I've been putting out a free scan every Sunday for the past few months. Today, I wanted to dive a little bit deeper. Make sure you watched yesterday's video (below) and read through the scan.
From Game Plan to Trade Plan
The point of today's post is to show you how we go from creating a watch list to actually trading. You need to understand this methodology if you actually want to make the most of each scan.
Let's start by explaining the purpose of the scan.
The scan is NOT a list of stocks you should buy. If that's what you're looking for, look elsewhere. But, be warned, trading is not as simple as following buy and sell alerts. If you don't understand why this doesn't work, just look at some of the charts below. The stocks fluctuate within a range throughout the day and timing is everything. A few minutes can make the difference between a good trade and a bad trade.
Now, let's talk about what the scan IS.
The scan is a list of stocks that we want to pay attention to during the next trading day. These stocks are generally experiencing abnormal trading activity. They may be breaking out, breaking down, trading on higher volume, or trading in a broader range. We want to be prepared to trade them in case they provide an opportunity. My goal is to familiarize myself with these charts so I can be prepared the next day.
The next morning, I start analyzing pre-market trading activity so I can narrow the list of stocks even further. At this point, I narrow the watch list down to two or three names that I want to watch when the market opens. I stream this thought process live for members at 9AM. Here's the pre-market broadcast from today:
By 9:30AM (market open), I have a clear trade plan. I focus on the best trades that have the highest probability for success.
The Plan in Action
Hopefully, you've been following the free scans every Sunday. Today, I want to show you what happens AFTER I create the watch list.
There's a lot going on here, so make sure to pay close attention to the video and the rest of the post. If you have any questions, please ask a question in the comments! Asking questions will help you become a better trader.
Sunday Scan Review - Looking Back on the Game Plan
Today's Trades + Chat Room Commentary
CLVS trade - perfect example of looking left as we discussed on the video scan last night. It went into the exact levels we were looking for -- all I did was execute what I spelled out Sunday night.
08:16:36 am stapes1: CLVS starting
08:16:37 am P_Mil: CLVS testing friday highs
08:18:27 am InvestorsLive: this area is a big one - like it to fail a few times before it sets up for the rush through
08:18:29 am InvestorsLive: re: CLVS
08:18:32 am InvestorsLive: on daily chart
08:30:01 am shaka_zulu: CLVS smack
08:30:54 am InvestorsLive: CLVS trading the plan from scan
08:42:35 am InvestorsLive: CLVS nice way to start
08:42:47 am InvestorsLive: locked few around core
08:42:59 am Argento: Nice plan Nate!
09:32:59 am InvestorsLive: CLVS good slam
09:37:10 am InvestorsLive: CLVS newsletter
09:41:33 am InvestorsLive: CLVS good to trade around core if participating in strength
09:45:29 am InvestorsLive: big slams CLVS
09:49:42 am rainman: CLVS breaking $6
09:51:54 am InvestorsLive: cov 1/2 CLVS
09:51:58 am InvestorsLive: re add if 5.80s hold
09:52:03 am InvestorsLive: big big opp perfect off scan
09:52:33 am shaka_zulu: CLVS el sicko
09:52:41 am InvestorsLive: all covered CLVS that was wild
09:53:36 am P_Mil: nice read Nate CLVS
09:59:45 am InvestorsLive: CLVS like re joining failed follow thru
09:59:48 am InvestorsLive: scale sub .50s
10:09:11 am InvestorsLive: CLVS next pull holds will move on w/ the dabble back
10:13:14 am InvestorsLive: cov 1/2 CLVS
10:14:12 am InvestorsLive: cov bit more will re size up sub 5.50s if confirms heaviness
10:14:14 am InvestorsLive: re: CLVS
10:15:51 am InvestorsLive: done CLVS
FGEN unfortunately screwed this one up - goal on scan was thinking it was going to pick a trend and last all day. We needed to confirm failed follow through my goal was $43s + for a fade sub $40s but they just didn't show up today.
Friday tape sorta told us this story. It felt like the data was priced in based on how heavy it was trading after the open. I joined today but my goal was to cover that fast $1/share and re add but -- sadly never got back in there.
The good news is we had ASMB which was a carbon copy of the idea. Retail crowded name, ran into the data and sold off all day every chance it had.
Two two plays are below:
09:32:53 am InvestorsLive: FGEN like pops vs r/g
09:36:46 am InvestorsLive: 40 test FGEN
09:45:09 am InvestorsLive: FGEN done w/ never got sized up tho - we may have another $1-2 later of downside to watch tho
09:50:35 am InvestorsLive: FGEN fresh low
08:05:16 am InvestorsLive: ASMB check daily
08:35:13 am InvestorsLive: ASMB still going
09:30:24 am InvestorsLive: ASMB failed follow thru - watching for pops for red
09:40:45 am Renzo: ASMB smack
09:40:56 am InvestorsLive: ASMB nice game plan
09:49:41 am InvestorsLive: ASMB good
09:57:56 am InvestorsLive: still like adds on ASMB
10:16:02 am InvestorsLive: done ASMB
10:30:15 am InvestorsLive: ASMB staying heavy
10:30:22 am InvestorsLive: like re lean vs 17-1720s scale 1650s
11:47:07 am InvestorsLive: still like ASMB scale all fails
11:47:13 am InvestorsLive: can get another buck or two
11:57:53 am InvestorsLive: ASMB near 16
12:28:04 pm Phoenixbird: ASMB printing 16
12:33:26 pm InvestorsLive: ASMB minimal left had sized back in but sized out near 1620s just about 1/3-1/4 left over all
01:51:32 pm Phoenixbird: ASMB 15 test
03:06:31 pm Phoenixbird: ASMB nlod
03:40:40 pm InvestorsLive: ASMB fresh lows
BE was a carbon copy trade thesis as CLVS
09:34:23 am InvestorsLive: BE from scan
09:34:59 am InvestorsLive: BE reactive vs $5.50 over/under goal for me
09:35:09 am InvestorsLive: if firms up - would move on
09:37:56 am InvestorsLive: BE good
09:38:00 am InvestorsLive: BE slam
09:38:42 am InvestorsLive: BE good to cover around core imo and re size if it fails/confirms
09:53:51 am InvestorsLive: BE doing CLVS mimic
09:54:01 am InvestorsLive: cov some from 5.50s
09:54:11 am InvestorsLive: $4.80s ideally on rest or lower
10:12:30 am InvestorsLive: BE staying heavy
10:12:41 am InvestorsLive: new scale around winner = 5.20-5.30s mental risk
10:19:43 am InvestorsLive: sub 5 BE
10:22:45 am InvestorsLive: cov some BE gonna try to be patient on rest
11:04:17 am InvestorsLive: BE failed follow through
TRNX was one of my best trades in a while as far as execution to headache ratio. Zero head aches, perfect entries perfect covers and it did what the tape told us was going to happen.
09:28:10 am JowydS: TRNX swipe
09:29:44 am TexMex: TRNX huge imbalance for open is why 1.90 to 2.15
09:48:51 am InvestorsLive: TRNX came back
09:48:58 am TexMex: TRNX total short trap
09:53:38 am InvestorsLive: TRNX if it pulls flushes 207-208 then reclaims 210 + I'm interested quetly vs. 2
09:55:55 am InvestorsLive: Nice call TRNX tex
09:55:59 am InvestorsLive: def shorties in a pickle
09:58:27 am InvestorsLive: TRNX beauty never enough when it works that well
09:59:16 am InvestorsLive: all done TRNX
09:59:19 am InvestorsLive: newsletter came in at top
10:08:02 am TexMex: TRNX healthy dip to vwap here 2.23-2.24
10:09:41 am InvestorsLive: TRNX sick exits - free look by newsletter
10:33:29 am TexMex: TRNX nastyyyy, new highs
10:48:24 am akaMePs: TRNX highs
10:49:54 am InvestorsLive: TRNX shorts punked
11:17:07 am InvestorsLive: TRNX fail
12:07:17 pm InvestorsLive: TRNX failed follow thru
12:13:13 pm InvestorsLive: TRNX more fail
12:32:57 pm InvestorsLive: TRNX going to be watching 2-3PM + traded it a few times but need better edge now (later on)
01:14:34 pm InvestorsLive: TRNX swipes
01:14:36 pm InvestorsLive: nice trappy move
01:40:00 pm InvestorsLive: TRNX swipe but not 100% natural just fwiw
02:29:53 pm InvestorsLive: TRNX feels pretty stuffy on that move
02:37:05 pm InvestorsLive: if they pull plug TRNX will be a deep fail
02:37:21 pm InvestorsLive: perfect off the stuff move
02:37:33 pm InvestorsLive: best to lock around core front side until confirms
02:38:09 pm InvestorsLive: $2.50 the point of no return imo so until then cautiously trading that stuff move
03:00:20 pm InvestorsLive: hehe TRNX
03:00:22 pm TexMex: TRNX smash
03:00:38 pm Ryan_P: nice
03:00:40 pm jfacada: under 2.40 is backside
03:00:42 pm jfacada: TRNX
03:00:47 pm InvestorsLive: wish orders filled on partial nice off the stuff
03:20:47 pm InvestorsLive: TRNX another fail
03:38:36 pm InvestorsLive: TRNX how sweet it is
03:41:17 pm InvestorsLive: all done TRNX from thoughts written
We had some good trades, but a couple didn't work - that's part of trading.
PDD one of those China names that is just tough to trade - it always does enough to get my interest only to take my money 🙂 But, not bad - no reason to scale on this one.
10:18:04 am InvestorsLive: Emil check it -- PDD slam
10:18:20 am InvestorsLive: like joining PDD vs 41.50s
10:36:53 am InvestorsLive: PDD swiped back - still have my dabble
11:36:36 am InvestorsLive: ditched PDD never came back in much almost was flat on the dabble but - ABCDing will re visit another time
BA doesn't get much better than this on the news!
Fast alerts, I got there a bit early never a spot to scale so ended up pretty much scratching out over all.
11:43:15 am DanS: BA spike
11:43:40 am stapes1: *BOEING SAYS 737 MAX DELIVERIES COULD RESUME IN DECEMBER
12:05:22 pm akaMePs: BA insane call
12:43:41 pm InvestorsLive: leaned some BA
12:44:25 pm InvestorsLive: if 365 no fast crack on BA likely move on and take small break on day
12:52:53 pm InvestorsLive: BA fails again will fade to 365 and be done
12:58:56 pm InvestorsLive: 365-366 prob max it can wash until 365 confirms couple times
12:59:04 pm InvestorsLive: re: BA
01:15:27 pm InvestorsLive: BA found some profit takers
01:33:33 pm InvestorsLive: BA good - don't expect too much more of steady fade until 365 confirms a few times but nice off failed follow thru confirm
01:46:40 pm InvestorsLive: BA imo edge gone until speeds up /stuffs later 3pm + avoiding for now
QCOM has been a good one lately - but we were faced with a downgrade and a $2 dollar gap down this morning. Heck, woulda been nice to ride that down instead!
09:38:27 am InvestorsLive: QCOM scaling per plan pre
09:46:07 am InvestorsLive: QCOM higher lows so far - won't scale until fails sub 9120s
10:00:55 am zimmy18: QCOM VWAP
10:01:03 am InvestorsLive: scaling some QCOM vs 92
10:02:17 am InvestorsLive: 9120s key level for me QCOM if it bases I'll size down some and re size back under
10:02:51 am InvestorsLive: sized down on QCOM adds
10:14:54 am InvestorsLive: QCOM won't re add any covers unless big stuff sub VWAP - if just slow fade/flush out I'd prob be done w/ trade - using more eyes than worth it imo
10:20:12 am InvestorsLive: mostly cov'd QCOM re visit sub 9120s
10:27:11 am xChris: QCOM 92
10:32:33 am InvestorsLive: QCOM reject vs. 92s so far
11:04:50 am InvestorsLive: scale some QCOM again vs. high
11:17:01 am InvestorsLive: ditching QCOM if it doesn't settle under this prior top
11:17:06 am InvestorsLive: market may help here we'll see
11:26:24 am xChris: QCOM slap
11:45:28 am InvestorsLive: QCOM annoying trader - was 3 cents from my cover - back to same level as lean over/under spot
12:06:51 pm InvestorsLive: QCOM big levels
12:20:09 pm InvestorsLive: covered bunch QCOM .88
12:32:06 pm InvestorsLive: done QCOM
12:37:13 pm InvestorsLive: QCOM = example of exhausting myself front side vs. just waiting for the trade - worked out fine - good entries exits etc but just too many times held on finally worked me out vs. just waiting for it
02:15:38 pm InvestorsLive: QCOM failed follow thru (no pos.)
NKTR one off the scanner was a nice trade but scaled in a bit and chopped me out for flattish
10:04:57 am InvestorsLive: joining NKTR fade vs 2150s
10:25:51 am InvestorsLive: done NKTR