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Oct 31, 2012, 04:30
Posted byJohn C Burford
It’s Halloween and the markets are getting downright… spooky.
Yesterday I read that a very prominent and large London hedge fund was shutting up shop because “the founder feels he has no edge in the current markets”. Translation: “I have lost money and investors are getting nervous”. I believe this is happening across the industry.
If an experienced market operator believes the current markets are too tough, what chance do we mere mortals have?
On Monday, I pointed out that the market had dropped down to major support at the critical round-figure 13,000 area. Having broken my short-term tramline, it appeared the market was heading below 13,000 – my path of least resistance.
This was the chart on Monday:
(Click on the chart for a larger version)
All my indicators were in place for a resumption of the decline, as I outlined.
So, even with the disruption caused by Hurricane Sandy, did we see this decline?
We certainly did see another 13,000 print yesterday, but just look at what occurred when the market fell to my fourth tramline support!
It staged a vigorous rally, albeit on low volumes – and is trading up within the channel of the third and fourth tramlines.
Not only that, but it is eating away at the pink zone of resistance. Hmm.
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All of this goes to show that even when you have strong clues as to market direction, it is Mr Market that is in control – and if you are on the wrong side, it can give you quite a fright (on Halloween).
My short-sale trade in the 13,075 area has now been stopped for a loss of 75 pips. But I still have my original half position working with a stop at break-even, of course. That was a loss I was willing to accept.
So what is the outlook this morning?
Time to look at the Fibonacci levels.
I have drawn the levels using as high pivot point the most recent significant high at 13,370 on 22 October, and the low pivot point is the 13,000 low.
Remember, this is the Fibonacci set that I like to see first.
There is a crossing of the 50% level and the underside of the third tramline in the 13,200 region. This should be a barrier to further advances.
But hold on, what about the major Fibonacci set using the major high at 13,660 top on 18 October? After all, this also should be significant for finding resistance levels.
This is a very instructive chart. First, we have the positive momentum divergence as the market backed and filled under the 13,150 level - indicating a probable rally ahead. Then the bounce off my tramline, and finally, the Fibonacci 38% level lies in close proximity to the previous 50% level at the 13,200 area.
This is significant. In a recent post, I showed the very same confluence between different levels in a chart.
And in addition, we have chart resistance provided by the low of 22 October (blue arrow).
The evidence is piling up that there is major resistance in the 13,200 area.
Finally, the rally off yesterday’s 13,000 print takes the form of an A-B-C – so far.
According to my tramline rules, I will be looking to short the market again if the market approaches my third tramline – especially if I see a negative momentum divergence on the hourly chart.
Meanwhile, I still have my original half short position working from the 13,490 area using my ‘split bet’ strategy (see Monday’s post for an explanation of split betting).
Of course, the market may decide to take off to the upside, but with the considerable headwind of generally disappointing company earnings, the looming ‘fiscal cliff’, and declining retail investor confidence in the markets, this appears to be a longer shot.
And with the Fed having shot its last bullet with the promise of unlimited QE liquidity, can there be any more stimulus surprises from that quarter to provide a market boost?
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(31 October 2012, 06:10PM)
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Would be good to hear any views on whether it's sensible to have trades on at all when key markets are shut and Mr Market appears to have sent his inefficient secretary to stand in. The low volume make markets very messy. I've been stopped out of some short positions that now look like they were the right trades in the first place. Seems John did too. I guess limiting position size and using slightly wider stops than normal could be the way to go. Am now on the sidelines looking for re-entry points.
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(01 November 2012, 10:33PM)
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Another reason why the 13000 level is important is that there is yet another support line drawn from the two major lows in October 2011 and June this year which cuts through also at 13000. If this level gives way the next (eventual) support could be the bottom of the long-term upward sloping tramline started in 2009. The bottom of this tramline as of today is at about 12250.
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