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Editor’s note: The following article, which originally appeared at this source on CanadianCouchPotato.com a few months ago, highlights key misconceptions many swing traders have when trading ETFs. Although the article actually uses examples of Canadian ETFs, the exact same concepts apply with US-traded ETFs. For the past 10 years, we have been telling our newsletter subscribers that […]

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The weekly chart of SPDR S&P Homebuilders ($XHB) shows three months of tight basing action at the highs, with a false breakout in early November of 2012 that led to another nine weeks of consolidation. This is the bullish type of price action that leads to sustainable breakouts and ideal, low-risk swing trade entries. This […]

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Since 2002, we have been publishing our popular Wagner Daily swing trading newsletter, providing subscribers with a proven track record of consistent trading profits from the best ETF and stock picks, as well as valuable, technical trading education every day. Recently, our website has been updated to enable traders to easily view our entire 10-year archive […]

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In our December 14 ETF trading commentary, we pointed out the bearish shooting star candlestick pattern that S&P 500 SPDR ($SPY) formed on its longer-term weekly chart interval. The rest of the major indices closed with the same topping pattern on their weekly charts. Last Friday, we also illustrated the bearish pattern and relative weakness […]

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On the close of December 13, our stock market timing system shifted from “buy” to “neutral” mode. This means we now have no firm bias with regard to near to intermediate-term market trend for swing trading. The lack of substantial bullish follow-through in leading individual stocks in recent weeks, the absence of leadership in most […]

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Using the MTG Stock Screener, our simple stock scanner software for technical swing traders, the 3-minute trader education video below shows you how to quickly and easily find strong stocks that have been forming a base of price support over the past 4 to 8 weeks and are now poised to breakout to new highs […]

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Last week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($DJIA) gained 1.0%, but the Nasdaq Composite ($COMPQ) lost 1.1%, making for a rather sizeable weekly price divergence of more than 2% between the two popular stock market indexes. Although it is unusual when two or more of the major indices trend in the opposite direction of one […]

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In this educational stock trading strategy video, we walk you through the clear, technical criteria that recently prompted us to buy Qihoo 360 Technology Co ($QIHU) for a short-term momentum trade. We point out the basic, objective technical analysis that prompted us to buy $QIHU when we did, and conclude the video by explaining our […]

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In the November 19 issue of The Wagner Daily newsletter, we initially pointed out that iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF ($IBB) may be in the process of forming a bearish “head and shoulders” pattern on its weekly chart. Now, after a month-long bounce off support of its 200-day moving average, $IBB is forming the “right shoulder,” […]

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