No Time for a Victory Lap

ES new all-time highs post-Fed

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I am not going to take any victory lap. Whenever I do, I start making bad calls. But that's not the real reason. 

The real reason is, no one likes a braggart. 

To me being right is simple — I stay with the trend. We all know election years are bullish, but that's a smaller part. The larger part is the $1 trillion the government is printing every 100 days, do the math. It's totally unprecedented and it's back to the old saying when there was zero borrowing cost — don't fight the Fed — although the Fed has rates sitting above 5% now, well above the days of ZIRP.

Finally, I know people pay a premium to get the full version of the Opening Print and I want to thank all of you. But I also want to point out that the $10,000/month newsletter the PitBull pays for has been buying puts in everything for the last 2 years with only a few bullish calls. I also know a few other well-known market-timers that have been selling for months and months. 

I always say I am not smarter than you... I just don't fight the Fed.

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MiM and Daily Recap

ES Recap

The ES had a 10-point range on Globex from 4243.00 to 5233.00 on low Globex volume of only 140k and opened Wednesday's regular session at 5241.00. After the open, the ES traded 5243.50 and sold off down to 5235.25 at 9:52 and then back-and-filled under the VWAP, then rallied up to 5247.75 and slowly sold off 5233 at 1:46. Yes, you are reading this right, there is only 390k ES that has traded on the day session so far and I will report the volume just before the Fed announcement so we can compare the volume pre-Fed and after.

After the low, the ES rallied back up to the VWAP at 5239.50 at 1:58 and then ripped up to 5267.00 at 2:05 after the Fed headlines hit the tape that said the Fed still expects to lower rates three times this year and then dropped back down to 5246.00 at 2:18, popped back up to 5263.25, dropped down to 5241 and it was that low that set off the rally up 5278.50 at 2:50. After that, the ES did a sideways back-and-fill from 5278.50 to 5270.00 until 3:04 and then rallied up to 5284.00. After the high, the ES sold back off down to 5271.50 at 3:13 and it was that low that set up the next new high up to 5289.50 at 3:33. The ES dropped down to 5275.50 as the 3:50 cash imbalance showed $787 million to sell and traded 5286.25 on the 4:00 cash close. After 4:00 the rip continued all the way up to 5297.75 at 4:55 and settled at 5294.75 on the 5:00 futures close, up 45 points or 0.86% on the day.  

In the end, the first 4.5 hours of trading was a narrow drag, but after 2:00 the ES rocketed higher and didn’t look back. In terms of the ES's overall tone, it acted firm. In terms of the ES's overall trade, volume was pitiful until 2:00 and piled on over 500k lots in the final 2 hours. A miserable 140k traded on Globex and 1.178 million traded on the day session for a very low total of 1.318 million contracts traded. 


Technical Edge

  • NYSE Breadth: 81% Upside Volume (!)

  • Nasdaq Breadth: 80% Upside Volume (!)

  • Advance/Decline: 78% Advance

  • VIX: ~12.75

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Guest Post — HandelStats

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The focus is on computing the standard deviation over a 5-day span. Additionally,I've included a document from Handelstats that delves into the nuances of standard deviations. This compilation of resources is invaluable for investors and traders who depend on a deep understanding of market dynamics to make strategic decisions.

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Remember: Not all setups will trigger. Not all setups will be profitable. Not all setups should be taken. These are simply the setups that I have put together for years on my own and what I watch as part of my own “game plan” coming into each day. Good luck!

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