Trading Plan for August 19, 2010
Current Long Positions (stop-losses in parentheses): TICC (8.51)
Current Short Positions (stop-losses in parentheses): SPY (113.30), DGX (50.09), FCN (36.75), URBN (34.91), OMI (29.31)
BIAS: 42% Short
Economic Reports Due Out (Times are EST): Jobless Claims (8:30am), Leading Indicators (10am), Philadelphia Fed Survey (10am), EIA Natural Gas Report (10:30am)
My Observations and What to Expect:
Futures up moderately
After 4pm yesterday S&P futures dropped 5 points so expect the indices to be lower than what futures are indicating.
A lot of the major reports we have seen of late, initially see wild swings in price in both directions, but ultimately the price action settled back at "pre-report" levels.
Watch for whether the bulls can break 1,100 on the S&P and close above it. So far they are 0 for 2.
Next hurdle is 200-day moving average at 1,116.
Bears will try to push stocks below Monday's low, followed by a run below 1056.
Actions I Will Be Taking: