Daily Brief For April 16, 2021

Daily commentary for U.S. broad market indices.

Market Commentary

Index futures initiate out of balance and explore higher prices.

  • Economic data fuels strong rally.
  • Ahead: Housing, sentiment data.
  • Market is accepting higher prices.

What Happened: U.S. stock index futures auctioned higher alongside strong economic data, over the past 24 hours.

What To Expect: Friday’s regular session (9:30 AM – 4:00 PM EST) in the S&P 500 will likely open outside of prior-range and -value, suggesting the potential for immediate directional opportunity. 

Adding, during the prior day’s regular trade, the best case outcome occurred, evidenced by initiative trade above $4,137.00, which is significant because it marked Wednesday’s POC, the fairest price to do business. 

POCs: POCs are valuable as they denote areas where two-sided trade was most prevalent. Participants will respond to future tests of value as they offer favorable entry and exit.

Yesterday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average pushed through $34,000. Peter Essele, Head of Portfolio Management for Commonwealth Financial Network, in a statement on the development, said: “[I]nvestor appetite for future growth prospects is spilling over into more value-oriented names. The industrial heavy index has trailed its more tech-oriented counterparts over the last year (S&P 500 and NASDAQ), a trend that has started to reverse as of late. The demand for industrials and more cyclically-oriented areas should continue as the vaccines take hold and earnings potentially come in higher than originally expected.”

Obviously, there are a lot of reasons to be highly bullish on the stock market and economy, in general. However, as the April monthly options expiration (OPEX) passes and the positioning of participants changes, the risks of a near-term pullback have increased substantially. Despite the stock market trading in a historically bullish period, as well as declining volatility attracting the participation of systematic strategies, and the like, downside protection is trading cheap relative to its upside counterpart. 

Option Expiration (OPEX): Option expiries mark an end to pinning (i.e, the theory that market makers and institutions short options move stocks to the point where the greatest dollar value of contracts will expire worthless) and the reduction dealer gamma exposure.

In the simplest way, as Market Ear puts it, hedge when you can, not when you must. 

For today, participants can trade from the following frameworks. 

In the best case, the S&P 500 trades sideways or higher; activity above the $4,166.75 regular-trade high could reach as high as the $4,174.50 price extension. Initiative trade beyond $4,174.50 could reach as high as the confluence of Fibonacci price extension near $4,187.00-$4,197.25. In the worst case, the S&P 500 trades lower; activity below the $4,154.25 overnight-low (ONL) could reach as low as the $4,137.00 POC and $4,113.00 minimal excess low.

Excess: A proper end to price discovery; the market travels too far while advertising prices. Responsive, other-timeframe (OTF) participants aggressively enter the market, leaving tails or gaps which denote unfair prices.
Graphic: 4-hour profile chart of the Micro E-mini S&P 500 Futures.
Graphic: Physik Invest maps out the purchase of call and put options in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE: SPY), for April 15. Activity in the options market was primarily concentrated in short-dated tenors, in strikes as low as $385, which corresponds with $3,850 in the cash-settled S&P 500 Index (INDEX: SPX).
Graphic: SHIFT search suggests participants are not as inclined to add call-side exposure, through the month of May, in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE: SPY).

News And Analysis

Markets | There’s a New Jersey deli valued at $105 million. Not good. (BBG)

Markets | Record amount of assets in ETFs and ETPs listed globally. (MM)

Markets | Yields dropped Thursday, despite strong economic data. (CNBC)

Technology | Regulators are seeking to revoke Robinhood’s license. (REU)

Markets | Coinbase’s retail popularity tops that of GameStop, Tesla. (FN)

Investing | Family offices target 800% returns with SPAC economies. (BBG)

Markets | JPMorgan sells $13B of bonds in the largest bank deal. (BBG)

Economy | China’s GDP grows at a record pace as recovery speeds. (REU)

Economy | City of London Brexit hit worst than expected, says study. (REU)

Economy | Retail sales jumped nearly 10% in March amid reopening. (Axios)

What People Are Saying

Innovation And Emerging Trends

Crypto | Miami-Dade County may get a cryptocurrency task force. (TB)

Markets | Unpacking what happens to IPOs over the long-term. (NDAQ)

Travel | Porsche’s electric Taycan sales on course to eclipse 911. (BBG)

Travel | Elon Musk’s Boring Company finds paradise in the desert. (BBG)

Crypto | Brevan Howard to invest nearly 1.5% in cryptocurrencies. (TB)

Markets | Coinbase direct listing alters landscape for fintech startups. (TC)


Renato founded Physik Invest after going through years of self-education, strategy development, and trial-and-error. His work reporting in the finance and technology space, interviewing leaders such as John Chambers, founder, and CEO, JC2 Ventures, Kevin O’Leary, Canadian businessman and Shark Tank host, Catherine Wood, CEO and CIO, ARK Invest, among others, afforded him the perspective and know-how very few come by.

Having worked in engineering and majored in economics, Renato is very detailed and analytical. His approach to the markets isn’t built on hope or guessing. Instead, he leverages the unique dynamics of time and volatility to efficiently act on opportunity. 


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