Friday, March 5, 2010

An Expiring T is Not Necessarily a Short Sell Signal

I have been somewhat successful selectively selling short at an expiring T.  However, this is not a short sell signal.  Many other factors should be considered before initiating a short position.  Just to review things for a moment, I see all my T's have expired as of today.  Also, markets have had a tendency to top out after the job report announcements.  The concluding factor to my decision to sell short is the fact that the S&P 500 has been up for six (6) days in a row.  Just count the green candles on a daily candlestick chart.  Stock markets are not like a roulette wheel because stock markets are not a random walk.  I opened my short position in the late afternoon with the following trades:
Bot BGZ @ 15.30
Sld Sht BGU @ 55.93
Bot SDS @ 32.85
Sld Sht SSO @ 39.89

Thursday, March 4, 2010

All the T’s will have Expired By 1:10 on Friday 3/5/10

The above chart shows the daily close of the S&P 500.  Take special notice of the small brown T within the much larger Orange T on this chart.  This small T expired on Tuesday of this week March 2, 2010.  It is hard to tell how much influence the large orange T will have on the expiring brown T and the direction of market prices at this time.  It should be noted that the market has noticably slowed in the last two days since this T expired. 


The two (2) charts above show the intraday 10-minute prices of the DIA or Diamonds.  The Diamonds are an ETF that is a proxy for the Dow Jones Industrial Average.  The current brown T is similar to the brown T in the daily S&P 500 chart.  The brown T in the DIA 10-minute charts will expire at 1:10 PM on Friday March 5,2010. 
George Rahal has pointed out on his blog White Magic and its Exposure that markets have a tendency to top out the day that job reports are announced. The monthly job report is due at 8:30 AM tomorrow Friday March 5, 2010.  With all these negative signs, I am looking to put on a short position Friday afternoon.  I will post my observations and any executions when I do.   DC

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Time Series Analysis of Stock Market Averages: The New T-Theory

By David Corna

When purchasing a stock, the greatest risk to an investor is what professionals call “Market Risk”.  Market Risk is what is happening to the general market averages like the popular Dow Jones Industrial Average or the S&P 500 Average.  This is why investors avoid buying stocks during a bear market.  No matter how well you select a particular stock, the rise or fall of the general market averages will affect the price of your stock selection.  A rising tide raises all boats and investors are more motivated to buy stocks during bull markets.  It is therefore necessary to determine the general direction of the market when considering the purchase of a selected stock and also the possible duration of the uptrend.  Time Series Analysis is a mathematically based tool used to determine the general market direction and the time and duration the direction will persist.

 My New T–Theory is a form of Time Series Analysis that is derived from the mathematical concept of Symmetry and is so named because of the symmetry of the letter T.  Terry Laundry, an Electrical Engineering graduate of M.I.T., named the T-Theory™  at and he has been publishing work about his T-Theory™ on the web for many years.  Terry has successfully applied his T-Theory™ to his investment strategy since 1978 and has handily outperformed the market averages.

There are only three variables in Time Series Analysis; these are Price, Volume and Time.  Price and Volume are the dependent variables while Time is the independent variable.    T Theory™ links price to volume and time by identifying a time period of “cash build-up” market under performance followed by an equal amount of time of superior price appreciation.  Special oscillators based on daily up volume and down volume are used as a proxy for the daily ratio of up volume to down volume.  This oscillator is a tool used to identify oversold conditions and identify the center post of a new T. The left side of the T is a lower probability time period of price appreciation.  The right side of the T is a high probability period of exceptional price appreciation.  The key to success in following the T-Theory™ is to be invested during the time represented by the right side of the T and to either liquidate any positions or drastically reduce positions as the right side of the T expires.  

My New T-Theory addresses shorter-term market moves by applying a unique oscillator to 10-minute intra day charts.  For the swing trader, my New T-Theory provides an easily defined system for entering the market on the long side and also specific stop loss sell orders limiting market losses.  If a new center post has been discovered and a new position established in stocks and the price of the market average drops below the low price of the new center post, all positions should be immediately liquidated.   

Below is a daily chart of the S&P 500 illustrating the symmetry of T’s that are constructed by using my special oscillator that is a proxy for the up volume down volume ratio derived from the intra-day price changes.

This chart of the daily closing price of the S&P 500 average in blue and a special oscillator in orange helps to identify periods of cash build up as well as the center post of the T’s.  Examination of the right side of the T’s demonstrates the exceptional price appreciation of the market averages compared to the left side of the T.  Smaller T’s can be identified within the larger T’s and these smaller T’s are helpful for shorter term trading.  These short term T’s are confirmed by intra day charts of 10-minute periods to be shown later.  To use the New T-Theory to maximize your investment returns simply buy your favorite no load mutual fund or ETF after a new center post has been identified.  Place a stop sell order at the price shown at the bottom of the T.  Hold your position through most of the time period predicted on the right side of the T.  Before the T expires, selectively take profits in your long positions so you are totally out of the trade just before the right side of the T expires.

In the chart below you will notice a red dashed line at the bottom of each T.  This is the stop loss signal.  If a T has been identified and a long position taken in the market and the market average drops below the red dotted line all long positions should be liquidated and aggressive traders can consider a short position.  You can set up an alert on web pages like Yahoo that will notify you when a price is reached on the S&P 500, DIA or the SPY.  When you are notified that the price has dropped below the center post low, all long positions should be liquidated before the close. 

The chart below is an intra day chart of the Diamonds (DIA).  This is an ETF or exchange traded fund representing a portfolio of the stocks equivalent to the Dow Jones Industrial Averages.  One share represents 1/100th  of the Dow averages.  The Spiders (SPY) is an exchange traded fund that represents 1/10th of the S&P 500.  These stocks are a proxy for the market averages they represent and the price moves in close concert to the price of the underlying average. 

This 10-minute chart above of the DIA or Diamonds, demonstrates the application of the New T-Theory to the Dow Jones Averages.  The T’s are colored the same as the corresponding T’s on the daily S&P 500 above that.  This chart just takes a microscopic look at the New T-Theory applied to a different market average in different time dimensions.  This exercise demonstrates that the New T-Theory works as a fractal and its application to different averages in different time dimentions results in similar predictions.  This supports the validity of the theory.

In the future I will be posting updated charts of this New T-Theory with timely purchases and sales of ETF’s.  In order to explain in greater detail my New T-Theory, the updated charts will be accompanied by detailed explanations and execution prices of various ETF’s.


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Sarah Palin is the Maria Callas of the Republican Party by David Corna

Sarah Palin is the Maria Callas of the Republican Party.  Maria Callas was an American born Greek Soprano who became the greatest bel canto soprano of the 20th century.  Maria Callas performed in the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden in London, England. Maria sang Italian, German and French arias before an English speaking audience that did not really care to understand either the scenario or words of the libretto that she sang.  Anyone who is familiar with opera scenarios knows that they are all silly stories that do not make much sense.  Maria Callas’ audience cared only for the bel canto sounds that she sang.  This was her talent and the art she performed. 

Maria Callas was paramour to Aristotle Onassis, a Greek shipping magnate and by extension, a multimillionaire.  Aristotle could not understand why Maria wanted to go off to London and perform for such a pittance when he provided her all the luxuries that money could buy.  Maria was passionate about her art and Aristotle did not understand this. 
So what does Sarah Palin have to do with Maria Callas?  Let me explain.  Sarah is misunderstood in the same way that Maria was by Aristotle.  It is only Sarah Palin’s audience that recognizes her great talent.  All those Aristotles out there should quit trying to figure out what she is saying, because the words and the scenario do not matter.  She is a great American who is passionate about her art and plies her craft when she performs in front of a live audience.   We should take a moment to listen in order to appreciate her rhetoric because talents like Sarah Palin come along only once in a generation.  Sarah weaves her logos, pathos and ethos into an elegant tapestry and then undoes her weaving only to begin weaving the tapestry again before another enchanted audience.  There is no need neither to understand the words nor even consider the scenario of which she is speaking for these are not important.  Just as we appreciated Maria Callas at a live concert as a member of her audience, we can only appreciate Sarah Palin as she holds a live audience in the palm of her hand.
Why are all the Aristotles criticizing Sarah Palin for quitting her job as Governor of Alaska?  It is not because of the pittance she was paid as governor that she has moved  She has discovered her own Covent Garden and is now embarked on a world speaking tour in her mommy jeans with her flirtatious librarian demeanor, sans her beautifully cobbled Italian stilettos, and a license to call Vice-president Biden,  “Joe”.  Sarah has taken to heart the advice Henry David Thorough, (not the comic strip writer), and gone “in the direction of her dreams” in order to practice her art.  We Americans are drawn to her irreverence just like the substance and facts of a Dan Brown novel.  You can forget about her words because it is not necessary that they have any meaning and we can disregard any scenario discerned from her speeches because they are irrelevant.  Sarah Palin has utilized her own ethos to create a new logos in order to elicit a pathos in American politics that has been long absent.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

George Rahal Has Returned to His Blog

Just as Cincinnatus returned from his small farm in exile and became Dictator of Rome, thus, George Rahal has returned to his blog as chief technical analyst and trader.  Well done George!
George presents a very bullish theses on his blog, . His argument is so strong that I was discouraged to enter the market with a short position when my T's expired.  The decision was well warranted and saved me some money.  I am currently updating my charts in order to discover and support George's bullish theses.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Taking Profits Because I Can

I an currently long DIA @ 101.27 from last Friday and Long BGU @ 48.31 from Tuesday just after the opening.  I am also short BGZ @ 17.97 from Tuesday morning and this is essentially a long position.  I am going to take my profits because I have a nice one.  The current T does not begin to expire until some time Friday but I am taking my profits anyway.  I executed the following orders at these prices:
Sold DIA @103.22  + 1.95
Sold BGU @ 50.21 + 1.90
Bot to cover BGZ @ 17.20 + .71

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Larger Perspective of the T

The above chart illustrates the Larger T's that are in play and the Olive Green T is the same T that I illustrated in my last post on my "Not quite ready to lay out a short" post.  From a longer perspective you can see the larger T developing over the smaller olive T by comparing the two charts.  The above chart is as of the close Thursday 2/11/10 and shows the olive green T from the chart in my previous post.  The chart below is an updated chart of the above.

The chart above clearly shows the formation of a new large T that is the primary force in the current uptrend.  This chart is from the close on Friday 2/12/10.   I was tempted to take out a short position at the expiration of the smaller T but I was not convinced we were still in a downtrend and then the larger T came into focus obviation any short play.

The above chart as of the close Friday 2/12/10 is a clear buy signal for the DIA indicating a strong uptrend that will last through Friday 2/19/10 and expire sometime Monday 2/22/10.  I bought the DIA on the close last Friday:  Bot DIA @ 101.27

This is another look at the new T this one indicating a bull move into the late morning of next Monday.  I put on the following long position this morning after the opening:
Bot BGU @ 48.31
Sold Short BGZ @ 17.97  

I never put a market but order in on the opening because prices are manipulated the most at the opening. I usually wait for 15 to 30 minutes and look for a good entry point.