Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Equity Index Update

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Brad Sullivan

The table above was all the excuse needed for the index markets to move sharply higher at 7:30:02 CST. Currently the SPM is trading higher by 1.80 at 1510.50…however, that does not tell the whole story as the contract was trading around 1504 before the CPI release. The question now becomes this for today’s trade…can the indices hold this pre-market turnaround bid?

On Friday I wrote that the odds were moving towards a trading range type of environment of roughly 2% in SPM…essentially 1519 to 1488ish. We have yet to test the downside of that target range and actually came within a whisper of challenging the high level of the upside range yesterday morning. However, the indices could not sustain any buying at higher pricing zones and the SPM failed to generate anything but SELLING interest in the key 1515 to 1518.50 resistance zone. That zone is becoming more powerful with each failed attempt to push above it. The subsequent selling yesterday took the SPM to a shade under 1503 where it challenged a 30 minute close below the KEY 1507-1504 support zone. HOWEVER, the contract could not generate any sustained selling underneath 1504 and it proved to be a solid entry point for a trade higher into settlement as the SPM contract finished at 1508.70.

When looking at yesterday’s trade in the SPM it is becoming more evident that the contract is biding time between the 2 key zones 1515-18.50 and 1504-1507…whichever zone breaks first should produce “follow” price action. In “follow” I simply mean a momentum based push higher or lower. Once again, I will be using a 30 minute close for these zones to initiate any follow positioning.

On the resistance side today…1510.50 to 1512.20 should be a difficult zone to get above for SPM…if it moves higher in here the contract should once again challenge the key 1515 to 1518.50 zone. I suspect that any probing of this zone will take TIME as the long side will quietly use a supporting bid at/underneath trading levels to exhaust the sellers. Once/if the index gets into this zone, all bets are off as it should provide a choppy 2-way trade that gets a little bit higher than yesterday’s 1516ish trade. Look for a probe into 1517.50 and some short sales to push the index back down. If we get the holy grail 30 minute close above 1518.50 I still will not chase ‘em up. Rather wait for a pullback into the key zone to establish longs for a late session push higher. If this pullback does not materialize, wait for the final 30 minutes to establish a run higher into the bell position.

On the support side…look for the 1509 to 1507.50 zone to be the first support zone. This zone was the first level at which the market traded after CPI was released. Underneath 07.50 we have the critical zone of 1507 to 1504. Again, a 30 minute close above this zone should lead to a push towards 1496. Along the way, 1501 to 1499.50 is support and minor levels are found at 1498 and 1497.20.

ONE KEY TO REMEMBER DURING EXPIRATION WEEK…MUCH OF THE BUYING THAT TAKES PLACE COMES IN AFTER 10:00CST. IF THIS PATTERN HOLDS, LOOK FOR AN EARLY PUSH LOWER THAT CREATES A FIRST HOUR TRADING LOW, FOLLOWED BY A STEADY BID HIGHER INTO THE CLOSE OF TRADING.

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