Monday, October 02, 2006

Traders Helping Traders Big Weekend Edition - Part Two

Tom's Trades By R. Thomas Logé

The Day Fire is all but out after burning for a solid month and consuming 254 square miles of brush and timber. It is testimony to the amazing work of firefighters that only one house was lost.

The fire robbed me of 2 days of trading but we came back for the final 3 and did pretty well all things considered.

That's another benefit of the way we trade, picking predetermined price levels rather than chasing after each day's price flow. We can leave the markets for a day or 2 or even more and come right back without feeling we lost touch.

I'm going to dig right in and get after the game plan for next week.



The coming week is light on reports with 2 exceptions. On Monday we start off with a heavyweight in the form of the ISM report on manufacturing activity. Analysts expect a reading around 53.5; maybe a bit higher after Chicago's regional reading on Friday. On Friday we'll cap the week with the employment report. Since it is the only report Friday it may have even greater weight than normal so be wary.

The close on Friday at 112-13 ended the week on a sour note for bulls. I think we'll open the week with more weakness and tread water from there all week. We'll be watching for opportunities at 112-16 and 112-00 to began the week.

DECEMBER Eurodollar

I'm still short from .695 from Thursday. The stop is at B/E now. I'm thinking we have a shot at seeing .620 and maybe even .580. Periodic RRR is going to dictate how this trade concludes. If I weren't involved in this short trade I'd be looking at selling a break below .660 with a stop at .675.

DECEMBER Canadian $

In Thursday's Daily Update I added 9040 and 9020 to the mix of playable numbers. We'll play either way now off all 4 numbers … 9040, 9030, 8980 and 8940. For buys at 9020 or 40 we'll look at 9080 as a target. For sells we'll look at 8940 and hope to get thru there to open up the 8860 target discussed below.

We have two primary lines in the sand to contemplate Monday morning … 8980 and 8940. We'll buy the break above 8980, sell the break below 8940 or sell the failed retest at 8980 or buy the failed retest at 8940. I'll also play at 8920 either way dependent on the appropriate whisper there. Targets are 8860 on any sell and as much as I'd like to say 9040 on the buy the real "what's most likely" is 9020. That makes the buy at 8980 a very small trade with less than a $400 profit potential.

The stops will be on the same basis we've been using for sometime now … on buy trades they go at the next lower XXX7 and on sells they are at the next higher XXX3. We'll be risking only about $80-$100 on the 8980 buy but that barely yields a 4:1 RRR. If you take the buy there you can't leave it out of your sight for even a minute.

DECEMBER Swiss Franc

We're right back where we were week before last.

I'll take a flyer at 8060 either buying the break higher or selling the failed retest there.

Target for the buy is 8160 and for no good reason, 8000 on the sell. Any trade done here needs to be rolled to B/E very quickly about 10 ticks I imagine.

The stops will be on the same basis we've been using for sometime now … on buy trades they go at the next lower XXX7 and on sells they are at the next higher XXX3.

DECEMBER Mini Russell

The market played out almost as we predicted last week. I had it pegged at 2 up and then 3 down, we actually did 3 days of up and then 2 down. We're going to stay strong but suffer a bit in trying to gain and hold new altitude. This will likely be a frustrating week for us as we keep bumping above price levels we can play. I can't add any new numbers on the high side yet so we'll probably be handicapped in buying some of the spikes we'll inevitably see.

I think it's going to be quite taxing to play the markets both ways capitalizing on both buy and sell trades. Some of you may find it more comfortable to ambush only buys on pullbacks.

Here are the numbers currently in play for the December contract with the addition of 742 and 740:

742, 740, 738, 735, 732, 730, 726, 722, 718, 715, 712, 710, 706, 704, 702, 700, 698, 696, 694, 690, 688 and 680.


The DOW clearly has been less riddled by volatility than has the Russell. It has been a much smother ascent to current levels. The DOW is going to be a difficult play fir us exactly for those reasons.

Here are the current numbers in play for the DOW:

11775, 11750, 11700, 11620, 11600, 11580, 11550, 11500, 11475, 11440, 11400, 11370, 11350, 11330, 11300, 11240, 11200, 11170, 11150, 11050, 11000, 10970, 10950 and 10850.


I think the coming weeks will play out very well for our $10 Channel theory. I see gold becoming more and more a creature of range and less and less able to make sustained moves in one direction. This tendency coupled with the Channel play should reap benefits for us throughout the week.


We made the plunge below 51.60. There isn't a thing down here that gives us an ability to read a course of action. I'm going to play only at 51.60 and only by buying a break higher. The stop is 51.53. The target is 52.60 with an aggressive roll at 52.00.

The trade will more than likely terminate on the end of a long run or as a result of periodic RRR considerations as opposed to arriving at a target.


There is evidence of support at several price levels from 1460 to 1480. I'm going to play only 1470. I will buy a break higher or a failed retest there. The stop will be 1467 and I'm looking at a target of 1530 - 1540. 1480. 90, 1500, 1510 and 1520 all command respect worthy of a roll. I don't think you can manage this market that tight so again mixing periodic RRR with the S&R will be the likely way to go.

I think I'll sell Cocoa on a failure up at 1500/1510 with a stop at 1513 or 03 depending on the fill price.


My first line in the sand comes at 2.68. I will buy a break higher; I would prefer to sell a failed retest there as it turns and heads back south.

I'll sell a failed retest at 2.65 1/2 - 2.66. I will not buy the break higher from there. I'll also sell the break lower at 2.62.

2.52 and 2.54 are also levels I'll play. I'll look to sell breaks lower at either number or buy any failures there. These are pretty much the first buy levels I'm comfortable with outside of the buy of the break higher at 2.68

These are all scalps so the penny and a quarter rolls and stops are in play.


Wheat has been on a 2 week plus pattern of alternating up and down days. The ups have non the less out paced the downs as Wheat added 65 cents to price. Monday will determine whether the pattern repeats or not. We'd expect an up day. I really think we'll be down.

I'm going to play 4.41 selling the break there. It is a scalp trade so the stop is a penny and a quarter as are the rolls.


Traders Helping Traders Big Weekend Edition

Here's a little something I picked up while surfing the web. Some of it might not be new to you, but it's all true – in life as well as trading.

Rules for Life

You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for as long as you live. How you take care of it or fail to take care of it can make an enormous difference in the quality of your life.

You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time school called Life. Each day you will be presented with opportunities to learn what you need to know. The lessons presented are often completely different from those you THINK you need to know.

There are no mistakes -- only lessons. Growth is a process of trial and error and experimentation. You can learn as much from failure as you can from success.

A lesson is repeated until it is learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it (as evidenced by a change in your attitude and behaviour), then you can go on to the next lesson.

Learning lessons does not end. There is no stage of life that does not contain some lessons. As long as you live, there will be something more to learn.

"There" is no better than "here". When you "there" has become another "here", you will obtain another "there" that will again look better than your "here". Don't be fooled by believing that the unattainable is better than what you have.

Others are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it mirrors something you love or hate about yourself. When tempted to criticize others, ask yourself why you feel so strongly.

What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. Remember that through desire, goal-setting and unflagging effort you can have whatever you want. Persistence is the key to success.

The answers lie within you. The solutions to all life's problems lie within your grasp. All you need to do is ask, look, listen, and trust.

You will forget all of this. Unless you consistently stay focused on the goals you have set for yourself, everything you just read won't mean a thing.


Got a question that needs answering like an itch you can't scratch? Send it along to me at [email protected] and I'll be happy to try and clear things up for you.