Daily Brief For August 12, 2021

Daily commentary for U.S. broad market indices.

Market Commentary

Equity index futures sideways overnight.

  • Bond and equity volatility diverge.
  • Ahead: Claims, PPI, and WASDE.

What Happened: U.S. stock index futures auctioned sideways to higher after the release of Consumer Price Index (CPI) data and progress on stimulus. 

Ahead is data on jobless claims, as well as the PPI and latest WASDE report. 

Graphic updated 6:45 AM ET. Sentiment Neutral if expected /ES open is inside of the prior dayโ€™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 dayโ€™s Advance/Decline indicator. VIX reflects a reading of the CBOE Volatility Index from 0-100.

What To Expect: As of 6:45 AM ET, Thursdayโ€™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 the prior dayโ€™s regular trade, the best case outcome occurred, evidenced by initiative trade above the $4,422.75 balance area high (BAH), to the $4,443.50 overnight high (ONH). Thereafter, the S&P 500, in particular, traded sideways on strong intraday breadth, evidenced by an inflow into stocks that were up versus down.

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

In comparison to the stronger S&P 500, Russell 2000, and Dow Jones Industrial Average, the Nasdaq 100 traded to a new two-day low, this week, amidst a divergence in equity and bond market volatility, as well as a general rise in rates.

Notwithstanding, despite the S&P 500 continuing to make higher highs in the face of strong inflows and equity buybacks, among other things, trade has been mechanical, halting short of visual references. 

Given that this trade suggests the participants involved are short-term (i.e., technically driven) in nature, caution exists on the entry of longer-term, fundamentally driven participants who deem prices to be too high and unfair.

Further, for today, participants can trade from the following frameworks. 

In the best case, the S&P 500 trades sideways or higher; activity above the $4,434.75 low volume area (LVNode) pivot puts in play the $4,443.50 overnight high (ONH). Initiative trade beyond the ONH could reach as high as the Fibonacci extensions at $4,446.25 and $4,449.25.

In the worst case, the S&P 500 trades lower; activity below the $4,434.75 LVNode puts in play the $4,429.25 high volume area (HVNode). Initiative trade beyond the HVNode could reach as low as the $4,422.75 balance area high (BAH) and $4,415.75 LVNode.

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.

Initiative Buying (Selling): Buying (selling) within or above (below) the previous dayโ€™s value area.
Graphic: 30-minute profile chart of the Micro E-mini S&P 500 Futures. Graphic updated 6:45 AM ET.

News And Analysis

China goes after online insurance amid wide crackdown.

U.S. infrastructure bill to provide a small boost to growth.

Traders brace for a debt ceiling โ€˜hot potatoโ€™ rattling rates.

China has partly shut down the worldโ€™s third-busiest port.

Delta variant is bringing a midsummer pause for airfares.

What People Are Saying


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