09/25 – being smoked on AMRN

Started my day trading career with Tim Sykes and when I wanted to learn more, I joined Investors Underground. The DVD’s that helped me the most were Tim Grittani’s Trading Tickers and Nate Michaud’s Tandem Trader.  Software that has helped me in my early years was: Trade Ideas software. Now I use FINVIZ ELITE. Click on the highlighted links for more details. For my main page, please click here: Day trading for beginners


Generally speaking, I was watching CRON and AMRN today. I though AMRN would have gotten smoked today. Yet she is holding strong. TLRY and NBEV were keeping up too, so naturally their little bitch, CRON, kept pace. Just crapping a bit, but holding up her pants non the less.

I had a big watch list today and lets just say I missed my TRXC / GERN, basic strategy plan. You can read about it in previous blog posts here: Home page.

Today was not a good trading day and I will keep this blog short (no pun intended!). So basically I was trading AMRN a few times. My first short was when USD 13.05 / 13.00 was rejected. I wanted to cover at USD 12.85ish, but didn’t because I wanted to follow my plan. Which was a total gamble anyway because I do not see any edge, other then looking for lower highs, double tops and what ever basic pattern I could see. Never was I long biased on this piggy and I should have known the pattern because it is a basic, up on good result, catalyst play. Long ago I would have gone long on a break out of USD 12.50. I should have, could have, might have and any hindsight bullshit you can imagine, gone long when VWAP and the 20SMA held (obviously!). But I am so short biased these days I do not see these setups. They seem long forgotten. These were my bread and butter!

Anyway, so today was not the day to trade this. Tomorrow she will fit my strategy. I should have been, would have been or could have been looking at ASNA but I didn’t.

So in conclusion, and this is the lesson I guess, is that it is okay to be wrong sometimes. Admittedly, this is not my pattern. Not even close. If it was my pattern, I would have shorted at the bottom. Contra-trading the current mass shorting of big runners. This is, because of the stop losses that are triggered there. This piggy, AMRN, did not even get close. I think she might be going higher.

I did manage a quick long trade yesterday on AMRN near close. My thesis was that she will have a nice gap if USD 12.00 held. I got in at a lucky 11.88, risking 11.60. My goal was triggered at 12.15 so I sold my position. Not a large gain, but enough.

In the past, swings like these smoked my account so you should have a cautious approach. At the marker offerings are just around the corner, as well as discount offerings. Reasons I wanted to swing this were mainly the catalyst and the high resistance levels. Volume, as always, plays a big part in this too!



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