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Make no mistake – very few humans are actively involved here. The comment section looks pretty deserted today (short of tumble weeds passing through) and it’s one of many signs that anyone with a pulse feels pretty exhausted at the end of this week. Of course the market Mole knows no mercy and here are a few more charts for you stragglers before I send you off into a well deserved weekend:

2014-10-17_UVOL

Seems to me that the bots are driving this – they have on the way down and although there was a bit confusion regarding the script yesterday they’re back today in full force. I don’t know if they are scaling in our out there but thus far the mojo I’m seeing on the Zero leaves much to be desired:

2014-10-17_zero

I don’t think you need to be an expert chartist to see what I mean. Pretty solid divergence there almost since the open and we keep meandering downward. Could be a trap of course but silly games will not save this quarter, so if the bull wants turkey for Christmas he’s got to get a move on. If this divergence holds we may just slip away late in the session, but let’s see – it’s Friday evening, everyone’s gone and the bots are having a field day with it.

2014-10-17_VIX

The gaps I’m seeing on the VIX are not exactly confidence instilling either. As you can see we have dropped back to 22 and change but volatility of volatility continues to expand. Not a sign of a healthy market. Perhaps everyone was waiting for some scraps of hope from the ole’ Yeller today. By the way if you’re up for a good laugh then check out this little jewel - and I quote:

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Friday expressed deep concern over widening economic inequality in the country and called for tackling issues such as early childhood education and encouraging entrepreneurship to help narrow the gap.

I almost blew over my old Apple Cinema display when I saw that, hilarious. Maybe that should have been a concern before we threw over a trillion dollars into the arms of our esteemed banksters. Don’t get me wrong – I appreciate cynicism at its finest but please – don’t insult the remains of my intelligence.

But I digress – if you want to know what makes equities tick I suggest you look at the short term panels which contain our best clues. Please join me in the lair:


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And now it’s time for me to attend to my [second] favorite Friday evening past time:

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Have a relaxing weekend – I’ll see you guys on Monday.

Cheers,

Are The Wheels Back On?

Massive reversal today and frankly quite a bit more forceful than I had anticipated. So it seems the Mole got played on this one. I had it right on target regarding the bounce - our P&F pointed at SPX 1920 as its bearish price objective and our monthly NLSL sits at 1930. The SPX dropped right in between those two and our current low stands at 1926 and change. From there a bounce was to be expected but today’s rip higher is rather bullish and we could see continuation higher here.

2014-10-03_PNF_SPX

I posted this chart for my subs in yesterday’s long term update – the area I had highlighted in green was 1960, which is where I expected a low pole reversal warning to kick in. And that’s exactly what happened today – the odds were preeeettty tiny for this to happen. And it certainly took a few market participants by surprise. Fortunately I had no dog in this fight (except for the Thor campaign – see below) and thus escaped this little trap unscathed.

2014-10-03_spoos_update

If you are a bear this is a very ugly chart. Only a drop back below the ES 1960 mark (and better below the SPX 1960 mark) gives the bears another shot at some autumn fun. Not saying it won’t happen but it has to happen soon and in addition the tape must not breach back above the 25-day SMA.

2014-10-03_spoos_weekly

The weekly panel actually had triggered a double sell signal yesterday and a close below it would have locked in a major blemish for the bulls as this would have been our first official medium term sell signal. But both were reversed today and this is a big kick in the nuts for the bears.

2014-10-03_UVOL

As you can see on our NYSE UVOL signal – since the lows this has been one concerted short squeeze. It would be a mistake to cling to yesterday’s picture and not consider that the bulls can drive this higher. Yes, it could be one last spike higher but we get to that…

2014-10-03_VIX_update

More bullish ammunition – the VIX is most likely going to complete a bonafide equities buy signal. And potentially plenty of space below…

2014-10-03_zero

Now to the bearish evidence, which is why I don’t count them out completely just yet. The Zero signal is completely flat and this supports the previous chart in that this drive higher does not enjoy wide participation and could just be a bot driven squeeze which may fizzle out next week.

2014-10-03_spoos_GBPJPY

I am not seeing any confirmation at all on our old Forex correlation pairs – neither on cable…

2014-10-03_spoos_EURJPY

..nor on  the EUR/JPY. This is highly suspicious but the Dollar has been pushing hard today (who-hoo!) and this correlation has weakened somewhat recently.

Bottom line:  The bears are now officially on notice across the board and the onus is now on the bulls to drive this higher. Should the bulls fail to do so then the jig is up and the wheels will come off next week. However, simply holding SPX 1960 for a session or two will send any remaining grizzlies back to the sidelines – old habits die hard and the bulls still enjoy home turf advantage. Until proven otherwise they are effectively back behind the wheel. Inflection point: ES 1960 – below it the bears stand a chance – above it the bulls will probably bury them once again.

2014-10-03_cable

First up apologies for not deploying Thor earlier this week. I kept running into little things to fix – you know how it goes but it will be ready for Sunday night and (barring any major problem) that’s a promise. Here’s the GBP/USD which currently has earned us ~1R.

2014-10-03_ES_Thor

The ES bounce still left us with 1.25R as Thor took 50% off our units off the top near the lows.

2014-10-03_Thor_gold

Gold also in good shape and our stop is now at break-even. Let’s see if we see continuation lower – this is a great start.

One setup below for my intrepid subs – sorry, all I could dig up today but it’s a good one:


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Alright, I think I’ve done enough damage this week – see you guys on Monday morning.

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Tuesday 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.

2014-09-23_spoos_briefing

Equities are on the verge of boarding the express bus to the 100-day SMA (I wrote ‘hour’ on the chart – I meant 100-day SMA). Look at both hourly BBs – the 25-hour is already on an downward course and the lower 100-hour is in the process of tilting lower. On the daily we have a NLSL which must be recovered promptly – preferably early in the session today. Watch the Zero for signs of divergences – the bulls are about to lose their asses a second time this month and unless they step in here we may see acceleration lower.

2014-09-23_DX_briefing

Plenty of fun scheduled on the Forex side today – here’s the DX futures apparently thinking about retesting the 100-hour. I am short here with a stop above the 100-hour – a pop above it (and a stop out) puts me into a long position as this may be a fake stab lower. Hard to tell right now but both sides are worth pursuing.

More Forex fun below the fold for my subs:


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You have been briefed – now have fun but keep it frosty. See you guys later this afternoon.

Cheers,





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