Monday, October 08, 2007

Daily Summary

8600 shares
+128

I took it easy today. I just took some $40-50 scalps since I had no grasp of the market direction. I made one mistake and lost 66 cents on 100 shares. I bottomed fished LDK and lost money. This trade reminded me of my FCX trade last Friday. I was sitting on some profits and decided to get greedy. Stock reverses and trades back to my entry price. I hold on and end up taking bigger than expected loss.

New rule: When a profitable position reverses and comes back to my entry price, I will close the trade.

1 comment:

Reese said...

OBAT,
I'm with you on the new rule. Can't tell you how many times I've let a scalp turn against me and turn into a loss. Scalps can be difficult because there [more often than not] isn't much time to trade from defined entry/exit points. Just gotta go with the momentum and squeeze every penny you can get and sell when she turns on you. Good luck tomorrow.

About Me

I have been trading for 5 years. It took close to a year before I became profitable. I find that I am improving gradually each year. My method of choice is scalping. My edge lies in tape reading NYSE stocks and staying on the side of the specialist. That is the method I learned when I started. As I build up my capital I will try new styles and trade new markets. In late 2006 my trading hit a rough patch after the introduction of the NYSE Hybrid system. For most of 2007, I have been on a search for new strategies that would help me adapt to the market.