Time to Pocket Your E*Trade Profit

Its downtrend line likely thwarted its recent pop. Plus, a look at the Nasdaq, J.P. Morgan and more.
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I received a few emails before noon Thursday wondering if we were witnessing


breakout. My response was always the same: "Maybe, but let's see how we close."

Why so cautious? Over the years, I've found trendlines and resistance lines to be a hardy bunch. They just don't give in quite as easily as you'd think, and they normally take at least two or three attempts to burst through. Thursday? A great example, as intraday we reversed and closed -- annoyingly, for the bulls -- just under the downtrend line.

That's something to keep in the back of your mind the next time you think talk of resistance and trendlines is just meaningless chatter.

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Two, make sure to catch me on TV this weekend. The fundies have yet to lay a glove on me, but I'll give them credit: They keep coming back for more!

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