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August 15th, 2012

August 15th, 2012 6:54:42 AM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
Bah, missed LVLT while I was typing.  Going to hope it pulls back a bit more later.

Picked up EXEL Sept calls at $.70
August 15th, 2012 10:41:40 AM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
HUN just showed up as a potential resistance break.  Going to wait nearer close to make sure it doesn't ruin that candle.

August 15th, 2012 12:16:26 PM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
Added HUN Sept calls at $1.20 - quite some resistance at the stock price of $14.50 though; hope to see that break before close.

Also added BBG Sept calls at $1.75, in anticipation of the below upper trendline break.
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August 14th, 2012

August 14th, 2012 6:48:00 AM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
I ended up picking up a few ADI 40x Sept. calls at $1.20 yesterday after the stock pulled back up to $40.40-ish.  VNO looks like it's bouncing so I'll wait for that to end.

Edit: Got out of ADI calls at $1.25 - didn't look like it was going to hold in this range for much longer without a pullback.  That and the program actually bought and sold a few days ago already, so I'm jumping in late anyway.

Also using a configuration I made for modeling SPY, my program is showing that SPY is right at a major resistance (overlapped red candle you can barely see further right) - thinking of going long in anticipation of a break, especially since the program actually went long 2 months ago, but I'll wait for a pullback first (since I'd be going in 2 months late if based on the automation).

August 14th, 2012 12:44:03 PM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
So I found out Yahoo's historical quotes don't include today.  That set me back quite a bit and I spent most of my morning rewriting code to pull from their other API for today's quote.

I'm trying to avoid trading stocks that the program already closed positions on.  Had to re-run my scan on the Russell index for trendline breaks.  It's still running right now (only have 100 done), but I've gotten one so far that isn't closed yet at least.

I'll see about entering depending on tomorrow's open.

LVLT at 21.56


Other stocks it pulled up for the past week but already closed longs on were GOOG and WHR.
August 14th, 2012 12:54:15 PM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
Finally got one that was opened today.  Still going to wait till tomorrow for confirmation though.

SANM at 8.90
August 14th, 2012 1:02:38 PM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
The SPY trendlines are pretty darn accurate - we bounced right off the resist today exactly.
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August 12th, 2012

August 13th, 2012 1:08:13 AM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
Finally able to trade again after a long summer.  No more holding in the future though while gone (DMND Sad But PEP did awesome so oh well ).

In the mean time, I wrote myself a small program for automated screening and technical analysis.
Right now the most consistent indicators are volume + trendlines, so I'll be trying out real trades with those first.

So far I've picked up the following on my screens but will be watching more before deciding on entry.  The automation doesn't time the entry that well yet, so I'll still be doing that myself for a while but it's nice not to have to use Equity Feed or anything like that anymore.

ADI at $40 (intended long)


VNO at $80 (intended short)
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May 25th, 2012

May 25th, 2012 12:18:28 PM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
Just a heads up I'll be holding off from any trading until about the end of summer.  Going to be very busy - hopefully nothing dies before I get back. Tongue
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May 23rd, 2012

May 23rd, 2012 7:17:40 AM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
Watching for a break of $24 on DMND with this news:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/23/diamond-idUSL1E8GN2A620120523?feedType=RSS&feedName=rbssFinancialServicesAndRealEstateNews&rpc=43

Still holding Sept. 23x calls here.
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May 15th, 2012

May 15th, 2012 12:13:24 PM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
PEP is spiking on Relational Investors about to reveal their stake in the company.  Calls are priced nicely, so I picked up a few June 70x just to see what happens.  A move of $2.50 on the stock means 300% on the calls.
PEP
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May 14th, 2012

May 14th, 2012 11:23:13 AM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
Stopped out the rest of CBOU calls at stock price of $12.30; bid for calls was kept up higher than it should be though by someone so there was no loss.  Just watching for re-entry on either this or DMND right now.
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May 11th, 2012

May 11th, 2012 12:17:41 PM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
Took a little out of CBOU at $12.60, calls up 40%.  Pretty much a perfect candle setup (3 hammers before the up-move, as if it weren't clear enough).  Think there's more upside but keeping a little in cash incase of a pullback or I want to average more DMND (moved to Sept. calls now).

Am watching $13 and $14 as major resistance points for CBOU (the window/gap range).
CBOU
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May 4th, 2012

May 4th, 2012 7:02:00 AM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
Watching coffee stocks here.  Am thinking the selling to the lowered forecast might be overdone.  Picked up CBOU 10x August calls at $2 (CBOU at $11.50) for a similar bounce to what GMCR is having today.

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April 23rd, 2012

April 23rd, 2012 1:01:03 PM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
Just exited GRPN July 13x puts for about +44%, held for about 3 weeks.
Going to watch for re-entry again after the bounce.
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April 12th, 2012

April 12th, 2012 7:39:50 AM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
RENN about to breakout.  Watch $6.50 resist.
RENN
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April 4th, 2012

April 4th, 2012 8:20:01 AM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
HEAT is breaking out at $7-ish.  I think THTI is also breaking out because people mistake it for HEAT.

HEAT
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March 30th, 2012

March 30th, 2012 3:38:02 PM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
Could this be the catalyst for GRPN? Still sticking to my call for July puts from a few weeks back.
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/groupon-slashes-4th-quarter-results-210241875.html
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March 28th, 2012

March 28th, 2012 8:26:58 AM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
RWC just had contract news.  We'll want to see it hold above $2 resist.
RWC
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March 21st, 2012

March 21st, 2012 1:15:33 PM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
DMND just spiked to $28 today - didn't realize till after market close though, too busy studying for midterms... Erg - this is a distraction.. or is the midterm a distraction for this? Ah! XD
DMND

IGC also holding up well - nice to see it safely around $.55 now.
March 21st, 2012 2:52:07 PM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
Haha, totally +1 to technical analysis here.  Stock shooting up before close and news of private equity for DMND only just now coming out:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304724404577295832052261676.html
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March 15th, 2012

March 15th, 2012 7:26:41 AM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
Not too much trading lately on my part due to midterms and whatnot.  Mainly just holding DMND June 24x calls for the next month or so.  Am thinking GRPN puts mid-April.

Might post a few scans once in a while though.  This one from the morning.

IGC's making a break for it.  Just cleared $.50 - but it's a penny stock, so keep that in mind.
Ideally want it to hold $.45 as support - lvl2 bid/ask is 30k/14k right now.
IGC

Also EL at $63, Apr 65x calls at $.80 It recently cleared $60 resist and the Apr options only need about $2.50 move to get 100%.
EL
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March 9th, 2012

March 9th, 2012 8:16:39 AM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
SWHC breaking out here on a rating upgrade.  Resist at $7.50, call spread isn't too bad either if you want to play it that way.
SWHC
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March 5th, 2012

March 5th, 2012 2:08:02 PM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
DMND dropping a lot lately because of accounting issues.  However, its breakup value is supposed to be somewhere in the $40s (stock is at $25 right now).

Picked up a few 27x calls as the volume is picking up, but it might be worth looking at for long term.

DMND
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March 2nd, 2012

March 2nd, 2012 7:54:35 AM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
Out of MPEL at $13.50 (entered at $12).  +60% on calls.
Took a long time and lost a lot on decay but unfortunately don't have the luxury of watching my positions so closely until the summer.
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February 28th, 2012

February 28th, 2012 8:04:52 AM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
UNG nearing support again, good for call re-entry.
GRPN nearing resist as well, watching for put entry.

CVC's also running on high volume since open.  Daily chart also looks nice.
Edit: Nope, sold off hard there.  Maybe playable for a bounce but otherwise moving on. >.<

CVC
February 28th, 2012 11:22:35 AM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
Took a little while but MPEL is finally running.  Doing very nicely here at $12.80
MPEL
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February 24th, 2012

February 24th, 2012 10:43:15 AM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
Adding N and CONN to watchlist as potential breakouts.

N

CONN
February 24th, 2012 11:57:23 AM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
Google about to sell its stake in CLWR:
http://news.yahoo.com/clearwire-falls-google-says-sell-stake-163243884.html

CLWR at $2.15
CLWR

And SODA is doing quite well at $44 now (posted at $40 last week).
SODA
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February 22nd, 2012

February 22nd, 2012 12:59:07 PM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
MDT didn't do anything - good thing it was only a few.  Again, gotta stop deviating from Tech Analysis.

Picked up NOV calls for April on pullback to $87 just now.  Resistance break just like MPEL.
NOV

Also keeping an eye on TSLA for this chart setup.


Edit: Also picked up Apr puts on RSH after it broke new lows.  Was planning on getting in right before earnings but forgot. -_-
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February 17th, 2012

February 17th, 2012 11:44:43 AM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
Support established nicely at $24 for PCYC.  Someone also just bought 60k in one trade, so I'm keeping an eye on it.

PCYC
February 17th, 2012 1:13:10 PM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
ACW setting up for a potential break.
ACW
February 17th, 2012 1:34:48 PM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
Picked up a few MDT March calls.  They just received FDA approval for their drug.
Not seeing much reacion in the stock yet though so I'll add more only if a run actually builds.
MDT
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February 16th, 2012

February 16th, 2012 12:41:41 PM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
GRPN at $20.30 now - calls would be +50% if I stayed in instead of switching to MPEL.

MPEL is also doing nicely though, currently at $12.20 (entry $12).  Sometimes I wish you could just stack the two gains. Tongue
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February 15th, 2012

February 15th, 2012 11:54:34 AM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
MPEL is setting up a wedge for a potential upward break.  Going to try to enter a position closer to end of day with March calls.


Edit: Exited LNG/GRPN positions to enter MPEL calls at $12.

Another one I'm holding (Apr calls) for a potential upward break.
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February 13th, 2012

February 13th, 2012 8:46:08 AM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
Out of PCYC at $24.10; calls at +115%.
February 13th, 2012 12:45:22 PM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
Into LNG weekly calls with the stock at $15.15

Also picked up a few March calls on GRPN at $19.
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February 10th, 2012

February 10th, 2012 11:14:18 AM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
Into PCYC Feb. calls with the stock at $22.20, very short-term play as it's quite high already.
February 10th, 2012 11:51:34 AM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
Stock peaking above $23 - calls already up 100%.  Just hoping this holds into next week. Cheesy
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February 9th, 2012

February 9th, 2012 7:11:19 PM PST
Posted by pftq | #
pftq (Official) says in Stocks Daily Discussion...
S calls pretty much dropped by half but it was just a few.  Put the same money in CREE weekly calls based on the wedge upward break and netted 150% this morning so I guess it evens out.

Need to stop making these random gambles and stick to tech analysis based trades.