S&P 500 Up, Down And All Around

Commentary, News, Technical Analysis

Index Futures Net Changes and Settlements:

Contract Settlement Net Change +/-%
S&P 500 (ESZ18:CME) 2688.25 +24.00 +0.90%
DowJones (YMZ18:CBT) 24,877 +261 +1.06%
Nasdaq 100 (NQZ18:CME) 6962.50 +90.25 +1.32%
Russell 2000 (RTYZ17:CME) 1495.10 +25.30 +1.72%

Foreign Markets, Fair Value and Volume:

  • In Asia 8 out of 11 markets closed lower: Shanghai Comp -0.19%, Hang Seng -1.11%, Nikkei -0.40%
  • In Europe 12 out of 13 markets are trading lower: CAC -1.96%, DAX -1.54%, FTSE -1.07%
  • Fair Value: S&P +0.42, NASDAQ +10.30, Dow -25.24
  • Total Volume: 2.52mil ESZ & 1,231 SPZ traded in the pit

Today’s Economic Calendar:

Today’s economic calendar includes GDP 8:30 AM ET, Consumer Sentiment 10:00 AM ET, and the Baker-Hughes Rig Count 1:00 PM ET.

S&P 500 Futures: Tech Earnings Pull the Rug Out Under the Bulls

ES Daily Chart Courtesy of Chicagostock Trading

After trading higher in the overnight session, the S&P 500 futures opened yesterday’s regular session at 2679.25, up +16.50 handles. An early low was made at 2667.50, followed by a rally up to 2697.00 within 20 minutes, then after a quick 14 handle pullback, began to rally once again, up to 2699.75. From there, it was back down to 2684.50, before launching up to 2706.50 for the morning high at 10:30. Late in the morning the ES moved sideways, hitting a midday low of 2692.75 at 12:15.

The afternoon saw a push up to 2723.50, and after a 7.50 handle pullback, another rally up to what would be the high of day at 2723.75, making a new high by one tick at 2:15. After that, the ES began to retreat going into the close, trading down to 2701.00, and printing 2706.75 on the 3:00 cash close.

Late in the day the MiM showed tech stocks AMZN and GOOG as the top individual stock sells, and just after the cash close both companies reported earnings and tanked, taking down the S&P 500 and Nasdaq with them. The ES broke down to 2684.00, before settling the day at 2685.00, up +22.25 handles.

However, after the reopen at 3:30, the ES continued its dive lower, backing off down to 2677.75, below the day’s open. In the end, it was about more of a two sided trade. Just when the bulls think they have mounted an impressive rally, they get the rug pulled out from under them.

Daily HotSpots

HotSpots are times during the market trading session that for the past XX days have consistently moved in one direction or the other. These HotSpots are published each morning pre-market. The next day, a results post is also published and weekly a summary post.

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The lookback period (number of days) is set at 21,13,11,8 and 5 days. A heat-map is generated for each of these lookback periods, the best trade from day is scored.
The period of time that has consistently produced the best results becomes the hotspot for that look back. There are also different look-back types like Taylor and Taylor Plus.
Taylor cycles are usually 3-day cycles. A Taylor-5 look-back would use the last 5 trading days skipping back by 3 trading days. Taylor Plus uses calendar days so weekends and none
trading days are counted as part of the skip count. If a lookback period falls on a none trading day, it is not used so a TaylorPlus will continue skipping back until 5 trading days are found for the heatmap calculation.

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