This one broke my spirit. I didn't know it at the time, but I was already down over $600 on the day. Here's what happened.
14:05:44 Short 800 @ 47.32 (-800)
14:12:49 Buy 300 @ 47.86 (-500)
14:16:46 Buy 200 @ 47.87 (-300)
14:19:19 Buy 300 @ 47.89 (flat)
At the time, DE had dropped a point in 10 minutes and so I was playing the pair. The first mistake I made was entering a market order. I entered the order when the stock was trading near 47.55. I was filled at 47.32. It's a force of habit that makes me enter market orders still but I need to learn not to do that anymore. The hybrid market eats me alive when I do.
So, I was filled a penny off the low of the move on my short and then got immediately squeezed for over a half point and lost $450 on the trade. This one felt awful and I basically closed out my remaining positions and walked away knowing that my account was firmly in the red again.
After waking this morning in the green with 2 trading days left in the month, my plan was to take it easy. But basically, the trade I highlighted in CNH happened to me over and over in him. I lost $885 in that one stock today. It was one of those days where nothing went right for me.
To make matters worse, I had a couple of trades that really would have worked for me had I hung in there, mainly ITU and CPT.
Anyway, I feel gross. I just can't trade this market on the long side right now. Especially with the gap down off the open, it just added to my bearishness. So I was way too skittish on my long trades, getting out at the slightest hint of a downturn and too stubborn on my shorts. Disaster.
And now I go into tomorrow staring at my third negative month in a row.
Anyway, here's the stats:
Best, ITU, $72
Worst, CNH, -$885
shares traded, 41,400
stocks traded, 13, 4 positive, 9 negative
total trades, 157