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Paban Raj Pandey left a senior analyst position at a small hedge fund in January 2014, and started blogging in April of that year. With 20 years’ industry experience, he primarily focuses on US equities, macro, technical analysis, and derivatives (particularly options). Paban shares his ... more

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Margin Debt Grows In Sep – A Down Month – Russell 2000 Breaks Out In Oct; Bulls Will Love If Russell 2000:S&P 500 Breaks Out Next
September was a down month, but it turns out the selloff was used as an opportunity to buy. Use of leverage grew last month. Amidst this risk-on behavior, bulls will be all smiles should the ratio of Russell 2000 to the S&P 500 break out.
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CoT: Futures Positions Of Non-Commercials Update
Bulls probably were not too happy with how within three weeks non-commercials unwound massive net shorts in Nasdaq 100 index (mini) futures without much of a lift to the cash. But bygones be bygones.
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Housing Strong; ITB, Having Rallied To New High This Month, Tests Major Resistance – Unsuccessfully Thus Far
US housing is going gangbusters. Sales are very strong. Builder optimism is at a record. Starts have recovered strongly. Amidst all this, ITB, having risen to a new high this month, is running into massive resistance.
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How Hedge Funds Are Positioned - Commitment Of Traders Update
VIX rally attempts keep getting sold. So, the grind continues.
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Once Again, Investment Managers Very Optimistic, Retail Less So But Bullish Enough
Investor sentiment has done a yo-yo in recent weeks – from multi-month highs six weeks ago to the lows of three weeks ago to the week-over-week rise this week. Investment managers are very bullish, retail not quite there but high enough.
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Last Week’s 1600+ Breakout On Russell 2000 Major Victory For Bulls
The Russell 2000 broke out last week – a big victory for small-cap bulls. They will have scored a bigger one should they decisively defend breakout retest, which looks imminent.
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GLD SPDR Gold Trust ETF
NDX Nasdaq 100 Index
OIL iPath B S&P GSCI Crude Oil TR ETN
SPX S&P 500 Index
TYX Treasury Yield 30 Years
USD ProShares Ultra Semiconductors
USO United States Oil Fund, LP
VIX Volatility Index CBOE
WTI W&T Offshore Inc.

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My goal is to share what I observe and what I know – or pretend to know – and, more importantly, if you actively take part, learn from discussions that follow.

Blogs will primarily revolve around stocks, U.S. in particular, macro, technical analysis, and derivatives, particularly options.  And once in a while, I will try to throw a little humor here and there into the mix.

I plan to actively use charts.  Lots of times, they speak louder than words.  Hope you like the format.

And finally, some disclaimer.

This blog is not intended to be, nor shall it be construed as, investment advice.  Neither the information nor any opinion expressed here constitutes an offer to buy or sell any security or instrument or participate in any particular trading strategy.

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