One of Dr. Elder’s admonitions was: ‘Run fast or not at all’ when confronted with retracing price action.
The trade plan from months ago, concerning the biotech short (not advice not a recommendation), was that potential for collapse was so great, the trade was going to be maintained (and increased) until it either worked out for profit or the price action was so obvious that ‘now, was not the time’.
If there ever was a time in the past five-weeks for SPBIO bulls to take back control, this is it.
However, to prove they’ve got the upper hand, inverse fund LABD would have to make a new weekly low … at least.
That (low) has yet to happen.
The inverse LABD tape is a sea of red and purple; at the bid, below the bid, mass selling … having the look of capitulation by the bears.
It’s possible we’ll know more over the next few days.
At this juncture, LABD price action is testing a support-boundary area while also testing the right side weekly trend line.
With atmosphere just 1% of Earth …. that’s one-percent; somehow we get clouds forming that have a strangely familiar ‘metallic sheen’ to them just like you see after a high level ‘spraying’ right here on Earth.
If the markets are in the process of reversing, ultimately going to the long awaited (since 2009), final draw-down (i.e. crash), then a likely bottom would occur where they (almost) always occur; during the third week of October.
In a nutshell, that’s the time frame.
Conversely, price action is the final arbiter. If biotech winds up effectively saying ‘not now’, well then, it has the final say.
Back to ‘Entries & Exits’.
One of the traders highlighted in the book (in addition to Weis), was William Doane; former Head Technician for Fidelity.
His timeframe is much longer than the typical market participant. He, like Weis are looking at monthly, quarterly and yearly charts.
That fact in and of itself, provides an edge.
One of the main take-aways from his section was (paraphrasing):
‘The first correction is the hardest. If you can get through that, it’s typically smooth sailing from then on’.
The biotech short via LABD (not advice, not a recommendation) may be at that point now. Painful to watch but necessary.
Next, we go to ‘Reminiscences’.
Those who have read the book, know all about ‘Turkey’; Mr. Partridge.
As the book states, he was much older than the rest who frequented the brokerage. Also, he did not appear to be that active in the markets (thus minimizing his transactions). He was interested in the big move.
The admonition from Partridge, was: ‘Don’t lose your position’. Don’t exit out, expecting a pull-back … that ultimately never comes.
So, we have two examples; three if you include Weis that begin from the very long time-frames and work inward.
Now, on to the market:
The long term, Quarterly analysis has already been done; linked here.
The chart in the link, is from last quarter and since then, (during this quarter), we’ve made new lows.
On the fundamental side, evidence is building by the day on what the ‘speck’ protection is all about.
“Such a shallow retrace is rare. More typical is at least a 38.2%, level being tested before price reverses and heads lower. “
Back in the days of my engineering work (see About), when making a statement or conclusion, other engineers (or science professionals) would immediately expect some kind of proof or supporting documentation.
It’s just the way their brains worked; it’s somewhat an implied (unspoken) requirement of the industry and a good thing as well.
A good engineering team (along with technicians) functioned more like a select military unit than a civilian office.
Very heady stuff; especially if you’re on a major project like aircraft flight test and certification.
So, after observing and working thirty-plus years of price action, the empirical observation of 38.2%, retrace being more common than 23.6%, had become my own mental note. Filed away with the other mental notes of price action.
That note’s easily supported … even on the fly as we’ll see below.
We have three charts of equities in the silver/gold mining sector that are currently all in a retrace.
Two of those went straight to 38.2%, while one of them hit 23.6%, first and then went on to 38.2%.
Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM) retraces to 38.2% and stalls.
Seabridge Gold (SA) retraces to 38.2% and stalls.
Wheaton Precious Metals (WPM) retraces first to 23.6%, and then moves on to 38.2% … and stalls.
Reading price action is partially an art-form and partially a science. The one thing that can’t (ever) be leap-frogged is experience.
Dr. Elder said it himself when he said ‘trading is an old man’s game’.
If you don’t have (but want) the experience, it’s best to get started now. Start racking up the hours … days … weeks and years.
Steven Van Meter in this update (time stamp 1:39) shows the Rydex Bull/Bear ratio (courtesy of northmantrader.com). That indicator, along with what seems like everything else, is at a never before extreme.