Stock Market Breather

Index Futures Net Changes and Settlements:

Contract Settlement Net Change +/-%
S&P 500 (ESZ18:CME) 2808.75 -7.75 -0.27%
DowJones (YMZ18:CBT) 26,200 +18 +0.06%
Nasdaq 100 (NQZ18:CME) 7166.00 -52.50 -0.72%
Russell 2000 (RTYZ17:CME) 15/82.10 -2.10 -0.13%

Foreign Markets, Fair Value and Volume:

  • In Asia 10 out of 11 markets closed lower: Shanghai Comp -1.39%, Hang Seng -2.39%, Nikkei -1.05%
  • In Europe 12 out of 13 markets are trading lower: CAC -0.87%, DAX -0.49%, FTSE -0.85%
  • Fair Value: S&P +0.80, NASDAQ +9.46, Dow -8.43
  • Total Volume: 1.31mil ESZ & 373 SPZ traded in the pit

Today’s Economic Calendar:

Today’s economic calendar includes PPI-FD 8:30 AM ET, John Williams Speaks 8:30 AM ET, Patrick Harker Speaks 8:50 AM ET, Randal Quarles Speaks 9:00 AM ET, Consumer Sentiment 10:00 AM ET, Wholesale Trade 10:00 AM ET, and the Baker-Hughes Rig Count 1:00 PM ET.

S&P 500 Futures: The Powell Put Works Again

Chart courtesy of Scott Redler @RedDogT3 – $spx futures -15 as world markets are softer. Use 2794 as today’s pivot support. I still think 2755-2775 is a better support area possibly next week.

After the quietest overnight session since September, the S&P 500 futures opened Thursday’s regular session at 2804.50. The morning low was made two ticks lower at 2804.00, followed by a chop higher up to the 2813.25 morning high, and then a retest of the open before traveling up to the 2815.25 high of day at 11:30.

The afternoon saw a move down to the 2804.00 low of day just ahead of the FOMC announcement, and then a bounce to the afternoon high of 2812.25 heading into 1:30. From there, the ES fell in an orderly fashion, making a low of day at 2795.00, but then rallied into the close of the 1:00 hour.

The final hour saw a bounce to 2805.50, and then a selloff down to 2796.50, before printing 2803.25 on the 3:00 cash close, and settling the day at 2807.25, down -7.00 handles, or -0.25%, after trading as high as 2810.75 following the cash close.

The overall tone of the day was the back and fill that we predicted after a big day up, and the fact that every FOMC day since Powell took over has closed in the red. The other side of it is that the markets are returning to a normal calm after the October volatility.

Daily HotSpots

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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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