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 ┬áchart 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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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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Massive 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.

It’s going to be a busy day – I got more setups this morning than I can shake stick at. Scott pointed out a possible bounce play on the ES/SPX this weekend and here is a bit more context if you want to monitor the hourly panel. The 25-day has now swung below price and if it holds into the open then that should be our line in the sand. A drop lower may bestow us one more scare to lighten the bus.

A bounce may indeed materialize but thus far the GBP/JPY correlation looks pretty meager. However, judging my last week’s push detachment I’m giving it a bit less credence this week.

But the real fun is happening on the futures and forex side this morning. Crude dropped like a rock all last week and we’re now near the lower 100-day BB. On the hourly I want to be long with a stop below 97.5. If you want to play it more conservatively put your stop below 97.05 (last week’s low).

USD/JPY – very juicy formation and I want a piece of the action. Triggers are on the chart – a short play is possible on failure but I think the 100-day SMA will be where the fun ends, so keep that in mind.

But we’re just getting warmed up – please step into my air-conditioned super luxury lair:


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

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