First Trading Day Of September

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Index Futures Net Changes and Settlements:                         

Contract Settlement Net Change +/-%
S&P 500 (ESU19:CME)  2924.75 -2.00 -0.06%
DowJones (YMU19:CBT) 26,406 +28 +0.10%
Nasdaq 100 (NQU19:CME) 7690.75 +21.25 +0.27%
Russell 2000 (RTYU19:CME) 1494.20 -3.30 -0.22%

Foreign Markets, Fair Value and Volume:

  • In Asia 7 out of 11 markets closed lower: Shanghai Comp +.21%, Hang Seng -.39%, Nikkei +0.02%
  • In Europe 11 out of 13 markets are trading lower: CAC -.48%, DAX -.40%, FTSE -.14%
  • Fair Value: S&P .28, NASDAQ 3.73, Dow 3.14
  • Total Volume: 1.6 million ESU & 2.5K SPU traded in the pit

Today’s Economic Calendar:

Today’s economic calendar includes the 8-Week Bill Settlement, PMI Manufacturing Index 9:45 AM ET, ISM Mfg Index 10:00 AM ET, Construction Spending 10:00 AM ET, and Eric Rosengren Speaks 5:00 PM ET.

S&P 500 Futures: Last Day Of The Month Jitters

Danny Riley
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During Thursday nights Globex session, the S&P 500 futures initially traded down to print a low at 2920.50, and then rallied to print a high at 2946.50 when news out of China came out saying they are having effective communication with the U.S. concerning the trade war. The headlines helped extend the overnight range to 26 handles, and the ESU would go on to open Friday’s regular trading hours (RTH) at 2941.50, up +16.75 handles.

The China trade news wound up being the only positive note to the day. After kissing the 50 day moving average at 2945.00, the futures turned south, and buy 10:30 CT had traded back through the Globex low to print a new low for the day at 2913.25.

Once the low was in, selling pressure died down, and the ES drifted sideways for the rest of the day.



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Danny Riley has worked in the futures and options industry for 38 years, including the CBOT’s bond room, where he worked for several of the Market Wizards. He went on to build the largest volume desk in the S&P 500 Index Futures, serving some of the largest banks and hedge funds, the UBS program trading business, and some of the world's top individual traders. As a leader and co-creator of the MrTopStep IM-Pro Trading Room, he shares trading ideas and breaking market news live from the floor with our other professional traders and new traders eager to experience the power of collective intelligence. Join us today and get the edge only social trading can give you.

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