Thursday Road Map

Finally this month’s Mad FOMC Wednesday is behind us and we can get back to what we do best – squeeze ill-gotten gains from this crazy market. We have a ton of juicy setups today and equities also offer us various ways to get (mildly) exposed, so let’s get to it.

2015-07-30_spoos_roadmap_briefing

Now, I’m going to make this extremely easy for you today:

  • While we’re between 2100.75 and 2095.5 – do NOTHING. This is hardcore churn territory.
  • Above 2100.75 the bulls are in possession.
  • Below 2095.5 you can be short with 1/2R or less.
  • At 2085 we evaluate – best to consult the Zero at touch down to see if there’s a potential fumble in the cards.
  • Below 2083 I will already be short if I see lackluster participation on the Zero. And yes, I misspelled SHORT – but at least I spelled misspelled correctly.

2015-07-30_YM_roadmap_briefing

Similar thresholds on the YM – I think you get the general idea. The easiest configuration by the way happens to be on the NQ today but I’m keeping this for my intrepid subs.

2015-07-30_crude_briefing

Crude – I think the chart is pretty clear, n’est-ce-pas?

2015-07-30_EURUSD_briefing

The Euro – well, as much as I want to see it crash and burn I have long learned that there’s a magic buyer down here and I probably won’t get my wish. Long here with a stop near 1.092 at which point I’ll flip for a small short.

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That’s probably a lot more leads than you cared for – being mid summer and all. Just crank up that A/C, grab a glass of iced coffee and get to work, you lazy bastards!

Oh sorry – coffee is for closers only.

Cheers,

Only The Paranoid Survive

Originally attributed to Any Grove, the founder of Intel Corporation, this has remained one of my favorite quotes and one that has kept me out of trouble over and over again in my time spent as a trader. It always pays to watch your six and if you think you live in turbulent times after following the ongoing Grexit saga over the weekend then think again. Here’s a quote by Andy which summarizes the first twenty years of his life:

By the time I was twenty, I had lived through a Hungarian Fascist dictatorship, German military occupation, the Nazis’ “Final Solution,” the siege of Budapest by the Soviet Red Army, a period of chaotic democracy in the years immediately after the war, a variety of repressive Communist regimes, and a popular uprising that was put down at gunpoint. . . [where] many young people were killed; countless others were interned. Some two hundred thousand Hungarians escaped to the West. I was one of them.

So however bad you think you have it – think again. Things could be a lot worse. Of course not to diminish the situation in Greece right now. I often image myself living there, unemployed, broke, and standing in line in the smoldering summer heat trying to pull my last few Euros out of my bank account. In comparison I live a rather a sheltered existence - which of course could change at a moment’s notice (I reside in Spain). Which is why I personally employ a mixture of living in the now bundled with basic preparation and diversification.

2015-07-06_spoos_gaps

And that should be a standard policy given what I expect in the months ahead. After indecision and a six months + sideways churn we are now seeing successive gapping action across various market verticals. That is not a sign of a healthy market and the wheels could come off here at any moment. So just because the almost reflexive BTFD perhaps worked for you last week doesn’t mean it’s a good idea moving forward.

2015-07-06_EUR_gaps

Be cautious and avoid charts which signal uncertainty – the EUR/USD certainly is one of them. Given the weekend headlines the drop back to 1.1 is actually rather mild, just like when we gapped here last week. But we could see a huge jump or drop here at a moment’s notice (without the notice), and it won’t have anything to do with technical inflection points but rather political brinksmanship played for months/years finally coming to a sudden resolution. Remember that six sigma events happen when we don’t expect them. People have expected one for months here – and perhaps it will happen when everyone thinks the situation has been resolved. I personally don’t have a crystal ball but I do know a dangerous chart when I see one.

2015-07-06_ZF_gaps

You could get lucky and catch the right direction or you could find your trading account severely diminished one morning. To see the five year bonds paint such gaps is certainly disconcerting – especially if you understand how damn huge the bond market is (almost twice that of all equities combined). Gaps like that cost a lot of people a lot of money…

2015-07-06_AUDUS_briefing

Of course there are still charts out there which seem to benefit from the overall increase in volatility but aren’t flagging alert signals. The AUD/USD did a bit of gapping down but makes for a decent short term long this morning. However I’ll be pretty nimble here in the coming days – meaning small position sizing and being quick to take profits.

2015-07-06_soybean_briefing

Soybeans on a rampage – we did ride some of that beautiful advance recently. After an obligatory 3.0+ standard deviation reversion it may be ready to continue its way higher. I’m long 1/2R here with a stop below 1016. However I’m only playing half an R because…

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2015-07-06_soybean_meal_briefing

… I also like soybean meal. It’s facing an hourly NLBL plus its 100-hour SMA. No guarantee for a low but as good a chance as any we’ll get technically speaking. So I’m long another 1/2R with a stop below 342.

2015-07-06_natgas_briefing

Natgas – it’s always been a volatile bitch but compared with equities it seems almost serene these days. At least we’re seeing clear trading ranges and it seems to be observing LT support levels. Which is why I’m trying 1/2R long here with a stop below 2.73.

2015-07-06_AUDNZD_briefing

AUD/NZD is my final victim for now – I like the combination of the daily and hourly charts. However I could be a bit early here so I’m only taking 1/2R. I would try again with a full position if it drops lower and kisses its 25-day SMA.

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That ought to keep you guys entertained for a while. See you guys later this afternoon.

Cheers,

Furious And Furious Friday

We got movement people! And obviously I’m not talking about equities where we’re still spasmodically bouncing around in the same six month trading range. Booooring! Unless of course you are the evil lair’s official Swing Slayer and that coveted title is already taken by Skynard. You will have to defeat him first and then send me one of his digits to assume his position. It also helps if you either have at least one dragon or an army of White Walkers at your disposal. Either that or just send me money – I am surprisingly corruptible.

2015-06-26_spoos_briefing

Okay, let’s get the tedious charts out of the way first. Equities – I’m risking a tiny long position if it touches 2095 with a stop below 2090.

2015-06-26_ZL_update

Alright so I was talking about movement, remember? Plenty of that across the softs in recent days (i.e. corn, soy, wheat, etc.) – you guys really need to get yourself some futures accounts. Speaking of which, do you still remember the soybean diet I pimped the other day? Soybean oil has advanced beautifully and I’m now putting my stop below a recent spike low. I think that one has potential to go all the way.

2015-06-26_soybeans_update

On the actual soybeans contract it’s time to head for the hills after a beautiful stab higher. Sure it could push even further but my target has been hit and that’s that. I’ll keep an eye on it however for new entry opportunities – preferably after a little shake out.

2015-06-26_GBPCAD_briefing_leeches

GBPCAD – fascinating formation on the daily – rarely seen anything like that on the forex side. I’m happy to play the swings here just for fun but I reckon that it’ll be ready to pick a direction early next week. Be careful usually you’ll see a fake breach first – if you are really good at this game then you can try to play the fake breach with an inverse position. Paging Skynard the Swing Slayer!


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You have been briefed – now have fun but keep it frosty. If there’s anything interesting to share (and if I see you guys actually showing up – I know it’s summer… yuk) then I’ll see you guys later this afternoon.

Cheers,




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