S&P 500 RECAP – Trade Date 7/31/ 2020
#ES Morning Selling Leads To Afternoon Highs
After trading in a 38.50 handle range during the overnight session the S&P 500 futures opened Friday’s regular session at 3258.00 and then immediately printed a morning high of 3260.50 before selling off down to an early morning low of 3223.25 and then rallied 20 handles to a late morning high of 3243.25 before pushing down to the low of the day at 3212.50 just before noon.
The afternoon saw that midday low hold, as buyers came in pushing the equity index futures higher to an early afternoon high of 3229.50. After an 11 handle drop, to make a higher low, the S&P stayed on the bid the rest of the day, printing a late day high of 3267.00 just after the cash close before settling the day at 3263.75 up 15.00 handles on the day or .49%.
In terms of the ES’s overall tone, the sell-off was totally overrun by the end of the month rebalance. In terms of the overall trade, volume was high at 1.95 million contracts traded.
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The EOM (end of month) MiM did not disappoint with a 4.3B reveal at the 15:50 ET bar. We were showing a strong buy lean all afternoon and the markets rose steadily into the close rendering the reveal as a non-event after a 30-point rise.
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We continue to track Covid-19 across all 50 states, DC, and Puerto Rico to gain a better understanding of what is happening. While detected cases continue to expand, we are not seeing the equivalent expansion in hospitalizations and deaths. Our table uses 7-day averages and takes a 5-day linear regression slope in order to detect changes as quickly as possible. We score each state by a normalized slope and ranking in each category (infected, admitted, and deaths).
We continue to focus on our top 3, Florida (20M pop), Texas (30M), and California (40M), looking at daily deaths, but more importantly, changes in the count.
We are still holding to our expectations of seeing a consistent downtrend in new deaths this week. It looks like Florida might be reversing, Texas is struggling to reverse. CA continues to break out and should be the last of the big three to start seeing a downtrend.
Over / Under
These are the over/under numbers for 8/3/2020. In order to push the 7-day average lower, today’s reported numbers need to be lower than the target number. A new case or death number that is higher will increase the 7-day average.
Friday’s over/under numbers and actual are also in the table.
|Florida||12,444 / 9,007||136 / 257||9,344||78|
|Texas||8,701 / 8,839||196 / 265||5,810||153|
|California||9,718 / 8,086||159 / 96||8,259||79|
|New York||753 / 644||9 / 9||536||3|
Use today’s numbers to watch the releases to determine the trend.
To use our table, go to https://t2r4.com/cv19/views. Each column is sortable and if you click on a cell you will get a time-based chart of the state.
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The Ever Elusive #ES 3300
I can’t count how many times I have said ES 3300 on TAP. It’s fooled me several times but you know what ? I still think the ES is going up through the ‘big figure’ and beyond. Every time it fails at the upper end of the range it only adds more buy stops. While the stats are negative on the first trading day of August the VIX is telling a different story.
Our view, I don’t think the rally is sustainable but I do not see a top right now. The dollar has rallied and gold feels toppy. If the ES gaps high I ordinarily would look to sell the open but with so many buy stops above I’m hesitant. The other part is while the democrats and republicans have yet to reach a deal on the new stimulus program my guess is they come to terms and that will send the ES even higher. Our lean, I can’t rule out selling a gap up and buying the pullback. Ideally, I’m still a buyer of weakness. 3330 is where I think the ES is headed
Danny Riley is a 39-year veteran of the CME trading floor. He has helped run one of the largest S&P desks on the floor of the CME Group since 1985.
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