The Market ProfileA way of reading the market that recognizes either time spent or volume traded at a particular price level. A market profile can be either made up of “TPO’s” (time price opportunities), or volume. TPO’s measure how much time was spent at a particular price, while volume-based market profiles measure how much volume traded at a particular price. Generally, market profile is used in the trading of futures, especially the /ES. ShadowTrader utilizes volume based profiles. value areas and ShadowTrader Pivots for /ESZ22 and /NQZ22 Futures are posted free every morning in the ShadowTrader Swing Trader newsletter.
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Pre market indications
|Opening In/Out Balance||out of balance|
|Overnight InventoryA way of measuring overnight activity in the futures market by just noting how much of the overnight activity happens to fall above the prior day’s settlement value (4:15pm EST close) and how much falls below. If more activity is above the settlement, then overnight inventory is said to be net long. If more is below, then it is said to be net short. If all of the overnight activity is above the settlement, then it is said to be 100% net long. If all of the activity is below the settlement then it is said to be 100% net short. The overnight inventory situation matters most and has the most impact on early trade when it is skewed 100% in either direction because when the imbalance is very large like that then the odds of an early correction increase greatly. This is due to the fact that most…||100% net long|
|Current Price/Overnight Range||upper third|
|Shock and AweA term Peter uses to describe what overnight futures traders may be feeling when faced with an open that is wildly divergent from what they expected. Large gaps in either direction that are opening well outside of range are examples of this. The approach is that when the market opens in such a manner, there is often opportunity to trade earlier rather than later because of the large contingent of traders who will be forced to reverse their positions quickly.||yes|
|Potential for Early Trade||yes|
|Short Term Bias||market firming, short uptrend in place|
Key Levels for Today
|3928.00||ONHOvernight High. A term mostly used in describing the futures market which has an overnight session and trades almost around the clock. To be precise, in the /ES this is the high made between 4:30pm EST and 9:30am EST the next day.|
|3880.00||VALValue Area Low / ONLOvernight Low. A term mostly used for the futures market as it trades almost around the clock. To be precise, in the /ES this would be the lowest price between 4:30pm EST and 9:30am EST the next day.|
|3872.25||RTHRegular Trading Hours. In the /ES this means the price action from 9:30am EST to 4:15pm EST only. Low|
Ongoing Narrative / Commentary
Consolidation day yesterday with very tight RTH range and value area. Overnight activity has taken out that range and is now trading on a true gap higher. Gap rules are in play and inventory is 100% net long.The ONH is just ticks above a prior swing high and is the obvious upside reference for all involved. Early trade will be dominated today by two dynamics. The first would be selling pressure from those that want to fade a gap open the other would be buying pressure from those seeing that ONH level as a breakout.It’s the first day of a new month and also the day that a new FOMC meeting begins with an announcement due on Wednesday at 2pm. This could also factor into the action today. The beginnings of new months can often skew bullish and although the major “flattening out” usually won’t come until about midday tomorrow, markets also start to position jockey for position ahead of the announcement.With the recent bullishness, there is potential that /ES wants to move to the next large round number which would be 4,000 as seen in the chart below.VPOC’s
- 09.12 4128.25
- 09.09 4067.50
- 09.13 4004.25
- 09.15 3935.00
- Overnight inventoryA way of measuring overnight activity in the futures market by just noting how much of the overnight activity happens to fall above the prior day’s settlement value (4:15pm EST close) and how much falls below. If more activity is above the settlement, then overnight inventory is said to be net long. If more is below, then it is said to be net short. If all of the overnight activity is above the settlement, then it is said to be 100% net long. If all of the activity is below the settlement then it is said to be 100% net short. The overnight inventory situation matters most and has the most impact on early trade when it is skewed 100% in either direction because when the imbalance is very large like that then the odds of an early correction increase greatly. This is due to the fact that most… 100% net long and true gapThere is a lot of discussion as to what constitutes a gap. Is it measured to the prior day’s close, or to the prior day’s high or low. Here at ShadowTrader we believe that it is always and only to a prior day’s high or low, thus creating a true gap or space on the chart between one day and the next. Thus a true gap is one that has price opening completely outside of the prior day’s range (either above the high or below the low) and anything else is just a gap that has far less import. As a gap is a “reordering of thinking”, only a true gap really changes the tone and creates opportunity to trade early rather than later. higher puts gap rulesGuidelines to follow on any day that the futures open outside of the prior day’s RTH range. Only opening outside of range is a true gap and puts gap rules in play. 1. Go with all gaps that don’t fill right away. This means that if early trade doesn’t start to correct the imbalance, then prices will probably move in the direction of the gap. 2. Larger gaps can often fail to fill on the first day or may fill only partially. 3. If the gap fills (meaning the prior day’s RTH high is touched on a gap up or the prior day’s RTH low is touched on a gap down) and value cannot get to at least overlapping, then the odds of a late day rally (on a gap up) or late day selloff (on a gap down) increase. 4. Gaps of larger than $20 in the /ES are difficult to trade and should be avoided early in the day as t… More into play and also the potential early fadeWhen a stock moves opposite the direction of its gap on an intraday basis. AS always , if that move is muted or doesn’t materialize at all (gap rule #1), then the takeaway is bullish. Monitor for continuation.
- The ONLOvernight Low. A term mostly used for the futures market as it trades almost around the clock. To be precise, in the /ES this would be the lowest price between 4:30pm EST and 9:30am EST the next day. / VALValue Area Low area is the line where the tone has potential to change. I would not even begin to think short unless we were to test that area and start to find acceptanceWhen the market profile begins to build out or develop in a certain area, it is said that the market is accepting those prices. This can be measured either in time spent or amount of volume that is transacted. It is generally understood that ShadowTrader defines acceptance as more of a time dynamic than a volume one. A good rule of thumb is to look for at least two TPO periods to print in the accepted area. The acceptance confirms that a significant amount of market participants are transacting at those levels. Acceptance is the opposite of rejection. More below it.
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