After the fourth gap higher opening in the past 5 trading sessions, and another new all time high set at 2168.00 during the 25 point overnight session, the ES opened 14 points above its previous close but couldn’t manage more than a 10 point range during pit session trading hours. Three of those gaps remain unfilled.
In the opening 30 minute market profile ‘A’ period the ES traded down exactly to the half back level from the overnight session, and the lower end of its upper distibution (a very visual, mechanical short term traders reference level), before “rallying” 8 points to set another new all time pit session high at 2163, five points shy of the overnight high.
From C period the market one timeframed lower for 7 consecutive periods, eventually taking out the previous weak A period low in H period but did not form a second, lower distribution and re-entered the earlier initial balance. The bounce off the lows left a poor low (just one tick of excess between the H and I periods).
Thursday’s profile is in balance. The wide point of control at 2157.50 and the late rally L/M period high at 2160.75 could be short term trading references for Friday.
If price takes out Thursday’s poor low and accelerates lower, the top of the previous two day balance from 7/12, 7/13 at 2150.75 comes into focus, acceptance back within that range could easily target the wide naked point of control at 2145.25 and the lower end of that two day balance at 2138. To the upside, the new all time high made in the after hours market at 2168 could be revisited.
The market is still in rally mode from the Brexit lows, with the daily chart one timeframing higher for seven consecutive periods, while the weekly chart is one timeframing higher for three. There is the potential for the monthly chart to finally show meaningful excess for July, but that won’t be determined until trading begins in August.
Thursday’s overnight session could have some volatilty as Chinese GDP, Retail Sales and Industrial Production reports are scheduled to for release.
Friday is also a busy day for the U.S. economic calendar as Consumer Price Index, Retail Sales and Empire State Manufacturing Survey reports are due out at 8:30 EST, with Business Inventories and Consumer Sentiment at 10:00 AM EST.
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