What The VIX Is Telling Us

The major markets are hovering
daily levels
as we go to press, with
tests of the 840 and 970 levels on the S&P and Nasdaq, respectively. Yesterday
afternoon’s ES break of 13 minute support (the third attempt at a 13-minute
reversal over the last few days) was enough to trigger a continuation of the
daily downtrend and is a good example to reinforce the importance of considering
second and third entries and the increased probability associated with each
subsequent attempt. This is an area where many traders give up and this concept,
if mastered successfully, can result in more Ps in the trader’s P&L as we
discuss in

the video
. A clear break of these supports could provide fuel for a stronger

Many of you know there are a few times each year that I pay attention to the
VIX.X. Normally, I could care less in the interest of stressing simplicity over
complexity, yet in extreme markets I certainly value the guidance on the daily
chart. How can one attempt to interpret it? The same way we do our price charts
— by keeping all chart attributes constant including using a 15MA as trend

So what did the daily
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at close yesterday? As noted below, the VIX.X closed in a strong pullback to a
sharply uptrending support. Combine such a signal with the daily ES chart which
was approaching a downtrend support, and it can help gauge the probability of a
further daily down move and a corresponding bounce in the VIX.X.

ES (S&P)         
Tuesday February 4,  2003  11:00 AM ET            

Moving Avg Legend:
60-Min 15MA

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