Thursday, August 28, 2008

Trades for 8-28-08

All paper-trades again, I wish I had traded for real! I would have come out +7.81% (VT strat+10k strat)!!!! I figured the blog was getting boring so I took screenshots of my paper-trades today.

10k Strategy made (+.48%) trade was:
BXP - Long (+.48%)


VT Strategy made (+7.33%) trades were:
MTL - Long (+4.22%)


WB - Long (+1.97%)


ANR - Short (+.40%)


CAL - Long (+.74%)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Trades for 8-27-08

More peper-trades, results were:

10k strategy: +.82%
VT strategy: -1.20%

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Trades for 8-26-08

All paper-trading again today, still don't want to trade for real yet. I plan on going back to real trading next week or the week after, just depends and what the market throws at me.

10k strategy paper-trades did (-1.70%)
VT strategy paper-traes did (-.11%)

Today I started practicing with Forex, but for now I'm just playing around with it.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Trades for 8-25-08

No trades today, just more papertrading on my new strategies. I also started hanging out in the http://www.dehtrader.com/live/ trader chat room.

As far as my 10k startegy went, it had 2 losses and 1 gain for a total of (-1.57%[papertrades]).

My VT strategy had 2 gains for a total of (+1.82%ish[papertrades]). The reason I say "ish" in the total is because I had a trade that made +3.20%, but I would not have been able to get all the shares I needed.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Trades for 8-22-08, and weekly total

Sorry for not posting sooner, ended up leaving right after I was done on Friday.
My total for the week (8-18-08 to 8-22-08) is (-3.80%) or (-$1090.79) :*(.


For 8-22-08 I did not have any trades, I paper-traded all day testing 2 strategies and paper-trading my 10k strategy. After I was done for the day, we went on a overnight backpack trip to scout for game, here are some pics:








Thursday, August 21, 2008

Trades for 8-21-08

I planned on backing off and paper-trading today, but dad came up and turned on CNBC and they were talking about RIMM so we looked at it, and it was breaking out so we traded it. Other then that I am glad I paper-traded my other strategies, because things were acting weird today. Don’t know if it was me or the charts but things just didn’t feel right today.

Today I had 1 trade, which was a long and a gain for (+.51%) or (+$140.34). Trade was:

RIMM - Long (+.51%) (+$140.34): Dad was watching CNBC and he noticed it and told me to look at the chart, it looked good and broke resistance so we traded it.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Trades for 8-20-08

Used a new strategy today, all but the 1st trade of the day are with this new strategy I call “Group Trend”. I noticed today that my stop-outs on my new strategy were off by about $.05 to $.10. Hopefully that’s all I need to fix to get out of this rut I’m stuck in.

Today I had 5 trades, 2 longs, and 3 shorts. They were 1 gain, and 4 losses for a total of (-4.03%) or (-$1,150.40). Trades were:

BEN - Short (-1.17%) (-$339.20): 10k strategy, I got stopped out


JCI – Short (+.37%) (+$106.87): Group trend strategy, original stop-gain was $31.12


CAL – Long (-1.29%) (-$370.70): Group trend strategy, stopped out, if I had my stop just a few cents lower I would have made 1%+


DHI – Short (-1.20%) (-$340.47): Group trend strategy, stopped out if I had my stop just a few cents lower I would have made 1%+


DSX – Long (-.74%) (-$206.90): Group trend strategy, cut my losses should have waited to get out with a small profit :*(.

Trades for 8-19-08

Today I had 2 trades, 1 long, 1 short, both were small losses. My total for the day is (-.58%) or (-$167.05). Trades were:

LMT - Long (-.36%) (-$103.29): Stopped out


AZO – Short (-.22%) (-$63.76): Original stop-loss was $135.06

Monday, August 18, 2008

Trades for 8-18-08

Today I had 2 trades, all were shorts, with 1 gain and 1 flat. My total for the day is (+.30%) or (+$86.32). Trades were:

ITRI - Short (+.30%) (+$86.24): Got out because I thought it would go flat/up for the rest of the day, I should have just tightened my trailing stop :*(.


LMT – Short (.0%) (+$.08): I got out because it went flat for too long, I also must note that there was morning volatility (against the rules), but I had seen that it broke support + the market was supporting this play.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Updated my blog

Just updated some things on my blog.

The things I changed are:
1.)About me
2.)My trading setup

I also added these:
1.)Stock trading forums I post in
2.)Blogs I read

Friday, August 15, 2008

Upgraded Visual Trader today

Just got done installing some backup software, ran a backup and then installed Visual Trader 4.0 RealTime. Looks better then 3.0 but we shall see.

In case you didn't know I've been using blocks almost exclusively, and I like it better then visualtrader (VT). Maybe this new version of VT will change my mind....

Trades for 8-15-08, and weekly total

My total for the week (8-11-08 to 8-15-08) is (-2.21% [-1.89% without my dad's trade]) or (-$649.89 [-$557.34 without my dad's trade])


Today I had no trades. Nothing set up right so I took off early around 2pmEST. I'm glad I passed on the "so-so" trades because they would have lost me more money.

Have a good weekend all, and happy trading on monday!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Trades for 8-14-08

I went through my trades and so far have determined that it’s been mostly market forces that have affected my trading. However I am starting to notice that some of my winning trades have been entered when it breaks support/resistance + 10k strategy rules lines up. I also had some losses where I should not have entered because the moving average moved due to the early morning volatility (see LMT_8-13-08 for an example). Some losses were also caused by “dirty” charts, see FSLR_8-11-08 for a clean example, and CME_8-13-08 for a “dirty” example.

Now, if any of you out there see anything in common with my losses (or gains) PLEASE let me know via a comment!


Today I had 3 trades (1 was my dad's pick), all were longs, and losses for a total of (-1.18% [-.86% was me]) or (-$342.84 [-$250.29 was me]). Trades were:

GS - Long (-.53%) (-$154.91): Tightened my stop, and got stopped out


IBM – Long (-.33%) (-$95.38): Stopped out


IBM – Long (-.32%) (-$92.55): Dad got me in this one. This was not based off of my 10k strategy

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Trades for 8-13-08

All of my trades from now on will be with my “10k strategy” unless otherwise noted.


Today I had 4 trades, 2 were shorts and 2 were longs. I had 1 gain, 1 flat, and 2 losses for a total of (-1.61%) or (-$474.56). Trades were:

CME - Short (-1.28%) (-$380.50): I got stopped out


LMT – Short (-.16%) (-$46.46): Went flat for too long, glad I got out!


APA – Long (-.51%) (-$147.79): I got stopped out


BIDU – Long (+.34%) (+$100.19): Took what gains I could get, normally I would have tightened my trailing stop

Trades for 8-12-08

Today I had 2 trades, both were shorts and losses for a total of (-1.71%) or (-$512.81). Trades were:

IBM - Short (-.23%) (-$68.54): 10k strategy. I got trailing stopped out.


CF – Short (-1.48%) (-$444.27): 10k strategy. Stopped out, stock went up due to economic data.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Trades for 8-11-08

Today I had 3 trades, of which 1 was long and 2 were shorts. I had 1 gain, and 2 flat for a total of (+2.29%) or (+$680.32). Trades were:

ISRG - Short (-.17%) (-$48.84): 10k strategy. Took the small loss because I think it will flatten/go up because of that huge spike on heavy volume


MA – Long (+.10%) (+$30.68): 10k strategy. Took small gain because stock is too flat for too long


FSLR – Short (+2.36%) (+$698.48): 10k strategy. Took my profits, original stop-gain was $243.12 and I would have gotten it.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Trades for 8-8-08, and weekly total

My total for the week (8-4-08 to 8-8-08) is (+6.99%) or (+$1,972.94)!!! Yeah you guessed it, I feal really happy right now :).


Today (8-8-08) I had 2 trades, of which 1 was long and 1 was short. I had 1 gain, and 1 loss for a total of (-.80%) or (-$243.76). Trades were:

PCX - Short (-1.67%) (-$498.32): 10k strategy. I got stopped out :(


RIMM – Long (+.87%) (+$254.56): 10k strategy. I should have not moved my trailing stop faster then I normally do.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Trades for 8-7-08

I figure that I didn’t do as good today because the market was flat after the morning volatility.

Today I had 3 trades, of which 1 was long and 2 were shorts. I had 1 gain, 1 loss, and 1 flat. My total for the day is (+.80%) or (+$236.96). Trades were:

DO - Long (+1.35%) (+$399.86): 10k strategy. I moved my stop-gain down (from $120.47), and took my profits


MON – Short (-.10%) (-$28.47): 10k strategy, I brought my trailing stop down and it was hit


DO – Short (-.45%) (-$134.43): 10k strategy, I got stopped out on this one

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Trades for 8-6-08

Today I had 2 trades, all of them were longs, with 1 gain, and 1 flat. My total for the day is (+1.32%) or (+$389.11). Trade was:

BIDU - Long (+1.26%) (+$369.41): 10k strategy, I missed my partial fill and replaced my order, ended up with a extra $10 in costs


AAPL – Long (+.06%) (+$19.70): 10k strategy, Looked like it was going to stall out for the rest of the day, so I took the breakeven. If I hadn’t of I would have been stopped out for a loss.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Trades for 8-5-08

Today I had 1 trade which was a short for a gain of (+2.84%) or (+$805.12). Trade was:

CF - Short (+2.84%) (+$806.96): 10k strategy, I got out because I had a nice gain + I'm going with the family on a train ride.

Trades for 8-4-08

Today I had 2 trades which were all shorts, and all gains for a total of (+2.83%) or (+$785.51). Trades were:

MON - Short (+1.71%) (+$473.15): 10k strategy, covered because MFI was oversold and I figured it was due for a pull-back. My original stop-gain was $110.56


FSLR – Short (+1.12%) (+$312.36): 10k strategy, covered because we are going down to Breckenridge + it maybe done going down. I would have gotten trailing stopped out @ $272.26 if I hadn’t gotten out where I did.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Trades for 8-1-08, and weekly total

My total for the week (7-28-08 to 8-1-08) is (+1.69%) or (+$423.66)


Today (8-1-08) I had 2 trades which were all shorts, 1 loss, and 1 gain for a total of (-.04%) or (-$20.90). Trades were:

FSLR - Short (-1.47%) (-$408.10): 10k strategy


MOS – Short (+1.43%) (+$387.20): 10k strategy, MFI was oversold for awhile, and looks like it was running out of steam, original stop gain was $121.62