Well, one can never tell but only see if the probability will play out the way one sees it. One thing I don’t like is having the market open against my layout plan. I expected the market to go up and instead it opened with bad economic news. Retail numbers are down. This is not good news.
Talking about ill-timing, DDD news flash on secondary offering right after bought; but that the way it is. You never know what is going to transpire but I still have 100% control of what I can do with the stock. Needless to say, I sold DDD at the open and got a small bite on my ass. Ouch!
SSYS- with bad economic news and DDD dilution, I expect this will also go down in sympathy. Out at the market with a smaller Ouch.
CCJ- Out at almost breakeven. No Ouch.
LNG- Out with a little Ouch.
MCP- Out at almost breakeven. No Ouch.
SZYM- This one was down against me at the close yesterday; so the Ouch is as loud as the DDD.
YELP- If there is no bad economic news, I may give YELP a little longer time with my 38% stop loss; but with bad economic news, everything has to go. Due to horrible spread, this Ouch is the same as DDD and SZYM.
Overall, the damage is not as bad as I thought. I may as well got out at the bottom and market may turn back up at this point due to higher probability of QE3 being implemented. Frankly, I don’t care at this point. Safety comes first before my ego and the need to be right. I’m hoping to buy back at lower prices.
Back to 73% cash.
Such is another day at the stock market.
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@zen – How long is your normal holding period, or target holding period?
Depend. If I’m in the money after I executed the trade, I will let it ride. So, it could become a swing trade.
However, if I start seeing red ink, I may cut my losses before the stop loss kicked in if there is a bad economic report like today.
One more thing, even if I’m in the money, I try to avoid giving back too much. Say if I’m in the money (profit) in a stock today, I will sell it today to lock in profit because of the bad retail number.