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3D Systems and Me

Still hanging on, white knuckles and all :-( .

Triple D tested my patience today but since its test of support has not failed I held on for a wild ride.  3D Systems and me; an over hyped company in an over hyped industry and a hype-o-phobe holding it as the punch drunk bulls continue to bail.  Yes, sounds about right.  This is one of several ‘bounce’ longs in a net long – but very cash heavy – portfolio.  We have clear parameters for this stock market bounce.



US Stock Market; Bounce Upcoming?

The US stock market is negative pre-open, but don’t be surprised if we get a strong bounce soon.  It could be a trade-able bounce.  I have bought a couple items in anticipation and am watching several more.

A bounce is a bounce; a trade.  It is what happens on a would-be bounce that will be important going forward.  What will the market do at resistance?  That will tell us a lot about what this thus far mini correction will be, another quickie or something more lasting.

SPX has firm support at around 1800.


One of the leaders, NDX needs to bottom shortly and make a ‘higher low’ to February or it is going to activate a bearish intermediate signal.

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Bear Funds Not Over Bought

The actively managed HDGE is not over bought and just now making a breakout.  That is a scary thought for stock market bulls.  It’s not just HDGE either.  Go have a look at SPXU, SOXS and the other leveraged bear funds out there.  They are just now breaking out and also generally not over bought.

HDGE is one that was mentioned yesterday in a subscriber update.  It could be a more sensible way to play 2014 from the bear side.  I plan to play it both ways.  This market has made me a shorter swing trader and well, that’s what I’ll be as long as needed.  It’ll sure be more fun than that robot dream machine we had last year.


Stock Market; a Scenario

In 2001 my financial adviser advised that the people running my IRA would never allow the type of losses that I myself would suffer by trading.  Ehhhhhh… wrong!  -50% in a heartbeat.  Thanks MFS.  My wife got a 60% haircut compliments of Putnam.

I spent some time calling these fund companies pulling money out and putting it back in the markets.  In other words, I day traded them successfully, taking advantage of the bear market until finally I yanked every last penny from said financial adviser and his lame mutual fund companies and went DIY.  A couple years later happened and the rest is history, and a gain of several hundred percent on that IRA.

Anyway, preamble aside, this market has the potential to be like that phase where you successfully short the market, buy the market, short the market; i.e. trade the swings.  Take the QQQ chart for example…

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SPX Losing Support

[edit] …and here comes the EoD kick save attempt trying to put a tail on the candle.  I am hanging loose for the moment, having taken enough lumps this week and just loving me some cash.  But even if SPX gets above support, that tail on the candle could be a sign of coming weakness.

Well, say goodbye to daily support for the S&P 500; at least in-day.  This is obviously not good because it is coming after a failed stock market bounce on some Fed minutes b/s.  Cash and the search for bounce points to take longer term short positions (but really, cash and equiv’s is a position!) looks like the near term future.

RSI looks like it is going to 30 after failing to hold the upper 40′s.  The initial target would be a higher low to the January correction, assuming today remains like this.  But even if it doesn’t, the in-day breach might be meaningful.


Here’s the 60 minute view on the chart we showed yesterday…


Captain Obvious on the Stock Market

There are two things we can say about the stock market (SPY) today…

  1. This sure is not a show of strength following yesterday’s hope bounce and…
  2. That support had better hold or it is time to short the bounces

I somewhat timidly (I’m not coded to be a natural bear player, but working on it) bought the puts well above support.  I might not be so timid shorting bounces if the market breaks down.


SPY Puts

I bought puts on the bounce in SPY that will pay off if the market takes any kind of significant correction this year.  They are dated out to December.  The mental ‘stop’ would be if it looks like the recent bear hysterics were just a fuel stop for an upside blow off to come.

It’s risky because the S&P 500, unlike the the Nasdaq, never lost daily chart support.  But if SPY goes flat or keeps rolling here I’m going to hold these puts for what I’d expect to be good gains.  [edit] Taking the profit at support and wait for breakdown.  Profit came too quickly.