While the S&P E-Mini futures have devolved into one massive sideways mess it seems that the NQ at least gives us an established range. So going forward I may use the NQ as a general guide whilst taking entries on the spoos.
Of course as soon as the respective ranges become too obvious it’s probably time to abandon them [in the context of taking contrarian trades]. But at least we have a contracting wedge delineating clear inflection points.
EUR/GBP – one of this morning’s freebies – is enjoying a splendid run and I’ve now moved my stop to the break/even point. Suffice to say that this was a bit of a lottery ticket as we really didn’t have three clear historical on that diagonal below (yesterday’s touch was #3). But thus far it’s working out well – not much to do here for now.
EUR/CAD – this one I kept for the subs as well and we managed to get in a bit late but thus far it’s paying off. Can someone tell me what’s so special about the 1.376 mark? Well, if you look closely then you may make out an inverted H&S configuration. Although those are only valuable in hindsight (meaning about now) a defended neckline does often produce a jump higher. Putting my stop at break/even and am burning some incense to appease Ms. Market.
AUD/CAD – also posted this morning for the subs. The general idea here is that we were painting some sideways floor pattern. What we need to see now is what happens at the upper hourly Bollinger. If it can stick nearby and then swing it higher we may just have a runner on our hands. Again, stop at break/even – not touching it until I see how price reacts to its first hurdle. Note also the 25-day BB which lines up quite nicely.
Words To The Wise
I’m going to poke around a bit more but have doubts that I will come across much of value. Over the past six months the tape has devolved in one big circle jerk across the board. Picking your victims requires quite a bit finesse and I have recently overstayed my welcome a few times after snagging rather fortuitous entries. Definitely not the type of trending conditions we’ve enjoyed over the past few years.
The Forex side is a still bit better(and more diverse), but as you can see from the charts above even here we are seeing quite a bit of congestion. How long these conditions will prevail is anyone’s guess. My personal inkling is that we remain stuck in a holding loop until later this fall when the Fed will disclose whether or not it is ready to start hiking this year or if they’ll push it until next year. You know my thoughts on that subject already – I have grave doubts that we will see any meaningful interest rate hikes before the end of this decade. So perhaps we should start getting used to more congested tape like this. Fortunately the new strategy I’m working on (Scalpius) loves conditions like these, so although it would suck from a blogging and discretionary trading perspective it would work well for those trading bots.
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