This blog is my trading journal where I discuss my adventures in the stock market
Hi, I’m Nathan. I majored in Finance and minored in Piano Performance at Boston University (graduated in 2020).
Outside of trading/investing, I enjoy teaching and playing piano, teaching and playing Go, fishing, and watching anime. I also started my own Boba company while at BU, and am currently working on a company with my twin brother.
I'm currently teaching Go full time, which has been the best job I could ever hope for.
The BABA put I sold with a strike price of 140 for $9 expired today in the money, so I got assigned 100 more shares. It brings down my average a little bit from the high 130s to the mid 130s. My position size is now completed, but I plan to add small amounts when I have savings.
BABA daily chart below. It’s still in a massive downtrend.
I’m also buying a 1% of my account value position in STNE at market close. I like the company, it has solid growth in Brazil, and Buffett owns the stock. If it drops substantially (20-30% or more) from its current price, I plan to buy another 1% of my account value in the stock. Since the company has a decent chance to go bankrupt due to inflation / interest rates going up and political issues, I’m only willing to risk 2% of my account on this stock.
STNE weekly chart below. Buffett owns shares from Q4 of 2018 (~$20-$30 range)
I bought quite a bit more BABA at 111.96 last Friday at market close. Fundamentally I like the company, so it is now ~40% of my account value. I plan to add more as long as prices are below 150 anytime I have money saved. They recently announced that the CFO would be stepping down, which resulted in the stock price jumping.
Recently Didi stock announced that it would delist off the NYSE and list on the Hong Kong exchange. This might have spooked investors in selling their BABA shares. However, Didi shareholders can have their shares converted to Hong Kong shares. This means there won’t be forced selling which is likely why the stock has been going up the last few days.
BABA daily chart below. It is still a bit below my average purchase price in the mid 130s. I’m still holding the put I sold a few weeks ago. Although I’m not trading this stock based off the technical levels, the 150-160 range seems like a good range to sell if I were short term trading.
Let’s see what happens with these stocks for the rest of the week. It seems like there will be a lot of volatility.
The US market continues to hold up well despite the new Covid mutation.
SPY daily chart below:
Chinese equities continue selling off while the US market gains, and BABA has not done very well after their earnings report. My preference is for BABA to be higher than 140 by Dec. 17th (when the put I sold expires) so I can sell another cash secured put. Either way if it closes below 140, I’ll just have another 100 shares which is decent.
I bought a little more BABA last week Thursday at 143.6 (market close after earnings). I increased my total position by 10%. I also sold a cash secured put today when BABA was trading at 136.2.
I sold the 12/17/2021,140 strike put for 9 dollars. My original plan was to have a limit order at 130, but I actually like selling the put now instead.
BABA weekly chart below. BABA dropped over 11% last Thursday after a bad earnings report. They still project growth to be 20-23%, which still makes the stock cheap. I suspect we won’t drop much below 130, but let’s see what happens.
Hi everyone, sorry for the late post. Bad energy management on my part.
I don’t have any swing trades, but am still holding onto my investments (biggest position by far is BABA).
BABA weekly chart below. I plan to buy a little bit more this Friday as long as it doesn’t spike up on earnings Thursday.
My current strategy is to have a handful of stocks that I want to invest in, and whenever I have money available to invest, I will buy the one that has dropped the most short term. If nothing looks investable, I’ll either not invest any money or simply buy the SPY.
Markets look very extended short term, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the indexes drop in the next week or two.
My INTC position is doing well, but the position was really small so not much profits there.
Since BABA has dropped quite a bit from its recent highs, I was planning on buying a small amount (<10% of current position size) if it gets to 150 because I have some income now. My bigger limit order is still at 130.
Markets grinded higher again this week, and futures indicate more upside next week.
I started a small position in INTC at market close on Friday (bought at $49). It is now 3% of my total account value, and I plan to have it be up to 15% of my account value if it continues dropping (next larger limit order at $45).
INTC weekly chart below:
BABA dropped over 7% this week, and I plan to buy more if it drops into my buy zone between 130-140.
The indexes made a new all time high this week, and INTC dropped a significant amount after their earnings report.
As a result, I can finally start my INTC long term position. The current plan is to have it be between 15-20% of my portfolio value. I’ll start with a 5% of my account value position at ~$50/share and add another 5% of my account value if it hits $45. The last add will be at $40 (or below).
INTC weekly chart below. It’s trading at a reasonable 11 P/E ratio and has an annual dividend yield of ~2.8%.
Let’s see what happens in the stock market next week.
Hi everyone. The stock market rebounded nicely last week, and I suspect we will start facing some resistance near the previous all time highs. As a result, I think now is a good time to sell or go short for the near term (<1 month).
SPY daily chart below:
I bought more PRLD today after seeing how low the price was. I had one more limit order months ago set near 20 or 25, but since the price never got there in the 60 days, the limit order expired.
I bought another 155 shares at $16.15 today, which is double my share position. My average cost basis is now about 22 (previous 145 shares were bought at an average price of 28.88). The total risk on the investment (if the stock price went to 0) is slightly over 5% of my total account value.
PRLD weekly chart below. I’ve completed my final purchase of the stock and won’t be buying anymore.
Since I have some income from teaching now, I plan to use any money I save to buy more shares of BABA. I may also start a position in INTC or ABBV depending on their prices.
Indexes were down quite a bit early last week, but recovered to be slightly up for the week. Risk reward favors a move up, and many of the last pullbacks have ended after being down this size.
I recently started teaching Go (a strategic board game) as a fulltime job, and it has been extremely satisfying although it means I’m much more busy now. I’m glad that I couldn’t find a suitable corporate job in the 8 months I looked. I know I’ve found what I love when I forget that I’m supposed to get paid for my work.
Over time, I’ve learned to hold trades longer, so I’m starting to think more like an “investor” now. Holding trades or investments for longer has made it easier to continue doing what I love outside of the stock market. I still don’t like US equities in terms of valuation, and really like Chinese equities (especially BABA).
WBA weekly chart below. I’ve held for nearly 3 months now for slightly above break even. It almost hit my automatic profit exit at one point, but unfortunately didn’t quite get there.
BABA weekly chart below. It’s finally showing some signs of life, although I don’t mind if it drops to 130 because that’s where my last limit order is.
QQQ weekly chart below. Not much movement this week, and risk reward favors a move up.