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What A Wild Ride In The Stock Market Today

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No matter what good news may be out there to trade on, someone else will sell on that same message. The Markets again for the second day trades lower. The Dow closes down almost 6% with most of that lose happening in the morning hours, but at one point it was down nearly 700 points.
In after market trading Amazon fails to beat the street with their earnings report, while Amgen beats what was expected from them today. Amgen has actually raised guidance for next year. What are you to do with this news? Nothing. For one by the time you’re able to get into Amgen the news will be priced into the stock. As of right now in after market trading Amgen is up $3 per share and the news just came out Secondly in this volatile market that we’ve been seeing, in the next couple off days we could see another major down day and see the stock drop below it $49.73 close price of today.
Freeport McMoran Inc (NYSE:FCX) Has taken a beating in the last few weeks or so that has the price down to a new five year low. If you have five years to wait before you need you money, this might be the stock for you. In regards to the basic material sector, these stocks have been dealt a blow that will take some time before they really come back to the level that they were at this time last year. If you’re a veteran trader I’m sure that the UltraShort Basic Materials ProShares (AMEX:SMN) is something that you’ve been following if not trading . The stock was at $66 just two days ago and hit an intra-day high of $92.97 in the last 20 minutes of open trading today.
If you’re going to trade in this volatile market, you need to know how to play both sides of the trading floor. You need to diversify your portfolio and understand what shorting can do for you. It something that I recommend for average traders to do until you fully look into how it’s done.
In the last two days the Dow has lost nearly 700 point (almost 8%), but because of how I trade and hedge myself, I’ve increased my portfolio over 15% during the same period. Do your homework, double check your research and follow through with your due diligence.

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