Is It Really That Bad?

Yesterday, ELN and WYE were massacred, by Wall Street standards, because of a drug that was being developed for Alzheimer’s disease and failed in phase II trials. The experimental drug was said to “only help half of patients and was linked with a brain-swelling side effect” by Bloomberg.com. (You can read more about it here: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&refer=news&sid=aseKG.hyyRkw) In the aftermath, ELN … Read More

The Right Stocks

You are only as good as the stocks you trade. Let me repeat this. You are only as good as the stocks you trade! This is a major point of emphasis on our desk. It is taught to trainees during their first week of training. And stressed on a regular basis to all traders at SMB. It is the reason … Read More

Just Trade

There was a bunch of chatter on our desk before the Close about a dead market. DQ, a solid young trader, was complaining, “The energy stocks stopped moving. They don’t move that well after 2:30. Nothing is movin.” I remarked, “So take a look at some of the financials, young fella.” MER was sitting there at 25, bobbing and weaving … Read More

Scalping

Scalping is an important trading technique for new traders to learn. Yesterday was a great example for why. But let me take a step back. Every so often we get a cocky young student who strides into my office and asks direct questions. The last young such kid started with, “do you just teach scalping?” A perfectly legitimate question. But … Read More

Fire Sale Prices on CROX

I have to start off by saying that I do own a pair of crocs. I don’t wear them very often out in the city but when out on vacation I sport those bad boys out. Yes, they are very comfortable and oh boy are they some ugly-looking shoes. But hey, I will give up fashion over comfort on any … Read More

Managing Your Profitable Position

During the fourth of July weekend I wrote about oil being ridiculously overpriced (see the blog entry here:Wicked oil). Over the next 2-3 sessions after blogging about it, oil sold off hard ($144 to the low $130s) but it didn’t necessary top off the way I had expected. It was a good sign but I did not have confirmation for … Read More

SMB Training Program Recognized

Well today was a proud day for me and my partner.  Dr. Steenbarger, one of the top three trading coaches in the country, wrote a very nice blog about our training program (http://traderfeed.blogspot.com/2008/07/training-successful-traders-new-breed.html).  Steve, GMan and I worked very hard to develop our training program and it is a great honor to be mentioned by Dr. Steenbarger.  On our desk I always describe … Read More

AM Meeting Summary

CHK–Support 48/48.30 Resistance 49.60. FNM–Support 11.80 Resistance 12.60. XTO–Resistance 49.20 Support 48.  WDC–Support 30. WFR–Support 42 Resistance 44. QCOM–Support 51.70 Resistance 54. WM–Big Seller at 4.04 yesterday. Followup (11:15AM): When FNM failed to break above 12.60 we shorted and covered in front of the 11.80 support.  When the support dropped we traded it on the short side again for another … Read More