Three Strikes You’re Out

Equities have been whipsawing near our inflection point at 1982 which led me to lose 1/2 R twice (one short and one long) and it looks like my third short entry is about to meet its maker at any moment. Looking at equities across the board the odds seem to support a continuation higher but this is where I have to draw the line.

Three trades per campaign is my maximum no matter what. Either way this one swings it’s going to be annoying as I did not have any directional bias and thus attempted to get positioned near inflection points. But as I internalized my emotional response today I realized that this was exactly when I needed to step back and follow what I preach – not let my emotions get in the way of trading. Fact is that right now I don’t see a good entry here and let’s be clear: the worst thing one can get drawn into are revenge trades or attempting to chase a big move.

Fortunately however my AUD/JPY campaign has made up for some of the damage on the equities side and then some – plus it may have legs. Nice breach there yesterday and today it managed to climb just a few pips short of the 2R mark. I’ll be putting my stop at 1R now and now we see if we got a runner here.

By the way, this goes to show that it doesn’t make sense to fall prey to one-ities (a.k.a. an obsession) for a particular symbol. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I don’t HAVE to trade equities just because it’s on everyone’s radar all the time. As a matter of fact if it wasn’t for the blog I would probably only look it once or twice a week. The forex side is actually where most of the action is these days which is why I have been trying to get more of you retail rats up to speed. More on that in the coming soon – I actually have an exciting announcement planned for next week.

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Volatility Cycles

Some of you eager beavers have to start wrapping your mind around the concept of markets moving in volatility cycles. Just like it is a common observation in natural systems (i.e. water, sound, electromagnetic) imagine a sinusoid wave that oscillates in repeating cycles. A few days ago I wrote an indicator that visualizes the idea very nicely – I call it ATRIP as it’s a hacked version of average true range:

What is important to understand is that these cycles are a natural aspect of all basic market types – bull, bear, and even sideways. In sideways markets they allow us to scalp or swing trade – an apt definition of the activity obviously. In trending markets low volatility cycles allow us to assess the tape/configuration and get positioned when high probability odds arise. Obviously the cycles don’t come and go like clockwork but there are ways to leverage them. For instance we are currently in a high cycle on the spoos and we are dropping. Once we start slowing down again it may be time to look for support zones but not before that.

The repeating cycles are prevalent across all market verticals, you will find them on the futures, on stock symbols, on Forex, bonds, everywhere. For some reason however I have rarely seen anyone address them in a constructive fashion (not saying nobody has but I have not found much) which is why I am spending some time on this. Once you grasp this concept you will never look at the market with the same eyes again. And it will probably affect your trading decisions as well – for the better!

Talking about possible support zones – on the E-Mini we’re looking at 1944 as the next possible bounce zone – assuming we actually drop much further that is. I’m not seeing a lot of mojo on the Zero today – at least not right now.

And if you add fair value then you get near the 1956 mark on the cash index – that’s where we find the 25-day SMA, which has been carrying prices higher before the recent correction.

EUR/USD – very interesting configuration here. This looks like a floor attempt and if we breach today’s highs I want to be long with a stop below today’s lows.

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Monday 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.

So the GBP/JPY is painting a pretty distinct divergence right now. Not a reason to grab long positions but it’s an early warning sign that we may see a bounce today.

The conditions are favorable for a dead cat bounce at least – here’s the hourly SPX cash. As you can see it’s managed to hold the 100-hour SMA as I previously suggested. The SMA is still rising however and that puts the onus on the bulls to stave off further selling. Even if we see a push higher today however there is still the possibility for it turning into a dead cat bounce. We’ll have to closely monitor the internals today – so keep an eye on the Zero Lite for divergences and early signs of monkey business.

Here’s the hourly spoos in the context of my BBs – we’re somewhere in the mid of nowhere right now. What’s interesting is the tentative rising diagonal it’s producing. We may see a quick stab lower near the open to scare out some of the children – I don’t think the bulls are in real trouble until below ES 1916.

But we have work to do this morning, so let’s get rolling. Here’s crude which looks like a good buy above 107.39. Stop below 107 – and I mean below, don’t tack it right there.

EUR/CAD – attempt to paint a floor and although we may see a retest of that NLSL I want to be long above that 100-hour SMA.

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