How To Let Your Winners Run

It’s Monday morning and I’m not going to bore you guys with an exhaustive reflection on why traders should adopt a policy of cutting your losers short and letting your winners run. If you haven’t caught on to this very basic tenet of trading survival 101 then you either are new here or haven’t been paying attention.

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Instead I’m going to let our charts do the talking as the two specimen at hand should be considered textbook examples of how a strong trend can extend to unanticipated highs (or lows in the context of short campaigns). The Dollar campaign actually started as an hourly entry which then got converted into a daily setup when it breached a NLBL. I did make quite a fuzz about the long term implications of the inflection point at hand during that time. Unfortunately judging by the comment section it got either ignored or you guys simply disagreed.

Whatever it may be – the tape started to move in my favor for about two weeks, at which point ole’ bucky entered a sideways correction below 81.7. I could have taken partial profits there but given the squeeze potential I simply advanced my stop a healthy distance away and was able to sit things out. Now there is no real recipe for doing this properly – it takes a bit of finesse but my general approach in a nutshell is to gauge daily/weekly momentum and consider the squeeze potential that may feed continuation of the ongoing trend. In this case my verdict was to ‘let her run’ as they say. Currency markets move quite different from equities – so do futures by the way. Once a trend gets going it truly is your best friend.

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Similar example here on the NQ – it’s pushing 5R and I simply keep my stop a healthy distance away. In this case I’m using the NLSL at 4032.75 – which would cost me over an R in profits but once again I am unable to determine when we’ll see a correction. Given the fact that we had eight consecutive higher highs the odds are now ridiculously high (i.e. in the 98 percentile) that we’ll put in a red candle or two. If we do I would like to ride it out – hence my stop – low enough to sit out an obligatory correction but near enough to get me out if it turns into a sharp correction. Again, there is no crystal ball and it only will be clear in hindsight.

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You may wonder why I’m not running to the bank to cash out right here and call it a trade. That reason should be apparent – we are in absolute no-man’s land and there is no context. A lot of folks are going to try to pick a top here and that’s exactly why I give this trend fair odds of continuation. If I was in cash up here I would wait things out as well – there is no reason for me to short this tape right now. Similarly I simply hold my longs and advance my stops as needed and per my best objective judgment. Whatever happens – I’ll be happily banking coin as it is – given that I am representative of strong hands who got their entry early (either due to skill or sheer luck) and aren’t really worried about missing an R or two.

Anyway, if you’re watching this campaign from the sidelines don’t spend your energy kicking yourself for having missed out. Instead take it as a learning experience for the next time when you manage to get a good entry and the tape starts moving aggressively (in your favor). Being able to simply sit and do nothing is half the battle.

A now to a few short term setups for my intrepid subs:


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

Cheers,

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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Honorable mention:

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!

Cheers,

Inflection Points

Equities are now beginning to accumulate sufficient context, allowing us to consider various inflection points where the odds either support continuation lower or a reversal toward the recent highs. Let’s review the daily context first:

In order to simplify it for you guys I’m hereby resurrecting an old tradition of mine – the Soylent line up. The volume profile chart show a pretty shallow volume hole near yesterday’s highs, just below ES 1940. The bounce didn’t have much meat in it but it may just have been a first foray into lost territory, perhaps leading to continuation either today or tomorrow.

Below us we of course have a bit of bearish wiggle room until about 1917, after which you can see a gradual drop off in the volume profile terminating in a textbook volume hole around 1900. That’s obviously a psychological line in the sand the bulls will want to hold. If it fails we’re going toward 1850ish – our current point and figure price objective on the P&F.

  • Soylent Green: At this point being long above 1940 is a pretty decent play if the GBP/JPY correlation shown below holds up. If breached a ride toward 1960 is in the cards and based on velocity/momentum/participation we’ll have to evaluate once/if we get there.
  • Soylent Orange: The highest odds right now are continuation lower toward 1900 unless we breach 1940. It does not have to be a black & white approach – watch the Zero indicator after the open for signs of increasing buying interest (or lack thereof). I think today is an excellent day to follow the Zero Lite for clues.
  • Soylent Red: Only applicable if we drop straight through 1900 without much of a bounce. If panic selling ensues a drop through that mark leads us toward 1850. The odds for that to happen are very slim right now. Recall what I showed you on the LT VIX chart on Friday.

The spoos to GBP/JPY correlation is pointing upward right now. That’s positive for the bulls and why I wouldn’t count the bulls out just yet. But equities need to follow higher now – the onus is once again on the bulls to draw the line here before major damage is incurred which may threaten the medium term and perhaps even the long term trend.

On the price side here’s a bit more detail. You can of course trade the E-Mini or the Spiders, or your favorite ETF, what have you. The 100-hour SMA is near our 1940 inflection point, so I think we have a pretty solid ST guide here.

I would however play the short side via the Russell futures – at least 50% of my exposure. After all it does make sense to short the weakest index and buy the strongest.

Which brings me to the NQ which still looks weak but should we see a reversal today then here are your long triggers and the stop. This may change as the day unfolds – so watch this chart as it may paint a nice diagonal higher under which you can place a stop.

Once again I found a ton of juicy ST setups this morning. Here’s gold which I want to buy on a push above that diagonal I painted on the chart. A short position is definitely possible here until that happens – in that case put your stop above 1295.

Quite a few more goodies are looming below – please meet me in the lair:


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