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Showing 306 news items between August 1st 2010 and March 31st 2017.
04 May 2015

So far 2015 has been a difficult environment for investors as the indexes have “chopped and slopped” in a mostly sideways range since December of 2014. Each time the market has appeared ready to bust out to new highs and begin a potentially strong, new trend to the upside, it has backed down into its prior price range relatively quickly. Conversely, each time the market has looked like it is ready to split wide open on the downside it has suddenly found its feet and turned back to the upside. This has led to a highly “channelized” environment that makes life tough for trend-following investors as leading stocks exhibit characteristics specific to such a trendless environment. But these are merely difficulties left to be conquered by shrewd investors. Let me explain.

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05 June 2015

In last month’s column I discussed the rise of what I call the “Ugly Duckling” buy set-up where we seek to buy a stock not as it makes news highs, but instead as it begins to round out the lows of a potential new chart base or consolidation.

I also showed examples of stocks like Lannett Company (LCI) and CyberArk Software (CYBR) which had strong moves coming off the lows of pullbacks and then started up the right side of what eventually turned out to be a new base formation. These buy set-ups led to significant upside profits, as the daily chart of LCI in Chart 1, below, shows. The stock had several buy signals along the lows of the pattern before moving rapidly up the right side of a new “cup” base. However, once LCI broke out to new highs, its ensuing price move became quite volatile and eventually gave way to the downside. Thus the best move in the stock came up and off of the lows with several Ugly Duckling buy set-ups along the way.

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06 October 2015

In my recently published book, “Short-Selling with the O’Neil Disciples: Turn to the Dark Side of Trading,” (John Wiley & Sons, April 2015), I discuss the short-sale set-up chart pattern known as the “Punchbowl of Death,” or “POD” as I like to refer to it in acronym form. Like the more classical and orthodox “Head & Shoulders” formation, the POD is simply another template, albeit a somewhat unorthodox one, that I use to identify potential short-sale targets in-the-making. What distinguishes the POD from other short-sale patterns is that it generally occurs in what we would consider a very “hot” stock that has a huge prior upside move, then breaks down sharply for 18-20 weeks or more, bottoms out, and then stages an equally sharp upside move of about the same duration. This move generally takes it right back up to the prior highs, at which point the stock becomes vulnerable to a sell-off.

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14 March 2016

Chris Kacher and Gil Morales discuss their philosophies on life and trading following the several books they wrote together.

01 April 2016

Gil discusses the current market environment and some of his recent trades with German-based Trader-Mag.com for those of you who read German.

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23 March 2017

Chris Kacher, managing director of MoKa Investors, this week published a graph of the Dow’s performance since 1896 that charts how the index’s peaks and troughs have reflected the U.S. economy’s triumphs and tribulations. But more than that, the graph also illustrates how the Dow has become a chronicler of investors’ responses to significant global events.

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