In Business Headlines #Mutual Funds & ETFs #Markets #Editorials #Stock Picks 2016 #Learn to Trade

Gold Puts On a Show to Inflate a Mini Rally

While much of the recent focus on the ETF phenomenon has centered squarely on their inflows and trading growth, they are quietly becoming the epicenter of the equity options market. ETFs now account for about 70 percent of all equity options volume, or $770 billion of the approximate $1.1 trillion traded per day, using a sample of the past 20 trading days. The option volume of ETFs relative to stocks is effectively the reciprocal of overall equity trading where ETFs make up about 30 percent...

In Learn to Trade #Glossary

Technical Analysis Terms

Understanding technical analysis is key when trying to catch momentum based breakouts and identifying support and resistance levels. Here are a few commonly used technical indicators and what they tell us about a stock:  50day MA (Moving Average): The average closing prices of a stock over the last 50 days. A break of this line could signify a confirmed breakout. We also look for stocks that already trade above it which may indicate there is less upward resistance.  200day MA (Moving...

In Learn to Trade #Chart Patterns

Common Chart Setups

Bull Flag: Bull flags, also known as bullish pennants, are my favorite chart pattern and are considered a continuing trend pattern. They typically form as a stock consolidates after a sharp move higher. During the consolidation, the stock makes lower highs and higher lows bringing the price action to what is known as an inflection point. The result is price action that resembles a flag on a flagpole. When the trading range tightens, a stock breaking out of a bull flag will trade higher than...