Why I have an upward bias, until proven otherwise

Pre-market futures are mostly unchanged
from Friday’s close, which was in itself mostly unchanged from price levels at
noon on Friday. Bias is upward until proven otherwise, with layers of support
identified below:

ES (+$50 per index point)

S&P 500 worked its way higher Friday morning
and flattened out from noon to the closing bell. Initial layers of support are
in the 1244 zone with clustered support near 1241 area. Still bullish until
proven otherwise as the most recent break of congestion worked its way slightly

Year 2005 highs near 1255 are just a heartbeat
away from being tested again. That followed a terrorist attack in London, while
Katrina’s unprecedented dollar-cost damage is the latest market dip for bulls to
buy. Should be an interesting reaction is 1255 is hit, and that will most likely
happen real soon.

MD (+$100 per index point)

S&P 400 sees initial support around 722.90 and
congested layers near 721 ~ 722 just below there. Bullish above 721 and bearish
below 720 would be the overall bias heading into today. Only a whisper away from
all-time highs of 731+ posted this summer, as Midcaps found support near the 700
level and walked upwards from there.

YM (+$5 per index point)

Dow Industrial futures are not joining the
love fest over in S&P-land. Current 10,700 is roughly -400 index points below
current yearly high, and 10,800 is the site of numerous recent highs that soon
dropped to swing lows shortly after.

10680 and 10650 are the zones of support for
today’s pending session.

ER (+$100 per index point)

Russell 2000 futures are likewise 13 index
points from testing calendar year highs again. Layers of short-term support
below should hold first tests today.

{Price levels posted in charts above are
compiled from a number of different measurements. Over the course of time we
will see these varying levels magnetize = repel price action consistently}

New System

My beloved Miami Dolphins (fan since January 1971… yes, that long
ago) won their first game this season in convincing fashion. To read the summary
stats would lead one to believe they are playoff contenders this year, or more.

Great start with a new head coach and
completely new system for offense and defense alike. Just goes to show that one
can enjoy instant success using new methods to play with. But… sustained
success is yet another story.

Before the Dolphins can operate their new
playbook systems with unconscious competence (aka in their sleep) each
individual must survive a lot more real-time action in games to come. They have
to work the system in hot, humid weather (done that) and cold weather alike.
Players have to execute in oppressive sunshine, rain, wind and snow. They have
to operate the new system against weaker opponents and much stronger
competition, sometimes with a lead and other times while coming from behind.

When asked how they felt about the upcoming
season, most of our talented veterans replied that they are studying longer &
harder than ever. New playbooks to digest, new assignments on the field to
cover, a whole new way of seeing the game they have played professionally for a
decade of longer.

No Different For You And Me

Veteran free agent NFL players may be stars in the previous system of play
they had mastered. Some are highly talented, but never quite reached their
potential measure of success. When faced with a new coaching change or even a
different team, each player begins anew. Just because they know how to tackle,
run, catch and throw does not mean a new system is picked up on the dead run.
Hours of study, practice, mental errors and game-time mistakes are made along
the way.

If that is actual fact for NFL football players
and play, why is it that experienced traders ask me if they can pick up a new
trading method or system and execute flawlessly in short order? Why do
experienced traders cling to false expectations of themselves and/or a method
without taking time to digest the playbook and learn to play their position in
the market? Why do experienced traders pay good to sometimes obscene amounts of
money for educational material and toss it aside when they discover a few words
on paper or pictures in a video cannot create instant results for them?

I’ll leave those rhetorical questions for you
to answer within. I’ll close with an example of what it takes to succeed on a
professional level. Zach Thomas, one of the best inside linebackers to ever play
football is too small and too slow for his position. He creates Pro-Bowl level
success each year thru time, effort and massive study of his craft. All summer
long this ten-year veteran studied video tape footage of other small linebackers
to pick up a few more tips to hone his skills. In Sunday’s live market action,
his work efforts gleaned from months of study resulted in several game-changing
tackles at crucial price turns in the market.

I mixed my metaphors in the paragraph above on
purpose. Zach Thomas knows the price needed to succeed in any profession is
time, effort, study, patience and investment in oneself. Anything less creates a
tackling dummy for him and mere liquidity in the financial markets for us.

Hope this helps!

Trade To Win

Austin P


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Austin Passamonte is a full-time
professional trader who specializes in E-mini stock index futures, equity
options and commodity markets.

Mr. Passamonte’s trading approach uses proprietary chart patterns found on an
intraday basis. Austin trades privately in the Finger Lakes region of New York.