Whipsaw Galore

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.

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Bear Pörn

I’m not feeling so great today and I hope the few of you who are not on vacation can forgive me if I make this one snappy. On the equities side not much has changed since the overnight ramp and from a trading perspective the current tape is rather uninteresting. I’m sure you’ve got better things to do and so do I. The futures and forex side look similarly lackluster – so instead I decided to indulge in a bit of bear pörn today. Which however comes with a disclaimer: Price continues to point upward and the LT bullish trend remains unchallenged – so take the following charts with a x-large helping of salt.

On a short term basis I’m seeing a healthy divergence on our GBP/JPY equities correlation chart. Thus far gravity remains suspended and the E-Mini has happily bubbled higher. If I was ST long I would probably take profits here in anticipation of a little shake out.

Long term I have been watching this divergence on the VIX:VXO ratio – as you can see front month ATM premiums have dropped quite a bit in comparison with the remainder of the front month option chain (thus pushing the ratio higher) and we are now seeing a little correction which started early this month. So far price has not responded and per prior examples it may be delayed. If this divergence continues I would get very cautious on a 1-week forward looking basis.

However a similar divergence is seen on the VXV:VIX which compares quarterly implied volatility with front month IV. That one should make anyone exposed to the long side a lot more nervous – and again if it keeps dropping then price will most likely respond eventually. However here I would expect a multi-week correction, once it happens.

A bit more subtle but supportive is the formation we find on the SPXA50 vs. the SPXA200. It seems breadth is diminishing after having reached a reversal zone near the 1.0 mark. Again price has ignored it this far and that’s not unusual given prior context. I wouldn’t worry too much here yet but keep an eye on this one. On its own it only has limited meaning but if the two prior charts remain in correlation over the next few weeks then we do have enough evidence to warrant caution on the long side. After all it has been while since we have seen a thorough medium term correction.

Bottom Line: If you are long then there’s nothing to worry about just yet – stick with price and trail your stops as your system dictates. We need to see more extreme measures until we would switch the bullish case into Defcon 3. But early signals are flashing and we ought to keep an eye on them. I leave you with this:

That’s right – no more Mr. Nice Bear!

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Eyes On The Hourly

The suspicions I shared this morning were confirmed by price later in the session. And as suggested the 100-hour SMA has been holding the fall as of right now. And that is pretty much all you need to know on the equities side as we currently have little context to work with:

Judging by the daily panel that 100-hour better hold as there’s nothing but air lurking beneath. Which is the downside of low volume short squeezes – you better not overstay your welcome. As you know I started to be pretty skeptical over a week ago but thus far magic buying interest continues to show up.

Same picture on the YM – 100-hour holding as of right now.

And here is the NQ – not looking bearish really. This one may have decent odds to hold the line.

Short side momentum is looking tepid as usual – the grizzlies apparently gave up sometime late 2011 – hehe :-)

I don’t see a pressing reason to sell here. However, there are a few bearish signals buzzing in my trading lair – please grab your decoder ring and have a look:


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