Hawkish comments from several Fed presidents are countering a recent narrative taking hold of financial markets, in which policymakers would ease up on a recent tightening cycle given expectations of an economic slowdown. Stocks dipped on the remarks on Tuesday, while investors sent the 10-year Treasury yield up 15 basis points to the 2.75% level. The new spate of aggressiveness also saw the safe-haven dollar renew its surge, though there was still plenty of optimism that the U.S. could achieve a soft landing and avoid a formal recession.
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U.S. crude inventories increased by about 2.2 million barrels for the week ended July 29. That compared with a draw of 4.0 million barrels reported by the API for the previous week. Economists were expecting a decrease of about 467,000 barrels.
The fall in crude inventories arrived just as investors looked ahead to the OPEC+ meeting later this week, when major oil producers are expected to deliver a decision on whether to boost crude output. In June, the OPEC+ Joint Ministerial Committee recommended an increase in monthly production to 648,000 barrels per day, or bpd, in July and August from about 420,000 bpd.
Gasoline inventories fell by 204,000, while distillate also declined by 351,000.
The official government inventory report due Wednesday is expected to show weekly U.S. crude supplies fell by about 629,000 barrels last week.
***Written Tuesday evening for Wednesday’s trading for contribution to MrTopStep’s “The Opening Print” publication.
Prior Session was Cycle Day 2 (CD2): This cycle day had early morning drama related to House Speaker Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. In the end, it was a “nothing-burger”, but lots of sabre-rattling. Regarding trading, the end result was a normal wide-range CD2 balancing day. Prior range was 62 handles on 1.842M contracts exchanged.
…Transition from Cycle Day 2 to Cycle Day 3
This leads us into Cycle Day 3 (CD3): As if this writing, price is below CD1 Low (4097), though odds favor trading above this level during the session today, fulfilling the Three-Day Cycle Statistic. As such, estimated scenarios to consider for today’s trading.
Bull Scenario: Price sustains a bid above 4097, initially targets 4115 – 4120 zone.
Bear Scenario: Price sustains an offer below 4097, initially targets 4072 – 4062 zone.
PVA High Edge = 4115 PVA Low Edge = 4092 Prior POC = 4094
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Range Projections and Key Levels (ES) Sept 2022 (U) Contract
Nasdaq 100 (NQ)
Today is Cycle Day 3 (CD3)…Price has and continues to be in “consolidation-mode” post FED-Announcement last week. Being CD3, price needs only to trade above CD1 Low (12852) during the RTH Session to secure a Positive 3-Day Cycle. As such, there are two estimated scenarios to consider for today’s trading.
Bull Scenario: IF Bulls sustains bid above 12945, THEN initial upside estimate targets 12980 – 12995 zone.
Bear Scenario: IF Bears sustains offer below 12945, THEN initial downside estimate targets 12895 – 12875 zone.
PVA High Edge = 12987 PVA Low Edge = 12876 Prior POC = 12928
Range Projections and Key Levels (NQ) Sept 2022 (U) Contract
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