Category Archives: charts

New candidates


CDNS #13 IBD we posted about on our StockTwits feed when it was in the MarketSmith Near Pivot Scan and it broke out today with a nice entry just under 70. IBD plus Near Pivot Scan can often result in solid trading set-ups.

VOYA also from the Near Pivot Scan is a tough stock to nail but we love the base and are waiting for a good set-up to get in. Over 55.5 -56 breaks it out of weekly base. Set an alert for 55.5

OLED great strength here on every time frame — again, not easiest stock to trade and with stocks like OLED VOYA we often find best to have limit order swing/smaller size/wider stop instead of trying to find intraday entry.

And here is the weekly look — gorgeous but needs to base under 190. It’s already at top of BB and we want it to digest the recent move before breaking out.

SPY sweet spot — note last week’s basing never broke sweet spot bottom (upper Dev 1). Day 9 now of trend. Incredible tape.

See you on the streams. HCPG

IBD watch-list candidates


We go through our usual suspects every day looking for set-ups but at least once a week we do deeper searches as we go thru the entire IBD50, the MarketSmith NearPivot scan, and our custom scans looking for new trading set-ups.

LULU IBD #19 we like how it’s sitting under 176 in this channel with 160 floor. Happy to be patient here for it to set up.

MNST #29 one of those stocks we always want to get involved with but rarely find a good set-up in as movement seems more random than our usual suspects. That being said new base under 66 would get us interested.

PYPL IBD #11 high base at 114 — needs to get closer to 20sma weekly for us to get interested but undeniable strength across time-frames.

TWTR #16 on the IBD 50. We like how it is trying to protect 37/50sma — if you want to swing it entry is here with stop on today’s lows.

From bottom of BB to top of BB in 5 sessions and then the digestion — could we be in for another sweet spot (trend between upper Dev 1 and 2). Possible — SPY holding 287.7 today on closing basis would be good start.

See you on the streams. HCPG

Market Talk


Market trying to place a few lines in the sand on monthly 20sma holds. Too early to tell whether we have the bottom of our range (it is a monthly candle after all) but here is a quick look at what is holding up in this market.

LMT from MarketSmith’s RS Line New High scan fantastic strength. Hasn’t even give up the 20sma on daily. Too extended for us here to be interested but put on your list for pullbacks.

CECO also from the RS Line New High scan fantastic strength and heading into new highs.

VOYA from the Near Pivot scan nice base on weekly. Not a good stock for tight stop/short time-frame swing but we like it for longer term swing/wider stop. Nice hold on 20sma weekly

Let’s take a quick look at some IBD 50 stocks. BOOM IBD #33 – blast from the past here as we used to trade this name quite often back in the day. Very nice strength and good to see it in the IBD 50. Adding back to watch-list.

TWTR #14 IBD 50 list note the base test and bounce. Over 37 and it could get some legs.

SPY monthly 20sma held — has until end of June to hold.

QQQ 20sma monthly same thing — again tough to trade our time-frame off monthly but they are valuable for perspective/bigger picture.

It hasn’t paid to be patient with swings recently — until that changes we’re looking for singles and doubles. See you on the streams. HCPG

Leader and index Look


One of the most important things we do on the weekends is to take a close look at the indices and leader stocks to get a “feel” for the tape for the coming week.

We often start out with MarketSmith Near Pivot Scan and IBD 50.

KL IBD #2 acts great and more importantly, as a gold stock, dances to a different rhythm than our fave momentum tech stocks. As long as that 20sma weekly holds the stock looks good. Gold stocks we prefer to buy on support rather than breakout.

PANW IBD #20 sold off into support — we like to keep a close eye on software stocks as a tell for the tape. It held 220 support, now needs the follow through.

PYPL IBD #7 looking good. Quite a bit away from 20sma weekly and has a high base– we would prefer to get a pullback on this one on 50sma daily near 106.

TWTR IBD #10 holding the gap — in this type of range bound tape we prefer to buy support and sell into resistance. This means we are looking near 35-36 for support trade.

SPLK Near Pivot Scan from MarketSmith bounce off 20sma weekly and setting up. Even if you are not interested in the stock keep on watch-list as as tell for how well breakouts are working, especially in the software leader sector. If tape changes from range bound back to breakout/momentum we want to find out early — and having a stock like SPLK basing near highs will help.

SPY bouncing around in blue zone — range bound tape meaning thus far best strategy has been buy support, sell resistance instead of buy breakouts/short breakdowns. Also quicker exits than usual.

Close under the 50sma on Friday did not give the best look but we’ll see if there is follow thru this week. We prefer weekly look for indices.

QQQ same thing with a close just under 50sma. Again though without follow thru it’s not that relevant.

Weekly has room to 175 for support trades to be valid — in fact we would love a bounce off 175

IWM failed breakout 3 weeks ago and now sitting on support. IWM and Semis somewhat canaries in coal mine so keep an eye on this one. Best case scenario for bulls is that this are holds.

SMH right into support — has to hold this 100-104 area or things could turn quite nasty. Right now it’s a pullback to support but it needs to hold/bounce.

Not the easiest tape right now — quick and small not a bad strategy.  See you on the streams. HCPG

Tape talk

After 21 days of bliss in the sweet spot for trend-traders we got a break 7 sessions ago with volatile headline follow through.

We talked about our ideal scenario on April 20 (with updates) with retreat, gap fill, and then new highs. We have now step 1 (retreat), step 2 (Friday gap fill), and are long for a bounce. Will we see new highs? Not sure but being long $SPY under 283.5 with original 1 point stop (we tweeted it real time on StockTwits) was a great risk/reward that we had been waiting on for a while.

Gap fill 282.5 — wait for buyers to show some interest. Pay up less than 1 point with stop on lows. SPY up 5 points from our entry on this size trade with original 1 point stop. As our custom we take off the active portion into the close leaving full swing on with trailing stop.

So here we are — we have the retreat from resistance, we now have gap fill. Two choices. a) the gap fill bounce is temporary and we will break it and go to next support magnet (red highlight) or b) we go back to highs/new highs. Of course there is also a third choice of making a new range between highs and Friday lows.

If it is choice 2 or 3 then swing ideas should work again. Looking at MarketSmith scans for new ideas we did find some common themes. One, it’s good to have software strong. They are clear market leaders and if they are hanging tough, that is good news for broader tape.

WDAY for example, IBD #50, didn’t even hit the 20sma weekly and already back near highs.

NOW #IBD #6 at highs and didn’t even hit 20sma on daily. Incredible strength.

PAYC IBD #8 also at highs with every dip bought by investors.

Second theme we would like to focus on is the semis. We wrote about the importance of 110 in our newsletter this week and in our posts on Twitter/StockTwits. Note how both days bulls managed to close back on the line. 110 is 50sma and horizontal support so good to keep it alive.

AMD has been on our lists for a while waiting for this weekly breakout. Nice hold on 50sma daily this week. Near 29-30 it could get pretty juicy.

NVDA broken for now but earnings this week could wake this monster. Needs to get to 200 to break thru resistance. Best case scenario: gap and base 190-200 to set it up for a run back to highs.

So now that gap fill held, software is holding, is the bottom is in? Speculating is hard enough, but in headline tapes it becomes even more challenging. We like the idea of gap fill bounce follow through but headline risk is real right now. We like our long entry and will stick by it if price stays above 284 area. One day at a time. See you on streams. HCPG