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Using Stock Futures to Hedge Against Market Corrections

How would you like to make $7,175 in 4 days?  

That's the kind of money that gets even rich people's attention and it also happens to be how much money you would have made trading just ONE CONTRACT on each of our 3 Futures hedges from Tuesday Morning's post.  This wasn't some "secret" play, either - this was a public call to short the Futures (along with my explanation as to why you should) that was published at www.philstockworld.com, www.seekingalpha.com and was tweeted out and put up on our Facebook Page - all before the markets opened on Tuesday.

Most traders are TERRIFIED of the Futures market but it's really not much different than the options market with the great exception being that it's open almost 24 hours a day.  That's what we LOVE about trading the futures - if we hear news that's going to move the market when it opens, we don't have to wait to make a trade that can profit from it.  In the case of these Futures shorts, we initiated those trades in our Live Chat Room at 5:50 am, where I said to our Members:

Dow having a particularly rough time with IBM dragging it down.  18,000 on /YM is still our shorting line there and 2,120 on /ES and 4,675 on /NQ and 1,270 on /TF is long gone (1,258) but below 1,260 is a good signal that shorts still work.  IBM is in transition mode and I still like them and they are missing from the LTP so I'll be looking for a play once the dust settles. 

We KNEW, for a FACT, that IBM had disappointing earnings (which we considered a buying opportunity) that would drag the Dow lower (because IBM is a key, price-weighted component) and Futures trading allowed us to take advantage by shorting the Dow Futures (/YM) at 18,000 before the market opened.

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