We got our buy signal, and we got long. In the previous post I’d said
I see Thursday 8/16/07 as a PRIME, and possibly the LAST, opportunity for a buy signal to emerge before we have to look away
and I also said
I will get long very aggressively on any good OGRe (Opening Gap Reversal) once it trades back into today’s range.
This OGRe wasn’t a pretty one, however. (For a more thorough discussion of how I view OGRes, see this post about Trading Opening Gap Reversals). We got our gap down, but then spent the day alternating between ecstasy and agony with those wide swings… until 3pm EST, that is. Then we got that outrageous “4 dollars straight up in 50 minutes on huge volume” rally right at the end:
The daily chart looks more like a nice clean OGRe since it doesn’t show those intraday vascillations:
Note that, per the Gospel According to Steve Nison (aka Japanese Candlestick Charting Techniques) it’s not a hammer since the lower shadow isn’t at least twice the length of the real body. However, the real body on this monster is $2.31 wide, and the lower shadow is another $2.79 below that, which is still jaw-dropping.
Long, But Not For Long
This trade, like most I’ve written about the last few months, is based on my current RSI(4) -based methodology. These trades typically last from a few days up to about three weeks, with the majority on the “few days” end. So this is still a quick little swing trade in my book, not a pronouncement that we’re headed back for all-time highs.
So Was This The Bottom?
I don’t think so. The macroeconomic factors haven’t resolved in the least. In fact, I’ve continually made fun of the talking heads’ using euphemistic language like “housing slowdown,” “slump” and the ubiquitous “soft landing” … we’re not even close to the last shoe dropping on the housing bubble (can we all agree on that term now?). I firmly believe there’s a Dragon in the Corner and that we’re about to enter the recession portended by the yield curve inversion starting in December 2005 (remember, the recession often takes 18-24 months to show up, but of course the choir has endlessly sang “This Time Is Different”).
Note the deflationary symptoms rapidly emerging: tight credit, reduced money velocity, and hey bugs… check your gold prices– who says gold goes up because people buy it when they’re scared? People are scared as hell right now, but gold is faltering because of the risk of big “D”. Oil’s down, too, thanks to the stronger dollar. And yes, I believe the Fed’s response will be to lower the target Funds Rate soon and start increasing money supply vigorously, but in this case, I’d agree that it’s about their only choice since we’re so far down the Rabbit Hole.
Also, I’ve extensively (exhaustively, painfully) backtested the RSI(4) method I currently use, and it’s told me something: in uptrends, it tends to cycle from the high 20s to the mid 80s, sometimes spiking into the 90s (i.e. skewed upwards overall). In downtrends, on the other hand, it tends to drift up into the 70s, then soar down into the low teens or even lower. The last few cycles, it’s been acting less and less like these are “pullback in an uptrend” swings, and more like full-fledged downtrend thrusts. I may be switching from buying drops to shorting rallies in the very near future.
So You’re Overtly Negative, But You’re Aggressively Long Right Now…