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Enhancing Trader Performance with Classics in Technical Analysis

Dec 21st, 2014 | By | Category: General Comments
*****David Blair, The Crosshairs Trader, is a blogger/trader/educator who does a wonderful job of sharing research on elite performance and how it relates to trading. Below is his latest post for the SMB trading community.***** — Editor’s Note “If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants."  Sir Isaac Newton We are all influenced in one way or another, good or bad, by what we read and study.  Technical analysts are influenced by the books (= authors) they read, with the “trading greats” eventually settling on specific and well defined trading edges that they can claim as their Read more [...]


The Two Best Trades Working in this Market (Webinar Replay)

Dec 12th, 2014 | By | Category: General Comments
SMB partners Steve Spencer and I held a free webinar last night: The Two Best Trades Working in this Market. You can find the replay here. Spencer discussed trades working best in this market. I discussed my favorite trade, when a company announces changing fundamentals. Learn new setups Hosted by SMB Partners Steve Spencer and Mike Bellafiore Q&A from attendees Entries and Exits of trades with edge in this current market Our new SMBU Premium training resource announced We hope this webinar helps you improve your trading. "You can be better tomorrow than you are today!" Bella Author, One Good Read more [...]


How to Prepare for the Trading Open (Benzinga Interview with Mike Bellafiore)

Dec 9th, 2014 | By | Category: General Comments
I recently did a spot on Benzinga's Premarket Prep. Benzinga and I discuss: 1) My trade strategy to trade stocks that can close Low of Day or High of Day 2) How I prepare for the Open 3) What chart time-frames I use 4) Legendary traders and investors 5) HFTs and how we avoid them 6) What stocks I have learned from crunching my trading stats that I trade best Mike Bellafiore is the Co-Founder of SMB Capital and SMBU, which provides trading education in stocks, options, forex and futures. Bella is the author of One Good Trade and The PlayBook. He welcomes your trading questions at mbellafiore@smbcap.com. *no relevant Read more [...]


The Two Best Trades Working in this Market (Webinar Sign Up Here)

Dec 8th, 2014 | By | Category: General Comments
Join us this Thursday 4:30PM EST for a Free SMBU Webinar: The Two Best Trades Working in this Market. Steve Spencer will discuss his favorite setup, The Money Trade.  I will discuss my favorite trade. Click here to attend the event. Learn new setups Hosted by SMB Partners Steve Spencer and Mike Bellafiore Q&A until all questions are answered Entries and Exits of trades with edge in this current market Our new SMBU Premium training resource will be announced We look forward to seeing you at our next webinar for the trading community. "You can be better tomorrow than you are today!" Bella Author, Read more [...]


Trading Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades

Dec 2nd, 2014 | By | Category: General Comments
On the Open I saw an analyst downgrade trade opportunity.  You could hear this on our desk: Me: Why is this AGIO down? Me: Anyone see anything other than the JP Morgan downgrade in $AGIO (Agios Pharmaceuticals)? All I saw on my news wires was this: You could hear more from me on the desk: Me: Anything coming across Bloomberg about $AGIO? Me: Anyone buying this $AGIO? Me: What am I missing here in this AGIO?  It's down 7 percent and only on a downgrade. There was no other news that anyone on our desk saw about AGIO other than the JPM downgrade.  And it was down 7 percent. In SMB Real-Time I chatted: I Read more [...]


Trade with Distinction in Best Buy

Dec 1st, 2014 | By | Category: General Comments
I love to short stocks whose margins are under pressure.  This is a news catalyst that can bring new selling and shorting. Margins are how much a company makes on the product they sell.  If they make less per item then their core business will become weaker generally.  The only way to offset this is with increased volume.  But absent a note that their sales gross revenue is increasing, stocks usually find weakness.  We saw a possible example in BBY today, with the note below on our SMB Scanner. I like to see the markets as trading patterns.  I should love this short trade right?  Not quite.  I am short.  I Read more [...]


How a Stock Can Trade When Their Dividend is Cut (Seadrill)

Nov 26th, 2014 | By | Category: General Comments
In the premarket Seadrill, an offshore driller, announced it was suspending its dividend as this headlines shows: This is news of changing fundamentals in a stock that gets my attention.  When a company suspends its dividend many shareholders HAVE to sell as that offering no longer fits their investment strategy.  Further the suspension of a dividend signals financial weakness in a company as they now have a weaker cash position.  In short, there will be many new sellers in a company that is now newly weaker than yesterday. I love to trade changing fundamentals trades.  Even after SDRL gapped down on this news there Read more [...]


Trader’s Ask: Should I Use a Time Stop in Alibaba?

Nov 24th, 2014 | By | Category: General Comments
Hey Bella sorry to bother you again intraday.  I'm very close to having having gotten ride of my over trading tenancies/urges and will start pulling the trigger on better trades2hold in the coming days/weeks. BABA though, it formed a support at 112.10 - 12.15ish. When you get long.  Two questions. 1.) If you got long at 112.12 do you hold BABA regardless of elapsed time (and only exit of it breaches a price level) or do you give it an allotted time limited before you exit? (assuming BABA just sits at 112.20 area and doesn't move) 2.) If the price starts to compress and hold lower and tighter towards 112.10 do you exit Read more [...]


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