Market Commentary For 1/7/2021

Daily commentary for U.S. broad market indices.

Notice: To view this week’s big picture outlook, click here.

What Happened: Alongside news of a Democrat sweep in the Georgia runoffs and Congressional certification of Joe Biden’s election victory, U.S. index futures balanced overnight.

What Does It Mean: After a divergence between price and value resolved itself in Monday’s regular trade, the S&P 500 broke the $3,734.50 recovery high, above the $3,727.25 high-volume node, prior to taking out the overnight all-time high, a level that seldom ends the upside discovery process.

What To Expect: Thursday’s regular session (9:30 AM – 4:00 PM ET) will open inside of prior-balance and -range, providing little context as to what will transpire.

Participants can expect higher volatility at the open. The go/no-go level for upside is the $3,774.75 regular trade high. The go/no-go level for downside is the low-volume node at $3,731.00, an area that denotes upside conviction. On any virgin test, the S&P 500 ought to find support at this LVNode. However, should the index break below that level, then conviction has changed.

In a failure to break either go/no-go level, the normal course of action would be responsive trade.

Adding, below are orderflow snapshots for the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE: SPY) and iShares Russell 2000 ETF (NYSE: IWM). Note the divergence between price and volume delta in the Russell 2000 ETF; in the simplest of terms, participants were not committed at the highs.

Pictured: Divergent delta in the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (NYSE: IWM), one of the largest ETFs that track the Russell 2000.
Pictured: Order flow in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE: SPY), the largest ETF that tracks the S&P 500.

Levels Of Interest: $3,774.75 regular trade high and $3,731.00 LVNode.

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