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996 stocks down 50 cents plus

Posted on 7/28/2011
And then the dam opened....

For last few days there was slow distribution build up and then we saw the real selling. It was broad based sell off.

It was second highest sell pressure day this year based on Market Monitor data. 628 was the highest sell day on February 22, 2011. Yesterday was 620 day to the downside.


One of the ways I look for sell pressure or buy pressure is to look at stocks down 50 cents from open or stocks up 50 cents from open (only on stock with last 3 days volume of 100K plus). Yesterday we had 996 stocks down 50 cents plus from their open price. That is approximately 46% of the stocks that have 100k plus 3 day volume. All in all a broad based sell off.


The key is to see if we get follow through. 

This market has been in range since February and that range has been tough to break out of.


From the 2009 bottom we had 2 big up moves. So a period of sideways churn is not something unusual. 

The last long duration swing in this market was from December 2010 to February 2011. If market has those kind of long duration swings then swing trading methods that rely on finding intermediate terms swing work. In chop fest you need to be extremely nimble or trade extremely small time frame. Or be very selective in trade selection. But overall preserving capital is key.


Swings on bullish side in this market this year have had 12 day maximum length. Sharp rallies that petered out is the story so far this year. 

But if you zoom back and look at the market on a quarterly time frame you will see market near high.


At this stage it is still a range bound market.......




How to use IBD sector table

Posted on 7/26/2011

IBD Sector Leadership

Part of the IBD philosophy and method is based on sector momentum. It looks for growth/momentum stocks in top ranked 40 sectors.
Some year back IBD changed the layout of its stock tables to focus on top ranked sector. The stocks are now shown by sector ranks.
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This is convenient way to focus on leading sectors. You can quickly find stocks in sector with momentum.
Within the sector listed stock, IBD further makes your life easier by highlighting some stocks in a box at top of the table.
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The highlighted stocks have the best growth characters. Does not necessarily maen that they will make big moves. Sometime by the time the stocks make it to the table, they have peaked or their growth has peaked.
Those stocks are selected based on historical precedent analysis. They match the characters of biggest moving stocks in IBD database from past many years.
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If you want to be primarily a position trader then you can focus on these kind of stocks. Overall only 20 odd stocks are highlighted. These stocks often make long duration moves.
You should keep your own watchlist of these stocks as often they make a move several months after they are highlighted in the tables.
They also make good shorts once they top out.
Today we will focus on the sector relative strength in our ongoing series of posts on IBD 200
The past post on IBD 200 series can be found here:

New high in Nasdaq100

Posted on 7/25/2011

The Nasdaq 100 was at new high on Friday. It had finally broken the range. The futures are down so it might retrace from that level. But this market has held u very well so far. It has established a long 6 month range.

The Dow Jones 30 is 1% from its this year high.


Overall as of Friday most indexes were within striking distance of their new high.


The political game play over debt talk might make next few weeks volatile. But so far this market has held up well in the face of negative news.

Understanding the IBD setups

Posted on 7/22/2011

Essence of IBD setups

Everyday IBD publishes this box. Study it in detail. It is the essence of IBD setup idea.
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The first setup is classic breakout setup. Where a stock that is in uptrend (or has momentum) that has formed a base or pulled back (slow momentum phase) and then breaks out to the high of that consolidation. This is similar to what we look for in Stockbee Trend Intensity Breakout (STIB). IBD guideline is stock should be up 50 cents plus on breakout day and volume should be up 40% plus above 50 ma volume on breakout day. 
Do buy in proper buy area essentially means do not buy a stock which is extended from the base/consolidation. In STIB the stock should not be up 3 days in a row and should have narrow range or negative day prior to b/o is one of the condition for avoiding extended stocks.
The pullback to 10 week moving average (10 week =50 days so essentially 50 day moving average) is another IBD setup idea. The qualification is buy if it touches 50 day MA first time after breaking out of base.
The most important part of the IBD setup idea is "Do learn when to take profits of 20% to 100% or greater" This is critical. Most momentum stocks move in price bursts of 10 to 20%. Rare stocks make bigger moves. Not every growth/momentum stock is capable of 100% move. So 20% profit target is realistic. But if you read O'Neil book in detail, he further qualifies it by saying that you should not allow a profit to become loss once you have profit. How can you translate that in to practical practice think about it.
These setup ideas work on any momentum stock. They don't have to have the earnings and other things for these setups to work. 
Lot of IBD devotees take everything IBD says as gospel truth. Get in to microscopic details of things and form your own judgement. It will allow you to develop your own methods.
IBD offers a possible template for trading growth/momentum stocks. You should break it down in to component pieces and study it and then put your own method together.

The market remains within striking distance of recent high

Posted on 7/18/2011
The market remains within striking distance of recent high. The Nasdaq 100 is 1.97% down from its 2011 high. Other indexes are withing 5% of recent high.



The market has been dealing with lot of negative news and yet it has shown very good staying power. As they say the market climbs a wall of worry. 

Net net the range established in last 6 to 7 months continues to dominate the action. When the range breaks there will be big move.

The Stocktwits Edge

Posted on 7/16/2011





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Be warned it will take you time to learn to trade. Learning to trade is difficult art and unless you are willing to spend months or years to perfect your strategy and also develop your mental edge you are unlikely to succeed in this game. Unless you understand that no site, no service, and no mentoring is going to work.

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The member site is one of the most recommended site for learning to trade by other traders and bloggers. You will see no advertising, no hard marketing, no promotions, no free offers, no affiliate marketing, no incentive to other bloggers to promote the site, no constant twits self promoting the site, no free trial  and no tall claims of making you instantly wealthy, and yet the site attracts new  members everyday. Members come from all walks of life and all kinds of trading size and trading styles.

You will see that many trading bloggers have been using my market timing methods, scans , stock ranking lists and chart templates. They have developed their own methods based on my methods. Many paid newsletter site recommend my site to their subscriber for learning about trading and market.

Over the years thousands of traders have been members and those who benefited from the learning talk about the site to others or talk about the methods used and that is how new members learn about the site.





What will I learn in the members site?

The members site will give you in depth understanding to develop your own trading method. The emphasis is on making you self sufficient and confident of your own trading method and style.

As a member you will learn the basics of swing trading, momentum investing, growth investing and risk management.

You will learn about Stockbee Trend Intensity Breakouts method that uses momentum based swing trading to find 3 to 5 day swing trades for 8 to 40% profit.

You will learn about Stockbee Episodic Pivots Breakout method which uses Post Earnings Announcement Drift (PEAD) to find stocks that had a game changing earnings and that are likely to rally for 3 months to 12 months.

You will learn about  Stockbee Dollar Breakout method that uses momentum, range expansion and swing trading approach to find 5 to 40 dollar moves in high priced stocks.

You will learn about  Stockbee Lemonade Strategy for 401k which uses market timing and momentum to invest in 401k. You will get weekly update on how I am using the strategy on our 401k to do allocation decision.

You will learn about Stockbee Market Monitor method for market timing using breadth. It allows you to avoid risky periods in market and allows you to identify market turns. It is used for 401k allocation decisions.

You will learn about Stockbee Double Trouble method to find stock with confirmed upside momentum using anchored momentum and that are likely to continue their up move.

You will learn about Stockbee Night Time is Right Time method to find news catalyst based trade ideas for short term day trade and swing trade.

You will learn about Investor's Business Daily’s IBD 200 list and how it can be used to find swing trading candidates for explosive moves.

You will learn about Telechart 2000 and how to use it effectively to scan for swing and position trade ideas and to set up your 401k strategy.

You will learn about Jesse Livermore Range Breakout, Darvas Box setup, and many other member shared methods.

You will learn how to set up your own scans, select right kind of stocks, how to set up stops, when to enter , when to exit, how much to risk, how to track your trades and all other details about trading. You will learn about developing your own methods and not relying on others for trade ideas.

The site has hundreds of videos and trading methods and variation of methods. Members help each other in developing the methods and share actively their research and finding. A collaborative spirit allows you to get input from others on your trading ideas or problems.

The site gives you opportunity to interact with some of the most successful traders and learn from them about their trading methods. It is a vibrant community with members from different background and experience willing to help each other. The emphasis is on continuous learning and up gradation of market knowledge and setup knowledge. The members range from hedge fund employees, financial advisers, active swing traders, investors and new traders.

If you are looking to develop your own trading strategy the membership site might be for you. You have to be willing to put in the effort to build your own method. There are no silver bullets offered on members site. Every method, every scan, every nuance is detailed and all possible help is offered to design your own method.

Do you have a trial?

If you are just looking for trial you are better off trying thousands of other trading sites that offer free trial or one month trial and offer you promise of riches.

It is for those who are ready beyond the trial phase and ready to put serious months or years  of efforts to learn to trade on their own. It is for those who want to learn to find their own fish.

The free blog has all the details about the methods I trade and if you go through the posts highlighted in the sidebar you will learn about them.



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Range bound action continues

Posted on 7/15/2011

As has been the trend in this market since beginning of the year, rallies last for brief period followed by corrections which do not get enough traction. End result sideways moves. There is an extended range that has formed and we keep bouncing between it.

This kind of environment makes holding swing positions difficult beyond few days. There have been constant whipsaws. The quality of setups have not been consistently good. It is challenging environment for certain style of trading methods. It is good environment for day traders.

Underlying breadth has fluctuated widely. But it is what it is. As IBD has been saying third year of bull markets tend to be choppy.

Back to range



Market began a rally near end of the quarter and month. Unlike other rallies that start with a bang with huge up days on breadth the rally started with just one 365 up day. However there was continuous buying and it lead to a breadth thrust.
That set up the stage for Friday's disappointing action. Market went down but the breadth was positive (barely). On Monday the European worries lead to drop in market. However breadth was again below 300.
This sets the market for earnings season. The earnings will decide the fate of rally. If earnings continue to be good then we will have up move. Earnings disappointment will lead to rally failure. If the earnings are just near expectations then we will have same sideways move.
At this stage it is back to range.

Stocks likely to breakout: BIOS, GNOM, HOTT, INSM, IPSU, MHLD, VICL,










Are you serious about your trading?

If you are serious about your trading and want to build an enduring edge the Stockbee Member site might help you. Members tell me they have tried lot of things before coming to my site and it has offered them the most extensive and detailed methods to swing and position trade.

It is only for those who want to develop their own self sufficient trading method. It is not a stock picking service. It is service for you to build your own scans and trading method to have your own daily pick based on your method.

Be warned it will take you time to learn to trade. Learning to trade is difficult art and unless you are willing to spend months or years to perfect your strategy and also develop your mental edge you are unlikely to succeed in this game. Unless you understand that no site, no service, and no mentoring is going to work.

Why traders come to stockbee?

The member site is one of the most recommended site for learning to trade by other traders and bloggers. You will see no advertising, no hard marketing, no promotions, no free offers, no affiliate marketing, no incentive to other bloggers to promote the site, no constant twits self promoting the site, no free trial  and no tall claims of making you instantly wealthy, and yet the site attracts new  members everyday. Members come from all walks of life and all kinds of trading size and trading styles.

You will see that many trading bloggers have been using my market timing methods, scans , stock ranking lists and chart templates. They have developed their own methods based on my methods. Many paid newsletter site recommend my site to their subscriber for learning about trading and market.

Over the years thousands of traders have been members and those who benefited from the learning talk about the site to others or talk about the methods used and that is how new members learn about the site.





What will I learn in the members site?

The members site will give you in depth understanding to develop your own trading method. The emphasis is on making you self sufficient and confident of your own trading method and style.

As a member you will learn the basics of swing trading, momentum investing, growth investing and risk management.

You will learn about Stockbee Trend Intensity Breakouts method that uses momentum based swing trading to find 3 to 5 day swing trades for 8 to 40% profit.

You will learn about Stockbee Episodic Pivots Breakout method which uses Post Earnings Announcement Drift (PEAD) to find stocks that had a game changing earnings and that are likely to rally for 3 months to 12 months.

You will learn about  Stockbee Dollar Breakout method that uses momentum, range expansion and swing trading approach to find 5 to 40 dollar moves in high priced stocks.

You will learn about  Stockbee Lemonade Strategy for 401k which uses market timing and momentum to invest in 401k. You will get weekly update on how I am using the strategy on our 401k to do allocation decision.

You will learn about Stockbee Market Monitor method for market timing using breadth. It allows you to avoid risky periods in market and allows you to identify market turns. It is used for 401k allocation decisions.

You will learn about Stockbee Double Trouble method to find stock with confirmed upside momentum using anchored momentum and that are likely to continue their up move.

You will learn about Stockbee Night Time is Right Time method to find news catalyst based trade ideas for short term day trade and swing trade.

You will learn about Investor's Business Daily’s IBD 200 list and how it can be used to find swing trading candidates for explosive moves.

You will learn about Telechart 2000 and how to use it effectively to scan for swing and position trade ideas and to set up your 401k strategy.

You will learn about Jesse Livermore Range Breakout, Darvas Box setup, and many other member shared methods.

You will learn how to set up your own scans, select right kind of stocks, how to set up stops, when to enter , when to exit, how much to risk, how to track your trades and all other details about trading. You will learn about developing your own methods and not relying on others for trade ideas.

The site has hundreds of videos and trading methods and variation of methods. Members help each other in developing the methods and share actively their research and finding. A collaborative spirit allows you to get input from others on your trading ideas or problems.

The site gives you opportunity to interact with some of the most successful traders and learn from them about their trading methods. It is a vibrant community with members from different background and experience willing to help each other. The emphasis is on continuous learning and up gradation of market knowledge and setup knowledge. The members range from hedge fund employees, financial advisers, active swing traders, investors and new traders.

If you are looking to develop your own trading strategy the membership site might be for you. You have to be willing to put in the effort to build your own method. There are no silver bullets offered on members site. Every method, every scan, every nuance is detailed and all possible help is offered to design your own method.

Do you have a trial?

If you are just looking for trial you are better off trying thousands of other trading sites that offer free trial or one month trial and offer you promise of riches.

It is for those who are ready beyond the trial phase and ready to put serious months or years  of efforts to learn to trade on their own. It is for those who want to learn to find their own fish.

The free blog has all the details about the methods I trade and if you go through the posts highlighted in the sidebar you will learn about them.



How can I become a member?

To sign up go to www.stockbee.biz and follow the sign up process. The site uses Paypal for payment processing.

A breadth thrust


Since the beginning of this year the market has attempted to breakout to high 3 times and had trouble. This time we are witnessing a 5 day rally , will it break the range.

The breadth during this attempt has picked up in last few days and we are getting a breadth thrust of 2 plus. That is a good sign.


In few weeks the earnings season is starting. The earning season will decide  the fate of this move. If earnings exceed expectations then the move will take out high, if earnings are so so then expect more volatility. 

Personal Effectiveness Blog

Posted on 7/03/2011

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As there is lot of psychology related discussion on this site which is not directly related to trading, I continuously get emails and requests for focusing on this subject daily or asking for books or resources on the topic.

As there is overwhelming demand for this topic the stockbeewp site site focuses on psychology for day to day life for Stockbee blog readers.


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