One of my readers, let’s call him Francis, sent me an interesting email yesterday. Apparently he had been inspired by Scott’s original post on the use of scatter charts for what I call raw edge discovery (RED), for lack of a sexier term. So he proceeded to spend a significant amount of time on slinging spreadsheets in Excel, which can get quite involved and in my opinion is rather error prone as each extra condition requires the addition of at least one more column. His primary focus thus far had been mean reversion and he is now attempting to apply a similar approach to trending or momentum systems.
Sorry lads (and ladies), we’re not going to talk about thigh gaps today although it may easily double traffic numbers here. Instead we’re up for another lesson in tape reading but I think it’ll be very worth your while. So, courtesy of our croissant dipping friends in France we all were bestowed with a fairly large opening gap across U.S. equities on Monday morning. Now opening gaps, especially in equities, often have a nasty habit of filling shortly thereafter, which then offers participants a tasty inflection point for getting positioned.
I wonder what thoughts were triggered in your head when you saw the featured image above. The notion of a brewing storm is rather ominous and usually is associated with inconvenience, discomfort, and sometimes outright destruction of property. But I chose it very carefully to make a point which I’ll try to convey below. Let’s look at some charts:
It seems everything made a u-turn yesterday which of course affected our campaigns across the board. Let’s review the damage but instead of licking our wounds we’re actually going to use this as another valuable lesson in tape reading. That’s right – when sudden events knock you on your ass then learning from the experience is mandatory.