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The Tail Has Stopped Wagging the Dog, But...
PristineTrading posted a topic in The MarketsAPPLE Inc. (AAPL) moved the NASDAQ 100 Index (QQQ) for the most part for a long time, but in 2013 that disconnected. AAPL moved lower as QQQ moved higher in 2013. Now AAPL has reached a point where those that have been in love with this stock (rightly so) have to step up to keep the very long-term trend alive. AAPL made its high in mid-2012 and QQQ pulled back also into the end of that year, but in 2013 that correlation disconnected as the two moved in opposite directions. AAPL is now retesting the low it made in April and buyers have an opportunity to add to those positions. With last week's reversal in the QQQ at support and AAPL retesting the prior low made in April, it's a point in time where the two are aligned again to move higher. If one or the other fails to hold its support level shown, the odds are that the QQQ will move to the second support shown and AAPL will move to the $350 dollar area marked. Join us for this week's Free Workshops and Happy 4th of July to you all! PRISTINE - A Trading Style, Often Imitated, But NEVER Matched! All the best Greg Capra President & CEO Pristine Capital Holdings, Inc.
You Just Never Know, So Have That Stop-Loss In
PristineTrading posted a topic in The MarketsYou're scanning your interest list of charts and making a list of symbols separated into minders of uptrends, down trends, pullbacks, retests, etc. From those lists, you look for the various setups within your trading plan and you come up on one that you've seen countless times, and it's as close to a sure thing as it comes. Well, I came across one of those about a week and a half ago. What happened is... Trading with the trend is always the highest odds play, however; counter-trend setups have their place at the right time. One of those "right times" setup in the Dow Jones Utilities Average ($DJU), many stocks within that average and/or stocks and ETFs related to the sector. You may have spotted them. For a counter-trend play, it had multiple technical concepts coming together that suggested the setup had to work out and it started to, but you just never know. Let's review it. The break below Major Support (MS) in May signaled a change in trend and that the odds of lower prices were high. However, shorting after a sharp drop like the one seen requires a setup that provides an entry point and reasonable reward-to-risk. Retest patterns are a favorite since sellers have "created a new area of resistance" that should not be overcome if the trade is working, of course. From the retest, prices fell hard and fast. It was what we refer to as a "fluid move" that creates a "Price Void." These types of moves leave little to no overhead resistance, so prices tend to retrace back up to price resistance with relative ease. Typically, prices will not retrace the whole drop that occurred, but enough of it to make for an attractive trading opportunity. This fluid move lower stopped right where it should have. It was text book. Price support was to the left and the 200-day moving average was in the same area. Pristine students learn that moving averages are subjective reference points of support and resistance. However, widely followed moving averages like the 200-MA on the daily time frame often become a self-fulfilling prophecy. The initial reversal was retested and the reversal that formed on the retest was a larger green candle that even occurred with an increase of volume. It doesn't get much better for a counter-trend play. The combination of concepts coming together should have/could have moved prices to the red area on the chart where those candles were overlapping. It didn't happen. Prices stopped at the Topping Tails (TT) just to the left and then setup failed completely. I could have shown you many setups virtually the same as this one and how they moved higher for large profits. Technical analysis done properly can put the odds overwhelmingly in your favor, but it cannot guarantee a winning result. Educated investors and traders know that it's an odds game, and even with the odds in your favor, you just never know. So have that stop-loss in! All the best, Greg Capra President & CEO Pristine Capital Holdings, Inc. pristine.com