Some of the time markets are a two sided affair, and we can trade them from both sides. Other times markets are trending strongly. When they are trending we want to either trade in the direction of the trend or do nothing. That’s one of the reasons I cover so many markets for Swing Trader’s Insight, this allows me to more easily find trades that don’t fight a trend.
Today the stock indices were an example of not fighting the trend. By the Taylor Trading Technique today would be a Sell Short day however given the strong uptrend I didn’t see a tradable setup for them today. (That’s not to say I wouldn’t have taken a short sale if the market showed downside momentum; I didn’t short them because they were trending higher today.)
This meant we needed to look for other trade opportunities today. In looking at the markets for this morning’s STI watch list, one of the markets I thought to watch is crude oil. Crude is in a longer term uptrend and today was a Taylor Trading Buy day. Additionally, ROC (bottom panel of chart) was on a buy signal as well.
When I got into the office this morning it was trading around the Thursday low, our standard reference price for a Buy day. Given yesterday’s selloff, a failed downside push today would be the pattern we would look for to go long this morning.
The push to the session low stopped around 6:45 and by 8 AM it was back above the Thursday high, giving our first long entry signal. Around 10:15 AM it moved back below our reference price however it made a higher low, and the subsequent rally gave us a second chance long entry. Crude oil trended higher from here, making a series of higher lows and higher highs that rewarded traders who were patient with taking profits.
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