Nasdaq futures turned in a relatively normal session overnight after drifting higher a bit during the shortened Labor Day session. As we approach cash trade in the US the Nasdaq futures are trading up about 7 points.
The only major economic release for today is slated for 10am when ISM Manufacturing and Construction Spending data are released. Looking out on the week, we have Factory orders and The Fed Beige Book during tomorrow’s regular session. Thursday we have an ECB rate decision before market open with a Draghi presser and US Jobless Claims. Thursday we also have ISM Non-Manufacturing composite. And finally Friday before market open we have Non-Farm Payrolls and Unemployment stats premarket, arguably the only economic data point worth observing aside from The Fed.
On a long timeframe, looking at the monthly volume profile prints, we can see how much progress was made during August. Much of the thin profile makes sense if you consider how well the prices we auctioned back in July. However some prices received very little consideration and might welcome a retest at some point in the month. See below:
Looking at the intermediate term, we can see the market beginning to come into balance although buyers still control this timeframe. The value migration higher began to slow last week. Overall the structure just below current prices is well-auctioned and likely to provide support in the short term. If we push down through it however, it would then be considered an overhang of supply. I have noted the key intermediate price levels below:
Finally, I have marked up the market profile with short term levels I will be observing today. One piece of context which gave me confidence to press long through the weekend was the high on Friday. This was a prime example of a poor high, one vulnerable to be taken out. I will likely merge the small Monday auction into Friday’s profile, but kept them separate for us to observe the poor high: