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Unmasking The VooDoo: Trends
Nowhere but in the financial and commodity markets do people want to buy more as the price goes higher.
Unmasking The Voodoo: Chart Patterns
What is happening now is the bulls see a cheap price at the pattern bottom. The bears see an expensive price at the top. Both act accordingly. Nobody has enough nerve to do anything else.
Unmasking The VooDoo: Guru Calls
The Dow 7500 level was the arguable bottom of the July 1997 - January 1998 trading range.
Unmasking The VooDoo: Fibonacci
Both the hammer and Fibonacci are tools used in their respective fields. A hammer is used in carpentry to, among other things, frame a house. A Fibonacci retracement is used in investment analysis to frame the market's recent move.
Unmasking The VooDoo: Sentiment
Sentiment is the true oddball of technical analysis because it is the only analysis that seeks to figure out what traders are thinking.
Unmasking The Voodoo: Moving Averages
Pundits and journalists like to report when the market breaks one of the more widely followed moving averages. Here we take a look at what a move through an average - or a "crossover" - really means.
The Fallacy Of Analogs
Stocks and bonds sometimes move together and sometimes they move opposite from each other. Sometimes they compete for investor dollars and sometimes they are risk-on Vs. risk-off proxies.
Unmasking The VooDoo - Head-And-Shoulders
Whenever I think about the head-and-shoulders pattern, I always seem to go back to the late, great Mark Haines of CNBC who in the summer of 2009 asked every guest, if they were worried about the head-and-shoulders pattern that formed in the market.
Unmasking The Voodoo - Cup With Handle
Anyone who ever discovered a relationship in the stock market and decided to go public with it probably created an indicator - which they named after themselves - or described a pattern or cycle and gave it a really catchy name.
Unmasking The Voodoo Of Chart Reading
Charts are tools. You have to make the decision for yourself and at no time will you (or should you) think you have certainty. You are playing the odds. And all you can do is control what you do - buy, sell or hold.
Hershey Kisses Support
Hershey tanked overnight after the takeover bid by Mondelez was pulled. But looking at the chart it is now in a rather nice support area as other, non-takeover factors come back into play.
Nvidia May Be Out Of Juice
Nvidia has been a runaway train and every attempt to pick a top was crushed. However, all good things do eventually come to an end and with an earnings-based gap up Friday this is a good candidate for that end - at least temporarily.
Real Estate Flipping Red Flag
When real estate activity is all by investors watch out below.
E Follow-Through Day? Just So Wrong Here
Even though the O'Neil follow-through-day did not signal, the environment was all wrong even if it did.
Finding Success Where Indicators Fail
Not every stock is going to be a winner, but a portfolio of technically sound stocks is going to throw off a nice mix of winners and (limited) losers for a very healthy net profit at the end of the day.
Quick Takes Pro - Premarket Comments 9/9/14
Premarket commentary for traders and investors.
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