Hi all: After reading this board for a while I really like the experience of members posting here so I am going to post my daily trading journals here and I welcome comments and suggestions. If you did any memorable trades today (good or bad), feel free to post it here along with an explaination of what you did and why For those of you who read my journals on another board, this one is without any personal stories, it is Hitman as a trader, nothing more. I am one week from a 8 months day trader. Turned positive early Feb, hit all time high (+45K) early April, lost 10K in two weeks and has been churning (flat) since. I used to trade 1000-1500 share positions but I have cut it down to 400-600 shares for the summer. YTD, +4K in Jan, +$13K in Feb, +$18K in Mar, +$3800 in April, -$600 in May, after today, -$400 in June. 06/12: STUNNED. What a word to describe this game. From the opening bell to the finish, it was an ugly game, and it came on the best trading day of the month. A combination of bad luck trades and bad decisions led to frustration and eventually a fatal trade during the final hour. I just killed 7 day's worth of churning with that trade alone. The summer heat is brutal, but my trading is worse. -577 after commissions, -1007 after, ouch, 3 of 10 shooting on 19100 shares, this puts me at down $450 for the pay period and month, and what hurts even more is that today should have been a day I got a break out game on the other side of the equation. 84% of the traders at my firm finished in the black before commissions today. NOT ME. Somehow I managed to go scoreless during the entire afternoon rally and frustration maxed out and one bad trade in CRA hit me for as much money as I made last 7 days combined. Pre-Market: NOK news, gap down, I hate this type of days, very hard to jump in there and short something that's already down 1 point. 9:30: The only SOX stock that did not gap down much was IRF, why didn't I short it? Everywhere I looked, serious gap down's. Looked like a broad market sell-off so I thought it was a fake gap up on OSX, shorted HP and got hit for 50 cents instantly, ouch. OSX hit a new high, I bought HP on a pullback, MUR, and NOI, OSX rallied 1.5 point (that's more than 1% on the index), none of my stocks went up (except NOI). I eventually stopped out of HP and MUR for small losses and NOI for a small profit (too early, but when two of your plays fail it is easy to find an excuse to sell the third). Every other OSX stock shot up at least 50 cents and somehow my stocks decided to stay flat. 10:00: Long LXK on a high volume reversal, stopped out for flat. The futures was trending down hence the exit, but I should have paid very close attention because the stock had a huge buyer in it. When futures finally reversed that should have been my go to stock . . . Shorted AGN on DRG weakness at 85.65 for a 25 cents scalp, tough tough specialist, left 40 cents on the table . . . 11:44: He is back, bought LXK at 56 and sold for a 30 cents scalp, should have bought again on the pullback . . . Very bad execution, real buying in him today. 12:30: Normally I do not trade the dead zone, but XNG just tanked two points, shorted APA/EOG, nothing happened, WTF? None of the stocks in the index moved down, stopped out for small losses. 1:26: BKX rally, took PVN, got out for flat on a shake out, missed a 60 cents move. Bought LM on XBD rally, lost 5 cents. 2:06: Got SFA at 48.65, flawless double bottom and I got out for a 40 cents profit and left 1 point on the table. Nasdaq futures running, took LXK, somehow the damn stock decided to play games with me and I got churned by the damn thing for small losses, while most other technology stocks were going straight up! I lost 10 cents in it 3 times before I finally decided to buy the damn thing and put a hard stop in it, and finally the buyer showed up, bought 1/4 million shares twice and I made 60 cents in it, but those small losses churned this winner away, and most importantly, I could have been longing a lot of other stocks. 3:24: Down $400 on the day, I knew it was a bad day, but I was getting embarrassed. I do not want to be down on a day like this, and that's when I am most vulnerable to rushed shots. Took VTS at 35.65 and HP at 37.85, there was like no BID supporting them but OSX index was going straight up, lost 10 cents in HP and 25 cents in VTS (very thin, very dangerous). NDX/BTK index going up, took CRA at 43.25, looking for a double bottom, as soon as a BID showed up I bought 500 more, it pulled back, all of a sudden a big seller showed up and it hit the figure in no time, normally, I get out as soon as I see that happens especially after I pyramided into a position, but I was so frustrated and I waited to see what happens, lost another 35 cents in the trade as the stock broke down tick by tick, lost $600 in that stock alone which is more than all of my churnings over the first 7 games in June combined. My worst performance in 6 weeks, tommorrow I must step up. I am ashamed of my performance and I need to play a much tighter game tommorrow . . .