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    Separating the Retracements from the Reversals

Separating the Retracements from the Reversals

We have previously discussed the Elliott wave and how, if properly identified, it can forecast the upward and—more reliably, since more of the pattern is visible for confirmation—downward movement of a stock or ETF price. The main challenge of shorting a wave 5 peak is determining where to exit the [...]

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    Understanding ETF Order Types

Understanding ETF Order Types

The mechanics of trading ETFs differ little from what is involved in trading stocks. Here we’ll briefly describe the major order types normally used in ETF trading and touch on some advantages and disadvantages of each. The basic, garden-variety buy or sell order is the market order. This is a simple [...]

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    Trading Short-term Corrections in the Market

Trading Short-term Corrections in the Market

The markets have enjoyed a strong run up since late 2011, so the mild correction in recent sessions is no surprise and a healthy breather. The SPDR S&P 500 Trust Series ETF (SPY) was down five days running, and by April 10 had a two-day relative strength index (RSI) value [...]

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Trading Short-term Corrections in the Market

  Trading Short-term Corrections in the Market

The markets have enjoyed a strong run up since late 2011, so the mild correction in recent sessions is no surprise and a healthy breather. The SPDR S&P 500 Trust [...]

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Understanding the Structure of ETFs

  Understanding the Structure of ETFs

While it’s not necessary to know exactly how ETFs are structured to trade them successfully, a little insight into what lies behind the scenes doesn’t hurt. Understanding the basic nature [...]

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Trading Techniques: Modified Dutch Auction Tender Offer

  Trading Techniques: Modified Dutch Auction Tender Offer

Significant business events, while important to fundamental traders, can also produce consistent stock price patterns. The modified Dutch auction tender offer is one such event. A standard Dutch auction takes place [...]

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Trading Techniques: Stock Rating Upgrade

  Trading Techniques: Stock Rating Upgrade

Here is another technique used by day traders and short-term traders called the stock rating upgrade. It is a form of event pattern, so named because they are tied to [...]

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Identifying the Best Buying & Selling Days & Months

  Identifying the Best Buying & Selling Days & Months

If you spend enough time conducting technical analysis of stocks, you might eventually wonder whether they follow any predictable patterns with regard to certain days of the week or months [...]

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How to Review Your Trading Results

  How to Review Your Trading Results

The chances are good that for anything you take seriously in your life, you evaluate your performance periodically. From your job performance to your golf game, you probably like to [...]

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Spotting Market Bottoms

  Spotting Market Bottoms

When things are going badly, it’s human nature to wonder when they’re going to get better. For a trader it’s even more important, because when stocks just seem to keep [...]

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