Welcome to The Discovery Trading Group

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Nov 292011
 

We are a group of professional and amateur traders founded by principals of a quantitative research firm which develops strategy and periodicity diverse programs and risk modeling tools. Our own internal process involves using this webspace as a collective resource for sharing both discretionary thoughts during intraday sessions and as a sort of virtual think tank for our ongoing quant research. A big part of that research has consistently shown that the ‘Holy Grail’ of the purely mechanical, single market intraday trading strategy that produces near linear returns without significant ongoing adaptation DOES NOT exist. As such we have found that for most traders pursuing single market intraday strategies, an adaptive, risk management focused discretionary approach is likely to bear the most fruit. Ironic, given that rigid, purely mechanical systems are what the vast majority of retail traders (including us at one time) seem to be in relentless pursuit of. 

In the spring of 2010 we created a private, member only forum behind the blog devoted to our ongoing discussions related to discretionary analysis of market structure, price action and order flow to like minded retail traders as a sort of experiment. Since we have always found the format in which we use this space privately to flesh out ideas to be so beneficial, we wondered if it might be even more fruitful to increase the sheer numbers of those participating in this process and with that, DTG as it exists today was born. By any measure, the experiment has been almost unfathomably successful for us in terms of it’s role in keeping us sharp in whatever discretionary or quantitative work we happen to be engaged in at the time. Sharing our experiences and interacting with the greater numbers continues to spark new ideas for all of us, making our little experiment a huge win on all fronts in our book. For information about the type of trading that is the foundation for what most members are focused on here, follow this link:

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04/19/2019 Good Friday Holiday

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Apr 192019
 

US stock and futures markets are closed today for Good Friday.  We’ll resume posting on Monday, April 22.  Enjoy the long weekend!

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04/17/2019 ES Trade Plan Worksheet

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Apr 172019
 

Earnings came in strong yesterday with most beating expectations.  The most notable exception was IBM who beat earnings but missed on revenue.  IBM stock is down over 2.5% premarket.  Netflix also beat but lowered forecasts for new subscribers which sent their stock down around 1%.

Qualcomm (QCOM) stock jumped over 20% yesterday and is up another 5% this morning after they announced a settlement with Apple over technology infringements.  Apple will switch to Qualcomm from Intel for their 5G technology.  A few hours after the announcement, Intel announced they were getting out of the 5G modem business.

Earnings focus today include MS, PEP, AA, ABT, USB, BK, LVS, and TXT.

OPEC is holding their bi-annual meeting today.  Economic data includes Trade @ 8:30am EST, Inventories @ 10:00am EST, Oil @ 10:30am EST, and the Fed’s Beige Book @ 2:00pm EST.  The Fed’s Bullard speaks @ 12:45pm EST.

Volatility continues to contract as the bulls try to push higher.  Volatility is most likely to increase to the downside.  Reaction to earnings will set today’s tone.  Like yesterday, Size bias is a divergent short going into the US session open.

 

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04/16/2019 ES Trade Plan Worksheet

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Apr 162019
 

Optimism over perceived US/China trade negotiation progress has the ES up overnight.  Larry Kudlow reinforced Mnuchin’s weekend comments by telling the Associated Press that theirs been good progress “pretty much across the board” including China’s technology policies, currency reform, and enforcement.  He said steady talks continue since the meeting in DC.

Disney’s acquisition of Fox’s entertainment business upped their stake in Hulu to 60%.  AT&T has agreed to sell their Hulu stake for $1.43 billion which will be split between Disney and Comcast’s NBCUniversal who currently has a 30% stake.  Disney’s CEO Bob Iger said Disney may be interested in acquiring the rest of Hulu.

First quarter earnings are in focus, JPMorgan and Citigroup earnings started the ES on a bearish move yesterday.  Some heavy hitters report today: BAC, UNH, NFLX, IBM, JNJ, BLK, CSX, and UAL.

The economic calendar is light: Industrial Production @ 9:15am EST and NAHB Housing Market Index @ 10:00am EST.  Volatility should remain restrained to the upside with greater potential to expand to the downside once the morning earnings numbers are absorbed.  Size bias is an interesting divergent short into the US session open; they’ve been net sellers into the Globex rally.

 

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