Right off the bat I felt that we were not going to have a lot of actionable ideas from yesterday’s watch-list based on the gap up pre market.  I’m not a big fan of buying gap ups especially one that comes after an extended move.  What ended up happening is a gap and crap, the $SPY traded as high as $201.75 before settling at $200.50.
A few things that you should know about this swing strategy;
  1. 1.  It’s main goal is to get you in when stocks are moving and keep you out in choppy/sloppy markets, it is imperative that you allowed the market to get you in only when the stocks go through their previous day’s high.
  2. 2.  Your awareness of how the market is behaving is crucial, this will give you an idea of how hard to push the envelope.  My best indicator for this is my rolling 5 day watch-list.
  3. 3. Swing trading is a numbers game, you are going to be wrong half the time, risk management is above all, and many times you will have nothing to do like yesterday because the market did not get you in. We are not looking for any action, we are looking for the right action.
  4. 4.  Don’t be penny wise, don’t try to anticipate a move just because the chart looks good.  You can have a great looking tight set up with a stock coiling for 10 days but who is to say that it won’t coil for another 5 days.  If you anticipate the range expansion you might buy something that is not ready to go and it will only frustrate you and lower your odds of a winning trade.
  5. 5.  For me this list is a one way list – long bias.  I do not look at this list as a long or short list, long and short are two different games with different dynamics.
  6. 6. You need to be extremely organized.  Most if not all your work will be done pre-market and you will spend the day just executing or you can just automated it with buy orders after 9:45am.
Today’s list is short as well, not many names and I felt like I stretched a little to put some of these names on the list; (yesterday’s cautionary signal came and went)
The Process;
Every morning I go through a few of my scans to find buy candidates for the day.  Depending on the current state of the market the size of the list will vary, usually its no more than 50 names.  My process is based on market structure not on beliefs or myths of what works– or what doesn’t work.  They are certain behavioral patterns that have been around for 100 years that are based on market structure, these behavioral patterns are recognizable, observable, and quantifiable.  On daily basis we have 5,000 stocks that we filter based on certain market structures that gives us an edge of a higher probability than a random outcome.  Once the list is narrowed to a handful of names the market will further narrow down the list by getting us in or keeping us out of these names with a range expansion move.
 I don’t look at charts in your conventional cookie cutter manner, or have rules as to where the stock should be whether its 15% off its 52 week highs or above or below certain moving averages etc…
These are what I consider “tight set ups” that will trigger a buy signal for me if  and only when they break the previous day’s high.  On a regular trading day I would indiscriminately take every trigger because you just don’t know which one will be the big winner, you might have an idea but in the end you don’t know.
How much you put at risk per trade depends for the most part what your current outlook is for the market over the next 0-5 days.
Put these names on your trading platform, set the alerts at yesterday’s high for each name, once the alert goes off take a look at the chart, decided within 3 seconds whether or not you are going to buy it, decide how much you want to risk on the trade and your stop loss, hit the buy button, and leave the rest up to the market, wash, rinse, repeat.
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