Daily Brief For July 28, 2021

Daily commentary for U.S. broad market indices.

Market Commentary

Equity index futures trade higher ahead of key fundamental events.

  • ECB comments, COVID, geopolitics.
  • Ahead: Trade data, FOMC, earnings.
  • Mixed bag. No follow-through lower.

What Happened: U.S. stock index futures auctioned sideways to higher ahead of some key fundamental developments.

In addition to the 8:30 AM release on advance trade in goods, as well as key earnings from heavily-weighted index constituents like Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB), participants will look to also price in the 2:00 PM ET Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) announcement and Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s press conference.

As stated in the Weekly Brief, the U.S. is in a different place from the rest of the world and is likely to eliminate its output gap this year which would call for a tightening in policy and dollar strengthening, helping douse inflation.

Moody’s strategists note: “The impressive growth in value across many asset classes is projected to taper off within the next couple of years as supportive policy is unwound. The 10-year Treasury yield will rise above 2% by 2022 and the fiscal tailwinds will also have faded by then.”

Graphic updated 7:00 AM ET. Sentiment Neutral if expected /ES open is inside of the prior day’s range. See here for more on the Dark Pool Index and Gamma. A positive Dark Pool Index reading is bullish. At the same time, the higher (lower) the gamma, the less (more) volatility. SHIFT Search data used for options activity. Note that options flow is sorted by the call premium spent; if green and more (less) positive then more (less) was spent on call options. Breadth reflects a reading of the prior day’s Advance/Decline indicator.

What To Expect: As of 7:00 AM ET, Wednesday’s regular session (9:30 AM – 4:00 PM EST) in the S&P 500 will likely open inside of prior-range and -value, suggesting a limited potential for immediate directional opportunity.

Adding, during Tuesday’s volatile trade, the best case outcome occurred, evidenced by the S&P 500’s trade above a developing Volume Weighted Average Price (VWAP) pinch. This suggests the average buyer since the overnight high – $4,416.76 ONH – is in a winning position.

Overnight Rally Highs (Lows): Typically, there is a low historical probability associated with overnight rally-highs (lows) ending the upside (downside) discovery process.

Moving on, it’s important to take note of some topline and internal divergences. 

After establishing the new ONH, weakness in China spilled over; U.S. equity index futures, led by the Russell 2000 and Nasdaq 100 sold fast and heavy up until the Nasdaq 100 found responsive buyers at a key technical level – the 20-day simple moving average – that corresponded with a thick base of resting liquidity. After, the entire market reversed and closed in range.

In terms of internal divergences, breadth was significantly weaker on the Nasdaq side.

Graphic: Equity indexes traded lower as internal metrics – like the ratio of advancers to decliners – weakened.

Given the technical context, for today, participants can trade from the following frameworks. 

In the best case, the S&P 500 trades sideways or higher; activity above the $4,392.25 high volume area (HVNode) pivot likely puts in play the $4,406.25 low volume area (LVNode). Trade beyond the LVNode could reach as high as the $4,416.75 ONH and $4,428.25 Fibonacci extension.

In the worst case, the S&P 500 trades lower; activity below the $4,392.25 HVNode pivot likely puts in play the $4,381.75 LVNode. Trade beyond the $4,381.75 figure could reach as low as the $4,364.50 LVNode and $4,353.00 untested Point of Control (VPOC).

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 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.
Graphic: 65-minute profile chart of the Micro E-mini S&P 500 Futures. Graphic updated 6:55 AM ET.

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