The Weekly Call – Trade Setups for the Week of December 17th

The Weekly Call provides perspective on high-quality setups and trading strategies. Our current performance showing a more than 200% return since October 2016. The purpose of this blog is to demonstrate how to swing trade futures using our methodology to select high-quality setups and manage the trade with our risk management approach. This week I am managing trades in live cattle, coffee, and natural gas, and look to initiate new trades in soy and corn.

I plan to continue to operate this blog into the end of 2017 and plan to compete in the World Cup Trading Championships starting in January 2018. I will change this blog at that time to post all trades that I make during the competition here on this site. My goal in the competition is to exceed the returns that I have achieved here.

All trades posted here are discussed in detail in our Daily Update Subscription Service and posted on our private Twitter feed. Our track record is posted below under Completed Trades. See some of our completed trade videos below.

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Soy – Managing the Trade

10-15 – As mentioned on our private twitter feed and the Daily Update, I took profits at 974.50 as the first 1/3 off after seeing more than a 50% retracement of the previous swing. Later in the week on Thursday I took off a second 1/3 after we achieved a three up to 992.50. At this point, I am holding the last 1/3 long into target at 1018.

10-22 – The retracement is still in progress after we completed the three up last week. I am looking for a turn midweek around the 973 area and may add back the two leggs I took off for a run up into 1018. I am still expecting the next cycle high sometime in the January time frame

10-29 – The retracement finished at the trend line and I added two leggs at 978s that I previously took off. I am looking for the next impulse higher this week. I am placing the stop for the new leggs below the trend line, still expecting the next swing high in January.

11-5 – Last week I took off 1/3 of the new position from 978s at $998. This is my standard risk management approach of being 50% back the previous swing. I was expecting a backtest and we certainly have gotten one. My stop is at even on the new position and I still hold a trailer from 964.25. I plan to hold it into expiration. This is what I call collecting trailers. So as I add position size, I always exit Last In – First Out. This supports me in holding positions in larger bullish and bearish moves. It is highly unlikely that Soy will see 64s, anything can happen, but odds are in my favor that I will exit this trade with a nice profit in about 24 days. Still hunting the swing high in January.

11-12 – Last week I took off the second 1/3 of the new position from 978s at the three up target at 1002, which was immediately followed by a big retracement. While this was expected, it has gone very deep very quickly. A possible outcome is a lower low to 70s by 11/14. Timing still says to expect a rally so the question is do we do it direct or from 70s. I plan to add size this week before the next impulse higher. So far I have two trailers which I plan to hold for now.

11-19 – So the 70’s were elected by the market and one of my trailers was stopped out. I still hold another and we have a nice reversal as expected. I plan to hold the trailer into expiration and look to add size this week. I missed my opportunity last week but will find a way into the legg higher after a pullback. Still trading this swing long into January.

11-26 – Nice rally last week, have encouraged subscribers to take off 1/3 in profit and hold the rest. Looking for a second 1/3 early this week at 1004. There is a strong low window around December 5th which appears to be another buying opportunity. Still expecting the rally to continue into early January.

12-3 – We have reached the backtest target at monthly pivot and I am expecting a move higher to break the $1004 ceiling. This week Soy needs to get bullish and convert 1007 to begin the impulse higher into 1050 or so by January 2018. Watch for resistance at 1020. I am still carrying a trailer.

12-10 – Last week we rallied and broke the 1004 ceiling as expected and made 1017s, the 100% fib. I encouraged all subs to take off 2/3 in profits as a backtest was looming. The backtest thus far has found support at the monthly pivot. I am expecting support here at 85s and a rally higher or a quick trip to 974s before we see the next impulse. I added size last week at 992.50 and am waiting on the next impulse higher.

12-17 – The added size last week was stopped out and I attempted another long at support at 973 with a tight stop that was also stopped out. At this point Soy may be in a triangle, I am waiting on resolution and plan to re-enter the trade as we have a bullish window into January. I will be looking for another reversal pattern.

Live Cattle – Managing the Trade

Live Cattle is an old friend and it’s time to consider a long. A nice three wave move into the low window and also 50% back of the whole formation. I am 1/2 size long here per my post on our private twitter feed and looking for a reversal pattern. Expecting a turn this week as we are well into the timing window.

10-15 – I exited another 1/3 in profit last week as we began a backtest. The indicator I used is the RSI price cycle, a break of that trend line and the backtest was on and I exited at 118.025. I am looking for the $115 area then higher again into the $120s. I plan to hold the last 1/3 into that target area.

10-22 – We hit the $115 target area on the retracement as discussed and am now looking for $120 for the last legg up for W. I may exit the last 1/3 of the trade at 120s but I do plan to re-enter the trade with additional size after the X wave on or around November 9th.

10-29 – We have hit the $120 target area and I have encouraged subscribers to take profits here and leave a trailer. We have negative D on RSI and am expecting a pullback where I plan to add size. I am currently holding a 1/3 size position.

11-5 – This is why I always exit three up and hold a trailer. My intention here was to take profits, reduce size and risk, and also look for a good entry to add size on a decent pullback. Well what do you so when there is NO PULLBACK and no opportunity to add size …. you do nothing except ride the trailer higher. I am still long, stop is still at even and we have seen a big move higher. Cattle is in a smaller pullback now for a wave 4 which may be complete. I do not plan to add size for the last legg higher, that is a fools game on a 5th wave into a cycle date. Very happy with the trade and looking to exit in the low 130s. Cattle is still on time for a higher high in the first week of December.

11-12 – This week I am expecting the retracement to end on Live Cattle and will be looking to add size long. I currently am holding a 1/3 size trailer and am currently looking for a reversal pattern. Timing says higher into the first week of December.

11-19 – Nice double bottom setup on Live Cattle, I plan to enter this week and expecting a rally into the first week of December. The monthly S1 is just below as max risk on the trade. I am still holding a trailer and will exit sometime near the cycle end date in December.

11-26 – Last week we added size to this trade at 117.50 and have seen a nice impulse higher. Currently, there is a reversal pattern which is calling price higher. I am holding this position with my stop at even and plan to take 1/3 off when three up is seen. I am expecting a rally into the second week of December.

12-3 – Last week I took 1/3 in profit at 119.625 per my post on our private twitter feed and set my stop at even. After the roll, my entire position was stopped out. The chart below shows nice positive D here, lower prices are currently expected into the Monthly R1 at $120.45. I will be looking to re-enter the trade after we see a reversal pattern. Two-cycle windows are of interest to me at this point – 12-28 and 1-9. I am still expecting a new high into those cycles.

12-10 – Live Cattle is setting up for a long this week, I am looking for a reversal pattern at 116.675 and am looking for a rally into the high windows of 12-28 or 1-9. Difficult to tell which is which until the turn is set. Minimum rally expected is into $127 and we could get liftoff into 135s if we are fortunate. I will be posting my entry on the Art of Chart private twitter feed early next week.

12-17 – I have a new position in Live Cattle as discussed last week, initiated at 118.50 and I have already taken off 1/3 at 120.75 and my stop is at even. I am looking for a strong move higher as we have a timing window that calls for at least $126-127 as a price target. I am a hold for now until I see significant resistance.

Natural Gas – Re-entering the Trade

10-22 – On a news-driven move on Thursday, NG went lower quickly and I took the opportunity to double my size at 2.783. The reason I doubled size is that this type of move lower is often followed by a squeeze, which did occur. By the end of the day we were printing 2.892 and I decided to exit the whole position at a small $300 loss. Given the news, the next day would go one of two directions, a new low or a 50 back and higher prices. Having “reset” my position, I looked for an entry on Friday and saw support at 50% back and am now long 2.875 a 1/2 size position.

I call this sequence in trading lowering my basis. When a trade goes against you, your options are to capitulate or look for a creative exit and possibly re-enter lower. News driven days often demonstrate a V type pattern so I was fortunate to catch the low and punch out at good levels.

The story on this long is incomplete as the market needs to convert the monthly pivot to show bullish signs. I am long and will be rolling this position into the December contract next week.

10-29 – I re-entered the trade on NG at 2.875 with a 1/2 size position on a 50% pullback from the previous rally. On the next rally as I usually do, I exited 1/2 of the position at 2.990 after we retraced more than 50% of the previous stop near the trend line. The trend line has been hit six times and is very solid and we have rejected to new lows. I am stopped out and will wait for the next setup lower on NG. Base hits like this looking for the low are just fine, I’ll continue to do this until I find the turn. I am looking for the next reversal pattern marginally lower at 2.935ish.

11-5 – I re-entered the trade on NG at 2.905 with a 1/2 size position and exited the first 1/3 per my post on our private twitter feed 50% back the previous swing as I usually do at 2.924. So why only take 20 ticks? Because this is my discipline. I could have done a better job with the entry so this is why the profit is not larger. From my perspective trade discipline is trade discipline, so no matter how small I am following the 3P method. I am looking for a three up to take off another 1/3 and plan to hold the balance into mid-December. I am expecting a pop higher in natural gas into $3.10ish where I will take my second 1/3.

11-12 – Per the plan last week, I took another 1/3 in profit a little early at 3.066 and exited the trailer at 3.201 so as of now I am flat. Nice trade and first impulse off the bottom. I am expecting a decent retracement this week and I am standing aside as my practice is to capture the trend which is up until mid-December. Looking for another entry somewhere in the 3.07 area and NG can go deeper into $3.00.

11-17 – Now trading Jan contract and waiting on $3.10, likely we will see it this week and I plan to enter after a reversal pattern is seen. I am looking for a long into the December 15th time frame.

11-26 – Holiday globex trading sometimes creates exaggerated moves. This is the case in Natural Gas. Friday we have a flush lower on low volume and I am expecting an immediate reversal higher and a test of the Weekly pivot. Convert this pivot into support and we begin the rally, convert into resistance and we will see a lower low with positive D. I am expecting a rally in NG in the next few days. I added a 1/2 size position earlier in the week at 3.131 and am waiting on the resolution of the pivot test. I plan to add more size on a lower low if seen.

12-3 – A nice move last week on natural; I took off my first 1/3 at 3.149 which was 50% back the previous swing which is my discipline and also another 1/3 off at 3.202. Expecting a backtest, I waited and added more size at 3.079 and have taken a small profit at 3.100 which is 50% back the previous swing. I am expecting a move higher into 12-12 to 3.323 and am a hold on all positions.

12-10 – Last week, NG broke the $2.999 pivot and we exited our longs at 2.991 at a loss. We were looking for support at 2.90 and tried a 1/2 size position and were immediately stopped out. I am still expecting a rally. This week we have an excellent setup showing positive D on both daily and intra-day charts. NG is also against an important trend line. I am expecting a rally into 1-7 with a target at $3.10 and plan to enter the trade Monday after a larger reversal pattern presents itself.

12-17 – I entered NG with a tight stop of Monday with no luck. I was immediately stopped out. I waited for downside exhaustion and started a new position 1/2 size which is my method for managing risk through size. I added to a full position on Friday and my average is 2.656. I am a hold and am expecting a Sunday gap up and a rally. I am looking for the rally to continue through 1-7.


Corn – Planning the Entry

Corn is getting close to a reversal pattern and I am planning to enter sometime this week. Either corn is going to double bottom or just break out to the upside. I plan to enter on the pullback if the breakout is seen. Members of our private twitter feed see the actual post for the entry and all trades are reviewed on The Daily Update Video.

11-19 – Nice movement into our target area at 336’4 — a nice reversal from that area and now waiting on the retest. Once seen, we enter long Corn and plan to manage the trade into January.

11-26 and 12-3 – Still waiting in the setup. Right now we have a potential reversal pattern which can break lower as a triangle thrust. I am waiting to see the resolution of this swing lower. If we break the monthly S1 (the green line) we likely head lower directly and I will wait to enter in the $344 area.

12-10 and 12-17 No changes this week, 12-17 I am still waiting – The right setup is arriving. Looking for a turn and a conversion of monthly pivot to confirm the turn. Lower prices still expected into 348-344, any reversal pattern this week will be an entry that I plan to pursue.


Coffee – Managing the Trade

Coffee is a familiar trade and it appears we may have reversed and I am expecting a longer-term move into the $174s by March of 2018 for a Y wave then even higher into Q4 of 2018. It appears the major degree X wave is in and we have crossed above the 20-day Donchian average. A backtest that holds 50% back the previous swing and I am in long for a trade into November.

10-15 – Last week, I entered coffee 1/2 size at $126.50 and have a stop below the current low. We have a bit of a compression pattern short term and coffee may still see $122. If this is the case, I will get stopped out and will re-enter the trade lower.

10-22 – Last week I was stopped out on the initial 1/2 size long for a small loss. I re-entered the trade on Friday on the lower high at 124.80 with a stop below the current low. We can still see $122s. I am looking for a rally in coffee into 2018.

10-29 – The price action on Friday appears that we may have the turn in coffee. I will be looking for entering on the next pullback. Did I miss anything? Not really, by waiting I am reducing my risk on this trade. I am looking for a big swing into March of 2018 so the first move off the bottom is not my main interest here. The reversal pattern at $122 did not work out as planned so I will wait for the larger reversal pattern on the next pullback. I plan to enter when seen.

11-4 – Still no entry on coffee; I see a potential for a lower low here. We have no price confirmation here yet – any break above the Monthly pivot – the blue line on the chart – and I will enter at that time OR on a lower low and reversal pattern into the next low window next week. I have plenty of time to find an entry and am confident this is a significant low in coffee. No need in being afraid of missing out; we have a long run higher into March, I am waiting for a better setup.

11-12 – Waiting for the entry and I think we are close. We have a small triangle and a breakup, waiting on the backtest of the triangle which is very common and will start a new position in the area of the trendline at 125s. Demonstrated support and a reversal pattern is required. I am looking for a big move in Coffee into 175s into 2018.

11-19 – Nice pullback and into our cycle timing window. I am waiting for a reversal pattern to put on a position. I’m looking to enter this week with a stop below the low.

11-26 – Last week I entered Coffee at 126.25 and we have seen a nice impulse higher. I have already scaled out 1/3 in profit at 128.90 and my stop is currently at even. The 50% back the previous swing area is ideal for taking initial profits as this is often a reversal area. At this point, I am waiting on a conversion of the Monthly Pivot (the blue line) as confirming price action and am expecting higher prices into March of 2018.

12-3 – I managed to take another 1/3 in profit last week at $131.70 as posted on our private twitter feed, stop is still at even. I expected a backtest which has happened and am waiting on confirming price action above weekly pivot to add more size. We have risk here to $126.00, watch for another legg lower. I am still expecting the rally into 12-15.

12-10 – The trailer I was holding was stopped out this week on a quick move lower, which is why we use the 3P method in managing risk. So we exited with 2/3s in profit and are looking for our next entry. The low window on 12-12 and the trend line just below may prove to be the setup we are looking for. There is a smaller reversal pattern on a 5-minute chart, any conversion of 124.90 signals the upside. I will be looking for an entry early this week.

12-17 – As mentioned last week, I entered coffee at 121.85 and am expecting a rally. Last week I exited the first 1/3 for a small profit as we are three up and in a possible flag formation. I am expecting a break out to the upside this week and I will sit and be patient this week to see what coffee has in mind.


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Track Record of Completed Trades

The purpose of this blog is to demonstrate how to swing trade futures using our methodology to select high-quality setups and manage the trade with our risk management approach. This track record is based on entries and exits as posted in this blog using a $50,000 account limited to a three contract position size. We will increase position size after we generate a 200% return. See the videos below for more information.

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Completed trade in Cattle as of November 28th

We expect subscribers to have captured 60% of the swing in live cattle which is over $14,500 in profit using a margin of only $5,115. A great example of using leverage in futures.

Completed Trade in Coffee as of December 12th

The total swing was $37.00 and we expect subscribers to have captured 60% of a wing or $22 in coffee for a profit of over $25,500 using a margin of $8,850. A great example of using leverage in futures. See the video below for the review of the trade.








Completed Trade in Natural Gas as of January 2nd

We were stopped out of out last 1/3 position as weather-related news created a gap down on January 2nd and a possible flat with support at 3.196. This concludes our trade with natural gas; we exit with 550 ticks on 2/3s of a position with $8,500 in profit.

Completed Trade in Coffee as of January 19th

We exited the coffee trade on January 19th with $17 or over $15,000 in profit using a margin of $8,850. A great example of using leverage in futures.

Completed Trade in Gold as of February 8th

We exited the gold trade on February 8th with over $14,000 in profit. We entered on January 3rd and held the trade into the high window. We will re-enter gold in a few weeks after a backtest.


Written by:

Stan Nabozny

Stan is a 20 year retail trading veteran and Co-Founder of The Art of Chart. His specialties include using futures and options to trade Energies, Precious Metals, Equities, Currencies, Bonds, Softs, Grains and other commodities. Stan believes that Risk Management and Trader Psychology are more important that technical analysis and spends his time teaching and coaching other traders on these topics. Stan uses various trading systems and technical analysis approaches that integrate time and price in his work. See his latest articles here and

18th Dec 2017

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