WLT is scheduled to report earnings tomorrow before the open. With this trade up 34% since the entry just two weeks ago & close to the 2nd target, those long might consider whether to hold through earnings or book early profits in order to risk a possible gap against your position. T3 remains the final target for now although additional targets may be added. So far the case for a lasting bottom in WLT & several other of the recently mentioned coal stocks seems to be firming up although it is still too early to say with a high degree of confidence that the latest rally in these names is anything but a dead cat bounce.
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LL (Lumber Liquidators) was a recent Short Trade idea that hit the second target for a 38% gain back in July. I had discussed the likelihood of extending the final target to T3, which was listed as the potential final target on the previously posted charts. However, LL hit the second target before I had a chance to make that official and so I had to go ahead and consider the trade completed when T2 was hit (as it was too late to make T3 the final target). Fast-forward to today & LL has finally reached that T3 level, which is the level where the R/R no longer warrants remaining short (for those that held) as the odds for a reversal are quite elevated at this time. Final targets are set at the level where the R/R no longer warrants holding the position & more often than not, a substantial & often lasting reversal in the stock is expected.
As the updated daily chart (second chart) below shows, LL is trading at the bottom of what appears to be a bullish falling wedge pattern complete with positive divergence forming on both the MACD & RSI, all while trading just above that key horizontal support level (the previous third target). With the current near-term & intermediate-term trends still bearish for now, I’m still considering long trades as counter-trend trades until/unless the charts say otherwise. I also have some concerns about LL as there is a thin-zone just below the T3 support level which runs down to about the 34.25-34.10 level. If LL were to make a solid break below T3 (about the 48.90 level), there’s a good chance that the stock will back-fill that thin zone. Counter-trade or not, I’m looking for some new long trade ideas for both hedging exposure (for those positioned net short) as well as for those traders position net long, with a longer-term bullish outlook.
With that being said, LL offers an objective long entry here around current levels (51.40ish). This holds especially true for those with a longer-term bullish outlook who believe that this most recent sell0ff is over and the markets are headed much higher. My first target would be the former T2 level, with the actually target set just below the bottom of the July 9th gap at 69.65 (target = 69.55) with a suggest stop on a daily close or solid move below 48.60.
This first chart below is the weekly chart of the $RUT (Russell 2000 small cap index) with my current final downside target of 862 as well as some of the minor support levels along the way. The second chart is the update 120 minute (2 hour period) chart of the IWM ($RUT tracking etf) with the same suggested stop levels that were recently posted on this chart. The $RUT led the US indices on the way down, peaking back on July 1st, months before the $SPX, $NDX, $DJIA, etc.. and falling over 14% into last week’s lows. As would be expected, having fallen the most both in time & scope, the extremely oversold & higher-beta $RUT has been one of the leading indices the way up on the recent oversold rally since Wednesday’s lows, up about 6.5% since then. As impressive as this bounce may appear, so far (as of today’s highs), the $RUT has only retraced 38.2% of that 14% plunge off the highs… a typically minimum Fibonacci retracement or counter-trend bounce of a larger impulsive move.
Once again, multiple targets are listed on IWM short trade that was added on Thursday to accommodate various trading styles & price targets. For those just looking to position short on this bounce with the expectation of covering on the next price target of 1010 on the daily $RUT chart, a stop no higher that the 111.10 level would be prudent. For longer-term swing traders targeting a move down to the 862 area, about 20% below where the IWM short trade was added, a stop above the 144.55 level (stop 3 on the 120 minute chart) would still provide an attractive R/R of nearly 4:1.
At this time, just about every major index that I track is still trading well below the recently broken long-term bull market uptrend lines and the intermediate-term trend, as well as all but the fastest short-term trend indicators remain on sell signals. That could certainly change should the markets continue to rally sharply but until that time, most active traders should consider shorting bounces back to resistance. Until/unless the current sell signals flip back to bullish, the odds of long-side breakouts failing before reaching the measure target of the pattern is elevated (referring to typical equities that trade in-line with the broad market).
Here are a few suggested stop levels for the IWM short trade. The first stop would be just above that shaded box which encompasses the 109.80 horizontal resistance as well as a Fib cluster, the 38.2% & 50% retracement levels of the two prior reaction highs. The next stop, stop 2 at 112.42 lies just above the 112.20 horizontal resistance and another tight Fib cluster (50% & 61.8%) with the upper-most suggested stop above 144.55, which comes in around the 61.8% retracement of the move down from the July 1st peak in the $RUT/IWM. Which stop(s) one uses would be based on their preferred downside target(s) in the $RUT/IWM (i.e.- the lower your price target, the higher your stop).
I had mocked up a daily chart of IWM with some potential target areas last night but either inadvertently saved it to the wrong watch-list or didn’t save it at all. If I can’t find it I’ll work up another chart today but as of now, based on my interpretation of the weekly chart, I think a move down to the 875 level on the $RUT (about a 20% drop from current levels) is certainly a possibility in the coming months at this time. Of course, if that proves to be the case, we would almost certainly experience some very quick counter-trend rallies along the way.
The WLT (Walter Energy Inc) aggressive Long Trade Setup that was posted yesterday went on to break out above the 60 minute bullish falling wedge pattern (triggering an entry) and just hit the first target, T1 at 1.99, for a very quick 10% profit. T2 at 2.59 is my preferred target at this time but as always, consider booking partial or full profits and/or raising your stops, depending on your own unique trading plan. Updated 60 minute chart of WLT (another coal stock):
The ANR aggressive long trade setup that was posted yesterday triggered an entry on a break above 2.04 today. Official targets have been added just below the same resistance levels shown on yesterday’s 60 minute chart. T1 is the sole target at this time but additional targets may be added. The suggested stop if targeting T1 would be just below the 2.04 former resistance, now support level. Updated 60 minute chart below. I also wanted to reiterate that ANR, like many of the recently mentioned US coal stocks, has the potential to morph into a much longer-term, bottom play, should we get sufficient evidence of a bottom in these stocks. Therefore, an aggressive longer-term trader or investor could certainly start scaling in here with a stop below the recent lows or depending on their average cost basis as they continue to scale in (my preference would be to only continue scaling in if the recent lows are not violated).
Yesterday, the $RUT (Russell 2000 Small Cap Index) hit the second downside target (T2 at 1040) that has been listed on the daily chart under the Live Charts page for months now. As if most often the case, the typical reaction (bounce and/or consolidation) immediately ensued. That bounce is now approaching the base of the double-top pattern that I’ve also been highlighting on that same chart for months now as well. In fact, the base of that double-top patten was the first downside target which was just recent hit & then taken out a few sessions later, triggering a breakdown of that pattern which actually projects down to the 960 area, a drop of about 11% from current levels if reached.
With the bottom of that double-top pattern at the 1080-1082 level & the $RUT trading at 1081 as I type, a short entry here on the $RUT (IWM) with the appropriate stops somewhat would have to be consider a very objective entry with a very favorable R/R (risk-to-reward ratio. As such, IWM will be added as an Active Short Trade here around the 107.50 level.
I will follow up with the specific IWM targets soon but just wanted to get this trade idea out asap in case we do get the expected reversal off of this backtest of the 1080-1082ish resistance level. For those preferring to use one of the leveraged ETFs as a proxy for an $RUT short (TWM, TZA, etc…), keep in mind that this trade is intended as a multi-week swing trade and therefore, at most I would consider using TWM (2x short $RUT) as the decay on the leveraged ETFs, especially the 3x like TZA, will almost certain impact the returns if held for more than just a few days.
The live, annotated version of the $RUT daily chart can be accessed via the Live Chart Page or the Live Charts Links widget box on the right-hand sidebar of the home page.