Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Power of the Fool

Back in the good ole days, about 10 years ago, making money off popular momentum was easy as pie. One of my favorite plays was simply watching Wall Street Week with Lou Rukeyser on Friday nights. The show was PBS's longest running and most successful offering. Lou always had a group of fund managers on the show whom he called the Elves and each week they would recommend a few stocks that they felt would outperform the market. The standing joke was that Lou never met a stock he didn't like and, like Mr. Micawber in Dickens' David Copperfield, he was always waiting for things to turn up.
The easy money here was simply buying the basket of stocks that were recommended Friday night on Monday morning's open and holding 2 days, closing the positions at Tuesday's close. This little no-brainer system which only required you to watch TV Friday nights was a consistent winner with over 80% profitable returns for several years.
As the electronic marketplace became more sophisticated and available, and other folks recognized this easy money trade, the rush to get in on Monday's open made the trade a bit more problematic.
Just a little history there. . . .
Skip forward to present day and a follow up to the Wall Street Week format. Enter the Motley Fool, a widely syndicated company that seeks to "educate, amuse and enrich". . . kind of like Lou in a clown's suit. The Fool is bit more participatory though and has a thing they call the CAPS service wherein members rate stocks. Current top rated stock with 5 stars is KFT with 93% of CAPS members expecting it to outperform the market. Even in a recession, people gotta eat.
With KFT currentlty at 26.45 the ATM is actually a $1 OTM as we are trying to capture that gain in the play also.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Take a LEAP

Here are a few more LEAP examples, using some of the SPDR Xxx components.
Keep in mind that Jan 09 data reflects options that will expire in 18 days, so the ROI is really based on a little more than half a month.
I've added the beta values for each of the ETFs to see if that makes a significant difference.
I've also profiled XLF twice. With XLF at 11.53, or mid strike, I've included the slightly ITM (11) an the slightly OTM (12) to check for possible performance edges.
XLF clearly provides a ROI performance edge, both short term and long term, reflecting the level of uncertainty surrounding this sector. Next is line is the XLE, lagging in return considerably, but still reflecting the petro-engine that will drive world economies for the foreseeable future.
As with my kit-of-parts basket of systems (KOP) approach to trading select ETFs, one way to minimize risk with these Buy/Write leap positions is to identify a basket of stocks and/or ETFs and spread your exposure.

Monday, December 29, 2008

LEAP or no LEAP?

Clueless has been mentioning his LEAP positions lately so, being a pitiful copycat, I thought I'd look at what some LEAP opportunities might look like to generate a little premium decay for the coming year.
This is obviously a small sample . . .GE, XLE and the Qs and only examines the ATM situation as of Friday's closing prices. We can go a lot further with this study if sufficient interest.
Top to bottom are the Jan, Mar, Jun and Jan10 option strings for GE, XLE and the Qs. I've highlighted the ATM option strikes on each matrix.

Below is a little spreadsheet showing the relative payout for each of the ATM positions over time. %ROI is the total premium received based on a current Buy/Write position.
Monthly Y is the % premium received divided by the number of months the position is held.

With relatively high quality CDs currently paying about 2-2.5%/ year, this approach certainly looks like something to consider. The overall annual average return of 20% for this little basket also provides a nice cushion in the event of further declines and involves basically no monitoring, although working this thing a bit with a timing model can double or triple your returns. The ROI potential is clearly maximized by using the shorter term options, a fact known to anyone who actually trades options, but cyclical price movement can significantly effect the ability to produce a continuing level of premium decay if, for example, the market were to drop another 20% in the next few months. This risk management trade off has be to closely considered. . .pay me now. . .or maybe pay me later.
A obvious simple strategy here is to spread the position over a number of strikes to both hedge the position if the markets fall and to allow for some good gains if the markets rise.
Of course, you could just sell puts . . . this is the other side of the coin and will be examined in a future post.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Weekly Update: Looking Bullish

Above is the daily bars 3 LRs study for my little ETF basket, while below is the weekly bars 3 LRs study. It's occasionally useful to scale back your view of the the charts to get a bigger perspective on how far we've come.
On the daily bars the oversold RSI2 and stochastics are encouraging on all four charts and the 22,10 envelope channel is bullish to neutral across the board.
Two concerns are the downslope MACD and the recent holiday plunge in volume.
Of the basket, XLE and XLE appear to have the best upward momentum potential.

A little different story on the weekly bars, where the MACD is solidly bullish. Once again there's always a technical trade-off, and in this case its the anemic 22,10 envelope channel and the almost overbought level of the RSI2 in the Qs, IWM and XLF.
If the market does make a positive move the lower legs of the LR30 channels will provide the first major resistance levels to be broken. With another low volume week on tap, there's a high probabilty that we'll see some continuing gyrations before momentum finds a solid direction.

Friday, December 26, 2008

More GE

I mentioned the volatility skews typical of thinly traded days . . . like today. although these skews present some great scalping opportunities, the other side of the coin is that there tends to be considerably more technical "noise", false starts and head fakes for us daytrader types than in otherwise "normal" days where volume is not 2 or 3 SDs away from the 10 or 20 day moving average.
Apparently not a lot of folks showed up today since, as of 13:00 total volume in the Qs is 9M and GE is showing 14M.
So much for the small talk.
GE still managed to produce a nice little payday with only an hour's exposure and the setup closely followed the pattern I have detailed many times in the past.
This will be the last of the GE/NYAD divergent trade posts . . . read the GE/NYAD archives to bulk up on the trade rules, which you will probably refine to fit your own trading style. For my part I intend to program this setup into TS and run it in auto-trade for a while to see how it pans out. So far, every time GE and NYAD have diverged for over 8 minutes, this setup has produced a net profit. When I first started these setup posts the net yield was approximately $ .01/minute of trade exposure. In more recent trades, we've seen that return diminish considerably. That may be the product of overall market volatility, which, as measured by the VIX, has retreated from the mid 60s to the current mid 40s. I've mentioned before that a least one large prop shop and several commercial trading firms focus on these arbitrage type GE trades using vast sums of capital and that the only reason this trade works for an average retail trader now is precisely because of the high VIX conditions. . . so milk this thing while you still can.
Today's trade stats:
Time in trade: 10:26 - 11:00 = 34 minutes and 10:26 - 11:32 = 66 minutes
Trade gain: 16:10 - 16:02 = .08 and 16:10 - 15.92 = .18 for a total of $ .26

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

GE Rules

Another relatively easy GE/NYAD scrap (I'm not going to call them scalps anymore) today.
I've also shown the NYAD in a separate chart box below the main GE/NYAD chart just to show the relative dynamics of the NYAD.
GE had almost identical volume as the Qs and IWM today 65M, demonstrating it's popularity. I hope none of you guys are telling your buddies about these trades. If you do, this little mean reversion trade is going to fade away faster than Madoff's billions.
The entry SELL trigger was picture perfect at 13:00, with GE having diverged against the NYAD for the previous 50 minutes.
The parabolics got us in dead on 13:00, the 8/16 fired a confirmation at 13:14. Now, after 23 years of trading there are a few things I know. . one of which is that skewed volatility pops up in pre -holiday, thinly traded markets. This is where following the NYAD as the true pulse of the market pays off and encouraged me to double my original 13:00 position at 13:14 when the 8/16 crossed.
My optimistic goal at this point was a retreat to the PP pivot, which would have taken GE down to 16.15. But, alas, this was not to be.
At 14:00 the NYAD shows some strength, although the lower NYAD chart shows what a wimpy little surge that was.
NEVERTHELESS, being the nervous nelly that I tend to be, I close half the position at 14:10 and am considering closing the rest when the NYAD does a plunge at 14:30 and GE follows suit.
Once again I'm looking at the PP pivot as the next downside target, but GE's failure to breakthrough 16.21 on multiple attempts tells me that the path of least resistance is the close out, which I do, with some luck at 15:06 on a kiss-off bar at 16.25.
Time in trade: 13:00 - 14:10 = 70 minutes and 13:14 -15:06 = 112 minutes (way too long)
Trade gain: 16.48 - 16.33 = .15 and 16.43 - 16.24 = .19
Net gain = .34
Another subpar trade, but I'm glad I doubled up with the 8/16 cross as it made the trade worthwhile.

Monday, December 22, 2008

XLP Butterfly

Here's another example of a flat 75 day LR30 pattern that may have some potential as a butterfly play. Unfortunately, XLP shares some of the same option drawbacks as its SPDR counterpart XLU (as detailed last Friday) . . .that is, low volume, wide spreads and limited option exchange participation.
From a strictly technical standpoint, the short term chart of XLP looks almost bullish, with the envelop channel in the lower panel on an ascent and the STO and RSI poised to turn up (maybe).
Two scenarios are examined here, both with 2 strike spreads. XLP is a bit unusual in the tightness of the LR30 channel bands, which translates into an overly excessive risk/reward ratio when looking at 3 strike spacing scenarios like the XLE butterfly profiled Dec 10th.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

More on the 3 Finger Reverse

These are the results with pyramiding turned on for the 3 finger reverse. The system now returns over 2x the net profit, but the max consecutive winners/loser ratio has become pretty dismal (for me) and the max drawdown is similarly impacted because (this is a test) . . . we now have multiple positions exposed and the % drawdown is magnified by the number of those open positions.
As I mentioned in the original 3 finger lead post, it may be better to scale into these trades in lieu of the pyramiding function. Simply doubling the position size in the 3 finger reverse will generate almost as much net profit as the pyramid version, but with much better max winner/losers and greatly reduced max drawdown.

Friday, December 19, 2008

XLU Butterfly

Here are 4 butterfly scenarios that might play out on XLU, the Spyder utility sector ETF. The butterfly proposed for XLE earlier this month has played out nicely (so far) and as I expanded my search for other candidates, the XLU looked like a possibility with its essentially flat LR30 configuration for the past 2 .5 months. Not that this is any guarantee that the LR30 will continue to hold for the next 60 days, but it's something to at least consider when we examine potential risk/rewards for these trades. I've set this up to show 4 possibilities, 2 with 2 strike spreads and 2 with 3 strike spreads. . . you can see the implications below. Blogger apparently doesn't like the color red as it blurs the text with the red cells, so I'll alter that color for any future posts of the spreadsheets.
The problem (there's always a problem) with executing these trades is that XLU option volume is rather anemic, at best, with many strikes showing little or no volume on a day to day basis. I submit these trades as a single basket limit order and let the broker work it out. The hard way to do this is to trade each leg separately or to trade it as a spread and a straight buy. Commissions become too onerous and the stress can be frustrating as you wait for limit orders to execute in thinly traded options with 1 or another leg exposed and the stock price fluctuating.
HEY!. . .nobody every said this was easy.
Got some other ideas for stcoks or ETFs with XLU and XLE LR30 flat patterns, please mention them in the comments and I'll check em out.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

GE Bumps

Just another example of the GE / NYAD scalp setup I've profiled before. Now, technically speaking, these aren't exactly scalps. . .as my scalper buddies have mentioned to me.
True scalps typically last only a few minutes, at the most, but HEY! it's my blog and I'm going to call these trades scalps for lack of any better term.
If you haven't seen these setups before, go to the right panel on the blog and check out the previous posts for GE/NYAD trades under How I Trade.
Going into this trade I've got to admit a little apprehension, as I was expecting the market to take off to the upside following the opening fade down so shorting was the opposite of the direction of my preferred trades for the day.
NEVERTHELESS. . .the NYAD was clearly flatline at 10:18 as GE began an abrupt ascent on no noticeable volume surge. With GE blowing through the PP pivot at 10:38, the odds for a pullback were high.
The PP penetration is followed by a little waffling at the PP for the next 8 minutes, when the parabolics trigger a SELL as GE penetrates and closes below the PP. This is bearish and supports the argument for a pullback down to the NYAD extension line (orange/blue).
Just going into the trade at 10:48 at $17.65 my expectation is for a retreat to the previous 10:15 low of 17.35 and if the NYAD shows weakness, then a hit or break of S1 at 17.24 so the risk/ reward looks pretty attractive.
GE does retreat to the NYAD extension at 11:24 and at the first parabolic COVER at 11:28 I'm out at $17.42. Obviously, I should have stuck with this thing a little longer, although the second parabolic COVER signal at 11:46 would have only netted an additional .06, so I don't feel THAT bad about my exit.
Net time in trade: 10:48 - 11:28 = 40 minutes
Net trade gain: 17.67 - 17.42 = .25
As I've mentioned before, these trades typically generate about .01/minute of exposure, so this trade was a bit sub-par. Whether this marginal performance was the product of an upward biased market is subject to dispute, but I'm flat again and waiting for the next setup.
Also note that I've changed the MAs on the chart from 8/16 to 4/8, in order to confirm the parabolics a bit quicker. This is just something I'm working on. The downside of using the 4/8 in lieu of the 8/16 is that there are going to be a lot more whipsaws and false exit signals from otherwise good trend trades.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Do the Opposite

My favorite episode of Seinfeld involved George making a startling revelation.
So. . . as I'm fiddling around with the 3 finger lead system I realized that it might be interesting to test the short side of this concept for mean reversion to the NYAD. Since using the NYAD for these comparisons is a bit risky because of the characteristic skewed volatility, I used QQQQ, DIA and GE as Data 2,3 and 4. I could have chosen other candidates for data 2-4, and you are welcome to explore the possibilities of this lead/lag system that follows the pack.
Rereading the text accompanying the original 3 finger lead post should clarify the intent of the code.
While the short side doesn't trigger a lot of trades (less than 1 a month), the holding time of 12 days means you are actually exposed for about 37% of the time.
TS2000i code is shown below:
Inputs have been optimized for IWM (as usual) and must be re-optimized when using other data 1-4.
Blogger has again refused to let me post the open code due to the <> symbols. Sorry. I'll try and post the open code in the comments section later today for you copy and pasters.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Size matters

Above are results for the HLC Low system for IWM, Qs and SPY.
Optimimized inputs are as follows: IWM 7,14 ; Qs 4,13; SPY 2,13
Average % profitable is 70%.
I haven't explored the importance of volume in the systems I've previously profiled, but here's a quick look at what happens when we add a volume component to the HLC Low system.
TS2000i code for the 3 performance reports below now reads:

Inputs: Len1(2), Len2(9);
If Close=HighestFC(close, Len1) and low=highestFC(low, Len1) and high=highestFC(high, Len1) and Volume=highestFC(Volume,Len1)
Then Sell This Bar at Close;
If BarsSinceEntry=Len2
Then ExitShort this bar at Close

The code highlighted in blue is the sole addition to the previous HLC Low code.

We could tweak the system a little further by making the volume length a separate input variable (Len3), but I'll leave that testing to my more motivated readers.

Note that the Inputs for IWM have been optimized to 2,9. The top optimized value is actually 2,13, which yields an additional $1000, but from a risk management perspective I prefer this max consecutive win/loss ratio in lieu of the enhanced return.

Optimized Inputs for the Qs are 1,12.

Optimized Inputs for the SPY are 1,14.
The average % profitable for the 3 examples has now risen to 83% with a considerably improved max consecutive win/loss ratio.
This system is just something to play around with and should be regarded only as a jumping off point for further volume impact explorations. Nevertheless, the win/loss ratios and % profitable numbers are very impressive and may warrant the time and effort of additional testing.
Keep in mind these are all SHORT ONLY examples. The long side trades perform no where near as well, no doubt reflecting the downtrend momentum of most of the test period. This can also be noted in Monday equity curve profile, where the first dozen trades produced only marginal returns since the markets were still uptrending at that point.

Monday, December 15, 2008

GE system variations

One of the nice characteristics of GE is the way it reacts to the pivots. In some cases more reliable than the Qs or my all time favorite IWM, GE momentum can be gauged fairly accurately by looking at proximity to the pivots. Friday's intraday behavior - shown above in 2 minute bars - is an exceptional example of this behavior. By using the parabolics (white circles) and 8/16 MA crosses (white arrows) for trade triggers, it's relatively easy to scrape several profitable trades out of GE each day with a minimum of risk exposure.
Generally, the better the technical alignment of a stock or ETF, the better the performance of a benchmark testing system. That being said, here are the results of using the High Count Reverse (HCR) system (profiled Friday) as applied to GE
The HCR is, of course, a short side only system, but with a 13:1 consecutive win/loss ratio, this is a highly attractive risk/reward approach, especially when one examines the max intraday drawdown of $160.
Finally, here is a little variation of the HCR system that produces twice the return of the HCR, with twice the Max intradday drawdown and a 9:2 consecutive win/loss ratio. The focus of the system is selling strength as defined over "X" number of days as defined by optimizing the "HighestFC" function of TS signal builder.
TS200oi code for the 3 day HLC Low system:

Inputs: Len1(3), Len2(6);

If Close=HighestFC(close, Len1) and low=highestFC(low, Len1) and high=highestFC(high, Len1)
Then Sell This Bar at Close;
If BarsSinceEntry=Len2
Then ExitShort this bar at Close;
Since the code contains none of the dreaded <> symbols, Blogger has obliged me and allowed the post in open format.

Friday, December 12, 2008

2 High, 2 Low

Just fooling around with the RSI Lag setup and streamlined the code, minus the RSI component to produce this little ditty. This looks a lot like the High Count Reverse (HCR) system that's part of the dirty dozen BZB systems (side panel of blog), but with the slight variation that the entry doesn't necessarily immediately follow the consecutive 2 higher highs or 2 lower lows. The fixed exit on the shorts has been compressed to 6 days, instead of the 9 days for the HCR, but keep in mind that pyramiding was turned on for the HCR and is not enabled here. The practical implication of using pyramiding is that you make more, but you also risk more and deploy more capital with each successive signal. The dramatic skew between the 2H2L holding times for profitable longs (1) and profitable shorts (6) highlights the negative slope of the markets for the majority of the backtesting period.

Code below in TS 2000i format:
Once again I apologize for the Blogger's refusal to let me post the code in open format so you can just paste and copy to your platform. The <> symbols in the TS code seldom transpose to Blogger correctly and frankly I got better things to do than spend 30 frustrating minutes trying to get the thing to format correctly, even when I first copy the copy to word or excel and then repost and repost and repost . . .

Thursday, December 11, 2008

GE scalps

Two nice GE/NYAD setups yesterday that illustrate GE's penchant for sticking to the pivots, as GE swung picture perfect between PP and R1.
The first trade kicked off at 10:30 with a parabolic confirmation with GE having diverged from a rapidly ascending NYAD for the preceding 30 minutes. With the NYAD turning positive again at 11:00 after a 30 minute pullback, I'm encouraged to stick with the GE trade until 11:20, when the parabolics fire a SELL signal and both GE and the NYAD turn down in tandem.
Net time in trade= 44 minutes. Trade gain = 17.86 - 18.15 = .29
The second setup fires a SELL at 12:20, again confirmed by the parabolics, although that first reversal bar to the downside is a whopper. The continued downslope NYAD then carries GE back to the PP pivot at 13:00, accompanied by a parabolic COVER signal as both GE and the NYAD reverse up.
Net time in trade = 40 minutes. Trade gain = 18.37 - 18.02 = .35
Total exposure of the 2 trades = 84 minutes for a total gain of .64. This is a little less that the typical .01/minute that these scalps have been averaging . . . but you can only get what the market offers and make the best of it.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Butterfly Details

For some reason the previous post Butterfly Excel picture will not expand when you click on it, so here are the files in a larger format so that you can actually read the cells and numbers.
Hope that helps.

Mid Week Update

Qs, IWM and XLF are showing almost identical chart patterns, having broken through the upper LR30 channel band for 2 days. Once again, these 3 ETFs are poised to kiss the channel good-bye to the upside. The mid panel technical are somewhat ambiguous, offering little guidance for the possibility of a sustained rally. Coupled with the weight of deteriorating fundamentals, an alternate scenario is a retracment back to the LR30 means, or if things get rolling , a retreat to the lower channel band with XLF and the Qs the most likely candidates as they approach overbought levels of the RSI.

XLE is an another story entirely and fits nicely into the Butterfly options model which I mentioned some time ago with 47 providing a nice mean reversion pivot for the spread.
Many brokerages allow 3 legged trades for one commission. The expanded butterfly with 2 focus strikes (47 and 45) reflects a bearish outlook for XLE. Coupling 47 and 49 as target strikes would reflect a more bullish outlet. (not shown)

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

More RSI Lag Trades

I ran a few more examples of the RSI Lag system profiled yesterday just to test the robustness of the concept. After testing over 20 ETFs and equities, I found the average return was just over 70%. Not bad for a simple system that seldom keeps you in the market for more than 6 days. Per the reference to Lentz/Graham article, the algorithm may also be useful in collecting short term option appreciation, rather than the focus of the article, which was premium decay. Keep in mind that this system reverses the buy and sell signals from the Lentz/Graham model.
Optimized inputs for GE are 13,14,2,1
Optimized setting for QQQQ are 14,14,6,4
Optimized settings for MSFT are 15,16,5,1

Monday, December 08, 2008

RSI Lag Trading

I've mentioned the concept of lag in previous posts and an article in the latest Futures and Options Trader e-magazine stimulated my otherwise semi-comatose brain to explore a relatively simple, but practical systems application. Subscriptions to the magazine are free and I always look forward to the unique market perspectives frequently found within. Go here to signup and download the current (December) issue. You don't have to be a futures or options trader to benefit from the frequent trading nuggets of wisdom that are profiled.
The article in question was by Steve Lentz and Jim Graham of OptionVue and they employed the RSI lag to time bear call spreads or bear put spreads. They don't mention the period of the RSI they used for their model, but I optimized the thing in TS and found RSI14 on the short side and RSI11 on the long side work best for the IWM. The system as they define it has a good track record, although the drawdowns are a bit onerous, and the average holding time for winners is 37 days, which, if you've followed me for a while, is about 35 days more than I'm comfortable with. So I reversed the signals and morphed the concept into a short term (2-5 day) equity trading system (no options). You, gentle readers, are welcome to pursue the original intent of the article, but the above system trades more frequently and manages risk a little better, IMHO.

TS 2000i code is shown below and is optimized for the IWM. I added a fixed bar exit which is variable for the longs and the shorts to accommodate the added market momentum of the down moves. That is, downside moves are typically of greater range than upside moves so what takes 5 days to go up may only take 2 days to go down. The optimization test for this system seems to support that notion. FYI: I use the "Then Begin" and "End" conditions to assure that the system doesn't fire until the initial Lower Low and Higher High non-conformation with the RSI has transpired.
Blogger has refused to let me post the code in open format as it won't recognize the > symbol without screwing up the entire code so no cut and paste today.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Mean reversions

The Qs, IWM and XLF have now reverted to the LR 30 mean. XLE has slid a bit as suggested in the previous post, although IWM has not followed suit. Interestingly, XLE has the most bullish looking LR30 channel, having now moved from downslope to barely upslope, while the LR11 is now clearly upslope. XLE also has the lowest RSI2 reading, further suggesting a poised position for an upthrust, although the MACD's position argues for some caution.
In an abrupt change of character, all 4 of the basket are looking moderately bullish. If the big 3 do get their handout, the expectation is for a rally of some substance. If not. . . welcome to the next leg down. With Fridays having a recent habit of being down days, voting on the handout may be delayed until the weekend for maximum effect.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Tuesday bounce

If you're underwater for the year, your're not alone. Of the 11,585 stock mutual funds tracked by Morningstar, 11.584 have lost money this year. The sole exception is APX MidcapGrowth Fund, which so far this year has returned a stellar return of 0 percent.
Why anybody would want to own a mutual fund, burdened by end of day selling/buying restrictions, load fees and documented manipulation is beyond me when there are over 800 ETFs covering almost every imaginable market and that allow intraday trading and price transparency.
Here's an update of the NDX A50 and A200. Just in case you thought the markets were gaining some traction, check back to my Nov. 15th post of the same charts.
A50 AROON is on a BUY, A200 AROON is on a SELL.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Monday Update

Today's decline was pretty well forecast by my little friend the RSI2 in all 4 of the ETF basket, as they all rolled over on Friday . Just a quick gander at these four charts should provide a compelling argument for following this indicator and justify its merit in several of the BZB dirty dozen systems.
The IWM and XLE appear to be most prone to further decline based on their distance from the lower LR30 channel already hit by the Qs and XLF. This doesn't mean that the Qs and XLF aren't subject to further decline, but rather that the IWM and XLE are probably more prone.
Coupled with the RSI, the LR30 has done of great job of providing tradable support and resistance levels for the past two months and deserves to be monitored seriously by swing traders.
With the LR11 now downslope in all 4 ETFs and a wave of selling expected in December as the commercials dump losers and rebalance portfolios, swing traders favoring the long side should be wary that once the lower LR30 channel gets crossed, the next decisive action may be kissing the channel good-bye to the downside. This prospect is supported by the fact that RSI2 has a ways to go before oversold conditions develop again.
All four of the basket are now in confirmed downtrend per the LR30 studies.