Kicking The Ball Around

Absolutely no participation today which was pretty clear about an hour or so into the session. We are still near the bullish inflection point with no resolution in sight. And I’m still in my OTM SPY puts but also long the NQ via Thor – so I need a big move here to be flashing some green.


Here’s today’s tape courtesy of the Zero indicator – extremely small signal range here today as well as yesterday. The hourly panel reflects just that and the current formation is a bit ambivalent. But the take away message here is to not fall in love with a direction or an opinion. Limited participation like this encourages monkey business – i.e. intra-day volatility and stop runs.


Meanwhile I have been trying to stay productive on the forex and futures side – AUD/JPY was one of this morning’s setups and I still think it could bust higher here. On the daily you’ll see that there’s a seller below 93. If it can work its way higher than I think it’s good until 94+.


Coffee is attempting to find a foothold here near 159 – I took an experimental 1/4R long here with a stop below 158.8.

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The Long Con

As you can imagine I wanted to wait out Draghi’s announcement before putting up a post but that didn’t leave me with much time before the bell. So here we go in no particular order:


Equities still in whipsaw mode but I’m actually starting to give the bears more credence here. Neither side has been able to make much of a dent but let’s not forget that 1) the onus is on the bulls to continue the trend and 2) there are really no bears left. In a late bull trend downside corrections are usually generated by a lack of bulls as opposed to being caused by strong selling pressure. Which is why we have seen the tape plot extended tops followed by a quick fall to the next support zone.

Bottom line: The bulls need to push this turd back above 1997 – if we close the week below it tomorrow then there may be a price to be paid next week.


Bonds are on the way now – my new target area is 123’295ish. Glad I flipped that initial long to a short after being stopped out. A lack of directional bias does have its rewards ;-)


Cotton is accelerating higher and I’m moving my stop to the 2R mark. Very happy camper because I think we may have a runner here. Current target near 76 – if we touch that I may just be able to afford a turkey for Christmas!


The cocoa campaign also back on track and we may have another runner here as well. Target – well, who cares – there’s nothing but air below. I have to say – the fun has been in futures lately!


Coffee is looking great today – inside day candle right on top of a very tested 100-day SMA. I’m taking either breach it’ll throw my way tomorrow/tonight.


EUR/USD – may attempt a bottom here (much to my chagrin of course) – time to hedge, triggers on the chart.


And I promise I won’t boast about my DX campaign (snicker) – but for the rest of you guys here may be a chance to play a shake out. Double inside day – usually decent odds on that as velocity seems to be slowing up here. A breach in either direction is a good play. I’ll put my stop at today’s lows – if stopped out I’ll be short with a stop near yesterday’s highs.  If we get a double whammy (stop out both ways) I’ll continue higher with my current position size.

FWIW - the long con across various futures contracts seems to be the play of the year. This is easy money folks with beautiful prime rib entries and strongly trending tape. If you keep staring at equities all day you may not just go blind but also miss out on a lot of fun. And that – my dear steel rats – would be unforgivable. So get with the program!


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Volatility Cycles

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 trending markets low volatility cycles allow us to assess the tape/configuration and get positioned when high probability odds arise. Obviously the cycles don’t come and go like clockwork but there are ways to leverage them. For instance we are currently in a high cycle on the spoos and we are dropping. Once we start slowing down again it may be time to look for support zones but not before that.

The repeating cycles are prevalent across all market verticals, you will find them on the futures, on stock symbols, on Forex, bonds, everywhere. For some reason however I have rarely seen anyone address them in a constructive fashion (not saying nobody has but I have not found much) which is why I am spending some time on this. Once you grasp this concept you will never look at the market with the same eyes again. And it will probably affect your trading decisions as well – for the better!

Talking about possible support zones – on the E-Mini we’re looking at 1944 as the next possible bounce zone – assuming we actually drop much further that is. I’m not seeing a lot of mojo on the Zero today – at least not right now.

And if you add fair value then you get near the 1956 mark on the cash index – that’s where we find the 25-day SMA, which has been carrying prices higher before the recent correction.

EUR/USD – very interesting configuration here. This looks like a floor attempt and if we breach today’s highs I want to be long with a stop below today’s lows.

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