Let’s Not Overthink This

Yes, in case you are wondering, we are seeing clear signs of distribution or accumulation. Which one exactly it is – well, we can’t be sure and my crystal ball is still in the shop. However that said, I don’t see anything disturbing on the momo front – at least not yet. So as usual I’ll have to go with price:

2015-04-09_spoos_update

Since we took this snapshot we’ve dipped down a little again and if you’re looking to grab long positions you may get a better entry near the 25-hour which currently sits near 2075.  On the short side it seems that the 100-hour should be our best guide at this point – it’s been tested and the 25-hour is also near. Anything between the 100-hour and 25 hour SMAs is limbo territory – feel free to grab positions but probably it’s best to use the extremes for inverse entries.

A drop below the 100-hour could drag us a bit lower but it doesn’t get serious until we breach the 100-day at 2057.5. I think from there the bears may have a real shot at dragging this beast lower. I’m sure all that sonds a bit confusing and frankly I can’t offer the perfect entry here either.

2015-04-09_spoos_daily_setup

Or can I? Of course you may simply play the daily setup which is a hammer (thus far) – be long above it and short below it. And in between you can play the swings at your heart’s content ;-)

2015-04-09_GBPCAD_update

GBP/CAD – taken to the woodshed, water boarded, and then disposed of – another great entry bites the dust. Bummer really but it was always experimental as the trend obviously remains to the downside.

2015-04-09_USDJPY_update

USD/JPY – here we are in much much better shape. I’m advancing my stop as indicated and am prepared to hold this sucker through a possible short squeeze. This in fact has been my approach in the past few years – get a seat early (i.e. via the hourly) in promising daily formations. This in fact is how I got into the NQ early as well.

A few setups below the fold for my ever intrepid subs:


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Monday Morning Briefing

Welcome to our morning briefing. Here we are reviewing short term setups ahead of the NYSE opening bell. If you are a scalper or swing trader then these setups may be of interest to you. As usual keep in mind that these are short term setups although they could be used as early entries for more longer term positions.

2015-04-06_spoos_briefing

Boy, we have a ton of excellent ST setups waiting in the bullpen this morning – so let’s dive right in. The context on the spoos is fairly juicy here – observe the bounce off the lower 100-hour BB on Sunday night and as of now the tape is busy drawing in participants before a big move.

2015-04-06_NQ_briefing

However I wouldn’t trade the S&P futures this morning, instead I’m looking at being long the NQ above the NLBL near 4280 and short below the (already expired) NLSL at 4266.25.

2015-04-06_YM_briefing

Alternatively or in combination the YM also has good ST context – trigger and stop levels are 17560 and 17511.

2015-04-06_EURUSD_briefing

The EUR/USD looks like it wants to pop higher and I’m planning a trip to the ATM right after finishing this post. Long here already with a stop below 1.0983. I hate this trade but have got to take it ;-)

Alright – we’re all warmed up now? Plenty more waiting below the fold:


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So did I promise too much? GREAT setups today? It’s good to be back, especially when the tape throws such juicy setups at us. See you guys later this afternoon.

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The Last Bear Standing Is A Bull

The annoying thing about late stage bull markets and in particular the formation of long term tops is that they take forever to play out. Navigating increasingly volatile swings accompanying the final throws of a dying bull cycle takes considerable amounts of patience, discipline, as well as skill. Like Bob The Horse reminded us the other day: Bear markets go out in a bang and bull markets go out in a whimper.

Now the dirty little secret about early stage bear markets is that the last bear standing is usually a bull. Yes, you read that right. Traditionally it’s not weak handed bears who take down a bull market, it’s simply a lack of buyers. Guess what – all those snarling bears who were printing some mighty coin in 2008 are long gone, wiped out during their persistent attempts to call a top when there was nothing but green candles ahead. I myself have seen their (virtual) faces disappear right here – one by one they simply vanished. The few who survived the ravages of one of the most significant bull markets in history relented and changed their approach just in time before their accounts had melted away like late winter snow in the glows of a spring sun.

Arguably this has been one of the most hated stock market advances in history, rife with controversy, bail outs, and market manipulations. But let me assure you that in retrospect – many years from now – you all will miss it. Because it was just too sweet and too easy while it lasted. Your children and grandchildren will look at those monthly charts and ask you how in the world you managed to fail banking a fortune in five years of such bull market extravaganza.

And I’m not talking about fairness – you all know how I feel about QE and Fed/ECB interventions. But from a trading perspective – boy – it was pure manna from heaven and it won’t ever come back – not in our lifetime at least. What awaits ahead won’t be as directional and it won’t be as easy. If you thought trading was difficult in the past five years then you ain’t seen nothing yet.

2015-01-29_spoos_briefing

Now as you may recall I managed to squeeze in an ES short at 2040 yesterday morning and I consider myself extremely lucky as it went straight down from there. Now we’re basically hanging by a thread here and I’m not going to claim that we won’t see yet another FU rip higher, killing a boat load of shorts in the process. But that’s part of our existence as traders – not knowing. You don’t have a crystal ball and you basically just have to pick your battles as they present themselves. The war never ends and the goal is to simply keep winning more than you are losing. Choosing to be a trader is a bit like being born into European royalty in the medieval ages – there’s always a war on and participation is mandatory. And if you win enough you get to pillage ;-)

Anyway, if you take out shorts here then put your stop above ES 2040. Yes, it’s a huge range but that doesn’t matter – if this thing really breaks you’ll need that range anyway not to get shaken out. And if it bounces here and breaches 2040 then the bears are dead in the water (again) and we are painting new highs. Alea iacta est.

2015-01-29_EURUSD_briefign

EURUSD – I’m long here and I hate it. Stop below 1.1251, very much hope it’ll get touched but as you know I’m a lowly expat who earns in Dollars.

2015-01-29_DX_briefing

The Dollar index however is looking pretty solid here and I’m long with a  stop below 94.6.

More short term goodies below the fold…


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