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Value and POC Still Trending Higher, Another New Record High

Traders were still buying pulllbacks as the ES traded to another new all time high in the regular trading hour session. After the second straight gap higher opening, the new record high was set in the opening minutes, but fell short of testing the new Globex all time high at 2476.25, made prior to the opening bell.

Choppy trade in and out of the prior day’s range followed after a sharp break in C period repaired the remaining anomalies from the previous session’s profile.

value and point of control still trending higher to new all time high
value and point of control still trending higher to new all time high

Thursday’s profile left an 11 TPO wide point of control at 2472.75. Value was higher on the day, and all trends remain up.

The all time ES 24 hour high is now at 2476.25, created in Wednesday’s Globex session. Although they can last for some time, all time highs made in an overnight session have always eventually been revisited during a regular trading hours session. If price opens above Thursday’s POC on Friday and offers early support, the Globex all time high could be the destination. If developing value remains higher nothing would probably have changed in regards to the current market condition, all trends are up.

If, during the session, price trades through the all time high and value is not migrating higher, there is the possibility of a “look above and fail” scenario if sellers are waiting at the all time high.

If price opens below the POC, and value develops as overlapping to lower from the prior session’s small value area, odds probably suggest price trading within a three day balance.

Thursday’s late K period pullback to 2470.50 was exactly at halfback, another sign that shorter term traders were apparently in control. The market closed two ticks above that level. Acceptance below the prior close could easily target the C period single print buying tail, and possibly Thursday’s low. There are two gaps below the market, from July 18th at 2458.50 and July 11th 2427.25. Acceleration below Thursday’s low targets Wednesday’s low at 2461.25, the prior all time high, and potentially the first gap fill at 2458.50.

split view profile shows half back level.

July 21st is the third Friday of the month, there could be added volatility due to monthly options expirations.

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Mechanical, Slow Paced Trading Session in ES

With overnight inventory virtually 100% short going into Friday’s pit session, the ES opened with a small gap lower (1 1/2 points), quickly filled the gap at the previous day’s low and pulled back to the Oct. 17th pit close at 2123.25 – which was also just one tick below the the overnight low and two ticks above the Oct. 17th prominent point of control, a very visual, mechanical short term trading level.

es-look-below-of-bbalance-and-fail

Very prominent, unrepaired points of control in the market profile often act as magnets for future trading sessions.

Friday’s pit trading session was a grinding, slow paced, low confidence session that traded off of very visual short term trader references, including:

  • The low of the day was just one tick off a previous close/point of control
  • The B period low was just one tick above the session open
  • C period initially stalled at the 2131 overnight halfback level
  • The I period pullback was from the then-current half back level
  • The L period high of day stopped just one tick short of the previous day’s pit close

Because it was at such a mechanical level, Friday’s high at 2136.75 has good odds of being tested on Monday. Acceptance above that level could see price test the Oct. 20 high at 2141.25, the Oct. 19th 2142.50 poor high and the Oct. 14th 2143.25 high. Hitting stops above those similar price levels could potentially see price fill in some of the single prints left from the October 11th selloff, and even possibly fill the Columbus Day gap at 2156.25.

The ES is one timeframing lower on the daily chart for three consecutive day sessions. Failure to trade above 2136.75 keeps the one timeframing in tact.

Friday’s profile also left multiple anomalies. That information can be carried forward as anomalies are structural weaknesses often created by emotionally driven traders, such as short covering, and have good odds of being repaired in the next or future trading session after they were created.

To the downside, the B period low – one tick above Friday’s open – also has decent odds of being retested.

The unrepaired poor low still remains at 2117.75.

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