Juicy Setups Galore

Alright – I threw my back out at the gym and am now operating on a mix of illegal pain killers, icepacks, and purified adrenalin soaked adamancy. It’s only Wednesday and it’s been a fun week already. While the hapless schmucks on the other side of our trades are busy applying vaseline we are banking coin and having fun. This tape is literally plastered with excellent setups and the Market Mole will not be denied. So let’s get on with it – but snappy as the drugs may wear off any moment:

I told you that ES 1910 will most likely be a bounce zone and thus far the tape is playing along. There are good reasons for it as well as we got the 100-day SMA, a weekly NLSL, plus a 25-week SNA all looming a few ticks away. However, at least as of this writing price remains lackluster and if that doesn’t change near the EOS we may just fall off the plate this week.

The GBP/JPY correlation is still pointing down – as you can imagine I’m keeping a close eye on that one and so should you. Now this may be all a last attempt to reel in some late hobby bears. Possible yes – but a drop below ES 1900 puts us into the next participation range:

As you can see the volume hole is rather pronounced right at 1900. If the bulls let this level slip it’ll be one hot late summer to be sure. Fair chance we would see some panic selling into 1850 and perhaps even lower. But as of right now let’s assume we are holding 1910 today. In which case we may be long tomorrow on a breach of today’s highs. Stop below – you guessed it – 1900.

Quick update on a gold campaign I threw to the wolves yesterday. I got stopped out once and then entered again as today’s hourly NLSL was breached. So far so good – but it gets better. This thing either falls apart today by pushing below the NLBL or it heads higher and probably starts a squeeze. Which means I’m advancing my stop to b/e and then wait for further instructions. This could turn into a fun one.

Talking about juicy setups – here’s another one – cotton. It’s been a long way into hell and it has been weeks since it even looked at a NLBL. It touched 65.25 today and I just went short with a stop above it. IF it breaches then I will try a long with a stop below yesterday’s lows (or whatever floats your boat).

But we’re just getting warmed up – wait until I see the goodies I have in store for my intrepid subs. I’m all over this like a fat kid in a Mars bar:


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So, did I promise too much? Didn’t think so – now go out and play but don’t talk to strangers or people with strong opinions.

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Massive 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.

It’s going to be a busy day – I got more setups this morning than I can shake stick at. Scott pointed out a possible bounce play on the ES/SPX this weekend and here is a bit more context if you want to monitor the hourly panel. The 25-day has now swung below price and if it holds into the open then that should be our line in the sand. A drop lower may bestow us one more scare to lighten the bus.

A bounce may indeed materialize but thus far the GBP/JPY correlation looks pretty meager. However, judging my last week’s push detachment I’m giving it a bit less credence this week.

But the real fun is happening on the futures and forex side this morning. Crude dropped like a rock all last week and we’re now near the lower 100-day BB. On the hourly I want to be long with a stop below 97.5. If you want to play it more conservatively put your stop below 97.05 (last week’s low).

USD/JPY – very juicy formation and I want a piece of the action. Triggers are on the chart – a short play is possible on failure but I think the 100-day SMA will be where the fun ends, so keep that in mind.

But we’re just getting warmed up – please step into my air-conditioned super luxury lair:


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Today’s event schedule:

And here’s the spike controller for you Forex traders. But please put on your sunglasses to protect your eyes – the poor girl has suffered a massive make-up accident (or is the lighting?).

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

Cheers,

Post FOMC Musings

As widely expected the Fed decided to taper by another $10 Billion per month. Worthwhile noting however is that it also delivered on some earlier rumors that it would hint at a more hawkish stance going forward (i.e. interest rate hikes). The response on the equities side thus far has been pretty muted but predictable.  As in draw in all the hobby bears ahead of the announcement just to smack them with a two-by-four post announcement.

Where we wind up closing today is anyone’s guess and to some extent it’s academic and really doesn’t matter. As both Scott and I have been telling you over the past two weeks – entering anywhere inside our current trading range borders on ritual suicide. The chart above shows nothing but the price action of the current month – we’ve got one more session to go. What does this tape tell you? Does anything jump out at you?

Frankly speaking I’m seeing a cigar smoking dragon in a clown suit riding a Harley. Yes, it’s  a complete and utter mess – the only take a way message is that the current trend is either inside a sideways correction or that we are painting a medium or long term top. Given Scott’s posts earlier today and yesterday I would not rule out the latter. Which is why I suggested some cheap insurance – it’s still available but volatility continues to climb. You have been warned.

On the SPX however today’s session was extremely productive as it bestowed us with additional context. See -experienced traders focus on controlling risk while retail chases gains [quote I saw on the ThinkingAlpha feed today]. I really don’t care about the gyrations we’ve been suffering through in the past month. But I care a LOT about price context in combination with various technical evidence.

I’m seeing various momo indicators suggesting a correction is overdue – see above my updated NYA50:NYA200 chart which expresses breadth across the NYSE. It shows as at a possible inflection point but it also does a pretty good job of visualizing the buying exhaustion that may have permeated equity traders. As you can see bullish momentum is oscillating in smaller and smaller signals and over the long term this is unsustainable.

but in the end price will have to follow suit. And for that we need context on the price front. Well, the SPX just produced a technically valid support zone which is rising – and that means the onus now is on the bulls to keep price above 1965 and pushing higher. This may appear of limited meaning to you but for me it carries significant implications.

Quick update on the Dollar campaign I posted about last week. Well, it’s been going pretty well and today’s little pull back was expected. I currently do not see any cause for concern – I’ve been long since 81 and after a three week advance a correction will shake out some of the weak hands. We may even see a retest of the 100-week SMA and I’m leaving my stop in place (< 80.5).

Not surprisingly this has produced a more favorable exchange rate for this lowly expat. I like what I see thus far but the EUR has now approached its 100-week SMA and I expect longs to stage a significant defense down here. Today’s FOMC response has produced a very convenient push higher and some of the strong players who traded this one down may now try their luck flipping for longs here.

Bonds also have responded as well post FOMC – here’s the ZB futures contract which was near its own 100-week SMA just ahead of the announcement. I always get suspicious when I see major symbols approach long term resistance/support ahead of the Fed or ECB. Again shorts now have a good excuse to launch a bit of a squeeze lower but they are facing a weekly NLSL near 136 below. Let’s see how that plays out.

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