The Wagner Daily


Stocks oscillated in a narrow, sideways range last Friday before finishing the session modestly higher. The S&P 500 rose 0.2% and the Nasdaq Composite gained 0.6%, but the Dow Jones Industrial Average was unchanged. The small-cap Russell 2000 Index performed well and registered a 0.9% gain, while the S&P Midcap 400 closed 0.7% higher. Of the major indices, the Nasdaq showed the most relative strength last week by rallying 2.5%. The S&P 500 gained 1.2% and the Dow Jones 1%.

Turnover fell off dramatically last Friday, resulting in the lackluster performance and tight range of stocks. In the Nasdaq, total volume declined by 29%, while volume in the NYSE was 23% below the previous day’s level. It was the lightest volume in weeks and was well below average levels in both exchanges. Market internals were marginally positive. In both the NYSE and Nasdaq, advancing volume exceeded declining volume by a ratio of approximately 1.2 to 1.

On a technical level, last Friday’s action did little to change the overall picture. As discussed in the November 10 issue of The Wagner Daily, both the S&P and Nasdaq are still at pivotal “make it or break it” levels of either breaking out to new highs or falling below support of the primary uptrend lines. The hourly chart of the Nasdaq shows that the right shoulder of a bearish “head and shoulders” pattern formed on Friday. The Nasdaq 100 Tracking Stock (QQQQ) has formed the same pattern as well:

On the chart above, the dashed horizontal line marks the “neckline” of the pattern. A break below that level in either QQQQ or the Nasdaq Composite (the November 9 low) would probably cause the indices to fall to their November 3 lows. Conversely, a rally above the top of the “head” would constitute a failed head and shoulders pattern. When this occurs, it is very bullish and usually results in a rapid move higher from the bears who sold short on the right shoulder. Be prepared either way, as we should see resolution within the next day or two.

There’s not much new to report in the industry sector action, but we will be watching to see which ones show the most relative strength and weakness in the event of a breakdown. Obviously, those with the most relative weakness to the S&P are the ones we will want to short with the proper entry points. Those with relative strength will be the first sectors we will look to buy when the market recovers. In the event of a breakout to new highs, we don’t recommend being too aggressive with new positions because the four-month rally has occurred without yet having a significant correction.

Today’s Watchlist:

There are no new trade setups for today, as we are near the maximum buying power of our $50,000 model account. Instead, we will focus on managing our existing open positions for maximum profitability.

Daily Performance Report:

Below is an overview of all open positions, as well as a performance report on all positions that were closed only since the previous day’s newsletter. Net P/L figures are based on the $50,000 Wagner Daily model account size. Changes to open positions since the previous report are listed in red text below:

    Open positions (coming into today):

      GLD long (300 shares total – 200 from Oct. 25 & 30 entries, 100 added on Nov. 8) –
      bought 59.84 (avg.), stop 60.65, target 64.45, unrealized points = + 2.65, unrealized P/L = + $795

      USO long (400 shares from November 8 entry) –
      bought 53.31, stop 52.07, target 57.85, unrealized points = (0.01), unrealized P/L = ($4)

      DBC long (700 shares from November 6 entry) –
      bought 24.87 (avg.), stop 24.35, target 26.59, unrealized points = (0.11), unrealized P/L = ($77)

      ICF short (250 shares from November 7 entry) –
      sold short 94.23, stop 96.78, target 89.45, unrealized points = (0.85), unrealized P/L = ($213)

    Closed positions (since last report):

      OIH long (100 shares (half position remaining) from November 2 re-entry) –
      bought 132.01, sold 137.96, points = + 5.95, unrealized P/L = + $593

    Current equity exposure ($100,000 max. buying power):



      Because OIH opened just above our stop last Friday, we used the MTG Opening Gap Rules to adjust the stop to 10 cents below the 20-minute low. It was hit shortly after the open, locking in a gain of nearly 6 points on the trade. No changes to the other open positions.

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    Edited by Deron Wagner,
    MTG Founder and
    Head Trader