are we going into a recession?

Apple Mac Expo 2008 -> No surprise = disappointment

AAPL @ $169 as you can see everything shown at the Apple Mac expo 2008 wasn’t much of a surprise. As I noted earlier analyst were being very negative on this expo which made me think Apple was likely and predictably going to fall. Down -11pts is nothing what I expected from a company that sold a spectacular 4 million iPhones in 6 months, gains 8% of computer market, and comes out with a new sleek innovative products, nonetheless this is why investors are saying it is a recessing bear market.

My AAPL JAN 220 Calls are worth $.01 so even the $.04 play didn’t work out, wow.
This is why any novice trader tells you to practice trade before doing real trades. I actually do many practice trades. I don’t know what I’m missing from this big equation. I keep losing. I make a good profit, then I lose twice to three times as much as I win. Why? I really think I justify why I get into trades, but then why with conviction I keep losing more then gaining? I’m starting to come to the moron conclusion that options are very risky. If I would of bought Apple stock at $200 I still would have lost as much as I have even though my loss is limited at $4000 going into the option trade.

I wish, wish, I had someone to really guide me and teach me, discipline me as a student. I need regulation in my trading to get better. I feel I am just gambling my money away because I haven’t gotten anywhere. Every year I start with between $1000-10000 and I end up losing it all. If I would just buy an index fund or large cap stock I probably wouldn’t have losses near as bad but I wouldn’t have any incredible gains to boost my networth either. I’m not greedy I just want to reach my goals. My goals are hard so I expect cumbersome account to build to what I want.

Last year I said theres always next years mac expo. Here I am still empty handed. shit.


Markets jump on HPQ share buyback, but what about all the other bad news?

I’m a bit blown away how the market pops open so high, to trade higher, then fall, and finally to look like a last buy back in. The market sure is choppy for the fall time. The majority of the PUT positions I practiced on Monday actually sold out by the end of the day profitable 10-30% up then closing negative. Apple for instance – if you check out the charts it shows many doji-spinner stars showing indecision. The stock doesn’t know to go up or down, but from the fundamentals, 50-day MA, 200-day MA, and current trend it could be moving down much further soon, or at least this is what I believe especially during December.

The last 30 minutes the market shooted up then suddenly sold off I guess the last 10 minutes of that 30 minutes of the day. My predictions would be that the market will drop lower tomorrow if it was a quick sell off because the Fed’s say, “hey the economy still is having slow growth” + Oil going to higher levels + bad home constructions and sales + did I say unemployment is predicted to raise because of the slower growth. Remember when you have slow growth or slow sales especially in the resturant industry you need to start letting people off their usual shifts early. If the store is selling it can’t keep its workers on the clock if the sales are coming in to use the labor. This is just plain economical common sense. So it does make sense that unemployment should rise if sales are down, construction is down, retail sales are down, because employers should be cutting hours short or laying off workers.

Recession? Likely, but technology is still growing getting positive results. Retail is very much sold off way below 50-day and 200-day averages with favorable PEG scores even if earnings are slow (SHLD @ $111 and M @ $28). So I don’t think recession is coming yet, but cycles are starting to change. The Fed can’t keep cutting rates forever and will likely soon raise them probably next year to manage inflation because currently with super low rates we are generating stagflation with slow growth. I maybe wrong, but at least in textbooks usually after the 4th cut on interest rates then rates will start to rise again. Some Financial stocks are really favorable right now (GS @ $212 – PEG of .69 and BSC @ $93 – PEG of 1.10 and book/sales price of $86, it is almost worth its BOOK PRICE!)

As for my options. My DEC 125 AAPL Puts are down around -60%. Not good. It will probably be my last trade for a long time. So if it doesn’t work and Apple Inc. doesn’t fall then I think I will be just practice trading for a good year or until the entire market down trends with a firm trend and the indecision is gone and the decision to SELL SELL SELL in investors eyes will be common commentary on Yahoo! Finance’s frontpage.