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Narrow Range, Inside Day

Narrow range, balanced inside day in the ES with price trading above and below the 2153 prior day’s late rally high and closing price in 11 of the 13 market profile periods.


There was just over a 6 point total range for the day until the final minutes of the pit trading session, when price rallied from the K period pullback low (the exact half back level at the time) to take out the day’s earlier 3 TPO wide poor high by two points.


The 11 TPO wide prominent point of control keeps 2153.25 an important reference. If price opens within range, any breakout from the inside day should have better odds of continuation if price first checks in with the wide POC. But with such a small trading range there are also good odds that price opens with a gap the next regular trading session.

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Double Distribution

More opening chop Thursday morning as the ES pit session opened in between Wednesday’s upper and lower distributions, with A and B periods both bouncing from the high of the previous 4 day balance from 7/14 to 7/19 at 2164, leaving a poor low.


After rotating in a four point range for the first four periods the market accelerated lower through D period’s inside bar at the close of the European trading session, taking out the earlier A/B poor low and reentering the previous four day trading range.

The market one timeframed lower for 8 consecutive periods, with J period pausing exactly at the wide point of control from July 19 before finding its low of the day at 2153.50.

Value ended lower on the day, with a five wide POC migrating lower to 2160.60 from an earlier five wide TPO POC at 2166.25.

If the market opens inside the lower distribution on Friday, market profile day trading references are the late rally high at 2159.75 followed by the the low of the upper distribution’s single print at 2163.75. There is no excess on the pit session all time high at 2169.75. If price reenters Thursday’s upper distribution above 2164 potential targets are the opposite end of that balance at Thursday’s high, and the poor all time high.

Acceptance below the late rally high could target Thursday’s low, acceleration below that level could target the low from July 15 at 2149, followed by the very prominent naked point of control from July 13 at 2145.25.

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“short in the hole” short covering rally

market profile TPO chart short covering

The bulk of trading from Wednesday was at 2072, forming a very wide point of control (POC), or “the fairest price to do business”.

Going into Thursday’s trading session, overnight inventory was almost 100% short, gapping 10 points lower on the open.

After the open, short term and momentum day traders piled on and sold the market lower, driving price down through the unfilled gap from 5/25, to 2040.75 (three ticks above the very prominent “naked” point of control).

Traders that sold and held Wednesday’s late day spike and those that sold into Thursday’s gap down and drive lower were getting “short in the hole” from the very wide POC at 2072.

The next clues to expect a possible short covering rally was the long line of single prints in the opening 30 minute market profile period. With moderately low NYSE first half hour volume at just 412k, if there were more serious longer term sellers involved it should be on much higher volume for the distance traveled.

Price first rallied 14 points off the low in C & D periods, developing an early 4 TPO wide point of control at 2046.50 which was revisited “to the tick” in F period (making it 5 wide). Short covering rallied price from there, raising the developing POC to 2058.25, and one timeframing higher eventually taking it back to within just 2 ticks from Wednesday’s wide POC.

On strong, emotional short covering rallies price can trade through normal trading references, and doesn’t stop until the short covering is complete, drawing in more momentum type traders and not letting the shorts out. Thursday’s rally, while briefly pausing at the Spike from Wednesday at 2068.50, penetrated the reference and formed a late distribution above it.

Depending on where Friday opens, will the base of Wednesday’s spike, lower end of Thursday’s upper late distribution at 2068.50, now become support? Or will sellers clean up the messy TPO anomalies below and test lower references.

Thursday left a poor high at 2071.50 with only a single tick of excess. Poor highs and lows are usually revisited, or “repaired”.

Friday is Quadruple Witching and could be a volatile trading session.

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