Parabolic Moves – A Curse or Gift – Or What Goes Up Must Come Down Pt. II
The easy answer is a gift because every trader wishes for the market they just got long to decide to move up parabolic in their favor. But as I mentioned yesterday -“what goes up – must come down”. Parabolic moves are actually not that uncommon. They can be found in many sectors from utilities, to equities, to commodities, to precious metals to forex and treasuries. Check out the charts below for a few recent examples:
Utility Stocks (UTIL)
As sector rotation was in full swing at the start of 2013, there was a general hunt for dividend paying companies. Utilities are a classic choice by many. Here then was a classic stampede into this sector that created a parabolic rise over a short 5 month period.
Last December the Bank of Japan announced its own version of QE and backed it with solid determination that the Nikkei would reach 14,000 before one could say Mount Fujiyama. The Japan iShares Fund (EWJ) rallied 33% in five short months. I don’t think all has been said and done when it comes to the Central Bank of Japan or its ability to inject several more rounds of QE into the mix.
Closer to home I have been discussing the ongoing sector rotation back into technology stocks. A large benefactor of this flow of money back has been MSFT.
And no mention of a parabolic move would be complete without including the latest star Tesla Motors (TLSA) – a day traders dream stock to say the least. The stock price has skyrocketed 200% in a very short two months. Much of the parabolic activity can be attributed to the solid line of short(s) needing to cover their positions ( at last read approximately 40% of the float is short – ouch!).
My point on parabolic moves is that they happen with frequency within many time frames (five minute to hourly to daily to weekly). As traders these types of moves can be a bonus and should not be looked upon as though Satan himself is trying to lure you in. Just because you happen upon a parabolic move in progress does not mean give up all rational thought and toss the entire account into one trade. Today, for example the DJIA Mini future tossed several parabolic moves out which we cleanly and beautifully captured by all three DTS trading platforms. Our goal remains to assist traders to make greater profits during all types of markets. Today’s somewhat free fall was just one of those days.
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Here is an updated list of the markets where I have found that DTS (all three birds) are producing numerous signals:
- DJIA future (e-mini available) – Highly recommended
- S&P-500 future (e-mini available) – highly recommended
- Russell 2000 future (e-mini available) – highly recommended
- NASDAQ 100 future (e-mini available) very highly recommended
- US$/Euro futures (e-mini available) – very highly recommended
- GS (Goldman Sachs) – good two way volume –
- AAPL (Apple Computer) – very highly recommended
- GOOG (Google) – very highly recommended
- LNKD (LinkedIn) – solid intraday range
- NFLX (Netflix) – solid intraday range
- TSLA (Tesla Motors) – highly recommended
- 30-yr Treasury Bond future – did not get quiet – opposite took place
- 10-yr Treasury Note future
- TLT (Treasury Bond Long ETF)
- TBT (Treasury Bond Short ETF)
- Gold (futures and ETF – GLD)
- Silver (futures and ETF – SLV)