Henry: Sunday's open of the futures has provided solid follow through to last week's selling as the futures markets digest the weekend's downgrade. Standard & Poor's decision to bump the US credit rating to AA+ has sent the S&P futures to a low of 1161.50 after closing near 1200 on Friday. While the long-term repercussions of this will take years to unfold, we're currently trading off the lows and the next two days will be critical for swing traders. The fear in these markets is substantial, but moves by the Fed could generate a violent short covering rally and it's more important than ever define your risk and using Carolyn's work is one of my favorite ways to do it.
Having clearly defined price zones not only limits risk, but also allows a trader to have the potential for selling a top (or buying a bottom). While some of the zones noted in today's video will be violated at the open, others will begin to come into play. Amazon.com ( AMZN) for example has a support zone between $186.13 and $182.37. If we trade in that zone I'll be looking for a period of consolidation and then ultimately a Squeeze. For support zones found on a daily I like using 60-minute Squeezes for entries. If you're fortunate enough to line up weekly support with a daily Squeeze these types of moves can be more powerful.
A recent example that worked well with Carolyn's work was in Disney ( DIS). On July 21 the stock had a solid up day and Carolyn noted a .618 retracement on the daily chart at $41.48. This is the next key level of resistance I watch. The stock begins to consolidate then a few days later we have an hourly Squeeze form, a cross of the 8 and 21 EMA's and red TTM Trend Bars. This is a clear cut short signal and stops can be set at $41.48 giving a nice risk reward ratio. In the case of AMZN I would be looking for the exact same setup in the reverse, or bullish direction.
At the time of publication, Carolyn Boroden, John Carter and Henry Gambell held no positions in the stocks or issues mentioned.
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