For bull traders, life is easy as I will show again in the next few graphs. Our random walk tells us tells us when to step in, then get out. Two options to get out:
Partially on first price objective and then wait for the stop
In case of time out (the observation period), try to exit on multiples of risks (the dotted lines)
Case in point with SOX. Price objective is recalculated each day, but the flat sections above major troughs are the ones we target. SOX is above the green belt, even making new highs. Just hold for now.
Tesla: you should start raising an eyebrow or two! See that divergence with MACD? Worth securing some profits…
Bitcoin is back up again after the January consolidation. Getting above the green belt was a good buy signal. It has already passed through the first objective (not shown) and it adheres to the second dotted line. Your stop should be bottom of the green belt for longer term, and top of belt for short term trading. Next objectives are 53700$ and 58200$. 50k$ might be a short term psychological blocking point but random walk says not to care!
We talked about the short squeezes, which if coordinated, can lead to strong bull markets. This is usually the case when prices reach an area around the one year high, which is seen as resistance, and so many are shorting to benefit from a price reversal. This works from time to time, but the back testing does not validate it on markets, all stocks, … so be careful!
Coming back to our random market model, it is easier to pick up a trend when it starts, and drive it until it wears out. That is what I am doing with Bitcoin and Etherum. Bitcoin has walked back from its recent top to the random walk path (RWP) and is ready to pick up again. MACD is still largely positive, no reason to exit for now. A partial profit was of course welcome in January.
Etherum is even stronger. The RWP has not even pointed south one day! I don’t know if it will go to 100k$, but 1800$ is surely next target in the short term!
Tezos might be a candidate for near future. MACD is in positive area after a divergence, so just monitor!
There are two crypto-like stocks (in terms of performance). One is of course Tesla and the other one is …. surprise…. Ford!
In spite of never ending pandemic, a looming economic crisis, everything is bull, except maybe dollar and gold. Strange, isn’t it?
As written a few times, social network are stealing your time, your data, your ideas, and everything else they can. As of now, they tell who can tweet or put message on Facebook, they can remove any content they don’t like, … No surprise either when some say “Bitcoin is a worldwide scam”. It may be somehow, Bitcoin have no greater reality than fiat moneys, as their names indicate, but for traders in the short term, Bitcoin exists and the risk is just a bit bigger because of volatility. So it is worth having a strategy to enter at low volatility levels and decrease exposure when volatility is too high to your taste. If you don’t have or don’t want to spend too much time with custom indicators, just draw the infamous Bollinger bands and a long term MACD (parameter 48 and 64 for instance) on any financial web site as below:
MACD is positive, so the long term trend is up. No further question to be asked.
You can also see areas where those bands are getting closer to each other. Change the Bollinger moving average to 5 or 7 days if not visible enough.
Then if you compare where we are compared to previous bull run, as indicated with green smileys, we are barely at the beginning of ‘second phase’ of Bollinger bands, indicating the strong bull market will continue, albeit most likely on a quieter pace.
To get a peace of mind, consider the difference between last price and green moving average. That is your risk! If too far away (consider how many $ or € you could loose), just decrease the position size, thereby also securing some of the profits!
Markets will still be there next year, plenty of profits to be made! It is now worth taking a break, do not forget to monitor loosely your open positions or enter a stop order in the system. Of course, stay away from the virus!
Anaximander of Miletus, a Greek philosopher who lived in the 500s B.C.E. speculated that humans must have descended from some other type of creature, most likely fishes. This idea became later a scientific theory when Darwin wrote about it. But it still is a theory, because these days, no new species arise on earth, maybe man will change into superhuman with exoskeleton and additional processing power, but still is a man, form fit and and function wise! A counter theory is that at some point in time, a disruption occurred, allowing for instance more radiation from the Sun or stars on brain cells, that allow the monkey to become a different specie: the man! Don’t tell anyone I told you about this one ;-))
When a company changes so that it is not the same as before, because it has been eaten by a bigger one, or they invented a disruptive technology, it is not usually a smooth process. The new company may not have children (or clones) on its own because the market timing was missed. Or it may thrive in unusual manner and explode, what we call bubbles. This is exactly what we can observe and measure on our charts. Well, seems I have demonstrated life on earth is actually the output of a random process!
If you want to make money with trading (I did not say investing which is an other subject), you need board a ship that is willing to go northern direction. A disruptive technology is the right vector to use. Because, when something has the potential to disrupt, then it is attracting attention of big money, and you need to follow this track. If you are sticking to old business, then your gains may not outweigh your losses.
While I am it, instead of complaining of inefficiency of government in managing virus crisis, take time to think about disrupting something in a gently way. Become expert in one domain, then explode it with new concept, and sell you concept to make big money!
Now let’s look at the market and their disruption potential!
I will explain in future post about the usage of pitchforks. When you master many trading tools, you should change from time to time to avoid analysis being a boring task. So S&P500 escaped from a down trending pitchfork, thereby generating a buy signal. The MACD at the bottom being in positive area, and price being above moving averages, this was a good signal to check whether index was waking up from the horizontal move. Which it did! The slope looks good, we can stick with the market. Careful about any divergence with MACD… nothing to fear for now!
I am more concerned with Nasdaq. I is right on the 3-months objective and MACD is now lower than beginning of September. This is a divergence! Should you hold major index contributors, like Apple or Facebook, would be good to watch closer to market behavior and secure some gains!
Bitcoin is still pleasantly flying in the 10R area, 10R means it is 10 times the Risk I took when I entered beginning of October (stop under yellow zone). I have taken partial gain and will come back to it later. As long as MACD is positive, I am keeping a small line so I won’t miss out the beginning of next rally (the famous FOMO) and then I will add more to the line when the rally is confirmed!
Telsa has landed (pun intended after Starship issue!) me a cool 40% of gains without leverage. Same divergence as Nasdaq. I will wait lower!
That’s it! Until next time, trade disruptively but safely!
Crazy times since last report. Look at that beautiful Bitcoin chart!
If you read this blog quite often, you know I entered at about 6000$, then again at 9500$ and again at 11000$ in October. The profit is substantial for the year, why bother trading stocks and all the related work about finding when are next quarterly results, announcement, or FDA validation for biotechs, … And of course, all stock market indexes are beaten! Same is true with many other cryptos….
Those of you interested in Tesla, I wrote that I would short Tesla at some point when the conditions are there. True enough Ferrari has fared better than Tesla recently but not a chance to short TSLA. Why not? Because the volatility is too high, it works like air balloon and protects from the crash. The volatility must be small or even tiny, so it can go up in a downfall. Volatility on Tesla is still very high (30%+, personal scale) so waiting mode!
The MACD has actually taken a down slope, but the green average is up, kind of hidden divergence. So Tesla stays up in the air. It has even gone above the down-sloping last reaction line and may still go up now, along with billions of dollars printed by the Fed.
Nasdaq is also floating mid-air, not knowing where to go. I would not be surprise if the index blows off the 12500 level and then continues up into next year (the famous short squeeze!)
Looks like the markets do not welcome this second coronavirus wave, not the wave itself, but rather the bad and worst decisions made by politicians! You should never panic because of sudden but announced meltdown, and again stick to our sound models!
S&P500: this will be the last time I am using these reaction lines (drawn end of March!), as the accuracy for top prediction is now failing. No big deal. Always double checking what the random walk model is telling me.
Following previous post, you see the MACD has been under its signal for a while, indicating downside pressure. First objective is 3094, due after the US elections, so another 10% to go. If might go further down, pending on lock-down conditions, as they say. The truth is that the market will go up if there are buyers, lock-down or not! If investors think all the GAFAM will be at bargain price when S&P500 reaches 3100, then market will resume up trend.
The SOX (or Semi-conductor Index) usually anticipates what’s coming up. No light to expect for now, as there is a divergence with MACD.
Speaking of Apple, the kagi graph is showing interesting things. A 3-buddhas top appeared by mid-September but because of strong uptrend, I deferred my idea of shorting Apple. Then a double window bottom has formed, a strong indication of further uptrend. Markets may be in bad mood for next few days but quarterly results may bring back confidence! Remember that the recent growth of Apple is before all due to buyback, a gift for shareholders who don’t get too much dividends otherwise. You might be bullish because of the upcoming 5G trend on smartphones, but this stock is overvalued somehow. The question is compared to what? There is no absolute reference!
Gold has reached its downward objective end of October but may still go down some more, which is very good opportunity to buy. Rationale: as countries are printing more money by tons, the value of money goes down, and Gold which is limited in quantity can only go up!
I wrote two weeks ago you should look at Bitcoin. It has gone up almost 20% already. On the way to 100k$!
Amid sad jobless figures and coronavirus new travel restrictions in Europe, markets may be in a strange mood but money flows by billions in stock market because bonds have ridiculous or negative yield. Interesting? No. This is noise. All this does not explain why you, as an investor, will pull the trigger to buy Apple or Tesla stock. Those so-called correlations between news and market are complete non sense!
Let’s go back to our sound mathematics based trading!
S&P after crossing reaction line in now back up, see how good those reactions lines to find bottoms (which you can’t play of course!). As explained in yesterday’s post, new 3-months objective is 3672, we are already 6-steps from the bottom, which is quite good. Indeed the tail winds may push prices horizontal for a few days, but next reaction line is far away, do not expect a reversal in the short term. No need to say you need a stop anyway, this is trading, not betting on the wind direction!
Tesla, after hitting twice the reaction, has gone through. Next one is very close, so better be careful!
Bitcoin: does anyone care about Bitcoin anymore? Maybe you should! Next objective is 13230$, which means the gain for 2020 could be close to 100%, compared to current 10% on S&P500, before the US election…
It had to come, it is there at last. The correction!
Yes, we can take this opportunity to go after Tesla or Apple, …. but we need to wait for markets to go back up again.
The current correction mirrors a messy period from August 2019, as highlighted by the orange circles. Of course, the trend is still up, but market will continue to be jumping up and down until next reaction line!
Situation is a bit more tricky for Bitcoin. Price targets are reached as usual on warning line levels, you just don’t know which one prices will stop at. Price target for the down move are 10250$, 9400$ and 8600$. Up trend will undoubtedly resume then as many professionals advise to buy some to protect yourself from the (virtual) printing of dollars by billions!
Gold is still above its random path, so we assume horizontal consolidation for now and we keep buying some more, for the same reason as Bitcoin.
That’s it for today. I will cover new subjects over the next weeks, from portfolio management to more technical or philosophical subjects. I will propose a tiny portfolio (10k$, 3 lines or technical volatile stocks) which will be updated on weekly basis.
I have plenty of subjects to discuss in September and later. I want to spend three weeks far from Internet, the worldly (bad) news, … I will monitor my open positions, but not much more. I will not validate the hundreds of comments that I have undoubtedly when I come back!
S&P has gone through the last reaction lines quite harmlessly. Next one is not drawn yet but is much further away. This rally can continue for a while, unless something wrong happens! Your stop should be around 3100.
As written some time ago, you ought to have gold. Dollars and euros are printed faster than trucks can transport them where needed, so their value to the good old Gold is going down, so Gold goes up. Turbo has even been clenched for the pleasure of traders and investors alike.
If there is something that has been very pleasant these last days, it is the post-halving Bitcoin rally that has started. At last! Many other cryptos either anticipated (Etherum) or are following (Litecoin, Ripple). My portfolio shows massive gains in just a few days, and it is very likely that the rally will extend for a long time.. for the same reason as Gold!
You need to monitor the progress of virus and countermeasure applied in each country to anticipate a possible slowdown on stock market. Gold and cryptos may or may not correlate with stock market like during containment. Each needs specific attention.
That’s it. Until September, trade safely. Stay away from virus and wear a mask if needed: it is only a matter of probability, you are decreasing the chances to get sick. So be bullish on masks and bearish on the virus!