Pre-open scenarios

It’s the first trading day of the month, which is normally bullish. The market opened ON with a large gap down and it has retraced only a small portion of the move so that the futures open was nearly 100pts lower than Friday’s close and 29pts lower than Friday’s low. Despite the very negative picture, we could see some strong buying today because the cash daily 200 MA is just below current prices at 11620. We also have the gaps above to fill. If the market breaks below this level – which is also the ON low and S2 – we could see further large declines but we really need to wait until the end of today’s session to see how much support the 200 MA will provide.

1-month daily chart
3-month daily chart

Futures opened at 11633, leaving a gap of -94pts against the cash close and -70 against the futures close. The futures open created an ex-gap of 29pts against Friday’s low.


Sleep – what time did I go to bed? 24:00 so 6.75 hrs and then a terrible night’s sleep
How much coffee have I had? Half a large pot
How do I feel? Tired but strangely confident

H4 and H1 charts from the morning futures session

Time stamp:8:55
Scenario 1: fills cash gap and then reverses to break 11620 and trends down all day
Scenario 2: sell from the open and then sees strong buying from 11620 – excellent, spot on
Scenario 3: sees buying from the open and then ranges between 11730 and 11620 all day

What the market looked like at the end of the session

M5 chart showing cash session

PA during my trading hours

M1 chart of my session

Key points about today's PA and setups that worked

Bounced from 11620 and then added 180pts by the end of the US session

  • the market opened around yesterday’s low and then rejected the H1 TL above
  • from there it stair-stepped down to the 11620, pausing at weekly S2 and the 169 on M1 and M3
  • It hot the daily cash 200 MA and S2 area and then stair-stepped up, pausing most significantly at Friday’s low and then using weekly S2 as support
  • on the first attempt at the cash gap close there was a pull-back of nearly 50pts to S1
  • after that, the market moved up to RES 3, with pull-backs at each KL

How effective was my Neutral Zone? The lower boundary of the neutral zone was spot on and the upper bound saw one reversal and held prices back until the US session opened.
How precise were my levels? SUP 1 was spot on; RES 1 saw a slight reversal but RES 2 was wrong and should have been the gap close while RES 3 was hit during the afternoon session and inspired a pull-back of over 50pts

What I did

TOTAL = -4R | # Trades 4 | Winners 0 | BE 0
Average R per winner = n/a | Losses > 1R = 0 | Scratched = 0
R-multiples: trades 2:1 or more = 0 | trades 5:1or more  = 0

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

ON TILT trades = 4 (-4R)

Today's most gorgeous setup

This was the trade I had identified before the open and even in my analysis yesterday evening – the buy at S2 and daily cash chart 200 MA. It set up beautifully as a 3Min Bolli.

For reference: 6 month cash chart at COB yesterday

6-month daily chart

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