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Keep Ahead of the Game

As my subscribers can tell you, I’m far from a “perma-bear”… or an eternal optimist. I simply want to get into winning trades — no matter what the market is doing — and take the openings I see before the world catches on.

So, if I can impart a single piece of advice today, it’s this… Keep in mind that what you see on a stock chart, that’s the past. The key to our Trader’s Advantage success is our ability to look around the corner and determine what’s heading our way.

As traders, if we have a clear picture of what’s coming, then all we need is a strategy. In Trader’s Advantage, we employ a three-pronged plan of attack:

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Jon Markman

Editor, Trader's Advantage

Jon uses over 25 years of swing-trade experience to capture profits in 90 days or less. Learn How…

Market Gives Back Much of Monday's Gain

Stocks traded lower on Tuesday in sync with a round of lackluster earnings reports and disappointing consumer confidence data.

Shares of major retailers and materials producers led the market lower, while consumer staples and utilities were the only major sectors in positive territory.

In today's Trader's Advantage, we'll review the current trades, including a couple of new entries.

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Small- and Mid-Caps Continue to Rule

This year has not been as bad as you might think. The crazy election season has made people a little depressed, but stocks are actually doing pretty well: The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) is up 6.6% so far this year with dividends, with two more months to go. That is dead-center for long-term market returns. If it keeps up, 2016 will go down as a perfectly average year for the market.

The riskier areas of the market are also in gear despite the recent flatness. The iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) is up 9.4%, and the iShares Core S&P Midcap ETF (IJH) is up 10.7%.

In today's Trader's Advantage, we'll take a look at the areas of the market that are driving the advance — some of which might surprise you — then review our trades, including the new Pentaphor line-up for this week.

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Mixed Signals Making Investors Cautious

Stocks rattled around the unchanged line over the past week as investors balanced a mostly positive set of quarterly earnings reports with a mostly negative set of economic data updates.

Mix in more comments from Federal Reserve officials suggesting that the next round of multiple interest rate hikes will start in December, come hell or high water, and investors just did not feel very motivated to buy in bulk this week.

In today’s Trader’s Advantage, we’ll focus on our Pentaphor trades as well as the other open positions in our portfolio.

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Investors Selling at Every Opportunity

Stocks started in the red this morning, tried to get up off the mat a few times, but kept getting trampled.

This is very odd behavior for the third week of October, particularly in an election year, as investors should be celebrating some fairly decent earnings reports and looking past the trough of weak earnings to a better, brighter environment ahead. Instead, investors are selling at every opportunity.

In today's Trader's Advantage, we’ll look at our Pentaphor trades, review some open positions, and check back in on the Watch List.

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