Happy Marvelous Monday!
I help teach people to earn money trading options. It isn’t hard. I explain in easy-to-understand terms when I teach or write a book—like we are talking across the kitchen table.
Last week, the Nasdaq was up 3 days out of 5 and was the strongest of the indices, and, again, reaching highs on Tuesday and Wednesday going into uncharted territory and then pulled back Thursday and Friday. Summer is historically a weaker trading period. Since the market as a whole has been climbing for months, many are expecting a sizeable pullback which would then recover going into late Fall and the holidays. We can do little more than to evaluate week-to-week.
For updates on previous trades, please scroll down.
I am going to focus on the NASDAQ on Mondays and call it “QQQ Monday”. I will focus on QQQ which is the ETF covering companies traded within the NASDAQ Exchange Traded Fund.
For today’s discussion, we will be looking at Invesco QQQ Trust, symbol (QQQ).
Before analyzing QQQ’s charts, let’s take a closer look at the ETF and its services.
Invesco QQQ is an exchange-traded fund that tracks the Nasdaq-100 Index™. The Index includes the 100 largest non-financial companies listed on the Nasdaq based on market cap. These companies are often cut-edge tech stocks and trendier companies.
The image below is Friday’s price activity.
This chart image is courtesy of FINVIZ.com a free website and gives a quick view of each day’s movement.
This is an image from Friday where it dropped throughout the day. The carpet shows a lot of red. Many of the symbols with 4 or 5 letters are included in the QQQs- AAPL, AMZN, GOOGL, etc.
Fibonacci Exponential Moving Averages (EMA)
Exponential moving averages (EMAs) reduce the lag seen in simple moving averages by applying more weight to recent prices. The weighting applied to the most recent price depends on the number of periods in the moving average. We are applying 8, 21, and 55 weekly periods for our entry signals. EMAs differ from simple moving averages in that a given day’s EMA calculation depends on the EMA calculations for all the days prior to that day. You need far more than 10 days of data to calculate a reasonably accurate 10-day EMA.
There are three steps to calculating an exponential moving average (EMA). First, calculate the simple moving average for the initial EMA value. An exponential moving average (EMA) must start somewhere, so a simple moving average is used as the previous period’s EMA in the first calculation. Second, calculate the weighting multiplier. Third, calculate the exponential moving average for each day between the initial EMA value and today, using the price, the multiplier, and the previous period’s EMA value.
Charting services like Stockcharts.com and your broker’s chart service figure these calculations for you.
As mentioned, entry signals are based on the use of 8, 21, and 55 weekly averages. (8, 21 and 55 are Fibonacci numbers which are a special sequence of numbers which are added together- 1+1= 2, 2+1=3, 2+3=5, 5+3= 8, etc. 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 600… As mentioned, we are zeroing in on 8 EMA (short term), 21 EMA (medium term) and 55 EMA (long term).
The details below show why this trade signal could produce a profitable trade opportunity.
Let’s See Why This Signal Potentially Offers An Awesome Trade
Each candle on the chart represents price movement over a 5-day (week) period. QQQ is apt to continue rising as long as the EMAs remain in uptrending order, showing upward bullish trend strength. In April this year, price pulled back toward the 21 EMA and has now bounced up off that area.
As long as the 8 EMA remains above the 21 EMA and the 8 and 13 EMA both remain above the 21 EMA, said to be in uptrending order, its current uptrend should remain intact, and price should continue to rise. We will keep an eye on QQQ’s movement over the course of the next few weeks.
The target last week was 370. It moved toward 370 and then pulled back. For this week, we will consider and discuss a lower strike. The target is $360.
Potential Profit Play for QQQ
The 8 EMA nearly touched the 13 EMA and bounced and if both remain above the 21 EMA, the uptrend will continue.
Let’s discuss a trade over a short period of time. The QQQs touched all-time high and then pulled back, so let’s discuss a trade that may last just a week or two. For this discussion, we won’t buy as much time.
If the QQQs move up to 358, you could consider an entry. If pulls back, wait, don’t enter until it moves back above 358.
To buy shares of QQQ today, if it moves above the 358 mark, would cost approximately $358 per share. If price rises to the target or $360, the profit would be $2 per share or .05%. Not impressive.
Option trading offers the potential of a lower initial investment and higher percentage gain. Let’s take a look.
If you bought 2 shares of QQQ at $358, you would invest a total of $716. If it increased in price to $360, you would earn a profit of $2 or $4 for the 2 shares or .05% – not good if it rises over a couple weeks.
If you bought one option contract covering 100 shares of QQQ with a July 30th expiration date (July wk 5) (just 2+ weeks from now) for the 360 strike and premium would be approximately $3.60 today as I write, or $360 per contract. If price increased the expected $2 over the next 2 weeks, the premium would increase approximately $2 to $5.60. This is a gain of $2 or $200 for the contract or 55%. That is pretty good in a short period of time and shows the leverage of option trading.
For the same approximate investment, you could purchase 2 contracts. $85 x 2 equals $170 which would earn a profit of $1,200 versus the stock profit of $18.
Options often offer a smaller overall investment, covering more shares of stock and potential for greater profits.
Remember, you can take profit anywhere along the line, you don’t have to wait for the expiration date to sell. It is often wise to take profit when it is earned, especially in a volatile market.
If price drops below the support line, it can be wise to sell to reduce loss. As the expiration date nears, the premium will lose an increasing time value.
EMAs and line crosses are at the heart of most of my strategies. Many strategies come with a weekly newsletter listing numerous potential trade candidates.
I love teaching and sharing. It is my “thing”.
Yours for a Prosperous Future,
PS-I have created this daily letter to help you see the great potential you can realize by trading options. Being able to recognize these set ups are a key first step in generating wealth with options. Once you are in a trade, there is a huge range of tools that can be used to manage the many possibilities that can present themselves. If you are interested in learning how to apply these tools and increase the potential of each trade click here.
Past trade update:
Last week, we looked at 370 strike with a July 21st expiration and a premium of .85. It popped as high as 1.10 on Tuesday and Wednesday and then pulled back. With time decay and the pullback, it is now down well below .85.