STTG Market Recap October 16, 2014


Indexes dipped at the open once again but stabilized as the day went by on jawboning from the Fed. That said, it was more of less selling than a lot of buying pressure. The S&P 500 gained 0.01% and the NASDAQ 0.05%. A Federal Reserve official said the central bank should consider delaying the end of stimulus plans, which as usual made traders happy. In economic news, U.S. industrial production rose 1.0% in September, versus expectations of 0.4%.

Continue reading

STTG Market Recap October 2, 2014


Indexes opened flat Thursday but sold off quite sharply in the morning before deeply oversold conditions led to a decent bounce to finish back near the unchanged line. The S&P 500 was fractionally higher while the NASDAQ gained 0.18%. We will have the monthly employment data premarket tomorrow so that should sway tomorrow’s mood. Some of the morning selling could be attributed to Europe

Continue reading

STTG Market Recap August 19, 2014


Another gap up to start Tuesday as bulls have taken back control of the markets. After the initial surge at the open most of the rest of the day was quite quiet actually. The Commerce Department reported beginning home construction rose 15.7 percent last month from June, while starts for volatile multi-family homes jumped 33 percent.

Continue reading

STTG Market Recap July 18, 2014


In yesterday’s recap when describing the late day selloff we wrote:

All the typical knee jerk reactions took place – U.S. Treasuries were bid up, oil and gold spiked, as did volatility etc. How much of this is real humans trading and how much is just computers trading with each other we will soon see.

One must keep in mind how computerized the market has become. When a news event hits a lot of the automatic trading goes into overdrive and there is little one can take from it most of the time. It becomes a market on autopilot. Of course if it is followed by more bad news than humans generally will pile on in the days following but as we saw today when all these knee jerk reactions happen so quickly, often we see a quick reversal soon after. Considering the market was very short term oversold per the NYSE McClellan Oscillator – we also had that on the bulls side for at least a quick short term bounce.

Continue reading

STTG Market Recap July 17, 2014


Indexes were in a light pullback mode until news hit of the Malaysian Airlines crash, which accelerated selling significantly. At the end of the day the S&P 500 fell 1.18% and the NASDAQ 1.41%. This was the biggest one day drop for the S&P 500 since early April, as most of the pullbacks this spring came in the NASDAQ not the S&P 500 or Dow Jones. All the typical knee jerk reactions took place – U.S. Treasuries were bid up, oil and gold spiked, as did volatility etc. How much of this is real humans trading and how much is just computers trading with each other we will soon see.

Continue reading

STTG Market Recap April 16, 2014


We missed an interesting session yesterday with our quarterly survey so it is worth mentioning it today. The market was very volatile yesterday but sometimes that can cause a shakeout of sorts when it comes at the end of a correction. Also the NASDAQ hit a key moving average – the 200 day – which if nothing else is usually a place for momentum to reverse in the near term. Was that the end of the correction? Of course we never know until after the fact but creating a new low and then surging off it can sometimes signal a key reversal. As for today, the Federal Reserve continues to try to massage the market’s nerves and Janet Yellen helped lift spirits, pushing the S&P500 up 1.05% and the NASDAQ 1.29%.

Continue reading

STTG Market Recap January 30, 2014


Stocks continued a very volatile week, as we saw another bounce today off short term oversold levels. The S&P 500 added 1.13% and the NASDAQ 1.77%. Facebook’s large gain, which we discussed yesterday, helped lift many boats in the tech sector – Twitter and LinkedIn both had very large gains. January will be a down month and some believe a bad start to the year bodes ill for the entire year but some analysis today noted: “In 12 of the 21 Januarys since 1960 in which stocks traded lower have seen the subsequent 11 months trade higher including four of the last five instances.”

Continue reading

STTG Market Recap January 7, 2014


Yesterday we noted that while there were a decent amount of three day selloffs in 2013, the four day selloff was rare indeed, so it would be interesting to see if the bulls showed up today. Indeed they did, with futures up sharply and the market never looking back after gapping up at the open. The S&P 500 gained 0.61% while tech stocks led the NASDAQ higher, to a gain of 0.96%. Keep in mind tomorrow afternoon we get the release of the Fed minutes from the meeting where they cut quantitative easing. The key economic report of the day was the trade deficit which fell to the smallest level in 4 years as energy exports have created a mini boom in the U.S.

Continue reading

Log, Store, and Analyze Your Trades

Whether you're a new or seasoned investor, the StockTradingToGo Trade Log helps you trade better:
  • Step 1 - Add trades
  • Step 2 - Mark strategies and mistakes
  • Step 3 - Analyze your results
  • Step 4 - Improve your trading
Get Started Now