Today the stock index futures are on the Sell Short day of the Taylor Trading Technique cycle. A TTT Sell Short day tells us to look for an initial rally to fail; we then look to go short when the market starts moving lower.
I chose to watch the eMini S&P for this setup because it was flirting with the previous contract high of 2014.50. At the same time, all the stock index futures are in a daily uptrend so we would want to be careful with shorts. As I said in the morning Swing Trader’s Insight watch list, Friday’s high of 2016.75 was the primary reference price for the TTT Sell Short day; we could watch the 2014.50 level if the market was unable to reach Friday’s high.
The 8:30 AM open was 2013.75; it then traded sideways until the pop after the 9 AM ISM report. ISM came in stronger than expected, and it rallied to a new session high of 2017.00.
This rally was the “high violation” signal for a TTT Sell Short day. The move above the previous session high of 2016.75 was our “heads up” to look for a short sale and we got short on the subsequent move back below the previous day high.
The initial stop loss for the short would be above the session high, which in this case could be extremely tight. Breaking below the day session low of 2011.00 extended the selloff to 2008.00 but the inability to take out the overnight low (2007.00) could be a signal to take profits. I was inclined to do so as the daily trend was up and the other indices (eMini NASDAQ and Russell futures) weren’t confirming the selloff. If you did cover shorts you might look to reshort if the daily low was taken out; if you stayed short you should have stops at no worse than break even.
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