Setups are important because not only do they indicate an increased probability of a particular outcome, but they also clearly define risk. In the current situation, there is no meaningful setup even though it is possible to define a level of risk. 8652 is the newly printed swing low that the has shifted to, but the candle off of this level is nothing more than a random candle.
This condition does not mean a long trade will not work, the problem is there is no distinct advantage. The whole point of using particular trading criteria is to help filter out randomness. The structure in place right now can go either way but has a slight bias to the side since it is above the higher sloping . For us to issue a trade signal, it has to have a higher probability of following through the way we anticipate, and that is why we wait for particular setups, not random formations.
Even though price may push higher (with no particular setup) it is going back into a reversal zone that is defined by the 9861 high. This is an area that is attractive for selling, not buying in general (there are exceptions, like our recent long signal, but that comes with a very well defined setup). Longs in this area particularly carry more risk for this reason.
The level that I am waiting for is the 8514 support (.382 of recent swing). This is below the , but still within an acceptable location for trend continuation to occur. IF price can retrace back to this area and show a reversal pattern, that is the higher probability area of a swing trade long at this point.
In summary, momentum is clearly in control. A higher high is likely, but risk remains high at this level, especially with no setup. If anything, this price action offers a light profit taking opportunity for those traders who didn't reduce their risk the first time price pushed into this area. Let the market find a level that offers more in terms of probability and reward/risk. Random price action offers no distinct advantage which often reinforces ineffective behavior over the long run when the outcome of a trade happens to be positive. Profitable trades for the wrong reasons lead to bad habits which is one of the reasons why it is so difficult to achieve consistency as a short term trader. Be patient, and let the market meet your criteria rather than react to the perceived possibility of a profit. Check out our performance spread sheet at S.C. to see the most recent trade that reached our predetermined target during the peak of this recent move.
Questions and comments welcome.
"Random price action offers no distinct advantage which often reinforces ineffective behavior over the long run when the outcome of a trade happens to be positive. Profitable trades for the wrong reasons lead to bad habits which is one of the reasons why it is so difficult to achieve consistency as a short term trader."
I think that quote resonates true with many people who read your articles, regardless of whether or not they're willing to admit it. Thanks a lot for the keen insights and keep up the great work. You are an asset to this site.