Lower Highs And Lower Lows

I’m going to have to be brief tonight as I’m running late and I have a mountain of chores stacked on my desk. So let’s dispense with the formalities and let me try to get you up to speed on what’s going on and where we may be heading. More weakness in equities and right now the hourly panels are our best guides:


Forget about all the lines and indicators – that’s beside the point right now. What really matters here is PRICE and the spoos are painting lower highs and lower lows. As long as we don’t breach ES 2100 we are heading lower.


Selling pressure is definitely for real – observe the rather interesting UVOL/DVOL ratio spikes mid session. There’s a bit of panic selling right there – or perhaps it’s more distribution. Someone thought they may have had more time?


The Zero signal is for real – compare the signal range today with what we had to put up with over the past week or two. And the big spikes are to the downside – definitely noted.


As you know I prefer the context on the NQ right now – I think NQ 4452.5 is the first and 4458 is the second line of defense for the bears. Also note that we sliced through the daily NLSL at 4427 but thus far it’s holding. If we close below it today or tomorrow we are going to 4350ish.


AUD/CAD update – I got pretty lucky there as I was about to grab a long position on a drop to 0.89. Fortunately the tape started to run away from me and I pulled it just in time. Better to be lucky than good – at least every once in a while ;-)

I probably should have looked at the daily panel this morning – that’s a stack of NLBLs right there and the odds for a breach were perhaps a bit low.


Gold update – nice entry there this morning and I’ve moved my stop to the break-even point. I’m holding this as it may continue lower.


My favorite chart today – NG – I also snug in there and for once it actually behaved and didn’t throw me out of the saddle. So far so good. I love the daily and weekly context here – unfortunately I’m less enthused about all those daily NLBLs above but I’ll deal with that if/when we get there.


Crude - got stopped out and then managed to jump back in on the way up. Only caught 1/4R however but I’ll take it and will built my position if it decided to finally abandon this range.

That’s all I got for today – I hope you guys grabbed one or two of this morning’s entries. If nothing else I would enjoy a bit more participation in the comment section. Alright, dinner’s waiting and Mrs. Evil is getting impatient – I have been advised to hurry the heck up. See you guys tomorrow!

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Wednesday Morning Briefing

Welcome to our morning briefing. Here we are reviewing short term setups ahead of the NYSE opening bell. If you are a scalper or swing trader then these setups may be of interest to you. As usual keep in mind that these are short term setups although they could be used as early entries for more longer term positions.


Equities continued to exhibit weakness overnight and we’re trading near we started yesterday morning. I actually prefer the context on the NQ right now as we’ve got a solid NLSL on the daily that thus far has managed to stick.


The hourly panel shows a very nice slowly rising diagonal below the 100-hour SMA and the 25-hour is about to cross over. This is not looking good but there is a very brief opportunity to be long here with a stop below 4438. Below that diagonal we are looking at a slide lower, especially if we breach through 4430. As usual this isn’t going to be easy but I plan to be long right here with my stop and then flip for a short position below 4434. Yes, definite whipsaw potential which is why I’m only attributing 1/2R.


Crude – waiting for a drop toward 50.6 – then long with a stop below 50.4.

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Event risk: We got the bank of Canada announcing their interest rate decision – so if you’re trading any CAD related pairs be nimble or better wait it out unless you are already in a solid campaign. We also have the U.S. February ISM numbers on the roster – always good for a little shake out.


We Got Movement

We’re seeing an interesting failure on the equities side today – seems like it took a few people by surprise and so it should! Judging by the participation a large portion of traders has been locked out of the rally and participation continues to wear thin:


I’ve kept telling people to anticipate a sell off but to remain patient as I have not seen any technical context to hang our hat on. That may be changing now as this stab lower may not hold but will help us establish potential sell opportunities if it heads higher. Quite frankly that signal signature on the hourly Zero looks extremely strange and is starting to reek like distribution.


The E-Mini isn’t giving us much right now and I wouldn’t chase this move lower.


The NQ however is looking juicy on an hourly basis – I’m thinking long 1/2R here if it drops by a handle or so - put your stop below 4430. The context is pretty good above that daily NLSL and it’s worth to BTFD here. However, that said – if stopped out I am grabbing a short position as we may accelerate lower. Also, if it actually continues higher I will be looking for short opportunities – but let’s address that when/if we get there.


EUR/CHF update – this was the only one that triggered and it’s looking positive so far – this is the type of price action we want to see. If it manages to heave itself above 1.077 then move your stop to break/even.


Alright – we got a nice list of setups today – here’s crude which I want now with a stop below 49.6. Now bear in mind that it’s still in sideways churn mode and it will test your patience. Which however may be rewarded in the near future. When crude starts trending it doesn’t mess around.


As a side note – crude also seems to be a decent contract for trading Thor – here are the past five years. As you can tell it goes through phases – did very well in 2010 and 2011 and then went sideways throughout 2013 into early 2014. After which it took off like gang busters. There was a pretty lively discussion on the board yesterday on the topic of excluding badly performing symbols. This is an example of where I would not even think about excluding it – there is simply no predicting when it goes back into rocket mode again.


Gold however has been on a rampage in the past give years, clearly there was less trending potential in the past two years but it seems to be back in vogue now – at least via Thor. Looking forward to seeing more of that in the course of this year.

Alright – more setups below the fold – please step into my lair:

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That’s all I got for today – see you guys on the other side!


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