Falling Swords

The best advice I can offer you guys right now is to not resort to guesswork when it comes to when we’ll see a low. We are sailing in dangerous waters and if you’re not already short then simply wait it out – get used to the idea that you missed the boat. Anything can happen down here and it will!

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Most importantly don’t fall prey to mental masturbation such as this. So it’s Ebola that’s bringing down the market now? Is that a fact? It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the fact that the Fed’s money pump is slowly drying up? Or that we’ve been in a raging bull market for five years and counting which is begging for a correction?

It’s strange how the financial media continues to draw correlations between events and market cycles, even if they are disproven over and over again. And even IF those events were the actual cause – it’s useless to follow them as there is no chance of exploiting the information. How many people went long crude thinking that Russian supply disruptions in Europe would swing prices higher? And how exactly has that been working out for you?

Forget about the news – just follow the charts – they tell us all we need to know.

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Or NOT. If you recall my write up on market periods – we are in the midst of a rocket right now and there’s no telling when it’ll end. The wave wankers have tried over and over to employ all kinds of measures to project when a ‘third wave’ may end. The last time I tried that was in early 2009 when everyone was looking far below 666 based on their careful counts.

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The simple truth is that you’ll never know until after the fact – so stop trying to guess. Don’t think you are smarter than the millions of participants who are looking at the very same chart right now. We may bounce here today and hold the 25-week BB, or we could drop like a rock here and not stop until near 1700. I don’t know – but one think I do know for sure:

Never ever attempt to step underneath a falling sword.

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The one chart that’s been a thorn in my eye is this one – the VIX:VXO. It keeps pointing up and I really don’t know why. But we are in rough waters as I said and perhaps whoever is pricing those ATM options is tripping over their own hubris. Or they know something I don’t. Whatever it is – when things don’t make sense then you simply wait it out. We’ve done well this year – no sense in getting caught up in all the excitement (i.e. panic) and resort to forcing the issue. That rarely results in profitable trades.

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Gold is looking pretty interesting right now as it’s fighting to overcome triple resistance. My current entry is betting that it’s going to fail but a few ticks higher above 1230 I’ll be long. Dynamics can shift quickly here and this is an important inflection point – which makes for good entries.

A few more ST charts below the fold:


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

Cheers,

Thursday 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.

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Equities are still nibbling on their hourly inflection point – overnight the formation has actually improved from a technical perspective as the 25-hour 100 has caught up with the 100. So in a nutshell – be long ES above 1992 – anything below is whipsaw territory.

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USD/TRY – a setup that the subs and I had our eye on. It triggered late last night and we’re off to the races! Already banked us 1R and our stop loss now moves to the break even point. Aaah – why can’t it be always that smooth? ;-)

More short term setups are awaiting you below the fold:


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See you guys later – I have some important coding duties to return to.

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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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