I’m not really a scalper. Our swing/directional calls have been pretty successful and are a lot less stressful and time consuming. But, we’ve had day after frustrating day of watching breakouts and breakdowns fizzle before they could even get started, leaving us with subpar performance for August (+5.4% versus our average of +12.2%.)
Today marked the 21st day in a row where we traded within 5 points of the fan lines from 2007. Complaining hasn’t seemed to help, so I decided to scalp this schizophrenic market and try to pick up a few points per day — at least until the Central Planning Sweepstakes winners are announced and things return to normal (hopefully by the 13th.)
It’s good for an old dog like me to get the blood flowing by getting reacquainted with some old tricks. But, buy and hold types might prefer to brush up on their golf game. We’ve averaged 12 trades/month since the new site opened in March. In the past two days alone we’ve traded 9 times. Thankfully, it’s been volatile enough to pick up 2.3% in the process.
ORIGINAL POST: 9:30 AM
Emini’s are taking on a descending triangle look, and approaching the .618 time point where there should be either a breakout or breakdown.
UPDATE: 9:50 AM
UPDATE: 10:00 AM
UPDATE: 10:10 AM
So far, we’ve retraced .786 of the BC leg. The upper bound is roughly at 1408.50 — which also happens to be the upper Fan Line from 2007.
More in a few.
UPDATE: 10:20 AM
The 5-min RSI has provided a nice road map this morning. Just broke out of its little corrective channel — but that rising purple line is one of our major channel lines. Make or break time for this little rally.
UPDATE: 10:30 AM
UPDATE: 10:45 AM
Channel broke down, but RSI picture isn’t so clear. Will stay in cash for now.
UPDATE: 10:50 AM
5 min RSI broke back through support. Will we get a tag on the lower RSI channel line again? It’s the same line for the 15 min, too. The lower Fan Line is just below at 1404.80.
If that doesn’t hold, there’s also a TL at 1403 (white) that might correlate with the RSI channel lower bound. If that doesn’t hold, there’s always a yellow channel line at 1399 and the descending triangle lower bound at 1396.50.
It just now occurs to me that the frequency with which SPX traverses between the upper and lower fan lines (currently at 1408.42 and 1404.80) has provided some tasty trade opportunities. In the past 20 days, it’s ventured into the gap 30 times, 22 of which traveled to the other side and 8 of which failed.
Given the 4 point gap and using reasonable stops, that would have translated into a nice little trading system: 22 x 4 = 88, 8 x -2 = -16, net = 72 pts. Probably not useful going forward, as we should break out of this tight range once the Central Bank Sweepstakes winners are announced. But, for now, the an lines are definitely exerting a lot of influence.
UPDATE: 11:15 AM
Speak of the devil. Just had a little reversal at the lower fan line. I’ll play the odds and go long if we break above 1404.80 — stop at 1402.80.
Changed my mind — don’t like the RSI pattern. Will wait for a better setup. Looks like more downside to me.
UPDATE: 11:40 AM
So much for ignoring the trend! RSI broke up through its FL and SPX appears headed for the 1408.40 side of the gap (also the triangle upper bound.) As before, if it breaks convincingly through 1409.55, I’ll consider it a breakout of the triangle and tag along on the upside. If not, happy here in cash after making lunch money for the day — or might take another run at a reversal.
UPDATE: 1:30 PM
SPX approaching that white TL (1405-ish) again. If it breaks through, should be a good short. Chart in a minute.
UPDATE: 1:55 PM
UPDATE: 2:35 PM
I’ll give it another point or so to see if it’s stopped by the TL back test.
UPDATE: 3:44 PM