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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…

Bulls Keeping Up the Good Fight

Stocks continued their rally today through the 2,090 level for the S&P, near their best levels in afternoon trading. Small caps lagged slightly, but still higher on the day. Gold drifted lower, and crude oil was higher.

Energy led the market higher amid the strength in oil, with materials hot on their heels. Utilities were the only major sector that traded lower.

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More Bad Press in Retail Fails to Keep Market Down

Stocks climbed higher throughout Tuesday's session despite a lack of any evident catalysts. April new home sales were surprisingly strong, but corporate earnings reports were mostly worse than expected, led by big misses at electronics retailer Best Buy (BBY) and footware discount chain DSW (DSW).

Tech, health care and financials led the way higher in a session that saw the S&P 500 Volatility Index (VIX) close just below 14.50, down 8.8%. In today's Trader's Advantage, I'll review the options profits we took after my earlier alert. Then we'll look at the latest happenings among our remaining trades — several of which saw gains far outpacing those of the major indexes.

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Why Energy Bulls Should Seize the Day

Stocks sleep-walked through the Monday session, occasionally bumping into a wall…and turning around and heading another direction… then turning around and hitting another wall.

In today's Trader's Advantage, we'll use the lessons of 2002 and 2008 to inform our approach to energy stocks amid the wave of defaults. I'll also recap the option position we closed today, another that we opened, and share my latest recommendations.

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Week Ends on Positive Note

Stocks ended roughly flat for the week after moving higher in Friday's session. Treasuries were little changed across the curve, the U.S. dollar was a little stronger against the yen, gold finished down 0.2%, and crude oil closed down 0.7%.

It was a quiet day for news, and volume was light. There was some focus on how equities have held up amid the recent re-pricing of monetary policy expectations: fairly well, when you consider that, in the past, the news we got Wednesday from the Fed might have shocked the market into negative feedback loops.

Notwithstanding a big spike on Thursday amid news of a potential terrorist attack aboard an EgyptAir flight, the S&P 500 Volatility Index (VIX) slid about 3% lower on the week, which suggests that the anxiety that had washed over investors is abating.

In today's Trader's Advantage, I have two new stock trades for you. I'll also recap our successful earnings play and provide my latest instructions for our remaining trades.

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