Dr. Seuss’ Worst Nightmare

I’m not one to brag but when it comes to enduring extended periods of crappy tape the market Mole has grown to be rather resilient over the years. But the spasmodic gyrations we had to endure of the past six months or so has put things on whole new level. I think the last time I saw random swings even remotely resembling this mess was in 2010 and that was not a happy trading year for many. Even when I back test various strategies that year is usually one that ends up on the flat or negative side.

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I’ve watched several of you guys trying to make sense of this woodchipper and I implore you to just let it go. There is simply too much noise and confusion out there –  it’s our inherent human nature which insists on attempting to see patterns where there are none. If you draw enough lines and squiggly things you will convince yourself that you’ll see a distinct formation. I happen to be long since ES 2113 which I grabbed on a dip lower this morning – my stop still stands below 2007. But frankly I don’t really care – as I said a week or two ago: the less credence/time I give this POS tape the better I’ll be for it.

2015-06-03_gold_update

And equity futures aren’t the only culprits – just look at what gold has put us through. Not even CrazyIvan is liking this and it eats spasmodic gyrations for breakfast. You have been warned – just stay away for now.

2015-06-03_GBPUSD_update

Cable update – still in this one but I have moved my stop up to the recent spike low. I do like the general concept here and I’m going to hold it. But either this one gets out of the gate now or not.

2015-06-03_AUDJPY_setup

We’ve seen quite a bit of movement on the Forex side however. AUD/JPY at an inflection point – either it’ll start correcting here or it’ll swing that upper BB to the upside. I’m currently long with a stop near 96.55 – below that I’ll flip for a short. 1/2R sizes only – way too much volatility out there right now.


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The Big Furball

Equities have clearly been one big nasty furball over the past few weeks. You remember me writing about this weeks ago already and with the exception of one quick fake out higher we have reversed back into sideways shake out territory. Tough going here but to me it seems like we are either witnessing massive accumulation or distribution over the past few weeks. I’ve touched on that about a month ago and the fact that conditions have remained since then tells me that whatever comes next is going to be significant.

2015-06-02_spoos_briefing

Which means my modus operandi has been one of taking calculated risks near potential inflection points. On the E-Mini we are sloping lower slowly but seem to be jumping higher occasionally to shake out as many participants as possible. And that means I cannot enter here – neither long nor short. Well perhaps long if we were near the recent spike low. But I’ve got a much better entry and I’m posting it for the subs below.

2015-06-02_gold_briefing

Gold is very juicy here – I’m grabbing a long with a stop below the NLSL which also happens to be near that diagonal I drew. Clearly a short position below this is a possibility but tough going – those daily NLSLs  (right panel) won’t give way easily.

2015-06-02_GBPCAD_briefing

GBP/CAD – very nice context developing but so far no resolution. I’m long here with a top below 1.898.

2015-06-02_soybeans_update

Soybeans update – nice entry yesterday and I came very close to being stopped out. Moving my stop up to break/even now. If it wants to get going then now is probably the time.

2015-06-02_Natgas_update

I also grabbed natgas yesterday – so far so good but I’m leaving my stop in place as we haven’t moved anywhere yet. But the longer we remain those ST NLBLs the higher the chance for a stab higher. Volatility should set in here in the near future.

2015-06-02_AUDCHF_update

AUD/CHF is also still nibbling on it. Keeping my stop where I left it.


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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.

2015-04-27_spoos_update

The E-Mini continues to accumulate short term context but I would still not rule out another retest of the previous upper diagonal (~ES 2106). However, that said – this break out thus far has no meat in it and it’s do or die time here. The NQ is the most bullish index right now with the Dow also lagging behind.

2015-04-27_USDCHF_briefing

The USD/CHF keeps teasing us and after a little fake out spike higher we’re back near previous lows where we’ve accumulated a stack of daily NLSL. So my mission is clear – long near 0.952 with a stop below 0.9493. Below that I’m going to be short with a stop above today’s 0.952.

More short term setups are waiting below the fold – please grab your secret decoder ring and meet me in the lair:


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You have been briefed – now have fun but keep it frosty. See you guys later this afternoon.

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