Why Tuesday’s retreat wasn’t a surprise

By Jani Ziedins | End of Day Analysis

Mar 05

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Well, that didn’t take long. Friday’s break above 5,100 is already history, as the rally stalled and retreated 1% on Tuesday.

Easy come, easy go. As I told readers previously, I bought Friday’s rally above 5,100, not because I thought stocks were going to take off, but because I could enter that trade in a low-risk way:

By acting early and decisively [on Friday], I was able to buy not long after the market retook 5,100, and I could place a stop just under this level. When the rally kept going, I was able to lift my stops to my entry points, creating yet another low-risk/high-reward trade.

Maybe this latest buy gets stopped out at breakeven in a few days. No harm, no foul. But if the buying keeps pushing the index toward 5,200, then I will let those profits roll in. It’s like a free lottery ticket. Only a fool would turn his nose up at it.

Well, as luck would have it, I got stopped out early Tuesday morning for breakeven, and I watched the rest of the day’s carnage from the safety of the sidelines.

While this breakout trade didn’t work, it didn’t cost me anything, so can we really call this trade a mistake? If it worked, I made money, if it didn’t, I got all of my money back. If only all of my bad trades could be this painless.

As for what comes next, this market remains stuck in a choppy, sideways consolidation near 5,100. Until further notice, expect these dips to bounce and for the bounces to dip. One day’s up becomes the next day’s down. Anyone predicting Tuesday is the start of the next big selloff will soon find himself just as disappointed as last week’s breakout buyers.

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About the Author

Jani Ziedins (pronounced Ya-nee) is a full-time investor and financial analyst that has successfully traded stocks and options for nearly three decades. He has an undergraduate engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines and two graduate business degrees from the University of Colorado Denver. His prior professional experience includes engineering at Fortune 500 companies, small business consulting, and managing investment real estate. He is now fortunate enough to trade full-time from home, affording him the luxury of spending extra time with his wife and two children.