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Reflections from Today:
· Demand for Equities continues to tumble as the Fed reduces stimulus and economic growth is slowing down
· Chinese Manufacturing hits 6-months lows overnight
· ISM Manufacturing comes out weaker than expected; sharpest drop in history for ‘new orders’ (blamed it on the snow?)
· Crude Oil went lower (-.75% @ 96.67)
· Gold went higher (+.90% @ 1256.3)
· Mini-Russell went lower (-3.20% @ 1092.0)
· Feb 3rd 1913 was the beginning of Federal Income Tax, over-turning the 16th Amendment which had forbid income tax in the US. Tea anyone?
· Ben Bernanke hits the road, headed to Brookings Institute, well-known Think-Tank
· Janet Yellen was sworn in today as the new chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of the US, the largest bank in the world.
· Chinese New Year continues into Friday of this week
· Ford Earnings reported -7% y/y, GM reports a loss of 12% y/y, blame it on the snow!
· Tomorrow, December Factory Orders in the middle of the morning
Economic News for Tomorrow:
Tomorrow morning we continue with more news from Manufacturing in the US. Today’s disappointing report from ISM leaves us looking for more information in tomorrow’s Factory Orders Report, which is also expected to show a decline of 1.8%.
10:00am EST: Factory Orders
Day trading plan for Tomorrow:
|Crude Oil VIP Chart|
Today’s price-action was bearish, with a wide trading-range and a closing-print at the lows of the range. The wide trading-range tells me to expect a much narrower range tomorrow, and the closing-print at the lows tells me the sellers never gave up control over this price-action which is now expected to roll into tomorrow.
|Crude Oil Anchor Chart 1|
Remember, we don’t predict tomorrow, we are prepared to react to anything we get tomorrow morning. If the market opens below 96.26 I am selling short. If the market opens above 97.94 I am buying long, and if the price-action stays inside today’s range I’m buying the lows and selling the highs until we get a breakout of this range, so stay patient.
|Crude Oil Anchor Chart 2|
Crude Oil is looking very bearish this evening on the anchor chart. We can both the long and short-term trends are down. We can see lower-lows and lower-highs, with the exception of just recently we saw a double-bottom, telling us that we want another lower-low to initiate a short position if we don’t move into the sell-zone above at 97.10.
|Crude Oil Anchor Chart 3|
I can see all the key moving-averages are above us right now, and the only thing I need to worry about is to sell at a premium so I would rather sell at 97.10, but if I cannot get that entry I will wait for a new lower-low (below 96.26) and then sell short with a profit-target at 95.66 and 95.20 below us.
|Gold VIP Chart|
Gold went the opposite of Crude Oil today, rising almost 1% after the ISM Manufacturing news came out very weak.
We can see a bullish 2-day relationship, a typical trading-range, and a closing-print in the middle of the range. The closing-print in the middle of the range is the biggest clue in my opinion, and it tells us that this move higher could easily lose moment and collapse back off the highs as we go into tomorrow.
|Gold Anchor Chart 1|
The anchor chart of Gold paints a very range-bound picture this evening. We can see major support levels below us, along with major resistance levels above us as we go into the overnight trading session in the US.
I would define the Gold as being inside a price wedge at this time, or as we call it… a ‘consolidating market-structure’ which tells me exactly what to be doing for tomorrow.
|Gold Anchor Chart 2|
I need to wait for tomorrow’s opening-bell to ring so I can use the opening-print as the big clue to tell me what direction, and then I will use the levels on the anchor chart to trade with that directional clue from the VIP chart.
My goal on this anchor chart is to buy the lows at 1244.0 or sell the highs at 1263.9 and avoid the middle of the trading-range around the 1250.0 area.
|Mini Russell VIP Chart|
WOAH Russell! The slump in manufacturing combined with less ‘stimulus’ from the Fed is taking its toll on the e-mini equity futures right now with another day of triple-digit losses.
The 2-day relationship was bearish, the trading-range was very wide, and the closing-print was at the lows of today’s range. The bearish move tells us the sellers grabbed control at the beginning of the session, and the closing-print at the lows tells us that those sellers NEVER took profit or gave back any control to the buyers.
The wide trading-range from today is a very important clue, telling me that tomorrow MAY (we don’t predict) be a narrower trading-range than we usually get as all the sellers will take some profit and wait for another REASON to sell short again.
|Mini Russell Anchor Chart 1|
The anchor chart of the Mini-Russell is a great example of a market that is over-sold, or as I like to call it… “Priced at a discount”. We always want to buy at a discount, and sell at a premium, so right now we cannot sell short on this very bearish Mini-Russell until this price-action moves into a ‘premium’ up around 1116.1.
|Mini Russell Anchor Chart 2|
My goal for the Mini-Russell is to sell this as price moves lower, focused on selling at a premium and at resistance levels overhead, such as the highs of this bear price channel or the sell-zone at 1116.1 to 1123.0.
Once I get short on this Mini-Russell I am going to use the support levels below me as profit-targets at 1080.9, 1069.6, 1063.7, and so forth.
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