Stocks & Commodity Technical Trading Pt. I


"The summer should be exciting for traders!"

The coming summer should be exciting for traders! While summer trading generally tends to be slow, this one could be different. A large number of other professional traders I talk with are all feeling the tension building in the market. We all think some big movements are just around the corner and the big question is which way are things going to move?

Depending on your trading style, you may be viewing the recent market action as the beginning stages of a bear market (major selloff). A bear market is not necessarily impossible as the U.S. economy is showing the beginning signs of weakness. The fact that stocks have moved lower for almost 6 weeks straight is a recent reminder that we may not be out of the woods just yet. The recent price action and negative sentiment has been harsh enough to make 99% of traders bearish.

In contrast, some traders may be seeing this market as an oversold dip preparing for a bounce/rally in the bull market that we've been in since 2009. Some traders may see this as a buying opportunity because they are contrarians. Most contrarians generally want to do the opposite of the masses (herd) who are merely trading purely out of emotional sentiment.

I myself have mixed thoughts on the market at this point. I'm not a big-picture (long trend forecasting) kind of guy but my trading partner, David Banister, is great at it. Rather I am a shorter-term trader catching extreme sentiment shifts in the market with trades lasting 360 days in length. So looking forward two to five days, I feel as though stocks and commodities are going to bottom and start to head higher for a 2%6% bounce. At that point, we need to regroup and analyze how the market got there. Where are the key resistance levels; did we break through any?

During extreme sentiment shifts in the market, we tend to see investments fall out of sync with each other for a few days. I feel the attention will be on stocks and we get a bounce this week. I am expecting commodities to trade relatively flat during the same period.

OK, let's take a quick look at the charts. . .

Dollar Index 4-Hour Candles
I feel as though the U. S. dollar is trying to bottom. It is very possible that we test the May low at which point I would expect another strong bounce and possible multimonth rally. So, if the dollar drops to the May lows, we should see higher stocks and commodities; but, once the dollar firms up and heads higher, it will be game over for risk assets.

Oil, Chris Vermeulen

Crude Oil Chart: Daily
Oil took a swan dive in early May and has yet to show any signs of moving higher. Actually, crude oil is looking more and more bearish as time goes by.

Oil, Investing, Chris Vermeulen

SP500 Futures: 10-Minute Chart Going Back 8 Days
Last week, the SP500 continued to show signs of weakness. Any bounce in the market was on light volume and that is because the sellers took a break and let all the small traders buy the market back up. But once the market moved up enough then sellers jumped back in and unloaded their shares.

Last Thursday, I sent out an update to members pointing out that lower prices were to be expected. I came to this conclusion because of many data points. Looking at the chart, you can see sellers are clearly in control. The SP500 bounces high enough that it reached a key resistance levels going back 5 days. Also, the 200 period moving average was at that level. To top that off, my sentiment reading for the herd mentality was at a point at which sellers like to start dumping their shares again.

Oil, Investing, Chris Vermeulen

Weekly Market Trading Conclusion
I'm getting more bullish for a bounce as the market falls. But once we are into day three or four of a bounce, we must be ready to take profits and/or look for a possible short setup.

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Chris Vermeulen

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