The Weekly Call – Trade Setups for the Week of December 20th

The Weekly Call provides perspective on high-quality setups and trading strategies focused in the Commodity world. My current performance shows a 451% 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.

Central banks and governments are all aligned around inflation for next year. If they are right, then commodities may see one of the strongest years since the 1980s.China is currently buying commodities at a record pace as they are experience a V bottom in their economy. If inflation does increase as expected, then also expect China to sell US bond holdings and we should see bonds drop like they did in 2016. Goldman Saks is predicting the start of the next super cycle in commodities supported by devaluation of the US Dollar, high global debt levels, extreme government stimulus, increased energies costs due to inflation.  I am excited about the trading opportunities this presents for 2021. For more on our longer term forecast for 2021, join us for our Commodity Forecast Webinar for 2021 by signing up HERE.

Disappointing Non-farm Payroll readings and US Jobless Claims data along with and increase in COVID infections and a hopefully soon to be passed US Government Stimulus, and we should see the USD continue to see lower prices into 2024. This is a long term forecast that will support the CRB Index to be BULLISH in 2021.   China’s demand for commodities is exploding, and should continue into March of 2021. Inflation will support commodities, especially metals and Gold which can easily see 2400 in 2021. Other positions to consider in commodities include longer term positions in Corn, Soybeans, Natural Gas, Silver, Platinum, Copper on pull backs and Cocoa.  The Natural Gas trade I mentioned last week we exited on out Private Twitter Feed on Monday for a 32% profit. I am looking to legg into another NG trade sometime this week which will be a longer term hold into 2021. My track record is posted below under Completed Trades. I have modified the track record to reflect 8 lot trades using the information in this Blog assuming $25,000 per lot as the current portfolio is over $200,000. This will be adjusted in January based on portfolio size. See some of my completed trade videos below.

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7-5 – Sugar made target and has reversed and likely will see $13 next. Looking for this in the next 5-6 trading days. We will see the monthly pivot tested once we have target. After this consolidation, looking for $15 next.

7-12 – Sugar now testing the monthly pivot and the support trend line. It needs a bullish day to follow through and push for $13. Brazil sugar production is up, ethanol production is down which makes for weak price action.

7-19 – Weak price action did develop last week and we have a larger three down into the 100% fib. Likely we should see a retest of the low and a lower low to set up positive
D on RSI. Looking for the next rally into $15 by October.

7-26 – Movement lower last week as expected, still looking for a lower low and a positive D setup on RSI. Still expecting $15 into October. Welcome to the summertime tape.

8-2 – Confirmation of the break out to the upside. Looking for a support test this week, likely the top of W and monthly pivot. Trend line must hold here for the trip up to $15 by October.

8-9 – Nice upside move as expected, looking for trend line support at monthly pivot and higher highs into $15.

8-16 – We are approaching the weekly trend line in Sugar. Once we cross, expect more of a squeeze to the upside. For now a pullback and higher high may get us there. $15 price target is still valid into October.

8-23 – Still expecting the rally in SB, for now pull back as expected into 12.40 or so and next step higher into October and $15 still expected.

8-30 – Nice retracement and close to the support trend line. Looking for the next impulse higher to begin this week. Still targeting $15. Steady as she goes….

9-6 – A break below the trend line and a sign that wave W is in. Likely next course of action is a reversal and higher into $15. RSI is washed out and I need to see 12.50 convert into support to confirm the move higher.

9-13 – Trend line break a clear sign that W is in and now a reversal pattern. Still expecting a rally into $15 and this week we have a setup. We could see a marginal lower low for a stronger setup also. Either way I like Sugar long here.

9-20 – Looks like a break up in Sugar, looking for the $15 target as discussed. Sugar has a lot of ground to cover by the 5th of October, looking for a higher high by then and a negative divergence setup on RSI.

9-26 – Sugar may see a small retest this week and then an expansion higher. A lot depends on the USD here and the dollar is at an inflection point and should turn lower. I am expecting 14.50-15.00 in Sugar in early October, the bull need to perform here. Support trend line must hold.

10-3 – Sugar should continue to rally into the 10-19 window. Still expecting 14.50-15.00 as target. Support trend line must hold and again looking for USD to continue lower which will help commodities.

10-10 – The Sugar rally is coming close to completion. We still have another week of higher prices and I expect to see a negative D setup in the 14.50-15.00 area. As long as the USD continues to be devalued we should continue to see Sugar rally after a retest post October 19th.

10-18 – Great call on Sugar and we should see the new high this week and a strong reversal. Don’t wait around long after the higher high. Trim your position down to just a trailer.

10-25 – Reversal is unconfirmed but looks to be playing out. Watch for a trend line break this week and lower prices. Sugar should reach $13 as target on the pull back. Neg D on RSI is in place.

11-1 – First legg lower appears complete. Looking for a 5-3-5 structure and lower prices to 13.50. USD in a correction also and once it finishes we should see Sugar rally.

11-8 – A large B wave has played out last week and ow I am expecting a 5 down structure into 13.5ish. Watch for the monthly pivot to break to confirm lower lows.

11-15 – Still looking lower and a 5 down for a wave C is expected into Mid-December. Target for the move is still 13.50 and I am waiting patiently. Consolidation can be a triangle but at this point I still see RSI as a wave B.

11-22 – Sugar now rejecting lower and likely we see the 12-18 low window in the 13.50 area. Monthly pivot is an alternate target in the 14.24 area. Brazil production is ramping up so expecting this to fall over the next 3-4 weeks.

11-29 – Sugar has now broken the support trend line which is a bearish sign, continuation lower is expected. This is just a pull back and higher prices are expected once this completed. Likely we see $14.00-13.50 into the low window of December 18th.

12-6 – So far so far so good and continuati0n lower is still expected into $14.00-13.50. Still looking for a lower window around 12-18.

12-13 – Approaching out target cycle date and also target is just below at 13.90. Looking for a lower low and setup long by the end of this week. Watch for a touch of the lower trend line.

12-20 – No change in forecast since last week, still looking for downside target as long as the resistance trend line is holding. Should be holding only trailer size position as we are inside the cycle date window.




7-5 – Coffee has turned up directly, and we are on the way to $115s. First step is to retest the monthly pivot and it needs to hold. Any break down and we can make a new low. We should see the retest complete this week.

7-12 – Monthly pivot did not hold last week which means we are now seeking a lower low. This will be a stronger setup when seen with positive D on RSI. We should see $93.xx print.

7-19 – Rally on Friday and a three up which could be wave C of a triangle. I am still leaning lower in Coffee and looking for a lower low to set up a long play. This invalidated on a break of the monthly R1.

7-26 – Invalidation with a break of the R1 and we are now in a retracement pattern higher. Looking into August for the high as we need to set up negative D on RSI, once seen, a lower low into Mid-Sept. is expected.

8-2 – Coffee still has another legg up to complete the pattern. Needs a pull back and higher to set up negative D on RSI. Once seen, the lean is lower to retest the low. We can see $95 again.

8-9 – Coffee has reversed, look for a print in the 100-105 and then move to higher highs. Recovery in Brazil and devaluation of the USD should push this commodity higher.

8-16 – Lower lows expected at least into 107 and we can also see 100 before it is all said and done. Coffee should see wave C to 107 this week.

8-23 – The bear flag is likely going to break down and see lower prices. 107 still the focus as next support. I am waiting for a nice long setup as commodities are bullish with the devaluation of the USD.

8-30 – Still tracing the bear flag and Coffee given the crop size and supply is over priced. Looking for a break of the support trend line and lower into 107 by end of September.

9-6 – Coffee is topping out here and a very nice short is setting up. Look for the reversal this week and a minimum retrace into 115. Price is way extended and negative D on RSI is fully set up.

9-13 – It is likely that the turn is in for Coffee. A pull back is needed here into 115-177 or so before the next legg up. Given the devaluation of the USD, I am expecting more devaluation in the future and higher prices in commodities. Look for quality setups Long, this is not ready yet.

9-20 – Target Made on Coffee. Lower low here sets up the next long, turn is setting up. This is a retracement wave and with the devaluation of the Dollar, watch Coffee make new highs into November.

9-27 – As mentioned target made on coffee and looking for a reversal. Likely we see a higher low or a lower low on the next move sown to set up the turn. Convert 115 and we open 145 next. Watch the Real for clues this week with this reversal.

10-3 – Rally has not confirmed yet but likely will on Monday. Looking for the 10-14 window and a retest of the low. It appears to me that 11-2 is the likely low window for Coffee. We will see how it plays out, but resistance at monthly pivot should play out lower.

10-10 – Rally in Coffee is not confirmed and is likely a retracement wave, looking for resistance at 117 or so this week and then a retest of the low. On the retest watch for a possible higher low at 108ish, a lot depends on USD and continued stimulus which will continue to devalue the Dollar.

10-18 – Coffee broke down early and the flag means that we see a lower low into the end of this month. A big rally is coming, watch for the reversal in the next few weeks.

10-25 – Coffee continued lower and now has RSI pos D setup for a rally. I am still leaning lower into 11-02 window and expect a reversal on the next lower low. 102 is the target, waiting on the setup.

11-1 – Coffee about to make a lower low and setup positive D on RSI. Once seen, I am looking for a rally into January. Weekly pivot is currently resistance until proven otherwise.

11-8 – Coffee may have reversed and the tell will be the higher low at around 103.20. Support found there look for a conversion of monthly pivot and higher prices with the next high window in late January.

11-15 – Coffee has turned and we are in buy the dips mode. Look for a retest and a move higher through late January. Support at 108.00 and likely a inverted right shoulder coming this week.

11-22 – Nice rally in Coffee as discussed, support at 112 this week and looking for more upside into the end of January. More USD downside will continue to spur coffee higher.

11-29 – Coffee still needs a lower print and last week it appears that a B wave has printed. Nice selling opportunity here and looking for a 5 down this week to setup the next buy and long into the January high window. I am expecting the initial trend line to break to form the next wave X.

12-6 – Wave C is printing and looking for a long in the 115-113 area. Next long should make 135 into the late January time frame. Look for the three back to complete for the next turn and an RSI in the 30 area.

12-13 – Coffee is not quite make the 115 area and turned and broke the resistance trend line from the 116s. At this point the broke trend line should be support and next step up is into January 24th and 135. Watch for an IHS and then the next step up.

12-20 – Coffee should see more for pullback before continuation higher. Expecting a 1/24/2020 high window and $136.00. Watch the middle bollinger band as next support.

Live Cattle


6-28 – With the spread of COVID, if there is a plant shutdown, we should see price collapse here. Be aware of the risk here. My bias is still higher as we need to convert monthly pivot to see the 105 area next. The lean is still higher.

7-5 – Breaking up and looks like we are heading into the next high window of 8-9. I adjust my timing cycles after a sideways consolidation like what we have seen. It tends to move cycles out, so next high early August is expected – resistance 109 then 115.

7-12 – Follow through this week and no change in forecast…. Looking for 109 target then 115. The support trend line must hold.

7-19 – Follow through this week and steady as she goes. Looking for the 110-112 area next – the support trend line must hold into the next cycle high window into August.

7-26 – Watch for the support trend line to hold, if it does, we see 110-111 into early August. This will end a 5 wave sequence and I am expecting a decent retrace then higher into September.

8-2 – A higher high and a negative D setup on RSI which can still go higher. I am expecting a 110-111 target in about a week. This will end the first sequence up and then a retest is in order before the next rally into the 120s.

8-9 – Still needs a higher high and I am waiting for the final legg with a trailer. We have neg D in place in RSI and a retest is coming. My bias is higher high first then pull back then $120. We could see the pull back directly.

8-16 – Live Cattle is topping out in a 5th wave. Negative D on RSI and looking for a pull back into 103 then the next legg higher into 120. Trend line test is coming.

8-23 – Live Cattle pulling back as expected Currently testing the trend line and looking for a break and conversion to signal the wave X is in progress – 105-103 the target area. Still looking for $120s next.

8-30 – Live Cattle is about ready to turn, lower low as discussed and now looking for a reversal. Positive D on RSI is a sign, as long as that holds we should turn and head towards next target at $120.

9-6 – Live Cattle is about to reverse, positive D on RSI is a clue and I am looking for the next big rally into 120s. With DX being devalued, I am looking for commodities to continue to rally into the end of this year.

9-13 – With the devaluation theme, we should see meats rally. LE is set up for a rally into $118-120, W is in and positive D on RSI. Waiting patiently on the monthly pivot to break and convert which is a confirmation of the change in short term trend.

9-20 – I am still bullish on Cattle, no pun intended. We are out of time for this impulse which means we may see a retest of the support trend line in the next few days. I am still expecting the $120 area into October.

9-27 – I am still bullish n Cattle, ane the high window last week as not very dramatic. I still expect higher into the next window of 10-23 and look for the support trend line to do it’s job. We should continue higher and break W before we see the trend line again as support.

10-3 – So far still expecting a higher high in Live Cattle. Bullish action into 10-28 expected and a price target of $120ish. So far a chop fest higher and looking for the bulls to step in this week and pres prices higher. Support trend line mush hold.

10-10 – Live Cattle may be in a triangle here and we need to watch for a Crazy Ivan move which would be a minor higher high to finish a small 5 wave sequence then a retest before seeing higher prices. Mind your risk here and we should see volatility this week.

10-18 – Live Cattle has seen lower prices and a break of the trend line and the Crazy Ivan move. Watch for support and higher. A reversal is close to setting up on a minor lower low. Target is $115.

10-25 – Live Cattle is now setup and has pos D in RSI – looking for a confirmation of the turn on a break and conversion of weekly pivot at 105.225. Next high window is 11-15, a conversion of 111 is required to open the higher high.

11-1 – Nice rally as discussed, looking for a small pullback and continuation higher into the middle of November. The falling resistance trend line is now the focus, needs to convert to make target.

11-8 – Live Cattle in a corrective pattern and expecting a retest lower then next rally higher. we have 7-10 days of upside left in the window and Cattle will need to get moooving this week.

11-15 – Nice move on Live Cattle and now we consolidate and see a bit more of a pull back before heading higher into the 11-30 high window. Look for the turn this week and a choppy move higher. A retest of the low is expected after making the $115 target.

11-22 – Cattle retest here is a three back which should see higher into the end of this month to end a 5 up pattern. From the the low should be retested.

11-28 – Cattle very close to target, and am expecting a small push into $115 and a higher high that sets neg D on RSI. Chances are we will break the support trend line and open a retest of the low into December. Wait for the setup.

12-6 – Live Cattle close to invalidation as the trend line must hold here. Monday need to see a reversal higher and ideal target area for this flag is 116. We are late to the high window and if the trend line breaks we see a retest of the low directly. Lean for now is still long into 115-116.

12-13 – Live Cattle invalidated the support trend line and is now back-testing it. As mentioned to subscribers, look for the next major step lower into January 16th then the next higher high. Looking for a reversal this week and lower lows into 105-06.

12-20 – Live Cattle may be in a triangle here, lean is still lower into the 106 area into January and this week we need to see a reversal OR we can continue higher into target. Waiting for a turn no higher than the R1. If we break, higher highs will ensue.



7-5 – Target made on Gold and a reversal as expected. No confirmation yet as we need to break the support trend line next. Targets the 1720-13 area next. This may play out quickly this week.

7-12 – A higher high this week and a reversal is still expected on Gold. We are testing the trend line and weekly pivot, convert and we open monthly pivot. We should see 1745-50 as a retracement area.

7-19 – Retracement pattern should break lower into 82 and then possibly into 45-50. Waiting on the next move and a long setup. I like Gold long into February 2021.

7-26 – The full retrace target was not made, gold has turned and last week completed a 5 up structure with Neg D on RSI. Looking for Gold to retrace into 1900-1910 or so before the next rally which should see 2050. Buy the dips through Feb 2021.

8-2 – Continuation higher and driven mostly by a move lower in the USD. I am still expecting a pull back into 1904ish then more bullish action to the upside. Silver is pulling back and the USD is not in a retracement rally. Gold should pull back and find support and continue higher. Gold rally should continue through February 2021.

8-9 – I have raised the pull back target as the move lower in DX has lifted the price of Gold. Watch 1975 for a buying opportunity then possibly we could see monthly pivot. Stagflation on the horizon, we should see higher highs into 2400s eventually.

8-16 – Nice move last week in Gold and we have made my first price target for the retracement. We should see a lower low or a retest of the low before we see the next rally. A flag has formed and has been broke, lower should play out this week.

8-23 – Nice three back on Gold and now the flag has broken down and a running flat may be putting in a slightly higher low. Watch for a long setup later this week. Powell speaking on Thursday.

8-30 – Gold has broken the trend line and we need to watch for the broken trend line for a rally. But I see DX as getting ready to rally and there is risk here of moving lower directly to 1900. Convert 1954 and we open the lower price target. This decision should be made this week.

9-6 – Gold may be putting in a triangle here, and we can see a move to 1900. DX rally is just a back test and a move lower can stil occur. I am very bullish Gold into February 2021 so continue to buy the dips as 2100 is the next price target.

9-13 – A short term flag is forming on Gold, and with the USD in a rally, we should see a lower low here to $19. Convert monthly pivot and we are open to head higher directly into 2100. Either way, I am bullish metals through February 2021.

9-20 – Compression on Gold and a number of gold stocks. A move is about to occur. Ideal pattern is a move lower first to 1900 then the break out to the upside into 2100. I am now looking for a high into the end of November.

9-27 – As mentioned last week, a move was about to occur and it did. We are now at target and about to make a decision. Either a marginal lower low and a reversal or just a move straight up. DX is in it’s target area so a turn should be seen this week. When 1950 converts we open 2100 next as target.

10-3 – Gold continues to go higher and we should see a retest this week and higher highs. Watch the USD as it has reversed also. USD is driving the gold bus at this point so expecting it to continue lower and Gold should continue to rally into 2100.

10-10 – Devaluation of the Dollar means higher Gold prices and inflation. Key to the Gold rally continuing is the US government continuing to provide stimulus which means inflation. The Gold rally is depending on the continued push lower on USD. Convert the resistance trend line and we have a confirmation for the move to 2100 into the end of the month.

10-18 – Trend line hugger which does not inspire confidence, but USD heads lower and the US government about to do more stimulus, no change in forecast, looking for the resistance trend line to break and higher into 10-28.

10-25 – Compression is the situation here on Gold and a triangle that should break higher. I have extended the cycle date to the next high window on 11-10 as sideways consolidations push out the date. Waiting on a break of the upper triangle resistance trend-line then a retest of the triangle and a thrust.

11-1 – Compression has broken down and the USD is rallying into 94.30 or so. We can sell make a marginal lower low but this is a buying opportunity on Gold as I am looking for higher prices into February next year.

11-8 – Trend line break last week and we are into the next legg higher into 11-14. Target is 2000-2050 ad a retest back into 1950 or so should follow with higher prices expected into the end of the year.

11-15 – Gold is consolidating in what appears to be a flat. We are in wave C now and likely we see a retest of the low this week. Weekly pivot is resistance until proven otherwise. Once seen, buy Gold as I see higher prices into February and also May of next year.

11-22 – Gold continues to consolidate and looking for a lower low for a long setup. Short term a flag has printed so expecting the lower low early next week. Longer term still bullish Gold.

11-29 – Lower low has played out as discussed and now the structure may put in a lower low for a wave 5 – the trend line test this week will give clues. Resistance at 1828 and we open a wave 5 lower to complete the flat. If we convert that number into support expect the next major rally in Gold. DX also needs a retest higher which is bearish for Gold. No long term changes in forecast, this is a buying opportunity for longer term traders in Gold into 2021.

12-6 – The turn in Gold may be in. This week expect a retest of the low and a rally in the USD. Support expected in 1800 or we will see the new low. Next year inflation will drive gold much higher, any pull back is a buying opportunity.

12-13 – Watch this week for a buy in Gold on a marginal lower low, should see the flag break down and then reverse and see higher highs. Will likely see a positive D setup this week before the turn on RSI.

12-20 – Pull back was shallow and has continued higher into the trend line area. Continuation higher into 1910-20 expected then a pull back into the 1870-50 area as the USD rallies.  Expect the rally to last through Christmas then look for a pull back in early January and higher high will ensure into 2100. Pull backs are not short opportunities they are buying opportunities, stay on the right right side and legg in and out of your long positions in Gold.


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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.

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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

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