Trader’s Report July 17

Good Day Traders,

Overview & Highlights: I’m coming back to the mainland for a couple of months on Thursday. There will be no Friday webinar because I’ll be travelling to Bakersfield, CA for my sister-in-law’s wedding. The August BAMM Meeting will be in onsite at the San Jose Masonic. The rest of August I’ll be writing from the road as my wife and I do a tour of a bunch of states we’ve never visited. Updates and training webinars will go be provided throughout this month long trip.

Don’t miss Wednesday’s training session. We will be presenting some excellent new discoveries about which candlestick pattern have the highest probability of success. Plus, other new observations that will aid all Active Trend Traders in becoming better traders.

Webinars: At Active Trend Trading we offer two webinars per week to provide training plus trade and market updates. See the schedule below for the next webinars.

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New Candlestick Discoveries—The Probability of Success

Managing Existing Trades: Positions open for 2 strategies.

Strategy I Portfolio Building: No Open Positions

Strategy II Income Generation:

Weekly Profit

GLD closed first ½ of 12 contract position: Profit Total of $786 on ½ of the position
Trade 1: GLD 19Aug 122/127C Debit Spread bought for $1.49 as a seasonal trade on Gold
Sold ¼ of 12 positions at $250 for a profit of $303.
Sold second ¼ of 12 contract position on 7/1 at 3.10 profit = $483
Sell last ½ at $4.00 and $4.50 if price moves quickly.

For members wanting to better understand this Strategy there is a very good training video at:

Strategy III Wealth & Income Generation Trades: Two Foundational Positions are in place to sell weekly options against. The recalculated weekly revenue needed from these foundational positions was forward in an update report earning last week. My objective with this Strategy is to collect enough weekly premium during the life of the LEAPS Strangle on both SPY and TSLA to both pay for the capital invested and gain between 50% – 100%.

Tip for Experienced Option Traders: Occasionally after a weekly trade goes against me but the trend appears to be changing I will add one naked contract over and above my foundation position and close this out after it gains at least half of the premium I’ve collected. Doing naked options is not for everyone and I keep my risk small by only doing one contract above my covered limit. In other words, if I can sell 4 contract covered by my long leaps I’ll sell one additional. This helps hedge the losses a bit but it this tactic is not without risk and must maintain a tighter stop than I would normally use with the regular position.

Note: We do our best to get both text alerts and email alerts out in a timely manner, occasionally there will be trades that are missed because of delay in the Text or Email alert applications. Additionally, please double check with your broker to assure they allow spread trades like we do with Strategy III. Some do and some don’t.

Additionally, it is crucial when selling premium against the Long LEAPS position that the premium collected cover the weekly cost of holding the LEAPS plus an additional amount to over this amount as a gain. This is one of the reason I sell premium of weekly options that are close to be “At The Money”. I base my selling on the expected move during the next week. If one is not bringing enough weekly premium this trade will not work out as well and may wind up being a losing trade.

Strategy III Weekly Results Week ending 7/15:
SPY: Loss = – $640
TSLA: Profit = $1100

Trade 1: Foundation Position is 4 contracts of SPY Jan17 205C and 4 contracts of SPY Jan17 200P Current Trade—Currently Up 15.87%; Premium Collected since opening trade on 1/4/16 = $4694

Sold 4 contracts of SPY 22Jul 215.5C at 1.13 —Potential Profit $452

Trade 2: Long TSLA Jan17 250C & Long Jan17 220 + New Positions Jan17 210C and 220P: Current Position Total Invested $14,900.
Currently Up 77.42%: Premium Collected since opening trade on 9/28/15 = $13,273.50 + New Positions at $1,793.50 = Total Collected $15,067

Sold 2 contracts of TSLA 22Jul 220C at 3.85 — Potential Profit $770

Several members have asked about this strategy and a more detailed explanation is available at:

I posted a video about how to choose the weekly options to short for this strategy. It can be viewed at:

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:

Potential Set Ups for this week: Like the Indexes many growth stocks moved quickly off their lows and are now extended. If the strength continues I will look to trade pullbacks to appropriate buy trigger points around the 8/20/50 day moving averages.

Pre-Earnings Trade: In the next 4 weeks some of my favorites will report earnings. These include: TSLA (8/3), FB (7/27), AMZN (7/28), GOOGL (7/28), and BIDU (7/28). Buy shares of these stocks can be expensive but buying an out of the money call option and then selling premium against it over the next few weeks and letting Implied Volatility increases the value of the long option can be very rewarding. I’ll look for an appropriate trade set up then treat it like a Strategy II & III trade. Look for an alert on TSLA when it pulls back to its 8/20 day moving averages for a potential entry.

Other pre-earnings candidates include: COR, GIMO and WBMD.

Pre-earnings trades can be a great supplement to the portfolio building portion of Strategy I. Depending on the stock and technical analysis they tend to be predictable and repeatable. For busy traders focusing on pre-earning opportunities can free one up from the necessity of constantly chasing stocks during other periods of the year. The process repeats four times a year and capturing a 5%-15% return four times a year can compound very nicely!

Upside: Waiting for pullbacks on the Index ETF’s, VEEV and CYBR.

Downside: Most stocks are rebounding with the Indexes, but WYNN looks to have some potential to the downside. Caution earnings on 7/28 AMC.

On the Radar: Stocks & ETFs that could go either way include: UPRO, SPXU, TQQQ, SQQQ, TNA, TZA & their associated non-leveraged Index ETFs. TSLA (Currently in downtrend channel), NFLX, BIDU, CME, WYNN, PAYC, WBMD, XRS, MBLY, AMBA, PYPL, AVGO & NTES

Stocks identified by ** that are close to a potential entry point.

Early Warning Alerts for Leveraged Index ETFs: Standby Alert issued on 6/27.
EWA Account Return to date: 5.5%

New Video Update will be posted in July.

The Early Warning Alert Service hit all eight major market trading points in 2015. See this brief update video for more details: Early Warning Alerts Update Video or at

If simplifying your life by trading along with us using the index ETF is of interest, you can get the full background video at:

General Market Observation: Each of the Tracking Indexes pushed higher at the beginning of last week but slowed down a bit on Thursday and Friday. This could be showing that the current up thrust is out of gas and either a pullback or sideways move is in order. The S&P was clearly the strongest of the three Indexes pushing to a new all-time high. Both the NDX and RUT showed indecision into the end of the week. With the SPX breakout it is in a new uptrend. Additionally, there is no overhead supply/resistance to plan for. In circumstances like this I use the Fibonacci Extensions to see where price action is likely to at least slow. Price action has slowed at the 138.2% extension of the move from 6/23 through 6/27. If price holds and bounces from this level, then I’ll look for resistance at the 161.8% (2191 Level) extension. Another clue that the current rally may be slowing is the Time Extension that compares the current thrust with the thrust from 5/19 to the high on 6/8. The time required for the May thrust has been equaled on Friday 7/15. Can prices continue to push higher? Without a doubt! What I will do is go with the current trend but define where I will consider long entries. This will be on solid and uniform pullback to the 8/20 or even 50 day moving averages. If there is no pullback wait for the moving averages to catch up. Currently price is extended from these moving averages and outside the Keltner Channel. So for the SPX, I wait.

The NDX put in two interesting candlestick patterns last week. On Wednesday the NDX finished with a Bearish Engulfing pattern. This pattern was voided on Thursday by a move higher. Friday’s candle engulfed Thursday’s candle forming for two Bearish Engulfing patterns for the week. While both patterns stand alone, when two pattern appear in short order their effect must be considered. The Bearish Engulfing pattern has about a 78-79% probability of leading to a trend reversal that will last at least 5-10 days. If this pattern confirms it will initially be treated as a pullback for a bullish entry. If the Indexes weaken significantly look for either the NDX or RUT to lead to the downside.

Tonight I’m showing the daily Russell chart. Price action last week penetrated the 138.2% extension and then went sideways with doji’s or small body candles. Price has reached an extension objective and is resting for the next move either up or down. Like the other Indexes I want to see a pullback towards the means for a potential bullish entry.

Tempering my upside scenario is another pattern that has shown up the last 5 years. From 2011 through 2015 prices action weakened mid-July between July 19th and July 23rd. The weakness varied between tradable pullback to a more severe correction. At this point we have no idea whether this will materialize in 2016 but this may be a consideration in sizing an upside trade. The weakness in the past 5 years tended to last into latter August, September and in one case November. With this being an election year a big sell-off is probably not in the cards, but the market will do what the market wants to do.

RUT 7-15

SPX: Downside Market Short the SPY, SPY Puts or SPXU.
Preferred Long ETF’s: SPY, UPRO and SPXL

NDX: Downside Market Short the QQQ, QQQ Puts or SQQQ.
Preferred Long ETF’s: QQQ and TQQQ

RUT: Downside Market Short the IWM, IWM Puts or TZA.
Preferred Long ETF’s: IWM and TNA

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Index Returns YTD 2016

Index YTD 7-15

ATTS Returns for 2016 through July 15, 2016


Percent invested initial $100K account: Strategies I & II invested at 7.7%; Strategy III invested at 25.98%.

ATTS YTD 7-15a

Current Strategy Performance YTD (Closed Trades)
Strategy I: Down -1435.05 or -2.05%
Strategy II: Up $2391.00 or +23.91%
Strategy III: Up $16540 or +61.03%
Cumulative YTD: 17.49%

Active Trend Trading’s Yearly Objectives:
– Yearly Return of 40%
– 60% Winning Trades
Early Warning Alert Target Yearly Return = 15% or better

For a complete view of specific trades closed visit the website at:

Updated first full week of each month. The next update August.

Outs & Ins: SSTK makes its debut on the IBD 50 this weekend. SSTK is in the process of pulling back and has earnings on 8/4 BMO. In the beginning of 2014 SSTK was at 100 and is early in a rebound from $25. It appears that the pullback will go on for bit longer until price action retraces to the 8/20 or 50 day moving averages. The Stocks patterns are ok but not great.

For those who are unfamiliar with the IBD 50 or the Running List the following is applicable to the two list. The IBD 50 is a computer generated list of growth stocks that meet the IBD fundamental criteria which is sorted twice weekly with the stocks scoring highest placed on the list. The IBD 50 fundamental criteria is very stringent and tend to look here for potential trades because if a stock passes the criteria it has good fundamentals. The Running List is a yearly collection of stocks that have appeared on the IBD 50. Currently 205 stocks have been listed in 2016.

Many of the IBD 50 stocks moved with the Indexes higher but have now slowed their climb and are showing small body “doji” candlesticks which is a mark of either resting or indecision. Additionally, quarterly earnings are in full-swing. Some members with potential pre-earnings swings include: COR, GIMO, WBMD and FB.

In-Out 7-15

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