As of 07/23/2024
  Indus: 40,358 -57.35 -0.1%  
  Trans: 15,656 -244.42 -1.5%  
  Utils: 952 -5.51 -0.6%  
  Nasdaq: 17,997 -10.22 -0.1%  
  S&P 500: 5,556 -8.67 -0.2%  
YTD
 +7.1%  
-1.5%  
 +8.0%  
 +19.9%  
 +16.5%  
  Targets    Overview: 07/12/2024  
  Up arrow41,500 or 40,000 by 08/01/2024
  Up arrow16,500 or 15,600 by 08/01/2024
  Up arrow1,000 or 910 by 08/01/2024
  Up arrow19,200 or 17,800 by 08/01/2024
  Up arrow5,750 or 5,500 by 08/01/2024
As of 07/23/2024
  Indus: 40,358 -57.35 -0.1%  
  Trans: 15,656 -244.42 -1.5%  
  Utils: 952 -5.51 -0.6%  
  Nasdaq: 17,997 -10.22 -0.1%  
  S&P 500: 5,556 -8.67 -0.2%  
YTD
 +7.1%  
-1.5%  
 +8.0%  
 +19.9%  
 +16.5%  
  Targets    Overview: 07/12/2024  
  Up arrow41,500 or 40,000 by 08/01/2024
  Up arrow16,500 or 15,600 by 08/01/2024
  Up arrow1,000 or 910 by 08/01/2024
  Up arrow19,200 or 17,800 by 08/01/2024
  Up arrow5,750 or 5,500 by 08/01/2024

Bulkowski's Frontier Oil Trade

Frontier Oil Trade: Setup

Picture of FTO on the daily scale.

In November 2010, I became interested in Frontier Oil (FTO) stock, shown in the figure. Buy indications? The stock was trending higher along with the industry but not the S&P 500 index.

On the weekly scale, I found a flat base pattern.

The commodity channel index (CCI) said to buy the day before. The RSI and Bollinger bands said nothing of interest. I usually ignore all three anyway...

I saw overhead resistance at 17 and 25, so with the stock trading at 15.50, there was nearby overhead resistance. I considered this a long-term holding, so I used no stop.

This is what I wrote in my notebook about the trade: "Chart pattern traded: Descending triangle, trendline breakout, and flat base. Descending triangle is long-term from peak in June '09, but bottom is irregular. Trendline is on top of the descending triangle. Flat base goes back to Jan 2009.

"Buy reason: Upward breakout from down trendline on weekly scale since June 2009. Overhead resistance at 17 is going to be a problem. And who knows about environmental regulation going into 2012. I don't see this doing much, but it could begin trending based on the monthly scale and past rises followed by 1-2 years of flat movement."

I bought the stock and received a fill at 15.47 on 11/26/10.

Frontier Oil Trade: Sale

Fast forward to mid February. With price shooting up in a fast, straight-line run, I decided to protect some of my profits with a stop. From my notebook, "2/16/11. I placed a stop below February 14's low, at 24.68. This is 3-lines back (including today's). I want to make sure I capture the rapid rise upward with a trailing stop."

I raised the stop again, on 2/17. "2/17/11 stop raised to 25.35, below 3 day low."

I show the February 17's candle at A so the low three lines back (including A) is where the dashed line is. A week later, the stock hit my stop and took me out at 25.35 for a 64% gain in about three months.

-- Thomas Bulkowski

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