Mole’s Cunning Plan

Equities have been holding their ground overnight and it’s completely plausible that we may see an attempt to squeeze momentum higher early in today’s session. However, thus far the reversal has been anemic and the recent lack of buying mojo calls into question whether or not the bulls will be able to overcome the first major hurdles waiting ahead.

For one there’s the 25-day SMA (weak) near 1950 followed by a volume hole a few handles further near 1960. If you remember my ‘zoning low’ chart then you recall that this is where the bearish scenario rapidly loses its luster.

Since yesterday’s drive higher our SPX P&F chart has switched into bullish mode, as would be expected due to the double top break out I pointed at last week. Now this is the price potential given we hold here and perhaps even drive higher. But if we run into a wall then this would trap a hell of a lot of longs, wouldn’t it?

And that potential scenario has been in the minds of market makers as the VIX:VXO isn’t yet buying this rally. So short term near term option premiums seem to going at a slight premium.

On a quarterly basis however the market believes that it’s clear sailing ahead – kind of. A bit tepid that signal but let’s not try to read too much into it. One step at a time.

So what happens right here and now is rather important, wouldn’t you say? The GBP/JPY correlation meanwhile is pointing down and I intend to keep a close eye on that one during the open. Yesterday it’s been useless to us as Forex markets were digesting the BOE’s quarterly inflation report.

Now if you’re a sub then you may have taken our NQ long and thus far it’s banked 1R as of this writing. So we have to make a decision now – do we hold it in expectation of a run higher or do we take our R here and run for cover? I have decided on a hybrid approach – which means I will advance my stop to break/even and keep the NQ long. Meanwhile, as I’m expecting downside, I will balance myself delta neutral where I expect the most weakness. This way I can wait until I get a proper entry on the short side which will only happen if we see spoos run into a wall. So effectively I just bought myself a cheap pass to sit out some of the whipsaw we can expect up here – I agree with Scott that we are approaching an important inflection point.

And here’s what I suggest on the short side – please step into my lair:


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So that is it – Mole’s cunning plan – and no invasive surgery is required.  Now let’s see if we get away with it ;-)

Cheers,

Zoning Laws

After an exhausting topping pattern equities finally resolved to the downside last week. And as always it is magnitude and vehemence of the follow up bounce that determines what happens next. But it’s not as easy as waiting a session or two and then declaring a winner. Sometimes those bad boys are trying to fake us out. So when caught inside a sideways guessing week without the proximity of any significant technical context I often resort to zoning in order to structure my approach.

Clearly the volume hole near 1935 is the gateway for the bulls and it also demarks bearish from bullish potential. Anything beyond 1940 is still part of the obligatory bounce we have been expecting – remember the 25-day SMA sits right there to block the way (shown below). If the bulls advance above it then we are in the high bounce area, which does not completely kill the bearish case but puts it into serious peril. And obviously anything above 1965 shifts the odds back to the bulls.

On the downside we have the guessing zone in which we’re currently stuck. Being short here is actually not a bad spot to be in IF you grabbed your shorts near 1940 (i.e. yesterday). Otherwise there is nothing of interest down here until we drop below 1910 – if the bears manage to drop the tape this low we could easily see acceleration lower. However IF we do it’s still possible that the bulls stage a late f-u rally higher.

What to do? 1) you are already short since 1940ish – don’t do anything and put your stop to break even. 2) You can get short right now but only with 1/2R – then build your position as it drops lower each 1/2R increment – your stop would be above yesterday’s highs. 3) Going long near the lows is possible if we approach 1910 – if you are short already then I would simply hold them and monitor the situation. 4) Be long above 1940 with a stop below – this is not expected to be a long term campaign unless the bulls start ripping this higher.

I know – complicated but as Scott mentioned – this is going to be a shitty week on the equities front.

Here’s a wee bit more context – the SMA/NL  chart shows us a support trifecta sitting below. There’s a NLBL at 1923.5 – the 100-day SMA at 1911 and finally a NLSl below 1900. A breach below that one puts us solidly into bear territory.

Now on the long side I would not play the spoos – I would go with the NQ instead. Technically we are painting an RTV-L today and if we get that bounce (yellow and green in the zoning laws above) then this would be my instrument of choice.

On the short side however… well, more about that below the fold and a few more goodies for my intrepid subs:


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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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