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June 21, 2017

Shorting Daylight

The longest day of the year has arrived but most of Europe has already been sizzling for the past few weeks. Down here in Spain we regularly have been touching the 35 Celsius scale which is about 95 Fahrenheit for all you metricphobic North Americans. Although I love to bitch about the cold during the winter what really irks me the most is the insufferable summer heat here in Valencia which unfortunately comes with a ton of humidity  – we’re talking 80% plus at times. Which is quite different from the dry desert like heat I had gotten accustomed to living in California for about 20 years.

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June 19, 2017

Volume Holes

Equities continue to be a mixed bag and while simple price tells one part of the story the volume profile also shows us the ranges where we should expect buying and selling pressure. Of course bear in mind that the volume profile is based on historical context and for a true perspective we would need to acquire fairly costly Level 2 access and then evaluate the offering and bidding lots. For the average retail rat Level 2 access is however way outside the budget so I guess volume holes it is.

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June 16, 2017

Divergent Indices

Yesterday I touched on the increasing intra-day volatility we have been seeing lately, particularly in equities. Momentum and breadth indicators are still pointing upward, however a few early warning lights have started glowing and thus we should take note. But that only tells part of the story, what I find most disconcerting right now are very pronounced divergences between our three major equity indices.

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June 15, 2017

Limbo Tape

Limbo tape – it’s what I call the annoying volatile sideways churn devoid of technical context we’ve been experiencing across the board since the beginning of June which has pushed retail into an early summer identity crisis. You may recall that it’s not the first time I’m talking about limbo tape and it probably won’t be the last. Now this may be a good time to once more remind everyone that we as retail traders have one principal advantage over fund managers or institutional participants such as trade desks or system operators.

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