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After a nasty shakeout from a false breakout in mid-February, MagnaChip Semiconductor Corp. ($MX) (which IPO’d in March 2011) has tightened up nicely above intermediate-term support of its 50-day moving average, and is holding above near-term support of its 20-day exponential moving average as well. Big breakouts are typically preceded by a tightening of price […]

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The challenge of trading around quarterly earnings reports When I first began my trading career about 15 years ago, I had no idea how to manage trades that coincided with the quarterly earnings reports of various stocks. Whenever I simply held my positions through earnings and hoped for the best, I was somehow wrong a […]

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One ETF we have been watching closely for potential swing trade entry in recent weeks is PowerShares QQQ Trust ($QQQ), a popular ETF proxy for the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 Index. Specifically, we have been monitoring a bearish head and shoulders pattern that has been developing on the weekly chart interval of $QQQ. If this bearish chart pattern […]

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With our stock and ETF swing trading strategy (overview here), there are three main types of trade setups we take: breakouts above consolidation, pullbacks to near-term support (in uptrending stocks), and trend reversals. In healthy markets, we primarily focus on buying breakouts and pullbacks. However, we occasionally spot low-risk trend reversal setups, which often offer […]

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Yesterday’s bullish broad market performance was impressive, and admittedly a bit surprising. The major indices have now absorbed recent overhead supply by breaking out above pivotal levels of technical price resistance. Most importantly, higher volume finally confirmed the rally for a change. All of this means that our previous intermediate-term “sell” signal on the market […]

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We spent several hours extensively scanning the markets over the weekend, and came to the conclusion that the current market environment is a choppy, sloppy mess. Although large-cap stocks continue to show relative strength, which enabled the Dow Jones Industrial Average to finish at a new 52-week high (on the weekly chart), the important Nasdaq […]

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Since February 25, we have been operating on a “sell” signal that was generated by our rule-based market timing system (learn exactly what that means). We have been using that same market timing strategy internally since 2006, and it has always done a pretty good job of keeping us in line with the intermediate-term trend […]

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