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ES Stalled at Midpoint of Range

Price rallied off the open of Monday’s ES pit session, stalling at and later pulling back to the approximate midpoint of the prior multi day trading range and leaving a three TPO wide selling ledge at 2178.25 in L, M and N periods.

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Value ended the day overlapping to higher, with the point of control also migrating higher intraday from an earlier 5 TPO wide at 2177.25 to 8 wide at 2179.25 by the close, but NYSE volume was very low at just 2.65 billion suggesting shorter term traders in control with no continuation of the earlier apparent short covering move.

2178.25 could be a go/no-go level. Monday’s market profile chart left a poor high at 2182.25. Any downside break should probably be looked at more cautiously if the high isn’t repaired first, monitoring one timeframing for potential continuation lower.

Accelerating through Monday’s high could target the prominent point of control (2187.75) and all time high (2191.50) from Aug. 23rd.

ES Daily Chart
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Fed’s Yellen Rate Hike Comments Sparks 30 Point Drop in ES

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s comments of reasons for a rate hike strengthening triggered a selloff in the stock market on Friday, sending the ES 30 points off its high, but the S&P 500 emini futures did not end the session as an outside day.

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Futures volume was high but NYSE daily volume was relatively low at 3.3 billion compared to the size of the move in price.

The drop in the ES saw price break below the previous weekly low and through the prior multi-day trading range low at 2165.50, filling the gap and trading through the very prominent point of control from Aug. 4th.

An important trading reference for Monday, should the market open at the lower end of Friday’s range, could be the late day rally high at 2170.25. Failure to trade with acceptance back above that level could keep the downside breakout intact.

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A Very Mechanical Day Trading in the ES

The market opened at the lower end of the previous day’s range on Thursday, looking briefly below Wednesday’s low then rallying back into its range, trading to and pulling back from very visual references and suggesting early that this day was being controlled by short and day time frame traders:

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– In A period, price traded higher exactly to the combined, visual references of the overnight session half back/single print from Wednesday at 2172.75, and pulled back exactly to the opening price before rallying again.

– In B period, price traded higher exactly to the wide point of control from the overnight session at 2174.75 (2 ticks shy of unchanged), then pulled back to just one tick above the current session’s half back level at 2171.50.

D period rallied higher but failed to gain acceptance above Wednesday’s late rally high and overnight high at 2176.00.

– E and F periods sold lower, but F bounced exactly off the floating half back level at 2172.50, more mechanical trading.

There are often good odds that very visual, mechanically traded levels like the F and earlier B period lows could be revisited, either during the same trading session or soon after. After balancing in G and H periods and forming an 8 wide point of control at 2173.75 the market broke lower, trading through the B & F references in I period but bounced from just one tick above the opening print. The mechanical trading continued.

The wide developing point of control at 2173.75 lowered the odds of price trading too far away from it. J,K and L periods all traded within just one tick of the A period low, making it a poor low on Thursday’s market profile chart, but could not get continuation below the earlier low.

For any meaningful continuation lower a second, lower distribution would probably have to develop and the developing point of control should migrate lower. Neither happened. Price balanced through M period, and the point of control failed to migrate lower. The market apparently short covered back to its POC at the end of the regular session.

Thursday ended as a balanced day, with a poor low and lower value. The market is now one timeframing lower for three consecutive days. Trading with acceptance above Thursday’s unchanged/POC level could target Thursday’s high. Failure to trade above 2177.25 keeps the one timeframing lower on the daily chart intact.

Acceptance below Thursday’s poor low could easily target the previous weekly low at 2165.25 and the bottom of the unfilled gap on the daily chart at 2163.50. There is also a very prominent naked point of control left from Aug. 4 at 2159.00.

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