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The End of Volatility

Feb 17th, 2017 | By | Category: Steven Spencer (Steve's) Blogs
During the first three years of my trading career I participated in a stock market that seemed to move 1%+ almost every day. That market was built for short term traders. But during that same time period regulators pushed through a series of market structure changes that I believe laid the foundation for a long term decline in stock market volatility. I now believe those structural changes as well as other technological developments make it unlikely the price gyrations that were once common place will ever return. Structural Changes In 1997 the SEC approved the alternative quotation networks known as ECNs to offer competing Read more [...]


Sometimes Good News is The Best News To Short

Feb 2nd, 2017 | By | Category: Steven Spencer (Steve's) Blogs
Recently, an inexperienced trader asked me about a stock that traded lower after reporting great news. As any experienced trader will tell you, often that is a great opportunity to get short. Yesterday, Facebook reported amazing earnings with a slew of positive metrics. In the after hours it traded to a new all time high above 137. Yet, I got short in the after hours around 137 and then added to the position in the pre-market below 135. In this morning's video I discuss my trading plan for the day and possible patterns that Facebook might follow. Facebook has a history of gapping higher initially following a strong earnings report Read more [...]


Misery–Nothing Worked Today $CREE $STX $EAT

Jan 26th, 2017 | By | Category: General Comments, Steven Spencer (Steve's) Blogs
(1/25/17) Things didn't work out so well today. Technically, EAT trade idea worked perfectly but I forgot to enter my "trading script" pre-market so I missed the short at 46, which worked perfectly trading down $2 to our first support area. It's actually my second favorite setup for a stock reporting earnings: poor EPS & guidance that pops to well defined resistance right on Open and fails. No excuses for missing this one. Nailed the levels perfectly. Finished our AM Meeting at 9:10AM so had 20 minute to enter all my scripts prior to market Open. The next two stocks: STX & CREE are a different story. Got stopped Read more [...]


Three Opening Trades–Review BABA MMM VZ

Jan 25th, 2017 | By | Category: Steven Spencer (Steve's) Blogs, Trading Ideas, Trading Lesson
Yesterday, I made the below three trades on the Open based on our morning game plan and strategies we teach on the prop desk. It is important to spend time reviewing your trades each day to determine if you followed your trading plan and identify possible improvements on execution. BABA (win)---good #s. With large recent runup no great setup but expect some initial profit taking before any bounce. Look for failure at 104. Didn’t get short off on 104 failure as wasn’t on desk. Got long flush near 101 w/ stop below 100.50. Not huge confidence in this trade because Chinese name so anything possible but $3 from resistance Read more [...]


Did A Short SetupTrigger in JPM?

Jan 17th, 2017 | By | Category: Steven Spencer (Steve's) Blogs, Trading Ideas
Following JPM's earnings report it gapped higher then faded the rest of the day. Steve Spencer discusses a possible short setup. Steven Spencer is the co-founder of SMB Capital and SMB University which provides trading education in stocks, options, forex and futures. He has traded professionally for 20 years. His email address is: [email protected] No relevant positions Read more [...]


Trade Review: Long Gold

Nov 27th, 2016 | By | Category: General Comments
In this video I share my thought process on why I opened a GLD long trade. If you are interested in watching and learning about these trades in real time check out a Trader90 trial which includes all of our trading tools.   Steven Spencer is the co-founder of SMB Capital and SMB University which provides trading education in stocks, options, forex and futures. He has traded professionally for 20 years. His email address is: [email protected] Steve Spencer is long GLD Read more [...]


Understanding Market Turning Points

Oct 14th, 2016 | By | Category: Steven Spencer (Steve's) Blogs, Trading Lesson
Short term traders make thousands of trades each year. But not every trade is of equal importance to our bottom line. We develop a trading plan for every trade regardless of how large or small the opportunity, but with experience we begin to identify the trades that offer the greatest upside and the best risk/reward. I have found in my 20+ years of trading that identifying potential turning points in the market can make a dramatic difference in your trading results each year. On these days the risk/reward is magnified for making broader market trades, and many individual names will establish important short term tops/bottoms Read more [...]


Fading An Earnings Gap–Darden Restaurants

Oct 12th, 2016 | By | Category: General Comments
In this video I discuss my thought process for shorting DRI after they released their earnings report. This follows a video from a few weeks ago in which I shorted RHT. Understanding the catalysts where an earnings gap is likely to fail can help you increase your win %. Add these to your playbook if they make sense to you. Steven Spencer is the co-founder of SMB Capital and SMB University which provides trading education in stocks, options, forex and futures. He has traded professionally for 20 years. His email address is: [email protected] No relevant position Our Fall Mentoring Program Begins Next Week Read more [...]