Solid earnings from America’s largest tech firms weren’t enough to keep investors from selling late Thursday, with U.S. stock index futures reflecting the sentiment overnight: Dow -1.5%; S&P 500 -1.5%; Nasdaq -2%.
Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) took the spotlight of yesterday’s Big Tech earnings show, rallying as much as 8% AH as ad sales bounced back sharply from a pandemic slump (YouTube pulled in more than $5B alone). While other peers did quite well, the quarterly reports led traders to pull out of the sector. Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) slipped nearly 3% amid a user decline and “a significant amount of COVID-related uncertainty,” though revenues were up more than 20% despite ad boycotts. Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) also fell 1.5% after predicting $4B in pandemic costs next quarter, while Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) declined 4% as iPhone sales missed estimates due to customers holding off on purchases before the release of the iPhone 12.
U.S. GDP came roaring back in Q3 at an annualized rate of 33.1% (vs. +30.9% consensus estimate and -31.4% prior). The number of U.S. workers filing initial claims for unemployment insurance also fell by 40,000 to 751,000 last week to the lowest level since the pandemic began
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Prior Session was Cycle Day 1 (CD1): Price declined as expected for CD1, securing an early low at 3250.25, at which time this cycle’s rally began achieving 3315 upside objective. Range was 83.50 handles on 1.925M contracts exchanged.
…Transition from Cycle Day 1 to Cycle Day 2
This leads us into Cycle Day 2 (CD2): Price pushed below prior low to CD2 Violation Level (3223) during overnight trade but has since recovered back above CD1 Low (3250.50) fulfilling 3283 3 Day Cycle Target Objective. As such, there are two scenarios to consider for today’s trading.
1.) Price sustains a bid above 3270, initially targets 3290 – 3300 zone.
2.) Price sustains an offer below 3270, initially targets 3260 – 3250 zone.
*****3 Day Cycle has a 91% probability of fulfilling Positive Statistic covering 12 years of recorded tracking history.
PVA High Edge = 3308 PVA Low Edge = 3266 Prior POC = 3295
Range Projections and Key Levels (ES) December 2020 (Z) Contract
Nasdaq 100 (NQ)
Today is Cycle Day 2 (CD2)…Price pushed lower during overnight trade reversing at 11040 CD2 Violation Level and has since recovered back above 11145 CD1 Low, fulfilling 11234 3 Day Cycle Target Objective. For today’s trading, there are two scenarios to consider.
PVA High Edge = 11334 PVA Low Edge = 11177 Prior POC = 11283
Bull Scenario: IF Bulls sustain a bid above 11200, THEN initial upside estimate targets 11245 – 11285 zone.
Bear Scenario: IF Bears sustain an offer below 11200, THEN initial downside estimate targets 11175 – 11145 zone.
Range Projections and Key Levels (NQ) December 2020 (Z) Contract
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