18 years in Wall Street, left after finding out it was all horseshit. Founder/ Master and Commander: iBankCoin, finance news and commentary from the future.
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In the context of the greater move that was just made off the lows, this is normal pin action. We now have indecision in the tape, as people figure out how to navigate between being permanently bullish and dodging earnings minefields.

I dubbed the term “fag box” more than a decade ago to eloquently describe being trapped in a trading range without purpose. We are just sort of drifting out into space wondering how this all plays out. I will tell you exactly how it plays out, with markets shooting the fuck higher. But before we get there, we might have some brief sojourns lower and estimable scares along the way.

Bear in mind, America still has currency reserve status and whilst we have it, it is impossible to dislodge markets for any extended periods of time.

That said, we are trading here and this isn’t a blog about macro events or long term holds. In the immediate term, I suspect we drift up. The tape is very boring and in my experience when shorting boring tapes, bears are typically enlivened by the scent of their flesh being scorched alive.

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We Might Have Some Minor Problems With This Tape

I don’t want to reverse my bullish position, but there are some pressing issues in this tape. For example: the earnings suck. We have misses from $UBER, $SHOP, yesterday $DIS, a week or so ago $META in addition to absolute fucking train wrecks in $TRIP, $DV, $ZI, and $GO just to name a few.

Luckily I wasn’t stupid enough to hold a lot of high beta stocks, only minutely stupid enough to lose 28bps at the open. I had to ditch a few things, but got attracted to the strength in both $META and $NFLX. And now after being them, I feel like I am being set up for a trap, a grande fucking piano collapse onto my head.

We have no discernible areas of strength, other than periphery defensiveness in secular and/or low beta stocks. When I say ‘low beta’, I mean stocks that do not correlate 1:1 with the $SPY. These are your defensive names like $PEP, $KO and $KR. On the higher beta side, we have absolutely bloodshed, down 1.47%.

In other words, if you went out there today with a loaded up portfolio of risk, you’re getting your fucking brains blown out this morning and hoping to God for respite.

But no one is coming to save you.

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Refused to Cave to Negative Pressures

Due to my obstinance, I managed a +25bps gain into a 43bps loss. Some might argue that to do that is stupid. However, I am firmly of the belief that I want to believe something good might arise from this tape, and soon.

Case in point, about midday I stepped into a 6% position in $GME, a seemingly idiotic company filled with retarded shareholders. But because I saw the movie and thought it funny, playing with the morons in a market foray, I held the stock into tomorrow. The notable thing about that is I SQUANDERED an easy 3.5% win and watched it slink away into the hands of greasy dysgenic gamers, closing out the session with a loss of 1.8% in the stock. In my head, I think it’s funny to hold it because “DIAMOND HANDS BRO” and all of the indecorous nonsense that accompanies holding onto a meme stock in a series manner. Nevertheless, here I am beholden to some of you fuckers to get it into your low IQ brains to borrow some more money against your obligations to increase your holdings, so that I might exit with a profit.

All that aside, delving into more serious matter, I am bullish into tomorrow, mostly because of rates and the prevailing trends, which of course is helped by my recency bias.

For May, the month of my birth, I have losses of 2% and this cannot and will not stand. I promise you this, I will sacrifice all of the chickens and all of the goats if need be, in order to increase my net worth during the month of May. For me to trade down in two consecutive months is akin to a black swan event and shall not happen.

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No Need to Panic, Yet

Here is the daily action in my high beta index inside Stocklabs. There are ostensibly all of your higher profile trading stocks, the stuff made of nightmares and dreams.

As you can see today’s drawdown, although unfortunate, could be construed as a minor pullback following a fast rip. The fact that yields are coming in has me in an obstinate bullish position without hedges, taking on a bit of water here, now down 30bps.

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Minor Rotation Back into Low Beta

We have moderate levels of derisking today, as low beta and commodity related stocks trend whilst the high beta garbage pulls back by 65bps. The spread is large enough to warrant attention, especially with the overall markets up for the session. We are looking at a 100bps spread between low and high beta, suggestive of a rotation back to safety.

This is odd, especially since bond yields are lower. Perhaps this has something to do with $DIS horrible numbers, sending its shares wildly lower by nearly 10%.

I had many longs in the premarket and sold all of them before 10am and have been nibbling back for the past hour. Instead of risk, I have been allocating into lower beta names first, in order to see how this develops.

Breadth is good at 61% and there isn’t anything of note that would hold me back from further allocations to the long side. Simply put, after last week’s debacle I am careful not to drawdown and trying to calibrate my moves to maximize returns whilst also minimizing the downside.

I’m +19bps early going, 65% cash.

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Very Bullish, but Reticent of Earnings Gambles

Very Bullish, but Reticent of Earnings Gambles

Let this be the one millionth reminder since I’ve started blogging here in 2007: if you’re playing earnings you better have an edge, such as insider information that can land you in prison, otherwise you’re not really investing but gambling. If you know anything about gambling, the house always wins. Statistically you’re guaranteed to lose money, providing you stay inside the casino long enough. Many of you retards cope with statements, such as “I lost what I could afford” or “I had a good time.”


Is that the measurement you want to be placed against, whether or not you had money to lose and did or enjoyed losing money because it was fun? How about you fucking win and make money, and build wealth and pass it down to future generations so they can have a jump-start on life, do important and meaningful things while young and not have to wait until they grinded their way into money by 50?

Some of you think selfishly, which is why you make errors. You are not in a fucking casino and the object isn’t to have fun. As a point in fact, if your overall life’s goal is to have fun, you should be prepared for disappointment. Leading a hedonist and vacuous existence will never fulfill you and eventually the parties get old and the champagne stale. What is evergreen is leaving behind a legacy built brick by brick and securing a family that is both happy and financially stable.

We are lucky enough having been born in America, provided with ample opportunities to ride the coattails of what seems like the very peak of western society, as far as cultural dominance is concerned. We cannot predict too far ahead into the future and anyone who says “all is lost” is merely projecting his own weaknesses and insecurities onto others, largely an internal conflict dealing with mortality.

As black pilled as I might appear, and I’ve said this here before many times, I am bullish on humanity and believe all of the problems we have now can be fixed. These are small issues logistically, but much larger on a spiritually level.

I’m getting way ahead of myself for a finance blogger. I am bullish into tomorrow, 100% long, made +117bps for the session and I appear to have my swimming legs back.

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Rotation into Risk

I was wrong when I said on Friday “Meme Monday” would resume on Monday, but right in a general sense. Secular or defensive stocks are down today while high beta or risky stocks are up 2%. The overall tenor of the market is favoring small caps. Couple with with a very strong showing in the semis and it would behoove you if you decided to sell short into the close.

The idea of the market trading higher is mostly hated by market purists, who largely believe the overall system is rigged. But that isn’t your job, to get mad and draw from emotional angst. I am the last person to lecture about emotional angst, especially when considering my X feed. But when it comes to trading, I am disciplined. I wasn’t always this way, but was taught by the market to obey or forfeit my money.

That is the great thing about the market, similar to engineering. You might not like it, but you must accept the rules and how things are, otherwise enjoy failing.

In recent hours, markets have tempered their returns and have traded sideways. I am now positioned 95% long and might tweak a few things for tomorrow’s open. Barring some sort of news event, I see no reason not to be fully long here.

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Stocklabs Quant is Extremely Bullish on Oil

One of my core portfolios is the quant, which is selected using the Stocklabs algorithms. I have no input whatsoever other than to update it once per month. For the month of May, the quant is almost all oil and gas stocks, which is extremely rare. I’ve been doing this portfolio for years and have never seen it so unbalanced.

I used to force things, such as allocation and market cap, but then later regretted it due to missing out on big rallies. So far in 2024, the quant is up more than 8% with pretty consistent performance. Let’s see how this oil trade works out.

For my trading, I just moved it into 100% cash, at session highs of +125bps. This is a sufficient daily return and I will reenter later on when volatility increases.

The reason why I like to sell and go to cash is due to the fact that the positions I build for overnight trades, in this case the weekend, were not intended for a longer duration. They’re more or less day trades with a specific goal, unlike my strategic portfolio which is meant for longer durations.

All in all, I like the tape. There isn’t anything about the action to give me pause, aside from my habitual belief that market collapses loom around every corner.

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Bullish Areas of the Market

We often default to Mag 7 or other large capped tech stocks when we think markets are bullish. But in recent weeks, there has been a broadening out of markets, presenting new and interesting areas of investment.

Here are some broad brushes.

ETF / Stocklabs score (0 to 5 best)
$FXI (China): 4.71
$SVIX (inverse volatility) 4.44
$XLU (utilities) 4.37
$XLP (staples) 4.09
$WEAT (wheat) 3.74
$XLF (financials): 3.36

The defensive nature of those sectors could in fact be lagging indicators, a market that might’ve passed. Reason being: markets spiked on Friday with some outsized returns in your traditional tech names: $AAPL,$INTU, $SHOP, $NVDA, $MELI etc.

With $BTC sitting close to $64,000 and trending up, we may begin to see a rotation out of defensive into risk again. This is typical during earnings season. Stocks come under pressure when reality is unfolded and then go back to fantasyland once the ordeal is over. In many respects, we’ve been in a fantasyland over more than a decade now, with losses papered over, crises extended and delayed, FOMC intervention at the slightest sign of market turbulence etc. I have very strong opinions about all of this and nothing will change whilst times are good and why should they. Men will not mobilize when they have ample cigars in the humidor and the best bourbon money could buy in their at home bars. You might not like it, but that’s how society works.

Change only comes during hard times and hard times are never enjoyable to endure, same with bear markets. The novelty of the bear quickly wears off, giving way to panic and disquieting fear. I think it’s fair to assume the current trajectory is unsustainable but the timeline expiration is also undetermined. So we trade the tape in front of us and wait.

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Late afternoon the run in $GME became perverse, with shares cresting above +30% for the session. In tow were a sundry of like minded stocks, held indomitably by diamond handed fellows in search of fortune. Shares of $KOSS, $AMC, $BYND, $BYON took the fuck off. The idea, of course, is to make a tremendous amount of money before anyone finds out. The shares held a nice glow into the final minutes and I am cheering them on for Monday, mainly because I am long $AMC.

I could’ve sold $AMC when I had a 3% profit, but instead held because A. people like the moves and B. I want at least +30%, if not much much more.

If you think about it, my week has been really bad and I deserve respite. Some of you might believe you “deserve” money, but I really do. I lost more than 5% for the week, due to a series of unfortunate events. I am, pretty much, the laughing stock of finance at the moment, with people jeering me in the streets, asking me if I had any tax loss situations to recommend.

But I don’t let any of my haters get me down because I know God himself is a fan. I am pretty sure he reads my blogs daily and tilts the scales my way whenever possible. With that in mind, I have an idea that both $BTC and $AMC will skyrocket soon and frown will soon be turned upside down!

Into the weekend, I look forward to the gym and fine dining, gardening, and perhaps an artisanal cocktail or two. It all depends on my mood. I also have plenty of studying ahead of me, as I am getting 76s on my practice exams. If just tuning in, I am getting back into money management, which might lead to the complete destruction and annihilation of this here blog.


+89bps for the day, fully long and optimistic into Meme Monday.

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