Daily Brief For April 19, 2021

Daily commentary for U.S. broad market indices.

Market Commentary

Index futures are attempting to balance and validate higher prices.

  • Global pandemic recovery uneven. 
  • Investors await corporate earnings.
  • Indices to correct in time and price.

What Happened: U.S. stock index futures balanced ahead of a fresh round of corporate earnings.

What To Expect: Monday’s regular session (9:30 AM – 4:00 PM EST) will likely open inside of prior-range and -value, suggesting a limited potential for directional opportunity. 

Adding, during the prior week, the best case outcome occurred, evidenced by initiative trade that established new all-time highs in the S&P 500, Nasdaq-100, and Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Coming into this week, though equity markets are positioned bullishly, there exists an increased potential to correct in time and price. Adding, should there be a turn and spike in volatility, participants must be ready to accept the possibility of a violent liquidation, given the poor structure left behind prior price discovery and increased put selling, among other factors highlighted in Sunday’s commentary.

Price Discovery (One-Timeframe Or Trend): Elongation and range expansion denotes a market seeking new prices to establish value, or acceptance (i.e., more than 30-minutes of trade at a particular price level). 

For today, participants can trade from the following frameworks. 

In the best case, the S&P 500 trades sideways or higher; activity above the $4,161.75 regular trade low targets the $4,171.00 VPOC. Initiative trade beyond the VPOC could reach as high as the $4,183.50 regular-trade high and the cluster of Fibonacci price extensions above $4,187.00. In the worst case, the S&P 500 trades lower; activity below $4,171.00 is likely to solicit responsive buying near the $4,157.00 high-volume area (HVNode). Thereafter, if lower, $4,137.00 and $4,123.00 are other valuable areas to do business. 

Volume Areas: A structurally sound market will build on past areas of high-volume. Should the market trend for long periods of time, it will lack sound structure (identified as a low-volume area which denotes directional conviction and ought to offer support on any test). 

If participants were to auction and find acceptance into areas of prior low-volume, then future discovery ought to be volatile and quick as participants look to areas of high-volume for favorable entry or exit.

POCs: POCs (like HVNodes described above) 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.

Responsive Buying: Buying in response to prices below area of recent price acceptance.
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 the week ending April 16. Activity in the options market was primarily concentrated in short-dated tenors, in strikes as low as $364, which corresponds with $3,640 in the cash-settled S&P 500 Index (INDEX: SPX).

News And Analysis

Markets | Crypto stock mania tested by sliding prices, bitcoin drop. (BBG)

Markets | China opens borders to billions of dollars of gold imports. (REU)

Markets | Key takeaways from Q1 results of the investment banks. (Moody’s)

Travel | Airlines can’t get the world flying despite a big U.S. boom. (BBG)

Trade | TSMC says trade tensions may disrupt chip equipment supply. (BBG)

What People Are Saying

Innovation And Emerging Trends

Startups | Tips for those that are joining a startup for the first time. (FRR)

Space | Why flying a four-pound helicopter on Mars is a big deal. (BBG)

FinTech | U.S. banks deploy AI to monitor customers and workers. (REU)

Spirits | Whisky world at war as tech allows for instant spirit aging. (FT)

Crypto | Bank of England, HM Treasury create a CBDC taskforce. (BoE)

Technology | Clubhouse closes round of funding, raising value. (REU)


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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