07/18/2017 ES Trade Plan Worksheet

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Jul 182017
 

Efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare have collapsed as two Senators withdrew their support and given only a two seat Senate advantage, the best the Republicans can do it focus on a repeal that provides a couple years to work out a replacement.  The development will most likely delay what the markets are really looking forward to, tax reform.  Market focus is shifting to corporate earnings with NFLX poised to open over 10% higher over a surprise growth in their subscriber base.  Plenty of big names reporting today including BAC, GS, AMTD, IBM, HOG, UAL, UNH, CSX, and LMT.  There is some economic data with Import Prices @ 8:30am EST and NAHB @ 10:00am EST, but nothing significant to move the markets.  The ES remains pinned under its all-time high; maybe the earnings can break the log jam.  If not, then expect continued muted upside volatility.  Size bias is long into the US session open.

 

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07/17/2017 ES Trade Plan Worksheet

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Jul 172017
 

Friday saw record closing highs for US stock indexes and strong Chinese economic data has the European stock markets up this morning as the US earnings season begins to kick in gear with NFLX and BLK reporting today.  It’s a light data Monday with only Empire State @ 8:30am EST making it hard to predict today’s volatility.  There is a chance that the bulls will take another run at new highs, but most likely, the upside volatility will be muted and bullish price action grinding where the downside has the better chance for larger volatility.  No Size bias as overnight trading volume was both light and mixed.

 

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02/17/2017 ES Trade Plan Worksheet

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Feb 172017
 

Globex trading turned bearish during the European session on no significant new fundamental information as we head into a 3-day US stock market weekend (Monday is US Presidents Day).  There is no scheduled US economic data for this morning.  The ES is technically overdue for a bearish pullback, but the bears probably won’t get much going unless they can clear the 2331 area.  Volatility should remain similar to yesterday unless the bears get some momentum going.  Volatility may dry up this afternoon as traders start closing shop for the long weekend.  Size bias is short into the US session open.

 

 Posted by at 6:24 am

10/20/2016 ES Trade Plan Worksheet

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Oct 202016
 

This morning is about the ECB’s 7:45am EST Minimum Bid Rate announcement and subsequent 8:30am EST ECB President Draghi’s press conference.  Expectations are for the ECB to make no changes; subtle differences from the expectations could move this morning’s markets.  The press conference will most likely overshadow this morning’s 8:30am EST Philly Fed and Unemployment Claims numbers and a slew of corporate earnings reports.  Volatility continues to shrink as traders wait on something that will change their expectations.  No clear Size bias this morning as institutional trading was almost non-existent overnight.

 

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10/19/2016 ES Trade Plan Worksheet

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Oct 192016
 

Chinese GDP came in line with expectations but industrial production numbers were weak, casting a bearish sentiment on stocks.  The Saudi oil minister stated that Non-OPEC nations are providing strong signals they’ll cooperate with OPEC to stabilize oil prices.  Corporate earnings are very much in focus with HAL, MS, and USB reporting pre-market.  ES Globex action has been mixed, rotating around it’s 2132 settlement price.  US Housing Starts and Building Permits are on deck for 8:30am EST and Crude Oil Inventories back on it’s normal day and time @ 10:30am EST.  Volatility continues to shrink; traders are waiting on a reason to move the markets.  Size bias is short into the 8:30am EST numbers on light volume.

 

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10/18/2016 ES Trade Plan Worksheet

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Oct 182016
 

UK inflation numbers are up, but no rebound for the GBP despite its tumble over the last few weeks.  Oil is also up on no particular news.  Strength in financial and energy stocks have the ES up overnight while traders switch focus to this morning’s 8:30am EST CPI numbers.  We’re in earnings season and the big name for today is Goldman Sachs who reports pre-market.  Volatility is still a hard read.  Yesterday’s range was a pitiful 13.25 points while overnight the ES is 15.25 points so far.  Until traders find some reason to take the market up or down, the low volatility will most likely continue.  Size bias is long on light volume into the 8:30am EST CPI numbers.

 

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 Posted by at 6:32 am

09/15/2016 ES Trade Plan Worksheet

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Sep 152016
 

We have a plethora of data reports @ 8:30am EST which include Retail Sales number, PPI numbers, the Philly Fed, and Unemployment Claims.  That’s enough new information to either start a market directional trend or if mixed, cause indecision and net out as a neutral.  The numbers will be viewed against the likelihood of the FOMC increasing rates next week or this year or next year.  Volatility remains high and is expected to remain so today.  Size bias is long into the 8:30am EST numbers on light volume.

 

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 Posted by at 6:38 am