Playing the Nasdaq drop in the weekly $QQQ puts…

The Nasdaq sold down hard right from the start today, and that is a day-traders dream in weekly options.

The system I’ve been developing a system for day-trading weekly options with a mere $5K in capital on each trade on the major ETFs SPY and QQQ has its main premise discussed here:

Buying options – is it a “fool’s game”?

Today, the QQQ puts put on the show. And an almost completely incredible show it was!

The drop in the Nasdaq (the composite would close down 87 points) began on the first five-minute bar (see charts below) and quickly became a bloodbath before leveling out in the usual mid-day to the close sideways chop. At the peak of the bloodbath, the gains in the weekly puts were astonishing and even with the leveling and sideways late in the day they remained spectacular.

My main trade was in the in-the-money 157 put, expiring Friday. It peaked at 330% and closed he day up 210%. Great, great as trades go, a definite home run, but on days like today, the in-the-money is the “conservative trade.” Out of the money has possibilities beyond home runs, beyond hitting it out of ball park itself…more like hitting it clear out of town.

See the charts below: the closest out-of-the money QQQ put, the 156, peaked at up approximately 395% and closed at up about 345%; the next strike, the 155, peaked at up 844% (about $42K on a $5k trade!) and was up about 585% ($29k on the $5k) at the end of the day trade. I don’t even want to talk about the 154, the next strike’s peak and return, in which on would have to buy nearly 500 contracts at around 12 cents each.

The “approximately” and all of the “abouts” in the above paragraph are because I didn’t trade those out-of-the-money positions. I just charted them to see the “entertaining” returns (see charts below). Out-of-the money options two days before expiration are really just wild-ass gambles while in-the-money can be methodical.

Remember all of this is just a journal for me alone and presented for no more than entertainment purposes here and should not be construed in any way as trading or investing advice.

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$TQQQ – a Nasdaq bloodbath too far too fast?

TQQQ, the 3x-leverage ETF based on the Nasdaq 100 stocks (NDX), was down 5.4% today, a bloodbath that affected many of the bellwether Nasdaq stocks in the index.

See the table below:

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NVDA down 14 points, NFLX down 11, and so on. Pretty ugly in the momentum bellwethers.

There was a fake-out nudge to the upside Tuesday, but can’t say today’s slam down was unexpected. Posted this two days ago:

This could be tricky since long-term breadth continues to climb (up for the fourth day). Given that, if short-term breadth turns up here in the next day or two (or bless a bottom dollar, three days), the market would get another bullish boost. If long-term breadth turns down, this could very easily become the hook that catches every bull off guard. Although the bull market has so far defied the signs over and over again, it is inevitable that one of these times, like today, when the signals signal a turn, the turn will come. Probably when the bears are worn out and the bulls don’t expect anything of on their blindside.

If today’s sell off continues, that will be relevant, but there are signs this is done already.

Nearly every time TQQQ falls through the standard deviation lines (the blocks on the green lines on the chart below), the Nasdaq bounces the next day or two days out (the red vertical lines on the chart). It is as if any fall this far is too far too fast. And oftentimes in this bull market, the bounce becomes another rally (see the diamonds on the chart are TQQQ). In fact, a look-black on the chart shows this last great upswing in the Nasdaq, which began in late September, started with a touch down on the green lines just like today.

So I’m looking for the bounce, and looking to ride a rally if it develops here (Santa time?), and if it doesn’t then the suggestion in the quote above might indeed be a sea change in the market.

SWING TRADING SIGNALS:

LONG-TERM BREADTH: Buy (Day 6).

PRICE: Sell. (Day 1).
SHORT-TERM BREADTH: Sell. (Day 1).
VOLATILITY: Sell, (Day 1).

CONTEXT:

SPY CLOSE – 262.31
QQQ CLOSE – 153.89
CNN MONEY’S FEAR AND GREED INDEX: (67, rising, greed level).
NIFTY-50 STOCK LIST: 14 Buys; 11 Overbought, 8 Oversold, 6 new buys today, 3 new sells.

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UPDATED: $KC_F #Coffee futures up 73% in five trading days

A QUICK UPDATE: Coffee futures sold off today (probably hexed it with this post) and finished its upswing with a 31% profit. In this swing system it is now a short.

Coffee futures, which gave a buy signal at 123.85, closed today at 129.65, up 73% on the margin requirement.

START OF THE TRADE

That is a net so far of $2,175 on a margin of $2,970. Five trading days from the close six days ago.

In addition it broke out of the box around its most recent consolidation so it is likely to have more room to run (see the chart below). A possible target would be the high at 132.70 back on October 10th (marked by a white dot on the chart).

A great trading vehicle, coffee futures are up 430% year to date on swing trades year to date, long a short, not counting the current gain.

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#MarketTiming – hard to call a pause, let alone a pullback…

But if there is to be a pause, there’s a good chance it will be now.

All of my short-term signals — Price, Breadth, Volatility – turned down on this lackluster day (see table below), and CNN Money’s Fear and Greed Index turned down too. Twenty of the stocks in my nifty-50 stock list gave individual sell signals. That may be a bit deceptive since the stock list was sorted over the weekend and came into the day maybe too strongly bullish, and then again it may be a harbinger of a pause when even the strongest slow down.

So, if there’s a pause here, can it turn into a pull back?

This could be tricky since long-term breadth continues to climb (up for the fourth day). Given that, if short-term breadth turns up here in the next day or two (or bless a bottom dollar, three days), the market would get another bullish boost. If long-term breadth turns down, this could very easily become the hook that catches every bull off guard. Although the bull market has so far defied the signs over and over again, it is inevitable that one of these times, like today, when the signals signal a turn, the turn will come. Probably when the bears are worn out and the bulls don’t expect anything of on their blindside.

Maybe right now is day one. Maybe not.

SWING TRADING SIGNALS:

LONG-TERM BREADTH: Buy (Day 4).

PRICE: Sell. (Day 1).
SHORT-TERM BREADTH: Sell. (Day 1).
VOLATILITY: Sell, (Day 1).

CONTEXT:

SPY CLOSE – 260.23
QQQ CLOSE – 156.19
CNN MONEY’S FEAR AND GREED INDEX: (52, falling, neutral level).
NIFTY-50 STOCK LIST: 14 Buys; 10 Overbought, 0 Oversold, 2 new buys today, 20 new sells.

$SBGL (TRADE UPDATE) – up 9.4% in 4 days…

SBGL, long from 11/21 at 5.09, has had a nice four day run to the upside to close-by resistance.

SBGL – START OF THE TRADE

At the same time the leveraged gold-stock ETF, NUGT, has move up to the top of its recent range (see the chart below). Would like to see a breakout in order to take SBGL above 5.65. It closed today at 5.57.

In the meantime, moving the stop on half the position to 5.42, and to breakeven on the other half.

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$KC_F (TRADE UPDATE) – Coffee futures up 21% in 3 days.

Coffee futures, started on the close of 11/21, three trading days ago, at 123.85 at now up 21% on margin.

COFFEE – START OF TRADE

And they are up a magic four days in a row (see the white dots on the chart below), so moving the stop to 125.50 to lock in half the profits and putting a breakeven stop on the second half. In other words, this upswing needs to keep rallying right away or at least half of the position will be closed.

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#STOCKS – the nifty-50 stock list revised and sorted…

Just scanned the market to add to and sort my nifty-50 stock list.

These, by my measure, are the stocks that have performed best with the market swing signals since the last sort three months ago. That does not mean they will be best going forward but it is my experience they will be strong vibrant participants on market swings to come.

In addition, the list itself serves also as a market-timing indicator.

For instance, historically, whenever 40 or more of the stocks on the list are on sells by my measure, the general market (no doubt in a pullback at that point) is within a day or three of a significant swing bottom. This, like so many indicators in the stock market’s forever bull trend, does not do as well marking swing tops. Too many on buys, 40 or more, does often trigger a pause in the advance. That’s just the way it is.

The stocks are: RIOT, KURA, XNET, ESIO, BPMC, QNST, AXGN, VRS, ACLS, DLB, KBR, ORBK, LGIH, SRPT, OLED, DLTR, MU, YY, TAL, DHI, ARNA, CGNX, JEC, COLL, MRVL, DK, HRTG, AWI, KRO, GTLS, PNK, CAVM, BECN, BURL, RNG, SGMS, CTRL, GLOG, ADMS, RH, EBS, ESPR, MLNX, CRAY, MTCH, YINN, PRTK, AXTI, GBT, HIMX.

The top 12 stocks are in the chart panel below.

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#MarketTiming – up strong today, more tomorrow…

As projected yesterday, when all the short-term signals turned up in unison, the market had a strong blast to the upside today.

Long-term breadth turned positive after a 25-day decline so one assume there is more to come in pre-holiday trading. Except for being overbought – forty of the stocks in my nifty-50 stock list are on buys with 28 overbought – this rally could carry beyond the Thanksgiving holiday.

Bulls, give thanks.

SWING TRADING SIGNALS:

LONG-TERM BREADTH: Buy (Day 1).

PRICE: Buy. (Day 2).
SHORT-TERM BREADTH: Buy. (Day 4).
VOLATILITY: Buy, (Day 4).

CONTEXT:

SPY CLOSE – 259.99
QQQ CLOSE – 155.50
CNN MONEY’S FEAR AND GREED INDEX: (54, rising, neutral level).
NIFTY-50 STOCK LIST: 40 Buys; 28 Overbought, 4 Oversold, 6 new buys today, 2 new sells.

$SBGL – the little gold stock known to get bigger..

Back in a little into the little gold stock that can get bigger in a hurry.

As has been said before, divergences don’t mean anything until they do (see the chart below). SBGL made a lower low in the last two days but the channel commodity index did not, setting up, once again, a divergence that might be telling on the long side.

Last this setup took hold, SBGL rallied up 26% in a month at its high and stopped out at up 22% (see the first chart below for the history). Not bad, especially since its stock sector (measured by the ETFs GDX, NUGT, and JNUG) were mostly going lower during that entire advance (see the second chart below).

Closed today at 5.16. May add on tomorrow’s open. Stop at 4.98.

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$KC_F – Coffee futures rack up 40% short, reverse long…

Coffee futures, after a dip in its past five trades, has regained its swing-trade mojo.

With the 40% gain on margin for the trade ending today (a five-day trade), Coffee is again up more than 430% over its margin requirement for the year to date on swing trades, long and short.

Phenomenal.

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