Sons Of The Lair

So I’m officially a biker now. That’s right – the Mole has been issued a Californian M1 license and driving in SoCal will never be the same. Well until the 21st that is – that’s when I’m heading to sunny Mexico.  I can assure you that this was no easy feat given the time restrictions as I’m only spending a bit over nine days here in Los Angeles. As you know I’ve been riding a scooter back in Spain for the past few years and quite frankly it’s getting old. Unlike over here in the U.S. the Spaniards permit you to legally ride everything up to 125cc with a regular driver’s license.

But if you want to hop on the real stuff then you’re out of luck as passing a motorcycle license anywhere in Europe is a royal pain in the neck. We are talking red tape galore, weeks of driving lessons, and thousands of Euros in expense. I think in Germany they make you take 20 hours of driving instructions minimum, there’s a full day First Aid course, and that’s only to get you started. Which may make sense for the average 20 old hoodlum trying to impress his lady friends but a bit much to ask for someone who has been riding two wheels for years and has carried a driver’s license for over 25 years. Heck, I drive stick shift like a mini Schumacher – my accent is way better though.

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Of course over here in California things are a lot easier and more fun, so I didn’t want to miss this opportunity to finally get my proper M1 license and start riding in style. Which I then could easily convert into an international permit courtesy of the AAA. So I studied up via some iPad app until I knew all 250 possible questions by heart. Off to the DMV waiting in line for four hours (couldn’t get an appointment early enough), fortunately there’s plenty of eye candy up here at the Hollywood branch. Finally get to take the test and it turns out that there’s a new test now which has nothing to do with any the 250 questions I memorized. Plus those bastards make me do the written test for the car as well – and I didn’t study for that one! Oooops!

Well, I passed them both anyway. So yesterday I’m heading down to San Diego to take a three hour course with Brian at SoCal Super Moto. Awesome instructor - he apparently even taught some of the guys from the show Sons Of Anarchy (I was a big fan). Turns out he broke two of his ribs the day before while skateboarding – yeah, he’s a bit of a speed nut. But he showed up anyway and just sucked it up – big props to this guy and if any of you are considering to pass the M1 then head down to SD and learn from the best.

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Anyway, this morning I get up at the ungodly hour of 6:30am PDT and head over to the San Diego Clairemont DMV. Brian apparently has an arrangement with those guys and he’s able to pass a whole group one by one in the morning. I’m there with five other guys and all of them are already accomplished riders. The Mole’s the only one who just learned to shift a motorcycle a day ago. Well, to make a long story short – I nailed it like a boss and I’m as happy as punch. Mission accomplished. I already have my eyes on some of those sweet custom Bünderbikes they make in Switzerland.

2015-03-17_zero

So let’s talk markets. Seems I didn’t really miss much there – sideways session suggesting indecision. Note the complete lack of participation after the little ramp higher. Follow up matters but given that we just held a critical inflection point at ES 2040 chalk me up as being a bit suspicious.

2015-03-17_spoos_update

But okay, I bite as we have a nice inside day offering a binary entry. The long side seems to be the easy one right now – once again the 100-day SMA has held and we have four touches which is going to bolster support down there. But no, it’s not impossible that this resolves to the downside – I’d give it a 20% chance. Which means I’ll take it if it breaches lower but only with 1/2R – adding the other 1/2 at 2040. On the long side we need a breach above today’s highs and our ISL will be the low or wherever you feel it’s clever.

2015-03-17_VXV_VIX

By the way – I wouldn’t even consider the short side if it wasn’t for this. The subs will remember this chart – it’s the VXV:VIX ratio which shows us premium deltas between 1-month and quarterly CME options. That little divergence is holding up, leaving the door a crack wide open. But not by much – again, I give the downside little credence as of right now.

2015-03-17_GBPJPY_setup

Otherwise it’s pretty slow on the setup side today – the only ones I like are GBP crosses. Here’s GBP/JPY which I like short with a stop above 179.75. A long above 180 (i.e. the 100-hour SMA) is an option but I think the downside has the momentum here right now.

2015-03-17_cable_setup

You can also play cable instead – triggers on the chart. Or if you like ‘em in pairs split your exposure between them and Bob’s your uncle.

That’s it – I’m going to relax a little now. Perhaps head out for some L.A. style shopping – the list is long and I only have a few more days to go until I head out to Mexico. See you guys tomorrow.

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Bounce It

The magic pendulum swung back the other way and Friday’s decision to take partial profits (according to system rules) managed to lock in at least 50% of the profits accumulated on the way down. Of course the question rattling around in your retail rodent brain right now is whether or not this is just a temporary bounce to shake out a few weak hands (i.e. you) or if this thing manages to squeeze higher.

If you want my advice – just bounce it all. You should always always know what your campaign will do at each step of the way – ahead of taking entries. Remember that the game always has and always will revolve around pressing your emotional buttons - and there’s a wide range of keys available – take a look:

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You think of yourself as a rational person? Well, think again – 90% of what we do is steered by habits and emotions. Just look at how much of your brain is actually devoted to emotional interpretations and responses in comparison with rational analysis and the exercise of judgment. So if you are still exposed to the downside all these sections of your brain are most likely feeding you a party mix comprised of disappointment, fear of losing more of your prior paper profits, temptation to double down and sell the rip, doubts about your prior analysis, anger at not taking full profits last Friday, etc.

Mind you this is NOT the time to second guess your system (if you have one) or to react as opposed to simply act. I think this is an essential maxim every trader should be print, frame, and hang on the wall facing you during your trading activities:

ACT – NEVER REACT.

2015-03-16_ES_update

The hourly and daily price panels are looking pretty bullish at this point. However we are at a short term threshold which will determine if this leads higher. Notice how the BBs and SMAs on the hourly are starting to slightly swing higher – if this continues into the close then the bulls take this one home and probably squeeze things higher. So watch the next two hours – the bears need to act now in order to prevent a massive squeeze to the upside. Accordingly I have put my final stop near the 25-day SMA which is probably more than generous.

2015-03-16_spoos_weekly

Weekly – the bulls definitely won the first important battle. That NLSL and the 25-week SMA held up like bosses and unless challenged early this week it will henceforth act as additional support.

2015-03-16_VIX_ratio

Let’s take a look at market internals – the SPX:VIX ratio is looking a bit suspicious as it’s trailing price. This may be nothing but I am sharing additional considerations below the fold.

2015-03-16_zero

The Zero super flat today – no participation. Which leads into two charts that grabbed my attention – please get your secret decoder ring and join me in the lair:


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UPDATE on Ivan Krastins – I am happy to report that I just received notice from someone in contact with Ivan. Apparently the old buzzard managed to survive a category 5 cyclone wearing his Chinese wok as a helmet and by chaining himself to a boat anchor. He has no electricity or internet and his computers have been damaged. But he does have phone access and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s calling in futures orders as we speak. Well done old chap – if you need anything please don’t hesitate to ask – we’re here for you. Unfortunately Scott is in Bali right now otherwise I’m sure he’d be on a boat by now. I have an old MBP I could ship him or perhaps someone closer to Ivan could help him out? Getting things over there will be difficult for the next few weeks and any Aussies or Kiwis please steps up – he needs our help.

PUBLIC COURTESY ANNOUNCEMENT: I am heading to San Diego for a day and am scheduled to return to Los Angeles tomorrow early afternoon. I won’t be bringing my lappy as I’ll be on my feet most of the time down there. This means that tomorrow’s post will most likely be after the market closes. Thank you for your understanding – I am doing my best to keep the blog flowing during my time on the beautiful West Coast. By the way the weather here has been fantastic – super sunny with dry heat – just like the Mole likes it :-)

Cheers,

Long Term Equities Update

It’s been a while since we’ve covered equities exclusively and as the month is coming to an end this is as good an opportunity to catch up. As you all know I have been dangling the ‘late stage bull market’ carrot for a few weeks now and quite frankly I don’t see any reason to change that outlook. I have been very adamant about expecting a final exhaustion spike higher and believe that is already in the works. Now before you start piling into puts be aware that we may be weeks, perhaps even months away from a downside event. So hold your horses and for now just enjoy the charts in preparation for where we heading most likely later this year. Enough weasel talk and disclaimers? Great – let’s get to the charts.

2015-02-27_zero

Actually it was the Zero chart that reminded me that a LT update may be in order. Over the past few sessions some of my subs and myself have been noticing strange signal patterns suggesting distribution. It’s very much possible but quite frankly I don’t see anything on the momo side that would suggest urgency. In short – nobody can predict when things will take a turn but we are a bit early in the game here still. So let’s review the evidence:

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First the long term SPX with my trusted weekly stochastic. I almost never use this indicator – except on the weekly chart where it actually works pretty well! Right now we’re scraping 100 but in this bull market this means nothing. Most likely we’ll see an embedded signal (above the 80 mark) for a while before we head lower here. So no reason to be in a hurry – again we may be weeks or perhaps even months away.

2015-02-27_SPX_SPXA200R

SPX vs SPXA200R – the latter is the percentage of stocks in the SPX trading above their 200-day SMA. Now that one is looking bloody well divergent and eventually there will be a price to pay. But I don’t think that we’re due just yet (watch how the market will drop instantly after Mole’s statement).


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Bonus Chart!

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This one is courtesy of Chris Carolan over at spiralcalendar.com – one of the few other analysts I follow. Chris graciously permitted me to post this chart which I not only find absolutely compelling but also appears to be in line with what I’m presenting above. See the delay in the response on the S&P? Ponder on this one over the weekend.

Alright – I’m exhausted and am desperate for my Friday treat:

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Not her you deviant! I’m talking about the Hefeweizen – which is waiting and that’s my cue. See you guys Monday!

Cheers,




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