August 07, 2006 at 4:42 pm | | Comments 0

Gotta Love Second Chances

Second chances are so nice to get, even if we don’t deserve them! If you pay attention in this choppy market environment, you’ll often find that you get multiple chances to get into a trade (and profit).

This could be viewed as frustrating, as a stock breaks down or breaks out, only to quickly return to the support or resistance level. However, it can be great if you get caught snoozing on the first move!

Last night in my stock newsletter, I highlighted NTRI as a potential short. NTRI had broken down a couple of weeks ago and since then had formed a bear pennant pattern. A break below $51.00 at the lower trend line was the trigger for my short sale.

Bear Pennant Pattern (Click image for full size) NTRI was primed and ready to break down from this bear pennant pattern, with the trigger being a break of the lower trend line at $51.00.

NTRI triggered soon after the open today and I was able to short sell it as it broke through the $51.00 level (thank you ARCA market sell/short!). Had I missed the first entry, I would have had another shot at getting in the trade by offering into the first bounce which carried it right back up to the $51.00 level (funny how that works!).

Second Chance Entry (Click image for full size) NTRI broke the $51.00 level right off the open, but the bounce which followed provided another shot at entering this trade. Gotta love those second chances!

Fortunately, NTRI drifted lower throughout the day, providing a nice trade whether you caught the first or second entry. In fact, if you don’t like to trade breakouts/breakdowns, you may actually prefer to bid into pullbacks or offer into bounces in order to establish a position – if so, this is an excellent market for you. Be on the lookout for second chance entries in these choppy conditions, and you’re sure to find some second chances to profit!

Jeff White
President, The Stock Bandit, Inc.

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[tags]Stocks, Investing, Stock Trading, Short Sell, Trading[/tags]

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