DUG Moving Higher, Fast

Inverse Oil & Gas, DUG is trending higher at +3,400%, annualized.

As long as the trend holds, DUG is an excellent play (not advice, not a recommendation) to the short-side.

The last report on DUG had the trend at approximately +2,200%. Additional price action has adjusted that number higher as shown.

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Pre-Market: XOP Down

If Oil & Gas XOP is trading down, inverse DUG will open higher.

Already in the green on DUG (not advice, not a recommendation), a new daily high would allow the stop to be moved; assuring at least 5%, gain on the position.

The magenta arrows have possible action and resulting stop movement.

If DUG posts a new daily high above 23.86, and closes higher for the day, the stop will be moved as shown (22.71).

From that point, stop movement will be discretionary as/if DUG moves higher.

We’re looking for either signs of a new more aggressive uptrend, or confirmation of the “2,200%” trend on the chart.

Expect resistance to show up in the 28.00 area.

Stay Tuned

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Fuel & Trucking Disruption

That’s what can be expected from the Moving Forward Act.

Before we get started with any chart analysis, it’s important to note in the link above, submittal date for the bill was June 11, 2020; a full six months before ‘inauguration’.

Like the CARES Act (Speck relief bill) was submitted nine months before there was an outbreak in the far east, (the ‘relief’ bill was in the works for years), the Moving Forward Act was already making its way through committee long before the change in administration.

Just a short digression on CARES. Accessing the link above, one finds the original submittal date (January 2019, nine months before the outbreak) is nowhere to be found. History being scrubbed and re-written in real time.

Systematic destruction of the nation’s infrastructure is the plan; but the real target remains the food supply.

How does this knowledge help with Oil & Gas Sector analysis?

Supply disruptions could cause fuel prices (USO as proxy) to go higher while at the same time, drillers and producers go lower (XOP as proxy).

XOP chart analysis identified a potential set-up in this report.

That has proved correct thus far. Knowledge of the overall plan (supply disruption/destruction) lets us know the sector most likely is not coming back … not anytime soon.

Shorting XOP via DUG (not advice, not a recommendation) by repeatedly entering and exiting as required, could be a go-forward plan for months or years to come.

Looking at inverse fund DUG, the entry is shown. Price action retreated (testing) for two trading days before continuing on with its reversal.

It’s early in the move but there’s a potential trend line.

For inverse funds, trends in the hundreds or thousands of percent (annualized) are not unusual.

If the trend is maintained, a 100% gain on the position would occur right about the middle of April.

Stay Tuned

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The Plan

The image below may be the best descriptor of the (economic) plan going forward. Full (forced) compliance won’t be achieved until every vestige of small-business (Mom & Pop) is destroyed.

On the bright side, at least we know what’s coming.

The near instant, within hours fracking about face, could be used as the economic model; destroy everything and do it quickly.

Self employment (S-Corp of one) may or may not be the ultimate answer. One thing it might do, is offer more time for maneuvering. That’s critical when ‘speck’ injectors show up at large firms and force everyone into line.

With that in mind, two sectors have been the focus as opportunities for short positions.

Oil & Gas, XOP and real estate, IYR.

There are others like gold with GDX down again in the pre-market … thus confirming a bearish trend.

It could wind up that shorting GDX was the best option.

However, since there’s such rabid indoctrination into the hyper-inflation theme, it could be a bumpy road to the bottom … the exact worst thing for an inverse ETF.

Those trading vehicles prefer straight down action. Otherwise, they erode (value) quickly.

Analysis of the Oil & Gas sector was covered just recently, right along with identifying a reversal. XOP is down again in the pre-market with DUG up.

The short position in DUG is being maintained (not advice, not a recommendation) with chart analysis to come over the weekend.

Real estate, IYR shows a lower open as well.

Going short this one (via DRV) has been more time consuming. As IYR heads lower after an apparent false breakout (Wyckoff up-thrust), increasing the line (position size) is the objective; not advice, not a recommendation.

Depending on today’s price action, chart analysis on IYR and DRV will be forthcoming.

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Edge of The Lake

The late David Weis, instructed his students during a 2007, trader’s camp sponsored by Dr. Elder, that ‘trades are found at the edge of the lake’.

Most of the training session was recorded and reproduced on DVD. That video is still available, linked here and is a wealth of knowledge.

Within the video, Weis analyzes what he calls ‘The Apache Spring’.

No, it’s not a history lesson of Chato’s raids in New Mexico Territory during the spring of 1882; it’s an analysis of Apache Oil, ticker APA.

That analysis alone, should be enough to convince any rational person, price action has absolutely nothing to do with any fundamentals.

Wyckoff repeated this assessment in his autobiography; ‘prices have an energy of their own.’

Prices are manipulated. They always have been; but it’s not important to know who’s doing the manipulating.

What’s important, is to discern (within probability) the objective of the manipulation.

Which brings us to Oil & Gas, XOP.

We’re at the edge of the lake.

Up-volume is declining and momentum (MACD) has bearishly diverged. If there’s to be a sustained reversal, this location is high probability.

Price action in XOP, is attempting to close the reversal gap. This morning’s pre-market shows it might do that in today’s session.

We’re already short the sector via DUG (not advice, not a recommendation) and watching carefully for gap closure with subsequent continuation of the nascent reversal.

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The Day After: XOP Reversal

Last Thursday, the day the XOP report was posted, it topped.

The day after, Friday, it reversed.

XOP opened gap-lower and inverse fund DUG opened gap-higher.

Sometimes, it’s that simple. Went short the the sector (not advice, not a recommendation) at DUG 21.5899

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Removing The Risk: Oil & Gas

The dollar and bonds have reversed.

Yesterday, oil futures posted a downward reversal bar. This morning’s (pre-market) session is lower again by about 1.00%.

Longer term perspective (above), Oil & Gas Sector, XOP is at resistance.

Shorter term, the daily (below) posted a measured move off the wedge formation.

There’s not ever ‘no risk’ in the markets … but there is ‘low risk’.

That’s where we are now with XOP. Risk is low the up-trend will continue unabated.

To get past long-term resistance, (if it’s going to do so), XOP may have to come back and retrace for fuel.

With unemployment claims just out at 965,000 does anyone really think the economy’s going to bounce back?

Back in the day during a real (not contrived) recession, it was bad when unemployment claims hit around 385,000. Those were the days.

One of the Inverse funds for XOP that’s fairly liquid (not advice, not a recommendation) is DUG.

Stay Tuned

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Dollar Reversal

If the dollar (UUP) keeps going, its trend-line’s rising at a stiff 65%, annualized.

Sectors like Oil & Gas, which have essentially been a ‘dollar-short’ theme are at risk of significant reversal.

That’s in addition to anecdotal data from Van Metre’s updates, the oil patch is awash with inventory.

XOP is a good proxy for the long side and DUG for going short (not advice, not a recommendation).

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Failed Moves

There’s nothing more dramatic and profitable than a failed move.

The controlling party, bulls or bears push the market in their direction; only to find out, there’re out of fuel.

The opposing side has been gathering forces to mount an offensive.

Perhaps the most famous ‘gathering of forces’ was the failure of Long Term Capital Management.

If memory serves correctly, it was Goldman Sachs that found out LTCM was over leveraged and overextended.

They used that data for their benefit.

That’s not to say the failed move in the Oil & Gas Exploration (XOP) market is anywhere near the LTCM level.  Just saying, markets are fractal and failed moves occur on all time frames.

The daily chart of XOP shows the failed attempt to break above resistance. 

Price action was swift in the early session; then stalled at mid-day and retreated quickly into the close.

That retreat brought price below resistance … indicating significant weakness.

The short position in biotech (via BIS) was profitable but it did not have the potential for swift action like shorting XOP.

Since the firm follows the tenets of Gerald M. Loeb (late Vice Chairman of E.F. Hutton), we do not diversify.

Trades are focused on specific price action; therefore, tend to be concentrated only in one or two markets at any time.

We know from a fundamental standpoint, there’s no (or very little) demand for oil and the by-products.  Steven Van Metre has contacts in the field that are feeding him information on what’s really going on.

While some of the minions that watch his updates complain about the colors of his moving averages, we’re more interested in the anecdotal data such as ‘oil inventories are piling up’.

Even better was the comment (a few weeks back) that EIA data is not telling the whole story.  There’s even more oil than what’s in the report.

That’s our backdrop for shorting the XOP by using DUG.  Not advice, not a recommendation.

Recall that DUG, with regards to the firm’s broker, has stated “not marginable” indicating especially high volatility.

Open positions are below:

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