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Retail Sweet Sixteen

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As I make my way to Copenhagen, I wanted to offer up a post with enough charts to allay my blogger’s guilty for a good long while, because Wednesday is going to be largely “shot” for me. I’ve got a ton of short positions, but I decided to hone in on my favorite sector now, which is retail. Here are y sixteen live short positions, courtesy of SlopeCharts:

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The Slope of Music

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Well, my friends, I’m heading off on an international journey. I will be, Dick Cheney style, in an “undisclosed location”, but generally speaking in and around Austria through Monday. Slope lives on, of course, and I’ll continue to tend the site during my travels, although during radically different hours. I suspect over 90% of you wouldn’t have noticed any difference, since I try so hard to keep things flowing on the site, but I just thought I’d mention it, particularly since some of you have an acutely good feel for the pulse of this place. Good luck to us all!

A Polite Cough

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I’ve been ill or recovering much of the new year so far, as has Stan, and much of the western world as far as I can tell, and I’ve managed to keep up with my main work at but this is an unusually late first post for the year.

That’s not the polite cough that I’m referring to in the title though. SPX and ES have been on both daily RSI 14 and RSI 5 sell signals since the end of 2017 and a polite cough to the upside would at this stage be all that is required to kill the underlying RSI divergences and fail those signals. We may well see that happen today, though there is at least some reason to think that bears might be able to pull off a last minute decline to save them from that failure today.

I look at that in my premarket video this morning, though with the observation that it’s not a trade I’m taking. I’ve included the whole video today so if you’re interested you can see which other trades I do think are interesting, notably CL and KC today, and managing existing trades in ZB and NG. The part on equity indices is covered in the first five minutes. Premarket Video – Update on ES, NQ and TF: (more…)

BitBrain Levels

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Since last night’s USD/JPY drop didn’t amount to a hill of beans (quite the opposite – -ES and NQ are both green now, naturally), let’s turn our attention to the one space that typically has interesting action; cryptos. Specifically, Bitcoin.

As we all know, two big exchanges launched Bitcoin futures last month, one December 10 and 17. Interestingly, the 17th was (so far, at least) the lifetime high for the instrument. After trading at about $20,600, it lost about half its value, only to recover most of that loss based on well-founded BTFD mentality as well as a big positive push by Peter Thiel.

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