BIDU Joins the Ranks of the Ten Baggers and a Lesson in Holding On

Oct 21, 2010: 7:22 PM CST

BIDU has been one of those companies that just keeps on giving and giving – similar to Apple’s (AAPL) amazing price rally.

Let’s take a look at its weekly chart, note the 10x move from the 2009 lows, and learn a few simple lessons on how to trade these kind of moves – with a focus on simple charting techniques (way easier than you think). First, the chart:

First of all, it’s virtually impossible to foresee in advance – at the lows – when a low-priced stock has the potential to become a Ten-Bagger, another word for a stock that has multiplied 10 times in value off a pivot low.

While you’re highly unlikely to have bought when BIDU was trading for about three months at the $10 level – late 2008/early 2009 – it was possible to participate in the rise – particularly that of 2010.

Also, keep in mind BIDU’s chart that we see now is the result of a 10-1 split that occurred on May 17th, when the price went from the $700 level to $70 overnight.  So before May 2010, what you saw on the chart was multiplied by 10 (so the $10 you see was $100).

It’s a good example of long-term plays, but in this case, the price won’t correspond properly.  In other words, without the split, the stock would have “ten-bagged” from $100 to $1,000 (though the split probably helped propel the stock higher due to lower prices).

From a chart perspective, if we’re talking about long-term strategies, we want to buy stocks that are rising (hopefully with rising volume) and are showing a stable rise both in price and the orientation of the 20 and 50 period Exponential Moving Averages.

So, the first big clue you can look for is to see IF price is ‘riding’ (bouncing up off of) the rising 20 week EMA.

If so, look to make sure the 50 EMA is a stable distance UNDER the 20 week EMA.  This shows a “bullish orientation’ where the shorter term EMA is comfortably stretched above the longer term EMA.

And the simple rule is:

“AS LONG as price continues this pattern of stable EMAs, you want to BUY all pullbacks to the rising 20 EMA and then place or trail a stop-loss a few percent under the 20 EMA.”

It’s an extraordinary simple rule, but look how effective it would have been.

I show four examples of BIDU pulling back to its rising 20 week EMA – green – through the course of the rally. Short-term traders can consider buying options around those times to play for a rally up – and sell the options after a rally forms.

Longer term traders would generally HOLD their shares (or options) as long as the price kept bouncing up off the 20 EMA. The general rule is that in powerful trends, price can rally/rise far higher than most people think it can.

So, take advantage of that by holding on and monitoring price in relation to the 20 week EMA.

Keep in mind this rule didn’t really come into play until price broke to new highs above the blue resistance line at the $40 per share level in late 2009.

Notice the big bullish candle and the corresponding big spike in volume that occurred in January 2010 – that was a bullish trigger of potential future price strength.  Don’t ignore those signals.

I understand that it’s very difficult to buy price at new highs – and many traders cannot do that. But it’s easy – or at least much easier – to put on a position when price retraces to a respective moving average, such as the pullback in June/July 2010.

A second – much quicker – pullback opportunity occurred in August at the $75 per share level. Of course, you can apply much more complex charting methods, but sometimes – with really big moves – it pays to stick with simplicity.

Most complex methods likely called for you to exit your position – be it overextended/overbought oscillators, upper Bollinger Bands, reversal candles, etc.

But in very powerful trend moves, sometimes the #1 indicator to use (aside from price itself) is the 20 week (or 20 day on shorter term moves) EMA.

That’s not to say you can’t raise up your stop and take some profits at grossly overextended periods like right now, the bearish weekly engulfing candle in August 2010 at the $85 level, the weak/indecision candles at the $70 level in May 2010, etc.

I actually prefer that style of risk-protection and taking profits in overextended conditions and then getting back in on the expected pullback.

The risk is that you miss a move – similar to that of early 2010 – but remember, in hindsight it’s perfect – in real time, we must make decisions under uncertainty.

So – all complexity aside – to capture really big moves, sometimes you just have to keep it really simple and don’t second-guess yourself with complexity.

Corey Rosenbloom, CMT

Afraid to Trade.com

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16 Comments

16 Responses to “BIDU Joins the Ranks of the Ten Baggers and a Lesson in Holding On”

  1. Stan Says:

    really helpful post, thanks.

  2. Rob Says:

    Wow great post. The only way it could have been better is if you linked to older posts that also covered long term trading. I really like when you take a break from day trading and talk more about swing and long term trading.

  3. TSF Says:

    Corey,

    In one of your past posts, you listed the conditions that must occur before you would short

    the market. Could you please provide the link to that post? Thank you.

    TSF

  4. Dutch Says:

    Don't forget BIDU was trading at $200 – $600 on the run prior to the split. This stock was never $10.

  5. Corey Rosenbloom, CMT Says:

    I remember – it was one of those Google ordeals that actually split!

    I chose it as a public/known example of how to trade a big price move – and the split certainly factored into the affordability of making this stock available for more accounts to trade – and with larger positions, leading to the current explosion up. But in price terms – right – this probably wasn't the best example.

  6. Corey Rosenbloom, CMT Says:

    There's a variety of posts, but the main idea is that in a strong move, you will have divergences which are just warnings – NOT short sell signals.

    The signal would come from price on a clean break of the rising trendline condition we have now.

    Check back to the posts from the period of April 2010 for a similar commentary to where we are now. And of course once the trendline broke then… May's downside action occurred.

    Follow price trendlines.

  7. Corey Rosenbloom, CMT Says:

    Thank you Rob!

    I'll start trying to balance out posts. I know not all the readers are day-traders, but I need to post more about swing or even longer-term tactics.

  8. David O. Says:

    Fabulous post…thanx.

    Later.

  9. dg Says:

    First, LOVE THE POST COREY.

    Second, I do agree with Rob. I reference that CAT write up, almost weekly, as we still haven't crossed $80 with conviction.

  10. Guest Says:

    Talk is cheap. I can write long essays that preach on AMZN, NFLX, AAPL and a gazillion more.

    Question is did you buy and hold for the 10x? Did you post about it when it was at $10 saying its going to do a 10x.

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  14. Elaine Says:

    In the 7th paragraph under the chart, you said:

    “make sure the 50 EMA is a stable distance under the 20 day EMA.”

    Since the chart shown is a weekly chart which has the 20 and 50-week EMA's on it,
    I wanted to ask if this statement is actually referencing daily EMA's, or weekly EMA's.

    Thanks.

  15. Corey Rosenbloom, CMT Says:

    Thank you, Elaine!

    You are correct – my intention was to write 50 week EMA and I have updated/corrected the post as such.

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