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Daily Brief For May 13, 2021

Market Commentary

Index futures in price discovery.

  • Inflation contagion hits pocketbook.
  • Ahead: Claims, PPI, and earnings.
  • Index futures are lower but steady.

What Happened: U.S. stock index futures continued their sell-off, overnight, after a strong move lower, Wednesday.

Graphic updated 7:00 AM EST.

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

Adding, during the prior day’s regular trade, the worst-case outcome occurred, evidenced by initiative trade below Tuesday’s excess low. This is significant because that reference marked the start of a prior intermediate-term bounce.

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.

This downside price discovery comes alongside the release of poor employment and payroll data. 

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). 

“‘Markets have lost a little bit of confidence that the Fed has control of inflation’ and the concern was that the central bank might wait too long to address the rise,” Victoria Fernandez, Crossmark Global Investments chief market strategist, said. “I am not sure the market is extremely comfortable with that at this point.”

However, that said, stock indexes may be positioned for a vicious rebound as near-term downside discovery may have reached a limit, based on market liquidity metrics and the inventory positioning of participants. According to SqueezeMetrics, the steepness of the GammaVol (GXV) curve suggests that there’s more risk to the upside than the downside, at the S&P 500’s present juncture.

More On Gamma: In the simplest way, gamma is the sensitivity of an option to changes in underlying price. Dealers that take the other side of option trades hedge their exposure to risk by buying and selling the underlying. When dealers are short-gamma, they hedge by buying into strength and selling into weakness. When dealers are long-gamma, they hedge by selling into strength and buying into weakness. The former exacerbates volatility. The latter calms volatility.

Knowing the above, for today, participants can trade from the following frameworks. 

In the best case, the S&P 500 trades sideways or higher; activity above the $4,051.00 regular trade low targets the $4,069.25 high volume area (HVNode). Initiative trade beyond the HVNode could reach as high as $4,082.75 HVNode, $4,105.75 low volume area (LVNode), and then the $4,117.00 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.

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 $4,051.00 puts the index within a composite low-volume zone, a situation in which follow-through, to the next high-volume area, is likely. Further, participants, in such a case, should look for responses at the $4,015.00 and $4,001.00 POCs, the $3,980.00 50% Fibonacci retracement, the $3,943.00 HVNode, and lastly, the $3,918.25-$3,908.00 Fibonacci and volume area confluence zone.

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 12. Activity in the options market was primarily concentrated in short-dated tenors, in put strikes as low as $389.00, which corresponds with ~$4,000.00 in the cash-settled S&P 500 Index (INDEX: SPX).
Graphic: SHIFT search suggests participants were most interested in short-dated put strikes at and below current prices in the cash-settled S&P 500 Index (INDEX: SPX), Wednesday. 
Graphic: SHIFT search suggests participants were most interested in long-dated call strikes at and above current prices in the cash-settled Nasdaq 100 Index (INDEX: NDX), Wednesday.

News And Analysis

Crypto | Musk splits from Cathie Wood’s Ark on Bitcoin’s environment cost. (BBG)

Economy | Travel bookings are surging as vaccines unleash pent-up demand. (Axios)

Markets | The SPAC King doing just fine even as the bubble starts to burst. (BBG)

Energy | Top U.S. pipeline recovering from a devastating ransomware attack. (REU)

Markets | Hedging gets frantic as puts soar amid stock market hammering. (BBG)

Economy | April’s inflation surge wasn’t as drastic as it looked. Real test ahead. (CNBC)

What People Are Saying

Innovation And Emerging Trends

MedTech | Unpacking how mRNA molecule became a vaccine game-changer. (FT)

Energy | Nuclear reactions are increasing in an inaccessible Chernobyl chamber. (CNET)

Climate | The Fed privately presses big banks on risks from climate change. (REU)

Economy | China bets on productivity, over population, to drive its economy. (BBG)

Crypto | Fintech giant Ant Group’s MYbank joins China’s digital yuan platform. (SCMP)

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 12, 2021

Market Commentary

Index futures in balance.

  • Tugging as sectors push and pull.
  • Ahead: Consumer prices, inflation.
  • Indices settle, position for resolve.

What Happened: After responsive buying the day prior, U.S. stock index futures auctioned lower overnight, ahead of data on inflation.

Graphic updated at 6:35 AM EST.

What To Expect: 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 the prior day’s regular trade, the worst-case outcome occurred, evidenced by the initiative trade down to the $4,110.50 minimal excess low. Thereafter, responsive buying brought the S&P 500 back in range. Later, participants found it most favorable to transact at last Tuesday’s POC, a development that suggests visually-driven technical traders may be out in full force.

Initiative Selling (Buying): Selling (buying) within or below (above) the previous day’s value area.

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.

Responsive Buying (Selling): Buying (selling) in response to prices below (above) an area of recent price acceptance.

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.

Further, this week’s early dip comes ahead of inflation figures that will provide clarity on emerging price pressures. Generally speaking, inflation and rates move inverse to each other. Low rates stimulate demand for loans (i.e., borrowing money more attractive). With the rapid recovery, though, market participants are fearful that rates may have to rise to protect the economy from overheating.

That’s pretty significant.

Higher rates may reduce the present value of future earnings, making stocks, especially those that are high growth, less attractive. To note, however, rates haven’t budged much since March. Rates on the 10 Year T-Note sit well below their March high.

That said, here is a quote to sum current conditions: “For an economy coming out of a pandemic, normal rules don’t apply,” said Matthew Cady, an investment strategist at Brooks Macdonald. “For broad sustained inflation you really need to see much tighter labor markets, and the bottom line is that the CPI out-turn due this week is very unlikely to change that picture.”

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 $4,141.00 POC targets first the $4,163.00 POC and then the $4,177.25 composite high volume (HVNode) pivot. Initiative trade beyond the pivot could reach as high as the $4,224.75 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 sideways or lower; activity below the $4,141.00 POC targets first the $4,103.00 excess low. Thereafter, if no response, participants may look for responses at the $4,128.00 and $4,093.00 POCs.

At this juncture, it pays not to be involved; the risk-to-reward of establishing new swing positions, in a tight trading range, is poor. Responsive trade is the course of action. Only after trading beyond the HVNode pivot, or excess low, may participants have the conviction to participate in initiative trades.

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). The Dow is the strongest of the four. The Nasdaq is beginning to strengthen, relative to its peers. 
Graphic: Physik Invest maps out the purchase of call and put options in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE: SPY), for May 11. Activity in the options market was primarily concentrated in very short-dated tenors, in strikes as low as $396.00, which corresponds with ~$4,050.00 in the cash-settled S&P 500 Index (INDEX: SPX). Despite some size bets on both sides of the market, a short duration suggests an overall lack of commitment. 
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), Tuesday. Exposure was concentrated in both the May and June monthly expiries.

News And Analysis

Commodities | Colonial faces deadline to decide on hacked pipeline restart. (BBG)

Politics | Israel and Hamas escalate deadly strikes as the U.S. calls for calm. (BBG)

Markets | SPAC fees to support banks through 2022 even as deals dry up. (BBG)

Markets | COVID-19 concerns, chip sell-off roil the Taiwanese stock market. (WSJ)

Markets | SEC warning over bitcoin futures risks in mutual fund investments. (BBG)

Markets | A higher U.S. corporate tax rate is not a key credit risk driver. (Fitch)

What People Are Saying

Innovation And Emerging Trends

Economy | Housing-market surge is making the cheapest homes the hottest. (WSJ)

Markets | Media account Litquidity Capital is the Meme King of Wall Street. (VOX)

FinTech | eBay joined the NFT frenzy, will allow sale of NFTs on its platform. (REU)

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 April 29, 2021

Market Commentary

Index futures in price discovery mode.

  • Market up on earnings, Fed support.
  • Ahead: Earnings and GDP forecasts.
  • Futures out of balance, off new highs.

What Happened: U.S. stock index futures auctioned higher overnight after President Joe Biden’s joint session of Congress, Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s assessment of the economy, and blowout earnings by heavily weighted index constituents. 

Graphic updated at 8:20 AM ET.

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

Balance-Break + Gap Scenarios: Monitor for acceptance (i.e., more than 1-hour of trade) outside of the balance area. 

Gaps ought to fill quickly. Should they not, that’s a signal of strength; do not fade. Leaving value behind on a gap-fill or failing to fill a gap (i.e., remaining outside of the prior session’s range) is a go-with indicator. 

Auctioning and spending at least 1-hour of trade back in the prior range suggests a lack of conviction; in such a case, do not follow the direction of the most recent initiative activity.

Adding, overnight, Wednesday’s best-case outcome occurred, evidence by initiative trade beyond the S&P 500’s $4,186.75 ledge. Thus far, the index has taken out all major upside references.

Initiative Buying: Buying within or above the previous day’s value area.

Ledges: Flattened area on the profile which suggests responsive participants are in control, or initiative participants lack the confidence to continue the discovery process. The ledge will either hold and force participants to liquidate (cover) their positions, or crack and offer support (resistance).

Initiative Buying: Buying within or above the previous day’s value area.

To note, the Fed strengthened its assessment of the economy and reaffirmed the need for aggressive support. 

Charlie Ripley, Senior Investment Strategist for Allianz Investment Management states: “With no meaningful change to monetary policy or communication, this meeting was simply a message to market participants to sit back and observe as the economic recovery continues to unfold.”

“For now, the Fed is maintaining a tight grip on the bond market, but it appears like a discussion on tapering bond purchases is right around the corner.”

Moving on, for today, participants can trade from the following frameworks. 

In the best case, the S&P 500 trades sideways or higher; activity between the $4,203.25 Fibonacci-derived price extension and $4,186.75 ledge calls for balance or responsive trade. Initiative trade beyond the $4,203.25 price extension could reach as high as $4,228.00 and $4,263.00. 

Responsive Buying (Selling): Buying (selling) in response to prices below (above) area of recent price acceptance.

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

In the worst case, the S&P 500 trades lower; activity below the $4,186.75 ledge targets the $4,181.00 POC. 

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.

Thereafter, if lower, participants should look for a rotation to the other balance, or $4,110.50. 

Graphic: 65-minute 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 28. Impactful activity in the options market was primarily concentrated on the call side, in short-dated tenors, in strikes as high as $425.00, which corresponds with $4,250.00 in the cash-settled S&P 500 Index (INDEX: SPX).

News And Analysis

Economy | Mortgage application volume falls despite lower rates. (MND)

Recovery | De Blasio says New York City plans full reopen in July. (Axios)

Economy | EU industry calls for a carbon border tax as prices soar. (FT)

Technology | Chip drought hits Apple, BMW, Ford as crisis worsens. (BBG)

M&A | LSEG, and Euronext completed the Borsa Italiana transaction. (TTN)

Economy | German joblessness unexpectedly rises on virus curb. (BBG)

Markets | Getting harder to argue that price increases are temporary. (BBG)

Commodities | Goldman sees commodities rallying on strong demand. (REU)

Economy | Roads across the world busier than at the start of the year. (BBG)

What People Are Saying

Innovation And Emerging Trends

FinTech | State Of Fintech Q1 2021 Report: Investment, Sector Trends. (CBI)

MiamiTech | ‘Miami Tech Week’ wasn’t planned. But the hype is infectious. (Wired)

FinTech | Ethereum jumps to high on a report of EIB digital bond issuance. (REU)

 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, 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.

 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 April 16, 2021

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)

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, 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. 

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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Market Commentary For The Week Ahead: ‘Rally On Pause’

Key Takeaways:

What Happened:

Alongside mixed economic releases, plans for added fiscal stimulus, as well as a start to the Q4 earnings season, U.S. index futures broke balance and auctioned lower.

Given that Friday’s worst case scenario was realized, U.S. stock indexes are positioned for further downside discovery.

Graphic 1: Profile overlays on a 30-minute candlestick chart of the Micro E-mini S&P 500 Futures

What To Expect: Friday’s session in the S&P 500 found responsive buying surface after a test of the $3,741.25 Virgin Point of Control, or VPOC (i.e., the fairest price to do business in a prior session).

Noting: 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.

In the simplest way, high-volume areas can be thought of as building blocks. 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. 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 value for favorable entry or exit.

Thereafter, buying pressure quickly disappeared, and the S&P 500 confirmed the balance-break. Now, in light of the market’s search for an area to establish balanced, two-sided trade, participants will come into Tuesday’s session knowing the following:

  1. Prior to a multi-session consolidation, profile structures denoted the presence of short-covering. This was the result of old, weak-handed business emotionally buying to cover short positions, causing swift movement, followed by a stalled advance, or two-sided trade.
  2. Unsupportive speculative flows and delta (e.g., non-presence of committed buying or selling) in some instances, as can be viewed by the order flow graphics 2 and 3 below.
  3. The multi-month upside breakout targeting S&P 500 prices as high as $4,000.00 remains intact, per graphic 4.
  4. After a v-pattern recovery, the S&P 500 consolidated near the $3,800 high-open interest strike, forming a balance-area. This structure was resolved with Friday’s balance-break. A break-out from balance is usually the start of a short-term auction. Therefore, placing trades in the direction of the break is the normal course of action. Trading back into the consolidation (above $3,763.75), thereby invalidating the break-out, may portend a move to the other end of balance ($3,824.25).
Graphic 2: Divergent delta in the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (NYSE: IWM), one of the largest ETFs that track the Russell 2000
Graphic 3: Order flow in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE: SPY), the largest ETF that tracks the S&P 500
Graphic 4: Daily candlestick chart of the cash S&P 500 Index

Given the above dynamics, the following frameworks apply for next week’s shortened holiday trade.

In the best case, the S&P 500 remains above its $3,763.75 balance-area low (BAL). Expectations thereafter include continued balance or initiative buying to take out the $3,824.25 balance-area high (BAH).

In the worst case, the S&P 500 remains below its $3,763.75 BAL. Expectations thereafter include a test of the low-volume node (LVNode) near $3,732.75. A break of the LVNode would portend a response near the $3,703.25 balance-break projection.

Conclusions: For now, despite a negative balance-break jeopardizing the bullish thesis, broad-market indices are in a longer-term uptrend. Participants ought to look for favorable areas to transact, such as those big-picture high-volume areas featured in graphic 5.

Graphic 5: 4-hour profile chart of the Micro E-mini S&P 500 Futures

Levels Of Interest: $3,763.75 BAL, $3,824.25 BAH, $3,732.75 LVNode, $3,703.25 balance-break projection.

Cover photo by Oleg Magni from Pexels.

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Market Commentary For 12/23/2020

What Happened: After a day of balance, and a brief overnight liquidation alongside news that President Donald Trump would not sign a coronavirus relief bill until the size of stimulus checks is increased, U.S. index futures rebounded, with the S&P 500 returning to the $3,691.00 ledge, a level that’s repeatedly attracted responsive sellers.

What Does It Mean: During Tuesday’s session, participants accepted the prior day’s recovery, evidenced by the two-sided trade at prices where the most activity occurred during the prior day, or point of control (POC).

Given that participants deem the high end of Monday’s range fair to do business in, participants will come into Wednesday’s session knowing that the $3,691.00 high-volume ledge is a key upside reference. The aforementioned ledge denotes a pause in discovery, likely attributable to the declining participation ahead of the holiday weekend.

That said, below the ledge, responsive buyers continue to resurface at the $3,667.75 high-volume node (HVNode) on long liquidations (i.e., those events that are caused by overly committed short-term participants that trim positions in panic because they lack the wherewithal or conviction to follow-through).

Pictured: Visual of /MES $3,691.00 ledge.

What To Expect: In light of the overnight recovery and trade near the $3,691.00 ledge, the following frameworks apply for today’s trade.

In the best case, buyers hold the the index above its $3,667.75 HVNode. Holding said reference would be indicative of continued balance after Monday’s recovery; in such case, participants would look for signs of follow-through above the $3,691.00 ledge. Once the ledge cracks (i.e., participants initiate and accept, spend more than 15-minutes above the level), it ought to (1) offer support and (2) draw in buyers to continue the upside discovery process up to, at least, the $3,700.00 and $3,707.75 HVNodes.

Anything higher targets the $3,724.25 overnight rally high.

Levels Of Interest: The $3,691.00 ledge, $3,667.75, $3,700.00 and $3,707.75 HVNodes, as well as the $3,724.25 overnight high.

Bonus: Big-picture breakout remains intact. See below for opportunities unfolding.

Pictured: Daily candlestick chart of the cash S&P 500 Index