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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GDX Reversing, As We Speak

If GDX price action continues lower, it may have completed its test forecasted three-days ago.

The gold market is a very crowded trade. At this point, one to be avoided (not advice, not a recommendation).

If GDX posts a new daily low (below 35.40), it would give extra weight, the test is complete.

At the minimum, price action has recognized the bear flag by coming back up to test and then pulling away.

That alone, should give the gold bulls some pause.

In other markets, real estate IYR, did exactly as forecast. It opened below yesterday’s close and retreated from there.

The upward test, also discussed in this morning’s update may have already happened; there’s a 38% retrace present on 30-minute or shorter time-frames.

Correspondingly, the DRV position has been increased (not advice, not a recommendation). At this point we have an absolute hard stop: Yesterday’s DRV low, @ 9.67.

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Fake Breakout

It’s possible yesterday’s real estate breakout was false.

This update includes three charts; two are on the weekly time-frame and one, is a 30-minute chart.

Yesterday, IYR barely nudged the resistance zone and attempted to hold. Late in the session, price action eroded a bit into the close.

We’re in a terminating wedge.

This type of action is counter-trend. Price bars overlap and are struggling against the main trend which remains down.

The 30-minute chart (above) has more detail.

Barely able to hold the highs, price action is at the boundary. Like yesterday’s update on XOP, we have IYR in a similar position:

At the edge of the lake.

Pre-market action is highly unusual (because of the wide spreads) in the IYR inverse funds SRS and DRV. However, that’s what we have now.

Pre-market in DRV points to a higher open (lower for IYR).

Anecdotal evidence from Jerimia Babe, shows us nobody’s home; a wide swath of vacant rea estate. It’s reasonable to say, this situation is repeated in various degrees nationwide.

We’re still short the sector (via DRV); admittedly it could have been better. Not advice, not a recommendation.

From a strategic standpoint (for the firm), it’s an initial position and so not too concerned about the draw-down.

At this point, two outcomes are possible with one more probable.

First, IYR price action may continue on higher (less probable) and if so, we’ll have to exit DRV.

Second, and based on pre-market action, IYR will open below yesterday’s highs, then a potential upward test, followed by downward action.

That may all happen today or over a number of days.

Lastly, based on news and internet scuttlebutt, no time will be wasted on destroying what’s left of the economy and remaining vestiges of the middle class.

The final nail could include a swift, unrelenting market collapse that includes seizure of IRA accounts (at minimum). A topic researched long ago with more detail in the link above.

Stay Tuned

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Real Estate Trend Test

Real estate (IYR) broke its nine-month trend; now testing the underside.

The break was on exceptionally heavy volume from January 4th through the 7th, and naturally lends itself to be tested. That’s where we are now.

Adding to the reversal premise, narrow thrust action preceding it.

When thrust distance narrows, it’s time to expect a trend change.

Up-side appears limited as IYR is contacting its trend while at the same time, approaching significant resistance in the 85 – 86 area.

Unless IYR penetrates that resistance, it’s still subdividing lower, indicating reversal in progress.

We’re still positioned short (via DRV, not advice, not a recommendation) with a bit more draw-down than desired.

The first hour of trading is likely to give a signal to stay in or step aside and wait.

Separately, in other markets, looks like GDX is going to test or start to test, underside (bear flag) resistance today.

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GDX Upward Test Possible

Last week, Senior Miners GDX, broke out of a bear flag to the downside.

There could be a little more momentum lower before reaching support in the area of 33 – 34.

After that, expect a test to the underside of the flag. This is typical market behavior.

If that happens, we’ll have familiar gold bull hysteria ‘this is it!’ All the while, GDX and gold (GLD) grinding lower.

Recall gold (and related), is a very crowded trade. Eventually, there will be a sustained bull market … probably after all have grown weary hearing the rumor of it.

Anecdotally, remembering entries from a diary during the 1932 lows (the actual source has been lost), were to the effect:

‘Everybody knew that major stocks were a once-in-a- lifetime deal, but nobody had any money‘.

That lifetime deal, or deals may come. The objective is to survive, prosper and be ready when it gets here.

With that, there’re probably much better opportunities for a directional move to the downside.

Real estate, Oil & Gas Exploration sectors come to mind.

On the real estate side, it’s unfortunate, sad, but entirely possible a significant number of those to lose their homes through foreclosure, are somehow going to be housed in now-empty, or near empty commercial (mall) areas or office buildings.

If so, that relocation process will take a significant amount of time. The value of IYR’s components (SPG, EQR, etc.) may reach some type of bottom before it’s all straightened out.

We’re already past the beginning stages of a massive life-long depression.

Getting focused on it, is difficult but best if one is to come out the other side intact; or better yet, well positioned to re-build.

Next scheduled analysis: Real Estate, IYR

Stay Tuned

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Ancient Art: Point & Figure

You don’t hear about Pont & Figure anymore. P&F looks old, stodgy and boring; but that’s exactly how one should approach the markets to be consistently profitable.

Paraphrasing Dr. Elder from ‘Come Into My Trading Room‘, he says:

‘Trading is an old man’s game; you need to have a good, long memory.’

Well, the author of these updates is certainly old … well into his sixties and with a long memory; The crash of ’87, debt wipeout of ’98, tech bubble crash of 2000, the 2008 meltdown and now, today.

Those advanced years tempers one’s desire to constantly jump in and out on the swings. Not to say that might need to be the method at the time; but like Van Metre’s approach, the big money’s in the big move.

The jobs data released yesterday basically tells us ‘The economy ain’t coming back’ … possibly ever, in our lifetimes.

We’re at an order of magnitude greater than 1929; it was thirty years before that market returned to its prior levels.

Which brings us back to real estate and IYR. The P&F chart shows us, if there’s a breakout to the downside, initial projection of the move is to support around 69 – 73.

Keep in mind that if (or as) price action passes down through the low 80’s, it then builds up another area of congestion projecting even lower. The initial breakdown would only be the start of downside potential.

With that in mind, the firm is in position (not advice, not a recommendation) using DRV as the trade vehicle. Stop level is in the vicinity of yesterday’s DRV low @ 10.38.

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Film at 11:00

The clip below is the last 20-minutes of IYR going into the close. It’s less than a minute long, so the trade action has been sped up.

There are several important parts.

First, there’s a Fibonacci retrace tool being used that has top origins off the view of the chart.

The dashed line at the top of screen is the 38.2% retrace of the entire move over the past two months.

It’s clear IYR has tested and pulled back from this area.

Next we see to the far left price action topping around 83.75. Following that line to the right, in the middle of today’s session is a small triangular wedge that’s six-candles wide (approx: 90-minutes).

As the recording starts, price action has come back to that (83.75) area. It can either bounce off to the upside or break down.

A breakdown indicates support is weak; we may have seen the end of the counter-trend move discussed in the mid-day update.

As noted, price action broke through minor support and closed below. We’ll see what happens next.

For the day, IYR tested and pulled back from the 38.2% retrace area; suggesting it’s ready to continue subdividing lower.

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Real Estate: Test & Reverse?

It’s just after 11:00 a.m. EST; typically the time markets end their counter-trend action and reverse.

Yesterday saw the firm’s exit of DRV positions in anticipation of higher action (lower in DRV). That’s what we’re getting now; except IYR is hitting and testing the underside of established resistance.

The DRV positions have been re-opened; not advice, not a recommendation.

If this test is going to hold and IYR reverses lower from here, look for price action to stall during the day or even now, just after 11:00a.m. EST.

Well traded inverse funds for IYR, are SRS (2X inverse) and DRV (3X inverse).

Recall that conditions are in place for a general market top and reversal; bonds, dollar have already reversed higher. Gold (inflation proxy) is continuing lower.

The entire setup along with the insane unemployment claims from this morning, suggest when the market heads lower, the move will stun even those who are ready on the short-side.

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Good Short, Bad Short

Seems like Tesla (TSLA) is always in the news.

Now, we have ‘the big short’, as reported by The Money GPS, doubling down on a possible even bigger short.

Is TSLA a good short opportunity or just a high visibility gamble; or maybe at this point in our history, just another psy-op?

How many minions are flagellating themselves over TSLA, anyway?

From a trading standpoint, TLSA could reverse from here. It could also gap higher into a wedge throw-over. With the weekly MACD showing no signs of erosion, probabilities are about equal.

Bad Short

Now, let’s look at another chart:

Real estate, IYR is showing classic signs it’s about ready to roll over.

Its been struggling for months at the 85-86 area and just yesterday, posted a new weekly low.

Yesterday as well, bonds reversed to the upside. Pre-market activity points to a higher open … solidifying the reversal.

On top of that, the dollar shows a higher open having (downward) tested its up-trend at the last session.

The list can go on but we see the difference.

One is a gamble (or even a psy-op manipulation of followers) and the other is a trade with high probabilities.

Good Short

The table below has current positioning (not advice, not a recommendation):

Special Update: 9:52 a.m. EST. Price action in DRV pushed to stop level and has recovered quickly.

Position is being maintained (for now) with analysis to follow.

Update: 2:21 p.m. EST. IYR looks to be headed to a 38% retrace at approx 84.25, level. All DRV positions exited. Will look to re-enter shorts at higher level, price action depending.

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Ruh, Roh: Bond Reversal

Now, it gets interesting.

Bonds sold short the most in history.

Then, today’s action is reversal with moderate volume.

On the dollar side, at first glance it looks like a terrible day.

Action was down 0.53%.

The reality is, UUP came down to test an up-trend line formed as part of its own reversal last Thursday.

Both dollar and bonds are in an upside reversal; the dollar looks slightly ahead by a few days.

Real estate (IYR) has rallied (sort-of) which may only be temporary; likely on the (false) belief lower bond yields are good for higher yielding sectors.

Not true when we still have (as Van Metre puts it), the ‘insolvency event’ yet to come; everyone going bankrupt all at the same time.

Anything can happen and the above analysis could fall apart tomorrow.

On the probability side, looks like we’ve seen the extremes in the major sectors; now ready for reversal pivots.

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