Daily Commentary - Posted on Thursday, January 5, 2012, 10:48 PM GMT +1


Jan Thursday 5

Consecutive Up Days before Jobless Report

Just a short update today …

The S&P 500 closed higher the third day in a row (and recouped a -1.0% temporary intraday drawdown), and those bullish pattern triggered since Christmas Day are playing out nicely so far.

If history will be a guide again, this might not change over the next couple of days. Table I below shows the SPY‘s (S&P 500 SPDR) performance over the next five sessions in the event the SPY closed higher on three straight days immediately preceding a nonfarm payroll (Jobless Report) release day in the past, thereof closing +1.25%+ above the intraday low on the most recent one (as it was the fact today).

The SPY closed at a higher level one to five sessions later on 9 or 10 out of 12 occurrences, and posted at least one higher close above the trigger day’s close over the course of the then following five sessions on all 12 occurrences (in fact four days later at the latest).


Table I
SPY w/ 3 consecutive higher closes preceding nonfarm payroll release day




For the time being the market refuses to close lower, and at least with respect to historical precedents major market indices will probably remain on firm path over the course of the next couple of sessions.

Have a profitable week,


Disclosure: No position in the securities mentioned in this post at time of writing.


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Comments (2)


  1. William says:

    With this data how long are you inclined to hold?
    Will you go for just the first 1% gain day?
    Or will you hold for 5 days?
    What influences your decision?
    What kind of brackets do you use to a trade ?

    • TradingTheOdds says:


      if the most recent setup shows a positive bias over the course of the next x days, I’d appreciate if a fresh positive setup would be triggered day by day (confirmed) and would then maintain my long position. If a negative setup would be triggered on one of the following days, I’d either go into cash, or if the bullish setup has already played out accordingly (e.g. the underlying is up x% three days later), go short.

      I closed my long SPY position yesterday during the regular session because all bullish setups played out accordingly (3 consecutive higher closes), and I was looking for a lower price into the close due to the fact that the SPY already recouped an intraday 1.25% loss.

      I didn’t go long again simply due to the fact that I identified the setup subject to my posting not before the close. May be I’ll go long again during the GLOBEX session.


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