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Mid-Day Update

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On one hand one can clearly see we are locked in an overall downtrend when viewing the indexes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
On the other hand take a look at what the stocks below are starting to build out. 
 
 
LEADING STOCKS OF INTEREST
 
 
 
 
AMZN
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
AAPL
 
 
 
 
 
 
ULTA
 
 
AVGO 
 
 
 
PANL
 
 
ATHN
 
 
 
 
NUS
 
  
When I operate from a mechanical trade what I see perspective with no clue as to what is going on in the world I see some Pullback Off Highs (POH) structure I can start to get interested in. in simplest terms all I’m really saying is that the names above are starting to sport some positive longside patterns setting up.
 
We aren’t out of the woods just yet all things macro and still could easily get slammed but I’m starting to think any slam may very well be short lived so should that occur then we’ll want to use that to our advantage and clean up our short sells and look to get long, that’s the mind set with any slam by the way. The big question is?  WHEN.
 
On a side note there are a lot of rumblings out there about the IMF doing a huge bailout across the Atlantic. Yes I know there is nothing good about that BUT it could in a weird sort of way be the equivalent of a QE move.  Sure over time it probably (in the event there is any truth to it) will come back to bite but right now the market is looking for some sort of resolution , anything it can hang its hat on.   So if we see it and the market sells off on fear or shall I say a REACTION? its what we want to see to lock our gains on short side and again who are we going to buy on the longside. Keep in mind this is all a big if because its such a fluid environment and subject to change in the blink of an eye BUT we want to remain open to anything and be prepared for everything.      
 
In the meantime we’ll be doing a lot of watching and monitoring. Just remember if they can’t kill em, they’ll run them. If they can’t run them they’ll kill them and that’s what the last two months were all about with no clear winner either side when viewing the indexes. Individual stocks on the other hand?  Lot of damage to some of the GO GO names.
 
See you this weekend
 
 
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SHORT SIDE WATCH LIST
 
NONE as we are in watch mode for the day and its the weekend which will allow for more time to really scan the markets 
 
 
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LONG SIDE WATCH LIST

 

"Only The Best And Forget The Rest " 

"We Trade What We SEE, NOT What We Think, Hear Or Fear "
 
 
Refer to the stocks of interest section at the beginning of this newsletter
 
 
 
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FEATURED BUT NOT TRADE TRIGGERED BY US LIST
 

NOTE: All of the names on this  list are INVERSE INDEX ETFs. This means that if you go long any of them you are essentially going short the indexes. Keep in mind all of the below are LEVERAGED that means 2-3 times market risk. It works for you and against you.
 

9-30 If we get a capitulation move over the next week or so? These take off and we will use that strength to lock gains.  We are long only TZA but when we walk away on it take that as a cue to do so with SDS and QID or whatever inverse equity index ETF you may have.

 
 
 
TZA

 
 

 
SDS
 
 
 
QID
 

 

 
AAPL rolls to downside this issue bounces as AAPL makes up a big piece of this issue 
 
GLD
 
 
 
 
 
 LULU
 
 
 
 
9-28 Actually at this moment in time it looks like the only thing this issue has done is backtest a broken uptrend. Lets get to the end of the Quarter first shall we?
9-22 Broke to downside but has bounced back up to the pink line. This one can be taken right here BUT keep in mind if the Area 51 guys want to create a little havoc it could rally back up to the red line or 50 day.

 
 
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All About Options In The World According To All About Trends 

 
Over the weekend we posted an article in this space entitled:
 

OPTIONS — Your best friend and worst enemy
 

That article is at the bottom of this newsletter for reference anytime you need it. 
 

NOTE: The exchanges recently started WEEKLY EXPIRATIONS of options.  Going forward, make sure that you check to see which ones you are buying.  Let’s stay with traditional options expirations which are the ones that expire the 3rd Saturday of every month.

Keep an eye on the new long side WATCH list. We get capitulation then we want to hone in on those names. 
 

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CURRENT POSITIONS


Let Your Stocks Tell You What To Do By The Action They Exhibit"

LONG SIDE POSITIONS
 
  
 
NONE
 
 
 

SHORT SIDE POSITIONS
 
 
9-25 Remember in any capitulation type of move to the downside over the next two weeks we want to use that to lock gains and get out.
 
 
IBM       (We are now SHORT 100 shares at 180.65 as of 9-29-11)
 
 
  

TSCO      (We are now SHORT 200 shares at 65.19 as of 9-12-11)

 
 
9-22 Trend channel support might not be a bad area for a little ringing of the cash register. Lets get there first then we can talk. 
 
 
GMCR      (We are now SHORT 100 shares at 94.90 as of 8-25-11)
 
 
 
 
9-29 Well there is the downside break we talked about a few days ago, lets see if it sticks.
 
 9-26 A downside break of the 50 day gets this issue rolling.
 
 
SRCL     (We are now SHORT 150 shares at 80.69 as of 8-17-11)

 
 
 
 
9-27 Gosh I’m seeing a resistance level back in play here all per wash rinse repeat.
 

HUM     (We are now SHORT 175 shares at 74.22 as of 8-17-11)
 

 
 
9-22 Same here a tag of Aug. lows and I’d be good with locking gains.  

 

TZA (Which is really being short as its an inverse index fund)   
    (We are now LONG 125 shares at 46.13 as of 8-16-11))

 

 

 

 
 

 

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As a guideline a good initial system is that of the following example.

Let’s say you have  a $100,000 portfolio and let’s say that as a guide you never place more than 10% ($10,000) into any one position.  Now let’s say that one day a news driven event hits (over which you have no control over anyway) and one of the positions tanks 20%.  On its own that position is sporting a $2,000 loss, while that may seem devastating on its own its really no big deal overall. 

Why?  Simple its all about risk management being properly employed. What is the impact of a $2,000 loss to the TOTAL VALUE of the portfolio in this example.

Answer: A whopping 2% LOSS.  Now you know why we say no big deal.  

We can also tell you new people here that you will get stopped out of names and you will take hits. There is nobody on the planet living that has ever hit 18 holes in one and there never will be. We’d rather get you grounded in reality right away vs talking about pie in the sky all the time like a lot of other sites.  In so doing your head is screwed on straight from the start and when those days happen (and they will) mentally it won’t mean a thing to you. To us that’s what’s most important is YOUR state of mind as it’s your most important asset. We hope you appreciate our honesty. 

We have a very good retention rate here at All About Trends and a lot of great outstanding people here. We like to think that a part of that is being upfront about what can happen (in both directions). Verses those up 500%, I turned $50,000 into $3 million or some other absurd number to get you to bite. That’s not who we are.

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Lastly with regards to taking any trade: 

Remember the moment you take a trade you are at the mercy of the market and have no control except when to sell. If you are not willing to take the risk and are not willing to pay that price do not take the trade. We are willing to take that risk knowing full well the end result could be a loss. That said make sure that portfolio management trade size is used accordingly. With any position you may take make sure that should something go awry the amount of total impact to your account does not devastate your acct. Try to stick to a 5% position That’s the key to portfolio management, not biting off more than you can chew.

Remember the mechanics of reality with regards to the stock market states a stock can only do one of three things: Up, Down, Nowhere. The moment you hit the enter button you are at the mercy of the market therefore the only control you have is when to sell/cover. You can’t manage your gains as you have none to manage initially. Knowing this in advance it allows you to stay in outcome, that being you will either:

 

1. Make a gain
2. Wash
3. Get stopped out at a loss

Remember the market IS the boss. IT is going to do what IT wants to do.

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OPTIONS- Your best friend and worst enemy

Let’s talk about options for a moment. First off this is a big universe with a lot of advanced strategies and terms like theta, delta , straddles, butterflies and the whole gambit. For the purposes of this conversation we’ll keep it real simple and not try to get to deep.

We’ll approach it from simple buy puts (short side) buy calls (long side). The first thing I want to mention is that options attract the fast money crowd in hopes of turning 500 into 10,000 overnight. This is also the get rich quick crowd. And more often than not these type of people get broke faster than they get rich. Please don’t be one of them as greed kills.

Time and time again we hear from people who like to trade options, and time and time again we hear the horror stories too. When we hear the horror stories nine times out of ten we can guess as to why their option went to zero. Nine times out of ten it was because they bought out of the money options or at the money options. This is the reason why 80% of those who do options lose money by the way.

Sure there are folks who use out of the monies and at the monies but those are experienced traders that know the ins outs ups and downs.
 

You see the trick is to NOT pay for time. You want as close to a point for point move as possible with the stock because there is nothing worse than seeing your stock move yet your option does nothing or very little, know the feeling?
 

So for All About Trends we only want to look at IN THE MONEY CALLS OR PUTS and we DO NOT WANT TO PAY FOR TIME, sure they cost more BUT we want to be as close as possible to being able to see a point for point move with the stock.
 

We hate paying for time.  We want true value without the time.  We’re not saying our way is any better than others, we’re just saying it’s what works for us.

Now let’s touch upon how we would build a portfolio dedicated to options and how to make it a piece of your overall portfolio via allocation. Keep in mind this is more geared towards beginners so you advanced people might be bored with it but then again it never hurts to revisit the basics every now and then.

 At All About Trends Trends we talk a lot about never biting off more than you can chew and trade size position management. We do that for a reason, we do it so as to when Murphy’s law shows up it never devastates us or blows us up. Typically we try to stay within a 5-7% position size when we do a trade. The same thing goes for options. If we were to start a portfolio of options or shall we say allocate a portion of our overall portfolio to options the way we would look at it is the following:

For example, let’s say the total value of your portfolio is $100,000. The most we’d  consider allocating towards an options strategy is 10% of the whole portfolio. In this case $10,000. So now you’d have a $10,000 option portfolio to work with. Now let’s say that you are the worst trader on the planet (we doubt that!) and you lose the whole option portfolio, what’s the risk to the total value of the overall portfolio? 10% in which case you live to play another day. Now let’s touch upon that $10,000 you allocated toward options. Let’s reduce the risk even further (and we haven’t even talked about what stocks to trade yet). Let’s take that $10,000 and split it up into no more than 10% ($1,000) can be allocated to anyone position as a guide. (Sometimes 1000 can get you 3-4 contracts you know). Now let’s say that one of those positions goes bust (and they will! and sometimes more than one at the same time we assure you.) What is the total impact to the overall options portfolio? 10% right?

Now let’s take that a step further. What’s the total impact to the overall investment portfolio of 100,000? 1% – that’s right 1 measly percent. When it comes to options you need to employ some sort of portfolio risk management structure parameters as this way you can get in trouble and you don’t lose sleep – you just have a bad day that’s all.

As for getting rich overnight? Forget about it. That’s just a marketing ploy. As for taking 50,000 and turning it into millions? Ain’t happening overnight but it sure sounds good doesn’t it? And that is why people bite on those marketing ploys.

As for time? We never go out months. As a swing trader we’re in positions for only a couple of weeks best case so why pay for the time to go out further in time when you don’t have to. When the stock moves whether it’s right away or not they sure seem to suck that time out of you just as fast anyway right?

Typically we’ll look at the front month (current month) or the next month but not months. When we say front month if options expiration is a week or sometimes even two weeks away we’ll look out to the next month and not the current. While time is our enemy in most cases, in this case it’s your friend. It’s just that you don’t want to pay for it



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