Bryan Leighton's Blog – December 2011 Archive (45)

This Is When You Should Trade

The First Hour Is For The Day Traders



Active markets are always the best markets for trading. Anyone who has ever traded these markets for a considerable amount of time knows that the first hour to ninety minutes is the best part of the trading day. This is a time period when there is volume in the market and the key support and resistance levels are great for trading.



If you have ever looked at an intra-day chart of a stock or index you…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on December 21, 2011 at 1:37pm — No Comments

Professional Boxer, Doctor... Now It's The Traders Turn!

What Does It Take To Master The Markets? Many times in my career I have encountered new traders who believe they have the ability to master the markets after reading a book on trading, or even because they have obtained some form of degree. Most often the first question I ask them is; are you a fundamental trader? Fundamental traders are those who generally read a companies balance sheet, (example-EPS, PE, EBITDA, book value, etc.) or perhaps they are a technical trader which is someone who…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on December 20, 2011 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Stock Market Video: Market Setups For The Week

Added by Bryan Leighton on December 17, 2011 at 3:11pm — No Comments

Airlines Take Off, How High Can They Go?

This morning, all of the leading airline stocks are trading higher. Since the sharp oil decline earlier this week the airline stocks have rallied. Most of these stocks are now getting a little short term overbought and extended, at this time these stocks may need to pullback or consolidate soon. Traders must be remember that the holiday season is usually a bullish period for the airline stocks and most other stocks in the transportation sector.



Some of the…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on December 16, 2011 at 10:55am — No Comments

Gold Miners Try To Dig Out The Ditch

Throughout this week, the leading gold mining stocks have come under heavy selling pressure. The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEARCA:GDX) has declined from $56.00 a share on December 12, 2011 down as low as $51.57 a share yesterday. That is a major drop for the ETF in less than a week by anyone’s standards. This morning, the GDX is trading higher by $1.05 to $52.75 a share. The daily chart is short term oversold so a near term technical bounce should not be ruled out. The GDX also…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on December 16, 2011 at 10:34am — No Comments

Key Stocks Positioned For Big Moves

The markets are hovering around the flat line as all eyes remain on Europe. Europe has been quiet this week and that is making investors uneasy. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY) $122.28, +0.57 (+0.47%). While the S&P 500 is slightly higher on the day, the technology tracking ETF, PowerShares QQQ Trust, Series 1 (ETF) (NASDAQ:QQQ)  is trading at $54.81, -0.08 (-0.15%).



One of the main stocks on the radar today is Research In Motion Limited (USA) (NASDAQ:RIMM). They report…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on December 15, 2011 at 2:10pm — No Comments

Casino Stock Crap Out Again

The big casino stocks are all coming under selling pressure again. The catalyst for the decline in the casino stocks is once again caused by the weak Shanghai Index (China). The Shanghai Index finished lower last night by over 2.00 percent. Most of the revenues for the casino stocks come from the Macao market. If China and the rest of Asia begin to slow down further this will hurt the large casino stocks that operate in that region. The leading casino stocks are not growing in the…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on December 15, 2011 at 11:01am — No Comments

Financials Catch Morning Bid, Can It Last?

This morning, all of the leading financial stocks are trading higher. When the financial stocks rally it is usually a good sign that the major stock market indexes will hold up. Traders should follow Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSE:XLF) closely. The XLF has started higher by 0.16 cents to $12.73 a share. Short term traders should watch for intra-day resistance around the $12.75, and $12.90 levels. If the XLF starts to retreat from the morning highs it is a good chance that the stock…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on December 15, 2011 at 10:34am — No Comments

Bank Stocks Strong, Signaling Market Up Move

As the markets continue to trade lower on the day, bank stocks remain extremely strong. This is very unusual as usually downside is headed by the financial sector. Today, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) is trading at $31.78, +0.49 (1.57%). Across the board, bank stocks are flat to higher. What does it mean?



With the bank stocks leading and the markets still lower, smart traders realize news may be on the horizon from Europe. This has been the case in the past. When the financial…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on December 14, 2011 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Commodities Crash: Buy Levels Revealed

The markets are down again today. The selling is not massive but it is the third drop in a row. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY) is trading at $121.79, -1.32 (-1.07%). The big driver to the downside today is clearly commodities. Almost every single commodity is dumping sharply. Everything from oil to gold and silver. While these drops are massive, smart investors and traders are starting to look for the buy level.



Oil is coming off a massive run-up recently. The United…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on December 14, 2011 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Airline Stocks Trade Higher

This morning, the leading airline stocks are trading slightly higher on the session. The catalyst for the small move higher in the leading airline stocks is due to the falling price of crude. When oil declines the airline stocks have a tendency to catch a bid and bounce.



U.S. Airways Group Inc (NYSE:LCC) is trading higher by 0.20 cents to $5.39 a share. Short term traders can look for intra-day resistance around the $5.50 area. The daily chart on LCC stock is…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on December 14, 2011 at 11:57am — No Comments

2011 Is The Year Of The Broken Stocks

All of the major stock indexes topped out in early May of 2011. At that time, the S&P 500 Index traded as high as 1370.58, meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average traded as high as 12,876.00. This morning the S&P 500 Index is trading around the 1220.00 area and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is trading around the 11,910.00 level. It is safe to say that the major stock indexes have come under some serious selling pressure during the second half of 2011. The main catalyst…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on December 14, 2011 at 10:52am — No Comments

Profit From The Retail Sales Numbers

Retail sales for November came in at 0.2%. This number was a disappointment to the market but ultimately had little impact on stocks outside the retail sector. The S&P 500 is trading up 5 points on the day, just shy of a half-percent gain. All eyes continue to be on Europe and at 2:15pm ET today, the Federal Reserve will release their policy statement on interest rates.



Retail sales hit key players hard today. The Retail HOLDRs (ETF) (NYSEARCA:RTH) is trading at $111.12, -1.09…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on December 13, 2011 at 1:15pm — No Comments

The Bernank Is On Deck

This afternoon, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will announce there interest rate policy statement. Most traders and investors are expecting the Federal Reserve to keep the Fed funds rate (overnight lending rate to the large banks) at zero percent. It is important to note that the Fed funds rate has been at zero percent since December 2008. Many investors are waiting to hear if the Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke mentions another plan to implement QE-3. While this action…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on December 13, 2011 at 11:07am — No Comments

Casino Stocks Struggle On China Weakness

All of the leading casino stocks have really struggled since July 2011. This weakness in the casino stocks is likely due to a slowdown in the Chinese market. Last night, the Shanghai Index (China) ended the trading session lower by 1.87 percent. This was a new 52 week low for this important emerging market economy. The large casino stocks have been doing very well in Macao, China. If the Macao market begins to slow down this could hurt the casino stocks further.…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on December 13, 2011 at 10:34am — No Comments

Retail Stocks Hang Tough Despite Market Decline

This afternoon, the major stock market indexes are all declining sharply lower. Many of the leading stock sectors are all under selling pressure. The retail stocks are also trading lower this afternoon, however, they are holding up better than many of the other leading stock indexes. Many traders and investors will trade the Retail Holders Trust (NYSE:RTH). This popular ETF is trading lower by $1.07 to $111.80 a share. This decline in the RTH  is around 1.0 percent which is much better…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on December 12, 2011 at 3:58pm — No Comments

Today: Market Analysis And Keys To The Trade

The markets are seeing red today. New worries are popping up over Europe and the debt crisis. This is causing the Dollar to spike higher and in response, the markets are falling. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY) is trading at $123.77, -2.26 (-1.79%).



The markets are holding a choppy pattern of consolidation. Overall, this still has a bullish tone to it on a macro scale. The choppy action saw a big down move last Thursday, then an up move Friday and down the markets go again…

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

Integrated Energy Losing Steam

This morning, all of the leading integrated energy stocks are coming under selling pressure along with the major stock indexes. The energy sector accounts for nearly 15.0 percent of the S&P 500 Index, therefore, this index is extremely important as it holds a lot of weight in the market.



Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE:XOM) is the largest leading energy stock in the market. XOM stock is declining lower today by $1.09 to $80.26 a share. Traders and investors should…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on December 12, 2011 at 11:15am — No Comments

Deflationary Pressures Are Everywhere This Morning

When the precious metals decline, there is a very good chance that deflation is taking hold. This morning, both gold and silver are declining sharply lower. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEARCA:GLD) are trading lower by $4.49 to $161.96 a share. This is a decline of 2.60 percent for the GLD and this signals deflation in the stock market. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEARCA:SLV) is trading lower by $1.00 to $30.33 a share. The SLV is declining lower by 3.25 percent and this is also signaling…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on December 12, 2011 at 10:34am — No Comments

Asian Stock Indexes, Here Is The Trade

Throughout 2011 most traders and investors have focused on the banking and sovereign debt  crisis in the European Union. Nearly every trading day is filled with news of different bailout plans for the large countries in the Euro-zone. This week, we shall switch gears a little and focus on the three leading Asian stock indexes. After all, the Asian markets are supposed to be the growth engines of the world. Some of the Asian stock indexes have lead the markets in the world since the…

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Added by Bryan Leighton on December 12, 2011 at 10:06am — No Comments

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