The S&P futures traded in a tight and balanced range overnight, holding the high water mark levels established Friday afternoon. Last week’s action was so dynamic it left behind areas of poor auction. The market wasted little time climbing to these highs and as a result we do not have a strong foundation of auctions below.
The weekend brought nothing deemed significant enough to re-price the markets, so we can interpret the early AM moves relative to our current reference point to gauge the early-week conviction of market participants.
To my eye it appears less will without question be more in today’s environment as price action looks choppy and quiet.
I have highlighted a few scenarios and levels of opportunity on the following market profile charts:
Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:14am ESTComments Off on Apple Cider Vinegar to Aid Digestion
What was interesting coming into trade yesterday morning was the largely impressive and vastly under the radar strength in the Euro dollar which we observed via the 6E contract. The euro is sitting at multi-year resistance which many macro funds are leaning on and it went on a full out rout higher.
Then our markets did, too.
Regarding news flow, the strength in the indices marks a victory for Washington DC. And precious metals ripped yesterday too, so everyone enjoyed some cake in a rather hedonistic manner.
Market strength continued overnight with one the bigger drivers being the strong earnings out of Google. It makes sense to pay attention to the market’s reaction to the market’s reaction of this positive news.
As of this writing, the market is digesting near the highs, the /ES has a measured move target of 1734.50.
Yesterday’s profile has the toothy characteristics of a trend day, where volume (value) follows the price higher. I have highlighted the volume zones I will be observing today as well as a few potential scenarios on the following market profile charts:
Thu Oct 17, 2013 8:19am ESTComments Off on Sniffing Out a Big Seller
Quiet markets overnight mostly. The Euro dollar made a strong move overnight which is interesting because it has been resting at a multiyear bracket high. It will be interesting to see if this currency’s strength has any correlative effects on US equities.
Overnight profiles in the /ES and /NQ suggest a relatively balanced trade suggesting any news flow overnight was either expected or non-material or never happened at all. We are seeing a bit of selling creep onto the tape as the USA comes online, and it will be interesting to see if the sellers can gain any traction at these elevated index levels.
Yesterday we printed at poor high at 1717 which clues us in we may see higher prices in the near-term. We also saw a huge flow of aggressive buying into the closing bell get absorbed with ease by a passive seller. This suggests the power is starting the wean as this bull presses on.
I have highlighted a control zone today on the profile and I think whichever party best dictates price around this area and is able to press from this area will gain control today. I also highlighted a few other key price levels and potential scenarios on the following market profile charts:
Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:13am ESTComments Off on Sellers To Push First
The index futures went for a rip yesterday evening, for a detailed rundown of “the why” check out @chessNwine’s coverage of the event.
Since then we have mostly faded lower, in a rather gentle manner as the stock market continues its complacency in the face of the dramatic events unfolding in Washington DC. AS the early AM strolls on, the sellers are making an earnest attempt to get momentum back in their favor and with a decent push soon they could regain control. I suspect sellers will push the gap fill trade down to 1692.25 before we see what is next for the market.
The overnight profile suggests balance and acceptance which is a solid sign of the longs given the velocity in which we returned to these elevated levels. However, should we fall out of balance, the prices below look slippery and fast.
Yesterday’s RTH printed a “neutral day” with range extension on both sides of the initial balance. It settled lower suggesting the sellers had more control of the auction. These neutral prints tend to occur near inflection points so it is important to not overly discount the power of the sellers here.
I have highlighted key price levels and a few potential scenarios on the following market profile charts:
The overnight S&P market featured a bit of follow through strength early in the evening before balancing out near the highs of yesterday. Yesterday was an interesting kind of trend day. It earns the title of trend day since it never made a new low during any TPO period. The trend day featured a bit more overlap than your standard trend day, and the day also started with a normal auction as opposed to a strong opening drive. Overall this type of day suggests buyers gained conviction after watching the first hour and a half of trade and subsequently drove prices higher for the remainder of the session.
The balanced overnight market is currently exploring the low-end of current value which may lead to responsive buying early on. An early test of the 1700 range (1700.50 – 1699) would provide an early puzzle piece to today’s auction. There is a low volume pocket below these prices spanning all the way down to 1696. A lack of responsive buying at the 1700 range could lead to a swift trade to the 1696 level.
Some digestion of the recent bull progress may be in store today, but overall control of momentum is back in the buyer’s hands. The control comes into question below 1684.
I have highlighted these price levels and a few scenarios on the following market profile charts:
The first characteristic I notice when reviewing the market profiles printed last week is the fragmented nature of the distributions. Price is bouncing all over the place while it explores buyers and sellers in search of the perfect price. As we dive into earnings during October with Washington DC dramatics occurring, the market is having a difficult time establishing value.
We gapped lower Sunday evening for the third week in a row. The previous two occurrences saw follow though to the downside before buyers showed up to buy the dip and press us above the gap point. Will the third gap lower yield a solid victory for the sellers?
Price formed a wedge overnight as it worked higher into the gap. As the USA comes online, we are seeing an early attempt to break down from the wedge. The market is still very choppy in terms of momentum control early on, with no clear victor during the overnight trade.
The profile suggests a relatively balanced overnight trade with an overhead shelf at 1688. This is the price where we shot higher last Friday before balancing out over the weekend.
I have mapped out a few scenarios and price levels of opportunity on the following market profile charts:
The market rotated all over the place last night, trading about 13 handles lower from yesterday’s close before finding some buyers. Since then and throughout the course of the evening the market rotated higher in a very orderly manner to regain the lost ground and managed to print a new swing high around midnight.
The overnight high at 1689 is interesting because we typically do not print the high water mark of a rotation during the overnight hours. This is a bit of context that cues us we may see higher prices during an RTH session before heading lower. However, there is no timing associated with this context. It may happen today or next week and there is always the possibility it never gets breached at all, but it does exist.
The S&P coiled up over the early am hours and appears poised for a quick move early on. After that occurs, my expectation is for a consolidation day. Bulls would love a quiet market which resides primarily in the upper quadrant of yesterday’ large candle. And that is my core expectation on the day.
However, emotions continue to run high and this is a choppy environment with asset correlations creeping up, so it is important to prepare for sudden moves. I have highlighted a few price levels below on the RTH profile chart, and buyers do not want to see trade sustained below yesterday’s VPOC at 1672.25. That would indicate value was unable to migrate higher with prices and that the true value of the market is not as high as price.
I have highlighted these prices and a few scenarios on the following market profile charts:
Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:19am ESTComments Off on Back and Fill P.2
We started seeing the early signs of balance forming yesterday which prompted us we are trading in a back-and-fill environment. The beauty of market profile is the same as your favorite swimsuit super model—symmetry. Nature has the fascinating ability to form near-perfect symmetry everywhere from plants to galaxies.
So when we began observing an incomplete, but early forming balance (read symmetrical bell curve) we had a contextual cake to begin baking. We saw a fantastic distribution forming last week too after the selloff. What is important when building these concepts is not only anticipating its formation, but also watching how the market behaves post formation.
Our last formation broke lower. Perhaps this one will do the opposite.
On my bar chart, I again see an inverse head and shoulder pattern. It forms as follows:
Left shoulder – 10/08, 16:30 – 1647
Head – 10/09, 11:26 – 1640
Right shoulder – 10/09, 17:14 – 1647
Neck – 1657
MM target – 1674
Again, nature is offering us symmetry. Does that guarantee we trade in a straight line to 1674? Of course not, we are still backing and filling. But the formation is in place and our second favorite mathematician Fibonacci and our market profiles point to a major upside target of 1676 on the next rotation higher.
The market is attempting to establish value in a volatile environment. A huge seller could come in and change all of this. But sans large sell flow, by vision for today is backing and filling with an eventual attempt to rotate higher.
Note: A breakdown below 1646.50 could jeopardize this entire formation. Caution if trade sustains below this level.
I have highlighted the forming distribution via a few scenarios and also important price levels on the following market profile charts:
Wed Oct 9, 2013 8:23am ESTComments Off on Back and Fill
The markets caught a bit of a bounce during the early evening hours of last night’s globex session from the Yellen news and perhaps also from the Alcoa earnings beat.
The move recaptured about eleven handles of yesterday’s downside before stalling out. It appears not that aggressive sellers stalled the move, but instead that beleaguered buyers were not overly enthusiastic about the new developments. As we approach US cash open, the market is seeing a bit of selling creep back onto the tape.
On the 24 hour profile, I see the early formations of balance which may induce some “back and fill” type trading. However, on the bar charts, I am observing the early signs of an inverse head and shoulder pattern with an upside target of 1667.
The bar chart formation paired with the over reactive nature of yesterday’s trade suggest to my eye a mean revision-type bounce higher is more likely today.
Upside targets are 1660 then the measured move target of 1667 during today’s trade
I have highlighted these levels, a few other areas of opportunity, and also the back and fill scenarios on the following market profile charts: