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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Gold – courtesy of Darth Mole. If you saw this one last night you may have played that break out higher. And that wasn’t the only one today: EUR/GBP, crude, soybeans, bonds – significant jump in volatility. If you haven’t signed up for Darth Mole yet – it’s FREE all through August. Have fun!

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Bring On The Carnage

Yesterday I probably should have given more credence to the possibility that we may get follow through to the downside for the mere reason that none of the bears saw this one coming (we did Рcough cough) and are probably either faking it at their favorite watering holes right now or are busy outside kicking a tree. My money is on this guy:

See, you can’t blame him – he really doesn’t like bananas. Now seriously the continuation lower today changes things considerably and I’ll tell you why. We should have had our bounce, then a drop lower toward support, then a final scare and finally it’s back to business as usual. What happened here is going to pop a lot of stops and leave folks rattled. When the invariable dip buyers finally show up they will be easy pickings for another leg lower – in other words today’s continuation kicks open the door for a medium term correction.

There is of course no predicting how far we’ll drop but the next logical support zone is near SPX 1920ish plus minus a few handles. Please refer to yesterday’s update if you don’t remember why. Although I don’t enjoy making lofty predictions I have pointed out a possible scenario which I call Soylent Orange (anyone remember those days?).

The only remaining equities setup yesterday was the TF and if you grabbed it you just earned yourself one R. I would probably take profits here at the EOD and call it a day as its other three brethren are rapidly falling toward their respective support zones.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – betting against the Dollar near important inflection points always is a good trade. Not much else to be said here – I still have hopes ole’ bucky can push higher but who am I kidding?

Coffee is looking pretty good here as it’s retesting its 100-day SMA and if we get an IP-S tomorrow I’ll take that one. The long side here does not interest me right now.

More below the fold for my intrepid subs – we had big moves across the board but I managed to eek out a few promising setups:


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Have fun but keep it frosty!

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Setup Bonanza!

Interesting turn of events this morning – although my growing cautiousness concerning the equities (long) side has thus far paid off I’m not yet convinced that we’re heading into another correction. Be this as it may, I did get positioned nicely courtesy of the TF this morning and I intend to hold this position for now or until stopped out at break/even:

Although there was a quick fake out toward the NLBL my stop was well placed and thus far I’ve racked up almost two R. Which is nice but not really what I’m interested in – I’m turning this into a lottery ticket to the downside given what I’m seeing on the short term momo side:

VIX:VXO (which I showed to the subs yesterday) continues to point downward. Again, it could be a fluke or a bear trap but I already earned my entry and I’m sitting pretty right now.

Out of fairness I should however show you guys the Zero Lite which is rather flat today. So not much participation on the downside here and I give this 40% chance to continue lower. I don’t see a long entry here right now either unfortunately – once I do I’ll let you guys know.

Update on the Dollar entry which I hope some of you guys grabbed yesterday. The right panel shows us at the 2R threshold and that means we are either moving our stop up if we close above it or close our position if we close below it. That is via the CrazyIvan campaign rules. If I would employ Heisenberg then I would have taken partial profits a bit above 1R and moved my stop to b/e. So I leave this in your capable hands – it’s possible that the Dollar is going to enjoy a run higher. But heck – it’s the Dollar right? So I’ll stick with CI rules on this one ;-)

So many awesome setups today – here’s crude gracing us with a very interesting configuration I tried to explain on the chart. Could swing either way and we are near the $100 mark – will definitely take whatever trigger this throws at me.

And I cannot believe I’m actually giving this one away for free as it’s my favorite. I have already gone long via this morning’s short term entry near 104. My stop is at today’s lows and all that ties very nicely into the IP and RTV-L that any of you leeches may grab later tonight. Absolutely love this setup and I think it’s coiled up and ready to snap.

More goodies below the fold – it’s a veritable futures bonanza today – seems Hoss is getting all excited. Please grab your secret decoder rings and join me in my freshly painted spring lair:


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