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ES Short Term Trading 8-13-2010

FRIDAY the 13th!

Range Based S/R

R1 = 1091.75
S1 = 1066.25
R2 = 1096
S2 = 1062

Steenbarger Pivot = 1079.25
I did a study once about RTH Price being above the PP without touching it for 2 consecutive days (opposite of current in which price has been below PP without touching it for 2 days),

but The study uncovered that after 2 days of not hitting PP from above, odds were 7 in 10 that the range woud be smaller than the 5 day average range. 5 day average range has been 14.60 RTH.

that could be the case today. small range
Yea I've been watching that NQ divergence all morning. Its really been large today.

We can see that technology sector is weak but financials are up for now. If financials start to weaken I think that run you have been mentioning will happen.

Originally posted by BruceM

a plus 900 Tick insoires no buying...nq trying to lead us out and down...hour range trade..leaning shorts

that close price is realy 81.50 that I'm wathcing for
There are definitely several projections down in the 1062-1066 area.


Originally posted by solid
I used the 30 minute down move on 8/6 from 8:30am, immediately after the payroll news, and it produced a 261.8% projection of 1087.50;
423.6% projection lower is 1064.
Here is a 5 min PRC chart with two different projections on it. One pointing up and one pointing down. I've seen this often in range bound days where a 2.618 projection is never reached off an initial move and then a competing projection in the opposite direction appears.

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wake me when it's over

When you think about it, today is like yesterday afternoon.

RTH Price can't print a handle above 84
can't print a handle below 77
Very thin trading. My eyes are getting whiplash.
I can't take it anymore

good trading to all

have a great weekend
Some weekend reading courtesy of Dr. B.

The Trading Process: Context

In this series of posts, I will outline the steps I go through in the trading process. I want to stress that there are other ways of trading, and what I describe is not at all necessarily best for all traders. My hope is that this explication of process will help traders reflect on their own processes and tighten those up. I also hope that, in absorbing examples of trading from many writers, traders can more readily find their own synthesis and style.

The first step in trading for me is identifying what we might call context. Context refers to all the factors surrounding the upcoming day's trade. That includes whether the prior day was stronger or weaker than the day(s) before, whether we're trading in a short-term range or trending, whether markets correlated to stocks are in a trending or range mode, and whether volatility is expanding, contracting, or remaining relatively constant. Context also includes news items and economic releases and how markets have responded to those in recent days and in pre-opening trade. Finally, context also includes intermarket themes and leading sectors that have impacted the stock market and whether those correlations have been waxing or waning.

I recently posted a collection of posts illustrating the market indicators that I follow; each week, I also post an update of some of the indicators that are most important to my assessment of context. Through morning Twitter posts (follow here), I keep current on several of those important indicators. By assessing the number of stocks making fresh 20-day highs and lows; the number of stocks trading above their 20-day moving averages; and the number of stocks closing above and below the volatility envelopes surrounding their short-term moving averages, I can generally get a sense for whether the market is in trend or range mode.

Unless news items and/or economic releases greatly change the financial landscape, I'll use the most recent market context to frame my early hypotheses about markets. If we're showing increasing strength, I'll expect this week's trade to take out the prior week's high and today's trade to take out the prior day's high. If the market is stalling out across the indicators, I'll expect moves away from the recent value area to fail and return back toward the middle of the range. Note that these are just tentative ideas at this point, not firm trading plans.

A great deal of context can be picked up from Asian and European markets and their trading prior to the U.S. open. Overseas trade gives us clues as to risk appetite or risk aversion of global investors. It also reveals how markets correlated to stocks--currencies, commodities, and interest rates--are trading prior to the market open.

A good deal of my morning preparation is spent gathering information about the most recent market context. To frame a promising trade idea, much more data are needed. The next post in this series will take a look at that.