In last night’s edition of Swing Trader’s Insight, the eMini S&P futures were labeled as a “Sell Short day” according to the Taylor Trading Technique (TTT) cycle. Today’s action was a textbook example of the TTT Sell Short day roadmap.
The TTT attempts to anticipate a market’s daily direction based on what it has done in the previous sessions. It then gives a general trade setup to look for if the market makes the anticipated move.
The TTT says markets move in a three day cycle of a Buy day, a Sell day and then a Sell Short day as it moves from a low to a high and then back down. It is by identifying a day’s pattern that we are able to anticipate which TTT cycle day will occur in the following session. For the ES, Tuesday was a Buy day, followed by a Sell day on Wednesday. This meant we would look for a Sell Short day for Thursday.
For a TTT Sell Short day the anticipated pattern is a failed rally against the previous day high early in the session. As this rally fails, the market will turn down and then trends lower for the session.
For the eMini S&Ps today, this meant we were looking for a failed rally against the Wednesday high of 2165.25. (Normally I limit stock index trades to the old pit hours of 8:30 AM CT to 3:15 PM; in this case there was a sell signal in the night session as well.)
The ES opened at 2161.25 and traded up to a day session high of 2165.75 before turning down. The move back down was our first sell signal this morning, and the double top made 20 minutes later was a second chance to short it (and a confirming signal for the first sale.)
For a Sell Short day, the initial stop loss goes above the high of the day of entry. Trades are contingent on the market momentum moving in the direction of our trade; if it makes a new high after our short then we have momentum on our side. We often don’t have the opportunity for such a tight stop loss but the principle of trading on the side of momentum would be the same.
Stocks then sold off over the course of the session, making a characteristic “3 pushes” pattern (as Linda Bradford Raschke calls it). The session low of 2137.25 was made around 1 PM, just above Fibonacci retracement support of 2136.50.
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