Morning Notes – Monday June 3, 2019

Directional Bias For The Day:

  • S&P Futures are lower; moving sideways to up since 6:00 PM on Sunday after a gap down open for the week
  • The odds are for a sideways to an up day with elevated volatility and substantial potential to reverse the bounce and resume downtrend
  • Key economic data due:
    • ISM Manufacturing PMI (est. 53.0; prev.52.8) at 10:00 AM
    • Construction Spending (est. 0.5%; prev. -0.9%) at 10:00 AM
    • ISM Manufacturing Prices (est. 51.5; prev. 50.0) at 10:00 AM
    • Total Vehicle Sales (est. 16.8M; prev. 16.4M) All Day

Markets Around The World

  • Markets in the East closed mixed – Shanghai, Hong Kog, Tokyo and Sydney were down; Mumbai, Seoul and Singapore were up
  • European markets are lower
  • Currencies:
    Up Down
    • EUR/USD
    • USD/JPY
    • AUD/USD
    • NZD/USD
    • Dollar index
    • GBP/USD
    • USD/CHF
    • USD/CAD
    • USD/INR
  • Commodities:
    Up Down
    • Crude Oil
    • Gold
    • Silver
    • Copper
    • Platinum
    • Palladium
    • NatGas
    • Sugar
    • Coffee
    • Cotton
    • Cocoa
  • Bonds
    • 10-yrs yield is at 2.112%, down from May 31 close of 2.142%;
    • 30-years is at 2.562%, down from 2.583%
    • 2-years yield is at 1.892%, down from 1.940%
    • The 10-Year-&-2-Year spread is at 0.220, down from 0.202

Key Levels:

  • Critical support levels for S&P 500 are 2747.61, 2744.13 and 2731.19
  • Critical resistance levels for S&P 500 are 2760.69, 2764.36 and 2768.80
  • Key levels for eMini futures: break above 2751.50, the low of 9:30 AM on May 31; break above 2759.00, the high of 3:30 PM on Friday; and break below 2741.25, the low of 6:30 AM


  • On Friday, at 4:00 PM, S&P future (June contract) closed at 2752.00 and the index closed at 2752.06 – a spread of about -0.00 points; futures closed at 2752.50 for the day; the fair value is -0.50
  • Pre-NYSE session open, futures are lower – at 8:45 AM, S&P 500 futures were down by -4.25; Dow by -41 and NASDAQ by -22.50

Directional Bias Before Open

  • Weekly: Uptrend under pressure
  • Daily: Uptrend under pressure
  • 120-Min: Down
  • 30-Min: Down-Side
  • 15-Min: Down-Side
  • 6-Min: Side-Up

The trend and patterns on various time frames for S&P 500:

  • Under Pressure
  • May 2019 was a large Bearish Engulfing candle that closed below the real body of April and March and well into March’s lower shadow; April 2019 was a green candle with almost no upper and lower shadows;
  • Sequence of higher highs and higher lows since February 2016 is broken in December since then a new high has been made in May 2019
  • The week ending on May 31 was a large red candle with small upper shadow and almost no lower shadow;
    • Stochastics (9,1, 3): %K is below %D and near 0; %D made Bearish Divergence during the week of April 29
    • RSI (9) has fallen below 40; made a Bearish Divergence vis-à-vis October 2018 high when the RSI was above 75 and January 2018 high when it was above 90
    • The index has broken above the 78.6% Fibonacci retracement of the decline from the high in early October 2018
  • Last week was down -74.00 or -2.6% and 5-week ATR is 89.99
  • Last week’s pivot point=2781.03, R1=2811.54, R2=2871.02; S1=2721.55, S2=2691.04; S1/S2 pivot levels were breached
  • A down week; fourth in last five weeks and fifth in last ten weeks
  • Last swing low, 2532.69, was the low on February 5, 2018 and breached in December 2018, when a lower swing low of 2346,58; since then the high of 2815.15 is breached but the all time high is not
  • Below 10-week EMA and 39-week SMA; above 89-week SMA
  • Uptrend under pressure
  • A red candle that gapped down; with small upper shadow and almost no lower shadow
    • %K is again below %D and below 10
    • Stochastic (70, 1, 3) Pop since February 11 ended on May 9; nearing 30
    • RSI-9 is turning down from near 40; below its 8-period MA
    • The sequence of higher highs and higher lows since December 26, 2018 is broken
  • Below 20-day EMA, 50-day EMA, 100-DAY SMA and 200-day SMA; 100-day SMA crossed is above 200-day SMA after for the first time since January 15 on May 22
  • Uptrend under pressure
2-Hour (e-mini future)
  • Gapped down at the week’s open; Moving down since 12:00 PM on May 16;  broke below a descending triangle at 2:00 PM on May 28; the 61.8% extension target near 2745.00 is achieved;
    • RSI-21 is bouncing since 2:00 AM after making a Bullish Divergence
    • %K is above %D since 2:00 AM from near 10; Bullish Divergence
  • Below 20-bar EMA, which is below EMA10 of EMA50
  • Bias: Down
30-Minute (e-mini future)
  • Moving down since 9:30 AM on May 28 in steps; broke below a horizontal trading range at 2:00 PM and then a support level at 3:30 PM on May 28; 261.8% extension target of bigger pattern is near 2710.00; moving sideways to up since 6:00 PM on Sunday after the gap down open for the week; below the gap
    • RSI-21 is rising since 6:30 PM on Sunday from below 30; Bullish Divergence at 3:30 AM
    • %K is crisscrossing %D higher from below 10; above 80; %K Bu8llish Divergence at 3:00 AM
  • Above 20-bar EMA but below EMA10 of EMA50
  • Bias: Down-Side
15-Minute (e-mini future)
  • Bollinger Band (20, 2.0) is moving sideways to up since 11:00 PM
  • The Bollinger Band was narrow from 11:00 PM to 2:30 AM; expanding since with price walking first down the lower bound and then walking up the upper band since 3:00 AM
  • Stochastic (9, 1, 3): %K is crisscrossing %D around 70-80
  • Bias: Down-Side

Previous Session

Major U.S. indices closed sharply lower on Friday, May 31 in higher volume. Indices gapped down at the open and the mostly declined for the rest of the day. The down gap created a2-day hanging island, which is quite bearish.

For the week, the major indices decline in mostly lower volume. Dow Jones Transportation Average traded n higher volume during the week. Only Utility, Healthcare and Real Estate were up for the week.


U.S. stocks, Treasury yields, and oil prices all dropped on Friday after President Trump surprised the market by threatening to impose a 5% tariff rate on all goods imported from Mexico. Friday’s 1.3% decline in the S&P 500 sent it below its 200-day moving average (2776) and extended its weekly decline to 2.6%.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (-1.4%), the Nasdaq Composite (-1.5%), and the Russell 2000 (-1.4%) extended their weekly losses to 3.0%, 2.4%, and 3.2%.


Global growth concerns were transparent by the 5.2% drop in WTI crude ($53.48/bbl, -$2.92) and by investors seeking safety in a crowded U.S. Treasury market. The 2-yr yield dropped 12 basis points to 1.94%, and the 10-yr yield dropped nine basis points to 2.14%. The U.S. Dollar Index fell 0.4% to 97.76.


• Personal income increased 0.5% in April ( consensus 0.3%) on top of a 0.1% increase in March. Personal spending rose 0.3% ( consensus 0.2%) on top of an upwardly revised 1.1% increase (from 0.9%) in March. The PCE Price Index was up 0.3% m/m, as expected, while the core PCE Price Index, which excludes food and energy, jumped 0.2%, as expected.
o The key takeaway from the report is that real PCE was unchanged in April. That will be another data point that leads to forecasts calling for much slower real GDP growth in the second quarter than the 3.1% real GDP growth seen in the first quarter.
• The final May reading for the University of Michigan Index of Consumer Sentiment checked in at 100.0 ( consensus 101.5) versus the preliminary reading of 97.2.
o The key takeaway from the report was the acknowledgment that “confidence significantly eroded in the last two weeks of May” on account of concerns about the tariff actions.
• The Chicago PMI for May increased to 54.2 from 52.6 in April.

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