The Weekly Call – Trade Setups for the Week of July 29th

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Soy – Re-entering the Trade


7-1 – The capitulation low has been retested. Is the low in? Convert 893 and Soy should rally into monthly pivot next at 931. Convert 882 and likely we retest the low. Decision is likely on Monday. Cycles favor the rally from here.

7-8 – Last week 882s broke down and we were expected a low retest which has completed. Friday we had a strong squeeze higher and the low may be in. Watch for a flag in a three up which could signal a reversal but for now a back test into 925 is likely. If support is found after 925, likely the turn is in.

7-15 – Soy broke support and has put in a lower low. We are now at the 100% fib at 832. There is risk to 800. Break the trend line at 866 and a turn is confirmed. No reversal pattern here yet, am looking for a reversal pattern first before entry. Soy is signaling it is oversold here, and with the headline minefield with tariffs, likely volatility will remain high.

7-22 – At the trend line and testing 866. As per last week, we break out above he trend line we see soy continue to advance, find resistance at the trend line and we open at least a double bottom and likely 800 next.

7-29 – Soy has broken above the trend line and likely it will continue to advance. A marginal higher high will complete a 5 up formation, a retest is expected to 866. If support is found then we should see 1000 in the coming weeks. The retest will confirm the turn.

Sugar – Managing the Trade


7-1 – Triangle is at support as of Friday. A decision on sugar is about to occur, break lower and chances are we retest the low. My lean here is higher into the 20th of July. Monday we need to see the upper trend line convert which is close to the monthly pivot at 12.46.

7-8- Sugar triangle support broke down and we have retested the low. Likely we see a turn here or marginally lower at $11.00. Looking for a turn this week and a rally into the 8-9 window and 12.50-13.00 next.

7-15 – We have seen $11.00 area as discussed, the 100% fib is at $10.74. Likely the turn should happen in this zone. Watch this week for a reversal pattern. The low has been retested and we have a double bottom.

7-22 – Small double bottom on Sugar, I like the impulse higher from here and we are in a low window. The trend line should be tested next, any break above and we see continuation higher.

7-29 – The lower low and positive D on RSI is a nice setup for a long. The trend line above is key, I am expecting a rally this week and a test of 11.68. Convert and the turn is confirmed and we see the rally.


Natural Gas – Entering the Trade

6-24 – Last week saw 3.05 as our target and a nice rejection. This week I am expecting the trend line to convert and lower lows. 2.75 is the alternate at the trend line so keep that in mind. I am expecting to see 2.40 in the beginning of August.

7-1 – Sideways price action here with a high in the 3.05 area, likely we are putting in a right shoulder. My lean is still lower here and we may retest 2.95 as a last wave e of a small triangle. Looking for the swing low to break and looking for a low into the early part of August. 2.50-2.40 still the target..

7-8 – Lower price action in a 5 down which should now retrace into 2.90. Once seen, I’m expecting lower prices into 2.70s. The next legg lower should have more juice to the move and eventually in August I am looking for a support test into 2.50-2.40. Stocks are building on Natural and seasonality is calling for lower prices.

7-15 – No significant retest yet, price is slowly working itself lower. Resistance at 2.85, still expecting lower prices into 2.40-50. Retest expected this week and lower prices.

7-22 – The retest is in progress in NG, likely this will finish quickly and we see lower prices directly. $2.78 likely the area of resistance to test before we see lower prices. I am still expecting 2.40-50 by mid August.

7-29 – The retest looks complete to me and 2.80 is currently resistance. This week we need to see acceleration to the downside and a conversion of the low. If seen we open 2.50-40 next.

Live Cattle – Entering the Trade


7-1 – Live cattle is in a final rally for this leg higher into the 108 area into the cycle high window this week. I am expecting a turn and lower prices next week for a break of the lower trend line and then lower into early August. Cycles continue to point higher into 120s into the late October / early November time frame.

7-8 – Live Cattle is in the timing window and at the price target. We need a higher high to set up neg D on RSI and I am expecting a retrace into the end of the month. Watch for the monthly s1 and 102s.

7-15 – Live Cattle turned in our timing window and we have now tested the lower trend line. Still expecting lower prices into the end of this month and $100.32. Three down is expected and lower prices for now. The next rally should take us into the 120s.

7-22 – Live Cattle has now completed a 5 up and is ready for a retest. I am still looking for continuation higher into 120 by October. The retest should find support around 107.20. We can see the trend line as a secondary target.

7-29 – The retest is on as discussed, we need to have a C wave lower into the 107 area as mentioned. The trend line below is a must hold and is invalidation. 120 is still the target this fall for Live Cattle.

Coffee – Entering the Trade

6-10 – Seasonality still driving the bus on Coffee as previously mentioned. Likely the move continues lower into the July cycle date and 114s. We have a lot of time to consider a major reversal in Coffee. – No rush to get long here, just keeping it on my radar for now.

6-17 – Retest and lower, still waiting on the long and the turn. Likely an 18 month cycle low in July in a few weeks. We now have a new low and also positive D, so I will be looking for a reversal pattern.

6-24 – We have a potential candidate low last week. Nice positive D, cycles are pointing lower. At this point I am waiting to see the outcome, form a reversal pattern and I plan to enter. Unless the setup is really good, I will wait for the cycle date.

7-1 – This month I am expecting a major turn in Coffee. Seasonality has been pressing Coffee lower here, likely toward the middle of this month we should see a low in the 114-112 area. Positive D on RSI is already in place, so coffee can turn at any time after we make a lower low.

7-7 – Coffee had a big move lower which may have signaled capitulation and a squeeze on Friday. We are a week early for a turn, but it may be in. The next support test will say a lot. On a retest of the low that finds support, Coffee can rally into $123s by early August.

7-15 – Coffee is three down at 109 and this is an area for a possible rally or Coffee will make a lower low this week. My timing window is this week and am looking for a spot to start a new position. I have been very patient watching this drop with the Coffee harvest in full swing, a setup should come this week.

7-22 – Given there is no divergence in Coffee, the likely path is still lower. This is a major turn and no divergence means that we see a retest into 7-30 and then a lower low to set up positive D on RSI. I like the timing for a turn, now waiting on a better setup, the lower low is key.

7-29 -Coffee is at the end of a seasonal pattern as the harvest is nearing completion. We have no divergence on the low and a lower low here would be preferred. We can turn right here and go higher but my lean for now is for the better setup and lower prices into 105 or so.

Lean Hogs – Entering the Trade

6-10 – Reversal coming this week in Lean Hogs, a higher high first then the turn. Likely we see the lower trend line. If it holds, we see a strong move higher into October. Watching for a break of the RSI price cycle to indicate the beginning of the retracement.

6-17 – Cycle date has passed and we are at target and the retest has begin. Lower prices expected into 74.80-75 and the trendline. If support is found we should see higher prices into October. Break the flag and we open a retest of the low. Big decision this week in Hogs.

6-24 – As expected, turned in our cycle window and lower to the trend line. Hogs needs to find support at the trend line this week or we risk a full retest of the low. If support is found, the next legg up should last into October.

7-1 – Support found as mentioned last week, higher expected into the next high cycle in November. First target is $85, retest and higher into the November time frame with a possible move as high as $99.

7-8 – Support was found last week at the trend line and so far we have bounced, but monthly pivot has been resistance which may mean we see another leg lower to the S1 at 71.675. If seen, I still like the next rally higher into the $85 area. I am expecting Hogs to rally into October so the lean is still higher.

7-15 – Last week I called for a lower low at the monthly s1 and we are now there No change from last week’s expectations. The turn date is later this week, and I am still expecting the rally into the $80s.

7-22 – Lean Hogs is close to a reversal, I am looking a small move lower to complete the RSI divergence followed by a reversal pattern. This is likely going to turn this week. I like the next rally through October.

7-29 – Last week I expected a turn,and this week we are putting in a double bottom which is a reversal pattern. Commercials are long and this week we should see the initial impulse off the bottom. I still like the high window in October.

Gold – Entering the Trade


7-2 – The USD has turned and I am expecting Gold to turn as we have reached a critical area. Support at the trend lines, both channel and longer term support are likely to hold. The key with Gold here is a conversion of 72. Until then Gold has risk lower into 1230s. I like metals in general long here.

7-8 – Gold may have now turned, as we saw an overthrow of the channel and the longer term weekly trend line last week. I can confirm the turn once we convert 72s. Key resistance is there, if resistance is seen, we can see a full retest of 1230. I still like metals long here into November. Next cycle on Gold is higher, into 1315 by early August.

7-15 – On Gold, 72s proved to be resistance and we failed to convert and as mentioned we have seen the 1230s. The short term lean is lower to the next candidate turn area 1229-1226. I still like metals long here. I am looking for positive D on RSI and a setup for a long later this week. Failure to convert 50 after seeing this low will result in a lower low into 1210.

7-22 – We have seen the 200% fib at 1210. This is a candidate low and is in our low window at 7-20. The next candidate low window is 7-28 which can be a lower low. We are in a timing window and a price area for a major turn in Gold. A retest of support at 20-22 that finds support should push Gold higher into the trend line at 31-33. Convert that area and we have a turn and should see the next high window on 8-3.

7-29 – Rolling to the Dec contract, the setup has not changes. Is the 7-20 window the low? It is still unconfirmed until we convert the trend line. Convert 40s and we have a turn. Fail to convert early this wee and we open a full  retest of the lows. The USD is signaling lower prices so I am expecting a turn in Gold this week.


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Track Record of Completed Trades

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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, CTA (Commodity Trading Advisor) 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

29th Jul 2018

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