Traders are hoping for some calm after the worst day for markets since the steep pandemic-driven volatility seen in 2020. The Dow (DJI) plunged nearly 1,300 points on Tuesday, leaving the index down 14% in 2022, while the benchmark S&P 500 (SP500) and tech-heavy Nasdaq (COMP.IND) tanked 4.3% and 5.2%, respectively, leaving them off 17% and 26% YTD. The broad selloff accelerated into the afternoon, in a force some attributed to outsized options activity, pulling every asset class deep into negative territory from stocks and oil to crypto and gold.
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U.S. crude inventories rose by 6.035 million barrels for the week ended Sept. 9, API reported. That compared with a build of 3.6 million barrels the trade group cited for the previous week to Sept. 2
The numbers serve as a precursor to official inventory data on the same due from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Wednesday.
For last week, analysts tracked by Investing.com expect the EIA to report a crude stockpile build of 833,000 barrels, extending the 8.844-million barrel rise reported by the government agency during the week to Sept. 2.
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Prior Session was Cycle Day 2 (CD2): CPI Print (8.3% YoY) was a big miss, which ushered in the hopeful bulls to reverse direction and aggressively sell positions throughout this session, closing near lows of the day. Range was a whopping 236.5 handles, more than 2.80 x average. Volume was 2.294M contracts exchanged.
…Transition from Cycle Day 2 to Cycle Day 3
This leads us into Cycle Day 3 (CD3): Price is well below the CD1 Low (4080.25) and bulls need a miracle to recover to avert a failed 3-day cycle. Stranger things have happened, but this time it appears out of reach. Sentiment has clearly reversed and risk-off is the primary theme dominating the trading landscape. As such, estimated scenarios to consider for today’s trading.
Bull Scenario: Price sustains a bid above 3950, initially targets 3975 – 3980 zone.
Bear Scenario: Price sustains an offer below 3950, initially targets 3920 – 3915 zone.
PVA High Edge = 4052 PVA Low Edge = 3964 Prior POC = 4003
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Range Projections and Key Levels (ES) December 2022 (Z) Contract
Nasdaq 100 (NQ)
Today is Cycle Day 3 (CD3)…Prior session was a debacle for the bulls as the price decline was the greatest since 2020. Prior range was a stunning 904.75 handles, which is more than 3x the average. Volume swelled to 875K contracts exchanged. As such, there are two estimated scenarios to consider for today’s trading.
Bull Scenario: IF Bulls sustains bid above 12080, THEN initial upside estimate targets 12180– 12212 zone.
Bear Scenario: IF Bears sustains offer below 12080, THEN initial downside estimate targets 12030 – 11997 zone.
PVA High Edge = 12570 PVA Low Edge = 12203 Prior POC = 12302
Range Projections and Key Levels (NQ) December 2022 (Z) Contract
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