Monday, July 16, 2007
It's hot and humid. Bugs are buzzing outside in the trees. It's hard to trade on days like this.
When I worked in an office in the city, I didn't mind trading in the summer. I wanted to be inside because there was air conditioning and there's nothing worse than being in the city when it's hot and humid.
But now that I live a stones throw from the beach, I have a hard time focusing, I'll admit it. That and the fact that I played babysitter for a good chunk of the trading day means I'm not feeling too analytical right now. Mrs. Dinosaur taught a yoga class to toddlers today because, well, someone in this family has to earn some money!
Anyway, I had a good day trading, even if I was only halfway here.
Most of my money was made in the above stock, BTJ. While it's crazy to trade any stock that trades on the highly unstable American Stock Exchange, there has just been too much volatility in BTJ for me to pass it up.
I got short in the morning after the second bar at 57.39 because the oil indexes were dropping and the stock had retraced a good amount of it's recent loss on mediocre volume. The stock dropped 5 straight points. Every once in a while, it's better to be lucky than good. I didn't catch the full drop with all of my shares though. I covered most around 56.5 and then the rest in the 53.50 area.
Anyway, sorry for the tired post, but we're headed back to the beach.
Here's the stats:
Best, BTJ, $782
Worst, ITU, -$314
shares traded, 12,600
7 stocks traded. 5 winners, 2 losers
total trades, 75
Misstrade, $2198 on 2000 shares traded.
Me, $830 on 12,200 shares traded.
Bubs, $161 on 1800 shares traded.
OBAT, $102 on 2600 shares traded.
Denarii, $35 on 5000 shares traded.
Evolution, -$314 on 24,800 shares traded.
HPT, -$700 on 93 contracts traded.
It was a mushy, low-volume summer Monday type of day. This type of low-volume shouldn't last for long though since Wednesday is the first day where we get flooded with earnings plays. That always creates some excitement, even if it is July.
Anyway, it was a pretty solid day for the VO. Let's see what tomorrow brings.
As you can probably tell from my lack of posting today, my brain is still at the beach.