• AA - Sep 15 201420140915
  • ACI - Aug 13 201420140813
  • ANR - Aug 07 201420140807
  • AON - Jul 25 201420140725
  • AUY - Aug 12 201420140812
  • AXP - Jul 25 201420140725
  • BXS - Jul 22 201420140722
  • CDE - Jun 27 201420140627
  • $CDNX - Apr 03 201420140403
  • CORN - Sep 11 201420140911
  • COWN - May 07 201220120507
  • FFIN - Aug 14 201420140814
  • FRC - Jul 31 201420140731
  • GDX - Aug 12 201420140812
  • GDXJ - Jul 31 201420140731
  • GLD - Aug 06 201420140806
  • GMCR - Aug 08 201420140808
  • $GOLD - Aug 06 201420140806
  • HSY - Jul 21 201420140721
  • KBE - Jul 21 201420140721
  • KIE - Jul 31 201420140731
  • KRE - Jul 31 201420140731
  • LYV - Jul 29 201420140729
  • NSL - Oct 02 201320131002
  • PACW - Jul 17 201420140717
  • PNC - Jul 17 201420140717
  • REMX - Aug 08 201420140808
  • SAVE - Jul 24 201420140724
  • $SILV ER - Jul 31 201420140731
  • $SILVER - Aug 22 201420140822
  • SLV - Aug 22 201420140822
  • SOYB - Sep 12 201420140912
  • WAB - Sep 15 201420140915
  • XVX.TO - Apr 03 201420140403


Trade Setups

Trade Setups are potential trade or longer-term investment candidates that are setting up in a well defined chart pattern. Once/if the pattern triggers (i.e.- a break-out or break-down), the trade idea will become an Active Trade until either the price target(s) are hit or the trade is stopped out. However, some Active Trades will also remain in the Trade Setups category after triggering an entry as long as the trade still provides an objective entry. Therefore, many trades on this site will often be assigned to multiple categories.

Sep 152014
 

WAB daily (4 yr) Sept 15thWAB (Wabtec Corp, aka Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp) will trigger a short entry on a break below 81.50. With an expectation for a minor reaction following the initial tag of the S1 support zone, that level could provide an early target for active traders. Otherwise, T1 at 70.20 is the sole profit target on WAB should a short entry trigger soon.

Sep 152014
 

AA (Alcoa Inc.) will be added directly as an Active Short Trade here around the 16.62 level following the breakdown of this very steep, nearly 12 month old uptrend line. Targets are shown as T1 & T2 on this daily chart and the exact suggested buy-to-cover levels & stops will follow soon. To add to the case for a reversal in the steep advance in AA over the last year would be the fact that the Dow Jones US Aluminum Index ($DJUSAL) has run into the bottom of a significant long-term resistance zone while at rarely seen overbought levels that have historically preceded major tops in aluminum prices.

Sep 122014
 

DBA HoldingsSOYB (Soybeans ETF) will be added directly as an Active Long Trade at current levels (last trade was 20.46). I will make a case for the SOYB long trade below but keep in mind that SOYB is a thinly traded ETF and is one of several active long trade ideas in the soft commodities/agricultural industry. I also plan to likely add DBA (agriculture ETF) which holds the following stakes in various ag related commodities, including a target of 12.5% in soybeans futures.  Click on this DBA holdings chart to view the complete current weightings in DBA. With plenty of liquidity and the added benefit of diversification amongst various agriculture commodities (which can also act as a drag on performance, should some of the components lag), DBA is certainly a viable option for traders or investor seeking exposure to the ag sector at this time. I’m not bullish on all of the components of DBA, hence my reasoning for posting, as well as personally going long only select agricultural commodities at this time. However, with that being said I do think the chart on DBA is setting up bullish and will cover DBA in a separate post soon.

Although one could certainly trade soybean futures in lieu of SOYB, the trade ideas on RSOTC are limited to individual stocks and exchange traded products (ETFs, ETNs, CEFs, etc…) as those are the most popular and accessible trading vehicles for the majority of traders and investors.  Each individual may opt to trade futures contracts, options, or leveraged ETFs as a play on any of the trade ideas shared here. Even with the low volume on SOYB, the spreads do not seem excessive and unlike closed-end funds (CEFs), which often trade at substantial discounts or premiums to the underlying holdings, SOYB trades at NAV. With that being said, I typically prefer to use limit order vs. market orders on thin volume stocks & ETFs.

As with the recent WEAT & CORN trades, SOYB is clearly an attempt to catch a falling knife as prices have been in a powerful downtrend since peaking earlier this year. Therefore, this trade should be considered fairly aggressive until/unless we get some decent evidence of a trend reversal. Looking at the weekly chart of $SOYB (the spot price of soybeans), it appears that soybeans have fallen to the bottom of a decent support zone following a rarely seen overbought reading on the RSI 14. As this chart illustrates, very sharp rallies have immediately followed shortly after the RSI reached oversold levels. In fact, the exact bottoms did not come on the initial oversold reading but very shortly afterwards following a higher low on the RSI, such as we now have.

$SOYB weekly Sept 11th closing price

 

Zooming down to the daily time frame, $SOYB printed a hammer candlestick yesterday which is a potential reversal stick (pending upside follow-thru over the next few sessions). $SOYB also has very strong bullish divergences in place as it just tagged what appears to be the bottom of a descending price channel. My targets for SOYB will be roughly based off of this daily spot price chart as well as soybean futures. T1 (the 1168ish area) is my first & preferred target at Continue reading »

Sep 112014
 

As a follow-up to the previous post with the $CORN (Spot Corn Prices) weekly chart, below is the 5-minute chart of US Corn Futures as well as the weekly chart of CORN (Corn ETF), highlighting the current volume surge which is indicative of a selling climax.

click here to view the live, streaming chart of US Corn Futures. Once the page to Investing.com opens, from the top of the chart select: Instruments/More Instruments & then “U.S. Corn Futures” under the Commodities section.

Sep 112014
 

$CORN weekly Sept 11th

In the most recent update on the CORN (Corn ETF) Long-term Trade idea posted last week, it was stated that CORN had broken the 25.60 support level (below the recent consolidation range) which would likely open the door for a move down to the 340 major support level on $CORN (spot corn prices). Since the original post on the CORN trade idea back on July 28th, I had highlighted two likely scenarios for $CORN: either a bounce from around where $CORN was trading at the time OR a continued move down to the 340 level in which not only bring corn prices down to a key long-term support level and that we would also likely have strong bullish divergences in place on the weekly PPO when/if prices got there.

Although the chart of $CORN (spot prices) is an end-0f-day (EOD) chart, not updated until after the market close each day, I’ve been watching US Corn futures today and so far they kissed a low of 335.87 just a few minutes before I started working on this post and have since reversed sharply so far. Of course the day is still young but regardless of any short-term gyrations, we now have corn prices at key long-term support while extremely oversold (the weekly RSI 14  on $CORN was at an extreme level of 23.73 at yesterday’s close). We have the strong bullish divergences forming on the PPO as well as volume patterns on CORN (corn etf) that are indicative of a selling climax (ditto for WEAT, which I will cover under a separate update).

After stopping out the recent Active Long (swing trade) on CORN last week, I am going to add CORN back on as a new Long Trade idea. I also believe this is an objective area for a new entry or add-on to an existing position for the CORN Long-term Trade idea (investment) that was initiated in the July 28th post.

click here to view the live, annotated weekly chart of CORN

Aug 222014
 
SLV 60 minute Aug 22nd

SLV 60 minute Aug 22nd

With SLV (Silver ETF) having pulled back to nearly the 78.6% Fibonacci retracement level, a break above this bullish falling wedge/contracting channel would likely signal the end of the near-term downtrend in silver prices. The white horizontal lines mark a few of the near-term targets.

Should prices continue much lower, SLV may test the critical 17.75ish support level that marks the mid-2013 & mid-2014 double bottom lows. Any break & sustained move below that level would have longer-term bearish implications for SLV. By sustained, I am referring to anything other than a relatively brief & shallow break below that support level which could serve as a bear-trap/flush-out move assuming prices were to regain the 17.75ish level shortly afterwards (a bullish event).

As of now, I favor a reversal in both GLD & SLV from at or near current levels but remain open to all possibilities as the precious metals are in a somewhat precarious technical position at this time.

Aug 142014
 

FFIN (First Financial Bankshares) is just one more in a long list of attractive short candidates in the regional banking sector. In fact, the chart pattern on FFIN looks very similar to the HIBB Active Short Trade with a similar topping pattern above a well-defined support shelf with a substantial thin zone below which is likely to be filled quickly once/if prices break support (as they did on HIBB).  FFIN will trigger a short entry below the 28.25 horizontal support level with a suggested stop above 29.10. The sole profit target at this time is 24.84, which would provide a 12% gain if hit, although this trade has the potential to morph into a much longer-term swing short trade with an ultimate downside target around the 18.70 level, depending on how both FFIN & the broad markets trade going forward.

 

I’ve included a 2-year, daily chart as well as a 4-year, 2-day period chart from TC2000 along with both the normal (adjusted) and unadjusted 2-year daily charts from stockcharts.com to help illustrate the shortcomings of the stockcharts.com charting platform. Stockcharts.com uses a default of plotting all historical stock prices adjusted for dividend payments instead of using the actual levels where trades took place in the past. The result is an inaccurate representation of historical prices when viewing the charts of dividend paying stocks. These distortions become more pronounced the longer the time period viewed and/or the higher the yield (past dividend payments) on the stock or ETF that you are viewing. The go-around solution for this issue is to add an underscore (“_”) before the ticker symbol which will render a chart showing the “unadjusted” price history of the security. This works fine unless the stock has split during the time period you are viewing as stockcharts does not “unadjust” for the change in price following the stock split.

TC2000, along with the free version, freestockcharts.com, by default will show stock price history that is unadjusted for dividend payments but adjusted for stock splits, which results in a true picture of the past trading history of the security… which is the basis for technical analysis & essential when trading IMO. FFIV is a good example of that difference as the TC2000 chart shows an extremely well-defined horizontal support level with numerous reactions while the default stockcharts.com chart shows a slightly up-sloping (dashed) support line over the same period of time. There are several reasons that I subscribe to both charting services with one of those reasons is the ability to provide users of Right Side of the Chart links to the live, annotated charts, a feature that stockcharts.com provides while TC2000 does not. Each of these charting platforms has their own pros and cons but when trading and especially setting trendline alerts, I will use TC2000 along with several other streaming real-time platforms from some of the various brokers that I use.