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by Steve Wyzeck

Are you losing money in the stock market because of false breakouts? This article could completely turn around your trading

This behind closed doors secret about institutional traders will save you from being ambushed. This secret has saved me thousands of dollars and now I’m breaking my silence to show you how to do the same.

Institutional traders use dirty tactics in the stock market that are so bad, they should be illegal.

It may upset you. It may piss you off.

You may even want to forget you ever read this…

But you need to know what they are doing…

And you will be very thankful you did in the long run.

Because after you are done reading this article, you will have new insight into how to spot and avoid false breakouts…

We need to look at what support and resistance lines are and they what false breakouts are.

Knowing WHY support and resistance lines work will help you protect yourself against false breakouts.

When most traders buy and sell, they make an emotional commitment to their trade. Their emotions can keep a market trend going, or send it into a reversal.

When a stock takes a plunge, some of the crowd trading the stock will sell for a loss, some of the crowd will sell for a gain, and some of the crowd will hold on to their position.

Everything you see on a chart is the result of emotions coming from the crowd of people trading that stock.

Emotions Are Why Support And Resistance Lines Form

If a trader is still holding on to the stock when the price claws back to his cost basis, he’s likely going to sell. He has painful memories of being in this stock and wants to get out as quickly as possible. This selling will temporarily stop a rally. These painful memories are the reason why areas of support and resistance form.

Let us say that a $20 stock drops down to $18 and stays there for a few weeks. The longer the $18 level holds, the more that traders believe that this is a good support level and buy the stock. Now right after buying, the stock falls to $15. Skilled traders will sell quickly and exit their position at $17 or at $16. Amateur traders will stay in their losing position until, one day, it rises back to their original entry level at $18. They will then sell this stock never to return. They eagerly jump out at the chance to “get out even”. Their selling will temporarily stop a rally and form a resistance level.

Resistance Lines and Support Lines Form From The Emotion Of Regret

Traders who come across a stock that has spiked up feel as if they have “missed the train.” If the stock drops back to a certain level, these traders who feel regret for missing the first move will jump at a chance for a second move. Their buying forms a support level.

Whenever you work with a chart, draw support and resistance lines across recent tops and bottoms. Expect a trend to slow down in those areas, and use them to enter positions or take profits.

Warning: False Breakouts Are Caused By Institutional Traders

A false breakout or false upside breakout is when the price breaks through resistance which causes buyers to come in, and then suddenly reverses and falls back down below the resistance breakout level.

A false downside breakout happens when a stock falls below support, attracting more bears just before a rally.

Any stock chart can form false breakouts but be especially careful of any stock that has a high percentage of institutional ownership.

Institutional traders love causing false breakouts because this is where they make the most of their money.

Institutional traders can see all the limit orders for a given security. You and I do not have access to this information. They know exactly how many buy orders are waiting to be automatically executed above a certain resistance level.

What institutional traders will do next is what is known in secret, behind closed door circles, as “running the stops”. A false breakout occurs when the institutions organize a hunting expedition to run stops.

I will use an example so you can better understand what “running the stops” is. Let us say that a stock is below its resistance level at $10, the buy limit orders come flowing in near $8.50. Institutional traders can see these buy limit orders. They figure a calculation called the liquidity ratio which reveals how much a given stock will go up if all buy limit orders are executed at $8.50. They figure out that the stock will run to $11 if all the buy limit orders at $8.50 are executed. They then short the stock at $10 to force it down to $8.50 (they can do this because they have most of the money and can manipulate a market with their buying or selling power). At $8.50 they cover their short position and go long as the wave of buy orders are automatically executed pushing the stock up to $11. If greedy traders start piling in, the institutional trader will stay long the trade. As soon as the buy orders start drying up, they sell short and the price falls back below $10. That’s when your chart shows a false upside breakout.

False breakouts will knock you out of a trade. But don’t do what most amateur traders do which is to take a single run at a stock and once stopped out, go bipolar and say the stock is bad and never return. Obviously there was something you fundamentally liked about the stock in the first place and that has not changed. Professional traders will take several runs at a stock until finally nailing down the trade they want.

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