• ALK - Oct 01 201420141001
  • ANR - Oct 16 201420141016
  • CORN - Sep 11 201420140911
  • COWN - May 07 201220120507
  • FFIN - Aug 14 201420140814
  • FISV - Oct 13 201420141013
  • FRC - Oct 13 201420141013
  • GMCR - Sep 25 201420140925
  • HSY - Jul 21 201420140721
  • KBE - Jul 21 201420140721
  • KIE - Jul 31 201420140731
  • KRE - Jul 31 201420140731
  • LL - Oct 22 201420141022
  • LYV - Jul 29 201420140729
  • OZRK - Sep 23 201420140923
  • PACW - Jul 17 201420140717
  • $RUT-IWM - Oct 17 201420141017
  • SOYB - Sep 12 201420140912
  • $SPX-SPY - Sep 25 201420140925
  • TSLA - Sep 23 201420140923
  • WAB - Sep 15 201420140915
  • WLT - Oct 16 201420141016

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.

Oct 222014

LL (Lumber Liquidators) was a recent Short Trade idea that hit the second target for a 38% gain back in July. I had discussed the likelihood of extending the final target to T3, which was listed as the potential final target on the previously posted charts. However, LL hit the second target before I had a chance to make that official and so I had to go ahead and consider the trade completed when T2 was hit (as it was too late to make T3 the final target). Fast-forward to today & LL has finally reached that T3 level, which is the level where the R/R no longer warrants remaining short (for those that held) as the odds for a reversal are quite elevated at this time. Final targets are set at the level where the R/R no longer warrants holding the position & more often than not, a substantial & often lasting reversal in the stock is expected.

As the updated daily chart (second chart) below shows, LL is trading at the bottom of what appears to be a bullish falling wedge pattern complete with positive divergence forming on both the MACD & RSI, all while trading just above that key horizontal support level (the previous third target). With the current near-term & intermediate-term trends still bearish for now, I’m still considering long trades as counter-trend trades until/unless the charts say otherwise. I also have some concerns about LL as there is a thin-zone just below the T3 support level which runs down to about the 34.25-34.10 level. If LL were to make a solid break below T3 (about the 48.90 level), there’s a good chance that the stock will back-fill that thin zone. Counter-trade or not, I’m looking for some new long trade ideas for both hedging exposure (for those positioned net short) as well as for those traders position net long, with a longer-term bullish outlook.

With that being said, LL offers an objective long entry here around current levels (51.40ish). This holds especially true for those with a longer-term bullish outlook who believe that this most recent sell0ff is over and the markets are headed much higher. My first target would be the former T2 level, with the actually target set just below the bottom of the July 9th gap at 69.65 (target = 69.55) with a suggest stop on a daily close or solid move below 48.60.

click here to view the live, annotated daily chart of LL

Oct 172014
IWM 120 min Oct 17th

IWM 120 min Oct 17th

Here are a few suggested stop levels for the IWM short trade. The first stop would be just above that shaded box which encompasses the 109.80 horizontal resistance as well as a Fib cluster, the 38.2% & 50% retracement levels of the two prior reaction highs. The next stop, stop 2 at 112.42 lies just above the 112.20 horizontal resistance and another tight Fib cluster (50% & 61.8%) with the upper-most suggested stop above 144.55, which comes in around the 61.8% retracement of the move down from the July 1st peak in the $RUT/IWM. Which stop(s) one uses would be based on their preferred downside target(s) in the $RUT/IWM (i.e.- the lower your price target, the higher your stop).

I had mocked up a daily chart of IWM with some potential target areas last night but either inadvertently saved it to the wrong watch-list or didn’t save it at all. If I can’t find it I’ll work up another chart today but as of now, based on my interpretation of the weekly chart, I think a move down to the 875 level on the $RUT (about a 20% drop from current levels) is certainly a possibility in the coming months at this time. Of course, if that proves to be the case, we would almost certainly experience some very quick counter-trend rallies along the way.

Oct 162014
WLT 60 min Oct 16th

WLT 60 min Oct 16th

The WLT (Walter Energy Inc) aggressive Long Trade Setup that was posted yesterday went on to break out above the 60 minute bullish falling wedge pattern (triggering an entry) and just hit the first target, T1 at 1.99, for a very quick 10% profit. T2 at 2.59 is my preferred target at this time but as always, consider booking partial or full profits and/or raising your stops, depending on your own unique trading plan. Updated 60 minute chart of WLT (another coal stock):

Oct 162014
ANR 60 min Oct 16th

ANR 60 min Oct 16th

The ANR aggressive long trade setup that was posted yesterday triggered an entry on a break above 2.04 today. Official targets have been added just below the same resistance levels shown on yesterday’s 60 minute chart. T1 is the sole target at this time but additional targets may be added. The suggested stop if targeting T1 would be just below the 2.04 former resistance, now support level. Updated 60 minute chart below. I also wanted to reiterate that ANR, like many of the recently mentioned US coal stocks, has the potential to morph into a much longer-term, bottom play, should we get sufficient evidence of a bottom in these stocks. Therefore, an aggressive longer-term trader or investor could certainly start scaling in here with a stop below the recent lows or depending on their average cost basis as they continue to scale in (my preference would be to only continue scaling in if the recent lows are not violated).

Oct 162014
$RUT daily Oct 16th

$RUT daily Oct 16th

Yesterday, the $RUT (Russell 2000 Small Cap Index) hit the second downside target (T2 at 1040) that has been listed on the daily chart under the Live Charts page for months now. As if most often the case, the typical reaction (bounce and/or consolidation) immediately ensued. That bounce is now approaching the base of the double-top pattern that I’ve also been highlighting on that same chart for months now as well. In fact, the base of that double-top patten was the first downside target which was just recent hit & then taken out a few sessions later, triggering a breakdown of that pattern which actually projects down to the 960 area, a drop of about 11% from current levels if reached.

With the bottom of that double-top pattern at the 1080-1082 level & the $RUT trading at 1081 as I type, a short entry here on the $RUT (IWM) with the appropriate stops somewhat would have to be consider a very objective entry with a very favorable R/R (risk-to-reward ratio. As such, IWM will be added as an Active Short Trade here around the 107.50 level.

I will follow up with the specific IWM targets soon but just wanted to get this trade idea out asap in case we do get the expected reversal off of this backtest of the 1080-1082ish resistance level. For those preferring to use one of the leveraged ETFs as a proxy for an $RUT short (TWM, TZA, etc…), keep in mind that this trade is intended as a multi-week swing trade and therefore, at most I would consider using TWM (2x short $RUT) as the decay on the leveraged ETFs, especially the 3x like TZA, will almost certain impact the returns if held for more than just a few days.

The live, annotated version of the $RUT daily chart can be accessed via the Live Chart Page or the Live Charts Links widget box on the right-hand sidebar of the home page.

Oct 152014

Wash. Rinse. Repeat. WLT (Walter Energy Inc) will once again be added as an aggressive Long Trade Setup on a break above this 60 minute bullish falling wedge pattern. T2 (2.59) is the current preferred target at this time with a final target (T3) at 4.17. Stops will be determined upon entry.  As with the previous WLT long trade, Walter Energy, along with several other US Coal stocks, has the potential to morph into a long-term term trade or bottoming play. However, we just don’t have enough technical evidence at this time to make that case with a high degree of confidence although I have been observing some recent bullish price action in other coal stocks, such as ANR (also shown on the 60 minute time frame below, as this stock has recently broken above this descending price channel & will also offer an objective long entry once the 2.04 resistance level is clearly taken out). Target levels are marked but the suggested sell prices will follow.


On a related note, I wanted to clarify or really expand on my previous comments about hedging against short positions. For weeks now I have made a case for a reversal in the $USD and a bullish case for select commodities including gold/gold mining stocks, wheat, corn, soybeans and select US coal companies. I continue to believe that these are some of the most promising trade ideas heading into the 4th quarter & likely well into 2015 and as such, although they are not considered typical hedges against short positions in US equities, they very well could prove to be if things play out that way (dollar down, commodities up). That has certainly been the case recently with precious metals and those commodities (and commodity producers) exhibiting very strong relative strength against equities. In this sense, I am running a quasi-hedged portfolio or at least a long/short portfolio, since it is not directly hedged via equity index futures, call options or bullish ETFs against my short positions.

Oct 132014

The previously posted FISV (Fiserv Inc) short trade setup broke down below the daily uptrend line last Tuesday & went on to print a weekly close below the ascending price channel on the weekly chart last week, a more powerful, longer-term sell signal. With prices still in close proximity to the breakdown, this trade still has plenty of meat on the bone & still offers an objective short entry around current levels. I’ve added one additional price target at 59.34 (actual support around 59.30) & have re-sequenced the previous two targets as T2 & T3. Suggested stops would be based on a 3:1 R/R to one’s preferred targets or slightly above the recent highs if targeting the final target, T3 at 47.77.

click here to view the daily chart of FISV       click here to view the weekly chart of FISV