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PREVIOUS DAY — THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2020
On February 13 price opened at 3362 6/8, 17 6/8 handles down from settle.
CASH opened just below the low of the previous day. We had a strong rally but the NEW DEFINITION of the contra virus changed the mood to a bearish tone as just after settle price dropped about 10 and a half handes or so.
Now that the traders had time to mull it over the question was; “Is CASH ready to accept that as value?”
The Wyckoff Wave opened in the middle and under the close of yesterday’s trading range. Selling appears more effectual than buying. Overall DOW 30 does not appear to be in agreement as average NY tick checks at plus 250 ticks.
At 10:00 EST selling pressure peaked as Fair Value turned +8 then +9 and higher (Fair Value was 0.56). I had given 3369 as the first level. The Algos appeared to be in agreement as two Sell Programs emerged at about the 9:58 marker.
On the Tape Reading Chart, no long trader desired to be around that 3370 handle as $1.2 MM in trade value and 12,100, 11,500, 13,100 and 15,000 lots were offered out as price fell 10 handles in a minute or two from those levels where price quickly became oversold and shorter-term weak bulls took control.
The day could have traded in a range set by the first thirty minutes of trade but the volume at the lows was too great and price pushed up to higher highs and then sold off a bit.
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LOOKING FORWARD — FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2020
Great moves are usually followed by good moves. Expect more of the same. Trump’s impeachment is losing traction. The market is gaining traction. So, so great for the opposing party. Unless…they find another shoe to drop! (Jan-7)
My notion is the same that I said last Friday, there is selling going on. At the highs yesterday, I heard BRK.A (Mr. Halfway Himself) taking off 10 shares at a time. At those highs 340,625.00 and the closing print 339,470.00 handle. That’s 1,155.00 to the downside. You tell me was he buying?
We can always expect a move up (upthrust) after distribution. And yes it keeps going up. Currently, by my eyes, we are looking at 3383 overnight Globex. The question might be; “Who wants to go home long over the weekend with the COVID-19 (coronavirus)?”
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A selling kind of mood set in on the close hour. We saw NQ which was down and ES which was up decide to reunite with strength in NQ and weakness in ES. Our imbalance was moderate to the sell-side but had a decent buy at 1.1B but only 58% of the symbols were to the buy-side. That is not wholesale buying, in fact, it was quite selective.
Overall, 15 programs with 11 sells and 4 buys. Again, most of the action was in the closing hour with sell programs dominating.
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|(ESH20:CME) GLOBEX Session||(ESH20:CME) Day Session|
|High 3382.50||Opening Print: 3363.00|
|Low: 3348.50||High 3384.75|
|Volume: 470,000||Low: 3359.00|
|ES Settlement: 3377.50|
|Total Volume: 1.7 M|
S&P 500 Futures: Buy the Bad News Dips / Fed Cuts Overnight Repo Operations
The ES made a high at 3382.50 on Globex and sold off 35 handles down to 3348.50 after a headline hit the tape saying that the coronavirus numbers were much higher than China had been saying. The ES short covered 20 handles and traded 3363.00 yesterday on the 8:30 CT futures open and then shot up to 3370.50 a few minutes after the open. After the high, the ES pulled back to the 3366.00 area, rallied back up to a new high at 3371.75, then dropped back down to the 3359.50 area, traded back up to 3368.00 and then dropped down to the 3364.50 level and then blasted up to a new high at 3380.75 and that’s when I put this out : IMPRO: Dboy :(12:21:30 PM): I think we are at or near the high of this push. After my post, the ES popped up above 3380.00 and then dropped back down to 3373.50 and then rallied back up to new highs at 3384.75. After the high, the ES sold off down to the 3371 area after a headline hit saying the Fed was going to cut back on its overnight repo operation.
At 2:30 the ES traded 3376.75 as the MiM showed $500 million to buy, traded 3374.75 on the 2:50 cash imbalance as the final MiM showed $1.1 billion to buy, traded 3376.00 on the 3:00 cash close and settled at 3377.75 on the 3:15 futures close, down 2.75 handles or – 0.08-% on the day.
Despite the big overnight drop, the ES’s overall tone was firm until late in the day when the Fed’s repo headlines hit the tape. In terms of the day’s overall trade, total volume was 1.73 million with 460,000 of that coming from Globex making the total volume 1.27 million contracts traded on the day sessions.
Mid-Month Rebalance And Presidents Day Holiday
The ES sold off hard and then rallied hard. In the end, I think the algos have this nailed down. Out goes the coronavirus spread headline Wednesday night and the ES sells off 31.5 handles on ‘oversized’ Globex volume of 470,000 contracts. The question is, what happens when this occurs? The answer, most people that sold got short at low prices and then they put in protective buy stops above the market. Once the selling subsides, the same HFT and algorithmic trading programs that ran all the sell stops retarget the upside stops. It’s the same story over and over, the S&P takes bad news and makes good of it.
Our lean, the day before Presidents Day (Valentine’s Day) has the S&P up 11 of the last 17 occasions. My guess is if the ES moves higher on Globex we see 3400+ today. As always, you can sell the early rallies and buy the pullbacks but my overall lean is to just keep buying the pullbacks. The wild card is how the market reacts to the fed cutting back on its repo purchases.
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