In a recent Extended Learning Track (XLT) - Stock class, we were trading the open of the markets and I had an interesting question arise several times. "When trading, is it better to trade with the market and longer term trend, or can you ignore it and trade just the short-term?"
What you have to realize is that there are two environments in any trend. The first is the impulse and the second is the correction. The impulses are the movements of the shorter time frames that move in the direction of the larger time frame trends. Corrections are pullbacks that move counter to the trend and allow the buyers or sellers to regain strength to continue the trend.
If you do choose to trade counter-trend, then there are several things you must consider: Your skill level, the broader market direction and the supply/demand picture of your stock. Counter-trend trading should only be done by traders who have honed their platform and technical analysis skills. Remember, you are trading a correction which will most likely move very fast against you if you miss the proper exit point. This requires you to be able to interpret the difference between a pullback and a reversal in trend as well as having the knowledge of your platform and ability to execute orders quickly.
Also, be realistic in your targets for the counter-trend trade. Impulses are powerful and are more likely to break supply or demand levels on your chart only to stall and correct at the supply and demand of larger time frames. Most corrections in contrast, will reverse at areas of supply and demand on the time frame you are viewing. Do not be too greedy as you choose your profit targets for the trade. Like they say, "Bulls profit. Bears profit. But hogs get slaughtered."
So as a newer trader, it is just easier and safer to identify the trend of your stock and trade in the direction of that dominant trend. As you become more skilled and experienced, counter-trend may offer some additional profit opportunities, but are not right for everyone. Trade safe and trade well!
Have a great day.
- Brandon Wendell"
View Brandon Wendell's post archive >