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How to Buy Stocks

For more information about How to Buy Stocks please check out how to play the stock marketJanuary 19, 2009 Monday Evening

The stock market is trying to rebound from Thursday’s bottom we should have one with a slow and rocky move up. The futures are down, the Asia markets are down and volume should be light with the $150 million inauguration tomorrow.

Earnings are coming out heavy the next two weeks and more bad news is likely to be issued on earnings forecasts that will likely be lowered by companies.

The ag-chemical stocks MOS, MON, AGU and POT did continue to move up Friday as expected and should continue up higher.

The usual big move in small cap stocks hasn’t taken hold yet. Continue to watch for this group to start moving, especially with biotech stocks. When speculation starts, small caps will benefit.

It is too early to tell if oil prices are going to bounce from here on short term horizon but should move up on an intermediate term.

Intermediate Trade Positions:

RIMM, Research in Motion continues to move up as AAPL moves down on the Steve Jobs’ health issue. This is likely to continue trend for some weeks. Now that the public is distrustful about Jobs health statements and change in status, AAPL is likely to drift lower while RIMM benefits as their competitor’s hold is dwindling.

Note PALM is moving up sharply on negative AAPL news and positive PALM news on analysts upgrade on product announcement. This is not a stock idea, only an observation.

Swing Trades: New ideas: WFC, BAC, C, JPM are money center banks that are excellent stocks to with at least a swing trade if not an intermediate trade (longer than 7 days to 6 months). If you can get a better price with more drop would be nice but not necessary to make money from here.

Day Traders/Intraday stock ideas: RIMM and FSLR were excellent scalps long using a 5 minute chart. Continue monitoring AMZN and AAPL.

NOTES: This is not a good time to do much shorting, not even during intraday trades. When the market presents a good time to short don’t be intimidating selling short when a good sell signal arises. Start with extra small positions until you learn how to read the charts and build your confidence.

When I list several stocks from the same sector, like the housing industry for example, don’t short all of them unless you are well diversified and it represents a small percentage of your total stock account (in that same account).

REPEAT: Keep an eye out for biotechs; they are building momentum and often do well in January.

Ticker Symbol Type Notes Purchase Date Open Price Target Price
HWAY, Healthways LONG- INT Sold $11.50, 1-7-09; Still hold 12-29-08 11.04 14-15
VRX, Valeant Pharm LONG-INT Stopped 1-15-09 $21.6; DELETE 12-29-08 22 ?
K, Kellog LONG-INT Sold 45.09, 1-6-09; big move Friday, 1-14-09 43.33 47
IBM, Int’l Bus. Mach LONG-INT Sold 87.70, 1-6-09; hold 1-8-09 86.14 92
LLL, Level 3 LONG-INT Starting new leg up 1-13-09 77.92
USO, US Oil Fund ETF LONG-INT Sold 38.36, 1-6-09; No worries 1-8-09 32.00 50-55
COP, Conoco Phillip LONG-INT Sold 56.53, 1-6-09; moving up. 1-8-09 53 58-59
BP, British Petrol. LONG-INT Sold 48.89, 1-6-09; moving up 1-8-09 48.33 51
FXI, Xinhua 25 ETF LONG-SWI Bottomed 1-14-09 1-15-09 25.25 29
PTR, PetroChina LONG-INT Weak but still hold. 1-15-09 78 92-93
DHI, D.R. Horton SHORT-SWI Watch 1-7-09 7.84
TOL, Toll Brothers SHORT-INT Watch 1-7-09 21.86
KBH, KB Homes SHORT-INT Watch 1-7-09 14.90
PHM, Pulte Homes SHORT-INT Watch 1-7-09 12.42
LEN, Lennar SHORT-INT Watch 1-7-09 10.86
HOTT, Hot Apparel LONG-INT Good recovery; strong move up 1-8-09 8.71
AGU, Agrium LONG-SWI Sold 38.42, 1-6-09; Looking good 1-5-09 36.91
FRPT, Force Protect LONG-INT Strong so far; DELETE 1-5-09 6.40
AFFX, Affymetrix LONG-INT Still hold; 1-6-09 3.18 4.50
MDR, McDermott, LONG-INT hold 1-15-09
FCX, Freeport Mc LONG-SWI Looking better 1-14-09 24
MOS, Mosaic LONG-INT Acting better 1-9-09 40.37
DE, John Deere LONG-INT Hold; don’t buy more. 1-12-09 45.19
XME, Metal/MngETF LONG-INT Hold 1-13-09 26.14
BNI, Burlington LONG-SWI Rough ride up, $60 stop 1-16-09 64
XTO, XTO Energy LONG-INT Danger; consider selling 1-13-09 35.79 43-44
APC, Anadarko Petr LONG-INT Danger; consider selling 1-13-09 39.55 47-48
MO, Altria Group LONG-INT Strong move up. 8.3% dividend 1-13-09 16.02
SRS, Short Real Est LONG-INT Sold at $74 on rebound early; watch 1-14-09 65.32 80-85
GS, Goldman Sachs LONG-SWI Still looks anemic; hold. 1-14-09 75.88
PXJ, Oil Services ETF LONG-INT Hold 1-15-09 10.50
C, Citibank LONG-SWI Low priced, high reward, high risk 1-16-09 3.60 6
RMBS, Rambus LONG-SWI $7.75 low Thurs, $9.91 Fri; higher risk 1-16-09 9.00 11+
BNI, Burlington Nrth LONG-SWI Rough ride up, $60 stop 1-16-09 64 71-74
WFC, Wells Fargo LONG-INT Oversold; hold for weeks? 1-16-09 17.50 23+
RIMM, Research Mot LONG-INT Should move up as AAPL goes down 1-16-09 50.38 56

SWI (SWING): 2-7 days INT: Intermediate term position 8 days to several months. Open Price: price paid on opening long position or price sold on short position. Bold notes on table above represent changes from previous day.

Thoughts: Best odds only, be decisive, aggressive, mentally flexible, stay in position size, don’t overtrade and wait a little longer to buy and wait a little longer to sell. You will find that will make you more money on your trades. Trade what you see, not what you hope for. Intermediate trades are really important to have trailing stop losses set.

Don’t trade unless the setup is there for you, then use the charts to tell you when the odds are heavily in your favor. Don’t force anything to work for you, let the setups develop and then take advantage of that. Be patient. Stay in position sizes without letting any intraday trade represent no more than 10-15% of your total account value. As you build your account, your position size percentage should get smaller and smaller to lower your risk.

Have a great day and I’ll talk to you tomorrow.

Mitch King

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