Current Long Positions (stop-losses in parentheses): TICC (10.28), HRS (45.34), CEL (34.17), RAH (60.75), MENT (10.73)

Current Short Positions (stop-losses in parentheses): TFSL (8.23), ADBE (28.55), DTV (42.49), EQR (51.15), VPRT (42.37), TIE (17.84)

BIAS: 9% Short

Economic Reports Due Out (Times are EST): MBA Purchase Applications (7am), Durable Goods Orders (8:30am), Personal Income and Outlays (8:30am), Jobless Claims (8:30am), Consumer Sentiment (9:55am), New Home Sales (10am), FHFA House Price Index, EIA Petroleum Status Report (10:30am), EIA Natural Gas Report (12pm)

My Observations and What to Expect:

  • Futures are slightly up, with a slew of economic reports coming out later in the morning. 
  • Asian markets are mixed, while European markets are showing some positive gains. 
  • A large number of reports due out this morning between 8:30am and 10am, will add a large amount of volatility to the markets today. 
  • Low volume the day before Thanksgiving, could potentially add some wild swings to the market. 
  • 1173 must be the focus of traders today, as a break of the price level would create a new lower-low and then nullify the uptrend the market has been in since 8/31.
  • Conflict between N. & S. Korea is adding a very unpredictable variable to the global markets. 
  • For the time being, 1200 on the S&P is a distant memory, or at least for now. The goal for now should be to break yesterday’s highs in the market. 
  • Volume was abnormally high yesterday for Thanksgiving week, adding to the strength of yesterday’s sell-off. 

Here Are The Actions I Will Be Taking:

  • Will look to add 2 new positions to the portfolio today (a long and short position).
  • Stopped out of CEL at slightly better than break-even. 
  • Added MENT (LONG) at $11.05 and TIE (SHORT) at $17.14.
  • Tightened my stop-loss in ADBE and DTV as a result of yesterday’s sell-off. 
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