Before the Bell June 8

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Before the Bell  is premarket prep for active traders. The note provides detailed stock market technical analysis focused on the indexes and FAAMGs. Key levels and trading locations are provided, along with trading plans and timely commentary to keep you on the right side of the trade.


Would you know a Show Trial if you watched it?

When people think of classic show trials, most would think of trials in Stalinist Soviet Union, Hitler’s Germany, or Mao’s China.  With the benefit of hindsight we look at these moments in history as “obvious”.  But in real time, did the observers know and understand what they were watching?  This week in prime time, all the major news and cable outlets will be televising Congressional hearings about the Jan 6 “insurrection” as it’s been described.  If you decide to watch the proceedings, keep an open mind. Ask yourself some critical questions and reach your own conclusions.  We’re at an important moment in our Nation’s history. 



Today’s Companion Video  

The video is a detailed technical review of the indexes and FATMAAN names. All the key trading levels are identified along with commentary and trade plans for each ticker. Trade ideas are also discussed.  Run the video at  1.5x to maximize efficiency without loss of clarity.

Find the Companion Video HERE

Macro Data Releases Week of  June 6

  • Monday – Nothing
  • Tuesday – International Trade; 3yr Bond Auction
  • Wednesday – Mortgage Applications, Oil inventory; 10 yr bond auction
  • Thursday – Jobless Claims, NatGas inventory; 30 yr bond auction
  • Friday –  CPI, Consumer Sentiment; Rig Count; Treasury Statement

Critical Event Risks Next Week

  • June 15 Big VIX OPEX Wed morning
  • June 15 FOMC 2pm Wednesday Afternoon
  • June OPEX Friday June 17

Rally on the Clock

In my opinion, this market rally is on the clock. For me it would be tough to hold onto a big chunk of longs through the FOMC announcement next Wednesday and the big OPEX on Friday the 17th. THis would be especially true if we can push to SPY 430.  Getting to that level would fill some gaps and check off technical boxes.  So…..let’s get ‘er done. We have our downside stops in place. Let’s hope for the best and be prepared for an early roll over if that’s what the market wants to do. Definitely anyone’s ballgame.

Macro Framework Spring / Summer 2022

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Earnings Season & Bracket Trades

As earnings season kicks into gear, a reminder that this is prime time for Bracket Trades. Bracket Trades are those trades created when a stock gaps up or down from a news driven event. Bracket Trades are set up as “2nd day trades” where you alarm the high and low of the prior day’s trading range, then patiently wait for price to either break lower or higher from the range.  You then follow price out of the range. I will do my best to help identify them for you, but you can easily find them yourself by doing a sort for “GAP ups” and “GAP Down” on your trading platform.  I add additional filters for only stocks above $10 and at least 500,000 shares traded. You can add additional filters to cut down the sort further. Generally speaking, stocks favor continuing in the direction of the gap higher or lower.

You can find out more about Bracket Trades in the video Run the Player at 1.5x      HERE.


Thoughts on Energy

With energy / materials / commodities / marine shipping working I wanted to share a few thoughts on how I am approaching these sectors. Going to keep the wording brief and just bullet point the main ideas.

Bearish Factors

  • Every village idiot and market commentator is talking about energy
  • Bull sentiment is off the chart ( bearish )
  • Prices are extended / over bought in many names
  • Demand destruction……have not seen it yet but at some point people will curtail consumption

Bullish Factors

  • The War on carbon shows no signs of abating. You’d think with gas pushing $5 the politicians would get the message but nothing yet.
    • Probably a higher chance of energy assistance stimmies hitting mailboxes before the November elections than a rolling out of the red carpet to oil drillers
      • California has already announced energy stimmies
    • Energy stimmies already being done in the UK and other EU countries and Germany just announced corporate energy assistance to mission critical industries.
  • Russian sanctions appear to be getting tighter, not looser
  • Oil and NatGas inventories at near historic lows.
  • SPR releases have done nothing
  • Commodities across all sectors remain incredibly tight.
  • Europe is frantically trying to stock inventories of oil and NatGas heading into the winter. Price is apparently no object
  • Price Action
    • Prices can go higher than anyone can imagine
    • Over the past days, oil has been attacking $120. A break above opens up 125 and beyond.
    • NatGas back over $9.  Mid-teens are possible
      • With EU NatGas at $30 every NatGas tanker available will be booked and filled. That price arb may not be completely closed but it should narrow.
  • No Supply
    • We’ve gone over this. Whatever supply response is out there it is minimal.
    • OPEC doesnt have the spare capacity. They are raising prices.
  • Institutional Demand
    • What if I told you that oil producers, refiners etc are CHEAPER on a valuation basis now than they were 6 months ago….shocker
    • As a money manager with a long term horizon, justification can easily be made to buy today
    • A great way to lose your job is to badly miss benchmarks. With energy / materials working and little else I can see money managers piling in just to keep their head above water.

How to play

  • There WILL be a correction. Accept that a giant red bar is in our future. It may be tomorrow or in 3months. We dont know
  • Trying to time a short is a fool’s errand and a great way to get run over.
  • I want to stay long energy, commodities, and materials
    • Diversify across the sectors. Not all E&P or refiners
    • Keep position sizes reasonable
    • Keep heading to the bank early and often ( roll & Protect)
      • When your name goes appreciably in the money, peel off the profits and go to the bank. Roll to a higher strike and stay long.
      • Remember, they’ll be a day when those positions get cut in half over night or in the premarket when all you can do is watch. There will be comfort in knowing that the lion’s share of your gains are in a safe place.


Use the following pivots and levels in your active and swing trading.

SPY Daily

SPY 1 hr

QQQ Daily

QQQ 1hr

IWM Daily

IWM 1 hr

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