Chart Book

“To only praise your success and fail to learn from your mistakes , separates the educated amateur from the professional.” – Bruce Lee
Here is a short selection of some of the charts that we will be going through today…
Look at the last 6 days in DXY; indeed, much to do about nothing. The jury is still out:
The sideways chop and market looking for direction is even clearer if you look at EURUSD on both the Daily and Week and see how it is hovering around a key pivotal level:
Focus is going to be on Apple at the open. It held the 156.50s and has broken to new highs. As long as we can’t get back below the 165 mark it is hard to see how the market is going to really roll-over:
Eyes on Crude. Still stuck around the key 55 pivotal level and what looked like a decent chance for a reversal is currently having trouble thanks to the continuing Venezuela drama:
Facebook needs to hold above the 175.50s or things could get a bit ugly:
RUT still doing the best job at resisting the endless ramps:
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More Cracks

“If you are a successful game player, it can be a fascinating, consuming, totally absorbing experience; in fact it has to be. If it is not totally absorbing, you are not likely to be among the most successful because you are competing with those who do find it so absorbing.” – George Goodman (aka Adam Smith), “The Money Game”
As we have been discussing on the Twitter Feed with a lot of accompanying charts, this is far from a strong/healthy phase of this rally. Naturally price can continue to go parabolic but essentially, just a handful of stocks (the broader FANGs) are holding the market up.
Breadth is far from impressive and we have negative monthly closes shaping up in various sectors: Transports, Retail, Health Care, Real Estate. Furthermore, apart from the fact that SPX and DJI have been far from being as perky as NDX, the RUT has really not been impressed with this recent FANG+ ramp.

We still have to get through a lot of headline risk this week with CBs and US data dump on Friday but don’t forget we also have more more earnings, along with Apple… should be very interesting. We’ll just have to be patient and see what shapes up…
In case you missed it, here is our Latest Outlook Video for the week ahead.
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Music Still Playing

“We are at a wonderful ball where the champagne sparkles in every glass and soft laughter falls upon the summer air. We know at some moment the black horsemen will come shattering through the terrace doors wreaking vengeance and scattering the survivors,” he continued. “Those who leave early are saved, but the ball is so splendid no one wants to leave while there is still time. So everybody keeps asking — what time is it? But none of the clocks have hands.” – George Goodman (aka Adam Smith), “The Money Game”
Here are two charts not a lot of people are discussing but that we feel you should be keeping an eye on:

In case you missed it, here is our Latest Outlook Video for the week ahead.
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P.S. Shout-out to Macro Man, a great blog we have been following since the start, who reminder us of the beautiful passage out of “The Money Game” for today’s TOTD.

Waiting for the Weekend

“I don’t think trading strategies are as vulnerable to not working if people know about them, as most traders believe. If what you are doing is right, it will work even if people have a general idea about it. I always say you could publish rules in a newspaper and no one would follow them. The key is consistency and discipline.” – Richard Dennis
As discussed in our latest weekly outlook video the short-term focus is on potential event risk this weekend with developments in North Korea and with Hurricane Irma. Remember that risk happens fast; it doesn’t matter until it does but at that point, the train has usually already left the station. SPX can be your guide but we would also be keeping a close eye on the RUT and action around that 50DMA.

With the BOC out today, USDCAD will clearly be on our radar. After this 10%+ correction, it will be interesting to see if we see any kind of profit taking pre/post the rate statement. Positioning is very short and the moves could be very aggressive either way with action around the 1.25 mark being pivotal.
As discussed, until we get a sustained move into and through the 18/20 area on the VIX we suspect that it’ll be business as usual.
And don’t forget to keep an eye on ZBs, things could get very sporty here too…

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Still Waiting for Jackson Hole

“The gap between what you say and what you do, between what you promise and what you deliver, is like a drain in the road. The drain is where water escapes, just as your power will seep away if there is a difference between your words and your actions. Ask yourself everyday, were your thoughts, words and actions aligned? Ask someone else what they saw in you too. Feedback is the food of all positive change.” – bkwsu.org
As we discussed in our latest weekly outlook video, we’ll just have to be patient as we wait for Draghi and Yellen out of Jackson Hole on Friday. We’ll be paying attention to see if Yellen can muster up some courage and show a hawkish side instead of reverting back to her dovish nature and if Draghi will act on the continuing improving picture in europe and disappoint the status quo.
Here are some overview screens for equities, GBP and risk on/off monitor:
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Patience is a Virtue

“Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked than it is loved by the good.” – Buddha
As we wait for some kind of a healthy correction in the equities markets, ‘patience is a virtue’ comes to mind. However, seasoned traders will know that despite this being true, it is far more important to get your sizing right than to be patient. You will not be able to give yourself the luxury of patience and waiting if you get too big.
Back to the charts. What are we focused on? Techs and Small Caps; not looking to perky whilst the Dow is still enjoying experimenting with levitation into the ‘Trump 22,000 Level’ or should we say ‘22,000 Top’? Maybe just wishful thinking on our part but you have to admit that it would be pretty poetic…
You really have to be paying attention to not only the way the RUT has been trading but especially to the intraday price action on all of the big tech names… it’s a big tell on the state, strength and conviction of these recent low vol ramps we have been seeing. Ignore this at your own peril. Furthermore, as we have been discussing repeatedly, we also believe it would be a mistake not to keep an eye on recent action in the Dax, Transports, Financials and so on… a lot of cracks in the system.
As a general reminder, we are not looking for a crash. We are not looking for the next secular bear market. We are not looking for the end of the work. We are just humble students of the markets and price action trying to highlight what we are seeing and were the risk are going forwards. Clearly, the ramps can continue but the ‘risk’ in terms of ‘velocity and magnitude of moves’ are clearly to the downside. We’ll try to expand on this in the next weekly outlook video.
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Waiting for NFP

“It is better to be late, and catch the right worm, than catching the snake’s tail.” – Benjamin Lee
Highlighted in our latest weekly outlook video, the real action is probably waiting for us towards the back end of the week. As discussed, context is key and markets have a tendency to press the pain trade as far as possible, especially in low liquidity o/n times and  as market participants wait for high risk events to hit the wires.
Experienced traders understand that markets tend to behave in a healthy manner the majority of the time but this does not mean that they do so all the time. Even if this latest comment may seem trivial, it is very hard to build a long-term career as a traders unless one really understands this and adapts accordingly. We’ll keep the rants for the Daily Webinar 😉
Nothing much to add from what we discussed, so we will just leave you with a selection from our chart book:
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Game Time

“You should never be in a position where the outcome of one single trade could change your life; neither for the good, nor for the bad. Once you really internalize this – and it’s a lot harder to do than it may seem on the surface of things – then you are ready to start working on consistency and longevity in a professional manner.”
As we discussed in the Weekly Outlook Video, the main focus this week was getting to this ‘mega’ Thursday. naturally, with these kinds of events, there is always the risk of the day ending up to be a disappointment in terms of actual moves but it does look like we should get some action.
Just as a reminder: UK Elections, ECB Rate/Presser and Comey testifies. Here are some of the charts and levels we’ll be focusing on.
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Focus

It would not be natural to not have to deal with all kinds of emotions but it is essential to understand that a low, focused and consistent level of intensity is key. The vast majority of people that become proficient have learned the importance of keeping a level-head and tend to reflect this kind of attitude. The calmer you are, the more focused you can keep yourself and the more effective you will be at executing.
We are starting to see some of the moves we have been looking for accelerate: Gold Up, USDJPY Down, Bonds Up, Crude Down… the key piece of the puzzle is if Equities can follow.
As we discussed in the Weekly Outlook Video, Thursday is the day to keep an eye out on and especially, everything that revolves around the Comey testimonies.
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