We are seeing a good illustration today of why we wait for a follow through day to start buying (as if there were anything to buy). Yesterday's nearly 50 point move, coming in 45 minutes and on pretty high volume, now appears to have been computer driven and may have had more to do with engineering a short squeeze rather than euphoria over the latest bailout. It is, of course, too early to draw any conclusions from a small srop after a big move up, but I suspect we are going to be seeing a lot of this in the next couple of weeks. the leading sectors today are XLB and XLI, lagging by a mile is XLF. The Nasdaq and Russell 2000 are bth lagging. Oil is up, gold down, treasury yields up big.
I have 6 new highs so far, with a sort of breakout in CPHD. I have a report from COST, down 0.8%, and still no report from LFUS.
I am not a financial professional, just a guy that trades my own account.
I am also not a musical professional, just a guy that makes music on the computer. Thus, two blogs, one trading and on musical.
And, no, the picture is not me, it is the late, great John Belushi, one of the inspirations for these blogs.
This blog is focused on technical analysis of stocks and markets, putting heavy emphasis on chart analysis. My trading style is derived primarily from my mentor, William "Yoda" O'Neil, and the focus here is on leading and breakout stocks, but all forms of trading are covered to some extent. Economic and political news that effects the market are also topics here, and the blog may occasionally become a platform for my political and philosophical ranting. I keep several spreadsheets on Google docs which track various aspects of the market and readers are welcome to vies and comment on them.
Google Docs Spreadsheets
There are several spreadsheet that I maintain on Google docs to track various watchlists and trends in the market.
1. The earnings list - a group of small and micro cap, low float stocks that have exhibited recent rapid earnings growth. They are modeled along the lines of William O'Neil's CAN SLIM system, but limited to small cap, highly volatile stocks.
2. The relative strength list - a group of stocks which are near 52 week highs and have shown an increase in average daily volume. The list is limited to the top 200 stocks according to my methodology, which will be detailed on one of the pages of the spreadsheet.
It can be accessed here, and is also updates weekly.
3. Relative strength by industry - Uses industry data from Finviz.com to track the percentage of stocks within each industry that are in the top 25% of the 52 week price range, looking for trends.