Short Term Opportunity

Forgive my absence this morning, as you may imagine I’m still recovering from my back injury. However, I have not been completely useless as I’m actually working on a very cool surprise for you guys. I’ll explain it all either tomorrow or Monday, depending on how fast I get it done. In the meantime I have been observing the recent gyrations on the E-Mini and given the ES 1903 retest a little earlier I think we have ourselves a juicy short term setup opportunity. That is IF we wield the iron while it’s hot!

You may recall that 1903 was yesterday’s low as well and it tested once again today. I cannot guarantee you that it’ll hold, we simply have to wait things out. But we do have a rare opportunity right now for a long campaign with a stop just a few handles away. Get long here and put your stop a few ticks below 1903 – that’s it. Don’t play options as vega squeeze would rob you of most of your profits – stick with the futures or if you want your favorite ETF (short term they are fine).

That’s the view courtesy of the Zero indicator – over the past three sessions the hourly panel has been producing a pretty distinct divergence. Again, that doesn’t mean that the lows cannot be breached but until this happens (and we drop through 1903) there are decent odds down here for a bounce and perhaps a little short squeeze. Below 1903 Lucifer awaits and all bullish bets are off.

UPDATE  1:49pm EDT: As I’m typing this we are right below VWAP at 1912 – a push above it before the close probably seals the deal on a little bounce higher. If VWAP cannot be breached then it’s fair to hold any long (futures) positions beyond the NYSE close but make sure you are around to manage them. Now let’s grab the popcorn and see what happens.

UPDATE  EOS: The bulls didn’t have the mojo to drive the tape higher. This may get ugly and turn into Soylent Red. We’ll watch the tape but we won’t be trying any long positions until a bullish or bearish inflection point has been reached.

See you guys tomorrow – have fun but keep it frosty.

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Is It Summer Already?

Temperatures over here in Spain are slowly crawling higher and the locals are busy preparing for the annual onslaught of UV deprived Northern Europeans (and a few Americans as well). Down here at the lair air massive air conditioning units are running in overdrive as my charting/reasoning abilities degrade inversely with every degree Celsius higher on the scale. There has been very little activity here yesterday and the tape did its best to keep everyone bothering to pay attention bored to tears.

However when the bus is empty it often winds up picking up speed. Although I’m getting concerned on a medium to long term basis equity futures are looking solid here on a short term. If you are ever looking for a textbook example of a clean diagonal with nicely separated touch points then look no further than the E-Mini futures today. If I don’t wind up heading to the beach or gym then I will probably grab a long position if we retest that diagonal.

What I like about it in particular is that the 25-hour is merging with it right now and that gives us dual support. Put your stop a handle below and don’t play more than 1/2R – if it pops it’ll be worth the hassle. However if we wind up gyrating sideways again don’t waste your time – you’ll probably get a pretty good idea of where we’re heading in the first hour of the NYSE session. If in doubt consult the Zero indicator, which by the way was flatlining most of yesterday.

The NQ dons a similar pattern and although I would follow the ES it may be worthwhile to split your 1/2R between those two. It’s always good to see those two get into alignment when things are looking bullish.

EUR/USD – I’m going to play a tiny position here (1/4R) with a stop below the recent low. It’s a speculative entry – a bit of a lottery ticket based on an early formation. Those patterns either take off like gangbusters or die in their cradle – we should know soon.

Believe it or not the damn ATM here in Valencia has starting to print derogatory Dollar jokes on my paper receipts. We expats get no respect over here!

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Have fun but keep it frosty – also expect low participation tape banging which means don’t be too stingy with setting your stops.


Time To Strike The Iron

We are at an important inflection point this morning and it’s time to strike the iron as it’s hot hot hot! I’m running a bit late today so I only have time to report on equities – but it’s a very good one, so pay attention:

This is what’s working in our favor right now – the GBP/JPY is still looking divergent or at least unsupportive. Could change quickly but there are no guarantees in the trading game. So let’s look at the price action on the futures side:

This is a textbook RTV-S configuration and you can play it by the rules. My discretionary style however differs a bit from Ivan and Scott which is why I use Net-Lines as additional price inflection points. Sometimes they afford me better entries near important price congestion clusters. In this case we have a typical 1-2 pattern here (if you allow me a tiny bit of wave wanking). What comes next will of course determine where prices head next. I personally have no bone in this fight (yet), so I’m able to objectively assess all entry possibilities that the tape is affording me right now. Here we go:

  • Short via the NLSL below 1948.25 – put your stop above a few ticks above yesterday’s highs (1953.25).
  • Short via the regular RTV-S entry point one tick below (or at if you want) 1937.25. Your ISL will again be above 1953.25. This will result in a smaller position size as you are affording yourself a larger stop. When in doubt use our handy futures risk calculator.
  • Long above the NLSL or yesterday’s highs. My stop would be below 1937.25.

Now I know what you’re thinking – those NLSL entry triggers are dangerously close to each other, and you’re right. I will have to monitor the Zero after the open (you do have a subscription right?) as to assess whether participation favors more up or downside. If you’re cheapskating it I suggest you watch the 100-hour SMA on the spoos plus the GBP/JPY correlation. In summary I’ll be all over this like a fat kid on a Mars bar – this could be a very fun campaign.

You have been briefed – now get busy!

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