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A few possible snipes on the radar

The following are a few candidate snipes on my radar. There are several different ways to play these. The sue-yourself principle applies.

Stalking Microsoft

Microsoft is at an interesting point in it’s history. Price has reached some critical areas. Click thumbnail below to see more. I’ve not entered a trade on Microsoft as yet. I may do so. For noobs, yes price may fall – that’s always a possibility in this game. You’ve gotta be prepared to lose, and limit those losses, in order to win. But so far price looks probably like it may rise. So I’m stalkingRead More

Somebody to teach me

Can anybody teach you how to have a first major sexual experience? Chrysst! Do you go to mum or dad and say ‘teach me’? Does reading a book or video on it actually teach you much? I’m afraid this graphic example is only to suggest that you can read all about it – but doing it is another matter entirely. Beside knowledge about the ‘mechanics’ of it, you still gotta learn from experience how toRead More

A kind of trap

There are many traps out there. This one is typical. Don’t get caught up before an earnings release.

The Monsanto Snipe!

Results of the snipe are visible by clicking the thumbnail below. The assessment of this stock as a good snipe opportunity undertaken about a week earlier. I do not go into the whole process here. There were particular features of the personality of the Monsanto stock price chart, that led me to think it was a good hit. Not all the features are on the chart. The large chart is as it was on 23/03/2015.Read More

Support and Resistance

Support and resistance are absolutely important concepts for all traders. Supporting what – and resisting what  – are the questions that most new traders ask in their own minds. The easiest way to imagine ‘support’ is by reference to physical analogies. Forget about charts and trading for a moment. Have you ever needed a loan from friend or family? If not just imagine it. A loan is a form of support. You don’t want yourRead More

National Grid (snipe)–personality in stocks?

This is a snipe on the National Grid that is now in profit. In this particular stock (spread-betted on), I aim to show the ‘personality’ of the stock. Well of course a stock can’t have a personality as such. By personality I obviously mean the collective mindsets of those involved in the market on this stock. As in real life, the personalities of people often predict how they might react. We often hear people sayingRead More

Interest in Chevron

Chevron is at an interesting point in it’s history. Price has hit a reasonably strong band of support going back to 2013. (see update at end). Basic fundamentals on the stock look possibly favourable. I’m watching this one carefully. (Note that the ‘sue yourself principle’ applies if you trade this and lose.) Update: Profits on Chevron analysis speak for themselves. ‘Twas a good snipe for £514 profits.  

Basics of the Forex Markets

The Forex (foreign exchange) markets are the biggest and most liquid in the world. Every day about 4 Trillion US dollars (USD) are turned over on that market. Compare that with 50 Billion/d on the New York Stock Exchange and the GDP of the UK/yr being 2.9 Trillion USD. A UK Trillion is 1000 Billions. For some other figures (which may vary) see here. Average daily volume of trading on Forex has been increasing byRead More

Possible snipe on ALTRIA GROUP

The Altria set up is looking very interesting indeed. I’ve entered long on this. [Note that the ‘sue yourself principle’ applies if you lose betting this]. 17/03/2015: Update. Based on my analysis of Kroger, I calculate that Atria is similar. Yes – I could be wrong. This is not about being right. Profitability is about being right only about 40% of the time and making the aggregate of 40% of those wins bigger than aggregateRead More