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Breakout of Balance to Begin Week


The ES gapped open higher to begin the week, breaking out of the prior multi-day trading range.

Anomalies in market profile chart
Anomalies in market profile chart

Multiple anomalies in the market profile chart are often a sign of more emotionally driven and shorter time frame momentum traders. At least some of the anomalies have good odds of being revisted in a soon-after trading session, if not in the next.

breakout of balance, late pullback low

The late pullback low at 2769.50 could be an early trading reference on Tuesday, continued acceptance above that level could test the excess single prints above 2780.50 and possibly Tuesday’s high. Acceptance above the high could target the unfilled gap from 2/1, 2/2.

Price acceptance back below the pullback low could at least suggest a potential balancing day developing, and/or a possible test of the prior trading range high, and the gap fill from Friday.

Monday’s rally was not on notably high volume. NYSE daily volume was just over 3.2 billion.

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Seven Day Trading Range

Wednesday’s high is exactly at the prior close and midpoint of the trading range:
 high of day exactly at prior close and range midpoint
Wednesday’s low failed to fill the gap from April 24th at 2374.00.

Price acceptance below the prominent point of control and close from Wednesday (2382.25/.75) could target Wednesday’s low at 2375.50 and potential 2374.00 gap fill. Acceptance into the April 24th balanced profile targets the poor low from that day at 2365.75, and potentially the gap fill from April 21st.

Acceptance above the point of control and prior close on Thursday targets Wednesday’s mechanical high at 2386.00, a weak reference. Trading above 2386.00 would stop the daily one timeframing lower, targeting the highs from May 1st & 2nd, and potentially the trading range high.

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ES Remains in Range After TrumpCare Bill Pulled

After a no-vote on the repeal of ObamaCare in the US House of Representatives on Friday the ES stayed in its 2 1/2 day trading range, just briefly looking below it late before short covering into the close

Split-view Market Profile charts on March 23rd and 24th:

The ES opened near the center of the recent trading range and traded at a sluggish pace early as traders still waited for the House to vote on the repeal of ObamaCare and replacement with TrumpCare. Price grinded higher exactly to Thursday’s rally high at 2352.00 in C period, trading a few ticks above it in D period to the level the market broke down from on Thursday.

A sharp spike lower in F period ran the stops below the near matching C/D/E lows, but with no continuation the market bounced back to the developing 6 TPO wide point of control at 2348.50, widening to 8 TPO’s by H period.

After trading lower in I and J, the market broke sharply again in K and L periods, looking below the prior day’s low at 2338.25. But with the combination of low volume (NYSE daily volume was under 2.98 billion), slowing pace, a weak L period high and a wide point of control above price failed to break out of the range and continue lower, and quickly short covered in the final 30 minute trading period almost all the way back to the magnetic point of control.

Depending on where price opens on Monday, Friday’s late rally high at 2347.25 could be an important early trading reference. Opening below and not violating the rally high could infer the late rally was just short covering and Friday’s prevailing down trend is still in tact, increasing the odds of a retest of the weekly low at 2331.75. If a breakout to the downside occurs potential lower targets are the unfilled gap from February 10 at 2312.75 and the emotional 2300.00 price level.

Price acceptance above the rally high and wide point of control from Friday could easily see price test Friday’s high at 2352.75 and attempt to repair the poor high from Wednesday at 2356.00, and Tuesday’s lower distribution high at 2357.25. Higher references include the single print at 2361.75 and the long string of excess single prints above the anomaly at 2364.50.

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