From the Trading Desk

Big Wave Trading Portfolio Update And Top Current Holdings

“I did not for one moment consider abandoning my chief defensive weapon—the stop-loss order. No matter how well built your house is, you would not think of forgetting to insure it against fire.” -Nicolas Darvas

“Remember, the market is designed to fool most of the people most of the time. Sometimes, the market will go contrary to what speculators have predicted. At these times, speculators must abandon their predictions and follow the action of the market. Never argue with the tape. Markets are never wrong, but opinions often are. I only try to react to what the market is telling me by its behavior.” -Jesse Livermore

The Big Wave Trading Portfolio model remains under a SELL signal generated on 5/4/12. The SELL signal was very strong but four false signals (3 SELL, 1 BUY–first time that has happened in the model since 1979) left us gun shy from going 100% all-in on the most recent strong signal. While this is unfortunate in the IRA/Retirement account (since it can not go short), as we are under-invested in inverse ETFs that are doing very well for us, it has worked itself out in the Aggressive/Margin account. Tons of stocks have produced very strong short signals for us since 5/4/12 and almost everything we are touching is working immediately. A far departure from the past two months. We realize that the market is very oversold here and thus it would be very dangerous pushing new short positions. If the market does not get a bounce or continues to sell off, we will continue to reduce the exposure in each new short signal that we receive. If the market can manage a bounce here and the charts stay broken with no real sign of accumulation in the market or leading stocks, we will look to fully press our bets on the inverse ETFs in the Retirement account and on shorts/ETFs in the Margin account. If the market does bounce, we get some good accumulation in leading stocks, and our current shorts start giving us cover signals, we will be more than happy to get exposure to the long side. However, we believe the fact that Facebook came public in such an environment and the fact that insiders sold over 50% of their personal holdings on the first day tells us everything we need to know as it relates to the 3-year bull”shit” market. I will redirect everyone to this post on April 23rd that I wrote for Seeking Alpha. It was denied publication because of its “technical analysis” content. That sure was unfortunate for their readers as the level of bullish articles that day was extremely intense. Aloha and have a great weekend.

Current Top Holdings – Percent Return – Date of Signal

BVSN short – 69% – 3/16/12
AVD – 65% – 1/10/12
UVXY – 63% – 5/9/12
LQDT – 62% – 2/1/12
SINO short – 37% – 4/12/12
MNST – 36% – 1/13/12
VRNM short – 34% – 4/10/12
PRXI short – 28% – 3/30/12
WZE short – 25% – 4/10/12

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