On July 30, 2014, the Atlas Line produced a short trade around 10:00 a.m. US/Eastern with an entry price of 1967.25. Many Pullback and Strength trades occurred, which provided additional opportunities to the short side.
In the July 31 portion, you can see how a typical E-mini morning session begins while using the Atlas Line At around 10:00 a.m. US/Eastern, a second consecutive bar closed below the Atlas Line, generating a Short signal at 1950. Using NinjaTrader’s ATM Strategy area, John Paul defines the profit target and stop loss before the trade is placed. The profit target is always based on current market conditions. In this case, the ATR (with a Period setting of 4) shows a value of 3.4, which is rounded down to the nearest whole tick value, being 3.25 (remember that the E-mini works in .25 tick increments). This is a big trade – 3.25 points. The three stop strategies he uses work to minimize risk. Fortunately, the profit target was quickly reached. Two Strength trade signals appeared, which provided another entry. John Paul was happy with the $1,950 in profit trading 12 contracts, so he opted not to continue further.
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Soon after the short trade John Paul recorded earlier in the day, the Atlas Line produced a Long trade as seen in the video above. John Paul caught the price action right before it caused the Atlas Line to generate the Long signal. You can see how John Paul knew a Long trade was likely to occur – a second bar was about to close above the Atlas Line. Remember, two consecutive closing bars either above or below the plotted Atlas Line will generated a Long or Short signal. Seen here, a long signal was generated at 1926.25. If you take a look at the green ATR value on the bottom of the chart, you can see the current ATR value at 2.3. This indicates the profit target should be rounded to 2, or 1928.25. What happens if the trade goes against you? This is why we have specific stop losses in mind. A catastrophic stop is the largest of the stops John Paul uses. In most cases, if the profit target is not hit, the time-based or prove-it stop will be hit first. You can learn about all of these stops, profit targets, and signals by purchasing the Atlas Line and attending the included live training session with John Paul. Click the blue link above to find out more.
Using 10 contracts, John Paul traded with a result of over $2,000. This was accomplished using the Atlas Line software and the Trade Scalper strategy. These methods can be purchased separately or can be acquired through enrollment in the Mentorship Program.
For the E-mini S&P, the Atlas Line provides an entry signal around 10 a.m. US/Eastern. However, March 11, 2014 was an exception. Price danced around the Atlas Line around this time without having two consecutive closing signals above or below (which would normally generate an entry). The entry signal fired off at the close of the 10:15 a.m. candle, suggesting a Long entry of 1875. This means John Paul needed to buy the market at that price. He entered with a limit order which told the market he wanted to get in at the specified price. Price rose upwards for a while and then dropped again, tagging the entry price and filling the order. Now that he was in a trade, it was a matter of waiting and managing the the trade. You might notice NinjaTrader’s Chart Trader was not turned on right away, but you can see the profit target indicated by the green bar in the DOM window.
The second trade, over an hour later in the day, told John Paul to go short at 1874.50. Three ticks was the profit target. Although he could have gone for six ticks, he already made some profit for the day and decided on a more conservative approach. This one was filled much more quickly.
Stay tuned for the upcoming Trade Scalper videos were you can see the remaining two trades!
Today, the Atlas Line produced a Long signal at 1857.75 as seen on the chart. The doorbell sound was heard, as the Atlas Line can be configured to play sound file for the main Long and Short signals. John Paul’s Limit order was filled at the desired price. His catastrophic stop was at 1853.75, four points below the entry. In most cases, the catastrophic stop is not hit; it’s just there as a safety net. From this point, John Paul manages the trade by tightening the profit target slightly to 1859.50 (1.75 points of profit, if hit). Right away, price approached his profit target. Price danced around, retracing values it reached previously. As he says, markets love to retreat back to tested waters regularly. Within 10 minutes, price broke through the profit target, earning the 1.75 points (or $87.50 profit with one contract, $1050 with 12 contracts as seen here). Remember, the ES is worth $12.50 per tick and there are four ticks per point. 1.75 / .25 = 7 ticks x $12.5 = $87.5 (1 contract) or x 12 = $1050 (12 contracts).
Remember, you can get these same exact Long and Short entries on your charts everyday. Click the link above to find out more about the Atlas Line.
Today’s E-mini at 9:30 a.m. EST was priced at 1811.75. It ended the day at 1780.25. It was a big down day. This opportunity allows us to show you multiple Strength and Pullback Trades when price is severely trending. The Atlas Line was correct in deciding the market would be going short, as it advised sticking to the short side. You can see our recent trades on this page that show the Atlas Line strategy in action from 9:30 a.m. to noon, EST.
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In case you weren’t able to make it to the webinar earlier today, here is the recording. Consecutive days, multiple markets, live audience – it’s all here! Check out the performance on the YM, ES, 6E, and ZB. In case you don’t yet know, the Atlas Line is software that plugs into your trading platform (either NinjaTrader, TradeStation, or eSignal). It then plots a line at a specific time and angle every day. Depending on how price moves in relation to the line, order signals are generated. The order signals tell you when and how to enter the market (either Long or Short). It’s quite simple to use and it comes with live training.
The first part of this live webinar recording explains how to use the Atlas Line to evaluate whether a trade is still viable after big market spikes. By checking if the current plotting Atlas Line position is more than double the ATR, a trader can determine if the market is “exhausted” and not worth trading. If the value is less, the trade is still viable. The Atlas Line’s entry, profit target and stop loss can then be placed according to the rules. At around 7:00 in, John Paul explains what the ATR is and how to configure it. At about 13:00 in, John Paul discusses trade management from the last few days. Again, the profit and stop loss values are taught to you in the live training. However, John Paul goes over them briefly in this video at the 15:00 mark. Fast forward to the 28:00 mark to see a review of this year’s January Effect trading opportunities. The January Effect is sort of a retracement breakout strategy, where there’s an expectation for the market to rise overall for 2013. Each time a previous high value is reached via retracement using a Daily chart, there seems to be consistency with price then rising. According to John Paul, this makes for many good Long (bullish) entries.
John Paul shows how the short entry signal is displayed for the Atlas Line. In this case, we are waiting for two closing candles below the dashed pink line (Atlas Line). When the second candle closes, red text appears indicating to the trader that it’s time to sell the market (a short trade). You can see how we’re waiting for price to trigger our entry. This is essential what price action trading is all about. Using a price action strategy, you can determine when to enter, and what your profit target and stop loss should be. The entry, profit target, and stop loss are the three primary positions you have to consider for each trade. As with any trading method, price action does have losing trades. The long trade earlier on June 17, 2013 resulted in a small loss or break-even trade. It’s important to consider broker fees and periods of time greater than 30 days when gauging the success of a trading system.
The trade in this video occurred in the afternoon. Typically, John Paul only trades the US/Eastern morning period, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The Atlas Line can provide evening trades as well for the Globex market. For trading futures currencies like the 6E (Euro FX), you can set the Atlas Line to work with the 3:00 a.m. US/eastern equivalent of the European market open.
After you enter a trade, you are waiting until your profit target or stop loss gets hit. If the profit target is not hit, you have to get out at either a smaller profit, break even, or loss. At 2:56 in the video, John Paul explains a few of the stop strategies. He advises taking whatever stop loss comes first. The profit targets are based on the Average True Range (ATR) with a value of four. By rounding the current ATR value down, you can determine what the profit target should be. This allows you to keep your profit expectations a reasonable distance from the entry.
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