The ES sold off down to 4436.25 on Globex Sunday night and opened Monday’s regular session at 4444.25.
After a small pop, the ES pulled back down to 4436.75, 2 ticks shy of the Globex low, and then rallied all the way up to 4461.50 going into 10:15 ET, up almost 25 points off the low. The ES pulled back down to 4455.25 and then made a series of higher highs up to 4465 at 10:45.
After pulling back to the 4461 area, the ES traded up to 4468.75, sold off 2 points down to 4466.75 then marched up to another new high at 4474 going into 11:30. The ES pulled back down to 4468 and then rallied up to 4474.75, at 12:10. For the next three hours, the ES “back and filled” in a 6-point range until some buy imbalances showed up that pushed the futures up to a new high at 4475.50.
After a minor pullback, the ES made another new high at 4476.50 as the early MIM showed $427 million to sell. The ES traded up to 4478 and down-ticked as the MIM flipped to $2.4 billion to buy and traded up to 4479.75. On the 4:00 cash close, the ES traded 4477 and went on to settle at 4476 on the 5:00 futures close, up 10.75 points or +0.24% on the day.
In the end, the S&P has closed higher 4 sessions in a row and is now up 185.75 points from its 4218.75 low. In terms of the ES’s overall tone, with the exception of the lower open, it was firm all day. In terms of the ES’s overall trade, volume was LOW at 1.136 million contracts traded.
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The higher the ES goes the lower the volume gets, that’s just how this works. Big-volume selloffs and low-volume rallies are the hallmarks of the S&P 500 futures price action. There are a lot of big-name companies reporting this week and while I remain bullish, the ES has rallied 185.75 points over the last 4 sessions.
As you know I raised my year-end forecast for the ES from 4600 to 4750 but I cannot rule out some bumps in the road along the way. And there are still 9 sessions left in October (including today) and I do not want to get ‘overly bullish’ — especially after such a big rally.
Our Lean: As I always say, there are two ways to approach this. First, sell the early rallies, especially if the futures gap higher on the open, and buy the pullbacks. Second, just follow the trend and buy the pullbacks. I suspect that if the markets keep going up, the ranges will narrow and thin-to-win will prevail.
Plus, there are a ton of buy stops that start above 4486 up to 4520.
Danny Riley is a 39-year veteran of the CME trading floor. He ran one of the largest S&P desks on the floor of the CME Group since 1985.
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