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15Dec3:50 pmEST

Moving Through the Commodity Complex; Chess Moves

After selling above $25 to scale partial gains, my ultra-long gold position, DGP, has come cratering down today. With a small loss now, I sold the final piece of the position at $23.90 from my $24.12 entry. The loss is quite small. And considering I got out with wins in NUGT early last week and the first piece of DGP, I am pleased to have...

12Dec3:30 pmEST

Rain is a Good Thing; Chess Moves

As per the bullish setup I posted the other day on Stocktwits, I went long CORN at $27.25 just now, placing 4% of my trading portfolio capital in the position. My stop-loss would be if we see a close under $26. Back in a bit with the chart update.

12Dec1:52 pmEST

Update on a Chess Piece

I am still short the mega rail UNP, representing about 6% of my trading portfolio capital. I have cushion on my initial entry, above $118. On the updated daily chart, below, you can see the rail flipping back to nearly flat after a bounce at the open. I am sticking with the short because I view the highlighted consolidation as being a "bear...

11Dec10:25 amEST

Cutting Two Early Losers; Chess Moves

As you might imagine, I do not like the action in both natural gas and the biotechnology sector this morning, relative to the long and short positions I hold in each, respectively. Because my style is to religiously keep losses contained, I cut both positions here. I sold UGAZ in front of the natural gas inventory report at $8.68 from the $9.04...

10Dec3:12 pmEST

Making More Chess Moves

I closed out the rest of my NUGT long at $13.20, from my $13.09 entry, to avoid turning a winner into a loser. Yesterday, I took off part of the nice win in this blog post . As usual, precious metals and miners are tough to trade, which is why I am so fastidious about staying disciplined with them. I also went long BIS, the ultra-short...

10Dec2:04 pmEST

Adding to a Winner; Chess Moves

I added more to my UNP short position, marking it up to a 6% portfolio position now. I added to the short, just now, at  $113.72 after my original entry at $118.73 in this blog post . Rails continue to get hit. And the UNP hourly chart, below, is flashing signs of breaking down below a bear pennant pattern (highlighted). I am keeping my...

10Dec1:12 pmEST

Swimming with Sharks; Chess Moves

Natural gas has been a tough one to trade for a while now. But I am fortunate to have taken down some big winners in the UGAZ, triple-long natural gas ETF, in many instances over the past year or two due to disciplined trading, technicals, and strict stop-loss adherence. With this in mind, I went long UGAZ at $9.04 with a protective stop-loss...

09Dec3:47 pmEST

Scaling Some Fast Gains; Chess Moves

As per my trades posted here yesterday, I sold 1/2 of DGP and 1/2 of NUGT, both long positions, levered to gold and the gold miners. I sold 1/2 of DGP at $25.37 from the $24.13 entry yesterday, moving my stop up to break-even. The position is now 2% of my portfolio. I sold 1/2 of NUGT at $14.45 from the $13.09 entry yesterday I blogged...

08Dec3:58 pmEST

Going Long the Miners; Chess Moves

In addition to going long the yellow metal itself, which I discussed in my last blog post here , I am now long the gold miners. I placed 4% of my trading portfolio capital into a long NUGT position. NUGT is the triple-long senior gold miner ETF. Gold miners reversed higher this afternoon, following gold itself higher. And I am playing for...

08Dec2:10 pmEST

Kiss That Frog; Chess Moves

I just placed 4% of my trading portfolio capital into long DGP position, which is the ultra-long gold ETF. The yellow precious metal is still routinely mocked, as are gold bugs. But recent lows appear to be holding, and gold is outperforming the entire precious metals and miners complex. I entered the trade at $24.13 with a stop-loss below $22...

05Dec3:42 pmEST

The Last Good Train Ride; Chess Moves

Headed into the weekend, I placed 4% of my trading portfolio capital into a short Union Pacific position, at $118.73, with a cover-stop over $124. I playing for the stock to at least hit $110, if not lower, before earnings in late-January 2015. I have shorted this multi-year winning mega rail a few times in recent quarters with mixed results....

03Dec3:50 pmEST

Flattening Out Into the Bell; Chess Moves

With major Nasdaq component AAPL regaining $116 into the bell, it appears, I elected to cut my starter position in SQQQ (ultra-short ETF of the QQQ) at $28.65 from my $29.23 entry for a loss. The theory behind the trade was that the Nasdaq would pull in more immediately. But even with premier names like AMZN pulling back, the Nazzy held in...

01Dec3:41 pmEST

Making a Move on the Nasdaq; Chess Moves

I placed 4% of my trading portfolio capital into a long SQQQ position, just now, at $29.23. SQQQ is the ultra-short Nasdaq ETF. I am playing for major Nasdaq components, such as AAPL GOOG, among others, to pull back in the coming days, dragging the Nasdaq down with them and their heavy weighings. My protective stop-loss on the trade is if SQQQ...

01Dec9:55 amEST

Locking in the Rest of an Energy Winner; Chess Moves

I sold the rest of my ERY long (triple-short energy sector ETF) at $22.21 just now, closing out the final 2% portfolio position it was. I had previously taken partial profits at at $21.66 from my $18.32 entry discussed in this blog post . Energy stocks are trying to bounce fem oversold conditions this morning, which is enough for me to step...

28Nov10:19 amEST

Locking in Some Fast Gains; Chess Moves

With energy stocks immediately getting pounded after my ERY purchase on Wednesday (ERY is the triple-short ETF for the energy sector), I find myself up a large percentage move in a very brief period of time. As a result, and due to the XLE gapping free and clear below its daily chart Bollinger Band (below), thus rendering it quite oversold...

26Nov2:17 pmEST

Drillers Getting Drilled; Chess Moves

With the weakness in many energy names persisting today, I went long ERY (the triple-short energy sector ETF) at $18.32. I placed 4% of my trading portfolio into this position, with a protective stop-loss below $17 if I am wrong. Energy stocks have shown relative weakness for a while now, along with crude oil. I have seen plenty of...

26Nov10:05 amEST

The Way I See it, Everybody Takes a Loss Sometimes; Chess Moves

With the resurgent strength in Facebook, I elected to cover my short position, which was 6% of my portfolio, at $76.27 from $74.09 and $73.62 entries for a loss. The short looked promising, but buyers defended the potential breakdown in the near-term. The stock is up against a 50-day moving average, however, and my be back in my short radar if...

21Nov10:08 amEST

Cutting Two Losers: Chess Moves

I sold down two losers into the market's gap higher from the overnight surprise rate cut out of China. I sold my FAZ (triple-short financials) long at $13.70 from a $14.04 entry. And I sold the SWHC long @ $9.84 from my $10.06 entry. As is my style, I keep focused on containing those losing trades, so that when I do come across big winners like...

20Nov11:57 amEST

A Holiday Squeeze of the Trigger: Chess Moves

I just placed 4% of my portfolio into a long Smith & Wesson position, at $10.06. My protective stop-loss is if the stock loses $9.80 on a closing basis. SWHC is the heavily-shorted firearms maker. There are a few reasons to be bearish about the stock, in terms of inventory gluts, potential legislative risk, and a chart which has been in a...

19Nov3:38 pmEST

Shifting from Long Commodities to Short Equities

I tried to get as much meat off the bone as I could in the commodities trades of late, with nice wins in UGAZ and partially in NUGT. But I just got stopped on the last piece of NUGT for break-even. And I took a less than 2% loss in an day-trade of crude oil long today, as it was not strong enough to carry overnight. And I also sold my AGQ...

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