Saturday, November 24, 2018: A Dreadful Thanksgiving Week for the Markets

DOW -178.74—-NASDAQ -33.27—-SP500 -17.37—-NYSE -87.10

Portfolio Leaders: SHOP, CTL
Portfolio Laggards: BPT, AAPL, BA

Oh man, what a horrible week on the stock market!

I remember we were at nice levels of profit at the beginning of October, then the roof caved in.

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Monday, November 19, 2018: Day Trading Notes, Waiting for December

DOW -395.78—-NASDAQ -219.40—-SP500 45.54—-NYSE -119.37

Portfolio Leaders: T
Portfolio Laggards: ISRG, SHOP, BA

Another brutal day on the stock market, with the DOW falling some -395 points. Ouch! That REALLY hurt… as I continue to watch the portfolio fall and people telling me to hold on… I guess my long term holds will bounce back, but when?

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Trading Notes: Analysis of a Day Trade

Day Trading can be extremely risky to the uninitiated. Trade at your own risk!

Having said that, I have been trading for more than 10 years, but had resisted the temptation to day trade because of the risky nature of this type of trading.

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Friday, November 16, 2018: Volatility Equals Day Trading Opportunities

DOW +208.77—-NASDAQ +122.64—-SP500 +28.62—-NYSE +86.03

Portfolio Leaders: BA, ISRG, SHOP
Portfolio Laggards: MA, MSFT, T

So, after the markets had tumbled for 5-6 days in a row, yesterday finally saw a rebound of decent proportions. Although, we still have a long way to go to get back to October 1st levels.

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Friday, November 9, 2018: Post-Midterm Election Update and Day Trading

DOW -263.61—-NASDAQ -161.48—-SP500 -33.94—-NYSE -122.03

Portfolio Leaders: No Leaders Today
Portfolio Laggards: ISRG, SHOP, AAPL

So, a couple of days ago we had a nice, strong rally the day after the midterm elections. And you’d think both Republicans and Democrats were happy with the outcome, as both claimed victory over these midterms elections.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018: Day Trading and the Volatility Index

DOW +204.70—-NASDAQ +67.34—-SP500 +14.75—-NYSE +82.21

Portfolio Leaders: BA, T, ISRG
Portfolio Laggards: BPT

Basically, the VIX or Volatility Index will go up when the Stock Market goes down, so ETFs like VXX and TVIX have been great for trading during these times.

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