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Lesson 47: Mrs. B raises her stop/loss order again

On Monday, January 14th, 2002, after the markets had closed for the day, Mrs. B called her commodity broker with the following order,

"Sell l contract of Chicago May Wheat at $2.99 ½ /Stop - Open Order Good Until Changed or Cancelled"

"Cancel my previous order to "Sell l contract of Chicago May Wheat at $2.87 ½ /Stop"

Chicago wheat futures closed on Monday, January 14th, 2002, at the price of $3.05 ¼.  Mrs. B is raising her stop/loss order in an effort by her to protect part of the paper profits that have been accumulating in her account.  Unless the wheat market gaps open at a sharply lower level, Mrs. B should be able to exit from this trade with an actual (although still hypothetical) trading profit.  Mrs. B left her profit/exit order unchanged.  She saw no need to move it based on the price action in May wheat since she entered that order.  Mrs. B's stop/loss and profit/exit orders are still OCO orders; whichever one fills first the other will be cancelled as no longer needed.  January 15th, 2002, may be a key day for Mrs. B.  If the market moves significantly lower tomorrow, she will probably be taken out of her position.  If the market advances, without having dropped below $3.00, Mrs. B will reconsider the level of both her stop/loss and profit/exit orders after tomorrow's close.  January 15th could be a crucial day for Mrs. B.  Let's watch and see what happens to her Chicago Wheat position.


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