Market neutral and leaner here tonight, with pure longs down to 27% of accounts.
But although the trend of the market is now downward and notable damage has developed, there may be a decent set-up for swing-trades long, tomorrow into some of the more extended leaders.
The reason is that much of the weakness today was heightened by the realization that tomorrow's employment report looks to be worse than expected. Following today's weak ISM report, which included weak metrics on hiring, and the weaker than expected weekly jobless claims this morning, Goldman and then others on the Street upped their estimates on total job losses for tomorrow's monthly report (from 200k to 250k in Goldman's case). Jobs is a lagging indicator, although it gets a tremendous amount of attention, and the market has already braced now for the negative news. You may recall the market has a tendency to react to a dramatic jobs report early and then fade it the remainder of the day. Add to that, leadership growth is suddenly slicing worse than the major averages. Therefore...
If the more extended leaders slice hard at tomorrow's open I would be a buyer of several candidates at proper entry points. Important - if we open up or flat, following the report, then this post should be dismissed (or modified at minimum). But if we get the bad news and the leaders gap down hard at the open - I'll have several open orders, which in most case would be simple 1-to-3 day swing trades.
I'm not going to give out entry prices, because it depends too much on the exact dynamics tomorrow. However, I especially like a 50-day MA entry for a strong leader slicing down on market weakness. And while the more emotion the better, for this idea, if the name does not recover within an hour or two at most (and/or the market show signs of stabilizing or reversing), the trade is wrong and I'm blowing it right back out.
This is not a recommendation to buy. This is my personal list of names I will look to accumulate from, only should the situation play out as explained. As always, don't do what I do.
Extended Leaders (with an opportunity for hammering down to decent entry points on Friday's expected-ugly jobs report):
PTI (very thin)