Sitting Pretty

I’m glad I stayed out of that equities campaign as it continues to test everyone’s patience. If you’re short since yesterday then you may be wondering if this is merely one last stab higher before the big drop. Well, maybe – I don’t have a dog in this fight which affords me a reasonable sense of objectivity. And the way it’s looking right now this beast could swing either way. But as I pointed out yesterday, terrible conditions with limited downside potential. But hey if you must dabble – be my guest – here are a few pertinent perspectives:

2014-09-10_spoos_profile

Rather interestingly we saw a bounce right at the end of a tiny volume hole. Another tick or two below and the bears would have enjoyed a much needed injection of participation. But for some reason the spoos touched 1980 and jumped right back into the dreaded whipsaw zone. Seemed utterly avoidable given the recent lack of participation, thus it begs the question as to whether this may be a bull trap. IF it really is then we need to turn back lower sharply before the end of the session – the more time we spend up here the worse for the much battered grizzlies.

2014-09-10_SPX_hourly

The hourly SPX shows us a touch of the lower 100-hour Bollinger. And boy – is that one compressed to the max right now – we’re talking less than 20 handles top to bottom. So something’s got to give here soon and most likely it will. Now, if our Sorgenkind indeed resolves lower then we may actually drop all the way to that 100-day SMA near 1940.

Here are a few short term momo charts – subs only. The free portion of this post continues further below:


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Alright – I’ve done my duty to your equities addicts – now to the interesting part ;-)

2014-09-10_EURCAD_update

Update on our EUR/CAD campaign – well, it dropped back to whence it came. Fortunately we enjoyed a very fortunate early entry and thus can afford to sit out a possible retest of the 100-week SMA. Nothing to do here right now.

2014-09-10_cotton_update

Cotton however has fared rather well and we almost touched 3R today. Which means we’re moving our stop to the 2R mark. This may actually work out fine as it gives us a bit room for a possible shake out day or two. IF this one manages to breach the upper 25-day BB it may just turn into a runner. So I personally will only use 50% of my stop at the 2R mark – the remainder goes to the 1R mark.  The long term potential here justifies a bit of campaign management discretion. This approach has served us well over the past few weeks.

2014-09-10_cocoa_update

Cocoa – and it’s off to the races! Well, we hope…. excellent entry with minimal risk yesterday. This is why I love those last kiss goodbye entries. So sweet when they actually trigger. Nothing to do here either – it’s do or die time – we have done our part.

Cheers,

Sitting This One Out

My apologies to Scott in advance but this is one of the rare times when our respective outlook differs. First up we are not at a crucial inflection point – the 2k level is simply an opportunity to shake out weak hands. If we dropped from here the downside potential would be rather limited as I pointed out yesterday. So there is no reason to get all all excited here – wake me up if we drop through the 100-day SMA perhaps.

2014-09-09_spoos_update

It all started out with a little fun after a tickle of the 2k mark but due to equilibrium on the buy/sell side it has now turned into yet another limbo zone. Nothing really has changed as of right now – in essence you want to be:

  • Long nar 1990.
  • Short near 2010.
  • Long above 2011.
  • Short below 1989.

In all four scenarios your stop would be no more than a handle or two away. Although this seems rather tight it has the highest odds in the current market phase. Any reversals back inside ‘ye ole’ chop zone’ invariably draws us back toward the magic 2k mark. Today’s proposed entry would already have us back inside as we just touched 2k again (and then we dropped again…)

2014-09-09_zero

If you’re watching the Zero right now the situation couldn’t be any clearer. I keep seeing statements/complaints about this being difficult tape and I completely disagree. It’s S.H.I.T. – absolutely – but it’s not hard to read at all. Today’s divergence on the Zero Lite should have gotten you out of any short positions you may have taken on.

In a nutshell: The downside potential here simply does not outweigh the whipsaw risk. EVEN IF we close below today’s lows today or below 1990 I would personally sit out any downside correction. Trading against the trend here is not worth the hassle. FYI – I’m posting this at 2:33pm EDT as the spoos are back at 1991 – which now has me long with a stop at 1989.

2014-09-09_EURCAD_update

Update on our EUR/CAD campaign – hey, it’s actually getting its groove on. Better to be lucky than good I guess. I’m not going to touch this one – as the old saying goes – if it ain’t broken don’t fix it. Next stop is either my ISL or I’m moving it up to 1R.

2014-09-09_ZN_update

Update also on the bond campaign – I got stopped out and immediately flipped for a short position. My stop is now above 124’3 which ought to suffice to weather out an obligatory LKGB move.

I have some very nice setups waiting below the fold – please meet me in the lair:


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Have fun but keep it frosty. FYI – I would love to see a few charts in the comment section.

Cheers,

Fun With Forex

Equities are doing their thing and I’ve been entertaining myself otherwise. This morning I proposed two speculative entries, one of which may actually turn into something interesting. Let’s take a look:

2014-09-08_EURCAD

The symbols were EUR/USD and EUR/CAD – the former dropped lower (much to my joy – see the DX) and the latter is climbing higher. Now this may just be a one day affair but given the formations on the daily and weekly (2nd and 3rd panel) we could be on to something. Which is why I’m converting this into a daily campaign now.

2014-09-08_USDZAR_setup

USD/ZAR – I had my eye on this sucker hoping it would push back into that 10.8 zone – wish granted! I’m now short with a stop above 10.84. No long play if I’m stopped out – that 25-week BB is too close for comfort.

Only one setup for the subs tonight BUT it’s a super juicy one – not to be missed! Please step into my lair:


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