The market continued to strengthen today and the Daily QQQQ index turned positive. Please note that this indicator can go back and forth before the trend is solidified. I am very pleased by the market’s action. Many of the growth stocks I follow broke out today. I have sold all of my puts and have taken some long positions. There were 115 new highs today and only 49 new lows. The Daily SPY index continues to be positive. There are 31 stocks that hit a new high 10 days ago and closed higher today than 10 days ago. This is the highest the successful new high index has been since April 12. The GMI is now +3 and tells me that I have a rally that I can trade. It remains to be seen whether this uptrend will last months or just weeks, or days.
The bottom line is that the odds have shifted towards owning stocks. And many of the stocks I am watching have moved up. Among the stocks I like are: IVGN, SHLD, MHS, CVD, MW, SWN, HANS, TOL, ORCT. These are not recommendations, although I do own some of them. These stocks are all trading near their highs and such stocks can reverse direction quickly. I always place a sell stop order immediately after my purchase goes through. That way I can sleep nights. I also make small initial buys and wait to see if the stock moves up as I expected. I never average down (buy more as the stock falls) and I do not average up too quickly. I am not looking for a stocks that will climb for a day or two. I am hoping to ride a stock up for weeks or months. I am buying stocks that are behaving well and that seem to be earning money.
Another tactic that I use is to buy an ETF (exchange traded fund) that reflects a market index. There are many benefits of ETF’s, compared to mutual funds. Perhaps the biggest is that ETF’s can be traded like stocks in the middle of the day. A mutual fund can only be bought or sold at the end of the day after the market is closed and the fund’s assets are tallied. Thus, with an ETF, you can get in or out quickly if the market should become volatile or violent. The fees of an ETF are cheap and if you use a deep discount broker the transaction costs are small.
So, if I think the S&P 500 is turning, I can buy the SPY which reflects this index. The nice thing about buying the SPY is if the S&P 500 goes up SPY will go up. How many times have you seen the market go up and your stock doesn’t move or falls! At least I know that will not happen with the SPY.
One big mistake to avoid is to buy for technical reasons and then when the stock fails to rise or declines, to hang onto it for fundamental reasons– because good earnings are expected to come out or there is a really great product or the market is strong. If I buy because of good price action I must sell because of bad price action–no excuses or rationalizations. I have violated this rule many times, and paid the penalty.
Sometimes my biggest winners have been stocks that keep coming to my attention over and over. One such stock is NSI (click on chart to enlarge), a diet and fitness firm. NSI has gone from a low of $1.09 last August to a close today of $11.20. The monthly volume is at an all time high since it came public in 2001. Its revenue is increasing at a fast rate and there sure are a lot of obese baby-boomers who are looking for the fountain of thinness. I don’t like to buy cheap stocks like this but I sure am going to watch it. There is a planned stock offering and this could be affecting the stock’s price. (I remember reading that it is legal for underwriters to stabilize a stock during an offering–sounds like manipulation to me.)———————————————————————
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