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Using Divergence to Trade Cocoa

The group of markets known as the, “softs” or, “exotics” include markets like coffee, sugar, orange juice and cocoa. These are all traded on the Intercontinental Exchange and each market marches to its own beat. These markets are known for their volatile moves but rarely get the trading attention they deserve. For some, like orange juice, it’s due to low trading volumes that make it tough to execute any more than a couple of contracts. However, others like coffee, sugar and cocoa have more than enough volume to handle 10 contracts or more in a single execution. Finally, because these markets have little correlation to the majors, their analysis is frequently overlooked. Today, I’ll review one of my favorite trading techniques in these markets and detail the current situation setting up in the cocoa futures market.

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Wall of Resistance Caps Stock Market

The domestic stock markets have been looking weaker and weaker as they head into the ultra important Black Friday and holiday shopping season. Tuesday’s weak open as the result of Turkey shooting down a Russian fighter jet is the confirmation needed to issue a sell signal in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) futures. The Nasdaq 100, S&P 500 and DJIA are all exhibiting the same pattern but the textbook example lies in the Dow futures.

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Trading Divergences in Lean Hog Futures

We were early selling December lean hog futures in September. Our expectations were based on solid technical resistance that had built up near $0.645 per pound along with an early onset of seasonal weakness. Fortunately, our protective stop kept the loss manageable. December hog futures continued to climb through September. The mid-September head fake didn’t fall far enough to to actually trigger a sell signal but it did fall far enough to setup a bearish divergence pattern triggered by yesterday’s price action. We’ll briefly review the premise for the current hog trade while illustrating the power of divergence analysis supplemented by the Commitment of Traders report.

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