Markets are still on edge following data that showed U.S. factory activity shrinking in September to its weakest level since 2009, ratcheting up fears that the U.S.-China trade war is hobbling the world’s largest economy. The weak print saw the Dow drop nearly 350 points yesterday – with another 173-point loss likely at the open – while stocks flashed red across Europe and Asia overnight. Wall Street’s next focus is this morning’s ADP private payrolls report, which will give further clues about the labor market and broader economy ahead of the government’s monthly jobs report on Friday.
Billions of dollars were wiped off the market values of top stock-trading platforms on Tuesday as Charles Schwab (NYSE:SCHW) intensified a price war by scrapping trading fees. “We don’t want to fall into the trap that a myriad of other firms in a variety of industries have fallen into, and wait too long to respond to new entrants,” said CFO Peter Crawford. Movement: TD Ameritrade (NASDAQ:AMTD) plunged 25%, E*Trade (NASDAQ:ETFC) sunk 16%, Interactive Brokers (IEX:IBKR) fell 9% and Charles Schwab declined 10%.
In Asia, Japan -0.5%. Hong Kong -0.2%. China closed. India closed.
In Europe, at midday, London -1.7%. Paris -1.5%. Frankfurt -1.2%.
Futures at 6:20, Dow -0.7%. S&P -0.7%. Nasdaq -0.8%. Crude +0.2% to $53.74. Gold +0.1% to $1489.70. Bitcoin -1.1% to $8252.
Ten-year Treasury Yield -2 bps to 1.62%
Source: Seeking Alpha https://seekingalpha.com
Today is Cycle Day 2 (CD2)…Price violated prior session’s low (2937) and has extended down into 2924 – 2918 Cycle Day 2 Statistical Violation Zone. Further downside targets measure 2910 – 2905. Bulls need to recover above 2930 handle to squelch the selling.
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CD2 Range High = 2941.00 CD2 Range Low = 2905.00 CD2 Range Avg = 45.00
Scenario 1: IF Bulls hold bid above 2920, THEN initial upside potential targets 2930 – 2937 zone.
Scenario 2: IF Bears hold offer below 2920, THEN initial downside objective targets 2910 – 2905 zone.
Range Projections and Key Levels (ES) December 2019 (Z) Contract
Nasdaq 100 (NQ)
Today is Cycle Day 2 (CD2)…Price violated prior session’s low (7691) and has extended down into 7659.50 – 7643.50 Cycle Day 2 Statistical Violation Zone. Further downside targets measure 7608 – 7592. Bulls need to recover above 7680 handle to squelch the selling.
CD2 Range High = 7690.00 CD2 Range Low = 7577.00 CD2 Range Avg = 153.00
Scenario 1: IF Bulls hold bid above 7650, THEN initial upside potential targets 7675 – 7690 zone.
Scenario 2: IF Bears hold offer below 7650, THEN initial downside objective targets 7630 – 7608 zone.
Range Projections and Key Levels (NQ) December 2019 (Z) Contract
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