Sunday, July 21, 2024

Light Volume Equals A Boring Market…

With only 132 million shares traded on the SPY, the market basically went nowhere.  Nothing has changed since the March low from 2009, as light volume still rules the market.  Ever since the cap was removed for the PPT, they have easily been able to keep the market flat to up on every light volume day the market has.  Of course the market has always been controlled to some degree, but when you now have an unlimited supply of free money, the control they have now is the highest it's ever been.

As much as I'd like to see a nice sell off, it's not coming until the big institutions decide to sell... it's really that simple.  The technicals didn't really change much today, as we are still over bought short term, but we can still go higher medium term.  However, I'm still looking for a small pull back later this week, but I'm not expecting too much.

Don't take this wrong, as I'm not bullish by any means... but I'm not bearish right now either.  The market is being propped up, and I'm not going to fight it... as I'll lose.  Here's an interesting video by my favorite president (I wish)...

For this week, it will be important for the master resistance at 112.00-112.50 to hold the bulls back.  If successful, then a pullback could start as early as Friday.  What I'm looking for, is for the adx line to bottom out, and start to re-cycle back up, with the negative di line leading the way.

Now if the 112.00-112.50 level fails to hold back the bulls, then we should see a move to 115.00 area for a double top next week.  I know that's not what you're looking to hear, but we are in a sideways market right now, that could break either way.  I'm going to remain neutral for now, and hope that 112.00-112.50 holds for the entire week.  I believe that if the level does indeed hold... for the entire week, then next week will be down.  Can the bears hold back bulls?  Only time will tell, as the market is just trying to put the bears to sleep right now.  Once they are all hibernating... the market will sell off.  Isn't that just the way it works?

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monicadern
monicadern
14 years ago

So true, so true. The only thing I can say is at least it was a down Monday. That means that at least the funds weren't buying. All indicators look toppy to me so maybe we'll get a sell off sooner. But again, that's probably just wishful thinking on my part.

Red Dragon Leo
14 years ago
Reply to  monicadern

I'm actually looking for an entry spot to short oil via the USO. It still could run a little more, as the dollar is currently falling back a little, and should continue until it finds support.

As long as the dollar is pulling back, you don't want to short oil. Once the dollar finds it's support and gets ready to rally back up, then I'd feel safer shorting oil.

I'd love to see the USO hit 40 right when the dollar finds it's support level. I think that will happen this week. I've had successfully trades every time I did one on the USO, and as long as I time my entry to correlate with the dollar, it should be another successful trade.

Look at how many March calls there are at the 40 strike price vs. how many puts there are… huge difference. (http://bigcharts.marketwatch.com/quickchart/opt…) There is no way those market makers are going to pay out on those calls by expiration.

I'll post the trade when I do it, but I'll be looking to buy the 40 put, and sell the 36 put (Vertical Put Spread) once the dollar bottoms, and looks like it's getting ready to rally again.

The reason that I don't short oil now, is because it's tied to the dollar in some fashion. We need the dollar to rally, so oil will tank. Add to the fact that it's extremely over extended, and you should have a nice pull back on it.

monicadern
monicadern
14 years ago
Reply to  Red Dragon Leo

Thanks very much Red. I have been thinking all week of shorting oil in some fashion but can't take any more risk. I do think your trade will pay off. Keep in mind also that 80 has often proved strong resistance to oil and that's where we stand.

Red Dragon Leo
14 years ago
Reply to  monicadern

Oil isn't that easy to manipulate, like the spy is. That's one of the reason's it should be a better and safer trade then the spy. I'll let you know when I ready to go short.

annamall
14 years ago
Reply to  Red Dragon Leo

huh? entering USO short would be nice but????? I am already short as of yesterday

Red Dragon Leo
14 years ago
Reply to  annamall

OK, that's fine, but I'm waiting a little longer.

sundancer390
sundancer390
14 years ago

Dollar Chart- UUP
http://www.flickr.com/photos/47091634@N04/43813

it topped on friday to the penny @ the 560, given the brick wall above it, pull back to build momentum is probably in order

Red Dragon Leo
14 years ago
Reply to  sundancer390

I think it will find support there at that light blue line on your chart, around 23.60… and then move higher. Do you have a chart for the USO?

sundancer390
sundancer390
14 years ago
Reply to  Red Dragon Leo

yesterday the blue line was 23.61, if it loses that it could be a deeper pull back into the purple and teal line to build some more energy

I'll post a chart for the USO shortly

gcocks83
gcocks83
14 years ago
Reply to  sundancer390

Sundancer, Thanks for the post

sundancer390
sundancer390
14 years ago
Red Dragon Leo
14 years ago
Reply to  sundancer390

Looks like there is still a little more upside left. I just wonder if they are going to pull back a little first or keep going higher?

With good ol' Benny talking this Wednesday (I think it's Wednesday?), the market could pullback a little in anticipation of bad news, and they actually rally on the better then expected news from him. Hard too say at this point…

bensjoyce
bensjoyce
14 years ago
Reply to  sundancer390

hello sundancer

are these line Mov. Av and a multiple of 8?

sundancer390
sundancer390
14 years ago
Reply to  bensjoyce

yes

sundancer390
sundancer390
14 years ago

USO Daily Chart
http://www.flickr.com/photos/47091634@N04/43821

interesting developments on the USO daily, now what is significant about the 2/5/2010 low is that it took out it's 12/11/2009 lows. We now have a lower high since the January highs didn't take out the Oct. 2009 highs and a lower low in place on the USO daily.

the 40.43 level will be a brick wall

Earl of
Earl of
14 years ago

From Carl just now:

March S&P E-mini Futures: Today's day session range estimate is 1100-1112. The market will reach 1200 over the next three months.

Note:
1100-1116 yesterdays estimated range
1100-1112 todays estimated range
1102 right now

gcocks83
gcocks83
14 years ago
Reply to  Earl of

Earl, I guess you will be playing TNA today based on this info.

Earl of
Earl of
14 years ago
Reply to  gcocks83

Good Morning, Gcocks

I can see buying TNA should it rise to $44.23 (primary pivot) and sell it if it falls below that.

After all these up days on TNA, it's easy to imagine a down opening as a turn of some kind.

Earl of
Earl of
14 years ago
Reply to  gcocks83

Doesn't look like a TNA kind of day 🙂

gcocks83
gcocks83
14 years ago
Reply to  Earl of

Actually It might a good day for a scalp. You know TNA is usually good for a run at any time.

Earl of
Earl of
14 years ago
Reply to  gcocks83

Jumping into TZA at this point is really hard to do, so yeah maybe an over-reaction play on TNA.

It's $1.40 under it's primary pivot. This is the territory I swore off of, falling knife and all that.

All the pivots are compressed today because yesterdays range was so small, but TNA is $0.50 below S2. Yuck.

Earl of
Earl of
14 years ago
Reply to  gcocks83

Looks like maybe TZA has a bull flag. Sigh.

Earl of
Earl of
14 years ago

Carl is now long one unit /ES at 1003.50

sundancer390
sundancer390
14 years ago

spy 60 min
http://www.flickr.com/photos/47091634@N04/43815

currently dancing with 4 different partners, spy will be looking for new dance partners soon

sundancer390
sundancer390
14 years ago

spy 110.50 de-lever point hit est. 2/19/2010

sundancer390
sundancer390
14 years ago

2 $SPX 3 min gaps
1109.52
1107.03

sundancer390
sundancer390
14 years ago

SPY number to watch @ the close 110.27
http://www.flickr.com/photos/47091634@N04/43817

Earl of
Earl of
14 years ago

In TNA at $42.52
Playing the bullish wedge

gcocks83
gcocks83
14 years ago
Reply to  Earl of

Interesting!

Earl of
Earl of
14 years ago
Reply to  gcocks83

Scary!

gcocks83
gcocks83
14 years ago
Reply to  Earl of

the adv decline is in favor for shorts.

Earl of
Earl of
14 years ago
Reply to  gcocks83

Wedge got a pop but it pulled back twice & looks to be morphing into something else. Not my favorite outcome.

gcocks83
gcocks83
14 years ago
Reply to  Earl of

I have not done anything. I just don't feel good about things. Letting my short positions try and recover some.

Earl of
Earl of
14 years ago
Reply to  gcocks83

My worthless bullish wedge seems to have morphed into a miniature bullish inverted H&S.

It's a bit of a stretch.

gcocks83
gcocks83
14 years ago
Reply to  Earl of

From you entry point it is building a base slowly up. My Sars points have it as a buy for the moment. You should have a stop above what you paid for it so you want get hurt.

Earl of
Earl of
14 years ago
Reply to  gcocks83

Good reminder.

TNA rose to S3 and fell back. Don't usually see an S3, didn't think anything would happen there.

Earl of
Earl of
14 years ago

Out of TNA (stopped out at break even)

*scream*

gcocks83
gcocks83
14 years ago
Reply to  Earl of

Remember you did not get hurt and your brokerage house will be able to pay more bonuses now.

Earl of
Earl of
14 years ago
Reply to  gcocks83

I worked for free, but I've had worse days 🙂

$RVX is ramping up (favors TZA).

I figured it might be a challenge trying to make something of an ugly day.

monicadern
monicadern
14 years ago
Reply to  Earl of

Break even is great!

Earl of
Earl of
14 years ago
Reply to  monicadern

Beats getting slaughtered, but it's somewhere below great 🙂

Earl of
Earl of
14 years ago

Carl at days end:

Estimated /ES range: 1100-1112 (12 point range)
Actual /ES range: 1090.25-1112.75 (22.5 point range)

Missed the low of the day and the range by nearly 10 points

Carl's trading:
Bought /ES at 1003.50, sold at 1096.75 (-6.75)
Bought /ES 1t 1095, sold at 1095 (+0)

Grade D

Note: News came out and messed up everything, but it's all part of trading so Carl gets dinged.

Earl of
Earl of
14 years ago

TZA improved on bad consumer confidence numbers and closed up 3.3% today.

We are in a New Moon Trade (favors TZA).
[ After six days, this trade is DOWN 7.5% ]

Volume today for TZA was the highest of the last 7 days.

$RVX (VIX for $RUT) closed 6.5% higher.

TZA was up today after being down nine days in a row.

Ultimate Oscillator jumped from 21 to 30 on the rise in TZA off the bottom.

Bollinger Bands for $RVX (VIX for $RUT): the lower BB was touched last Friday, but did not touch yesterday, and bounced away today, seemingly indicating that $RVX will be rising (good for TZA).

Bollinger Bands for $RUT: the upper band rose, moving farther away from $RUT which fell away sharply, indicating that TNA will continue to fall (good for TZA).

Overall, it looks like TZA will rise again tomorrow.

lulala1234
lulala1234
14 years ago
Reply to  Earl of

use RUT:RVX's BB seems to give a better entry point? I got this from dreadwin
http://stockcharts.com/h-sc/ui?s=%24RUT:%24RVX&

Earl of
Earl of
14 years ago
Reply to  lulala1234

How do you read this?

I don't normally watch this. I pulled it up (your link didn't work, but I looked at $RUT:$RVX), and decided I didn't know what it meant.

Dreadwin!! Where are you?

Earl of
Earl of
14 years ago
Reply to  lulala1234

http://www.americanbulls.com has an interesting view of TZA:

The last three candlesticks formed a Bullish Morning Star Pattern . This is a bullish reversal pattern that marks a potential change in trend. Though it is highly reliable confirmation is still recommended.

It then goes on to describe in detail how to confirm the trend change (to buying TZA) based on what happens tomorrow.

dreadwin
14 years ago
Reply to  Earl of

Watch for bounces on the 50 day MA and 20 day MA on $RUT. Assume that the 50 day MA will play support for the first bounce. Buy TNA for a scalp at the bounce point. Should be good for an easy 3% day trade in TNA.

dreadwin
14 years ago
Reply to  Earl of

One more thing. The 50 day MA for $RUT will be very close to but not identical to IWM's, and the market pays more attention to IWM than /TF. Use IWM as the indicator to time a bounce in TNA.

gcocks83
gcocks83
14 years ago
Reply to  dreadwin

Hi Dread, Trading any lately. I am just holding on to what I have at the moment.

dreadwin
14 years ago
Reply to  gcocks83

Not trading anything at the moment. I'm waiting for the market to give me a clue first 🙂

dreadwin
14 years ago
Reply to  lulala1234

From that chart, last week friday had a pretty good (but not ideal) entry point for TZA.

Keep in mind that the January 24th-25th (or so) $RUT buy signal has not been invalidated … yet. We need to see $RUT:$RVX close outside the upper bb, then close inside the upper bb the next day for a new signal.

dreadwin
14 years ago
Reply to  Earl of

$RUT could also consolidate sideways to work off the overbought condition and play out some kind of crazy triangle or flat. I'm not expecting big price movements in $RUT for the next few days, but the market can always make me look dumb 🙂

dreadwin
14 years ago

Not trading anything at the moment. I'm waiting for the market to give me a clue first 🙂

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