Current Short Positions (stop losses in parentheses): TICC ($10.28), MCD ($77.74), CTXS ($64.13), MENT ($11.08), GS $(160.40), HRS ($44.99), HTZ ($11.78), KR ($22.36)
Current Short Positions (stop-losses in parentheses): None
Bias: 73% Long
Economic Reports Due Out (times are EST): Retail Sales (8:30 a.m.), Empire State Manufacturing Survey (8:30 a.m.), Business Inventories (10 a.m.)
My Observations and What to Expect
* Futures are slightly up.
* Asian markets were mixed. European markets are rallying off their lows, but still remain mixed in their returns.
* The S&P 500 broke and closed below the 10-day average. Throughout the duration of the current trend, when this has happened, there has been a strong rally the following market session.
* The current trendline flattened out a little more — something that has consistently taken place throughout this rally. But no lower low has been established.
* S&P found support at the 20-day moving average, which it has not closed below since Sept. 1.
* On the weekly charts, the S&P held support at the 200-week moving average. A break below this moving average could signal a major move downward.
* We’ll have POMO every day this week. The full schedule can be found here.
* One big question on Wall Street is whether QE2 will represent a “sell-the-news” type of event.
* The volume from the previous two market sessions has been nothing spectacular.
* The main goal for the bulls is to hold the 20-day moving average; best-case scenario is close above the previous day’s highs at 1,210, or reclaiming the 10-day moving average.
* Throughout 2010, the bears have been burned numerous times by not taking profits after significant market sell-offs. This could lead to them being all too willing to do so today.
* The bears should aim to close below the 20-day moving average at 1,195, and the lows from Friday. Ideally, a close below 1,183 would cause a lot of problems for the bulls.
Actions I Will Be Taking
* May add one or two new positions to the portfolio should the market stabilize today.
* If the market closes below the 20-day moving average, I will close out my long positions as a result.
* Follow me in the SharePlanner Chat-Room today for all my live trades, including my day trades.
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