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I see what’s happening here…

Silly I thought it would take lifting the cost of gas up to twenty a gallon to accomplish it. Not a spooky virus. But here we are.

Best Practices and other adaptations being made necessary by the novel corona virus are widening the gulch between the privileged and the not.

A trip to the movie theater has maintained a relatively low barrier since not long after the talkies started gracing screens across the country. According to USA Today, the national average cost of a movie ticket in 2018 was $9.11, marking the first time the average price has eclipsed $9.00. For most of the 1990s, tickets sold for an average of less than $5 apiece, and dating back to the 1960s, many Americans could go to the movies for less than a buck.

The concessions are a shamless gouge, but sneaking in snacks and a drink never required ninja-like instincts. A good time at the movies was accessible by all but the truly desperate. Not any more. Theaters are now being retooled for groups of twenty who can afford to shell out $149 to $349 to see a new release.

These changes amount to what has always been commonplace in the more uppity parts of town—clubs. Places that only allow for like private bowling, or golfing or tennis or swimming or whatever else it is waspy Americans do.

Those heckin’ millenials were doing too much roaming around.

Drifting from one hip city to another, breaking up their freewheeling apartment hopping with three day festivals and Art Basels and backpacking adventures through LatAm. They had to be sequestered to a square of surburban land and made to toil mindlessly on leaves while they reproduce at a rate of 2.7 children per household until the monotony of it all buggered them into the ground.

This fate, of course, applies mostly to anyone falling below the murky upper-middle-class threshold. A shrewd $150k/year earner can still cope with the headache of travel in a pandemic and the cost for reservation of large VRBOs. The pleasure continues for the privileged.

I count myself among the privileged few. My winter docket is nearly booked solid with everything from  RVing around to all the major ski mountains to extended stay in seven bedroom, five bathroom estates boasting instagrammy vistas. Whenever a local dilettante reserves any one of the various pinky up establishments around Detroit for private event, my name is sure to be on the list. We are dead set on living. As for the big scary terrible consequences of catching C19…balls, let that fear rest on some other sap.

What is important, aside from an immense and truthful sense of gratitude for being on the right side of this situation, is to resist the urge to fight these changes being made by our leaders. Going to war for some answer to how to make it affordable for everyone to rent out movie theaters for two hours is not our job.

This is Andrew Yang’s job.

Our job is to extract as many fiat American dollars as possible from the global equity complex. Said dollars are to be converted into mobile command units. Large envoys that can deploy on short notice and access difficult terrain. Self sufficient off shoots from Mothership that boast all the modern comforts of a modern home.

Fighting the prevailing tide is a fool’s effort. Go with the flow. Love thy fate. All that good stoic stuff. Be grateful they haven’t chipped us yet and installed usb drives at the top of our spines. And that the only solid roadblock is between us and Canada.

For now there are two distinct existences crystallizing.

  • The W-4 home owner: scrapes out a modest living whilst being indentured to the mortgage banks.
  • The tactical capitalists: experiences jaw dropping wealth creation in the financial markets and other less liquid assets. The hoarder, vagabond or otherwise, giving orders to widen the moat and blow the bridges until we can make sense of this microscopic demon.

When will the scientists raise the all clear flag?

We don’t know. As always, we’ll take it one day at a time. Just like alcoholics.

Raul Santos, November 14th 2020

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NASDAQ up a mild +40, CPI came in soft, here is Thursday trading plan

NASDAQ futures are headed into the fourth day of a new President-elect with a slight gap up after an overnight session featuring extreme volume on elevated range. Price was balanced overnight, chopping along the top-side of Wednesday’s midpoint until about 4am when buyers worked price up through the Wednesday high. Since then buyers rejected an attempt back into Wednesday range. At 8:30am CPI data came out softer than expected and jobless claims data slightly better than expectations. As we approach cash open price is hovering just above the Wednesday high.

Also on the economic calendar today we have 4- and 8-week t-bill auctions at 10am then a speech from Fed Chairman Powell at 11:45am. There is also a 30-year bond auction at 1pm.

Yesterday we printed a normal variation up. The day began with a gap up and after buyers held the bid above 11,700 during an open-two way auction buyers stepped in and drove higher, right up to 11,800. Chop ensued for several hours, chopping above the midpoint before a second rotation higher began around 12:15pm New York. We flagged along the highs for the rest of the session, eventually ending near session high.

Heading into today my primary expectation is for sellers to reclaim the Wednesday high 11,910.75 early on and close the gap down to 11,895.75. Sellers continue lower, down through overnight low 11,781.25 before two way trade ensues.

Hypo 2 buyers reject a move back into Wednesday high 11,910.75 setting up a run through overnight high 11,965.50. Look for sellers at 12,00 and for two way trade to ensue.

Hypo 3 stronger buyers rally up to 12,070.25 before two way trade ensues.

Levels:

Volume profiles, gaps and measured moves:

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NASDAQ turns higher, here is Wednesday trading plan

NASDAQ futures are coming into the third full day of President elect Biden gap up after an overnight session featuring extreme range and volume. Price was balanced overnight, chopping along the Tuesday midpoint until about 3:30am when buyers broke range and proceeded higher. The buyers worked price up through the Tuesday high, and as we approach cash open, price is hovering up near the Tuesday high.

There are no economic events today.

Yesterday we printed a neutral day. The session began with a gap down below the prior three day range. After an open two-way auction sellers stepped in and worked price lower, pressing an early range extension down and taking out last Wednesday’s low by a few points. Then the auction reversed and pressed up through the daily high, going into a neutral print. Buyers could not however close the overnight gap. Instead we reverted back to the daily midpoint and ended the session chopping along it.

Heading into today my primary expectation is for sellers to work into the overnight inventory and tag 11,700. From here buyers step in, take out overnight high 11,785 and tag 11,800 before two way trade ensues.

Hypo 2 buyers gap-and-go higher, trading up through overnight high 11,785 then 11,800 and sustaining trade above it. This set up a run to 11,900 before two way trade ensues.

Hypo 3 sellers work a full gap fill down to 11,624. Look for buyers down at 11,600 and for two way trade to ensue.

Levels:

Volume profiles, gaps and measured moves:

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Laggin’ NASDAQ down a quick -150, here is Tuesday trading plan

NASDAQ futures are coming into the second full week after the Presidential election with a big gap down after an overnight session featuring extreme range and volume. Price worked lower overnight, steadily chopping lower for the duration of the Globex session. Around 6am a responsive bid stepped in just a few point below last Wednesday’s low. As we approach cash open, price is hovering in the lower quadrant of last Wednesday’s range.

On the economic calendar today we have JOLTS jobs openings at 10am followed by a 10-year note auction at 1pm.

Yesterday we printed a normal variation down with a liquidation drop at the end. The day began with a gap up to near last week’s high. The open two-way auction formed a wide range before buyers stepped in and worked a bit higher, trading a few points beyond the 09/03 high, briefly tagging the 09/02 range (current all-time high session) before falling back down through the daily midpoint. From then onward action was choppy, chopping below the midpoint before working to a new low of the day in the afternoon. Price was steadily rotating lower until a sharp liquidation move downward took shape during the closing bell. We ended the session near the lows.

Heading into today my primary expectation is for buyers to work into the overnight inventory and not close the overnight gap but close the gap left behind on 11/4 at 11,791.25. Look for sellers to defend 11,800 and for two way trade to ensue.

Hypo 2 stronger buyers trade a full gap fill up to 11,861 then continue higher, trading up through overnight high 11,901.50 before two way trade ensues.

Hypo 3 sellers gap-and-go lower, trading down through overnight low 11,553 on their way to tagging 11,500. This could trigger a liquidation down to 11,300.

Levels:

Volume profiles, gaps and measured moves:

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COVID vaccine is here, NASDAQ up a quick +130, here is Monday trading plan

NASDAQ futures are coming into the first week of the new President on the wings of a COVID vaccine announcement from Pfizer. The news has sent several major indices limit up in pre-market trade while the NASDAQ is up a modest +130. As we approach cash open, price is hovering just below all-time highs.

Also on the economic calendar today we have 3- and 6-month T-bill auctions at 10am followed by a 3-year note auction at 1pm.

Last week kicked off with a gap up. Sellers were active through about 2pm Monday then the rest of the week was a strong rally with breakaway gaps on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Friday had some early selling but it was eventually reversed and we closed out the weekend on the highs. The last week performance of each major index is shown below:

On Friday the NASDAQ printed a normal variation up. The day began with a gap down and drive lower. The sellers pressed into the gap zone below Thursday’s range before a responsive bid stepped in and returned price back up to the highs. We ended the day near session high.

Heading into today my primary expectation is for buyers to gap-and-go higher, trading up through overnight high 12,408.75 and probing beyond the high water mark 12,446.50. Look for sellers up at 12,500 and for two way trade to ensue.

Hypo 2 sellers press down to 12,200 before two way trade ensues.

Hypo 3 stronger sellers work a full gap fill down to 12,090. Look for buyers down at 12,000 and for two way trade to ensue.

Levels:

Volume profiles, gaps and measured moves:

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Coping with a regime change

Not talking about having a new President here. There was a change over far more important to my livelihood and that was switching from Exodus to Stocklabs. If you stumbled into this blog expecting more election fodder you can leave now (and hopefully never come back). My stated purpose is to consistently extract as many fiat american dollars out of the global equity complex as I can while blogging about how I do it.

Things you will not find here

  • assigning reason to stock market movement
  • jokey banter in a New Jersey accent
  • pump articles about five lettered tickers
  • quick money schemes

If hubris emerges it is usually in the form of vanity or insatiable lust.

Anyhow, the regime change I am coping with is one I have struggled with in the past. New software. The world of active trading does not look kindly onto those who do not adapt though. The death of the pit trader, for example. Therefore I must continue to refine my ability to adapt and reinvent. Never resting on my laurels, no matter how well things are going.

Exodus flagged hybrid oversold on Wednesday, October 28th, nearly nailing the swing low to.the.day.

I did not see it because I transitioned to Stocklabs on the 25th. This type of event can cast doubt on the psyche of a weaker man. Then, in the heat of action, I might feel the urge to close Stocklabs and open Exodus. Then if it has conflicting signals I’m like fuck. My brain gets all its wires crossed and I start losing a sense of direction. Then there suddenly feels like there is no air in the room. There’s no air in here. I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe (RIP George Floyd). Whether these thoughts are real or imagined does not matter. You are not in a position to make objective decisions.

There are various institutions and organizations that seek to make you to feel that way. Why do you think fucking pig cops have those wretched flickering lights and blinding spotlights? They seek to disorient. When we lose our faculties we are easier to control. When layer-after-layer or bureaucracy are heaped upon a project the cognitive load is designed to deter anyone unorganized from making progress. When cable news outlets use trigger words in their headlines and fill the screens with argumentative noise while scrolling more and more information along the bottom and side they seek to evoke a panicked attention.

While there is no organization attempting to control me after I choose to use a new software, I am wrestling with the most powerful sparring partner of all—the man in the mirror. The E-G-O.

I intend to cope how I do best. Unwavering commitment, but more-so like how I commit to lines at the grocery store. The mind can run wild in the grocery queue can it not? The lady two ahead of you drops her paper coupons and they scatter across the floor. Two lines over is just a couple of dudes holding styrofoam clam shells full of prepared food. The cart behind you is fidgedy and right on your heels. They’re a member of the great american religion. The church of anxiety. We either stay in our lane, or if it becomes abundantly clear there is a better option, we make the shift. We do not jump from one line to the other then another then grimace as the line we originally chose flows better.

Well I feel better after writing all of that out. I feel bad for anyone who has even read this far. Enough of that.

The job is to plan and the plan is to trade opening bell on the NASDAQ-100. Work the open gaps in prior day range. Use the IndexModel bias to determine which direction to trade. Write a primary hypo and stick to it unless new information renders it false. Then we have a 50/50 chance of picking the right hypo from 2 or 3. Go for overnight range break and initial balance break only if a valid hypo still exists. Defend the mid if it makes sense.

Never sell the long term investments. Immortal institutions like Tesla and Amazon. Twitter and Square.

Last week alls I did was buy more bitcoin, Twitter and Costco.

There are signs of excess. The market could correct soon. We don’t know when these corrections will happen. The relief comes from knowing that they don’t matter. What does matter? Jack Dorsey. Google. Daddy Elon Musk. Progress in the name of progress and to hell with the old ways.

I’ll end on that note. Be sure to drop by in the morning and cheers to banking coin.

Raul Santos, November 8th, 2020

And now, the Weekly Strategy Session. Enjoy.


I. Executive Summary

Raul’s bias score 3.5, medium bull*. Markets settle into a calm drift until Thursday morning when Fed Chairman Powell speaks. Expect markets to find direction late in the week after the Fed speak and carry the move into the weekend.

*IndexModel triggered extreme Rose Colored Sunglasses bullish bias. See Section V.

II. RECAP OF THE ACTION

Gap up Monday is faded. Sellers press until late Monday then a strong rally takes hold. A series of breakaway gaps higher carry the rally through end of Thursday. Friday morning sees a sell spike that is consumed by a strong bid which eventually leads to a rally into the weekend.

The last week performance of each major index is shown below:

Rotational Report:

Tech leads the way as we see a strong risk on rotation back into equities after three consecutive weeks of risk off behavior. Utilities and Staples lagging which suggest risk appetite remains strong.

For the week, the performance of each sector can be seen below:

Concentrated Money Flows:

Industry flows skewed heavy bullish after being extremely bearish the week prior. Several semiconductor industry groups up near the top of the list suggest the rally included quality areas and not just garbage like cannabis—which outperformed all other industries last week.

Here are this week’s results:

III. Exodus ACADEMY

Transitioning into acceptance

Last week I observed several fintwit accounts expressing feelings of chaos. Loss of understanding. Disbelief. Types of emotions associated with domicide or some other form of loss. These were mostly Donald Trump supporters. However the market bewildered many a speculator as it rallied hard during the slower than usual presidential election process.

Denial can be a real risky emotion when trading.

Whether that denial continues into next week will likely in a large part be determined by the behavior of Trump. If he denies the legitimacy of the election process, his devote base is likely to do the same.  Eventually, there will be a shift away from denial and into acceptance.

Our job is not to cast judgment on these contextual observations, but merely to do our best to objectively keep them in or perspectival framework while trading.

Note: The next two sections are auction theory.

What is The Market Trying To Do?

Week ended searching for sellers.

IV. THE WEEK AHEAD

What is The Market Likely To Do from Here?

Markets settle into a calm drift until Thursday morning when Fed Chairman Powell speaks. Expect markets to find direction late in the week after the Fed speak and carry the move into the weekend.

Bias Book:

Here are the bias trades and price levels for this week:

Here are last week’s bias trade results:

Bias Book Performance [11/17/2014-Present]:

Semiconductors press into potential support, same for Transports

Markets fluctuate between two states—balance and discovery.  Discovery is an explosive directional move and can last for months.  In theory, the longer the compression leading up to a break, the more order flow energy to push the discovery phase.

We are monitoring two instruments, the Nasdaq Transportation Index and the PHLX Semiconductor Index.

Transports bounced off range low and appear to be compressing. If this compression continues, it will start to build energy. The eventual break could send price out of the larger multi-year balance. This is a lot of “ifs. For now, the call for balance remains.

See below:

Semiconductors found a strong bid down at their support cluster for formed a strong fourth thrust higher. Discovery up continues. The fourth thrust can be tricky. Either this could mark the end of the rally, or be the start of something much bigger.

See below:

V. INDEX MODEL

Bias model is signaling extreme Rose Colored Sunglasses. The signal calls for a calm drift, perhaps with an upward bias.

VI. QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

“Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.” – Rene Descartes

Trade simple, discipline of the mind, trade the plan

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NASDAQ below Thursday range, here is Friday trading plan

NASDAQ futures are coming into the final day of the first week of November gap down after an overnight session featuring extreme range and volume. Price worked lower overnight in a series of three rotations. The first lasted until about 8pm and did not take out Thursday low. The second took out the low by a bit. The third pressed a bit lower, nearly tagging the Wednesday high. At 8:30am non-farm payroll data came out better than expected. As we approach cash open price is hovering along the Thursday low.

There are no other economic events today. Investors are likely watching for more clarity on the final decision on the Presidential election.

Yesterday we printed a neutral extreme up. The day began with a pro gap up, trading up at levels unseen since October 14th. THe range was tight for the first few hours, with sellers making the first move out of initial balance. Buyers controlled the tape from about 12:45pm New York onward though, pressing through the range and going range extension up. After going neutral price worked back to the midpoint. Then we ramped back up and closed near the high during the closing settlement.

Neutral extreme up.

Heading into today my primary expectation is for buyers to work into the overnight inventory and reclaim the Thursday low 11,972.75 then continue higher, closing the gap up at 12,108.50. Look for sellers up at 12,147.50 and for two way trade to ensue.

Hypo 2 sellers reject a move back into Thursday low 11,972.75 setting up a move down through overnight low 11,868.25. Look for buyers down at 11,774.75 and for two way trade to ensue.

Hypo 3 stronger buyers tag 12,200 before two way trade ensues.

Levels:

Volume profiles, gaps and measured moves:

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NASDAQ pro gap up after big overnight session, no clear victor in the pits, here is Wednesday trading plan

NASDAQ futures are coming into the day after US elections up a quick +400 after an overnight session featuring extreme range and volume. Price was choppy for most of the evening, but pressing higher. Then around 10pm New York a strong bid entered the market and drove price higher. The buying nearly took us to levels unseen in 10 sessions before stalling out up near the 10/21 highs. From there price reversed the entire gain and traded back to the Tuesday high. Buyers rejected a move back into the Tuesday range around 3am and we spent the rest of the Globex session rotating higher, but not exceeding the high print set around 1o:15pm. At 8:30am both ADP employment change and trade balance data came out below expectations. As we approach cash open, price is hovering just below the 10/21 midpoint.

Also on the economic calendar today we have crude oil inventories at 10:30am.

Yesterday we printed a normal variation up. The day began with a gap up in range and after a brief two way auction initiative buyers stepped in and drove price higher, driving higher and close the gap left behind last Thursday. Just beyond that open gap responsive sellers showed up and we worked into a tight flag for several hours. Around 2:15pm sellers rotated price back down to the daily midpoint and buyers defended. There was a steady rally into the end of the day but no new high was made. We ended the session back down near the midpoint.

Heading into today my primary expectation is for sellers to work into the overnight inventory and work a half gap down to 11,400 before two way trade ensues.

Hypo 2 stronger sellers work a full gap fill down to 11,224.25. Sellers take out overnight low 11,224.75 on their way to tagging 11,200. Look for buyers down at 11,159 and for two way trade to ensue.

Hypo 3 gap and go higher. Trade up to 11,818.50 before two way trade ensues.

Levels:

Volume profiles, gaps and measured moves:

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Enter the holding pattern, here is Tuesday NASDAQ trading plan

NASDAQ futures are coming into election day with a slight  gap up after an overnight session featuring elevated volume on extreme range. Price was balanced overnight until about 3:45am New York when buyers stepped in and broke range higher. The buying stalled before taking out the Monday high, and as we approach cash open, price is hovering about 60 points above the Monday midpoint.

On the economic calendar today we have factory orders at 10am followed by a 52-week T-bill auction at 11:30am.

The major event today is the U.S. Presidential election. As the results begin to crystallize this evening we may see an uptick in volatility.

Yesterday we printed a double distribution trend down. The day began with a gap up in range. The first half hour was spent gap-and-go higher but buyers stalled out two-ticks beyond the overnight high. This mini failed auction would mark session high. It was seller controlled for the next several hours—closing the overnight gap and eventually taking out overnight low and eventually taking out the Friday low by a few points. Then it appears another failed auction took hold, and from about 2:45pm onward we rallied back to the midpoint and ended on it.

Heading into today my primary expectation is for sellers to work into the overnight inventory and close the gap down to 11,072.25. Look for buyers below at 11052.75 and for two way trade to ensue.

Hypo 2 buyers gap-and-go higher, trading up through overnight high 11,181.50, tagging 11,191.25 before two way trade ensues.

Hypo 3 stronger sellers trade down to 10,980 before two way trade ensues.

Levels:

Volume profiles, gaps and measured moves:

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Money flows up into beginning of November, here is Monday NASDAQ trading plan

NASDAQ futures are coming into the first day of November and the day before the presidential election gap up after an overnight session featuring extreme range and volume. price was choppy overnight, chopping around the unchanged level until about 4am New York. Buyers pushed price higher around then, driving up into the upper quadrant of last Friday’s range before encountering meaningful responsive selling. Sellers defended the 11,200 level, and as we approach cash open price is hovering a bit above the Friday midpoint.

On the economic calendar today we have ISM manufacturing at 10am.

Last week was choppy through Tuesday then we saw a big move lower Wednesday. Thursday was buyers attempting to reject the big sell but then Friday prices continued to slide lower. The last week performance of each major index is shown below:

On Friday the NASDAQ printed a double distribution trend down. The day began with a gap down near the Thursday low. A brief two-way auction saw buyers fail to press out of the lower quadrant of Thursday’s range. Instead sellers stepped in and drove down through the weekly low. The selling continued, unidirectional rotating down into the lower quadrant of the range from 09/25, a conviction buying day. Around 11:30am responsive buyers stepped in and worked a sharp rotation higher but were again overwhelmed by sellers. Sellers had price back on the lows by 3pm and we chopped along the lows until the end of the day when a ramp higher took price about a quarter of the way off the lows.

Heading into today my primary expectation is for sellers to work into the overnight inventory and close the gap down to 11,072.25. Look for buyers down at 11,054.25 and for two way trade to ensue.

Hypo 2 stronger sellers tag 11,000 then continue lower, taking out overnight low 10,981.75. Look for buyers down at 10,967.25 and for two way trade ensue.

Hypo 3 buyers press a gap-and-go, trading up through overnight high 11,211.50 early on and continuing up to 11,267.50 before two way trade ensues.

Levels:

Volume profiles, gaps and measured moves:

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