gamble; be patient & react only when the markets give a signal is to speculate.

The first step was to concentrate on the overall market before making a trade. He would follow the line of least resistance— up in a bull market, buy long, down in a bear market, sell short. If the market went sideways, he would wait in cash for a clear direction to be established.... He would not anticipate the market by guessing its direction... Livermore had come to realize that the big money was in the big swings... .it is the big moves that make the big money. Livermore believed that stocks are never too high to begin buying or too low to begin selling short. Livermore believed that there was only one side of the market to avoid. He could be on the bull side or the bear side — it made no difference to Livermore — just as long as he was not on the wrong side.

From experience, Livermore knew that one of the hardest things to do as a trader was to sell out a position early if he was wrong on the initial purchase and the stock moved against him. He did not care why things happened in the market, he cared only what happened every day when the market opened.... He observed that the market always did what it wanted to do, not what it was expected to do. Livermore had a steadfast rule that if something serendipitous, an unplanned windfall, should occur, he must capitalize on it and not be greedy — accept his good fortune and close out his position.

Livermore loved the fact that in trading the market there was no end to the learning process. The game was never over, and he could never know enough to beat the market all the time. The puzzle could never be solved...he never considered himself a market master. He always considered himself a market student who occasionally traded correctly. Livermore had long ago realized that the stock market was never obvious. It was designed to fool most of the people most of the time. His rules were based on thinking against the grain: cut your losses quickly; let your profits ride unless there's a good reason to close out the position; the action is with the leading stocks, which change with every new market; new highs are to be bought on breakouts; cheap stocks are often not a bargain, because they have little potential to rise in price. The stock market is a study in cycles. It never goes up forever, nor does it go down forever, but when it changes direction it remains in that new trend until it is stopped.

He considered it necessary to act like a poker player in his business, to never tip his hand or to react emotionally. Because of this inability and unwillingness to express his emotions, the stress on him was permanent. Timing was everything to a speculator. It was never if a stock was going to move; it was when a stock was going to move up or down. Livermore always considered time as a real and essential trading element.

He often said it's not the thinking that makes the money, it's the sitting &waiting that makes the money...

This has been incorrectly interpreted by many people to mean that Livermore would buy a stock and then sit and wait for it to move. This is not so. There were many occasions where Livermore sat and waited in cash, holding little or no stock, until the right situation appeared. He was able to sit and wait patiently in cash until the perfect situation presented itself to him. When conditions came together, when as many of the odds as possible were in his favor, then and only then would he strike. Livermore let the market tell him what to do, he got his clues and his cues from what the market told him. He did not anticipate, he followed the message he received from the tape.

It's scary to think how much money Livermore would make if he traded today.. .his ability to read the tape when the tape wasn't even that reliable. He is in our opinion the best ever. Since the market is an extension of human psychology and human emotion and because people don't change, the market doesn't change. The players change; the underlying issues change; trading doesn't change, and that's why Livermore's words of wisdom are still relevant.


NASDAQ 100 FUTURES
Chart of ADBE
NASDAQ
Chart of NASDAQ 100 Futures
RGLD--EXAMPLE OF A FALLING WEDGE THE "LOVE/HATE RELATIONSHIP"
Chart of ACL
MTH--CURRENT PORTFOLIO STOCK
Chart of NASDAQ
SU--CURRENT PORTFOLIO STOCK
Chart of RGLD
WLT--CURRENT PORTFOLIO STOCK
Chart of MTH
ACL
Chart of SU
ACL
Chart of MRVL
ADBE--CURRENT CHART
Chart of WLT
ADBE--BEFORE (CLICK CHART TO LISTEN TO UPDATE ON THE WAVE 4 CORRECTION)
Chart of ADBE
MRVL
Chart of ACL

 

 
     
 

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