Trader’s Report 5-31-15

Good Day Traders,

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Mid-Week Market Sanity Check Topic:  Refining Your Routine


General Market Observation:   I read a very interesting piece this weekend from David Stockman about the current market bubble.  The essence of the article was that the market is being pushed higher on false hope and that eventually the reality of an overpriced market will hit and the drop will be substantial.  Last week’s market action was weak but still within simple pullback criteria for an up trending market.  Many are still touting the buy the dip strategy and this will continue to work until it doesn’t.  Have you noticed that magnitude of the runs after the dips are getting smaller?  I believe the charts are telling us to look more towards a buy support sell resistance strategy if you choose to play in these swirling waters.


SPX:  The S&P looked a bit like a yo-yo last week as support at the 50 day EMA was tested and then a rebound to test the down trending resistance (flag) line took place.  Price action on Friday was down but still within the big selloff candle from Tuesday.  This index did not seem as resilient to the bad news of shrinking GDP and other weakening economic indicators as it has demonstrated in the past few months.

In one of my accounts I have bought the Jan 2017 SPY 210P leap with the expectation that sometime within the next 19 months there will be a significant correction.  In the interim I’m selling weekly put premium against this position paying down the cost basis.  I’ll be introducing this trade to Premium members this week.

Preferred ETF’s:  SPY and SPXL

NDX: Price action on the NASDAQ 100 looks like a potential double top like pattern.  With a successful test of resistance at 4550 and drop, this level becomes the line of demarcation for continuing the uptrend.  While the moving averages on the daily chart are aligned for more upside, the weekly chart continues to weaken.  Trade support and resistance bounces as the battle between the bulls and bears plays out.

Preferred ETF’s:  QQQ and TQQQ

RUT: If we consider the Russell as the purest of the indexes for actually showing true market sentiment then the week has added credence that more downside is coming.  Price appears to now be working with in a down trending channel and if it fulfills to the downside could see a slip in price to below the 1200 level.  It appears that the 50 day EMA and 100 day moving averages will serve as support but if a significant negative catalyst appears these levels could be broken quickly down to the 1211 level.

The weekly chart provided a long legged bearish harami just at the 8 week EMA.  While these RUT charts are continuing to grow in weakness, I would be remiss not to mention that thus far any downside momentum has met with buyers.  The current situation could be just another repeat.  As said earlier the strategy of buying the dips remains in effect until it doesn’t work!

Preferred ETF’s: IWM and TNA


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ATTS Returns for 2015 through May 31, 2015

Margin Account: 38.5% Invested

Margin Account = +2.5% (Open and Closed Positions)

Early Warning Alerts = +5.32%

Active Trend Trading’s Yearly Objectives:
– Yearly Return of 40%
– 60% Winning Trades
For a complete view of specific trades closed visit the website at:

Updated at the beginning of each month.


For our all Active Trend Trading Members here’s how we utilize our trading capital

Trading Capital Setup and Position Sizing: Every year we start the year off trading a $100K margin account make the math really easy for yearly returns.

  • Each trader must define their own trading capital in order to properly size trade positions to their own risk tolerance level!
  • The $100K account is split between up to 4 stocks and a leveraged Index ETF. Actual number of shares will vary of course depending on price of the entity traded. We have found that limiting open positions to only 5 entities greatly reduces the trade management time requirements for members. This goes back to our goals of providing a system designed for members who work full time.
  • Regardless of market conditions no more than 50% of available margin is used at any time.
  • Each Trade is split 50-50 between Income Generating & Capital Growth Objectives unless specified in the Order Alert
  • Naked Puts or short term options strategies will be used occasionally for Income Generating Positions
  • None of the trade setups are a recommendation to trade only notification of planned trades from set ups using the Active Trend Trading System. Each trader is responsible for establishing their own appropriate risk level on every trade.



Managing Existing Trades: Finished off May with good trades and positive traction to carry into June.  The refinements added to the Active Trend Trading System have worked well and kept us in some great trades and got us out early when trades went south.  Seven months of 2015 remain we’ll keep the momentum growing.

INCY:  Continuing to hold 50 shares as price moves up.  Will be looking for a place to build back to a full position if the market cooperates.

ARRS:  Price continues to drive sideways in a cup like consolidation pattern.  Maintaining a stop loss at 32.50.

FLT:  Entered a trade in FLT Friday as price continues to bounce off support.  A tight stop is in place at 150.50.  If price reacts as expected it should start forming the right side of a cup like pattern shortly.  A strong volume close above the 50 day EMA will provide us additional confirmation.  If it fails the stop will get us out quickly.

Special Trades:   No current option trades.

Additionally some of these trade may be selling weekly puts on up trending stocks.  If you are interested in parallel trading this strategy register at this link:


Pre-Earnings Trade:  The biggie for the week is AMBA.  Leading stock on the IBD 50 and has put together a great run so far this year.  Report Tuesday after market closes.

Potential Set Ups for this week:  The review this weekend provided a target rich environment of stocks at various points of setting up for either upside or downside breaks.  If we do go into a summer swoon growth stocks may take a rest over all, but there will continue to be the one offs that perform well.  In other words it’s a stock pickers market!

Upside:  The following stocks appear to be good upside candidates.  They include: PAYC, NOAH, CYBR, JUNO, VDSI, TASR and CMCM.

Downside:   Leaders that are losing their luster include: BIDU, LNKD, QIHU and FXI.

Toss Ups: Big toss up list today:  FB, VIPS, AAPL, BITA, ALK, BABA, YY, CUDA, and NKTR.  Watch levels of support or resistance on the Toss Up stocks because they could go either way depending on market strength.

Leveraged Index ETFs: Currently waiting for a new signal.



Comments and opinions written below this line of text may be provocative and only obliquely related to trading. Some may find these “Off the Wall” comments challenging to their outlook on life. I will not post any comments made on subject matter below this line, so if you disagree blast away.




Off the Wall:   Searching, searching, searching!  Often when we start to trade stocks we get stuck in a rut of constantly searching for the perfect system.  It is almost as if the search is more important than learning to trade well.  There is no perfect system.  Each system has its pros and cons.  But if it has an acceptable track record then learning the ends and outs of the system is important. I whole heartedly support and practice refining a system along with continuing to learn trading.  The one reason I believe many would be great traders repeatedly throw the baby out with the bath water regarding trading systems is that each system requires work to learn the system.  I’ve seen too many traders get to the verge of success and bail out.  Then there’s the diligence and discipline required to hang tough learning to let the system works.  If a system is based on solid rules then over time it will be successful.

There is an additional aspect that many fledgling traders are not aware of and that has to do with how trading actually pays a traders.  It’s more like how a commission salesperson gets paid.  Some months are great and the paycheck is big and other months the paycheck is non-existent.  For a given year a trader will typically have a few great months coupled with months may even loose a little.  This is primarily a factor in just trading straight long positions. 

Some traders have learned other strategies that help maintain a more stable monthly income but that takes additional learning and diligence.  In the month of June Active Trend Trading will allocate a small portion of our trading capital to this type of trade and will share the how’s with members who are interested.


Outs & Ins:  Not much shake up in the IBD 50 this weekend.  CMCM makes its debut and actually may be in the process of pulling back for a potential entry action point.

The big news for the week will be AMBA reporting earnings on June 2 AMC.  Will AMBA’s winning ways continue?  Price is extended so any disappointment from the earnings report may lead to a drop in this strong stock.

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