The Weekly Call – Trade Setups for the Week of February 10th

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I am carrying a trailer long Gold, still long Corn and Natural Gas. Have added last week  Coffee, Live Cattle and Lean Hogs. If we break the monthly pivot on Gold I will likely exit the trailer.  Natural Gas about to reverse and watching for a conversion of the resistance trend line. My track record is posted below under Completed Trades. See some of our completed trade videos below.

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9-2 – I’m 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. We 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.

10-28 – Near a turn here, needs a 5th wave lower, 839 turn area. Looking for a long into the next cycle window.

11-4 – Turned as expected, and now a re-test of Monthly Pivot. The next legg up will hang around Monthly Pivot for a while before heading higher, putting in a right shoulder.

11-11 – As mentioned, we are hanging around the monthly pivot last week, so far it has tested as support. Still expecting higher prices as long as monthly pivot holds as support. Friday’s price action be broke above the bull flag, more upside expected.

11-18 – Soy appears to be in a triangle. It appears to be consolidating for a move higher. Likely through the holiday week it will finish this consolidation. Monthly pivot here must hold or we risk a retest of the red trend line. There is no quality setup here to trade.

11-25 – Soy is in a triangle and now completing it. There is risk to the downside as low as the red trend line. Lean for the triangle break is higher into 950 or so. Chances are we see wave E finish early this week. Trading the triangle breakout is easy: start a small position with a stop below the triangle and plan to add after the breakout.

12-2 – The Triangle is breaking up and likely target is 950-970 which we should see in the next two weeks. After target is reached, there is a risk of a retest of the red trend line before the next bullish impulse. For now, I am focused on the next upside move.

12-9 – The move described last week appears to be in progress. A small 5th wave should complete this week, retest and higher into the timing cycle window before retesting the red trend line.

12-16 – As discussed, 5th wave completed and a retest into the previous degree wave 4 on the retest. We can go a few handles lower, but expecting a rally into the next cycle window and the 960-70 area.

12-23 – Retest almost complete as mentioned last week. The move still needs a 4 and 5 to finish the positive D on RSI. Once seen, I am looking for the next rally into the trend line.

12-30 – Retest is likely complete now; the rising support trend line must hold. I am expecting the next legg higher into the 960 area. Any break and conversion of the trend line invalidates the trade. On a conversion of Monthly Pivot, the turn is confirmed. Decision this week.

1-6 – As stated last week, retest was complete and higher has played out. We are on the way to the 950 target area. Looking for the monthly pivot to be support for any retest. Next cycle window 1-14.

1-13 – Monthly pivot is being tested now, expecting to see support and the next legg up into 950 target area. Upper trend line should be resistance. After this cycle date, we get a decision if this structure is a flag or not.

1-20 – Rally is playing out so far and still expecting 950. With the China Tariffs in the news, this commodity can be hit hard to the downside if there is no deal, so caution is advised.

1-27 – Close to target, we likely see it this week. Expecting 950 and a reversal. Price movement going to depend on USDA news and China Tariffs getting resolved. Standing aside on this market for now. We should see a turn this week and a retest next week of weekly pivot.

2-3 – Soy has made first target and can reverse from here. Monthly pivot and the USDA report will move this instrument this week, break the lower trend line and we open new lows. China tariffs also an issue which wouldn’t be resolved until towards the end of this month. For now, standing aside until more clarity occurs this week.

2-10 – Soy is not in the inflection area that I have marked. Given the USDA report, chances are high that we take the lower road to retest the low. At this point, I am still standing aside until I see a break of the support trend line. On a break and conversion we should see 825s.



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.

10-28 – Sugar retracement in progress, turned as expected, three back can be shallow to 13.56 and if converted can see 12.50. Next rally expected into 11/24..

11-4 – First target achieved, and we have made the 200% fib. Looking for a reversal pattern here and a hold of the current low. 12.50 is still possible here. Expecting a decision early this week. Next high window 11-24 and 14.50.

11-11 – Sugar is below the monthly pivot and heading for the 100% fib at 12.38. Support seen here, expecting a turn and a march higher into the end of November. Bigger picture I have higher highs through August of 2019.

11-18 – Sugar may be turning here and may not make the 12.38 target as stated last week. The trend line is broken and on a conversion of the monthly pivot (the blue line), we likely see continuation to the upside. Next target is 14.50.

11-24 – Sugar in the area for a turn. Made the full target to 12.38 and needs to convert the trend line to open the upside. The lean is higher and any conversion of the Monthly pivot (the blue line) and we see the next upside move.

11-30 – Nice reversal in Sugar as discussed. Break of the trend line and a back test should yield higher prices into the next cycle window which is 12-10. Convert monthly pivot confirms the uptrend.

12-9 – Upside expected to continue this week and into the next cycle date and $14. Key to the rally is the monthly pivot converting this week. I have larger cycles carrying sugar higher until August of 2019.

12-16 – While the retest looks complete, monthly pivot has not converted, we likely will see it convert this week and then move into the next cycle window higher. Nice entry here with low risk, stop below previous low.

12-23 – Sugar broke a key trend line and did not convert the monthly pivot. This will likely see a lower low and a lager three down to 11.50 or so. I am waiting for the next long set up.

12-30 – Not much progress this week. Still waiting on the lower low for the larger three down. Should make more progress this week into the $11.50 area. The declining resistance trend line must hold.

1-6 – Sugar has played catch up and is close to target. Small wave 4 printing now and lower expected into 11.50 to finish the pattern. I will be looking for a reversal toward the end of this week and a potential long.

1-13 – Sugar reversed and broke the declining resistance trend line. Expecting monthly pivot support and higher prices into March and 14.50 next. Needs a retest of the broken trend line first.

1-20 – Sugar almost testing monthly pivot, expecting a legg higher into 14.50 by March. this week I may have an entry long. Will be posting this on our private Twitter feed when seen.

1-27 – Sugar is now testing monthly pivot as expected. Looking for a setup long here. Would advise as a trading strategy buying a put to cover the downside against a long future as we should see more volatility in the coming weeks.

2-3 – Lean is higher and we have a nice compression pattern, looking for the rally to start this week. Break the declining resistance trend line and we have lift off. Target is $14.00 -14.50.

2-10 – Lean is still higher and target expected is $14.00 into March 24th. We are currently testing support and likely we see the rising support trend line hold this week. Any break and conversion of the support trend line invalidates the long.


Natural Gas

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.

10-28 – Retracement may be finished. 3.12 retracement target was achieved. Now looking for a small right shoulder and higher into 3.45 target in the mid/late November time frame.

11-4 – Break out to the upside in process, expecting 3.50 next and then a strong reversal lower. Weekly pivot should hold as support.

11-11 – Through our target at 3.65 and an overthrow of the channel. Retest in the next 4-5 trading days into 3.50 and higher expected into 3.90. Natural gas prices being driven by El Nino weather pattern expecting colder than usual winter. Stocks are not bullish, so this will end badly when the time comes. For now, lean long.

11-18 – A volatile week as a hedge fund went under and capitulated pushing NG into the $5 area. While this volatility is not sustainable with implied vol over 100%, likely the high will be re-tested in December. Looking for a pullback in three waves into the 2nd std dev BB in the 3.60-3.80 area next. Day trade only with small size and mind your risk.

11-25 – A triangle may be forming and equally there is a chance that this can be a flat. My lean is lower to 3.85 so vol can relax a little then the next legg up for December. Any break and conversion of 4.60 and we open 5.20-40 directly. The lean lower needs to plan out with a break of the triangle support trend line on Monday.

12-2 – Natural is in a triangle here and forming wave E into $4.40. Likely we see a press higher into the 5.20-40 area and then a strong reversal. This is a continuation structure so we have a 70% chance of seeing higher prices. Invalidation is below the triangle support trend line.

12-9 – The wave E of the triangle may be in. Expecting upside continuation and a break of the upper trend line to confirm the move to 5.20 next. Triangles have so much time to complete; if we linger here this week without the upside breakout, this will increase the odds of a move lower to 3.80. Bulls need to perform this week.

12-16 – As discussed, the time it takes and number of swings for a triangle to play out is limited, take too long or too many swings and your count is likely wrong. Good example of that here as the triangle broke the support trend line and has made the alternate target. Next step is lower to 3.60 to set up the reversal and positive D on RSI.

12-23 – Target made on NG and next stop is 4.10-20 and likely monthly pivot. NG had an inverted crash and is about to decide if the move to 4.10 or so is just a retest of the triangle or something more. Convert 4.20 and we open 5.20 as a price target. If resistance, then we see NG return to $3.00

12-30 – The falling resistance trend line has been resistance and we now have a hard reversal. I am on the wrong side of this trade. Likely we will see a lower low into $3.15 or so before seeing higher prices. I am still expecting the $4.10 window but now in the next cycle window of 2-2.

1-6 – The low is likely in on NG, a break of the red declining resistance trend line will confirm the next move to the upside. 3.40 is the next target area which is expected before the 2-2 cycle date. We also have the March shoulder season in Natural so higher can still be seen into $4.00.

1-13 Rally in progress and expecting 3.40ish next and monthly pivot. A decision there is expected, convert and we open $4.00 next into early February.

1-20 Rally is retesting the gap and I think we may be finished. Lean is still higher as long as 3.40 is support. Looking for 3.90 area next.

1.27 – Lean is still long and we have tested 3.20 in the front month as resistance, likely we see a retest of 3.00 and then the next leg higher. Coldest weather of the winter is this week in the Midwest. Expecting the largest draw of the year on NG stocks. A deal with China will cause more NG exports so expecting higher prices. Expiration is Monday so expect volatility but lean is still higher into 3.40 next, then 3.80-90 into March. I started a long last Friday in the May contract 2.828 with bracket on the trade using options – a long put at 2.70 for protection to the downside and a short call to help finance the put at 3.10. Will be exiting when the May contract sees target at 3.10. Avoiding the high volatility in the front month for now.

2-3 – Still long NG and we have a move lower which was not expected. Cycles all point higher and I am expecting a reversal this week. The long put at 2.70 was a good idea and is helping to hedge the loss on the long future. I am a hold until I am underwater $1500/lot then I will pull the plug. For now I am being patient this week. Target to the downside is $2.65.

2-10 – News from Venezuela not helping and even with the news we now have a possible reversal brewing. I think Ng is over done to the downside.  Any break and conversion of the weekly pivot will break the declining resistance trend line and we open higher prices into the monthly pivot next. The next high window is 3/2. I am still long NG as stated above, looking to cover the short call and take a small profit this week on the turn and hold the put and the long future for now.



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.

10-28 – Three back expected into 114-115 and then another legg higher into 135 by 12-12. Coffee is very volatile her so wait for a confirmed turn for the next long. We can see 109s as an alternate.

11-4 – Coffee made out target and now is finding resistance at the declining resistance trend line. 50/50 chance here that we reverse hard and make 109s OR we convert the trend line and head straight to 135s. My lean is lower to complete a three down into 109s this week then higher to 135s.

11-11 – No change in forecast; a triangle is forming here, resolution is lower to 109s. Bigger picture, the lean is long and I am still expecting 135s. The support test needs to complete first so waiting for the long setup here.

11-18 – Still waiting on the 109s, no change in forecast here. Still looking for a long into 135s. A quality setup is required on Coffee to get me interested. Likely entry is next week.

11-25 – The move lower playing out as expected. Next stop is 109s and positive D for a long setup. Should see it this week. Waiting for a reversal pattern to enter.

12-2 – Patience pays when trading futures. I have been very patient on this decline and now coffee is setting up in the buying area as described. I want to see a short-term reversal pattern, then it is time to buy. I still like the rally into January.

12-9 – No clear reversal pattern yet; still waiting to see a clear pattern to buy. Key to the next rally is a conversion of 110; once seen this confirms the move to the upside into $130s.

12-16 – I have entered long as of last Friday with a clear reversal pattern, looking for the monthly S1 to be support. Next step is a rally into 110 and a conversion. If seen I will confirm the turn. If we fail, likely we see another legg lower into 100.

12-23 – We have now seen the retest of the low and have seen 100, find support here this week and we confirm the turn on a break of 103. I have taken 1/3 in profit near the top of the three up and waiting on the last 2/3s to see how this retest resolves. Should get my answer this week.

12-30 – The retest may be complete as the initial impulse off the bottom has made a retest into the 100 area. I am expecting 100 to hold and looking to hold my current 2/3s of a position into the next cycle window of 1-10. Any break of 100 invalidates this trade and I will exit with the profit on the first 1/3.

1-6 – Coffee broke lower and I took my stop on the trade. The sideways formation is a sign of indecision and I am looking for my next entry. No decent setup here so I am waiting on a quality setup lower. We likely will see a day or two of downside this week. If seen, I am a buyer when a reversal pattern sets up.

1-13 – Coffee broke the consolidation pattern higher and may be demonstrating support here. My next entry is in the 101.20 area if support is demonstrated. Still expecting a legg higher into 115 next if support holds. Turns are sometimes sloppy, so breaking up the consolidation pattern, then retesting it is a bullish sign.

1-20 – Coffee retest is likely finished, and we are now testing the weekly/monthly pivot combo as support. If found, this confirms support and the rally into 115 as planned. This can still be a flag so the upper trend line breaking up would be a bullish confirmation.

1.27 – Coffee has started the rally into 115 as discussed, key level now is 108s – we convert, the the breakout to 115s is on. We still have a flag and we still have risk to the downside. With dry weather in Brazil and lower than expected crop forecasts, the lean is higher.

2-3 – Looking for a breakout above 108s this week, we are set up for it with a small triangle. Break above and we see 115s then retest the triangle then higher prices.

2-10 – Currency risk has taken coffee lower and we are testing support. Convert 101 and we open new lows. Lean is still long at this point and I have begun a long this week. Long May Coffee using futures with a long May 105 Put and a Short May 115 call for each futures contract. I plan to take profit at the first objective at $115. With last years crop harvest at record highs, the same is not expected this year. Expecting the long to play out if 101 holds as support.

Lean Hogs

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.

10-28 – Lean Hogs has broken the resistance trend line and I am expecting the next legg higher after we re-test the broken trend line. Looking for the next high into February.

11-4 – The advance is above the flag resistance trend line and I am expecting another advance this week into the blue trend line from June. Lean is higher into February and $75.

11-11 – No advance last week, and still leaning long here. Trend line support is expected and a break and conversion of monthly pivot is bullish here. Commercials are short which gives me pause here on the next long. I am waiting on the reversal pattern here before entering 1/2 size to start.

11-18 – Nice advance here on Hogs, likely will see the trend line next and a retrace then the final advance into the February time frame into the 75 area.

11-25 – Upside move complete for now, needs a wave 4 and 5 to complete this legg then a larger retracement. For now take profits and keep your size small, add lower after the wave 5 completes.

12-2 – Hogs is putting in a 5th wave here, likely we see a larger pullback after this move is complete to as low as the trend line. I am still expecting a rally into next year into 75s.

12-9 – Still waiting on Hogs to finish the wave 5. A flag is forming and expecting upside continuation into the trend line, retest then higher into February. The retest can see as deep as the trend line. Lighten up into the trend line early this week.

12-16 – Lean is still long and looking for the 5th wave into 70. Once seen, we see a retest of the previous degree wave 4 then higher into target of $75 by February. Looking for a low window around 1-12.

12-23 Retest still in progress and cycle date is still 1-12. Waiting on the next setup long. Still looking for $75 into February. I will be looking for early support and a reversal pattern at the trend line.

12-30 Retest is likely complete. We have no proof yet of a turn, so an impulse with a retest that holds the low would make for a good entry this week. Still expecting $75 and the next legg higher into the 2-25 time frame.

1-6 – The turn may be in, a conversion of monthly pivot confirms the turn. Lean is long into $75 into the February time frame. The rising support trend line is invalidation on the trade.

1-13 – The turn is likely in, $75 into February expected. Hogs needs to create more separation between the monthly pivot and price. That seen, I like it higher into late Feb.

1-20 – A surprise to the downside here, and a break of the trend line. I am waiting for a confirmation to enter, convert the monthly pivot at 68.625 and we have a turn. Until then, stand aside and wait as we can open a low retest from here.

1-27 – Standing aside for now on Hogs, I still like the upside from here. Looking for a reversal pattern above $60 – that seen I’ll be looking for the next long to the upside.

2-3 – Hogs now at $60 market and nice three down. Reversal needs to happen this week or we will invalidate the move higher. Looking for the monthly pivot to convert into support, that seen, I like $75 next.

2-10 – Hogs has made a lower low on Friday, I am long and watching this carefully. I am expecting this low with positive divergence to turn the market. Any break of divergence and I will exit this trade. I am currently long June futures at 76.95. Plan to take profit in 1/3s on the way to target at $85.



1-27 – Gold looks to be starting a rally and I entered a starter long position Friday with a long put for protection. Likely we see the volatility in the market continue and under these conditions being naked long or short is not advised. Longer term gold is a buy, inflation is no longer uncertain and we should see 1400 by year end. I started a Long in April futures at 1288 with a long put for protection at 1285 and sold a call to finance the put at target which is 1330. I’ll be out of the position at 1330 when seen but for now i am expecting volatility until the government shutdown is resolved and the tariff situation is resolved. Trade safe.

2-3 – Still long 1/3 of a position in Gold, took off 2/3s in profit last week at 1328. Holding the last 1/3 into the cycle date. Monthly pivot expected to be support. Looking for a larger pullback after this last high so planning to exit Gold for a while.

2-10 – Cycle date is upon us and we have two days to make a new high. 1300 is currently the support trend line and I am expecting this to hold. Lean is higher into the beginning of March and then a larger decline is expected. Important day on Monday and looking for indexes to fall and Gold to finish the move. Any break below the monthly pivot and I will take the last 1/3 in profit.


1-27 – With a deal looming with China, and the demand for Corn increasing dramatically if the deal is finalized, this could have a dramatic impact on the corn market. The USDA has not release any crop data due to the government shutdown, we may see data in the first week of February if the government reopens. If the stocks are low and the deal with China goes through, we have a potential upside scenario. In this environment being naked long is not advised so bracket your trades with a protective put. I have entered on Friday long futures in July 392 with a July 390 Put and sold a Call at 430 which is target to help finance the put. If the coming months if we see resolution of the government shutdown and the China Tariffs, I will be looking for bullish resolution in Corn.

2-3 – Still long Corn, no change in forecast. USDA report this week and China announced they plan a large buy of Corn between 5-8 Million tonnes. If half of this is a US purchase, I am expecting higher prices. Corn currently in a triangle, expecting resolution higher into 430s.

2-10 – The USDA report was a non-event, the main event is now China Tariffs which if resolved, China will purchase Corn in large quantities. Corn is still in the triangle and I am expecting resolution this week. The lean is still higher and I am watching the lower trend line as it invalidates the long.

Live Cattle

2-10  – With the rejection candle that printed two weeks ago, I decided last week to enter Live Cattle short. This is a counter trend move into April and is long dated enough to justify an entry. I don’t like to trade counter trend often but this looks like a nice setup. We are currently three back and I am looking for a move lower into April. I am currently short April futures at 127.075 risking the trade to 128.35. I plan to take profit in 1/3s on the way to the objective of $120.



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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

10th Feb 2019

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