Before the Bell May 31

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Before the Bell  is premarket prep for active traders. The note provides detailed stock market technical analysis focused on the indexes and FAAMGs. Key levels and trading locations are provided, along with trading plans and timely commentary to keep you on the right side of the trade.

Inspiration – 

Most people consider asking for help as a sign of weakness; most people are wrong.  Asking for help is one of the most powerful things a person can do.  It shows a personal understanding and recognition that you are “stuck” in some aspect of your life.  Often times we attribute this condition to outside forces holding us back. Most of the time it’s really us getting trapped in a way of thinking.  Doesn’t matter if your issue is “inside the charts” or in your “real life”.  Asking for help from someone your trust and has your best interests at heart will give you an outside perspective. Those observations are often very helpful in breaking up the log jam so that your life / trading can resume it’s upward trajectory.  So if you’re stuck, reach out to a friend, fellow trader, or professional to get you back on track. It’s watch courageous people do.



Today’s Companion Video  

The video is a detailed technical review of the indexes and FATMAAN names. All the key trading levels are identified along with commentary and trade plans for each ticker. Trade ideas are also discussed.  Run the video at  1.5x to maximize efficiency without loss of clarity.

Find the Companion Video HERE

Macro Data Releases Week of  May 31

  • Monday – Holiday
  • Tuesday – Biden – JPOW Meeting; Case Shiller; Housing Prices; Chicago PMI, Consumer Confidence, Dallas Fed.
  • Wednesday – FOMC QT Begins; PMI MFG Final; ISM MFG; Construction spending; JOLTs ; Bullard 1pm
  • Thursday –ADP, Productivity & Costs, Factory Orders; NatGas and Oil inventories
  • Friday – May Jobs Report; ISM Services; Baker Hughes Rig Count.

Macro Framework Spring / Summer 2022

Find the Blog Post HERE

Earnings Season & Bracket Trades

As earnings season kicks into gear, a reminder that this is prime time for Bracket Trades. Bracket Trades are those trades created when a stock gaps up or down from a news driven event. Bracket Trades are set up as “2nd day trades” where you alarm the high and low of the prior day’s trading range, then patiently wait for price to either break lower or higher from the range.  You then follow price out of the range. I will do my best to help identify them for you, but you can easily find them yourself by doing a sort for “GAP ups” and “GAP Down” on your trading platform.  I add additional filters for only stocks above $10 and at least 500,000 shares traded. You can add additional filters to cut down the sort further. Generally speaking, stocks favor continuing in the direction of the gap higher or lower.

You can find out more about Bracket Trades in the video Run the Player at 1.5x      HERE.



Use the following pivots and levels in your active and swing trading.

SPY Daily

SPY 1 hr

QQQ Daily

QQQ 1hr

IWM Daily

IWM 1 hr

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