Trading ES (emini S&P) - October 2003

china white

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eminem - rather straightforward - u take 2 pulses (highs or lows) end establish 2 anchors (-100% and 0%) and get a projection for 100% and the final push in a 3*series, which is 200%.

u also absolutely right - clear cock-up in tickers on my part. Sincere apologies! Hope this qoute from Reuters (Sep 22) will clarify the matter once and for all:


The 10-year-old VIX has been revamped to give a better reflection of expected market volatility, the exchange said.

Starting Monday, the VIX is calculated by measuring a broader range of options on the Standard & Poor's 500 index. The original VIX was based on S&P 100 at-the-money options whose exercise prices were close to or at the current index level.

The revamping of the index also "opens the door to a new group of products based on the VIX," said Peter Dunay, chief market and options strategist with Wall Street Access.

The CBOE plans to offer futures products on the overhauled VIX starting in the fourth quarter of 2003 -- its first foray into futures. Regulatory approval for the CBOE Futures Exchange LLC came in August. Options on the VIX will be listed by the CBOE, pending regulatory approval.

CBOE's plans for VIX futures come as the exchange considers ways to regain its edge in the crowded, competitive U.S. options market.

CBOE has slipped this year to the No. 2 U.S. equity options exchange, behind New York's all-electronic International Securities Exchange, but is still the largest when index options are included.

Five exchanges are currently battling for a slice of the U.S. equity options pie, with a sixth likely to launch within months.

CBOE will keep the original-formula index and give it a new ticker symbol: VXO (^VXO - News).

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now i'm totally confused... I was under the impression that the old VIX was changed to incorporate SP500,thus becoming new VIX,and as a historical reference the old VIX became VOX,and thus caution was needed when comparing old historical volatility.


china white

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deep sigh of relief here......

just another graph to show what I meant earlier by expanding tri on VIX. here 19 (38.2% retracement) is key


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Thx for the reply CW.

china white

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cupl of pts regarding TICK trading

U will find attached the TICK battle log of 24-10. Note ND at 10:55 and PD at 13:55. Both clear-cut as they involve TICK HOD or LOD (at that point in time). See also the precision of 3*push lower neg time frame. Putting on just those 2 trades alone wud rake in 20+ points.

I traded two midday TICK divs: reverse to long => reverse to short. It is important that if u traded the former pos div (without hod or lod) u stay tuned, and trade the latter one. This flipping cost me 0.5 pts but allowed to stay short for the next leg down.

VERY IMPORTANT THING: THE BEAUTY of reversing on divs is that u get a tight reference point on price - if that point is taken out , THE DIV U TRADED ON IS NEGATED!!!!! I reversed to short on both late NDs (red ones on graph) , but once price peaks were taken out, reversed to previous exposure (long). That cost me 1.5 pts, but allowed me to stay prepared for ANY CLOSE, and stay long into the close. ALWAYS WATCH THAT TIGHT STOP ON PRICE if u trade on TICK! :!:

As for the big picture, we had a major hammer on daily, key reversal and an ouside day.....


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I thought I`d try and show a chart of yesterdays pivot S/R levels for the NQ.

It was the sort of day snake oil salesmen like Stanzione dream of :D

The 3 horizontal lines are the 3 support levels for the day. Not too shabby a day for these S/R levels :cheesy:


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You don't need Pivots - you don't do that !

What you have shown are simply support and resistance which you would see forming bar by bar as you watch the chart unfold, followed by good old fashioned break outs/downs.

So - rather than try to forecast ! where such lines occur, simply watch them form and trade accordingly as the market unfolds.

Nothing works all the time, even breakouts; hence the need to strictly trade what you see and above all, know where your stop is - hence the use of support/resistance/consolidations as guides.

Just my `umble opinion vicar.



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as I said earlier, I`m just showing people how the pivots are doing. I never said I was trying to forecast anything, in an earlier post I stated what you have also said, that nothing works all the time.

I`m just trying to show that they do work some times,but like everything else, you need to manage the trade and your risk.

These are only entry points we`re talking about. It`s once your in the trade that really matters.

I really, truly believe that not enough people understand this, it`s only a starting point. Whether you turn a profit depends on where you get out-relative to where you got in it`s entirely possible to be profitable with any form of entry, as long as the trade is managed.

Just my two penneth worth, and hey that`s why there`s chocolate and vanilla :cheesy:


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Chocolate and Vanilla.

With strawberry jam sir?

Please don't think I was getting on a high horse.

I enjoy debate and never attack anyone for their opinions even though my tongue in cheek style appears to do otherwise.

As you say, nothing works all of the time, which leaves us with money management and psychology?

The sun is quite warm here at the moment 12.55am :cool:

stoploss please

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Trading the ES 27/10 to 31/10

Hi all

I'm off on my hols :cheesy: this week but here is the start of next weeks thread. Please fill it with wonderful insights that cannot be found any where else.

Have a nice week all


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Bit late but.......

Friday's action on the ES. To pivot or not to pivot?

As I mentioned somewhere else, when there is a gap opening I favour the use of pivots calculated from both yesterdays close and todays open.

Plenty of "opportunities" even though the action felt choppy to me. Trouble is almost all of them involved trading both ways into and out of the pivot "zones".

As stevem has said, the NQ "set up" so much nicer than the ES or YM. Double bottoms on SPX, DJ, YM, ES and NQ for all the world to see were indeed too much of a convergence to ignore. I was playing for the breakdown myself but them's the breaks (ready to scratch if the S2 "zone" held twice).

Most interesting set up of the day was the long possibility at 03 on chart (conservative by a lot of peoples standards, I know). An entry that meant being long into the S1 "zone" on ES. An entry here was hard to justify in terms of risk:reward. However, offsetting this, I felt the probability of success was greater than normal.

1) Possibility of 20ema (5m) buyers on ES, YM and NQ.
2) CRUCIALLY. The time of day.
3) Support from a previous area of congestion on YM.
4) TICK.

And the rest is history.


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china white

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I am a bit concerned with this bit lads:


Barron's poll is indicating that 65% of respondents now call themselves bullish or very bullish about the stock market's prospects through June 2004, up from a then-record 60% in its spring 2003 survey.

stoploss please

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Trading the ES 27/10 31/10

Not done much today. Too busy faffiing about, sorting my stuff for my hols. I had a quick look at the charts. A bit on the whippy side for me. I was not sure if we were basing for an up move but I suppose the triple top signalled weakness. I would like to hear how other traders read todays action.



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I read it as a bull flag, with volume indicating a big boy's setup.( I learnt that from Skim). But is it right?


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