Archive | April, 2013

Raymond James Financial (RJF) – Added To Watchlist

30 Apr

I added RJF to my watch list today. It has gone from a high of 48.22 on 3/20/2013 and has dropped to $40.24. This gives enough room for a nice potential swing trade. It has had three consecutive down days with the second and third day showing smaller candles and lower volume. The last candle is a nice upward hammer which I always like. Also, it is near both the 200 day moving average and up trend line

I’ll look for an up day within the next couple of days to start a long position. If the price breaks below the trend line, I’ll remove this from my watch list. Here’s is RJF’s stock chart today:

RJF (Raymond James Financial) Stock Chart


Nam Tai Electronics – Added to Watchlist

30 Apr

NTE stock had a huge down day today dropping 31% and extremely high volume but formed a nice wick by end of trading day today. Resistance for this stock seems to be at the $6.50 level so I decided to add this stock to my watch list. Looking for it to have two or three more down days towards resistance, and then, hopefully a nice swing low develops. Stochastics reads 13.96 and pointed downwards.

I put this on my watch list more as an interesting case study than something I would actually trade. The reason is I haven’t studied many cases in which a stock drops 31%. Is a stock with such a large percentage drop in one day able to recover in the near future? Does support and resistance work in these types of instances? As they say, watch and learn.

Here’s NTE stock chart for today:

NTE stock chart 4/29/2013

IBM (International Business Machines)

30 Apr

One of the first stocks I added to my watch list on April 24, 2013 was IBM. IBM had just reported earnings and it was a terrible miss. As a swing trader, you’re not really looking at the news. However, anything that causes a dramatic drop in a quality stock should be looked at for a possible swing trade.

The stock took a nose dive the following two days sending it into oversold territory according to the stochastics technical indicator. After the second day of selling, the stochastic indicator showed a reading of 4.2. Typically, a stock is oversold when the stochastic reading dips below 20.

On April 23, the stock rebounded nicely and made a possible swing low setup. My first scan began on April 24 so I missed this setup. It was already forming a nice swing low and I added to my watch list. At this point, the stock had moved too far from its lows to justify a position in the stock. My stop would have been too far from the current price. So, this will be a “paper trade”.

Today, the stock moved up with conviction across the 8 day moving average on slightly higher than average volume and closed just right under the 200 day moving average.

For my paper trade of 100 shares,  I opened a long paper trade near the close on 4/24 (the scan date) and set my stop at slightly below the low of 4/22. I would have scaled out half of my shares today near the close of the day because of the huge candle today. Gains as of 4/24 would have been $744.

As it rests slightly below the 200 day moving average at the close, I would be cautious of a pullback. I would move my stop to 196.50 which was the high on 4/19. I am hoping that will serve as resistance for now.

Since the price has entered the gap down, I’m looking for it to fill some or most of the gap before a pullback. I’d raise my stop daily on any up days and scale out more of my paper shares on any big candles. Here’s IBM’s chart.


My First Watchlist

30 Apr

On April 24, 2013, I started using TC2000 to create a custom scan to help me find stocks which I labeled as “Swing Lows”. These are stocks which are currently oversold and could soon form a “swing low” price action setup. If I feel the stock is a trade-able stock, I will add it to my “Swing Low” watch list.

On the first day of my scan, I added the following stocks to my watch list: EBAY (eBay), FLR (First Solar), GE (General Electric), QEP (QEP Resources), IBM (IBM), CTSH (Cognizant Technology Solution Group), and PG (Procter & Gamble). I’m encouraged because since 4/24, most of these have shown positive gains except eBay.

Everyday, I will run my scan on the market to try and find new stocks to add to my watch list and analyze those which is already on my watch list. Those that have failed to follow through or have reached price targets, I will remove my my watch list.

So, here we go….

A Swing Trader I Will Be

30 Apr

I am a small investor developing my swing trading skills. I created this blog to jot notes about possible trade setups using technical analysis. I have found that a good journal or diary about my thoughts on certain charts allows me to analysis and refine my skills.

My goal is to scan the market each evening to spot some potential setups and post them. I will let you know when I add something to my watch list, when I think there might be a good trade setup, why I think there might be a good trade setup, and what my price targets are.

I hope you’ll find this blog useful. If so, please share with others and give me feedback on how to improve my swing trading skills or to improve this website. Thank you!