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Posted by Martin September 22, 2011

Another gloomy trading on Thursday

After the sell off on global markets (Asia and Europe) the US markets are poised to a sharply lower opening. US futures point that the SPY will open at 113 level breaking thru the support of the pennant (or triangle). During the day this gap may be closed, but if the selling pressure during the Continue reading →

Posted by Martin September 21, 2011

I made $1000 in two days trading options

For the first time in my trading career I can see some success. Yesterday I made $630 and today I added another $400 gain to my account. All in two days. Of course all those trades still can turn into a loss, but I am not expecting it much. And if so and those trades Continue reading →

Posted by Martin September 21, 2011

FED disappoints and the market is poised to fall

Today, the market dropped hard at the very end of the session reacting on FED’s disappointing announcement. Another news which helped markets to tank was a Moody’s downgrade of financial institutions such as Bank of America, Citigroup and Wells Fargo. I think this downgrade was a lot more significant then FED’s announcement. I do not Continue reading →

Posted by Martin September 13, 2011

Stocks ended higher on a choppy day

Like on a swing the stock traded up & down and they ended higher for a second day in a row. Also volume was rising at the end of the trading session. Are we heading back up to $120 level (SPY)? When browsing internet for the news, I am reading that we are not out Continue reading →

Posted by Martin September 13, 2011

Up – down – up – down, get used to a choppy trading

Boy, I am glad I decided to close my puts yesterday. Today’s trading, so far, is clearly indicating one thing – indecisiveness. At this choppy trading I will stay out (keeping my already open positions). I need more days to see where the market will go. That’s a part of being patient, which I have Continue reading →

Posted by Martin September 12, 2011

Market on a roller coaster

Market on a roller coaster

Interesting trading these days! I entered some bearish trades last week on Thursday by buying puts on SPY and XLE, when both equities were showing weakness and unwillingness to continue going higher. I collected some nice profits on this three day downtrend ($248.5 on XLE and $254.5 on SPY), total profit of $503 within a Continue reading →

Posted by Martin September 06, 2011

The market with different signals – how to trade it?

Last night I decided to wait for the market to show me how it would trade. So I waited until the morning for the first five to ten minutes to see. My thinking that since the market would open already 2.5% lower would not provide too much space for further downtrend showed up as correct. Continue reading →

Posted by Martin September 06, 2011

How to trade today’s market?

Last night I wanted to buy SPY puts right at the open of the trading session, but then when I saw futures pointing to market opening 2.5% lower I decided to wait and see the action before jumping in. If the market opens that deep, it may stay flat or actually rise. And sure enough, Continue reading →

Posted by Martin September 05, 2011

SPY heading to a deep fall at opening

Futures are pointing to a deep decline of the market due to renewed fear over the European debt crisis along with bad economic data coming from the US. When markets are gapping sharply down it is hard to trade it. Will it open low and continue even lower during the day or will the day Continue reading →

Posted by Martin September 02, 2011

Profit taking…

As I mentioned this morning (and yesterday) that I would consider some profit taking. Since the market gaped down quite deeply I decided to close my puts position on SPY and take nice $174 profit per contract. I also closed my bear put spread on IBM and collected around $100 profit. Actually $80 after commissions. Continue reading →