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Stock Charting Basics and How to Profit from a Crashing Market

Stock Charting Basics and How to Profit from a Crashing Market
Stockscores Foundation for the week ending September 21, 2020

In this week's issue:

In This Week’s Issue:

  • Webinars in October and Mentorship in November
  • MoneyShow Canada Virtual Expo
  • Stockscores Market Minutes Video – Stock Market Crash or Rally, What’s Next?
  • Stockscores Trader Training – Stock Charting Basics
  • Stockscores Feature Strategy – Profiting from a Crashing Market


Webinars in October and Mentorship starts in November

I have a number of webinars coming up in October, click here to register for them.

The Stockscores Mentorship course is a 12-week program to learn what you need to know to trade the market with my approach. It will start November 10 and is limited to just 20 students. Details will be out soon.


MoneyShow Canada Virtual Expo

The MoneyShow will be entirely online this year and I am doing a virtual presentation on Tuesday Sept 29, “My Step by Step Process for Identifying Trading Opportunities”. Free to attend, click here to register.


Stockscores Market Minutes – Stock Market Crash or Rally, What’s Next?

If you want to know if the stock market is going to crash or make a rally higher, you only need to understand six concepts that allow you to make predictions for stocks, cryptocurrencies, futures, currencies, real estate or anything else that you can chart. I also do my regular weekly market analysis, the day trade of the week on SAVA and a Market Scan to apply the skills we learned at the start of the video.

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Commentary of the Week – 5 Ways to be a Better Trader

Stock charts tell me everything that I need to know to do my analysis. They tell me how people feel about a stock, whether there are good things happening within the company's business, how the economy is affecting the company and, most importantly, what the potential for price change is.

Here are some simple rules of chart reading that I think anyone analyzing charts should keep in mind.


Prices That Fall into Support Will Bounce at Support

Support and resistance are important concepts of chart analysis. Support is a floor price that has been formed by the market over time, it is a low price point where the price trend stopped going down and started to go up. Chart readers look for breaks through support as a signal that a down trend is beginning.

However, that is not always the case. If a stock's price is falling day after day, it is likely to bounce around support but it may go through support temporarily. Therefore, don't short breaks through support if the break comes after a number of days of downward price movement. Prices in free fall will usually bounce around support.


Prices that Consolidate Before Breaking Support Will Trend Lower

Here is how to apply the sell on a break of support rule. If prices are trending sideways with relatively low volatility at or near an area of price support and then make a downward move through support, the stock is likely going into a downward trend. The difference here is that the downtrend is just starting with an initial break through support.

You can reverse these rules for resistance and upside breakouts as well.


Breakouts from Low Price Volatility are Reliable

What does it mean when stocks trend sideways with very little price volatility? It is more than just a boring chart, it means that buyers and sellers agree about what the stock is worth. It is a display of confidence in the value given to the stock.

Therefore, if the stock price breaks from this period of confidence, it implies that there is new information that justifies the price move. This usually comes in the early stages of a trend; as more investors learn about the new information, more people will jump in to the stock and carry it farther along its trend.

This means that identifying breaks from low price volatility is an important way to catch market beating trends early.


Prices That Run Away from the Trend Line Come Back to the Trendline

In the long term, prices tend to trend in a linear fashion. That means you can draw a straight line across the bottoms of an uptrend or a straight line across the tops of a down trend.

However, along the way, prices will often move away from this straight line. This happens because investors get emotional and either chase the stock higher with greed or force the stock quickly lower with fear.

The emotion eventually comes out of the market, bringing the stock back to that linear, straight trend line.

This means that we should be aware of a short-term price reversal the farther prices get from the linear trend line. A stock that runs away to the upside will eventually come down on a pull back. Prices that fall too quickly will eventually come up.

This rule works best with up trends, which tend to be more orderly and longer lasting than down trends.


All Available Information Is Shown in the Chart

Traditional investors who have heard me talk about the markets often shake their heads when they hear that I do not do any research in to what the company does before I buy a stock. They find it hard to believe that I can make money trading nothing more than the chart.

The chart of price change shows us every bit of fundamental information that is known by the market. Since most investors are acting on information to make their decisions, reading a chart is essentially reading their perceptions of the information that they have. A company that is doing well within their business will have a good-looking chart because investors are pricing in the positive new information.


Falling Tops Are a Sign That Investors Are Pessimistic

If investors believe that there is something wrong with a company's ability to make money in the future, they will drive prices lower over time. This pessimism is best seen visually in a chart by looking for falling tops. The falling tops on the chart show that every time the buyers are able to push prices up, they are unable to push prices as high as they had the previous time. That is a sign that the sellers are in control of the market.


Rising Bottoms Are a Sign That Investors Are Optimistic

Conversely, if the bottoms are rising on the chart, investors are optimistic and the buyers are in control. Each time the sellers are able to push prices down, they are unable to push them down as much as they had the previous time.

It is best to only buy stocks that are in the buyers' control.


Up Trends Start Slowly

A stock that has been an under or non-performer will have investor's doubt any time it shows some strength. Investors tend to judge a stock by what has happened in the past rather than what they expect for the future. The result is that stocks that are starting upward trends tend to do so slowly because investors doubt that the company deserves to go higher.

This means you have to be patient with up trends that are in their early stages as they will often have false starts. Doubting investors who own the stock will sell in to strength, not realizing that the company's future is brighter than it has been.

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The creation of Exchange Traded Funds and Exchange Traded Notes has given us vehicles for profiting from a downward trending market. Make sure you understand the potential for time value decay with many of these (do a Google search of that term to learn more). Here are three of my favorites:

1. VXX
this is based on the implied volatility of short term S&P500 Futures. When investors expect price volatility to increase, this goes up. That tends to happen when the overall market is correcting so it is a good hedge to market weakness.

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this is the triple leveraged, inverse ETF based on the Nasdaq 100. If that index is going down, this will go up at about 3 times the pace. It is important to understand that this is leveraged and has to be rebalanced every day which means it loses value over time if the overall market is not going down. Treat it as a short term trading vehicle.

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4. T.HXD
this is a double leveraged, inverse ETF on the TSX 60, meaning it will go up about twice as fast as the Canadian market goes down.

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