A Peek Into The Inner Circle

A Peek Into The Inner Circle

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Buy Dips, Sell Rips, Wait, Rinse, Repeat

by Alex King for Cestrian Capital Research, Inc.

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Still no direction from the market. You can sit and do nothing or you can try to buy dips and sell rips, all in the short term. The Vix - a measure of expected (implied) volatility in the S&P500 - has moved up a little in the last couple days which may be related to monthly options expiry which is now firmly in view. For now no sign of a market collapse nor of a rocket-fuelled liftoff. So, play golf or BTD / STR, you choose!

Vix - Trending Up In A Channel

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US 10-Year Yield

Heading to 4.3-ish% before another drop down?

S&P500 / SPY / ES / UPRO

Larger Degree Base vs. Bull Case

Even if you take our base case as the outlook here, it looks like the S&P has some room to run up yet. Personally I added to UPRO today as I was underweight the S&P vs. the Nasdaq; if we get a selldown I will build up my SPXU position.

Smaller Degree

ES>4800, bullish. Simple. Put another way, ES>2021/22 high, bullish. Currently below.

3x Levered Long ETF - UPRO

Personal Trading Plan Disclosure: I currently hold UPRO and SPXU in an approximate 3:1 ratio ie. I am 3:1 long:short the S&P500.

Nasdaq-100 / QQQ / NQ / TQQQ

Base vs Bull Case - Larger degree:

Smaller Degree:

Below the 2021 ATH = bearish, above = bullish. That W5 termination zone is still above and not yet breached from below. That’s bullish too. Yesterday I sold all SQQQ positions and remain unhedged long TQQQ for this reason. NOTE in early trading today, NQ was below the 2021 high; that’s a warning shot which needs to be watched. If NQ closes above the 2021 high today, a selloff has been averted for another day, but a close below that level suggests something has changed.

3x Levered Long ETF - TQQQ

If TQQQ can hold over $55 we may see a break to the upside. Until then, risk to the downside.

Personal Trading Plan Disclosure: I hold TQQQ unhedged at present.

Dow Jones / DIA / YM / UDOW

Base vs. Bull Case - Larger Degree

On this timeframe it looks like the Dow is going higher. I added to my UDOW position today with that in mind.

Smaller degree:

To repeat - again! - everything about this chart says that a pullback is due. So far no material drop. One must follow price not what one thinks price should be doing. I am presently unhedged long the Dow having banked modest SDOW gains yesterday. Ready to add SDOW again as and when the index starts to sell off in earnest.

3x Levered Long ETF - UDOW

Upside ahead on this timeframe in our view.

Personal Trading Plan Disclosure: I hold UDOW unhedged long.

‌‌Russell 2000 / IWM / RTY / TNA

Larger degree:

Selling off for now. Has hit about the level where we may start to see support, being the 0.5 retrace of that ginormo-move up in late 2023 (the RTY chart shows this most clearly).

Smaller Degree:

I continue to expect a further move down in that C-leg, to maybe the .618 retrace level, but what I think and what happens are independent variables so as always, one should follow price not opinion!

3x Levered Long ETF - TNA

Personal Trading Plan Disclosure: Currently a small unhedged long TNA position.

3x Levered Long XLK (Tech) - TECL

Rolled over right in the middle of our W5 termination zone. Consider TECS to the short side if you are using this instrument.

3x Levered Long SOXX (Semiconductor) - SOXL

Rolled over at the top of our W5 termination zone. Consider SOXS to the short side if you are using this instrument.

3x Levered Long Megacaps - FNGU

Rolled over at the low end of our W5 termination zone.

Alex King, Cestrian Capital Research, Inc - 17 January 2024. DISCLOSURE - Cestrian Capital Research, Inc staff personal accounts hold long positions in, inter alia, UPRO, SPXU, TQQQ, UDOW, TNA.

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