Peter’s Premarket Perspective | Friday, April 30, 2021

Peter Reznicek

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  Pre market indications
Opening In/Out Balance in balance, lower end of range

Overnight Inventory 100% net short
Current Price/Overnight Range in lower third, close to ONL
Shock and Awe yes
Potential for Early Trade yes
Short Term Bias above trend but look above and fail yesterday
  Key Levels for Today
4211.0 RTH High / ATH 
4193.75 Top of Balance Area
4166.75 Bottom of Balance Area
4160.00 Top of Single Prints
4127.25 VPOC 4.22

Ongoing Narrative / Commentary

Yesterday and last night have provided us with a lot of M.G.I. to add to the narrative. Firstly, the RTH action was a look above and fail per the balance rules. That means that there is potential for a rotation back down to the opposing end of balance. This would put the Bottom of the Balance Area into play.

Secondly, you’ll note that in the Premarket Indications above, I am calling shock and awe even though we are within yesterday’s range and also within the larger recent balance area. This is because our close was outside of the balance area which was bullish but now overnight activity has brought prices back into range. For this reason, I believe there may be longs trapped above the balance area who are “in shock and awe” (hence the term) that we are now opening lower. Remember that breakouts from balance are something that almost every trader does. Everyone sees the same horizontal resistances and has buy stops just above. I believe there is potential for at least some of this faction to be disappointed today.

It’s the last trading day of the month which could bring on added volatility in addition to everyone digesting the AMZN gap today and other FANGMAN+T that are still reacting to their own reports.


  • The look above and fail yesterday puts the Bottom of the Balance Area into play as a downside target today. As we are opening within range it’s not easy to pinpoint an exact entry at this time but trade from the framework that sellers could be in control. Target that balance area low first, then the Top of the Single Prints and beyond that the VPOC of 4.22. How much of this that happens (if any of it) will tell us a lot about the state of the market going into May.  
  • Failing to test the low end of balance would be a more bullish sign and should be carried forward as a WWSHD.  
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Peter Reznicek

Peter Reznicek is the founder of and writer of Peter's Premarket Perspective, a morning market profile blog to help people plan their trading day and organize their thoughts before the market opens. He can be reached at

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