Wicked Wednesday

It’s all smiles down here at the evil lair as Scalpius is starting to get its groove on and managed to bank over 20R in the past two sessions. I’m still fiddling with the trailing logic but at this point it is outperforming what I’m seeing in historical tape. Reason being is that you can never properly simulate the spread, the offers, the available volume – it has to be done live.  Proper trailing is as much an art as it is science as it needs to consider the momentum of the price action and weigh existing against potential future gains. Yes, you can come up with MFE stats but they can be deceptive because your strategy may not be banking coin consistently – some thrive in trending tape, others due to mean reversion. So you want to optimize it for the type of tape it’s built to exploit. In the case of Scalpius that’s ST trending tape.

2015-08-12_scalpius

Picking a range inside that coveted sweet spot has been my recent endeavor and I have resorted to some rather creative approaches, which are truly pushing the envelope but seem to be paying off. The stats above show you the recent live track record which actually missed a few 4R winners (one today) as I’m still fiddling with my b/a spread filters. Definitely work in progress but it’s getting there and clearly I’m on the right track.

2015-08-12_natgas_update

Quick update on natgas – this one looks like it’s good to go. I’ve moved my stop up to the break/even spot now and until this thing picks a direction there’s nothing to do. Natgas has been in this sideways hell for months now, which is rather uncharacteristic. When it finally takes off one of these days there will be hell to pay. They call it the widow maker for a reason.

2015-08-12_ZF_briefing

Alright, we have a ton of setups today, ladies and leeches! Let’s start with the bonds, here’s the five year contract which I’m long with a stop below 110’3. This one could turn into a trending candidate but it’s still a bit early to judge.

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Ten year futures – also long here with a stop below 128.

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And the thirty year – you get the idea. I have split my R between those three in case you wonder – I’m not that bold and neither should you be.

Quite a bit more below the fold – meet me in the lair:


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By the way the Evil Lair’s genetic science division managed to splice together gene samples of Ragnar Lothbrock plus some essence of Godsmack and Disturbed. Here’s what came out the test tube:

Now I admit – nothing really new here BUT for some reason it’s absolutely brilliant. Can’t stop listening to it. It’s a new band so these guys need some promotion. If you like it send it to everyone you know. And let’s not forget Disturbed is releasing a new album in a few days. Maybe there’s hope for rock & roll in this decade just yet.

Cheers,

Bonds Reloaded

Looks like we may get another opportunity to dip into some bond action. If at first you don’t succeed try try again. In general I’m seeing very nice price action on the futures side today, so let’s get to it:

2015-08-06_ZF_briefing

The five year continues to coil up and as it’s near a rough rising diagonal I’m playing an hourly Net-Line Buy Level to the upside. Stop below 119 – 1/2R only as the tape is highly volatile.

2015-08-06_ZN_briefing

The other half goes to the ten year bond futures – that keeps gyrating its way higher and seems due for the next leg higher. I am open to the downside here as well but do not like the context below, which tells me that any drop lower will most likely be fast and short lived.

2015-08-06_gold_briefing

Gold still continuing lower and I’m currently long 1/2R but am expecting to flip on a stop out.

More below the fold for my intrepid subs:


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You have been briefed – now have fun but keep it frosty.

Cheers,

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Bonds Bonds Bonds!

Excellent bond setups are on the roster today and I’m posting this early so that you guys have a chance to get a seat on the bus. Equities are also in a pretty juicy formation so I guess it’s going to be a busy morning:

2015-08-04_spoos_briefing

The spoos are looking tired as heck which is why I’m currently long with a stop below the recent spike low. IF we bust through that one then I think we’re going all the way to the lower daily BB. Also note that the hourly BBs are tightening and most likely we are going to see even more volatility here soon. Heck… hell of a summer!

2015-08-04_NQ_briefing

The NQ painting the same pattern – also long here and I have split my 1R exposure between both. Same implications – below 4540 we are in bear territory. Gravity could kick in quickly here – be prepared.

2015-08-04_corn_briefing

Corn – awesome setup as those hourly BBs are squeezed to the max. BIG move coming. Which way I don’t know but I’m currently long until I’m not, which will be below 364.6.

2015-08-04_ZF_briefing

Okay I promised bonds and El Topo delivers. Five year bond futures are challenging old daily resistance and I’m long here with a stop below a recent daily NLBL. Very few people are going to be long here after the recent push higher, which is why I like it even more.

However I’m keeping my favorite bond setup (and a LOT more) for my intrepid subs:


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A lot of juicy symbols today. One may even say that we have a plethora of setups!

Cheers,




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