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.

2014-09-23_spoos_briefing

Equities are on the verge of boarding the express bus to the 100-day SMA (I wrote ‘hour’ on the chart – I meant 100-day SMA). Look at both hourly BBs – the 25-hour is already on an downward course and the lower 100-hour is in the process of tilting lower. On the daily we have a NLSL which must be recovered promptly – preferably early in the session today. Watch the Zero for signs of divergences – the bulls are about to lose their asses a second time this month and unless they step in here we may see acceleration lower.

2014-09-23_DX_briefing

Plenty of fun scheduled on the Forex side today – here’s the DX futures apparently thinking about retesting the 100-hour. I am short here with a stop above the 100-hour – a pop above it (and a stop out) puts me into a long position as this may be a fake stab lower. Hard to tell right now but both sides are worth pursuing.

More Forex fun below the fold for my subs:


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

Cheers,

Post FOMC Madness Update

Finally this month’s FOMC madness session is behind us. As usual I won’t bore you by regurgitating any pertinent tidbits of the day – if you’re interested in the noise I’m sure you’ll know where to find it. Let’s look at some charts instead – shall we?

2014-09-17_spoos_HT_update

Yesterday I told you guys that such a sharp jump off the lows usually suggests continuation higher. So far that’s exactly the scenario that’s been playing out. If you’ve been taking Scott’s hammer time setup – good job and you may now move your stop to the break/even mark.

2014-09-17_spoos_update

Interesting range on the hourly day – we touched both sides and that now establishes the SMA and the upper BB as respective break out / reversal points. However, as I said – at this point odds support continuation higher. Unless we breach below 1982 the bears are officially toast (again).

2014-09-17_NQ_update

The NQ is now approaching a daily NLBL which is also near the 25-day SMA. IF it manages to breach higher then more upside is pretty much procedural.

2014-09-17_VIX_update

And what really really hits below the belt line is the 18% drop on the VIX since yesterday (and we also touched it earlier today). If you were sitting on puts then your premiums just got flushed down the toilet. If you were long calls then (depending on your strike) you may have actually suffered a loss today. Vega squeeze is a bitch indeed.

2014-09-17_USDJPY_update

Update on the USD/JPY campaign – I got stopped out today and then re-entered just in time for the ride higher. Taking 50% profits now and converting the rest to a daily campaign. Never ever underestimate the potential for extended squeezes (long or short) on the FX or futures side. Never.

BTW, that was one beautiful BB squeeze on the hourly – I hope some of you rats took this one.

2014-09-17_EURNOK_update

The EUR/NOK is still in play but it’s so-so – I’m keeping it in play and my stop will take of the rest if it must.

2014-09-17_EURJPY_update

EUR/JPY – another short term campaign I posted yesterday and it’s off to the races. I’m also converting this to a daily campaign but my ISL remains in place.

2014-09-17_cocoa_update

Unfortunately our cocoa campaign found its untimely and ignominious ending today – it had good potential but you can’t win ‘em all. But you can try ;-)

Alright – a few more setups for my intrepid subs below the fold:


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That’s it for today – have fun and keep it frosty.

Cheers,

Darth Mole’s Evil Deeds

Since last Friday some of you have been enjoying the fruit of Darth Mole‘s predictive abilities ahead of volatility surges. Although I am the one who developed this newest contraption I myself am stunned by how spot on it is. Personally I consider it a huge step forward in identifying intra-day market cycles. Why? Because once you identify an entry opportunity near a systemic or technical inflection point a successful campaign hinges on two key components: 1) direction and 2) volatility.

Direction is binary in most cases – you are either long or short. But obviously there’s a lot more to this than meets the eye. You could be right about the general direction but you could still be whipsawed out of your entry. This happens quite a lot. Or perhaps you have a time-based window in which you are operating. Nevertheless in order to pick effective entries getting positioned ahead of large moves is obviously key (unless you dabble in calendar spreads). Protecting yourself against whipsaws and shake-outs obviously complicates matters but volatility is what drives profits and losses. Very rarely do we enjoy slow orderly advances to the upside – at least on an intra-day basis.

I wanted to share a few charts with Darth Mole alerts during the past three sessions. Here’s EUG/GBP – the yellow candle signifies an anticipated slowing in price volatility while any blue candles suggest a jump in price volatility. Getting positioned after the latter was triggered would have been rather profitable had you followed price lower and bowed out after 1 or 2 R. Obviously GBP was expected to whipsaw due to event risk today and I would advise against keeping any pertinent ST campaigns open during that time.

Here’s cable – very similar idea formation and Darth Mole called it spot on. One could suggest that this was easy to anticipate due to the BOE Inflation Report. Okay, let’s look at a few more then…

Here’s EUR/USD – once again Darth Mole nailed it.

USD/JPY – very nice calls as well. On the very left I saw an instance where Darth Mole got it wrong. But then again compared with the preceding candles I do believe it made a fair call. Because volatility did slow down – this is not about direction after all. Sometimes a slow down means sideways tape but sometimes it means only a slow down but the trend continues.

USD/CAD – beautiful.

And here’s gold – caught it a bit late here on the very right and admittedly it would have been a tough trade either way.

Bottom Line: In conjunction with your existing entry and campaign rules Darth Mole has the potential to significantly shift the odds in your favor. Just like sailors heading into the open sea, knowing when and where to anticipate rough waters would be an important survival tool in your arsenal. Frankly, I don’t think trading will ever be the same for me. Granted, as the author I’m probably subjective, so the thoughts and insights of traders like you would be very much appreciated.

If you care about price volatility (and as any self respecting trader you should) then here’s your chance to give Darth Mole a test run. We’re making it available for FREE throughout August to show you how awesome it is – we are confident that it will revolutionize your trading. You can sign up right now and enjoy your free ride for the rest of the month. If you want free Jabber alerts as well then send me an email to admin@ with your amember user id and the password you want. You will find step by step Jabber/XMPP instructions on the bottom of the DarthMole page.

Cheers,





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