Enjoy this, the first weekend of the summer!
Friday, June 22, 2007
Enjoy this, the first weekend of the summer!
I won't lie to you, I freaked out today.
And that despite my mellow morning in the sun and the surf.
I rushed back from the beach and due to my enthusiasm to get started, sat naked, that's right, naked in my office chair as I compiled a whole new quote screen to devote to the Russell Rebalancing. Could I have done that yesterday, or even, (gasp) the day before? Yes. But then I wouldn't have had the excuse to sit naked in my office chair.
My daughter was the first to state the obvious...
She: "Daddy, you naked?"
Me: "Yes, Daddy is naked."
She: "Daddy, you working naked? That's silly! (laughter)"
Me: "Go eat some breakfast with Mommy. JUDY! What the fuck! I told you I'd be busy today!"
Anyway, so I noticed, when going through the Rebalancing list which I posted links to here a few times that a lot of the insurers I like to trade were being added. Among them, RE, PRE, ENH, and AXS. There were more insurers, but those are the ones I typically trade. I also found a few stocks that I had never traded before but were at good prices and near highs. Among them, AWH, AYR, RRR, and LBY. There was also CPA a stock I trade occasionally.
So after the first 15 minutes passed, I bought small positions in each of them and sticking with my new "style" I planned on holding them. Unfortunately, every single stock dropped pretty rapidly. Not one of them made the holding part easy... on top of this, I got jacked in SPG and VNO. Then I lost in CF and MOS. It was, in a word, a bloodbath.
Things settled down and all of the stocks I mentioned that were on my Russell list dropped into ranges. I bought more in these ranges, throughout the day. Besides these adds, I had 3 winning trades in TNH and I net about $750 in them. So that helped my mental state, but not too much because I was still down significantly, probably a few thousand dollars.
This is how things went when the first imbalance was reported at 3:30.
It was in CAI, a stock that was not on any list I could find. I thought this was interesting. Because no other imbalances were coming out I was able to watch CAI trade. It spiked up quickly, like a hybrid trade, and then settled down. This gave me a good plan on what to do with my positions. I added aggressively and then put sell limits 30-70 cents above where the market was trading.
All of a sudden, the insurers began to spike.
Which was great. I took a lot of the profits on the way up, only holding 400 or 500 shares into the actual imbalance.
But the one that worked best for me was CPA simply because I had built up a good position in him throughout the day. Early, he was one of my worst losers but I was able to hold and get out of 1000 shares near to top of the move. I had placed sell limits at 65.50.
And that was the day. There were a couple of names on the list, LBY and RRR that I had big positions in (2000 shares each) and had to take losses on because they didn't have buy imbalances. Actually, LBY had a sell imbalance! And another that failed me was ARWR, a "fly" stock. He too had a sell imbalance despite being added to the Russell Micro index. I took a decent loss on him.
But overall, the Rebalancing net me close to $5,000. It was a tough one to sweat out with the market acting like it did today, but it worked out.
And if you read this blog daily, you know how thankful I am right now for green days.
Oh, and a tip of the hat to Ray over at Hybridtalk for doing such a great job getting the information about the rebalancing out. Perhaps I won't need you to pass my resume around after all!
Anyway, here's the stats:
Best, CPA, $1021
Worst, LNN, -$578
shares traded, 42,400
stocks traded, 19, 9 positive, 10 negative
total trades, 151
Me, $1736 on 42,400 shares traded.
Evolution, $904 on 44,400 shares traded.
HPT, $569 on 28 contracts traded.
Misstrade, $42 on 1000 shares traded.
Denarii, $2 on 800 shares traded.
Well, it was a crazy freaking day if you stuck your toe in the waters today.
Everything basically got slammed but from the ashes of the market rose the VO. We all finished in the green.
I have smart Russell Rebalancing strategy to thank for my gains today. I was getting hit all day until my insurers started to move. Evolution is on a little streak which is nice to see after the rough patch he hit for awhile. He attributes his new found success to "taking profits" instead of looking for big trades. Sounds like scalping ET, don't tell Misstrade. HPT traded for 30 minutes and walked away with a nice gain for the weekend.
Misstrade and Denarii took it easy.
Have a great weekend everyone. Mine will be spent at like, 4 different children's birthday parties.
Which of these entities lost large sums of money today?
I) Cantor Fitzgerald
II) Bear Sterns
IV) Dinosaur Trader
A) I and II
B) I, II, and III
C) all of the above
D) Dylan Ratigan
Please post your answers in the comment section.
UPDATE: The answer is "B"
So, do I just walk into a monastery and tell them I want to be a monk? Are they forced by the edicts of their religion to take me in and feed me?
Also, even if my wife and daughter don't want to be monks, I'm thinking they'd feed them too, right?
I'm just brainstorming now for when the money finally dries up for good.
(BTW, I put this under the label "Dylan Ratigan" just to fuck with him should he ever come across this site. Hey, remember that time you grew your beard out? HAHAHA!)
One last post on the rebalancing... this I pulled from a newswire.
The annual Russell Indexes Reconstitution will take place today. Typically this isI noticed loads of insurers being added... but anyway, be careful if you choose to mess with this. Some guy from my company blew up BIGTIME trading this a few years back. If you have a heart condition wait until Monday to trade these names...
one of the largest volume days of the year and there can be excess volatility as
a result, particularly in low average volume stocks. In the Russell 3000, there
are 275 stocks being added this year while 175 stocks are being deleted. One new
twist this year is that companies designated BDI (Benefits Driven Incorporations)
will be eligible for inclusion in the Russell Indexes for the first time. Some of
these large cap names are familiar members of other indexes (TYC, ACN, ACE, IR,
GRMN, XL, STX, MRVL, NBR, RE, AXS, ACGL, PRE, WCRX, RNR, TK). BDI names being added to the Russell Microcap Index include (ASI, ATB, CPHL, CRMH, MCX, PRS, PXT, QNTA, RAMR, SCT, TBSI, VLCCF, WPL).
UPDATE: The "block quote" feature on Blogger clearly sucks.
Just in case you're one of the pricks who will be driving their hot car too fast in the Hamptons this weekend, here's a little clip of Borat making fun of people like you. Well, not really. Honestly, he could do much better with the Hamptons.