I’ll be quick as we may be dealing with a small window of opportunity here. The S&P E-Mini has painted new all time highs and that means we’re pressing our noses against that volume abyss I haven’t tired pointing out to you guys for the past few weeks. Given the various Soylent scenarios Scott and I have been pimping over the past few days this leaves us with a prime entry opportunity:
Let me paint the picture. A bit over an hour ago I pointed out a glaring bearish signal divergence on the Zero Lite (right panel) to all my subs. Some of you are already short and it was a good entry – however given the fact that price has not responded at all, despite rapidly diminishing participation (i.e. flatline signal on the Zero) we will have to follow price and price only!
However if nothing else today’s ramp & camp candle thus far suggests that we are kissing an important inflection point, which obviously lines up with the upper limit of the current trading range.
Let me throw this one into the soup as well – our GBP/JPY carry trade correlation which has kept us out of a lot of traps over the past few months. Now for anyone long this should be quite concerning, nevertheless given where we are and the increasing possibility of a short squeeze I’m going to propose to distinct setups – one with a high probability good return ratio and one with a low probability but high return ratio.
It’s quite elementary Holmes – we are short right here with a stop at 1982 which is a number I basically pulled out of my rectum. Well to be honest there is that sideways 100-hour BB that’s blocking the way and I felt that it’s as good a line in the sand as any.
Now one of two things are going to happen – we drop from here and I smile all the way to the next turning point which is probably an R or two away. OR I will get stopped out in which case I’m already set up to be long with a stop very nearby below 1979 (where we pretty much are right now, plus minus a few ticks).
Caveat – do NOT play this setup on the Spiders or any other equities based ETF – that includes SPX/SPY options and any of the 2x and 3x symbols you like to trade. You will only and I repeat ONLY take this setup on the ES futures as this will require you to monitor and manage the situation rather closely. If we get a big spike (or drop) overnight then you don’t want to find yourself 10-15 handles in the minus because you had to wait until the NYSE opening bell.
Also, don’t get overexposed – use our futures risk calculator if in doubt and only attribute between 1/2R – 1R to this campaign. Actually 1/2 ought to suffice on the long side as it’ll probably take off like gangbusters if we reach the inflection point of no return (which we hope is 1982 and above).
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The key question you always want to have foremost in your mind is “Are we trending or are we in a trading range?”
How can we tell? Trading ranges have
- Many overlapping bars
- Schizophrenic series of up-down-up-down bars.
- Lots of long wicks at the bottom of the range, and vice versa
- Race very quickly to resistance and vacuum quickly to support
Here we can say with great confidence that we are in a trading range. Fucking great! Makes shit easy! A rule of thumb for taking setups in a trading range is that you must have an edge to take the setup. In this case We have a double inside day, and we can say with confidence that the highest probability outcome is whichever direction it breaks will test the range in that direction.
However when you examine a little closer you can see that there is only .7R to the upper boundary and approximately 1R to the lower boundary. This is just about betting odds to the downside, but not quite betting odds to the upside. This trade in either direction is very marginal unless we have 70% chance of winning, which given the crazy action of the last week and the geopolitical situation we do not.
Honestly I would stand aside from this daily setup trade, there are better setups today, like Gold and Crude which Mole posted. If you are an intraday trader wait for a break of the previous day’s high and trade intraday with a long bias, or wait for a short breach and trade intraday with a short bias. I see very little that I like on the FX side either. If you were looking for a day to take off.. today would be that day.
Stay out of the Fuckery Zone. While we are in the middle of it you have a coin flip, don’t believe anyone telling you different. The longer the trading range goes on the less influence the trend has on it, and the greater the odds that we eventually break to the downside. Bears should be hoping this garbage price action continues for another week, if it does, an outstanding short setup will present itself.
In the past two weeks the S&P has been riding the express elevator several time between the penthouse (i.e. the volume abyss above 1980) and the attic (i.e. the volume hole below 1940) and then back again. There is no telling how far this trading range is going to extend (see Scott’s weekend update) but what’s rather clear is that getting positioned anywhere in between is tantamount to committing ritual seppuku – it’s not going to be fun and you can be sure there will be blood left on the carpet.
Which means if you insist on playing the S&P futures then being short near 1980 reduces your risk significantly. Yes, one of those days it’ll break higher but it doesn’t make sense worrying about that – simply put your stop above the volume abyss and if she breaches you can always flip sides with little lost on the short side. Same applies if you feel an insatiable appetite for long positions here – choose a salad instead and then wait until at least 1945.
Meanwhile at the VIX cave all those gyrations have been lifting us off the record low IV readings we’ve been enjoying as of late. As you can see by the ATR(14) panel – volatility of volatility is rising. And per Mandelbrot that big spike higher last week suggests that we might be seeing more. VIN/VIF is also creeping higher which means some folks are getting nervous.
In case this means nothing to you: It is a little known fact that the CBOE actually maintains separate indices for the near-term month VIX (VIN) and the far-term month VIX (VIF). Just pop those tickers into your streaming quotes and you too can watch not just the VIX, but the two components used in the VIX constant maturity blend.
And frankly speaking a meaningful correction is way overdue at this point. After all we have have not seen one since 2011!! Since we tested SPX 1100 it’s been but one directional crawl higher. Get this – counting all monthly green candles since we marked that low gets me to 27 compared with mere 7 months lower. Quite mind boggling – had you simply bought on the first of each month you would have won 74% of the time! Heck, I’d kill for these odds and so would you.
Of course – until that green trendline is broken the bears will most likely have to endure more of the daily pain they have learned to live with in the past five years. Calling tops is for losers (apparently) and until important LT trend lines are broken the trend remains intact.
Now having said all that let me present a short setup on the equities side
Well actually it’s a bi-directional one. Obviously the Russell has been clearly lagging all other indices and as you can see has not been participating in the sideways churn we’ve been seeing on the equities side. And if I am going to short ANYTHING in that sector then it’s going to be the weakest bitch boy I can get my claws on. The long side doesn’t look shabby but quite frankly I would be more excited about a failed failed hammer short here – plus it’s also an inside day. Pick your poison.
Gold – very juicy RTV-L plus IP-S today and I wouldn’t be feeding this one to you leeches if I didn’t have a lot more waiting below the fold. So grab your secret decoder key and meet me in the lair (we have air-conditioning):
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You have been briefed – now have fun but keep it frosty. See you guys tomorrow.