Category Archives: Pattern Day Trader Rule

Two TIMalerts: Why I Bought Energy Recovery, Inc. (ERII) & Tried Shorting New Century Energy Corp. (NCEY)

Here are today’s trades, and almost trades, told below by the unedited emails that went out to TIMalert subscribers today (and subscriber’ registrations will be activated tonight for the TIMalert subscribers only members website (TimAlerts.com) that will/should be fully functional tomorrow with the near real-time posting of any emailed alerts and commenting capabilities)

(every one else, don’t worry, timothysykes.com will always remain free and open, think TheStreet.com & RealMoney.com-type model)

Today, basically NCEY was unborrowable to short (did anybody get in on that?) and ERII broke out as I was wanted/expected, up $2 or 20% from my alert, but it dipped a bit first and since I suck at/have no confidence buying stocks, I took a quick $150 loss…I’d do it again cuz you gotta remember with my account this small, I’m all about safety first…of course if the Pattern Day Trading Rule wasn’t in effect, I could easily have gotten in again when it broke the $11.30-$11.40 area…but no whining because look at these subscribers testimonials (you guys matter infinitely more than my own little account)!!

“I’m up 1200 so far on ERII. Great pick!” –bestdeception

“made 200 dollar on ERII :)” –marketgirl

“$500 profit on erii…tim alert. i’m up $1400 in my first 2 days of tim alerts” –Jonescade

“Tim, thanks for the ERII….made about $800, easily could have been $1200″ –Aaron

“Hurrrrraaayyyyy, I bought TIMalerts yesterday for $29.95. I made $326 this morning on ERII” –Ron

“Made 250$ on ERII. Thanks to TIMalerts..Was tentative and opened 200 shares..still it worked!” –Seattle Guy

“I had only 500 shares, banked total $1035 from ERII (after comm. & fees).” –Ryan

10:15am:

i just bought 500 shares of cool water energy recent IPO ERII on the breakout at 11.29 (poor execution)…11 was previous high, 10ish was the low and its only been on the market for 3 days…over Continue reading

Two TIMalerts: Why I Bought Energy Recovery, Inc. (ERII) & Tried Shorting New Century Energy Corp. (NCEY)

Here are today’s trades, and almost trades, told below by the unedited emails that went out to TIMalert subscribers today (and subscriber’ registrations will be activated tonight for the TIMalert subscribers only members website (TimAlerts.com) that will/should be fully functional tomorrow with the near real-time posting of any emailed alerts and commenting capabilities)

(every one else, don’t worry, TimothySykes.com will always remain free and open, think TheStreet.com & RealMoney.com-type model)

Today, basically NCEY was unborrowable to short (did anybody get in on that?) and ERII broke out as I was wanted/expected, up $2 or 20% from my alert, but it dipped a bit first and since I suck at/have no confidence buying stocks, I took a quick $150 loss…I’d do it again cuz you gotta remember with my account this small, I’m all about safety first…of course if the Pattern Day Trading Rule wasn’t in effect, I could easily have gotten in again when it broke the $11.30-$11.40 area…but no whining because look at these subscribers testimonials (you guys matter infinitely more than my own little account)!!

“I’m up 1200 so far on ERII. Great pick!” –bestdeception

“made 200 dollar on ERII :)” –marketgirl

“$500 profit on erii…tim alert. i’m up $1400 in my first 2 days of tim alerts” –Jonescade

“Tim, thanks for the ERII….made about $800, easily could have been $1200″ –Aaron

“Hurrrrraaayyyyy, I bought TIMalerts yesterday for $29.95. I made $326 this morning on ERII” –Ron

“Made 250$ on ERII. Thanks to TIMalerts..Was tentative and opened 200 shares..still it worked!” –Seattle Guy

“I had only 500 shares, banked total $1035 from ERII (after comm. & fees).” –Ryan

10:15am:

i just bought 500 shares of cool water energy recent IPO ERII on the breakout at 11.29 (poor execution)…11 was previous high, 10ish was the low and its only been on the market for 3 days…over Continue reading

Why The Pattern Day Trader Rule Proves The SEC Rivals Osama Bin Laden In Terrorism

Yup I said it. While making a nice quick 5+% American profit, or $350ish, in an hour on my LGDI trade a few weeks ago, my blood boiled over due to the missed opportunities caused by the SEC’s pattern day trading rule. And while I’ve attacked it in the past, there was no formal summary post that explained all my key points. Considering how many stocks are in play today and the fact that I am forced to ignore 99% of them, it’s time I unleash this fury.

The formal definition of this inane rule is HERE, and once you read it, you’ll begin to understand why I call it the Reign Of Terror Rule. In fact, I’ve got an entire category devoted to it as I’ve documented each and every time it’s interfered with my trading since I began TIM in November 2007.

Basically, if your trading account is below $25,000—as are the accounts of so many poor people out there—you can only day trade (meaning in and out the same day) 4 times per week. If you trade more than that, you get flagged as a pattern day trader and your account gets restricted because you’re considered evil, as most day traders are believed to be. (Yes sometimes you can trade a few more times than that—since its all rather gray area and the brokerage firms themselves despise this rule—but my point is there should be no limits whatsoever!)

Even though I’ve still got over $500,000 in liquid cash to trade with, I went back to my $12,415 roots specifically to draw attention to this injustice because most people, including industry big wigs, don’t even know about it. After all, the last time I had this little money, it hadn’t been instituted and I’m forever thankful since trading freedom allowed me to get rich. Continue reading

The Dangers Of Shorting Hot Oil Stocks With Absurd SEC Rules, A Lack Of Discipline & A Tiny Account

That title is just about the worst combo there is and yet I went full steam ahead, shorting 1,000 FPP five minutes after the market open into a spike I thought to be ill-fated. Nearly right away when I was down 20 cents on my position, I knew I’d screwed up. Despite my warning everyone about the dangers of shorting these rocketships before they go red and the fact that I made the exact same mistake just two days ago, I even refused to take a $150 profit, instead wanting more, almost inevitably getting squeezed for a $600 loss.

I guess it’s true what they say, you can’t t each a greedy Jew new tricks.

I explained my rational for breaking the very rulesI created to protect myself the other day—not that its much of an excuse—and today was no different, except FPP was double the price and I got squeezed for double, 50 cent/share as opposed to 25, too. Fitting, right? Again, I was right about the morning pullback after the spike, it just happened $1 higher than my entry!

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The Dangers Of Shorting Hot Oil Stocks With Absurd SEC Rules, A Lack Of Discipline & A Tiny Account

That title is just about the worst combo there is and yet I went full steam ahead, shorting 1,000 FPP five minutes after the market open into a spike I thought to be ill-fated. Nearly right away when I was down 20 cents on my position, I knew I’d screwed up. Despite my warning everyone about the dangers of shorting these rocketships before they go red and the fact that I made the exact same mistake just two days ago, I even refused to take a $150 profit, instead wanting more, almost inevitably getting squeezed for a $600 loss.

I guess it’s true what they say, you can’t t each a greedy Jew new tricks.

I explained my rational for breaking the very rulesI created to protect myself the other day—not that its much of an excuse—and today was no different, except FPP was double the price and I got squeezed for double, 50 cent/share as opposed to 25, too. Fitting, right? Again, I was right about the morning pullback after the spike, it just happened $1 higher than my entry!

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15 Low Priced Stocks: Buy & Short Sell Some, Avoid Most, Despise Them All!

First, let’s get the fun / useless guessing game contest over with—with YHOO’s $24.37 closing price, there were 2 winners: Ann-Nan Lo $24.50 and DarkMatter $24.24—congrats guys! (UPDATE: Ann-Nan Lo has been disqualified cuz her winning guess was her second…wow, my readers are on top of things!)

Now to business, stocks with predictable charts—doubt any of these topics will get 200+ comments, but gimme a few years to set you straight. Tons of plays, gonna be handicapped yet again by the SEC pattern day trading rule—all that handicapping inspired me to write one hell of a post, which I gotta vet with a lawyer…

VNDA
Yes its bounced, but its a ton off its highs and it’s an earnings play, still watching it, doubt I’ll have the buying power to touch it, f$#@ you SEC!

LGDI
My top play for today, made $350 ayer, look to make more if and when it cracks $4.40 to the downside, could / should move fast when it cracks as that’ll put it slightly down on the day, potential to go all the way down to $4, then it’s a game of whether or not stop losses can get taken out, $4.05-$4.10 if it holds, $3.60-$3.70 if it doesn’t…and this is all of course after the probable / hopeful morning short squeeze, which could / should retest highs, pleaseeeeeeee…game of chess baby, I don’t know how to play, only game I know is PennyStocking where you gotta think a few moves ahead!

SUNV
Kills me I didn’t short into yesterday’s spike, read my twitter message about it (Follow me on there to get quick messages like that), I was all set! That calls for my second f$#@ you to the SEC in as any minutes.

FEED
Lesson in why you don’t scalp these range bound suckers, use my friggin experience to your advantage you dumb Jews! Continue reading

15 Low Priced Stocks: Buy & Short Sell Some, Avoid Most, Despise Them All!

First, let’s get the fun / useless guessing game contest over with—with YHOO’s $24.37 closing price, there were 2 winners: Ann-Nan Lo $24.50 and DarkMatter $24.24—congrats guys! (UPDATE: Ann-Nan Lo has been disqualified cuz her winning guess was her second…wow, my readers are on top of things!)

Now to business, stocks with predictable charts—doubt any of these topics will get 200+ comments, but gimme a few years to set you straight. Tons of plays, gonna be handicapped yet again by the SEC pattern day trading rule—all that handicapping inspired me to write one hell of a post, which I gotta vet with a lawyer…

VNDA
Yes its bounced, but its a ton off its highs and it’s an earnings play, still watching it, doubt I’ll have the buying power to touch it, f$#@ you SEC!

LGDI
My top play for today, made $350 ayer, look to make more if and when it cracks $4.40 to the downside, could / should move fast when it cracks as that’ll put it slightly down on the day, potential to go all the way down to $4, then it’s a game of whether or not stop losses can get taken out, $4.05-$4.10 if it holds, $3.60-$3.70 if it doesn’t…and this is all of course after the probable / hopeful morning short squeeze, which could / should retest highs, pleaseeeeeeee…game of chess baby, I don’t know how to play, only game I know is PennyStocking where you gotta think a few moves ahead!

SUNV
Kills me I didn’t short into yesterday’s spike, read my twitter message about it (Follow me on there to get quick messages like that), I was all set! That calls for my second f$#@ you to the SEC in as any minutes.

FEED
Lesson in why you don’t scalp these range bound suckers, use my friggin experience to your advantage you dumb Jews! Continue reading

Shorting Into Penny Stock Manipulation Works Wonders But The SEC Still Owes Me $500

Going into today, as I posted pre-market, I thoroughly expected to short LGDI because it had all the right elements—junky company, big run-up, toxic SEC filings and new today no less than 12 paid-for stock promotion pieces! (somebody’s paying biiiig $ for those)

So, I reserved 1,000 shares to short for the day. Been working myself dizzy lately so I looked forward to taking an early morning nap, but when this thing shot up from $4 to $4.75 before 9:45am—or a $140 million increase n top of its already thoroughly ridiculous $700 million marketcap—I couldn’t help but want to bet against it, excitably shorting 1,000 shares just off its highs at $4.62.

I know, I know, in my PennyStocking DVD, I preach again and again how important it is to wait until the afternoon to fade these suckers, but I am a trading addict so there’s really little hope for me. The good news is I’m an experienced addict so I never overdose—as undisciplined as this short was, it was a small position. Just as the stock jumped to $5 and I felt sick to my stomach for blowing yet another trade, I didn’t panic, instead reserving another 1,000 shares to short to get my average price up.

Since the chart’s already gone Supernova, I knew—yes I knew—the end, or at least a pause / slight reversal, would develop either today or tomorrow. That’s the beautiful thing about these plays—you don’t have to be perfect to profit, far from it, you just gotta get close and understand what’s goin’ on—and sure enough within an hour, after the volume faded big-time (meaning the hype fro the paid-for news releases had worn off) and it double–topped at $5, the tank was on so I added 500 shares—playing it conservatively—at $4.78 to get my average cost up to $4.67.

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5 Penny Stock Trading Misconceptions

Thanks to my talent for self-promotion, I’ve been exposed to a crazy number of investors, traders and market theories. Here are a few misconceptions that keep popping up and are in desperate need of correcting:

1.You can’t short sell stocks under $5, you’re a liar and a fraud!

Ridiculous, of course you can! There’s no SEC rule against it, many crappy brokers just don’t allow it—hence their “crappy” title. If you want to learn PennyStocking, shorting low priced stocks is essential—that’s why I use Thinkorswim, I’m proud to do all my trading there—they rock!


2. Smallcap and microcap trading is a joke, if you want to prove yourself as a trader, trade large stocks, currencies or futures. Also, what kind of a trader is afraid to use leverage?

Thanks in no small part to the misguided, and ultimately harmful, teachings of yet another entertainment outlet masquerading as journalists, Traitor Monthly, many people think trading is about making the most, being the best and getting to the top the quickest. Screw that! Focus on long-term earning and learning—this isn’t a sport as your career doesn’t end when you’re 35-40 (it’s usually just beginning)—and look for high percentage profits wherever they might be. Yes, my niche will always be looked down upon cuz it’s unscalable and that’s just the way I like it.

All the smartest people ignore it so it’s an easier playing field—advantage me. I guess I’ll just have to console myself with annual profit potential of a few hundred thousand to a few million/year. Boo hoo.

And no, I’ll never use leverage—as these street peddlers are learning, yes, it can inflate profits, but it risks disaster. I’ll never advocate any strategy that risks disaster—short selling is risky enough as it is. Learn from the mistakes of the past—nothing is ever guaranteed…besides, if a strategy is worthwhile, the profits will be there and they’ll be hard earned and natural. Continue reading

Scanning The Horizon For Worthy Stock Trades

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Thanks to (GE)’s pathetic excuse for a business, it’s stormy out there today! No new stocks on my radar today…lots of microcrap traders are playing (FRPT) and (MNKD)—TheLion.com’s all hopped up on them as if they were Mountain Dew. I like volatile low priced stocks just as much as the next guy–ok, maybe more–but not those of falling knives—their movements are based on rumors and speculation of further contracts/news…I hate trying to predict news…no I prefer predicting the effects of sketchy promoters and gullible suckers.

Speak of the devil..unfortunately, there’s no shares available to short of (PSTI) today—something tells me it’s gonna take the big dump under $4 today or Monday, but with my impatience there was little chance at me holding for a few days…as would be the correct course of action (as is usually the case aka you can do better than me!)

(COT) looks ripe for a big fall, at least down to $3, then it’s a question of whether or not it can take out stop losses there.
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