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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You have been briefed – now have fun but keep it frosty. See you guys tomorrow.

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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.

Once again the bears absolutely blew it last week as the tape was lined up for an grizzly homecoming party which was rudely cancelled without further notice on Friday afternoon. If you look at the daily S&P cash you can see how perfect this configuration was – another five handles or so lower and we may have seen a significant stab to the downside. Just like Argentina last night the bears can add this one to a long and growing list of ignominious failures.

The spoos are currently scraping 1970 which puts us near 1976 on the cash should we hold the upper BB line here until the open. Obviously my remaining short positions met their maker at my break even point at 1968.5. This is pretty much what we expected and given the probability/payoff ratio at the entry I would take this trade every single time. The way it is I eeked out a humble 1/4R out of this campaign – nothing to write home about but I think it was nicely executed.

On the setup front it’s very quiet on the futures side this morning. I was able to dig up three Forex victims and I’ll throw one out to you leeches. The NZD/USD has been pushing sideways in a triangle like formation but it’s starting to run out of rope as the 100-hr and 25-hr SMAs are closing in. Thus far odds suggest that the 100-hour will hold and thus I’m risking an R to be long with a stop below the moving average.

More below the fold for my intrepid subs:


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Wednesday 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.

Some of you asked me about the carry trade correlations yesterday and here’s the GDP/JPY which I mostly follow over the past few months (since economic data suggested a strengthening of the GB economy). Anyway, it’s been treating us well but has been starkly pointing down since yesterday – quite a divergence there and it’s currently continuing down after a brief push higher. So this is a bit concerning.

As you can see the SPX cash managed to hold the 25-hour yesterday but given what I’m seeing on the spoos right now this may change in today’s session.

Here’s where we were about 20 minutes ago and unless this is just an attempt to scare the children we’re probably going to revisit 1934. Make sure you bring a top hat Evil Speculator style. Once again watching the Zero for clues of continuation lower this morning should be good medicine – look for signal divergence or confirmation.

AUD/JPY is going on my watch list – it’s knocking on its 100-hour SMA and we don’t have enough evidence yet to risk a long position. Let’s see if it can do a bit of testing here – perhaps even a little scare via a push below followed by a recovery. I want to trade a continuation here if it gives me the right signals.

More below for my intrepid subs:


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