Early or Late?

It may have been Robert Prechter Jr. that said years ago;

‘You’re either going to be early, or late’

He then went on to say his trading method usually puts him in a little early on the move.

That means there are times when the anticipated direction does not materialize.

So, your either suffering through the pain of anticipated reversal (for seconds, minutes, or days), or you’re chasing the market.

You make the call.

There really is no other choice.

Both methods involve psychological pain.

Referring back to Prechter, he also said some of the best traders he knew were former Marines. By definition, they are well trained to deal with pain.

My former mentor, the late David Weis would say after hit on a set-up, if conditions warranted, he would enter again; as he told me, he would ‘stick his chin out’ and effectively tell the market to ‘prove him wrong’.

It was an interesting choice of words for him as one can see from his training video …. he had a distinctive chin.

Trading Style:

The trading style presented on this site is a combination of Wyckoff tape reading coupled with anticipating price action.

As inferred above, that means there may (and will ) be times of draw-down while working to enter a market reversal.

That’s where we are now.

Trade Actions:

Yesterday’s upward action in basic materials forced the ‘project’ out of its short (SMN) position. That sector may attempt to make a new 52-week recovery high before it’s ready for reversal.

Analysis: Real Estate, IYR

One market that did make a new 52-week high, setting up technically for a short, is real estate:

The weekly close of IYR has been inverted (turned upside down) to show the unique technical condition.

IYR has created a large terminating wedge that’s in the process of a ‘throw-under’. At times a market will attempt to breakout of a wedge in the opposite direction of eventual reversal.

This type of breakout tends to fail. Based on the dashed line contacting a prior congestion, there’s’ potential to at least hesitate in this area.

The daily chart below provides additional nuance:

It’s clear price action has contacted two prior areas of support – resistance during ‘throw-under’.

Anything can happen but it seems that IYR’s at maximum extension.

On Friday, IYR price action closed just 0.05-points off its high for the day. That high was also a 52-week high.

We’re now in a support-resistance zone.

If IYR is to move significantly higher, it might need additional fuel (a retrace lower) to break through.

Positioning:

The action then (not advice, not a recommendation) was to short the market via DRV.

Once again, the market itself is telling us where to go for opportunity.

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Dollar Rally

Wasn’t the dollar supposed to crash … go to zero … implode?

This is the flip side of the hyperinflation narrative.

Dollar implosion like hyperinflation, not happening.

Way back in 1921, Livermore said to Wyckoff that his assessment of the markets was, ‘it’s all about deception’.

Nothing has changed.

It’s in the best interests of those controlling the narrative to have as many as possible (always) on the wrong side of the trade.

We haven’t posted this link in a while … the video keeps getting deleted but re-appears every so often. This is how it really works … Period.

Note the date stamp on the comments. The video’s at least 13-years old and it’s still relevant today.

So, the dollar’s in a rally.

Not only that, momentum indicators, MACD, on the monthly, weekly, daily, all point higher. It’s in a rally and a sustainable one.

It’s completely opposite the accepted narrative.

You can feel the tensions building.

Bonds could be reversing but have already pushed rates high enough (long enough) to choke-off critical sectors of the economy like here and here.

Now we see the dollar has bottomed as well.

It looks like a strong multi-month (or year?) rally. Correspondingly, gold is weak. The overall markets are stretched to ever-livin’ extremes; never before seen.

Whenever this baby pops, try logging on to chaos, or exit any position (except maybe for the long bond).

Our approach then (not advice, not a recommendation), is continue work on positioning short. So far, the ‘project’ is taking small hits in those attempts. We’ll see how basic materials (SMN) works out today.

Stay Tuned

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Squeezed Tight

Depending on how you look at it, it doesn’t get any better:

If a short position is going to fall apart, it won’t take much of a move.

Even though DJUSBM closed higher than yesterday, on a price action basis, the index subdivided lower; a lower high, lower low.

We’re maintaining our short position (not advice, not a recommendation).

Tomorrow’s action will likely show if that was a good move or not.

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Basic Materials

Nobody’s paying attention to this index. It may be one of the cleanest (technical) short opportunities.

Basic Materials. Sounds boring.

Sounds like fertilizer … and it is … right along with industrial chemicals.

Three largest cap in the sector are below:

Industrial gasses, Linde AG

Industrial gasses and chemicals, Air Products & Chemicals

Water purification, Ecolab

DuPont is next and then Newmont mining. So, this is a potential deflation play (Newmont) as well.

A post just out yesterday, Uneducated Economist does an excellent job destroying the inflation narrative.

Steven Van Metre has also repeated many times, we’re likely to get a deflation impulse first before inflation.

One of the most important things he’s said, the Fed is not going to correct the public’s (false narrative) perception that inflation’s the danger.

If everyone’s pointed in the wrong direction, and it serves their interests, why correct it?

Which brings us back to Basic Materials. ‘Nobody’s watching’ this index. How do we know?

Look at the inverse fund, SMN.

Russell 2000 inverse, TZA, averages 6 – 10 million shares per day. Compare that to SMN’s 2,500 shares on a good day.

Volume does pick up as price action becomes active. Some days will be 100,000 – 200,000 shares.

Looking at the technical condition, there are bearish divergences on both daily and weekly time-frames. The chart at the top shows a Wyckoff up-thrust (reversal) condition just tested yesterday.

The response is to go short via SMN (not advice, not a recommendation).

Since we’re actively managing accounts throughout the day, it’s not a problem to monitor SMN and the bid/ask of the fund when trading is light.

The ‘project’ table has been updated:

Pre-market has SPY trading down about -1.5 points or -0.40%. The expectation is for Basic Materials to follow suit.

Stay Tuned

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Biotech Technical Discussion

Yesterday’s swift move lower in IBB looks like the start of the next leg down.

Update 10:34 a.m. EST in red below:

Closer inspection however, shows biotech could pivot and move to higher levels … if only temporarily.

We’re looking at the 30-minute chart of IBB. Yesterday’s action penetrated minor support and stopped dead.

When price action behaves in that manner, it puts the index in what Wyckoff called ‘spring position’ ready to move higher.

Then we have the wide 30-minute (red) bar from the session; likely to be tested. To do that, action needs to move higher.

The target area is near a 62% retrace of the entire down move from the high on February 10th, to the low on March 5th.

Note, yesterday was a Fibonacci Day 13, from that March low.

Even though IBB’s likely to move higher, we’re leaving it alone.

If action gets to the target, we’ll be ready to short (via LABD) if there’s opportunity.

Update:

It’s not called “The Danger Point” for nothing.

Price action penetrates deep below (minor) support effectively negating the ‘spring’ scenario discussed.

We’ve now penetrated below another support level

Price action can still spring upward from here … although probabilities appear to be fading.

Either way, we’re not interested in going long at historic valuations.

Separately, our ‘project’ has maintained short real estate via DRV (not advice not a recommendation), to be covered in a later update.

Stay Tuned

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S&P, Down in Pre-Market

The last update on the SPY said this:

“The SPY shows a nascent reversal. Price could come back to test resistance (black line) or continue to decline from here.”

That’s what it did. Price came back to test.

It’s early in the pre-market and SPY is showing a slightly lower open; currently down -1.29 points, or about -0.32%.

Thrust energy on the test was low. There’s potential for continued down action from here.

Recall that last week’s price bar was a reversal. A new weekly low would help confirm there’s more (sustained) downside ahead.

The ‘project’ is already short real estate via DRV (not advice, not a recommendation). If it follows suit, downward action in IYR can be expected.

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Real Estate Reversal

If IYR’s reversing, we’ll get continued downside action.

Earlier today, low risk potential for going short IYR (not advice, not a recommendation) was presented.

At this juncture, risk for going short is approximately the distance from today’s high to the last session high … about 0.49-pts.

The past four sessions have posted lower daily highs, lower daily lows.

Today was a test of the reversal. Volume was down significantly (-63%) from the prior session.

Contracting volume on the way up shows lack of commitment. The reversal has been tested; at this juncture, there are few buyers.

From here, expectation is for lower prices; beginning with a lower open at the next session.

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Project Update

Early today, LABD was exited having hit the stop.

If there is a story for the day, it’s the long bond TLT.

Potentially a nascent reversal.

Interest rate sensitive markets, like real estate, appear positioned for reversal as well.

Inverse fund DRV above, shows penetration below support and then testing action today.

We’re at the extremes of price action. IYR and DRV do not need to go far to confirm or negate a reversal condition.

At this point (1:03 p.m. EST) our ‘project’ has no position … although DRV looks enticing and low risk (not advice, not a recommendation).

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Run The Stops

It took the entire session on Friday for price action to hit the LABD stop @ 18.96.

It’s the way it happened, that defined what happened next.

Since we don’t have access to the order book, we can only conjecture where stop orders had accumulated.

The market’s interested in transactions, not levels. Wherever there’s a preponderance of orders … that’s where it goes.

Martha Stokes, CMT, put it well when she said (paraphrasing):

‘The Market Makers don’t know you are there; they’re not interested in your tiny little stop order.

If your order does get taken out, it’s because too many small traders put their stops at the same location.

There’s an order imbalance. The market’s response is essentially automatic … take out the stops.’

While the original LABD 18.96, stop may not have been a popular location for the small (and maybe big) traders, price action throughout the day could have ‘pumped’ the stops to that location.

Case in point is the huge block trade just at the 1:00 p.m. EST, mark.

At that point, 31,500 shares went by (on the tape) at price 19.10 … which equates to over $600,000 in one transaction.

So, where are you going to put your stop for that position. Below the market, right? Maybe at 18.95 let’s say? Especially so ,when price action instantly rallies away from that entry; all the way to 19.78, intra-session.

The stop would appear to be tight but well positioned.

However, if there was a stop for that huge block and it was too close to the market (with other stops accumulating), it would act as a magnet for price action; drawing it back to that level to get the transaction (hit the stop).

Of course, it’s all conjecture and we won’t ever know for sure.

If the LABD market opens significantly higher (IBB lower) on Monday, then our assessment looks correct.

A lower or unchanged open, signals us to get out. If that happens, then IBB is likely to be heading higher.

As you may have guessed by now, the response to all this kabuki was to re-position the stopped-out order.

The table below has the summary:

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