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Peter’s Premarket Perspective | Tuesday, August 23, 2022

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  Pre market indications

Opening In/Out Balancein balance
Overnight Inventorybalanced
Current Price/Overnight Rangemiddle third
Shock and Aweno
Potential for Early Tradeno
Short Term Biasuptrend broken, prices below 20sma daily

  Key Levels for Today

4220.75Top of Gap
4180.50RTH High / Bottom of Gap
4150.75Top of Single Prints
4146.00Bottom of Single Prints
4131.50RTH Low / VAL
4121.50VPOC 8.9

Ongoing Narrative / Commentary

Gap and go yesterday that filled the large downside gap but left an almost equally large one above us. The one sided trade left another VPOC above us as well which makes it three.

Overnight inventory is quite balanced indicating a pause here although not without price exploration below the RTH Low which is generally more bearish. Yesterday’s RTH activity closed both the /ES and the /NQ well below their respective 20 period simple moving averages.

In the chart of the day, I’ve left the recent balance areas highlighted. Current prices in the /ES are right in the middle of the more recent congestion which could indicate some two sided trade until we resolve this area. Further weakness puts the 50sma (red) and the uptrend line (around 3900) into play.

/ESU22 – Daily


  • 08.16  4308.25
  • 08.18  4278.00
  • 08.19  4230.75
  • 08.09  4121.50
  • 08.02  4094.25
  • 07.28  4073.50
  • 07.27  3975.00
  • 07.26  3924.25
  • 07.13  3808.00
  • 07.14  3794.25
  • 06.17  3675.50


  • Opening within range on balanced overnight inventory means no shock and awe and tells us little about the potential early trajectory of the market. Let things shake out a bit before starting day timeframe operations.  
  • Thus far, overnight corrective activity against the backdrop of yesterday’s trending day lower has been weak. I will go with that into today’s session and assume a bearish stance unless the ONH can be taken out.
  • There is a short set of single prints just above the settlement. Failure to repair this area would be a bearish signal as would be a move into that area and a rejection back out.

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