Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Cree: How to Buy Extended Stocks in an Extended Market (CREE)

A long time favorite* now in nose-bleed territory.
From The Market Oracle:
What should you do with an extended market or shall we say a market that doesn't pullback? When you look at the indexes, that's what we have right now.

But first let's talk corrections and consolidations -- specifically of issues that are in clearly defined uptrends. We define clearly defined uptrends a stocks that make higher highs and trade above the 50-day moving average.

Typically there are two ways that these issues correct. They either pullback or go sideways.

A good example of this is CREE from the past 6 months.

NOTE: This is what you want your whole account to look like. It makes it easy to manage that's for sure.

The first thing you'll notice is overall the stock is in a clearly defined uptrend and above the 50-day moving average. That's the first ingredient you need to have with any stock you are buying.

Just because you have that though doesn't mean you just automatically go out and buy the stock though. This is where understanding corrections and consolidations come into play.

What we want you to observe is the 50-day average. We say that because a lot of stocks tend to trade off of that moving average. The 50-day average also can act as a risk management guide. Think about it with the issue above. What IF your whole account looked like this. It would b pretty easy to manage the risk wouldn't it?

If it breaks the 50-day average and it breaks its uptrend then it's time to walk away. What if you had a portfolio with 10 names that looked like this? What if all of a sudden one after another you start getting stopped out of them? Think that would be telling you something? It basically would be telling you the market is rolling over wouldn't it? At least that’s what it would be telling us.

Bottom line is this: As long as the issue is above the 50-day average and trending higher overall what more do you need to know?

As with all stocks there comes a time when they tend to get extended away from the 50- day average as shown at the red number 1 and 2 on the chart above.

Let’s hone in on the red number 1 in the chart. As you can see that red number 1 is a tad away from the 50 day. So what is one to do? Nothing you need to leave it alone and put it on the watch list of issues you are interested in on the long side. Then you wait for it to come to you.

Note: Letting it come to you is allowing it to pullback in this case. A great pattern is what we call a Pullback Off Highs (POH) chart pattern.

Notice what happens over the next 3 weeks? It pulls back right to the 50-day average and in so doing creates our favorite long side pattern called a Pullback Off Highs (POH). Notice that it also builds out an Elliot Wave abc pullback? They don't always do that but a lot of them do. Just call that a characteristic that tends to occur.

So now that the issue has pulled back what do you do? Well you can buy it off the 50-day average or wait for it to crossover the Pink pullback off highs line to the upside. Upon doing the mechanics of reality with regards to the stock market apply over which none of us have control over by the way.

For those not familiar with what The mechanics of reality with regards to the stock market is the following is for you:

Remember the moment you take a trade you are at the mercy of the market and have no control except when to sell. If you are not willing to take the risk and are not willing to pay that price do not take the trade.

Remember the mechanics of reality with regards to the stock market states a stock can only do one of three things: Up, Down, Nowhere. The moment you hit the enter button you are at the mercy of the market therefore the only control you have is when to sell/cover. You can't manage your gains as you have none to manage initially. Knowing this in advance it allows you to stay in outcome, that being you will either:
1. Make a gain
2. Wash
3. Get stopped out at a loss
Remember the market IS the boss. IT is going to do what IT wants to do.

NOTE: By the way all web services, research reports, brokerage reports, fund managers etc. live in this realm. ,we ALL do. We don't care who you are this is the reality of the markets. It doesn't matter who or what you subscribe to -- not one of them can get past this reality. Do yourself a favor and ingrain this in your head. No matter how hard you try you can not get away from this....MORE
*We have A LOT of posts on CREE. Here are Google's results: climateer cree