September 23, 2013

I’m Short $IBM

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Written by: Kay Kim



Last Update: 10.10.13


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9.23.13 Monday


[Morning] Entered Put Positions @ $191.62

*8:48am CST
9-23-2013 8-51-28 AM

When I went short this morning, I was looking for a pull back towards end of the day leaving some upper wick to preserve the dominance of yesterday’s bearish candle.  But biggest reason why I went short this morning is Click Here.

[After Close]

9-23-2013 9-04-34 PM

So we got some upper wick showing that yesterday’s bearish candle is still in charge.  We break below today’s low of $189.30ish, I do think we are going to see much lower prices.  My current targets are $182 and $177 maybe in few weeks.  Again I am putting much weight on my recent analysis on $IBM to make a decision to go get some puts this morning.


9.26.13 Thursday


9-26-2013 7-36-52 PM

It looks to be that we have been forming bearish continuation pattern (perhaps bearish flag) last four days as declining volume tells me that we’ve been pretty much resting here.  I do think further bearishness is in stored and my next target is still at around $182 (still holding full positions).


9.27.13 Friday


9-27-2013 3-01-56 PM

Finally $IBM cracked and came down hard with ‘volume breakout’ to confirm. We probably going to fill that entire gap early next week and my next target is still at around $182.


9.30.13 Monday


[Morning] Added More Puts @ $185.54

*8:52am CST
9-30-2013 9-14-12 AM

Added more puts this morning as we gaped down formed an island reversal but looking at the end of the day chart we can see that the gap was closed but did act as resistance.  So now $IBM is just hanging just below the open today. It still looks bearish and I think we will get to


10.3.13 Thursday


10-3-2013 4-00-25 PM

So I would think $IBM would really tank with weakness like today but we saw some resilience with some lower wick (though it did break down out of this bear pennant pattern). $182 is going to become solid support unless if the whole market rolls over, I would think even $182 probably couldn’t hold this weight.  Still looking bearish here and I will be watching to see how it reacts to $182 support tomorrow.


10.4.13 Friday


Multiple Continuation Patterns

10-5-2013 11-09-17 AM

Despite of the bullish day on the broad market today, $IBM continue to not able to perform well as we have been forming this multiple continuation patterns.  I am not sure exactly how it’s going to deal with $182 support but given the sentiment of today’s move I think if we see a weakness in the broad market, $IBM might even break below that level before testing $182 as new resistance.  However $182 is the ideal level to bounce if its going to bounce so I will be taking heed of that level. Still holding short positions here since $191.62.


10.7.13 Monday


[Morning] Added More Puts @ $182.66

10-7-2013 8-52-31 AM


10-7-2013 3-07-00 PM

Gap is still open so is the selling pressure towards close.  We are sitting just right on that $182 support and this will be that pivotal level of “make or break” for $IBM. We close below this level, $177 and beyond is what I am looking at.  Also for the fact that the gap is still open, (it’s still early to tell) it could be categorized as “continuation gap” if we break below without filling that gap and that gap can add to that selling pressure for the next leg lower.


10.8.13 Tuesday


Closed 65% Put Positions @ $180.23

10-8-2013 3-07-51 PM

So I have been holding pretty heavy put positions on $IBM since $191.62 and adding along the way down but earlier today, I decided to book some of those profits.  $177 is the next support and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some short-term bounces next few days but if market continues with weakness, we can hit $177 tomorrow on $IBM (still holding remaining put positions).


10.9.13 Wednesday


Expected Oversold Bounce

*This was the chart screened for the club members last night

10-8-2013 9-23-01 AM

*Today after close

10-9-2013 7-58-10 PM

If bears want this downtrend to continue, there are certain levels to protect.

  1. Old support new resistance level of $182
  2. Gap fill resistance of $184 (last level for bears to continue)

If we start breaching above $184, I do think bulls can trying to fill another gap at $190.  My stop is tightened and see what happens.


10.10.13 Thursday


10-8-2013 9-59-16 PM

All Remaining Positions Closed @ $183.16

*9:10am CST

10-10-2013 9-08-43 AM

It has been a great swing trade with big gain on this trade.   I’ve decided to close all of my remaining positions as the broad market started to look very bullish this morning.

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Kay Kim
Kay Kim
Kay Kim is a equity-market options trader/investor, the Founder of TrueVine Capital, Inc. and the Owner/CFO of Lucky Klover, Inc. . Kay has been involved with the market since 2007 with extensive & intensive research and development on technical analysis. Though Kay may not have 20+ years of experience, he makes it up with his in-depth technical analysis knowledge and long-term forecasts. Learn more..

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I did and I came out exactly at 181 as I had originally planned.


good call closing all IBM puts.

All in all good trade.


Today would be another nice day to get more puts as it has bumped up a little high.


I think this is great trade. My first target would be 181ish and second target would be 176ish.

2kaykim moderator

@agni123 thats a good trade for you as well and way to stick with your plan!

2kaykim moderator

@agni123 yea I dont like to counter trend and when market was exceedingly bullish this morning, I knew it was time.   Did you trade to the downside as well? 

2kaykim moderator

@agni123 i think if market continues move higher its gonna get hectic to be short on this one.  im still holding short