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Daily Brief For September 9, 2021

Editor’s Note: Daily market commentaries to pause until Thursday, September 16, 2021, due to travel commitments. A weekend commentary will be in your inbox earlier this week.

All the best, 

Renato

Market Commentary

Equity index futures trade lower with yields, dollar, and bitcoin. Most commodities were green.

  • Narratives around slower recovery rising.
  • Ahead is jobless claims data, Fed speak.
  • Positioning risks mounting case for lower.

What Happened: U.S. stock index futures auctioned lower overnight alongside narratives surrounding a slowed economic recovery and stimulus reductions. 

Ahead is data on jobless claims (8:30 AM ET), as well as Fed-speak by Bowman (1:00 PM ET) and Williams (2:00 PM ET).

Graphic updated 6:30 AM ET. Sentiment Neutral if expected /ES open is inside of the prior day’s range. SqueezeMetrics Dark Pool Index (DIX) and Gamma (GEX) calculations are based on where the prior day’s reading falls with respect to the MAX and MIN of all occurrences available. A higher DIX is bullish. At the same time, the lower the GEX, the more (expected) volatility. SHIFT data used for S&P 500 (INDEX: SPX) options activity approximation. Note that options flow is sorted by the call premium spent; if more positive then more was spent on call options. Breadth reflects a reading of the prior day’s NYSE Advance/Decline indicator. VIX reflects a current reading of the CBOE Volatility Index (INDEX: VIX) from 0-100.

What To Expect: As of 6:30 AM ET, Thursday’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 day’s regular trade, on weak intraday breadth and divergent market liquidity metrics, the best case outcome occurred, evidenced by sideways trade at the $4,510.00 pivot, the low end of a recent consolidation (i.e., balance) area. 

Balance (Two-Timeframe Or Bracket): Rotational trade that denotes current prices offer favorable entry and exit. Balance-areas make it easy to spot a change in the market (i.e., the transition from two-time frame trade, or balance, to one-time frame trade, or trend). 

Modus operandi is responsive trade (i.e., fade the edges), rather than initiative trade (i.e., play the break).

To note, participants had a tough time separating value and expanding range lower.

This is evidenced by the minimal excess at yesterday’s regular trade low (RTH Low), coupled with an overnight response at the 20-day simple moving average (i.e., a visual level likely paid attention to by short-term, technically-driven market participants). 

In other words, we’re carrying forward the difficulty participants had, in days prior, to moving prices out and away from balance. The path of least resistance – at least in prior trade – was not down; stronger sellers are not yet on board.

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.

Value-Area Placement: Perception of value unchanged if value overlapping. Perception of value has changed if value not overlapping (i.e., outside day). Delay action in the former case.
Graphic: 30-minute profile chart of the Micro E-mini S&P 500 Futures and market liquidity, via Bookmap, for the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE: SPY). Notice the volume delta (CVD) or buying and selling power as calculated by the difference in volume traded at the bid and offer.
Balance-Break Scenarios In Play: A change in the market (i.e., the transition from two-time frame trade, or balance, to one-time frame trade, or trend) has occurred.

Though we expect sideways to lower trade – for the time being – we monitor for rejection (i.e., return inside of balance) which portends a move higher, to the opposite end of the balance.

Further, the aforementioned trade is happening in the context of peak growth and a moderation in the economic recovery, as well as non-seasonally aligned inflows, impactful options market dynamics, divergent sentiment, and fears of a mid-cycle transition.

The implications of these themes on price are contradictory

To elaborate, Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C), and Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS) cautioned investors about equity outlooks. Of concern, in particular, is a rise in cases of the delta variant, tensions between inflation expectations and yields, as well as seasonality. 

Among other risks, as SqueezeMetrics summarizes, “[p]eople pretty much stopped buying S&P 500 puts [last] week. At the same time, people are overexposed to changes in VIX, and will be hurt more than usual if VIX starts moving up. Historically, this means SPX down, VIX up.”

Moreover, for today, given an increased potential for moderate volatility and responsive trade, participants may make use of the following frameworks.

In the best case, the S&P 500 trades sideways or higher; activity above the $4,495.00 high volume area (HVNode) pivot puts in play the $4,510.00 low volume area (LVNode). Initiative trade beyond the LVNode could reach as high as the $4,526.25 HVNode and $4,550.00 overnight high (ONH).

In the worst case, the S&P 500 trades lower; activity below the $4,495.00 HVNode puts in play the $4,481.75 HVNode. Initiative trade beyond the $4,481.75 HVNode could reach as low as the $4,454.25 LVNode and $4,427.00 untested point of control (VPOC).

Note the developing volume-weighted average price (VWAP) pinch. VWAP is a metric highly regarded by chief investment officers, among other participants, for quality of trade. Additionally, liquidity algorithms are benchmarked and programmed to buy and sell around VWAPs. We look to buy above a flat/rising VWAP pinch. Sell below a flat/declining VWAP pinch.

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

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 updated 6:30 AM ET. 

News And Analysis

Traders rush to dump China tech stocks as gaming targeted again.

Decision Guide: The ECB counts risks in setting bond-buying pace.

Aluminum notches fresh 13-year high on supply woes and demand.

China’s zero-COVID approach will aggravate rising corporate risks.

Fauci: We don’t even have “modestly good control” over COVID-19.

Coinbase threat shows there’s a new cryptocurrency sheriff in town.

White House eyeing increased hacking around the coming holidays.

What People Are Saying

About

After years of self-education, strategy development, and trial-and-error, Renato Leonard Capelj began trading full-time and founded Physik Invest to detail his methods, research, and performance in the markets. 

Additionally, Capelj is a finance and technology reporter. Some of his biggest works include interviews with leaders such as John Chambers, founder and CEO, JC2 Ventures, Kevin O’Leary, businessman and Shark Tank host, Catherine Wood, CEO and CIO, ARK Invest, among others.

Disclaimer

At this time, Physik Invest does not manage outside capital and is not licensed. In no way should the materials herein be construed as advice. Derivatives carry a substantial risk of loss. All content is for informational purposes only.

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Daily Brief For June 21, 2021

Market Commentary

Index futures attempt to balance.

  • Yield curve flattens, China eyes BTC.
  • Ahead: CFNAI. ECB and Fed speak.
  • Indices auctioned sideways to higher.

What Happened: U.S. stock index futures auctioned higher and yields dropped.

After a big shift in the Federal Reserve’s so-called dot-plot, bond yields on the short-end of the curve rose while long-dated yields dropped in line with projections future inflation is easing. This flatter yield curve is a negative for cyclical stocks which can’t pass on increased costs, thereby impacting sales and margins.

Given the divergence across major, broad market indices, the implications of a flatter yield curve are apparent. Investors sold, heavily, cyclical stocks, evidenced by relative weakness in sectors like financials and transportation. 

In other areas, bitcoin fell after China cracked down on crypto-related transactions. Oil held its highs on a slowdown in talks between the U.S. and Iran. 

Ahead is data on the Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI). Also, today, members of the ECB and Fed will speak. 

Graphic updated 7:10 AM ET.

What To Expect: Monday’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 day’s regular trade, the worst-case outcome occurred, evidenced by initiative trade below the $4,177.25 high volume area (HVNode) and end-of-day spike liquidation to and through $4,161.00, a strong support going into Friday’s derivative expiry.

Spikes: Spike’s mark the beginning of a break from value. Spikes higher (lower) are validated by trade at or above (below) the spike base (i.e., the origin of the spike).
Graphic: SpotGamma analysis suggested minimal support below $4,200.00, in the S&P 500.

For today, participants can trade from the following frameworks. 

In the best case, the S&P 500 trades sideways or higher; activity above the $4,161.00 spike base puts in play the $4,177.25 HVNode. Initiative trade beyond the $4,177.25 HVNode could reach as high as the $4,199.25 HVNode.

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.

In the worst case, the S&P 500 trades lower; activity below $4,161.00 suggests an acceptance of Friday’s knee-jerk move from value. In such a case, participants are cautioned on further downside. First comes the $4,153.25 HVNode. Thereafter, if lower, participants can target the overnight low (ONL) at $4,126.75 and HVNode at $4,122.25.

Overnight Highs (Lows): Typically, there is a low historical probability associated with overnight rally-highs (lows) ending the upside (downside) discovery process.
Graphic: 65-minute profile chart of the Micro E-mini S&P 500 Futures.
Graphic: Daily candlestick charts of the S&P 500 (top left), Nasdaq 100 (top right), Russell 2000 (bottom left), and Dow Jones Industrial Average (bottom right). Noting, seasonality supports the Nasdaq 100’s relative strength. 
Graphic: SHIFT search suggests participants were most interested in call strikes at and below current prices in the cash-settled S&P 500 Index (INDEX: SPX) and Nasdaq 100 (INDEX: NDX), last week. This activity may denote (1) stock replacement, (2) hedges for underlying short positions, or (3) speculation on the upside.

News And Analysis

Energy | Natural-gas glut has evaporated, driving prices higher. (WSJ)

Economy | Supply chain risks extend into 2022, stoking inflation. (WSJ)

Travel | American Air cuts some flights to avoid potential strains. (WSJ)

Politics | House bills put big tech step closer to antitrust regulation. (Fitch)

Markets | Goldman, JPMorgan pin emerging-market bets on hawks. (BBG)

Politics | Infrastructure bill talks continue; China comes in focus. (Moody’s)

Travel | Europe’s air traffic reaches 50% of 2019 amid recovery. (BBG)

Travel | Canada won’t fully reopen border until 75% vaccinations. (BBG)

What People Are Saying

Innovation And Emerging Trends

Technology | GM plans to expand its fuel-cell business beyond EVs. (CNBC)

Technology | Why the big automakers are pouring money into robotics. (TC)

Education | The pandemic’s effects have depressed college enrollment. (Axios)

About

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, 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.

Disclaimer

At this time, Physik Invest does not manage outside capital and is not licensed. In no way should the materials herein be construed as advice. Derivatives carry a substantial risk of loss. All content is for informational purposes only.

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Daily Brief For June 18, 2021

Editor’s Note: Happy Friday! In the coming days, there will be some additions to the newsletter helping you better identify the levels in play. Also, I will try to improve engagement with some visual effects.

Stay tuned,

Renato

Market Commentary

Index futures balance after violent downside discovery.

  • Inflation fears spark morning dips.
  • EU opened up travel with the US.
  • Indicies traded sideways to lower.

What Happened: U.S. stock index futures auctioned sideways to lower after violent downside discovery just days prior.

Ahead, there are no significant economic releases.

Graphic updated 7:48 AM ET.

What To Expect: Friday’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 day’s regular trade, the best case outcome occurred, evidenced by sideways trade at and around the VWAP (blue in color on the below graphic) anchored from the time of Wednesday’s Federal Reserve event. This suggests the average buyer, since the event, is regaining strength. 

So, what is needed in the coming days? Ideally, the S&P 500 trades (and stays) above the blue VWAP line.

Volume Weighed Average Price (VWAP): The average price at which a stock is traded over a certain horizon.

Moreover, since the Federal Reserve’s signal of the faster-than-expected pace of policy tightening provided participants more clarity, major indices broke out of balance, but in different directions. 

The S&P 500, Russell 2000, and Dow Jones Industrial Average are trading relatively weak in comparison to the tech- and growth-focused Nasdaq 100 which quickly recovered FOMC losses to discover higher prices. This divergence, in conjunction with sectoral breakdowns, is concerning and may foreshadow increased volatility after the monthly options expiration (OPEX), into quarter-end. 

Options 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.

According to SpotGamma’s models, up to 50% of the gamma in and across the S&P 500 complex is expiring. Here’s an explanation and visual to understand why that matters.

After those gamma exposures drop (and related hedging forces disappear), the market will be subject to more movement. That is when things will get interesting. 

Based on the price action across the biggest FANGMANT stocks, participants would think another run higher is likely. However, looking at the breakdowns in individual sectors – financials and transportation, for instance – a dip in certain breadth metrics, elevated skew, put/call ratios, and volatility spreads, the picture becomes less clear. 

Without going into things too deep, the odds favor volatility and sideways trade for today’s session.

Like yesterday, in the best case, the S&P 500 trades sideways or higher; activity above the $4,207.25 VWAP (blue in color on the below chart) puts in play the $4,227.25 HVNode. Initiative trade beyond that HVNode could reach as high as the $4,235.00 Virgin Point Of Control (VPOC), $4,249.00 low volume area (LVNode), and $4,258.00 overnight high (ONH).

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

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.

In the worst case, the S&P 500 trades lower; activity below the blue VWAP suggests a risk-off sentiment remains. In such a case, there is the potential to test lower, into the $4,182.50 overnight low (ONL) and $4,177.25 HVNode. Breaking $4,177.25 suggests a higher potential to trade to the HVNodes at $4,153.25, $4,122.25, and $4,069.25.

Graphic: 65-minute profile chart of the Micro E-mini S&P 500 Futures.
Graphic: Daily candlestick charts of the S&P 500 (top left), Nasdaq 100 (top right), Russell 2000 (bottom left), and Dow Jones Industrial Average (bottom right).
Graphic: SHIFT search suggests participants were most interested in put strikes at and below current prices in the cash-settled S&P 500 Index (INDEX: SPX), yesterday. On the other hand, in the cash-settled Nasdaq 100 Index (INDEX: NDX), participants were most interested in call strikes at and above current prices.

News And Analysis

Economy | Fed’s Bullar says inflation running hotter than expected. (REU)

Economy | EU opens up for Americans wanting to vacation abroad. (BBG)

Economy | Faster world recovery boosting prices, inflation will halt. (Fitch)

Economy | Fear during the COVID-19 comeback largely transitory. (Axios)

Economy | Inflation data holding key to Fannie Mae’s new forecast. (MND)

Politics | Pacific cable project sinks after warning against China bid. (REU)

Politics | Supreme Court rejects GOP challenge to Affordable Care. (BBG)

What People Are Saying

Innovation And Emerging Trends

FinTech | Mark Cuban wants stablecoin regulation amid token crash. (BBG)

Markets | Google to open first retail store steps away from Apple. (BBG)

About

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, 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.

Disclaimer

At this time, Physik Invest does not manage outside capital and is not licensed. In no way should the materials herein be construed as advice. Derivatives carry a substantial risk of loss. All content is for informational purposes only.

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Daily Brief For June 17, 2021

Market Commentary

Index futures exit balance, discover lower prices.

  • The Fed eyes taper, signals faster tightening.
  • Ahead: Claims, Business Outlook, and more.
  • Indices exit balance, trade lower, then base.

What Happened: U.S. stock index futures auctioned sideways-to-lower after news the Federal Reserve is signaling a faster-than-expected pace of policy tightening. This comes alongside concerns over inflation which the Federal Reserve suggests is transitory. 

“The reason for the committee moving a bit in this direction is risk management,” said Jonathan Wright, an economics professor at Johns Hopkins University and a former Fed economist. “The risks of overheating are a bit greater than they were.”

Today, participants get data on weekly jobless claims, the Philadelphia Fed Business Outlook, and the U.S. Leading Index. Additionally, Janet Yellen will speak on the budget and the SEC may issue a decision on cryptocurrency ETFs.

Graphic updated 7:25 AM ET.

What To Expect: Thursday’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 day’s regular trade, the worst-case outcome occurred evidenced by initiative trade below the $4,227.75 high volume area (HVNode). This is significant because that level marked a pivot (i.e., above = bullish, below = bearish) on the composite profile. 

Initiative Selling: Selling within or below the previous day’s value area.

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.

It is important to think about who is winning and losing. We start by anchoring a VWAP (blue in color on the below graphic) from the time of the Federal Reserve event. Clearly, the S&P 500 is trading below this VWAP. This suggests the average buyer, since yesterday’s liquidation, is losing. Trading (and staying) above this blue line changes the dynamics; in such a case, shorts should reconsider their involvement.

Volume Weighed Average Price (VWAP): The average price at which a stock is traded over a certain horizon.

For today, participants can trade from the following frameworks. 

In the best case, the S&P 500 trades sideways or higher; activity above the $4,207.25 VWAP (blue in color on the below chart) puts in play the $4,227.25 HVNode. Initiative trade beyond that HVNode could reach as high as the $4,235.00 Virgin Point Of Control (VPOC), $4,249.00 low volume area (LVNode), and $4,258.00 overnight high (ONH).

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

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.

In the worst case, the S&P 500 trades sideways or lower; activity below the blue VWAP suggests a risk-off sentiment remains. In such a case, there is the potential to test lower, into the $4,182.50 overnight low (ONL) and $4,177.25 HVNode. If a probe into lower value is not responded to, lookout. There’s a higher potential to trade to the HVNodes at $4,153.25, $4,122.25, and $4,069.25.

Graphic: 65-minute profile chart of the Micro E-mini S&P 500 Futures.
Graphic: Daily candlestick charts of the S&P 500 (top left), Nasdaq 100 (top right), Russell 2000 (bottom left), and Dow Jones Industrial Average (bottom right).
Graphic: SHIFT search suggests participants were most interested in put strikes at and below current prices in the cash-settled S&P 500 Index (INDEX: SPX) and Nasdaq 100 Index (INDEX: NDX), yesterday. Noting, participants are still paying up for upside call exposure.

News And Analysis

Energy | Climbing oil prices signal the need for more output. (REU)

Markets | OPEX is a huge thing and June FOMC a non-event. (HR)

COVID | Delta variant fuelled a 50% rise in England infections. (REU)

Economy | World Bank rejects El Salvador’s request on BTC. (REU)

Energy | Blistering heatwave hits California and fire risks build. (Axios)

What People Are Saying

Innovation And Emerging Trends

Markets | OnlyFans explores share sale after the lockdown boom. (FT)

FinTech | New crypto working group in Congress to hone policies. (TB)

Markets | Cboe extends global trading hours in SPX, VIX options. (MM)

Markets | How SEC boss should deal with ‘meme’ stock schemes. (NYP)

About

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, 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.

Disclaimer

At this time, Physik Invest does not manage outside capital and is not licensed. In no way should the materials herein be construed as advice. Derivatives carry a substantial risk of loss. All content is for informational purposes only.

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Daily Brief For May 14, 2021

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Market Commentary

Index futures back in balance.

  • Selling slows, commodities take hit.
  • Ahead: A big day for data releases.
  • Index futures were higher overnight. 

What Happened: U.S. stock index futures auctioned higher overnight ahead of ECB minutes, data on retail sales, U.S. import and export prices, industrial and manufacturing production, business inventories, as well as sentiment figures.

Ongoing Theme: “Stocks with more attractive valuations and slower growth will do well in a higher-interest rate environment,” according to Louise Dudley, global equities portfolio manager at the international business of Federated Hermes. Expensive growth stocks, by contrast, “are sensitive to higher interest rates.” – Bloomberg

Graphic updated 7:00 AM EST.

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

Adding, during the prior day’s regular trade, the best case outcome occurred, evidenced by responsive trade up to and around the $4,117.00 POC, which is significant because it marked the most valuable price to trade at during a prior session.

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.

The rebound comes after violent downside discovery earlier in the week. After a failed balance-breakout, alongside weak economic data, the S&P 500 liquidated down to its balance-area low, a typical target on a failed balance break. Thereafter, prices were advertised below the balance area but did not attract aggressive sellers. Participants then rotated the index back inside the balance area suggesting they are seeking better prices to sell at or more information to base a directional move.

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 $4,133.75 50.00% Fibonacci retracement has the potential to trade up to the $4,177.75 high volume area (HVNode). Initiative trade beyond the HVNode could reach as high as the $4,227.00 POC. 

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.

In the worst case, the S&P 500 trades lower; activity below the $4,133.75 50.00% Fibonacci retracement puts in play the $4,122.75 HVNode, the $4,104.75 and $4,089.25 low volume areas (LVNodes), and lastly, the $4082.75 and $4,071.25 HVNodes. 

Trading below the $4,029.25 overnight low (ONL) suggests a continuation of the bear trend. Caution longs.

Overnight Highs (Lows): Typically, there is a low historical probability associated with overnight rally-highs (lows) ending the upside (downside) discovery process.
Graphic: 4-hour profile chart of the Micro E-mini S&P 500 Futures.
Graphic: Daily candlestick charts of the S&P 500 (top left), Nasdaq 100 (top right), Russell 2000 (bottom left), and Dow Jones Industrial Average (bottom right).
Graphic: Physik Invest maps out the purchase of call and put options in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE: SPY), for May 13. Activity in the options market was primarily concentrated in short-dated tenors, in strikes as low as $406.00, which corresponds with ~$4,080.00 in the cash-settled S&P 500 Index (INDEX: SPX).
Graphic: SHIFT search suggests participants were most interested in put strikes at and below current prices in the cash-settled S&P 500 Index (INDEX: SPX) and Nasdaq 100 Index (INDEX: NDX), May 13. Participants, unlike in prior sessions, are positioning themselves in longer-dated expiries suggesting more commitment. 

News And Analysis

COVID-19 | CDC lifts most mask guidance in a key step back to normal. (BBG)

Markets | The automotive chip-shortage cost estimate surges to $110B. (BBG)

COVID-19 | Singapore moves back toward lockdown as virus cases rise. (BBG)

Finance | JPMorgan, others to issue credit cards to people with no credit. (WSJ)

Housing | The U.S. housing market is hot — but Canada’s is even hotter. (FP)

Markets | Hedge fund titans pitch their top stock picks at Sohn Event. (BBG)

M&A | Canadian National Railway beat Canadian Pacific in KCS offer. (FP)

What People Are Saying

Innovation And Emerging Trends

FinTech | Musk well-positioned to steer cryptocurrency’s direction of travel. (FT)

Markets | Distressed HFs sit on cash and compete for crumbs to invest in. (Axios)

FinTech | Cryptocurrency company Coinbase posts a record Q1 revenue. (Axios)

Housing | If you sell a house these days, the buyer might be a pension fund. (WSJ)

About

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, 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.

 Disclaimer

At this time, Physik Invest does not manage outside capital and is not licensed. In no way should the materials herein be construed as advice. Derivatives carry a substantial risk of loss. All content is for informational purposes only.