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Peter’s Premarket Perspective | Monday, September 20, 2021

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  Pre market indications

Opening In/Out Balanceout of balance
Overnight Inventory100% net short
Current Price/Overnight Rangelower third
Shock and Aweyes
Potential for Early Tradeyes
Short Term Biasbearish, /ES now well below daily 20/50 sma’s

  Key Levels for Today

4411.50RTH Low
4379.25Overnight Halfback
4339.75Swing Low 8.19

Ongoing Narrative / Commentary

Purposely picked something unhealthy and sugary for the breakfast image this morning, thinking that some out there might need the comfort food given the implied open of -81 and still falling as I got to press.  Rest assured that the picture will be the only thing sugar coated in this commentary.

Enormous true gap lower on overnight inventory that is 100% net short puts gap rules firmly in play.  For those who lean more to the day timeframe as their modus operandi, remember that the size of the gap is commensurate with the difficulty of pulling off an early trade.  The opportunity is there but it’s not easy.

Everything in the morning session will be about the gap fill or lack thereof.  With anything this large, we would expect at least some counter balancing of the overnight move.  The usual strategies outlined in the Scenarios below can be executed.

From a purely technical standpoint, the open will have us well below the 50sma daily which the SPX barely held on Friday and also well below trend.  Proximate technical support is minimal.  I’ve listed one that could be noteworthy today which is the swing low from August 19th on the /ES daily.  For now, this level has held as the ONL is almost dead on it.

I’ll be going over where the cash charts are slated to open in relation to their longer term charts in the Pro Trading Rooms of both Weekly Options Advisory and Time Spreads.


  • Gap rules apply.  Get familiar with them if you are not.  They are important and they work.  
  • Assume that there is potential for early fade.  Buy the high of the first one minute bar, or if the opening drive is lower, buy the cross back up through the open.  Monitor for continuation with an ultimate target of the Overnight Halfback.
  • An early short entry assuming a gap and go is usually difficult to pull off.  The better move would be to short the cross back down through the open if there is an initial fade or strike an up trend line from the LOD to any higher low that forms and short the break of that line.  Target the LOD first and monitor for continuation lower.  

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