Pre-open scenarios

The market had a bif down day yesterday and in so doing, it reached two critical cash chart levels: the daily chart 50MA and the weekly 50MA. The low was just shy of the weekly MA at 11814 and from there, there has been 100pt rally. The question todya is therefore quite obvious – will it power upwards in a massive relief rally or will the buying peter out early on, allowing for a move down to fill the gaps below. At the open toady, what doesn’t happen will be as important as what does; if there is no selling towards the gap then we will see higher and a big trending move will most likely unfold. But if sellers readily appear and take the market back down from it’s ON highs, we will most likely see the gap at 11750 fill sooner rather than later.

1-month daily chart
3-month daily chart

Futures opened at 11892, leaving a gap of +15pts against the cash close and 44 against the futures close. The futures open was within yesterday’s range so there are no ex-gaps.


Sleep – what time did I go to bed? 23:30 so 7.25hrs
How much coffee have I had? One medium pot and a piece of toast
How do I feel? Good but a little dtsracted/excited

H4 and H1 charts from the morning futures session

Scenario 1: the market will rip up from the open, powered by the bounce off the key cash chart levels and make a strong trending up to 12000 and then 12053 later in the day
Scenario 2: the market will close the gap at 11877 – perhaps retesting the ON highs before it does so – and then it will trend up towards CBOL at 11991 and R1 at 12005 – this was the closest but it didn’t make it down to the gap but found support at weekly S1
Scenario 3: the market will range between gap close at 11887 and 11966 (23.5% of current move) and 11991, but eventually break down to head for the unfilled gaps from 2nd April at 11754

What the market looked like at the end of the session

M5 chart of the day's PA

PA during my trading hours

M1 chart of my trading session

Key points about today's PA and setups that worked

On the higher TFs the PA looks very clear: the TL that formed from the buying from cash chart daily 50MA and weekly 50MA looks to have supported a strong move up to expected targets. But on the M1 and M5 chart, the PA is spikey and hard to trade with my usual setups

  • weekly S1 was clearly the level at the open and the buying from there propelled the market up to RES 1 and the H1 Tl
  • from there it made a shallow pullback to the pivot and the 50% intraday and the next round of buying took it up to the upper side of the channel that contained the last trend move down
  • it rejected this level and returned to weekly S1
  • from weekly S1 it formed an upward channel around the H1 TL that is shown on the H4 and H1 charts above
  • this reversed at the previous HOD (classic ranging action) and then made an HL around the pivot and TL
  • once the US opened, the market made a strong trending move up to RES 2.

How effective was my Neutral Zone? Neither edge of the Neutral Zone was in play today;on reflection,  a better positon for the upper edge would have been the upper edge of the channel as breakout of that was obviously what the market was looking for
How precise were my levels? RES 1 was not effective as the TLs weremuchmore in control today; Res 2 was spot on

What I did

TOTAL = -0.5R | # Trades 9 | Winners 2 | BE 3
Average R per winner =1.7 | Losses > 1R = 0 | Scratched = 0
R-multiples: trades 2:1 or more = 2 | trades 5:1or more  = 0

Outcome using standard TP strategy and same trades
2:1 trades (2R) + 5:1 trades (0 x 2.5R) + BE (0R) + Losses (-4R) =-2xR
My results vs. SYS = +1.5R

ON TILT trades = 3 (-2R)
Average coherence = 3.1

Today's most gorgeous setup

Weekly S1 is a strong, strong level and a spike down into it, while outside the Bolli on the M3 chart was a must-take trade. This reached 49 pts before reversing at on a retest of the channel

For reference: 6 month cash chart at COB yesterday

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