The Weekly Call – Trade Setups for the Week of October 21st

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I have set a new goal for the next year, given the 325% return in two years, I am expecting to hit 450% by October of next year. Hopefully I can exceed it. I am holding bonds long here and looking to enter Natural Gas and Lean Hogs long this week. I am waiting on setups. See the details below.

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Soy – Re-entering the Trade

9-2 – Back from my holiday break and the retest appears to have completed at 828 and we are getting set up for a rally into the 979 area. A conversion of monthly pivot at 862 confirms the rally. I am currently long 1/2 size from 831 with a stop below 826.

9-9 – Still long and waiting for a three up to take off first 1/3 and set stop to even. Likely we see monthly pivot this week. Normally I would wait for a 50% back of the previous swing but in this case respecting the headline minefield in soy so exiting first 1/3 earlier.

9-16 – I was stopped out on ZS last week on the move lower. I am waiting on a clear sign of a reversal pattern before re-entry, we have risk to $800 here so waiting on a confirmation on this turn first.

9-23 – Confirmation of the turn expected this week as we have broken above the trend line. Likely we see 828 hold as support and I am looking to enter for a run higher into the 950s by the end of October. There is still risk to $800.

9-30 – Still waiting on 828 and likely we will see it this week. I will be looking for a reversal pattern in that area. If we break through and convert 828 likely we open a new low to 800. I am still expected 950-970 by the end of October.

10-7 – No change since last week, waiting on the 50% back test. Still expecting 828 to 835 and if the setup is right, I like it long into 950 or so. Should see the retrace this week.

10-14 – No change again, we have the beginnings of a three wave sequence lower. Looking for 839 and still possibly 828. Looking for a reversal pattern to enter and expecting higher prices into 950 or so by November.

10-21 – Still waiting on the retest on Soy, not yet at 839. I plan to wait for a better setup long as I am still expecting higher prices into November. We are at trend line support here, but likely we will break the trend line on this retest.

Sugar – Managing the Trade


9-2 – The 11.68 level did not convert and we have seen a lower low at the monthly S1. At this point we have a candidate low that may be in. Looking for the first three up into 10.89 then the retest. If the retest holds 10.30 then likely the turn is in. If we convert 10:30 then we open 9.68 as a potential lower low. My plan is to exit 2/3s of my current position early this week and wait on the retest to add size.

9-9 – Flag is now complete and I have already exited 2/3 of this position, looking for a retest and support at 10.30-10.40. If support becomes manifest I plan to add size at this level, if not we see a new low.

9-16 – Waiting on the retest to complete, exited the last 1/3 a little early in this trade, waiting to reload lower. Expecting the trend line to break and the monthly pivot to be tested.

9-23 – Still waiting as the three back is not quite done. Expecting a lower low which gets me long again in the 10.20 area. I am currently flat Sugar.

9-30 – Worth waiting on the low, likely we are either turning here or we see a minor new low. Either way, I plan to re-enter this week long. Waiting on the setup.

10-7 – Wave 5 has played out, reversal likely and a retrace into 10-15 cycle. Support 50 back is a clear buy for the next long cycle into November and 13.50ish.

10-14 – We have an A – B and now expecting a 5 wave decline into the 12.40 area next. Reversal pattern and I am long again on Sugar.

10-21 – Sugar has topped here, looking for the retest into 10/28 for a possible long into the next window higher 11/24. Retrace target is 12.82.

Natural Gas – Entering the Trade


9-2 – The retest completed higher than expected and may be turning over here. Likely a flat has formed here and 2.93 is resistance and am expecting 2.76 next. This week we need to convert back below 2.90 to see continuation lower. I am still holding a short trailer with my stop at even.

9-9 – We have hit first target at 2.76 and now we should see a small retest. 2.82 or 2.86 resistance and lower prices expected into 2.62 likely. Stop still at even and still holding 1/3 in size. Will add size on retest when resistance is seen.

9-16 – So far so good on the decline, we have at least a week left. Only a trailer left on the position and still holding for now. Looking for an exit likely next week. Minimum target $2.70.

9-23 – A busy week for NG. I enter NG short earlier in the week, adding to my existing 1/3 short position. Just before the EIA news announcement, I decided to take a small profit on my new position and placed my stop at even. Price broke higher into a flat and I have been stopped out of my add and my trailer of my original position. Always a good practice to go even stop before EIA. I have re-entered short again at 2.978 and am expecting lower prices into at least monthly pivot.

9-30 – Stopped out of NG at 3.020 and standing aside. I am re-evaluating the trend here and the October contract is usually a seasonal low. I am now looking for a run higher into 3.30 or so. Waiting on a retest here into 2.90 – 82, a three back if seen should set up for a long. Looking for this setup this week.

10-7 – Nice setup for a short on NG and looking to get long after this retracement finishes. The trend is clearly higher into November and I am a buyer of support. Two levels to watch 3.10 and 3.02. Waiting on positive D setup and the three back to finish.

10-14 – Short playing out nicely, broken trend line and expecting 3.055 as support this week. Likely the next legg up starts later this week into 3.45 next.

10-21 – Natural Gas is still in a retracement into 3.125 and I am waiting on the next long. By 11/17,  I am expecting 3.45-3.50ish. We could be forming a triangle here so Monday see the top of the range, this would be wave D.


Coffee – Entering the Trade


9-2 – Coffee is in the turning process for a seasonal low. I am expecting a rally into 108 then the retest of the low. There is risk here to $98. I am currently carrying just a trailer size position and waiting for the rally into 108.

9-9 – Coffee is still turning and I am still holding 1/3 of a position. Likely a lower low is coming and I plan to add size at that time. Holding the 1/3 in case of an early turn. Target expected is $97.

9-18 – Coffee is still working on a lower low. Took profits this week on the last 1/3 and I currently have no position. I am looking to get long at around $97. Lower low sets up positive D on RSI. Waiting patiently.

9-23 – I got long coffee this week at 95.57 and am off 2/3 of the trade. Originally looking for 101, we may see as high as 105s. Waiting on my last 1/3 with stop even and looking to add size on a pullback into 98. A break of the declining resistance trend line is a positive sign, a retest that holds the trend line as support confirm the turn. Also news of farmers in Brazil lobbying the government about their inability to farm with prices at these levels. Watch the news for more. A government tailwind here would be welcomed!!

9-30 – I legged out of 2/3 of the trade and now am holding a trailer. We are at first target at 103.50 which is the 100% fib for the three up. Likely we see a retest lower into monthly pivot and then higher. If we fail at monthly pivot and penetrate $99, we open $92 next and a lower low. Holding 1/3 in case we see higher into 105s, and plan to add size on the back test.

10-7 – I closed out my trailer in the 110s which is the end of the third wave. Happy with the profits and a 116% return on margin. A nice trade. I am looking to reload on the pullback which can get as low as 103. First, we finish the move higher into 111s then the pullback. I am a buyer when seen.

10-14 – Looking for the next purchase on Coffee, looking lower into 105-106. 5th wave finished, we are looking for an expanded flat lower into that area. I’m a buyer when seen.

10-21 – The Coffee freight train has topped and a retest is expected this week into one of two targets –  114s or 110s. Implied vol is high here so still expecting big moves. Looking to enter long on the next reversal pattern lower.


Lean Hogs – Entering the Trade


9-2 – A support test is in progress now. The low may be in and we are now three down to the 100% fib. Friday showed us a 5% rally off the low. If we see the low hold from Thursday and see continuation higher, the turn in Lean Hogs in confirmed. Higher prices expected into the October window.

9-9 – Lean Hogs may have found support and likely we see a conversion of the red line – the monthly R1 and if seen the turn is confirmed. Looking for a rally into next window in mid October. I have no position at this time.

9-16 – Lean hogs now confirmed to the upside into the cycle date in October, the next retest is a chance to reload. Price is 50% back the previous swing to you should be out at least 1/3 of your trade and stop even at this point.

9-23 – Lean Hogs near target and is early timing wise. Time and price usually come together in my work so this early is a sign that my price target is low. We may see $62 and the trend line by the cycle date.

9-30 – Likely we see the move higher into $62 and negative D on RSI to set up the retest this week. 50% back expected then higher into the next cycle date into $75.

10-7 – We have hit target which is the 100% fib and we still have time remaining on this cycle. Leave on a trailer here as we may see a higher high this week. Looking for a pullback 50% back and then next leg up into 75s on Hogs. I will be a buyer on the retracement.

10-14 – Reversal here is in progress now and expecting 52.275 as support. The monthly S1 likely to be the right shoulder of an IHS. Expecting a rally from there. For now I am standing aside waiting on the next entry long.

10-21 – Reversal is close to target, expecting lower lows to  $50 for support and a right shoulder. Will be watching for a reversal pattern this week for a long into February.


Gold – Entering the Trade


9-2 – We failed to convert the trend line at 40s and have seen continuation lower in Gold into the monthly S1 area. We have a potential candidate low and I am expecting a retest of the low. 1188 is the support area and if this breaks we open 1162. Once support is demonstrated, and we convert monthly pivot, we will have a confirmed turn in Gold and am expecting a rally into November.

9-9 – Looking for the retest this week, and likely support at 1188-85 as discussed. If seen I will be entering long, if not I will be waiting for 1162 as discussed. Looking for a rally in Gold into November based on the USD forecast which is calling for lower prices.

9-16 – Waiting for the retest and now we are in it. 1188-85 is the area for the retest – find support and I am long, break down and I enter on the lower low at 1162. This week should make the decision on Gold and the USD.

9-23 – I have entered Gold long as of Friday at 1201.7. This appears to me to be a clear triangle with a 70% change of breaking up. My stop is below 92s as this would invalidate the triangle and I am looking for a rally this week. The next cycle date in 9-30 to the upside in the 1234 area.

9-30 – I was stopped out of gold on the pullback last week at 94 and am looking to reenter on the next pullback. I am expecting a decent reversal pattern. I am looking at a rally into November so I want to be long in this area.

10-7 – I am standing aside on Gold here as the structure is looking flaggy. I am expecting a move into 25s this week and the retrace is key to the next few months. The flag support trendline must hold, if seen we see higher prices and a break out into November. We break the flag support trendline and we can open new lows. The wave X currently has no divergence on a daily basis, I will be a buyer on the pullback after 25s.

10-14 – As mentioned last week, we made the 1225 target and am expecting a reversal here. For me this is a possible flag and lower lows here are still possible. Looking for 92s to be trend line support. If broken I am expecting 1162. If all goes well this week and if we find support at 1199 then I am expecting a big rally and a strong decline on the USD. I’m a buyer at 1200-1199 but will stand aside on a break of 92s.

10-21 – The larger three up is complete and expecting a retest this week and higher prices. Watching for monthly pivot and also a shallow target at 16-18. Break the previous high and we are likely on our way to the November high window.




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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

21st Oct 2018

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