Knocking On Heaven’s Door (Again)

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.

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The spoos are back from whence they came a bit over a week ago – the upper 100-hour BB line beckons and the bulls are happy to oblige. The BB is still expanding and if momentum can be maintained than a break above the 2010 mark may be in the cards before the Friday close. However, be warned – we are back in whipsaw territory – the smart play right here and right now is to be short with a stop above about 2007. Little risk for potential easy gain – if stopped out flip for long positions, unless it happens late Friday at which time we may be a bit late to enjoy a ride higher (you don’t want to sit on open futures positions over the weekend).

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Not much going on this morning – we have a potential short here on silver. Frankly I’m not too excited about it but am playing it with 1/4 R just for the record. Stop above the SMA.

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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.

Steady as she goes on the equities front – the cash is now in earshot of its 100-hour BB which is just a bagel throw away from our 1980 inflection point. Recall that this is where the bears throw down their claws and embrace their ignominious defeat. A little correction near here would be nice – just to throw everyone off a bit.

However a pop above ES 1972.5 (the current hourly NLBL) looks like a good buying opportunity given the 25-hour SMA right below it. Much potential for a pop higher with minimal risk – you can play this one with 1/2R and if it happens (odds are low) then you’ll probably be rewarded with multiple R returns.

I got two precious metals setups today – the best one I keep for the subs but silver ain’t looking so shabby here either. Long right now with a stop below 19.65. The big hurdle will be 19.75, which is where silver runs into its old nemesis – the 100-hour SMA.


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Whipsaw Galore

In the past two weeks the S&P has been riding the express elevator several time between the penthouse (i.e. the volume abyss above 1980) and the attic (i.e. the volume hole below 1940) and then back again. There is no telling how far this trading range is going to extend (see Scott’s weekend update) but what’s rather clear is that getting positioned anywhere in between is tantamount to committing ritual seppuku – it’s not going to be fun and you can be sure there will be blood left on the carpet.

Which means if you insist on playing the S&P futures then being short near 1980 reduces your risk significantly. Yes, one of those days it’ll break higher but it doesn’t make sense worrying about that – simply put your stop above the volume abyss and if she breaches you can always flip sides with little lost on the short side. Same applies if you feel an insatiable appetite for long positions here – choose a salad instead and then wait until at least 1945.

Meanwhile at the VIX cave all those gyrations have been lifting us off the record low IV readings we’ve been enjoying as of late. As you can see by the ATR(14) panel – volatility of volatility is rising. And per Mandelbrot that big spike higher last week suggests that we might be seeing more. VIN/VIF is also creeping higher which means some folks are getting nervous.

In case this means nothing to you: It is a little known fact that the CBOE actually maintains separate indices for the near-term month VIX (VIN) and the far-term month VIX (VIF). Just pop those tickers into your streaming quotes and you too can watch not just the VIX, but the two components used in the VIX constant maturity blend.

And frankly speaking a meaningful correction is way overdue at this point. After all we have have not seen one since 2011!! Since we tested SPX 1100 it’s been but one directional crawl higher. Get this – counting all monthly green candles since we marked that low gets me to 27 compared with mere 7 months lower. Quite mind boggling – had you simply bought on the first of each month you would have won 74% of the time! Heck, I’d kill for these odds and so would you.

Of course – until that green trendline is broken the bears will most likely have to endure more of the daily pain they have learned to live with in the past five years. Calling tops is for losers (apparently) and until important LT trend lines are broken the trend remains intact.

Now having said all that let me present a short setup on the equities side ;-)

Well actually it’s a bi-directional one. Obviously the Russell has been clearly lagging all other indices and as you can see has not been participating in the sideways churn we’ve been seeing on the equities side. And if I am going to short ANYTHING in that sector then it’s going to be the weakest bitch boy I can get my claws on. The long side doesn’t look shabby but quite frankly I would be more excited about a failed failed hammer short here – plus it’s also an inside day. Pick your poison.

Gold – very juicy RTV-L plus IP-S today and I wouldn’t be feeding this one to you leeches if I didn’t have a lot more waiting below the fold. So grab your secret decoder key and meet me in the lair (we have air-conditioning):


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