Current Long Positions (stop-losses in parentheses): XLF (14.02), V (68.99), ENZN (10.15), QQQQ (44.79), CSR (5.24), TICC (8.42)

Current Short Positions (stop-losses in parentheses): SPY (Hedge)

BIAS: 3% Long

Economic Reports Due Out (Times are EST): Jobless Claims (8:30am), Import and Export Prices (8:30am), EIA Natural Gas Report (10:30am)

My Observations and What to Expect:

  • Futures slightly negative
  • Since the early evening sell-off yesterday, futures have been working its way back to positive territory.
  • Jobless Claims out at 8:30am will add additional volatility to the markets. 
  • Breaking thru 1130 mark no longer in focus. Now it is whether the bulls can hold 1080 on the S&P. Level has already been breached in futures trading.
  • Small gap to fade currently. Jobs # could change that.
  • Bulls could really show some muscle today if they pulled off a big rally in response to yesterday’s sell-off.
  • July trend-line is broken, but no new lower-low created. However, we move one point lower, and that will be broken as well today.

Actions I Will Be Taking:

  • Stop-Losses remain as it.
  • TICC added to the portfolio yesterday.
  • Hedged my portfolio yesterday with a large short position in SPY. Also added TICC (1/3 of a position) to the portfolio.
  • Look to potentially fade morning gap.
  • Will look to get rid of my hedge in SPY early on if the market acts like it could bounce.
  • Hesitant to add more long positions at this point. If I do, I will likely let today play out first.
  • Scalp where the opportunity exists.