Man, this market has been boring. Up a few points every day it seems! The bulls took control back in the summer and they haven’t relinquished it since. The 4-month gain has been impressive, but it’s occurred in a very dull fashion without intensity.
On longer timeframes, the climb has been incredibly steady, but new buys along the way have been harder to find if you like to buy pullbacks. After all, about the only “dips” we’ve seen these past few months have been a few days of rest before the next wave of buying begins. Finding new buys for the most part has been like jumping on board a moving train like the one pictured at the top of this page – not easy to do.
That’s why this week has been so refreshing to see. Take Monday for example. This market was due for a good shakeout, and it’s already improving the trading environment for us short-term traders. Whether it proves to be a one-day wonder or if it’s the start of a little larger correction remains to be seen, and as usual I’m making no predictions. It will either end up being just a dip within the uptrend, or it will be the start of a change of character for this market. Either one is fine by me, I’m just glad to see a return of volatility and more important, EMOTION!
This has already been my best trading week of the month, thanks to plays like VSE. I noticed this energy stock over the weekend as it recently broke a lengthy trend line  and since then has been stair-stepping higher. It had formed a bullish ascending triangle  which looked ripe for a pop, and I went long at $23.00. Here are two looks at this stock’s chart, first the original chart given to members at TheStockBandit.com on Sunday night, and then a look at it today as it reached our Final Profit Target for a 14.78% Gain:
As you can see, there are some great setups out there for the taking, and I think the recent volatility will only serve to create more short-term trading opportunities for those of us who are day trading and swing trading .
I’m excited about the market conditions heading into the end of the year, regardless of which direction things move. Just the fact that some emotion has again entered the equation will no doubt mean more chances to exploit profitable opportunities.
President, The Stock Bandit, Inc.