All ‘Smoke And Mirrors’

Index Futures Net Changes and Settlements:

Contract Settlement Net Change +/-%
S&P 500 (ESZ18:CME) 2816.50 +57.50 +2.08%
DowJones (YMZ18:CBT) 26,182 +541 +2.10%
Nasdaq 100 (NQZ18:CME) 7218.50 +202 +2.87%
Russell 2000 (RTYZ17:CME) 1584.20 +24.70 +1.58%

Foreign Markets, Fair Value and Volume:

  • In Asia 9 out of 11 markets closed higher: Shanghai Comp -0.22%, Hang Seng +0.31%, Nikkei +1.82%
  • In Europe 8 out of 13 markets are trading higher: CAC -0.05%, DAX -0.15%, FTSE +0.46%
  • Fair Value: S&P +0.49, NASDAQ +9.83, Dow -12.59
  • Total Volume: 1.88mil ESZ & 1,228 SPZ traded in the pit

Today’s Economic Calendar:

Today’s economic calendar includes the Weekly Bill Settlement, Jobless Claims 8:30 AM ET, EIA Natural Gas Report 10:30 AM ET, FOMC Meeting Announcement 2:00 PM ET, Fed Balance Sheet and Money Supply 4:30 PM ET.

S&P 500 Futures: Highest Close Since October 9th

After a run higher on the overnight session following the results of the midterm elections, the S&P 500 futures opened the regular session at 2776.00. The ES made the early low of day at 2773.50 on the open, before rallying up to 2787.75 in the first half hour. From there, the futures retraced back through the open, making a low of 2774.25, and then heavy buys pushed the ES up to 2793.25 for the mid morning high, and then after a 6.25 handle pullback, rallied through the end of the morning up to 2800.00.

The afternoon saw a new high print of 2801.25 before reversing into the 1:00 hour, dropping down to 2793.75, and then began to climb higher through the afternoon into the final hour, as the MiM was showing as much as $1.1 billion to sell. The high print was 2817.50 in the final moments, and then the ES went on to trade 2813.00 on the 3:00 cash close, before settling the day at 2816.75, up +57.75 handles, or +2.09%.

The overall tone of the day was about pushing the ES higher. After the shakeout following the initial rally, the longs were the only ones who were consistently rewarded on the day, as the ES rallied 30+ handles off the morning low.

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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