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The closely-watched Consumer Price Index is seen easing further in March, but not nearly enough to meet the Federal Reserve’s price stability mandate. The inflation data due later today will offer a signal as to whether the Fed will raise rates or pause hikes in May – one of the biggest debates on Wall Street. Economists expect March’s headline CPI to rise 0.2% sequentially, lower than the 0.4% pace recorded in February. On a year-over-year basis, headline inflation is expected to climb 5.2%, compared with 6% in February. Stripping out the volatile food and energy sectors, core CPI is expected to advance 0.4% M/M vs. the 0.5% February reading, and 5.6% Y/Y vs. 5.5% in February.
***Written Tuesday evening for Wednesday’s trading for contribution to MrTopStep’s “The Opening Print” publication.
Prior Session was Cycle Day 2 (CD2): Normal CD2 as price successfully tested key LIS (4130), rallied fulfilling 4150 target, then liquidation break returned price back down to the 4138 closing level. Prior range was 23 handles on 1.180M contracts exchanged.
…Transition from Cycle Day 2 to Cycle Day 3
This leads us into Cycle Day 3 (CD3): Today is the BIG CPI print and as such, trade activity is quiet ahead of the release. We’ll mark today at a “wild-card” for direction, as price has been range bound this week keeping LIS at 4130. As such, scenarios to consider for today’s trading.
Bull Scenario: Price sustains a bid above 4130, initially targets 4150 – 4155 zone.
Bear Scenario: Price sustains an offer below 4130, initially targets 4115 – 4110 zone.
PVA High Edge = 4143 PVA Low Edge = 4133 Prior POC = 4140
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Range Projections and Key Levels (ES) June 2023 (M) Contract
Nasdaq 100 (NQ)
Prior Session was Cycle Day 2 (CD2): Normal CD2 as price held bid throughout the session until late day liquidation break that erased all the gains. Prior range was 155 handles on 544k contracts exchanged.
…Transition from Cycle Day 2 to Cycle Day 3
This leads us into Cycle Day 3 (CD3): Today is the BIG CPI print and as such, trade activity is quiet. We’ll mark today at a “wild-card” for direction, as price has been range bound this week. As such, scenarios to consider for today’s trading.
Bull Scenario: Price sustains a bid above 13050, initially targets 13160 – 13180 zone.
Bear Scenario: Price sustains an offer below 13050, initially targets 12950 – 12920 zone.
PVA High Edge = 13123 PVA Low Edge = 13063 Prior POC = 13083
Range Projections and Key Levels (NQ) June 2023 (M) Contract
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