Market Analysis for Sep 3rd, 2019

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The Smart Money provides daily reports analyzing the Emini S&P 500 (ES), Bonds, and GDX. The analysis is based on proprietary indicators, known collectively as the Razzmatazz Indicators. These track options trading activity, and rise (and turn bullish on the market) when options traders (following the "herd") put their money into bearish bets, and vice versa. 

The service also provides directional alerts on the ES, GDX and USO and trade signals in the QLD/QID, SSO/SDS, USO and GDX based on high low indicators, which measures highs and lows on the relevant market. 

Razzmatazz Indicators ­

Tracking the Razzmatazz Indicators is a major portion of what we do in this room and the basis of our daily reports. The indicators are based on open interest on the ES futures and other instruments depending on what we are analyzing. Most put/call ratios and analysis is based on volume and not Open Interest. OI is the fuel which drives trends in the market. Even though we say "da boys mission control" and so on, there is no "THEY." It is just the actions of smart money and the bigger institutions that show up in the market moving positions and big money and so affecting the open interest. This is the basis of all technical analysis and it is very evident in Open Interest based analysis.

The premise is that smart money sells premium on options while dumb money buys them. This does not always have to be the case but is true more than often. There is a reason most options expire worthless. So when open interest in ES puts increases relative to the calls, it means that the smart money is bullish on the market while the dumb money is not. So they are using the option selling machine to sell puts to the public and pocket the premium. So the Put/Call Ratio (PCR) rises, hence implying a rising market. The reverse happens when "THEY" are bearish on the markets. This is a dynamic indicator that will change with time, and depending on conditions smart money can change their bias. If they do, then it will show up in the Razzmatazz.

Short-Term Razzmatazz is the weekly value of the Put/Call Ratio, plotted daily (gray line below).  The Daily Razzmatazz (red line below) which is basically the day-to-day values of the PCR, necessitated due to Monday, Tuesday and Friday options being added to the mix.

A shift in OI generally shows which way the smart money is shifting their bias to. The shape of the Daily Razzmatazz is very good in determining which way the market is biased. Again this is not an exact science but an art, and how you read the chart is important. Using EW patterns and other analysis in conjunction with this helps. Combining EW with this can help with zeroing in on a higher probability count vs. the alternate.

SGPCR: Scary Guy Put Call Ratio, named after Bill, our resident "Scary Guy," is the overall put by call ratio of open interest on the ES. The movement of the SGPCR can be used to spot trends in the market.

Long Term Razzmatazz Wave: This model is developed using the open interest data to project what the Scary Guy Put Call Ratio might be at each monthly expiration in the future. Since price will track the SGPCR most of the time, having this projection with the Long Term Razzmatazz wave can help us determine the direction of price in the future from monthly expiration to expiration. Remember, though, that since this uses several months out OI in the calculation, it will be prone to changes over time.

Option Expiries: We have Monday, Wednesday and Friday (weekly) options active on ES every week. In addition to this we have end of month or EOM options. Then we have monthly expiries, which are the monthly OPEX’s that I refer to in some posts. The monthly OPEX’s are the big ones and fall on the 3rd Friday of every month.

Other Key Indicators

Secret Indicator Combo: ­ The Secret Indicator Combo provides a signal when the red and black dotted lines are in sync either up or down. It's an excellent tool for longer timeframe players. If both are ticking higher, then trend is up and longer term players can hold longs. If both are ticking lower, then the converse is true. When they are pointing in opposite directions, this means trend is sideways or 'turning'/in transition. The arithmetic behind these indicators are ‘secret’ and will remain so as per the wishes of their creator EHE.

NYHL1M/NYHL positional systems: ­ NYSE Index High-Low Indicator 1M and the original versions are positional systems I developed to form a more mechanical method of trading in the market.  NYHL1M plots on a daily basis the number of issues making new highs minus those making new lows (new highs and lows going back 1 month).  A buy signal is issued when this cumulative line (blue) crosses above the red line. Sell signal when the blue line crosses below the red line.

Micro versions of the NYHL1M and GDX systems are an even lower level timeframe version of the systems which we will use to time our trade entries and exits. 

Pivots, Supports and Resistances

Every day in my reports, I share values of daily pivots, R1, R2 resistances and S1, S2 supports. These are canned values from my trading platform but they can be effective for intraday trading. I have written on how to use pivot points for your trading here.

Grey zone supports and resistances: These are zones I mark in grey on intraday ES charts drawn by me discretionarily based on earlier reaction points on current and different timeframes and also based on market profile information. These zones can be used for fine tuning entries on larger timeframes or for intraday trading depending on what you are doing.


The ES Daily report is posted every day except for Mondays and the Weekend report on Sundays which covers Monday’s information. The GDX and Bonds Razz reports are posted on alternate days in the room. Information on the ES is generally more accurate than the GDX/Bonds information based on my observation, but these too have periods of higher and lower accuracy. USO and GDX High Low system posts are posted daily in the morning and intraday updates are provided on them as necessary. 

Core/Long-Term Indicators and Trading Signals Tables

In addition to our daily reports analyzing the Emini S&P 500 (ES), Bonds, and GDX, the Smart Money service provides directional alerts on the ES, GDX and USO listed in our Core Indicators and Long-Term Indicator tables. It also provide Trade Signals in QLD/QID, SSO/SDS, USO and GDX based on the indicators. 

Core Indicators include the NYHL1M and Secret Indicator Combo.  The Long-Term Indicator is NYHL, which is the 12-month version.  Trade Signals are my own trades based on rules outlined below, using the NYHL1M as the main input for entries and exits.

How do you use all of this information to trade?

  1. The easiest way (though maybe not the most efficient all the time) ­is to follow my trade signals.  I try to time my entries and exits within the context of what NYHL1M is doing and a series of rules which are outlined below.

  2. A little bit slower but completely mechanical ­is to follow the NYHL1M, GDXHL and USOHL longs and shorts in the core indicator tables. Advantage is that you will be completely mechanical and the trades will be less frequent. Disadvantage is that there will be drawdowns and giveback of profits before a signal ‘turns’. This one could turn out to be more efficient than No 1. in the longer run but you will have to account for account volatility and drawdowns in the long run. 

  3. A more proactive way ­would be the same as above BUT hedge your buy or sell positional trades when the secret indicator combo is pointing in a different direction than NYHL1M. OR a combination of 1 and 2 above with different sizes.

Which way you choose to go depends on what you are trying to do. So make the decision after going through history or observing what the indicator does for some time.  The NYHL, the 12-month version, is very slow, and if using this it should be for long-term accounts only. The grey zones, pivots, etc., can provide a lot of useful tools for day trading. And the direction of the Daily Razz can offer lot of direction on short-term trading. The nature of open interest is such that it will change very quickly, so adjusting to changing views is required if using the information. You will have to mix and match and see what works best for you. To start off though, either 1 or 2 would be the way to go. 

Sizing example: In the trade table and entries, you see 1/4, 1/2 and full size positions. What does this mean?

So we had a QLD trade which was long 89.5 stop 86.8. 

Lets say your capital is 100K. And your max risk you want to take on any position is 2.5%. So 2500$ is your max loss possible.

I entered 1/4 size. So 625$ risk is what you want to take. This means Long 230 shares of QLD or 20,585$ is the position (Max loss on stop out is 230*(89.5-86.8) = 621$)).....

Always start on your max loss possible and work your way up from there and arrive at the position size you should take.

Hope this helps - I wanted to put all the information in one place and up to date. Do ask if any questions....


Princely Mathew hosts The Smart Money premium service at ElliottWaveTrader.