When an Index gets beyond the “Point of No Return,” it’s time to short the strongest indexes.

When day trading, I love to see indexes right after the opening get to the “point of no return.” What does that mean?

Here is an example:

Yesterday, March 10th, 2016, many indexes were all bumping up against overhead resistance on a daily. As I mentioned in the Simpler Options Live Trading Chat Room, I was watching the /TF carefully. The /TF, on a 78 minute chart, had already broken an ATR trailing stop. The /TF seems to lead the overall market.



The /TF’s started falling apart right after the opening, while the /ES’s held up pretty well.


Once the /TF was down enough, the /ES HAD to take notice.

1) The first key was the /TF being down for the day.

2) The next was the /TF being way down for the day, which I feel was at least 10 points.

As seen on the following chart, the /TF’s topped out before 10 AM EST. The /ES didn’t 10:30, when the /TF was down 10 points.


When I see this divergence, I want to short vertical call spreads in the /ES. Why? When I see extreme weakness in one major index, at the minimum the other indexes will have muted rallies.

Since the $SPX verticals expired the next day, a low risk play is to short the 2010-2-15 call vertical for 1.20. I actually shorted it 4 times at 1.20. 8 minutes later it was already 75 cents!

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