The setups I include on this blog are used in conjunction with the 3/10macd and the criteria I ascribe to it as a way to alert me to an existing condition of price. The key concept to take away from this blog is that I try to anticipate what will happen on the higher time frame by using a faster time frame to trigger the trade setup. I do not trade a "system" I use two indicators to clue me in to price conditions. Please read the Disclaimer located in the sidebar of this site. I can be contacted via email at
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Monday, November 30, 2009

A closer look...

....into POT's opening price behavior. A lot can be learned by observing areas where price pivots to make a higher high or lower high.
This morning price gaped up (higher low) above the previous swing high (higher high), and above the previous day's range.
- Draw a Fibonacci Retracement from the previous day's close to the open. Can price hold above the 50% level? Volume on a price reversal tells you it can...back to test highs.
Price puts in a higher high, but retraces sharply.- Draw a Fib. Rtr from the most recent swing low to high. Can price hold above the 78.6% retracement? Price reversal and volume tell you it can...Test the highs.
We now we have a series of higher highs (2) and higher lows (2), giving traders support for buying into a potential breakout of the Opening Range High (ORH). Of course there are those that may be fading the highs that early in the morning as well (of course there could be scalpers as well, just playing off of the 78.6% retracement and targeting the previous High).
If we're looking to get in on a breakout then we need to have some sort of profit objectives.
- Draw some 3-point Fibonacci Price extensions and look for confluence areas, where price could either turn around or consolidate within. They can also highlight swing lows to trail stops off of.
The two extensions drawn here are both projected off of the same swing low (the most recent one), but one is a measurement taken between the PDC and the Opening High, while the other is the most recent low to high range.
Those 78.6% retracement levels always seem too steep to rally off of, but it often acts as a key pivot.

Monday 11_30

As I mentioned over the weekend, POT and RIMM were both on my radar this morning. Due to technical difficulties I missed the ideal opportunity to short RIMM this morning at overhead resistance.
RIMM currently sits under $58, which looks to have turned Support into Resistance (SbR).

POT rallied this morning up to a previous level of resistance. This impulse move registered a higher momentum high compared to a lower high in price (Slingshot setup/Hidden Divergence).Indicated on the chart below is the entry and exits taken on this trade (down arrow with small horizontal lines). The ellipses on the 3/10 oscillator highlight patterns to look for as entry potential. The first ellipse shows how the fast line falls under the slow line and corrects into it at the highs of the day, leading to a correction off of the trendline on a momentum divergence.
Of course by the time the oscillator registers a confirmed correction the move may already be too far gone. So, I looked to put an order in under the pivot which would confirm a bear flag breakdown (after all, these pullbacks in the 3/10 just highlight flag patterns).Also highlighted on this chart is a bullish Wolfe Wave setup that occurred. Unfortunately, when I put my order in to go long price ran away from me. The buy divergence lent confidence to the entry, while vwap gave some confidence for the target line.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

RIMM ahead

RIMM currently sits on top of a prior gap support level ($58) created back in April. Price tested that gap on Nov. 2nd and reversed strongly. It then tested it again on the 20th of Nov. and couldn't get much of a rally behind it, leading to Friday's gap down.Should RIMM slip into this gap range I'd be looking for potential support at around $56.5 (78.6% retracement and 61.8% Fib extension), followed by the $54 area (previous lows & 100% Fib extension).Should we bounce from here, look for possible resistance come into play at an overhead trendline ($59-$60).
A bounce, we look for short opportunities either at the PDH's, the 50EMA, or overhead trendlines (depending on how strong the bounce is).
If price can't get beyond the 20EMA and PDH's we look to play a base break of the $58 level.
If we gap down from here we look to sell pullbacks (either in a trend scenario, or a retest of the base).

Saturday, November 28, 2009

POT setups

Something curious to see unfold over the next week will be the direction of POT.
While it seems to have broken down from a Head&Shoulders pattern on the 60-min timeframe, it also looks to have set up a bullish Wolfe Wave.
The Head & Shoulders breakdown gives a rough target of $104 to the downside. While the bullish Wolfe Wave scenario could challenge the $115 range.
Some matters of importance on this chart:
-The Wolfe Wave 1-3 line is also the neckline of the Head & Shoulders pattern (Wolfe Wave's just reflect the nature of price trying to recover from a trendline break)
- The 5-point occurred on a bullish momentum divergence, leading to a Slingshot in price, bringing us to were we are now. The bullish momentum divergence worked at the open on Friday, but momentum could still turn lower. It could of course turn higher, in which case the most recent session could be a bull flag (bringing us to the 1-4 target?). After all, price only retraced 38% of it's range.
- If the measured move does play itself out and we end up at $105, that's still only a 50% retracement in the run up from Nov. 3rd until the most recent highs, putting us right back to the breakout on 11/17, then what?
Based on the shorter time frame I would be leaning on a short bias going into Monday and watching to see how the Previous Day's Lows would be tested (or a test of the 78.6% retracement level from Firday's range).
The momentum push down on Friday was the largest we've seen in some time (on THIS time frame, still yet to be confirmed on the higher time frame), either it's not done correcting from that impulse and will want to test Friday's gap (H&S neckline) some more, OR it is done correcting from that impulse, and ready for another impulse push down (in which case we should look for a short-term buy divergence on the way down).
Here's how I'll look at it:

Monday, November 23, 2009

DXY wolfe

Are you sick of me posting Wolfe Waves yet? haha I can't help myself!
Here's a 60min chart of the U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) that seemed to have set up a bearish Wolfe Wave recently.
Important points to take notice of include;
-the #5-point coincided with a prior level of resistance
-the target line (red) is very extended to the downside. So if you were to have taken this trade setup (or any Wolfe Wave for that matter), rather than look at the target line for an EPA, you should be aware of potentially strong support areas ($75 in this case) that may prevent price from achieving it's target (though this issue still has time to reach that target line).

GS wolfe setup

Here's a trade I took this morning in GS based on the Wolfe Wave setup.The green horizontal line was my entry price. The white arrow was my entry bar. Again, I need to display some patience and enter on a green bar with some range in it.

Take note of support levels going into the #5-point in a bullish Wolfe Wave. Today's example in GS saw the 5-point come into a resistance level from the previous session (also the PDO!). More simply put, the entry was merely a pullback after a momentum impulse that coincided with a Resistance-turned-Support level (similar to the Holy Grail setup).

Friday, November 20, 2009

sector leaders

Of note this past week we had two sectors that stood out making new 52-week highs.
XLP (Consumer Staples ETF) has recovered 38% of it's March lows and closed 11% away from it's Sept. '08 highs.Also there's XLV (Health Care Sector ETF) trying to recover previous support levels.Within XLV there's BMY that broke out of a long-term sideways range and may have some follow-through going forward.


Took a whopping two trades today, both for losses. They were very small and ordinary losses, nothing earth shattering.
The first was a scalp at the open. Being that it was a scalp, it had a very short leash (stop loss). My objective was to get to the $110 range where the previous day's last hour range highs were and the 127% Fib. Retracement (drawn from PDC to today's Open).
I entered right at the 78.6% retracement (price seemed to be flagging bullishly) and pulled the trade as price looked to be setting up a small bear flag on waning TICK.
In hindsight perhaps I should have snapped my Fib. lines between the pre-market highs and lows and entered on the opening base break.
The second trade was a Wolfe Wave setup. I had a buy limit order in at $109 and came within 2-cents of getting filled. I then jumped the gun to get in and, as a result ended up with a lousy fill and got stopped out as price tested the lows. Again, in hindsight, I should have had more patience and my stop should have been below the LOD. Being an Opex Friday one should expect a choppy market and patience would have paid off. I did jump the gun on my entry and should have waited for a 5-min bar to close bullishly before getting in.
Well, at least Opex is over and I'm starting to feel better from the cold I've had all week. Next week should be perhaps a little dull, with the Thanksgiving holiday shortening the week, and then it's December already!! crazy!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

taking it easy

As I recover from a cold I'm feeling slightly less lazy to make a post, so I just wanted to put up the one trade I did take today. I know the adage of "don't trade when you're sick," but when you see a setup like this, you just owe it to yourself to take the trade. I didn't even find this one on my own, a little birdie on my shoulder called it out. Anyway, TSL had a number of things going for it today;
-For one, it was up nicely in an overall down day
-Volume was relatively huge
-It had two momentum pushes to the upside, and looked to be flagging into a probable 3rd
I snapped a 3-point Fibonacci Extension to get an idea for potential upside targets (set my order to get out of half a few cents below the 61.8% extension), while the stop below was kept very tight (a high & tight flag like this should not give up very much footing).
The three horizontal dash lines are my entry fill with an up arrow, and two exit points for a half fill and a stop out. Not a big move, but still a high probability trade setup.

Monday, November 16, 2009


FCX is testing '09 highs again (3rd week of the last 5). The weekly chart shows some interesting things; for one, the Cup w. handle that formed going back to October '08 and breaking out in July of this year. Also, price now sits at a confluence of resistance in the form of an overhead gap and a 61.8% Fibonnaci retracement level (drawn from '08 highs to '09 lows). The measured move coming out of the cup & handle would put price right up against the 78.6% retracement.While on the daily chart, price formed another Cup w. handle pattern recently, with a measured move very close to the one projected on the weekly.

This morning price gaped above a previous resistance level; an important step in making an attempt at the long-term gap fill.


RIMM formed a pivot resistance level at $65 recently and sits at a level which could loan it support from here.It was supported today at a trendline extension which happened to be right on top of a 38% retracement level (drawn coming off of the lows and into the $65 pivot) and of course a momentum divergence.
And to top it all off, it looks as though it could be setting up for a 5th Wave!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Contrary Wave

Looking at the Dow Jones Equity REIT Index I noticed a Bearish Wolfe Wave that developed throughout much of this year. As it reached point 5 (where one is to enter a short position with a target of the 1-4 line) it began to unfold as expected. However, price found support at the 1-3 line and turned around, morphing into a contrary wave (a bullish Wolfe Wave within this bearish Wolfe Wave). These contrary waves can develop as seen here, or even within two separate time frames intr-day.Fortunately in this example you would have been able to exit with a profit or at break-even. But it is a good example in monitoring the health of these patterns throughout their cycle, especially around the 1-3 line where price can find support (2-4 line resistance in a bullish wave) when making a move to their target line.

Chart for the Week

Looking ahead this week it will be very interesting to watch the Dow Jones Industrial Average and how it will deal with the confluence of overhead resistance.
Similar resistance above for the Dow Transportation and Utilities Index. Curious thing about these two is the Right-Angled and Descending Broadening formations taking shape (a bullish pattern).

Friday, November 13, 2009


The bottoming process on the SPY lasted from roughly October '08 to March '09 with enormous volume. As a "bottom" was put in place volume then tapered off until about April of this year. There was a stretch through the summer where the highest volume reading was somewhere over 300-million shares.
So on the chart below I have the most recent 3 sessions indicated where 300-million+ shares were traded. Only 3 days in the last 125 sessions have had such a reading, two of which in the last 42 sessions. Curious that the last two "surges" saw the market turn around the next day. I have another vertical line marked where, recently, volume registered nearly 300-million shares, and again price turned around the next day. These cycles are getting shorter. Is it a sign of the season, or something more curious?

Friday 11/13

In the last 8 sessions the SPY has gained 6.98% and in the last 3 sessions it retraced no more than 1.87%. Things can go either way, but mostly feels like it's hanging by a thread as it waits for the next surge of buying.
This morning's test of the previous day's low was met with very strong volume:
The chart below has horizontal lines indicating the previous day's Open/High/Low/Close.
Of particular interest are the day's momentum divergences and First Cross entry signals. Also the fact that price was rejected from the PDO after basing around it for an hour.It's also interesting to observe how much price has moved in these last three days. Key in on the 78.6% retracement zone.On the 15-min chart we closed above our bullishly oriented Moving Averages (though if you use Simple Moving Averages price is wedged between the two MA's, so whatever). Price has retraced over 38% from our lows by today's close. Perhaps Monday we'll see a gap or move up to test the $110 price, being that we spent so much time around it today and Wednesday.
The weekly is interesting; showing those momentum divergences since March. March through July gave two divergent impulse pushes following a small window of downside momentum (which only amounted to a 7% correction). From mid-July to the end of this week, we have had two similar (and smaller still) divergent impulse pushes, and while price closed at it's highest price since October '08 it has barely any momentum left in it. Either we get more impulse up or correct another 7%, but something's got to give.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


USO has been fighting to stay above this $39 mark for a while nowWatch for another bounce or potential failure.


Yesterday we made new highs on the SPY, though the majority of the day was spent in a narrow range below the highs, yet above the previous day (mostly).
Today we put in a lower high, on very light momentum and volume.
The chart below includes a Fibonacci price extension drawn from yesterday's High & Low and projected off of this morning's High, giving us potential support extensions.
Also on the chart below is drawn a Fibonacci price retracement tool, snapped from yesterday's High down to it's Low giving us confluence zones of support.
Price was unable to sustain the upper 50% of it's previous day's range today and sold off on heavier volume. These last two double down swings have registered divergences, and the highs seem to get tested more frequently than the lows have been lately.

AAPL scalp

A scalp trade this morning in AAPL that I missed;
AAPL opened on top of its 20-EMA on the 15min chart. While the previous day saw a sell-off followed by an impulse move and slight retracement into the close (giving it a bull flag look). So, we're looking for a continuation of the impulse move going into today with a potential test of the highs.
What I did yesterday was draw a Fib. Extension line from the pivot low-to high-to low which gives us a potential target going into the next day. It so happened that the Fibs projected a 100% retracement up to Wednesday's highs (score 1 for confluence!).
While letting the first 15-minutes take its course we look for 3 things; a place to buy, a place to sell, and a place to run (in case it goes against us). With the first 15-minutes gone I put Fib. retracement lines across from High to Low and see if the bullish retracements hold (above 61.8%) and to see if a projection coincides with my theory (test of PDH). It so happened that the 127.2% external Fib. retracement lined up in that same PDH area (score 2 for confluence!).
So, on this smaller time frame I was looking to buy the 200SMA, sell the PDH, and run from the PDC if it went against me. It was, at it's worst, a $0.50 risk for a $1.00 gain. Unfortunately I blinked and price ran without me.
This 2-min chart is a bit noisy, just let your eyes soften and it may get clearer :)
While the higher time frame shows the support you had (in terms of the 20-EMA), as well as the flag setup from the previous day.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

FWLT wolfe wave

Another example of a wolfe wave setup, seen here on the FWLT daily chart:

Price extensions

Here's a quick tip in projecting potential support/resistance levels off of previous swing lows/highs. On Tradestation we have a drawing tool known as Price Extension Lines (under the set of Fibonacci Drawing tools). This is a tool which uses 3 data points in it's projection (in this case we'll use a swing low drawn to a swing high and projected from the following swing low). Essentially, you're taking the difference between two data points (highs to lows, or lows to highs) multiplying by your Fibonacci ratio and adding (or subtracting) that result to your third data point.
So, with the default settings at 61.8%, 100%, and 161.8% we first click on the most recent swing low (Nov. 2nd), extend it to the highest high before a meaningful correction occurred, and project that off of the meaningful swing low, like so:Next, you can add another extension, going from swing low, to swing high, and projecting from a swing low, like so:Here's an example where I used 4 sets of extensions on the most recent swing down in the SPY ranging from 10/21 - 11/2And here's an example from the most recent leg up in the daily chart going back to July:
Finally, I'll throw in a visual explanation of how the procedure is calculated:And here's a link for further guidance, and an explanation regarding confluence zones with this tool.