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Martha Stokes
About the author: , CMT, is the CEO of TechniTrader, "The Gold Standard in Stock Market Education." She is a former Buy Side Technical Analyst. Since 1998 she has created over 40 TechniTrader Stock and Option Courses and Classes, for beginner investors and traders to advanced professionals. She specializes in Relational Analysis for Stocks and Options as well as Technical, Fundamental, and Risk Analysis. Her focus for long-term investments is new displacement technologies that will have a significant impact on the stock market.

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Trading the Small Caps

by Martha Stokes

Outstanding Shares and Momentum Runs Most Retail Traders only trade big cap stocks. This is because they depend mostly on news for finding stocks to trade. It can also be due to relying upon Industry or Sector selections, often missing out on the underlying stocks that are moving with momentum but are not a major index component.  However with the power of StockCharts.com Scans, it is easy to find stocks for trading the small caps that are poised to move up with huge momentum gains. Why trade small caps? Because the spreads are now 5 cents and that provides Read More 

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Buy Side Institutions Influence Price and Volume

by Martha Stokes

The Importance of Volume Patterns The past couple of weeks the Stock Market has lost the momentum energy it had after the election. Most big blue chip stocks have settled into a tight formation, and that price action day to day is so minor makes it challenging for Swing and Day Traders. Volume provides easy to read information regarding the liquidity for a stock at a particular time. Falling volume often precedes the slip-slide action when price falls not due to profit taking or selling short, but simply because there are insufficient buyers at the time to sustain price. Read More 

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How Technical Patterns Reveal Hidden Liquidity Draws Caused by Dark Pool Quiet Accumulation

by Martha Stokes

How Technical Patterns Reveal Hidden Liquidity Draws Caused by Dark Pool Quiet Accumulation Beyond the Basics of Candlestick Patterns  Quiet Accumulation is a very precise pattern that is easily recognized, once a trader learns to look for it. Quiet Accumulation occurs when Buy Side Institutions are slowly and incrementally buying a stock over an extended period of time, often many months to over a year. Buy Side Institutions are divided into two groups: Giant Buy Side Mutual Funds such as Fidelity, Buy Side Pension Fund Management Companies such as Read More 

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How to Exit a Stock Trade at the Correct Technical Level

by Martha Stokes

Swing Trading Speculative Runs Most of the time Retail Traders are focused on finding stocks to trade but spend scant time on assessing risk, proper stop loss placement, trailing profit stops, and determining when to exit the trade especially as a stock goes ballistic. Since we are in the final stages of a Great Bull Market that has been underway since March of 2009, it is imperative that all Retail Traders learn to exit a speculative run at the correct time to insure the highs profits possible. Many traders have been bludgeoned by the slower paced market activity over the past few Read More 

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Trump and Stock Charts

by Martha Stokes

Momentum Speculative Runs There is no question that anything Trump tweets about any company that is publicly traded can impact the stock price, often with high volatility or sudden huge speculative emotional reactions. This is a new twist on market manipulation and volatility that the professional side is discussing and debating as the new White House will soon take over. The Professionals are also taking advantage of the situation regularly. Charts often reveal aspects of the Market Participant Groups that are overlooked by Retail Traders, who are unaware of what they need to focus on Read More 

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Recognize Platform Compression Patterns for Early Entries

by Martha Stokes

Trade with the Professional Traders for Higher Profits The stock for PacWest Bancorp (PACW: NASDAQ) recently had a strong “Pop Out of the Box” candlestick pattern, after a Platform compression pattern. Preceding the compression from August – October, the price action was a Trading Range. Often times Trading Ranges compress into a tighter formation when Accumulation is underway. Dark Pools have been quietly accumulating Regional US Banks for most of 2016. A crossover confirmation of both the ChiOsc Indicator which is a Volume Oscillator and the MFI Indicator, confirm the strength of the Read More 

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Price, Volume, and Accumulation/Distribution AMZN chart

by Martha Stokes

Identifying Market Participant Groups by Patterns   Indicator Accum/Dist found on StockCharts was designed to help track the large lot activity versus the small lot activity. Decades ago when the concept of distinguishing between the large lots versus small lots started being discussed by the Sell Side Institutions, the Stock Market was an entirely different Market Structure.   Almost all orders were filled on the exchanges via Market Makers. Few were filled off the exchanges via dealers and professional side brokers. The only access the retail crowd had was through a broker who Read More 

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Martha Stokes: AAPL Analysis Part 2 Trading Styles AAPL chart

by Martha Stokes

The Difference Between Learning and Applying Knowledge Many of you watch hundreds of videos or webinars, read every article or commentary but still are not making consistent profits. The problem is often in applying what you have learned. Educators and professors all face the same dilemma when teaching which is how to train their students to apply what they learn. AAPL is a good example. It is a popular retail stock, with adequate liquidity for just about any Trading Style.  However, liquidity is not the issue. Last week the discussion was on what different Read More 

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Martha Stokes CMT: AAPL Analyzed

by Martha Stokes

Which Market Participant Group is in Control of Price Right Now This is a training lesson to show what many of you are missing in reading a stock chart. Usually Retail Traders are all about trading a big name stock that shows up on recommendation lists, guru’s picks, or social media sites. However these methods of finding stocks immediately increase your risk of High Frequency Trading Firms HFTs front running, Retail Broker spread exploitation, and Professional Trader profit taking. The chart example of AAPL was chosen randomly, but also because it frequently is in a list of Read More 

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Martha Stokes: How to Analyze Stock Charts with APPL example

by Martha Stokes

List of Criteria to Identify Best Stock Picks Yesterday TechniTrader held the Open Forum Training Event as we do once a year. This is totally different than my webinar presentations to non-students. It was as always, a massive surprise to the attendees who were blown away by the training. What I do is let a “By Invitation Only” group of registered website guests which are non-students see how I analyze stocks and the market. I do it live, using real charts. Attendees may submit a stock for analysis to see how I analyze their stock picks.  I had far more requests than could be Read More 

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