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By The Seat Of Your Pants

By The Seat Of Your Pants

by The MoleSeptember 17, 2013

There comes a time when you look at a market and you although you cannot really put a finger on it you know that something’s wrong. Now, I’m the first one to caution everyone to keep emotions out of the game.

However, at the same time I do encourage my rats to listen to their intuitions. There is a difference you know – one is driven by what you (think you) KNOW – the other is driven by what you (subconsciously) SENSE. The latter is why fledgling traders often start winning big – the former is why they usually get wiped out within the first year. Most folks also have a strong tendency to suppress subconscious input at their very detriment. And it’s exactly when people think they know what they’re doing (or are smarter than everyone else) when Ms. Market smacks them over the head with a shovel.

And I’m not saying that because I’m losing – as a matter of fact we’ve done a pretty good job evaluating the tape at every inflection point and we picked the right direction every single time (go back and check my posts). My target area is near ES 1720 and if we close above the weekly NLBL on Friday then that’s pretty much baked in.

The SPX point and figure chart is about to breach an old high and that’s going to propel the already insane PO even higher. But – I’m not liking it – it feels like we’re flying by the seat of our pants here. Unfortunately I don’t have much to back this up technically – JNK/TLT is pointing up and so are many of my other market measures.

Here’s the CPCE – boy, it’s been a while since I’ve seen so little puts vs. calls. Strangely that last drop lower happened during the recent correction. Usually a touch of 0.5 or below is good for a correction but they have become much more shallow in recent years.

LQD also limping behind – but heck, what do bond traders know, right? πŸ˜‰

The Zero indicator has been scraping by on the hourly panel (left panel) – I was about to ring the alarm yesterday but today the signal popped back above the mark. I’ve seen that happen before and it can keep bubbling higher on minimal participation for weeks. What we need to see is a blow off top with a clearly divergent signal.

Bottom Line – I’m still long relying on my P&F chart but I don’t like it. Meaning I’m holding small and am focusing on other markets. I don’t have to trade equities after all – much fun to be had elsewhere. Truth be told – some of my best trades have happened in tape that I hated. Perhaps that’s what we’ll get this time around as well.

Before we get to the setups a quick update on the NZD/JPY: Double IP entry today and we’re off to the races. Now this is what you do: NOTHING! Get it? Let ‘er ride. I think this one could turn into a runner.


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About The Author
The Mole
Mole created Evil Speculator amidst the chaos of the financial crisis in early August of 2008. His vision for Evil Speculator is a refuge of reason, hands-on trading knowledge, and inspiration for traders of all ages and stripes. You can follow him and his nefarious schemes at the usual social media waterholes.
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