Looking A Bit Iffy There

As Europe is enjoying the last day of a four day Easter weekend I expected a slow session across the front. But there are subtle signs that we may be looking at a short term correction later this week. As I’m still on excessive coding duty with several hours of testing ahead tonight allow me to make this one quick and snappy:

For one we are pushing higher but DVOL is exceeding UVOL on the NYSEL today. On its own I would probably dismiss it for some Easter holiday monkey business.

But there’s also a divergence on the VIX:VXO ratio suggesting that market makers are lifting premiums a little near the money. Could suggest a down day or two.

There is technical context that would support it after all – the best one is on the YM right now near the NLBL at 16,384 – we have been pinned below it thus far. The spoos are looking similar but we have a few more ticks until we reach the NLBL on that chart. I think a long breach on the YM would probably negate the concerns mentioned above – definitely would have to go with price.

Wheat update – if you took that one then you’re over 1R in the green at this point – congrats! Put your stop at 670/75 and keep her in the running – unless of course we close above it today, in which case the campaign ends.

Crude is looking pretty good here as we’ve got an NR4 (narrowest range in four days), an IP, and an RTV-S. So pick your poison. Admittedly a long here would be my favorite as the downside potential appears to be limited.


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Drop The Baseline

Having been on the road until Tuesday I just realized that we’re heading into a long weekend. I suspect most of you are already on the way out or won’t catch this before Sunday night. So let’s dive right in:

The VIX Buy signal we triggered on Tuesday seems to be proceeding nicely. Worth noting is the fact that we have rapidly descended back toward a baseline near VIX 13.5 which only recently was breached. That’s quite a volatility squeeze and if you were caught with puts (and even calls) near the bottom and didn’t get out then your premiums aren’t worth jack at this point.

On the spoos we are heading toward a NLBL which represents our first technical hurdle. Nothing else to see here…

Our GBP/JPY correlation seems to be supportive – it’s served us well again this week.

My YM entry this morning has paid off very handsomely and I’m taking it off the table now as we’re touching a NLBL on the daily panel. Good chance for a little shake out here.

I know it’s a long weekend and all but I actually ran into some very nice setups. Please join me in the lair:


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Per today’s theme I’m kicking off your Easter weekend in style by dropping a real bassline:

And another one – as it’s a three day weekend – wohoo!

Make sure no pets or younglings are nearby then grab a cold one and crank these suckers up. Wishing you all a fabulous weekend – see you guys next Monday!

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Back In The Thick Of It

Things are starting to look more positive as we are accumulating bullish context. As you recall the VIX triggered a bonafide buy signal (relative to equities) and thus far things are proceeding in the right direction. That of course doesn’t mean we won’t see an attempt to shake out some of the stragglers.

On our volume profile chart we are back in the thick of it – anything can happen around here and it has in recent past. But if nothing else the bears once again were unable to drag things beyond the point of no return, one which may have heralded a medium term trend change. So no cookies for the teddies and the bulls have another lease at life – at least for now.

The GBP/JPY correlation continues to provide important clues and thus far it seems to be leading higher.

Short term (left panel) we are holding the 25-hour SMA and may just breach that NLBL just below ES 1850. Not much context on the daily chart, so for now let’s stick with the hourly. As long as the 25-h is leading higher we are in squeeze mode. Won’t last forever though and various strategies for a shake out are probably already being hatched. If you are long from Monday then there’s not much for you to do – don’t over think this – hold your position and move your stop up with each 1R increment. It’s important that you let your winners run.

Thanks again to Scott for providing valuable guidance during my days off. It was short and sweet and very much to the point. That’s how I like it. Complicated charts and pages of rationalizations are for traders with too much time on their hands.

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