Friday, October 30, 2009

On Monday November 2, 2009, the options market will continue to evolve right before our eyes. 75 additional symbols will be quoted in penny increments. At Trading RM LLC, we believe that this shift in the quoting convention will allow short term traders to express their views with options instead of equities. There are many advantages to using options over equities and we are ready to take full advantage of the changes.

If you are a short term trader who is trading equities, futures or options we can help you. Our approach will make you more money while taking less risk. I will be more than happy to chat with anyone who takes the time to inquire about our approach.
Here is the list of the additional 75 symbols.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Dollar Trade

The U.S. Dollar carry trade continues on as the equity markets continue to sell when the Dollar strengthens and are bought on a weaker Dollar. During last few trading sessions we have seen the Dollar gain strength and on increasing volume as the Dollar bears scramble to cover their shorts in what is now a very crowded trade and have to unwind their equity positions. The equity markets have also come into some strong trend lines that will act as support levels as the Dollar approaches resistance levels. The equity markets have seen increasing volume as there is finally institutional involvement with the markets and the Dollar may be seeing signs of capitulation.



Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Visit with Jeff Quinto

Today Trading RM was visited by Jeff Quinto. Jeff is a 37 year veteran of the markets. His experience includes the Kansas City Board of Trade, Chicago Board of Trade, running an electronic futures trading prop firm, and serving as a personal trading coach to many traders. In addition to coaching traders, Jeff also teaches a course at Northwestern University school of continuing education: Introduction to Electronic Trading, does a monthly video at Option News Network, and has frequent podcasts available on itunes. Jeff also has some great videos available on his website or on the website of the CME Group. I highly recommend these videos. Please visit Jeff's website for more detailed information.

Jeff broke his talk to us into two parts.

Breaking up the day

Jeff talked to us about breaking up the trading day. He divides the trading day into 5 "quintos." Jeff likes to use open, morning, lunch, afternoon, and close. The exact number of parts to the day or their exact specific time is not important. What is important is recognizing that there are different areas of the day where the market behaves differently. This is because the various market participants behave differently. What does a fund manager do at lunch? What does he do at the open? What are day traders doing at the close? What are market makers doing in the afternoon? Accordingly, we, as day traders, must adjust our trading during these parts of the day.

Despite the world being a 24 hour trading environment, the market seems to revolve around U.S. equity hours. What happens is we see a flood of liquidity during the open period. The morning is characterized by liquidity and fluidity. During lunch volume dies down. Into the close we often see big players closing, not entering positions. None of the above is true 100% of the time. But over the long run this is more or less what happens.

As traders (short term traders) we must recognize these scenarios and adapt. Every trader and every product is different. Certain time periods may call for less size, more size, not trading at all, being more aggressive, bidding vs. paying up, etc...

Pre and post market work

The main theme is a trader who follows a mediocre plan is ahead of both a trader who has a great plan but does not follow it and a trader with no plan at all. Not many successful traders can come in at the opening bell and leave at the close without thinking about their market before and after.

Another theme Jeff brought up is "man plans and God laughs." In other words, sometimes plans and goals do not always turn out perfectly. But the key theme is that no plan at all is a recipe for disaster. A great plan is never perfect, but it puts a trader far ahead of the game. As far as goals, for every level trader the key is to have attainable goals. Jeff used the example of a tennis player. It is one thing to say "I am going to start playing tennis" and buy a racket and go hit a few balls. Yet it is unrealistic for this beginner to expect to be a pro immediately. A goal to be a tennis pro is probably unattainable (at least in short term). More realistic goals include: getting 70% of my serves in, practicing three times a week, etc...

Likewise traders need to have attainable goals. For a beginner trader it may be "make $1.00." Or learn 20 new stock symbols and charts. A more advanced trader should have more advanced goals. But they should still be attainable.

Thanks to Jeff Quinto for his time.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Has the vice started tightening on the UUP shorts? Granted the move today was not huge, the UUP bid most of the day with daily volume being 4,060,000 higher than average of around 1.8 mil. The clear inverse relationship between the UUP and S&P500 is demonstrated by the chart to the left. You see as the UUP(blue) traded up, as equities(red) came under pressure. If you take volume into consideration, you can argue UUP moved FIRST then equities moved inversely. I personally did not watch trading close enough to see this anomaly, but one thing is true, if one moves the other moves opposite.

Over time the relationship can become inverted on a daily chart, I.E. fall of 08' when traders flocked to the dollar as the "safe trade". This trade moves like this because the dollar is clearly front and center in traders minds and they know the USD rules the roost. Traders who are in these markets every day are tired of the same grind and are looking for volatility to show its head again, not because traders want the market to fall, they want the market to come to it senses. The USD is clearly the catalyst which can snap this market back into reality.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Book Review "Lone Survivor"

I recently read the book "Lone Survivor" by Marcus Lattrell (at right in photo). It details the career of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell. The book specifically focuses on his training and his subsequent survival of an attack in Afghanistan during Operation Red Wing. He survived the largest fatality on a SEAL force ever. The attack killed 19 out of 20 men. Marcus survived a gun shot wound to the leg, a broken wrist, a broken nose, 3 broken vertebrae and was eventually protected by local villagers who sent an emissary to the closest military base allowing a rescue team to locate the wounded SEAL. He spent 7 days in the mountains after the attack.

Of course while reading the book I came across several analogies to trading. I was most interested in his training in the rigorous Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) class. Marcus was raised on a ranch in east Texas. He and his twin brother Morgan began training to be SEALs at the age of 15. They trained with a neighbor named Billy Shelton who ran an informal training program for locals kids interested in various special forces. Billy is a Green Beret with service in Vietnam. In addition to an intense physical program, Billy imparted this wisdom on Marcus and his brother (in the words of Marcus Luttrell):

"Listen Marcus, " Bill told me, always listen, and always jump all over anything your instructor tells you. Get out in front. Fast. Then make sure you stay there."

In trading I view out instructors as anyone in the room. It can be the principals of the firm, a veteran trader, or even just a trader who is seeing things well. If someone with experience offers you some advice or a suggestion take it and run with it. Billy's advice helped Marcus often throughout his training, including this occasion:

"Well that morning Instructor Reno pulled himself up to his full height of about 15 feet, in my eyes, and told us he wanted to talk to us briefly, and we better pay attention. 'Better yet, take notes.'

I was into my zipper bag instantly, getting hold of a dry notebook and a couple of pencils...

I looked around the room and few others were doing the same as I was, but not everyone, by no means everyone. ....'Drop! All of you!' he bellowed. An there was an unbelievable commotion as chairs were scraped back and we all hit the floor in straight-arm position. 'Push em out!" he snapped. And we made 20 then were left in the rest position...

Months later I reminded him of that day. 'Of course I knew,' he said. 'It was your first test. I had the names of guys who paid attention written down before you'd done your first twenty. "

Later on in training, at the beginning of hell week, the BUD/S class was addressed by Rear Admiral Joe Maguire, a legendary Navy man. Maguire offered the class this advice:

"First of all, I do not want you to give in to the pressure of the moment, Whenever you're hurting bad, just hang in there. Finish the day. Then, if you're still feeling bad, think about it long and hard before you decide to quit. Second, take it one day at a time. One evolution at a time.

Don't let your thoughts run away with you, don't start planning to bail out because you're worried about the future and how much you can take. Don't look ahead to the pain. Just get through the day, and there's a wonderful career ahead of you."

This rings true to trading. I've written several analogies with golf and basketball about focusing on the next trade/shot. As the BUD/S class went on and guys dropped Marcus observed that many guys were dropping after completing exercises that they had done before. They were looking ahead to a week full and giving up after completing a drill. It was nothing they had not done before. Worry about the next trade, not the next week/month/year.

Footage of "Hell Week:"

Today the price action (mainly on the bid per NYSE tick) on the S&P500 & Nasdaq indicated a clear inverse correlation between the dollar and equities. Obviously the connection has always been part of the equation, what has not been as obvious is how many traders are watching this trade. As i posted earlier today on twitter, UUP showed large volume spikes today following the rumor of S&P downgrading the banking sector. If you look a bit further out you can see UUP has been in a downtrend finally finding some historical support down here around 22ish. As Roubini mentioned a dollar collapse is a lot less likely than a dollar rally. If this is the case profits from the rally we begin to be taken aggressively out of fear of, this will create great sell side pressure on equities and commodities alike.

This timing is almost perfect, the rally has been way over extended, near 60%, we are exhibiting price action (tight ranges, easier to fall than to rise) in the index's which indicates a toppy environment. I am basing this off of most good news is being sold in relation to earnings, as NOT good enough. The only example i have which goes against this hypothesis is Amazon, though I think this was more of a market momentum trade than fundamental. Amazon will at some point have to trade down a bit as profits are taken on a nearly 45$ run in less than a week.
Anyway, back to the my point.. UUP has had nearly zero volume on the buy side in months, today it woke up the market sold off on rumors. Rumors are moving the market, the financial sector still has systemic risk associated, I.E. Bove downgrading WFC sent the market into a tizzy, today the S&P downgrade rumor sent everyone heading for the bid.

These rumors have not even been substantiated, what happens when something real hits the market? I think as the dollar firms up we are gonna see the market become sell side again. I could be wrong but if you use these signals to help formulate your trading plan you will be rewarded.

Friday, October 23, 2009

As intra day traders we need to be able to adapt to shifting market conditions. Sometimes though, the market lines up nicely for us and we have an opportunity to take advantage. This doesn't mean that the trades will necessarily be profitable, it merely means that the odds are in our favor and we have an edge.

Today presented one of my favorite "setups" for me in a few names: AMZN, NFLX, TROW

As most of us do, I have a mental checklist I like to go through when dissecting setups: Here are some of the things I check on my "TRUE relative strength" setup:

-Divergence with S&P futures
-Extensions come on high volume (both on 1 and 5 minute time frames).
-Consolidations (sideways action and re-tracements) on noticeably lower volume
-Breaks new high/low still in AM session after pullback (withstanding markets divergence).
-Breaking range on daily/weekly
-Bids stay firm even when stock moves slightly against
If you look at the charts below (RED=SPY/ GREEN=STOCK) you will see that all three names displayed these characteristics and provided confirmation for traders on our desk to buy these names even though they were already "up a lot" on the day.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Not to sure what to make of these big bullish bets on the front month options in the XHB, but as options traders we use information like this to help foresee the future. Based on the call volume in the XHB 16 strike, TOL 20 strike and LEN 15 strike its looks like there maybe some bullish news out on the us housing situations. The volume today has exceeded the open interest meaning a new position has be opened. Though we are not reading into this to much, it is something to keep on the radar.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

10/21/09 ISRG short set up

A couple guys in the room traded ISRG to the short side today. Here is what we saw and why it was a good trade regardless of if it paid or not.

  • It is a stock that can move a high dollar amount

  • Around our entry short at 8:45-9:00am cst we had a move up in the overall market but ISRG was still extremely weak (divergence)

  • Shorting names on their lows had not paid me, I was ready to short this on a bounce. My morning game plan, sitting on my desk, has this specifically written out. Shorting lows has not paid for most of 2009.

  • Even though ISRG bounced $6-7 off the open it was still down $13 on the day. We got to fade a huge bounce and at the same time get with an intraday trend.

  • This was a post earnings play and the gap down broke a long term uptrend in the name. News and a break of a long term trend.

Check out the below chart of ISRG (in green) against the SPY (in red). The arrow is our approximate entry. With a name as volatile as ISRG I did not expect it to move in a straight line. Immediately off the open I was offering stock higher and bidding puts lower.

When trading a name like ISRG and fading the bounce (but staying with the days trend), it is key for me to do less size. I scaled in. I almost hope my first short entry gets run over so I get filled at better prices. At the same time, if my first entry is hit and the stock rolls over I can add as it works.

Trading RM girl in the press

Trading RM's Shae Peppler was recently interviewed by Brian Dryfhout about her gig on the "Chicago Huddle." The full interview can be found here.

"BD: With your experience working at Trading RM, LLC who's had the worst year - the stock market or the Chicago Cubs?

SP: I did a promotional shoot for Trading RM a couple months ago. One of my guy friends from Indiana works for them. If I had to take a stab at this I would say the stock market. The Cubbies had some issues but nothing that can't be fixed. (I tell myself this every year but that is OK.) We have a lot more in front of us when it comes to the economy and the stock market."

Check out Shae's video about Trading RM here and her video about Trading RM Realtime here.

Monday, October 19, 2009

The agriculture stocks have been on the move as traders continue to play on the weakening dollar and strength in the equity markets. With the dollar making lows and equity markets pushing new highs the agriculture sector has been strengthening over the last several trading sessions with increased volume.


Sunday, October 18, 2009

Lou Holtz and goals

We have been talking a lot recently about goals (daily, weekly, monthly and yearly). Why do we need goals and what are "good" goals to have.

1) Why we need them: someone said "no one plans to fail, they only fail to plan." I suspect very few traders (hopefully none) plan to have bad trading days/weeks. But how many traders do not plan their day or week? Too many. So if we do not plan to fail, why do we fail to plan?

Dr. Brett Steenbarger writes that having a desire to succeed is not sufficient to succeed. You have to do the work. Does a trader say he has a passion for the business or does he show it? Likewise it is important to be consistent in goal setting. It is not enough to have goals for Monday and Tuesday but not the rest of the week. Likewise it is not enough to have goals for one week but not set any for the next weeks. Lastly Dr. Brett has also touched on the importance of daily goals:

Dr. Brett says "Setting a goal each day creates learning loops that improve you significantly over time. Setting daily goals also keeps your head in the game, reinforcing your positive learning even during days and weeks where you're not making money." I underlined "where you're not making money." This is important for me - to be proactive and positive during times of draw downs.

Every one's favorite college football coach/analyst, Lou Holtz, has no shortage of thoughts on goals (or thoughts in general). I think many of his thoughts carry over to trading. Two great Lou quotes on goals: "If you're bored with life - you don't get up every morning with a burning desire to do things - you don't have enough goals" and “I’m a firm believer in goals. Take a good look at me. You’ll notice I stand five feet ten, weigh 152 pounds, wear glasses, speak with a lisp, have a physique that appears like I’ve been afflicted with beriberi or scurvy most of my life. The only reasons why I can stand up as head football coach at the University of Notre Dame are: I have a great wife and I am very goal oriented.” My takeaway: if you get up every morning and say to yourself that trading sucks or trading is slow then you do not have enough goals. If you have no goals you will have no success.

Many people have heard of Lou Holtz's "bucket list." Here is a brief back story of his list of life goals in his own words:

My takeaway: "be a participant, don't be a spectator. Do I come in every day and watch the market I am trading or am I engaged in it? Can I be engaged in it without having daily and weekly goals?

Lastly here is Lou Holtz on quick fixes:

"We have instant coffee, instant tea and instant restaurants. Everybody looks for a quick fix. There isn't any. You build it day by day. You don't panic. You don't overreact. You don't change your principles. If you preach the same thing over a period of time, and it doesn't change, one of two things is going to happen. They are going to believe in you or they are going to leave." My takeaway: I think this one is obvious. There is no instant fix to get out of a trading slump or a tough market. Keep working and keep working harder.

2) What are "good" goals to have:

Every trader has the same generic goals: "be green, have a high winning percentage, keep losses minimal, be green x number of days, etc..." The struggle for me is to dig deeper. I need better goals to become a better trader.

Dr. Brett has a great post on turning set backs into goals. We all have set backs, losses, fat fingers, and mental lapses. How can I turn these into opportunities and goals for tomorrow?

Previously I wrote about being process focused. This is an obvious one when it comes to goal setting. Do I set PnL goals? Or do I also set lower level, action orientated goals? For example: "this week I am going to track these two new indicators to see if they help with my timing. I am also going to cut my losses x% sooner until I have winners that are x% larger than recently. In the most recent two weeks my stats show my losers are getting slightly larger while my winners get slight smaller. " These are more specific than saying I am going to make $500 a day.

As mentioned above, Dr. Brett also writes about being consistent and overcoming procrastination. I think good goals are consistently set. Whatever your time frame is, set your goals every time. (daily, weekly, etc...)

Lou says: "The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it." Do not drop the ball, set some goals.

Friday, October 16, 2009

I love sports and trading analogies. An article has been going around our office (and other trading offices) from Golf Digest written by Michael Jordan with Craig Bestrom. It details Michael Jordan's 10 rules for maximizing your competitiveness. Michael Jordan is specifically talking about his golf game. But the lessons cross over to basketball and trading.

Some highlights from the article:

  • ''If you have 100 percent confidence that you can pull off a shot, most of the time you will.'' -- Michael Jordan My takeaways: Not many traders who do not believe in themselves will succeed.

  • "Focus on the little things. During my basketball career, I always told myself to focus on the little things because little things added up to big things. I equate making putts with making free throws, and my biggest mental challenge shooting free throws was in my second year, 1986, when I came back from a foot injury for the playoffs and had a 63-point game against Boston in the Garden. I had to make two free throws to send the game into overtime, and all I focused on was the basics -- I'm not gonna be short. I'm gonna extend and reach for the rim -- all the fundamentals that I had worked on at home and at practice for all those years. Golf is no different. Don't assume, for example, that any putt is good. Make sure you putt every three-footer with conviction.
    And keep score every time you play. I do. " My takeaways: focus on one trade at a time. Keep score = keep track of your stats (win %, average winner, etc...).

  • "Don't think about the prize; think about the work. At my basketball camps every year, I award the kids shoes if they make a certain number of free throws or if they complete an around-the-world or something like that. But I always tell them that if they're thinking about the prize, they should be thinking about the work. Prepare, practice and perfect it. Do the work, and the prizes will come." My takeaways: this one is obvious. Focusing on PnL and avoiding the day to day work is a recipe for disaster.

  • "Keep it simple. There are a lot of correlations between basketball and golf, especially on the mental side. Whenever I played a big game, I tried to stick to things I knew I was capable of doing. I do the same in golf. I've seen Tiger hit that stinger, and I know it's doable for me, too, but it isn't a shot I've practiced much. Why would I try that in the heat of the moment?
    My instructor, Ed Ibarguen, has me focus on a specific target before every swing. One of my biggest problems is, sometimes when I see water right I try extra hard to stay away from it. And what happens? You end up going right in the water. That's because you're focusing on the wrong thing.
    Eddie tells me to pick a blade of grass on my line or a building in the distance and to blindfold myself to everything else. That's keeping it simple, and that works especially well in pressure situations."
    My takeaways: Focusing on the home run trade, what a big trader is doing, or complex setups are not great...especially if struggling. Focus on your best set up, a simple trade. What simple steps do you do to prepare for a trade, enter the trade, and exit the trade. Focus on the blade of grass in front of you, not the end of year PnL number.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Yesterday’s trade involved a great sector play in casinos. Around 13:24 ET, news came over the wires that gambling restrictions would affect casinos in Macau. This caused both WYNN and LVS to break out of tight ranges and sell-off on heavy volume. Traders at TradingRM were able to take advantage of the aggressive selling and book solid winners in both names.

These trades provided excellent examples of indicators of trend reversals. As shown in the 1-minute charts below (click to enlarge), after roughly 10 minutes of selling, both LVS and WYNN had bullish candlestick patterns. LVS (left) formed a dragonfly doji and WYNN (right) formed a hammer.

A dragonfly doji is a candle that forms during a downtrend with little or no upper wick, an almost non-existent body, and a sizeable lower wick. The difference in the hammer is that a small body forms near the upper end of the range. These patterns form due to an unsustainable sell-off (creating the long lower wick) followed by a rally which gives buyers control of the trend near the close of the period. Although these candles are not definite signs of reversal, they show that the selling is losing momentum.

Another indicator that the price action was losing steam was the volume. As shown in the charts, volume after the dragonfly doji in LVS was a large green bar and after the hammer in WYNN was a weak red bar. This is further indication that the move was reaching its end and it was time to ring the register.

Candlestick patterns and volume are just a few pieces of the puzzle used to evaluate a trend. By paying attention to signs of reversals, our traders were able to avoid adding more risk and/or sell into the move to take profits.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Gold has once again made new highs this week with higher highs being made during the last two trading sessions. Tuesday the GLD opened right above a major resistance level of $100.50 and rallied $1 to just under the $102.50 level. Yesterday, the GLD was barely able to make a higher high and is currently trading higher in the overnight session.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

As all of the trade reviews I have written to date have highlighted a winning trade, I wanted to discuss a losing trade in order to explain what our traders were seeing and how they reacted. The trade is Jabil Circuit (JBL) from last Wednesday’s open.

The very first question TradingRM traders ask themselves before entering a trade is: “Is this stock in play?” Before the open, JBL had posted better-than-expected earnings and gapped up roughly 6% from the previous day (see daily chart at left below-click to enlarge). The strong earnings and premarket move were a catalyst that told our traders that JBL was a possible long in play. When the market opened, that upward move was confirmed on solid volume. As shown in the 15 minute chart at right below, JBL was trading on extraordinary volume during the first 15 minutes compared to the previous day’s activity.

Another factor that our traders were considering was JBL’s relative position to the market. As shown in the 1 minute chart below (click to enlarge), JBL (green) started trending up, while the SPYs (red) started to fill the modest 4 handle premarket gap up. Approximately the time the relative positions converged, our traders decided that the earnings catalyst, confirmation on large volume, and the relative position to the market were all signs that JBL could be going higher. As shown by the TradingRM real-time blast, our traders started buying calls around 8:40 CST and continued to find pullbacks for entry over the next ten minutes.

During this time, the market formed a base and started moving sideways. JBL held strong and maintained a good relative position. However, volume began to dwindle, the stock started to chop, and implied volatility was sucked out of the option prices. As bids in the options fell, our traders managed risk and exited when loss targets were reached.

The lesson to emphasize is that not every trade can be a winner! In fact, even experienced traders have win rates of 40%-50% (trading on a similar time frame). The way to sustain long run profitability is to set good risk management parameters. By adhering to profit and loss targets, a trader can have an average win twice as big as his/her average loss. This rule-based approach is a big part of the TradingRM edge.

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Last few days' have been slower, so tightening up the basics can lead you to outperform.

I'm talking about timing and stock selection just to name a few. If you constantly find yourself top ticking or bottom ticking the market, something needs to change. YOU are chasing! Do not blame it on the market being tough or impossible. There is always a train leaving the station. YOU get to choose which one you want to jump aboard.

Fading strength and weakness seems to have been paying. AIG on friday and YUM today after earnings. COST (earnings) and ANF (upgraded) seemed very strong on the open, but then settled in and sold off and the market rallied. As i write this, we have an 8 handle range.

A hobby of mine is collecting vintage baseball cards and sports memorabilia. There are so many old baseball cards being sold. They vary in the year, condition, etc. I need to be ok missing what seems to be a "great opportunity" because something just doesn't sit right with me. I know that if I miss this purchase, later on in the day or tomorrow there will be another opportunity. There are busy times and slower times in the baseball card hobby, like most businesses. When it is slower, I need to make sure I am near perfect in my decision making and go back to the basics. When it is busy, i can't keep up with all the emails and I usually find what i am looking for.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Stay in the Game

Today has been a slow day for me. I have only done 2 small trades for a net scratch as of 12:00 pm cst. I had some setups I liked in MTW and BRCD but they did not get to my price. That being said, the day is far from over. We have seen a select amount of great setups in the afternoon. These are the keys for me going into the last three hours of the day:

  • Stay in the game, do I have mental bullets?

  • Be patient, do not try to make money.

  • Focus on one trade at a time (one swing at a time)

  • Keep my eye on the ball, the game is not over until 3pm

Speaking of keeping your eye on the ball...did anyone in the Detroit Lions coaching box notice that Johnny Knox fumbled the ball before crossing the goal line on his 102 yard kickoff return for a TD? The Lions staff/upstairs replay guy should have caught this.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

PEP made a nice move to the upside on Friday on strong volume breaking its 50% Fibonacci Retracement and closing above on the weekly chart.
MOS has shown relative weakness to the market during the entire rally and failed to make new highs. MOS was barely able to tag its 25.0% Fibonacci Retracement and has an unfilled gap which signals great weakness. MOS is now testing major long term trend support.

MON has shown relative weakness to the market and is trading within a large triangle consolidation pattern. MON is now trading at the bottom of the triangle near support. I will be watching for a break down as MON was unable to make a new high as the market made a new high and is looking weak along with other agriculture stocks.

The US Dollar Index appears to be forming a bottom and a bullish consolidation pattern is appearing for a possible push higher.

The GLD has pulled off of its highs as the Dollar pushed off its lows.

The USO has rallied to retest the longer term diagonal trend line, but was unable to recapture.