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Mastering the Stock Market: High Probability Market Timing and Stock Selection Tools

ISBN: 978-1-118-34348-7
304 pages
December 2012
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Noted technical analyst John Person outlines a comprehensive method to pinpointing today's best trading opportunities

The economy and stock market are heavily influenced by seasonal factors. For example, a strong holiday buying season tends to be bullish for retail stocks or rising energy costs hurt airline profitability. Awareness of seasonal trends in both the economy and stock market can put you in a better position to profit from sectors and stocks that are likely to outperform the overall market. And technical tools can then be used to confirm emerging trends and time entries into these stocks and sectors.

Mastering the Stock Market provides authoritative insights into a method for trading stocks based on seasonal trends, sector analysis, and market timing. Taking a top-down approach, the book explains how seasonal supply/demand forces impact commodities and different sectors of the stock market. After learning how to identify stock market sectors and commodity ETFs that are ripe for a big move, you'll quickly discover how to use technical analysis to gauge the strength of the sector or commodity and then identify the strongest stocks and ETFs to trade. Along the way, you'll also learn how to use the author's own indicators, Persons Pivots, to identify support/resistance areas and pinpoint optimal entry and exit points.

  • Outlines a proven technical approach for trading stocks based on seasonal trends, sector analysis, and market timing
  • Breaks new ground in comparative relative strength, trading volume, breadth indicators, and utilizing pivot analysis in conjunction with options expiration days to identify trading opportunities
  • Written by noted technical analyst John L. Person

To successfully trade today's markets you need to use a proven approach and have the discipline to effectively implement it. Mastering the Stock Market has what you need to achieve these goals and capture consistent profits along the way.

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Foreword X

Introduction xi

Chapter 1: Stock Indexes and Sectors 1

Stock-Picking Quandary 4

Exchange-Traded Funds 6

The Options Market 14

Why Use Seasonal Analysis? 18

Chapter 2: Seasonal analysis 21

Pondering the Perks 25

Not All ETFs Are Measured Equally 30

Conclusion 58

Chapter 3: Sentiment analysis 59

The AAII Sentiment Survey 60

COT Data 61

Insider Trading Information 62

COT Data Components 63

Can Traders Benefi t and Make Money from This Information? 64

How Can This Information Possibly Be of Any Help to Us? 68

Compelling Evidence 75

Conclusion: COT Option Strategy 76

Chapter 4: Comparative relative Strength 79

What Is It Used For? 79

Creating the Charts 80

Spread Terminology 87

Automating Signals 95

Comparing Market Performance 99

Conclusion 102

Chapter 5: Breadth Studies 105

Trend-Line Analysis 107

Bearish Divergence Signals 114

Bullish Convergence Signals 119

Support and Resistance 121

Indicators and Moving Averages 125

Conclusion 135

Chapter 6: Volume Analysis 137

Hindsight Is 20/20 145

Current Event Analysis 148

Individual Stocks 149

Bearish Divergence 152

Bullish Convergence 154

Selling Climax 155

Exhaustion Tops 156

Trading Patterns 157

Volume and High-Frequency Traders 161

Volume Weighted Average Price 162

Chapter 7: Patterns, Indicators, and Oscillators 165

Candlesticks 166

The Doji 168

Reversal Patterns 169

Continuation Patterns 180

Conclusion: Indicator 101 201

Chapter 8: Scanning for Profits 203

Scanning the Universe 204

Trade Navigator 204

High- and Low-Close Doji Scans 206

Daily Scan Signals 208

Tradestation 212

Conclusion 227

Chapter 9: Pivot Point Analysis 233

Stock Trader’s Time Frame 238

Person’s Pivots Calculations 248

Fibonacci Combined with Pivot Points 262

Summary 263

Chapter 10: P utting It All Together 265

Position Sizing, Trade Entry Techniques, Risk Management,

Trailing Stops, and Trade Management

Calculating Position Size 267

Profit Targets 269

Stock Replacement Option Strategy 271

Day-Trading Position Sizing 271

Average True Range 272

Twice Baked 275

Order Entry Using PPS 276

Snap-Back Technique 276

Order Types 277

Stop Selection 279

The Exit 281

Expectations 282

Discipline 282

About the Author 285

Index 287

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JOHN L. PERSON is a thirty-two-year veteran of the trading industry, having worked as a floor trader, broker, analyst, and founder of NationalFutures.com, an online education site. He developed the Person Pivots (PPS) and other technical indicators that are on several companies' popular trading platforms, including TD Ameritrade, TradeStation, Open E Cry, NinjaTrader, Tradesignal, and Trade Navigator. Person has taught thousands of traders including members of the largest exchanges, and frequently speaks at industry conferences. He is the author of three nationally and internationally popular trading books as well as three trading courses and a DVD seminar series. Person's latest book, Commodity Trader's Almanac, is the authoritative guide to trading the seasonal aspects of the commodity markets and the correlated ETFs and stocks of those markets.

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January 03, 2013
Mastering the Stock Market: High Probability Market Timing and Stock Selection Tools

The economy and stock market are heavily influenced by seasonal factors. For example, a strong holiday buying season tends to be bullish for retail stocks or rising energy costs hurt airline profitability. Awareness of seasonal trends in both the economy and stock market can put you in a better position to profit from sectors and stocks that are likely to outperform the overall market. And technical tools can then be used to confirm emerging trends and time entries into these stocks and sectors.

Mastering the Stock Market provides authoritative insights into a method for trading stocks based on seasonal trends, sector analysis, and market timing. Taking a top-down approach, the book explains how seasonal supply/demand forces impact commodities and different sectors of the stock market. After learning how to identify stock market sectors and commodity ETFs that are ripe for a big move, you'll quickly discover how to use technical analysis to gauge the strength of the sector or commodity and then identify the strongest stocks and ETFs to trade. Along the way, you'll also learn how to use the author's own indicators, Persons Pivots, to identify support/resistance areas and pinpoint optimal entry and exit points.

  • Outlines a proven technical approach for trading stocks based on seasonal trends, sector analysis, and market timing
  • Breaks new ground in comparative relative strength, trading volume, breadth indicators, and utilizing pivot analysis in conjunction with options expiration days to identify trading opportunities
  • Written by noted technical analyst John L. Person

To successfully trade today's markets you need to use a proven approach and have the discipline to effectively implement it. Mastering the Stock Market has what you need to achieve these goals and capture consistent profits along the way.

See More
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