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Lessons learned part 3

Last week we had fireworks again, with the first 3 days being very bearish, while Thu-Fri provided a vertical V-shape rebound, with up gaps on the cash sessions on both days.

There were quite a lot of great tells from the mcm tools, so let's dive right into the "lessons learned".

  1. IGSI unconfirmed low set-up

Unconfirmed lows on IGSI are very powerful set-ups and are normally good for a lot of points. A great example is the actual move off the Thursday morning low, which was unconfirmed on IGSI. However we actually had 2 unconfirmed lows set-ups, the first of which failed. Let's see the main differences between the two.

On Tuesday we had an unconfirmed low on IGSI, but the initial bounce off that low triggered bearish EE which held and pushed price lower. The unconfirmed low was held initially, but the bounce off there triggered again a bearish EE which also held. The next trip lower broke decisively the unconfirmed low and the market flushed.

On Thursday we again had an unconfirmed low on IGSI, but this time, buyers never hesitated and rocketed off there.

The main take-away is that the confirmation lvl for the upside set-up of the unconfirmed low on IGSI is the peak of the prior IGSI high before the unconfirmed low. If IGSI shows bearish EE vs that lvl, it is best to be cautious and raise stops on positions entered at the unconfirmed low.

2. FGSI up squeeze set-up

Normally when FGSI is at extreme optimism (red zone) it indicates a top and reversal is close. However the "up squeeze" set up happens when FGSI is in the red zone and starts pulling back, while price keeps hovering near the highs or even makes new highs. That indicates that market participants are increasingly pessimistic, but are unable to move prices lower. Ideally this sort of set up is completed by a breakout on Tick Tools (TT), like a breakout over a buyer exhaustion (BE) or an important level, like the maginot line (ML).

We had also 2 up squeeze set ups on FGSI last week, one failing and one playing out well.

The 1st one occured on Thursday. After the big bounce off the unconfirmed low on both FGSI and IGSI, FGSI reached extreme optimism (red zone). But price continued higher, as FGSI started to come lower from there. On TT we had broken out a BE just after the cash open and everything was looking good for the up squeeze set-up. TT even triggered a Seller exhaustion (SE) above the broken BE, but the big warning came immediately after that when a new BE was triggered. That turned out to mark the high for the day and the market retreated quite strongly from that level.

The 2nd one occured on Friday and this time there was no stopping the buying stampede. We had almost the exact set-up. FGSI moved to the red zone, then started pulling back, while price kept climbing. TT had broken a very strong 100% BE Xtick and held the back-test. Then came a SE above the broken BE Xtick (so far exactly like the set-up from Thursday), but this time no BE triggered and the coast was clear for buyers to continue higher. This is exactly what happened as price grinding higher for almost the entire session, with only the last 1h sesing a few whipsaws both down and up, and closed near the highs of the day.

The main take-aways is - the up squeeze on FGSI is a powerful set-up, but must be completed with signals from TT. If a BE hits that caps price and then a SE gets broken, those are strong signals the buyers are not in control any more. If TT signals that the up trend has little resistance, then the up grind can continue unabated for quite a bit. As can be seen, an additional confirmation on Friday was that price held the danny line all the way until the last 1h whipsaw. That is indicative of a strong up trend.

Lessons Learned Part1

This will be the 1st article of the "Lessons Learned" series. The aim is to discuss the most important set-ups on the mcm tools from the previous week and how they should be approached when they show up again.

First up is Tick Tools, which was amazing on Friday. It nailed the top off the cash open with a big Buyer Exhaustion (BE) Xtick from which the market sold off strongly. And also the low with a strong Seller Exhaustion (SE) Xtick that was overshot and then won back. If shorting the opening BE Xtick was a classic (and easy) play, playing the bounce once such a strong down trend is established (4 SEs broken, one being an Xtick) can be more stressful, however it doesn't need to be. The 1st thing to watch for, when looking for an attempted bottom, is price to break above momentum line (momo) and then for it to change colour to green. The 2nd thing is for the last broken SE level to be won back. Then the attention should be directed to the other important lines - danny, 400bar MA and finally ML.

Friday provides a great example of this set-up, as we had all confirmations one after the other.

As can be seen in the chart, the exact low was on a seller capitulation bar (the 3rd one in the same area). After that, price broke above momo and it turned green. After a few whipsaws just below the SE Xtick level and danny, price broke above both and the next big tell that an important low was in the making was price back-testing danny, which held as support AND turned green. Then followed the breakout above the 400bar MA and ML and then ML was back-tested, it held as support, and then ML turned green. All those signs were just one confirmation after another that the odds were shifting in favor of the buyers. The most bullish scenario played out once the reaction off the 70% BE was held by ML as support, which triggered a breakout. The big 94% BE Xtick might have marked the top, but getting a SE immediately after that at such a high level was a clear sign sellers were caught wrong-footed and were gonna get squeezed as long as the SE lvl held (which it did).

Next up is FGSI. The obvious signals were - extreme optimism (red zone) off the high from the cash open (which added weight to the BE Xtick signal from TT) and extreme pessimism (green zone) at LOD (which was also a sign to look for an attempted bottom). However, it's important to also discuss what happened next. It got to the red zone again pretty quickly on the run up from LOD and then started to move down to sideways, even if price kept moving higher. That is a set-up which indicates a very likely squeeze up, as market participants try to sell (increase in pesimmism), but are totally unable to move price and are getting run over.

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e-Tick Tools is a proprietary approach and technology that enables an unprecedented and in-depth analysis of exhaustive and emotional behavior in key markets. e-Tick Tools is fundamentally different from other analysis. It is not designed to analyze a series of prices, but rather analyze market facts, behavior, and events. The toolset represents its detailed analysis of key prices and confirmation feedback at key event-driven areas of significance. The results are unparalleled and enlightening: The methodology generates relatively few signals/data points but highly relevant and revealing real-time feedback.

e-Tick Tools Livestream gives you access to real-time charts and signals with spoken alerts from your PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, or Android.

e-Tick Tools Notifications delivers text alerts via the mcm Proprietary App to your mobile phone and or email.

Access from your PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android

e-Tick Tools provides a unique edge to view and interpret the markets, and is accessible so individual traders/firms can flexibly load it on multiple platforms.

Tick Tools and its supporting applications are formidable tools calculated on our servers - the tools require significant server resources for real-time calculation - this requires databases to be maintained, referenced and updated on an ongoing real-time basis to function correctly.

This is why we implemented a web distribution mechanism and maintain the data & the supporting databases, feeds, upgrades, and hardware requirements behind the scenes to that all these analytics can still accessed even on an iPhone or on your laptop/trading workstation.

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