I was rather stunned to see quite a bit of bearish talk again during yesterday’s session. Someone even started wave counting down insisting on large scale resolution lower with the current sell off only representing the first leg. Well, as usual I hate to be the wet blanket at the party but I can’t help but ask: How often have we been there in the past eight years?
It is hot and it is humid over here in Valencia. You want to know how hot? The other day a poodle’s tail caught fire just waiting in the sun. The more frantically he was wiggling his tail the brighter it burned. Fortunately his master was nearby and was sweating so much (overweight Brit) that he was able to put the fire out with his bare hands. True story! Well, maybe not – but that’s definitely how it feels over here. Fortunately the evil lair is equipped with an industrial strength A/C unit which will continuously run on its polar bear setting until late August. If the power goes down I’m dead meat as I have a high tolerance for heat but a very low one for [...]
Wednesday near the close of the U.S. session I really thought the ole’ Yeller had us all by the balls. If there has ever been an opportunity to squeeze the bears into oblivion then this had to be it. In yesterday’s musings Scott confirmed my notion that the series of lower lows and lower highs was still intact (barely) and that the bearish case was on the edge of extinction but still had a small chance of resuming. The odds were pretty minuscule IMO and early yesterday I kept checking the tape waiting for the invariable second shoe to drop.
But then suddenly something very curious happened:
In the last 20 minutes, someone has placed/canceled a 666 contract [...]
Some of you eager beavers have to start wrapping your mind around the concept of markets moving in volatility cycles. Just like it is a common observation in natural systems (i.e. water, sound, electromagnetic) imagine a sinusoid wave that oscillates in repeating cycles. A few days ago I wrote an indicator that visualizes the idea very nicely – I call it ATRIP as it’s a hacked version of average true range:
What is important to understand is that these cycles are a natural aspect of all basic market types – bull, bear, and even sideways. In sideways markets they allow us to scalp or swing trade – an apt definition of the activity obviously. In [...]