Bryan Leighton's Blog – November 2011 Archive (73)

Stocks Are For Trading, Do Not Make It Personal

One of the fatal flaws that many traders make is to take stock trading personally. Often, most traders and investors will trade a particular stock several times and become comfortable with the equity, which may have its benefits. However, the problem that many traders and investor make is that when they lose on a trade in the stock they feel as though they must get even, or find the need to seek revenge on the equity.…



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Added by Bryan Leighton on November 30, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Analysis: Solar Stocks Have Reached A Bottom

The solar sector is finally participating in a rally. Throughout 2011, the solar stocks have fallen, even during great market moves to the upside. The obvious issue has been margin pressure and the problems in Europe. Europe has long been one of the biggest buyers of solar energy. Austerity measures have meant major cutbacks in solar installations. In addition, overproduction of solar cells from China have caused major price cuts. Prices of solar panels have fallen off a cliff in 2011 and…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on November 30, 2011 at 12:36pm — No Comments

Trade Lesson: Stock Market News Is Garbage

For the average person who invests or trades, saying the news is garbage is a sin. However, it is proven over and over again to be the case. The news is nothing more than a way to take money from the bottom 99% and distribute it to the top 1%. Those at the top control the news and release it to cause certain reactions. Those reactions are carefully calculated to achieve certain goals. Those controlling these avenues and directing the markets are the Federal Reserve banks around the world and…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on November 30, 2011 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Always Beware Of The Bernank

This morning, all of the major stock indexes are surging higher at the open. The early rally is sparked by global central bank intervention, The central banks around the world will provide liquidity to the large banks that cannot borrow. We must all believe that the Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is behind this move. The action by the central banks around the world is causing a massive short squeeze in the markets. Just think about how many investors went short yesterday as the…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on November 30, 2011 at 10:53am — No Comments

NASDAQ Pause Day Or All Out Weakness?

This afternoon, the highly followed NASDAQ Composite is trading slightly lower on the session. This decline in the tech heavy NASDAQ comes as the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 Index are trading higher. It is important for traders to remember that the NASDAQ Composite traded higher by 80.0 points yesterday, therefore, today's small pullback is very common after such a large price move. Often, the major stock indexes will consolidate or pause before moving higher…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on November 29, 2011 at 3:48pm — No Comments

Stock Markets Up But Watch This Big Factor

The week prior to Thanksgiving was the worst since 1932. This gives perspective on what truly is going on in the market. While the average investor was in panic mode and even institutions were lost in the horror of the market, we were slowly accumulating long position. Those long positions are paying huge profits this week as the markets have bounced sharply higher. The bounce is continuing today as the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY)  is trading at $120.28, +0.58…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on November 29, 2011 at 2:18pm — No Comments

Retail Pops, Can It Last?

This morning, the leading retail stocks are trading higher. The important and highly traded Retail Holder Trust (NYSEARCA:RTH) is trading higher by $1.22 to $109.84 a share. This is a very solid move for the RTH. Traders should watch for intra-day resistance around the $110.00, and $110.50 levels. When the retail sector is rallying it is usually a sign that the U.S. Consumer is spending money. Consumer spending accounts for approximately 70.0 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP)…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on November 29, 2011 at 11:09am — No Comments

Can The Market Inflate Without Gold?

At this time, gold and the major stock market indexes are synonymous. When gold rallies higher the major stock market indexes seem to rally higher as well. Gold is signaling to investors that inflation is being created by the central banks. As we all know by now, when there is inflation the major stock market indexes will react and trade higher. Just look at yesterday's market action, gold traded higher by more than $25.00 per ounce and the Dow Jones Industrial Average finished higher…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on November 29, 2011 at 10:38am — No Comments

Beware Of Weak Stocks In A Strong Market

All of the major stock indexes are rallying sharply higher today. Technology, energy, precious metals, and even the financial stocks are trading higher on the session. By all accounts the major stock indexes are holding up very well. While this rally appears strong today there are a few leading stocks that just can't seem to catch a bid. Stocks that fail to rally when the stock market is strong must be watched closely. These stocks are signaling weak relative strength compared to the…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on November 28, 2011 at 3:47pm — No Comments

Markets Prepare For Bounce - Watch This Video Now & Be Ready

Added by Bryan Leighton on November 27, 2011 at 8:47pm — No Comments

Black Friday Or Black Hole

In the United States the media will be following retail sales very closely today. This is black Friday which is the busiest shopping day of the entire year. The term black Friday comes as many retailers will finally turn a profit for the year during this time. Many companies which have been in the red all year will finally get into the black. Often many investors will follow the sales or store traffic that takes place…
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Added by Bryan Leighton on November 25, 2011 at 11:26am — No Comments

Any & Every Trader MUST Read This...

From The Mind Of A Pro Trader - Convince Yourself Not To Buy It



Over the years I have found myself being gradually refined as a pro trader.  As time passes and I trade amongst beginners, I find more and more differences that stand out. This is the normal progression showing itself in any trader over the course of their trading career. From amateur to pro, each of us will learn a vast amount of rules…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on November 24, 2011 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Report: Inside The Stock Market Action

The markets are dropping sharply again. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down over 150 points on the trading session. This is the sixth straight down day in the markets on continued panic from Europe. The contagion appears to be spreading to Germany as their most recent bond auction went poorly. This is extremely concerning for the European Union. Financially, Germany is in better shape than almost every country in the world, including the United States. As the markets inch towards the…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on November 23, 2011 at 1:02pm — No Comments

The European Tug Of War Has Begun

Germany is considered the most important country in the European Union. This country now has to decide if it is willing to go all in and allow the European central bank to have complete control over the banking crisis that is taking place. France has already been pleading for the European Central Bank (ECB) to start to print money to bailout the European banks. This puts Germany in a very compromising position since it has been so cozy with France over the past two years. If the German…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on November 23, 2011 at 10:51am — No Comments

Stocks Spike As IMF Supplies Help

At exactly the same time yesterday that the markets reversed off their lows, today stocks did it again. The IMF announced they would supply liquidity to European banks in an effort to help them deal with the crisis. Stocks surged from the negative to the positive and are now hovering around the flat line. The SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSEARCA:DIA) is trading at $115.06, -0.10 (-0.09%).



The fact that the time frame of the pop was exactly the same as yesterday continues…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on November 22, 2011 at 12:46pm — No Comments

Report: Inside The Stock Market

Stocks are seeing red again after GDP numbers were revised  lower this morning. The GDP for the summer months came in at 2%. The futures had been slightly higher during the overnight session but headed south on the economic report. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY) is trading at $118.76, -0.86 (-0.71%).



In addition to the poor GDP number in the United States, worries continue in Europe. While usually a holiday week moves the markets higher, this week traders face worry. Fear…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on November 22, 2011 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Semiconductors Are Down But Not Out

The Semiconductors Holders Trust (NYSEARCA:SMH) are trading lower by 0.25 cents to $29.51 a share. This ETF is viewed by many as a leading indicator for the tech heavy NASDAQ Composite. When the semiconductor sector shows strength most of the leading technology stocks will generally remain strong. The SMH is trading around a short term support level on the daily chart around the $29.00 area. The SMH will have short term intra-day chart support around the $29.30 and $29.00…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on November 22, 2011 at 10:59am — No Comments

Retail In Focus, Santa Or Scrooge?

Many investors and traders are wondering if the stock markets will see a Santa Claus rally. Often the stock markets will have an end of year rally at the start of the holiday season. This year there are some major problems that could prevent that traditional rally. The main issue that could prevent the Santa Claus rally is the European banking crisis. The European Union has not really been able to figure out how to bail out all of the banks holding European sovereign debt. This crisis…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on November 22, 2011 at 10:32am — No Comments

Markets Tank As Technical Levels Loom

The markets are taking a beating today on the back of continued European default worries. In addition, the Super Committee in the United States has failed to agree on any budget cuts. The SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSEARCA:DIA) is trading at $114.62, -3.14 (-2.67%). While Europe continues to crumble, the United States government continues to squabble and be a total embarrassment to its citizens.



As the Thanksgiving holiday looms, the markets look for cheer. The SPDR…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on November 21, 2011 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Natural Gas The Next Double

Natural gas has made a bottom. This bottom is likely a much longer term bottom. Price may double and even eventually triple. This move up coming in natural gas is partly fundamental and partly technical. It will be discussed below.



Natural gas is trading at a major discount to oil. Oil continues to hover around the $100 a barrel level. As oil has surged over the last few months, natural gas has fallen. This divergence in price movement should reverse and oil continues to pull back…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on November 21, 2011 at 12:31pm — No Comments

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