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Pivots, Patterns, and Intraday Swing Trades: Derivatives Analysis with the E-mini and Russell Futures Contracts, + Website

Book Description

An original approach to trend discovery and trade entry

Initial forays into day trading stock index futures reveal a starkly different decision environment. There is no time to dwell on technical conditions. Intraday volatility in the stock indices is far more exaggerated than the daily bar charts of other markets, partly due to the extreme leverage, partly due to the intense attention. And positioning techniques that prove reliable in the action of the long-term trends in other instruments tend to fail in the countertrend reactions of the highly leveraged S&P futures contract within the short-term. For the informed trader, tremendous opportunities in these intraday trend swings can be captured. This book will show you how.

Filled with detailed technical models, this reliable resource skillfully utilizes innovative methodologies for trend discovery and trade entry in mini-stock index futures markets. It offers a fresh approach to understanding and capitalizing on market volatility, allowing you to sort out the apparent chaos of the day trading environment through codified and recognizable trade entry setups.

  • Highlights trading techniques that are anything but mechanical scalping

  • Explores conceptual event models and their accompanying rules

  • Contains tools by which major intraday swing trends can be identified quickly and often at the very turning points where they begin

  • Explains the underlying order and structure to the markets based on the repetitive nature of human behavior

  • Engaging and informative, this reliable resource will put you in a better position to excel in today's dynamic markets.

    Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Half Title
    3. Series Page
    4. Title Page
    5. Copyright Page
    6. Dedication
    7. Preface
      1. Chapter 1: A Three-Frame Day
        1. The 1st Frame
        2. The Midday Frame
        3. The Last Hour Time Frame
        4. Summary
        5. Notes
      2. Chapter 2: Opening Range Bar
        1. ORB Defined
        2. 3-Bar ORB
        3. ORB Pennant
        4. ORB Matched Highs/Lows
        5. Summary
        6. Notes
      3. Chapter 3: Pivot/Exhaustion Grid
        1. ORB Kilroy
        2. Break-Away Pivots: The Pivot Ledge1
        3. The Break-Away Lap
        4. Previous Highs and Lows
        5. Previous Closing Prices: The Gap
        6. Tick Bar Laps
        7. Dynamic Exhaustion Levels: The EMAs
        8. Floor Trader's Pivot Points
        9. Fibonacci Targets
        10. Measured Move Targets
        11. Market Profile
        12. Trend Lines
        13. Summary
        14. Notes
      4. Chapter 4: Dough Bar to Die Bar
        1. Summary
      5. Chapter 5: Leadership Divergence
        1. Summary
      6. Chapter 6: The Work-Done Concept
        1. Summary
      7. Chapter 7: Trading the News
        1. Summary
        2. Note
      1. Chapter 8: Persistent Trend Day
        1. Persistence in Trend: It's a Thing
        2. ORB Entries
        3. Telltale Leadership
        4. Leadership Shift
        5. Flubber Bounce/Monkey Bars
        6. Last Chance Texaco: The 200EMA Entry
        7. Summary
        8. Notes
      2. Chapter 9: Test-and-Reject Day
        1. Summary
        2. Notes
      3. Chapter 10: The Split-Open Day
        1. Summary
        2. Note
      4. Chapter 11: Day Model Sequence Cycle
        1. Summary
        2. Notes
      1. Chapter 12: The Momentum Grid
        1. Summary
        2. Notes
      2. Chapter 13: Pre-Breakout Pause Pattern
        1. Summary
      3. Chapter 14: The Classics Revisited
        1. M-Tops, W-Bottoms
        2. Telltale Triangles
        3. Head-and-Shoulders Reversals, Revised
        4. The Rising/Declining Wedge
        5. Midday Channel
        6. Summary
        7. Note
      4. Chapter 15: MA Pattern Concepts
        1. The EMA Pinch
        2. Gap-Close . . . or Further?
        3. The EMA Cup
        4. The Cup as Breakout Trigger
        5. Summary
      1. Chapter 16: Transition Time Reversals
        1. Summary
      2. Chapter 17: Trade Entry Models
        1. Summary
      3. Chapter 18: The Trade Plan
        1. Prescript
        2. Blueprint
        3. My Blueprint Notes
        4. Summary
    12. Appendix A: Companion Website
    13. Appendix B: Color Legend
    14. Appendix C: Serial Sequent Wave Method
    15. Appendix D: ValhallaFutures Indicator Package and Intraday Index Futures Trading Course
    16. Appendix E: Screen Capturing an Event Library
    17. Appendix F: Randolph Newman
    18. Appendix G: Fibonacci versus Pivot/Exhaustion Grid
    19. Appendix H: The Last Triangle
    20. Bibliography
    21. About the Author
    22. Index