In this morning’s Swing Trader’s Insight watch list my comment for crude oil futures was: “It’s an ‘exit breakout buys” day so a TTT Sell Short day was anticipated. Yesterday’s rally stopped at old low resistance of 9668; watch the Fibonacci retracement level at 9789 as a downside pivot.”
This ended up making for a good trade so I wanted to go back and expand on my cryptic statement. By the TTT I mean the Taylor Trading Technique, the basis for a lot of what I use for Swing Trader’s Insight. When I use the phrase “pivot point”, I mean a decision point level. In this case, I would watch the 97.88 level, either to see it hold as support or a level from which the selloff extended if broken.
With the Taylor Trading Technique there is normally a day between the Buy day and the Sell Short day. However, when a market makes a strong breakout move it often creates the “excess” high or low that marks a market top or bottom. In this case we saw a breakout rally on Monday- it wasn’t especially energetic because the daily trend is down, and it stopped at old low resistance of 98.68.
With today’s Sell Short day we would ideally look for a failed rally above the previous day high for a short sale setup. However, at 7 AM we not only hadn’t seen a rally, the market was selling off. As the daily trend was down we were interested in alternate setups to short the market.
The 97.88 pivot point was a 50% retracement level from Friday’s low to Monday’s high. Given the market was moving lower today, we could look to short a break below this pivot point level, anticipating the market would continue to head lower. I usually use the starting point of the retracement as the objective for this move; in this case our target would be Friday’s low of 97.09 basis CLU.
We just missed getting short around 8:50 AM as it made a session low of 97.90. Our sell signal was hit around 9:20 when it dropped below 97.88. I highlighted the two previous intraday swing highs as possible stops for a stop loss. Crude trended lower for the morning and our 97.09 objective was hit around 12:20 PM. The daily trend is lower so you could use Friday’s 97.09 low as a pivot point to anticipate more downside if you wanted to play for more downside.
There were similar Sell Short day setups in the stock index futures, minus a breakout setup from Friday. The eMini S&P and NASDAQ have fallen solidly below an equivalent Fib pivot level and the Russell is currently trading around its Fib level. If you’re a stock index trader, the eMini S&P market followed a similar pattern to crude oil; it might be a pattern for you to look for some time later.
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