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U.S. Markets Rebound From Japan Meltdown

 March 16, 2011 12:32 PM




The U.S. markets gapped aggressively lower on the Japanese meltdown overnight following nuclear power plant fires. Buyers stepped in as the S&P came close to 1260 support, a key level I noted in my last post. This level corresponds to the 2010 highs, an area we based at for the last seven sessions of 2010. Volatility spiked as depicted below.

Swing Trades

Buying support on the open isn't easy, so I decided to to take some of the nail biting out of my support strategy by trading from my swing account rather than my day-trading account.

HCPG gave us POT $51.00 and I also liked POT $50.00, so I wanted to buy somewhere in between.



In the end, I hesitated and decided to go long weekly S1 which is much closer to $51.00. I took a partial midday.

I was looking to hold my partial swings overnight if we made a higher high than yesterday on decent volume, otherwise we're just on a path of lower lows and there's no point in taking the extra risk of a swing.

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