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Have You Tried Using Donchian Channels?

Donchian Channels can be useful in visualizing the volatility of a market's price action. If the price is stable, the Donchian Channel will be relatively narrow. If the price has large fluctuations, the Donchian Channel will be wider.

Using the 20 day default period, a move above the channel signals a new 20 day high. Similarly, using a 20 week period, a move above the channel would signal a new 20 week high. Markets that continuously touch or exceed the upper channel line show strength, while conversely markets that continuously touch or break below the lower channel line show weakness.

Learn how Donchian Channels can improve your trading here.

Three Reasons You Should Buy Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)

Today I'll be looking at Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN). At this point in time, the name Amazon is synonymous with online shopping, but Amazon does quite a bit more than just that. Amazon also runs a huge cloud infrastructure hosting service that has revenues in the billions of dollars. Amazon is constantly rolling out new services that are all designed to help sell more products. They are even coming out with a payment service for merchants that can be used on a smart phone.

Jeff Bezos, the genius behind Amazon, recently purchased the Washington Post. I'm not sure that this paper is going to make Jeff any money, but it is going to win him a lot of friends in Washington DC. Why would Bezos care about a newspaper? I don't think he cares about the newspaper itself, but rather the power the Washington Post has with politicians. What he cares about most is not having regulators come in and create problems by making more regulations than are necessary.

All that aside, here are three good reasons why I believe Amazon is going to have a very good fourth quarter.

1. Technically the stock looks good after pulling back from recent highs it made in July around the $360 area. The stock found support right around $280 and an important Fibonacci retracement level at $310.

2. Yesterday, Monday the 18th, the stock of Amazon flashed a weekly Trade Triangle. This action reaffirmed that the longer-term trend has resumed and should now be moving higher.

3. The stock is now in very strong hands with all the Trade Triangles green, indicating a strong upward trend.

CHART LEGEND
1. Monthly red Trade Triangle indicates the upward trend had reversed.
2. All Trade Triangles are now green indicating a strong upward trend.
3. Green weekly Trade Triangle indicates to cover any short positions.
4. Monthly Trade Triangle turns green.
5. A red weekly Trade Triangle indicates exit long positions.
6. New weekly green Trade Triangle kicks in at $335.
7. The RSI indicator is trading above the 50 line indicating a strong trend.
8. The MACD indicator is showing the trend is now positive.

I still believe that Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is a powerhouse to be reckoned with. Amazon's only real challenge will be regulations coming in to squash what is a shining success in entrepreneurial-ism and capitalism.

Today, I'm seeing some profit taking coming into the market and I believe that this presents an opportunity to pick up the stock of Amazon. Currently Amazon is trading just below our original Trade Triangle buy ($335) signal.

Every success with Amazon and MarketClub,
Adam Hewison
President, INO.com
Co-Creator, MarketClub

It's Time To Get Your Yahoo On

It has been some time since I did a review of Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO). I'm doing one today because a new monthly Trade Triangle kicked in at $37.16 and could be indicating the end of the 4 1/2 month stalemate in this stock.

Now, I'm not saying that this stock is going to skyrocket to the moon, but I do believe that the bulls have the upper hand and this stock will move higher in the weeks ahead.

It seems like Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) has been around forever, but it was first founded by Jerry Yang and David Filo in 1994. There have been quite a few changes to the company since that time. Marissa Mayer, previously from Google, was named president and CEO of Yahoo effective on July 17, 2012.

Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) operates as a technology company worldwide. The company offers search products, including Yahoo Search, that serves as a starting point to navigate the Internet and discover information; and Yahoo Answers, which enables users to seek, discover, and share knowledge and opinions across mobile phones, tablets, and desktop. [Read more...]

Use Stops To Protect Your Capital And Lock In Profits

Stops are definitely important given the volatile conditions of today’s domestic and international economy. They are an enormously important part of a trader’s arsenal of trading tools and some traders confirm that stops are the most important part of their trading armor.

Learn more about using stops here.

To Trade Successfully, You Must Trade With The Trend

In life, trends are all around us and you only have to look at the weather to know that’s true. It's a pretty safe bet that temperatures will be colder in December than they will be in August, at least in the Northern Hemisphere. Trends also persist in the marketplace, but unlike the weather, these are moving trends and change year to year. As a trader and investor, you want catch the trends near a top or bottom.

Learn more about trading the trend here.

The Importance Of Stops

Some traders may question the importance of stops and be concerned about putting a stop in the market, only to be quickly stopped out for a loss. Nothing could be further from the truth! Stops allow traders to protect and grow their capital. You can use the different types of stops to your advantage, and tailor them to your strategy and the type of market you are trading.  Let stops work for you!  They only risk what you decide is worth it.

Learn more about using stops here.

Did Tesla Just Make A Classic Candlestick Bottom?

I first learned about candlestick charts when I was speaking in Tokyo on the US markets in the late 80's. I was immediately fascinated by this form of charting I had never seen before. It was similar, but so different from the way I was looking at regular Western charts.

What I like about the Japanese candlestick charts is the interesting names they have for them and the patterns that immediately tell you where the market opened and closed for the day.

At MarketClub, when you have a blue candlestick bar, it indicates the market opened lower for the day, then closed higher. When it's a red candlestick bar, it is just the reverse, indicating that the price opened higher, then closed lower for the day. This is very valuable information, information that you can use time and time again.

During my stay in Japan, I learned later that candlestick charting has been around for centuries and it was originally used to chart and track rice prices. Now, this same form of charting is used for practically every traded market in the world today.

Japanese candlestick charts differ from Western charts as they are much more visual and descriptive than Western charts. Besides the more advanced formations on candlestick charts, they also have such interesting names like "hanging man," "hammer," "dark-cloud cover" and "morning doji star." I could go on, but I think you get the picture. The names of these formations are very colorful. [Read more...]

Isn’t It Time You Took A Look At These Two Portfolios?

How would you like to know exactly what to do the next day with any given market and the price you want to do business at? What if the odds are amazingly in your favor when you trade and approach the market this way?

Sounds like a no-brainer.

The trading approach I'm about to share with you is one that has proven to be successful in both bull and bear markets.

If this sounds like some "pie-in-the-sky," too good to be true idea - it isn't. I have been involved with the markets for many years and this is the one approach that I have seen consistently make money. In fact, it is the genesis of my success in the markets.

This trading approach produced gains of 65.3% and 77.1% last year. Was that a fluke or just sheer good luck? How much does luck count in the market? Very little in my opinion, what really counts is having an approach that is well thought out and has proven to be successful. Once again, luck has nothing to do with that. The only lucky thing is perhaps you're reading this post and beginning to understand that there is a way to make money in any kind of market.

This well planned out approach has produced gains in one of our strategies as high as 501%, with the lowest gain being 35.3% in 2010, it has never had a losing year.

Here are the results from that approach: [Read more...]

3 Ways To Improve Your Trading This Summer

As traders, we are always looking for a trading edge, but sometimes we can overlook the big picture and miss how we can change some fundamental ways in which we approach and make trades.

For myself, one of the key elements is to be disciplined in one's trading. I must say that it’s easy to say, but, it did take me quite some time to master this skill.

Often you want to justify your position, and you listen to someone else who thinks the same way you're thinking, even though you both could be wrong on the trade. When you follow that line of thinking you are doomed, as you tend to keep pointing to the other person and use them as a crutch for a trade that has gone bad. This can create bigger and bigger losses for your account so, much so that it freezes your brain to the point you can’t see other market opportunities. It also gets to the point where you say to yourself, "I’ve lost so much money I can't get out now." This is not the attitude to have if you want to be successful. The good news is there is an easy cure for that, and you must follow it if you are going to be successful.

The one easy cure for this is using stops in the market.

I used to listen to Ron Popeil pitching the Ronco 4000 Showtime Standard Rotisserie on TV and the keywords he always used to say after you put the chicken is was “Set It And Forget It."

I'm not sure if Ron Popeil ever traded in the markets, but his concept of “Set It And Forget It” can be applied to stops. Simply enter your stops and leave them there until either you are stopped out, or you have taken a profit on the position.

You can still take a profit on a position even if you get stopped out… You simply keep moving your stops up as the market moves higher. Doing so helps you lock in a profit when the market reverses. So use Ron Popeil’s “Set It And Forget It” philosophy for your stops. It could be the difference between eating chicken and having nothing to eat.

The other key thing to trading is to trade [Read more...]

Time To Buy Gold

Yesterday, the spot gold market flashed a major trend change to the upside. Major trend changes do not occur that often and when they do I like to pay close attention to them. The signal came in at $1,331.45, and even though gold is now lower than that point, it is still a valid signal.

With all the Trade Triangles now positive and the fact that we are seeing a pullback today in gold (FOREX:XAUUSDO), this may be an ideal time to get long gold in the ETF SPDR Gold Shares (PACF:GLD), a leveraged ETF, or in futures.

The current pullback on the intraday 15-minute chart puts this market back into a Fibonacci support area which should offer good support. With the long Fourth of July weekend, I do not expect anybody will want to be short this market going in to the weekend. I expect to see some recovery later today from the lows seen this morning.

There are no guarantees in trading, but with all of the Trade Triangles positive on gold, I feel this is a fairly low risk trade on the upside. As always, you should protect your position with money management stops. If you'd like to learn more about money management stops, you can read about them here.

Chart Legend: [Read more...]

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