09/17/2020 ES Trade Plan Worksheet

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Sep 172020

The Fed said they would keep interest rates low beyond 2023 but the economy also needs fiscal help from Congress shifting focus back to stimulus talks where Democrats and Republicans are at an impasse.

Mitch McConnell’s Republican controlled Senate of the 116th Congress is on track to be the least productive Congress in history.  McConnell’s desk is known as the legislative graveyard where only 158 laws have been enacted of almost 15K bills introduced since 2019.

According to Bloomberg, Oracle will get full access to TikTok’s source code to ensure that there are no back doors for the Chinese government to gather data on US users.  President Trump is not happy with the terms and with Oracle only acquiring a minority stake in TikTok.  Trump said he is not prepared to sign off on anything.

Snowflake’s (SNOW) started trading Wednesday @ $245, well above its $120 offering price.  The stock touched $319 making the company the largest US IPO this year.

The economic calendar focus is Philly Fed and Claims @ 8:30am ET.  Building Permits and Housing Starts are released @ 10:00am ET.

Volatility is decreasing but Globex price action is signaling a volatility increase.

Size bias is bearish into the US session open.


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09/16/2020 ES Trade Plan Worksheet

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Sep 162020

It is a Fed day with an announcement @ 2:00pm ET followed by a press conference @ 2:30pm ET.  Expect markets to go into Fed wait mode in late morning until the announcement.  No significant changes are expected in rates and the Fed’s relaxed stance on inflation.

Cloud storage and computing company Snowflake will IPO today as SNOW.  The company expects 28 million shares to sell @ $120 which values the company at $33.3B.  Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) and Salesforce (CRM) have purchased millions of Snowflake shares.

Facebook (FB) is down premarket after the FTC said they are readying an antitrust case against the social media giant.  The FTC has been working on a broad investigation into the largest internet companies and FB’s antitrust case may be the first of several to come.

President Trump said his staff is close to deciding whether Oracle’s proposed alliance with China’s ByteDance will be approved.  The deal allows ByteDance to keep majority ownership in their TikTok app while Oracle becomes their US technology partner.  TitkTok’s global business would become a US based company while remaining a unit of ByteDance.

FedEx (FDX) is up over 9.5% premarket after adjusted earnings per share 80% higher than expectations ($4.87/share vs $2.70/share expected).  Revenue is up 14% to $19.2B, almost $2B above expectations.  The pandemic stay-at-home and work-from-home trends have accelerated Fedex’s growth.

The economic calendar focus is Retail Sales @ 8:30am ET and Oil @ 10:30am ET.

Volatility continues to shrink but remains elevated.  The Fed announcement and press conference could add some volatility after 2pm ET.

Size bias is long into the 8:30am ET Retail numbers on lighter than recent Globex volume.


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06/05/2019 ES Trade Plan Worksheet

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Jun 052019

Fed Chair Jerome Powell reinforced Fed’s James Bullard’s remarks that trade wars with China, Mexico, and the EU put a dark cloud over the US economy.  Powell said yesterday “as always, we will act as appropriate to sustain the expansion, with a strong labor market and inflation near our symmetric 2% objective.”  Fedwatch now places the probability of a interest rate decrease at 53% for July.

Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders will be crashing Walmart’s annual meeting at the invitation of WalMart workers.  He expected to push Walmart to raise wages higher than the $11/hour minimum wage.

Earnings today include FIVE, AEO, GILL, CPB, CLDR, SFIX, MDB, and UNFI.  The economic calendar is full with focus on the 8:15am EST ADP and 10:00am EST ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI.  Also on the calendar are Final Services PMI @ 9:45am EST, Oil @ 10:30am EST and Beige Book @ 2:00pm EST.

Fed speakers include Vice-Chair Clarida @ 9:45am EST and Bowman @ 10:00am EST.  Volatility is up again due to yesterday’s Fed induced rally.  US stocks had their largest move in over 5 months.  Size bias is long into the US session open.


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06/04/2019 ES Trade Plan Worksheet

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Jun 042019

A Fed rate course reversal???  St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said yesterday that a “darkened” global trade narrative could slow the growth of the US economy, followed by a “downward policy rate adjustment may be warranted soon.”  The bulls sent US stocks up into yesterday’s cash close.

Markets will be watching Fed speak closely this morning: John Williams @ 8:30am EST and Chair Jerome Powell @ 9:55am EST.  CME futures predict a 50% chance of a rate cut in July with 2 more before 2020.  That would be quite a reversal in Fed policy…

FAANG companies are in US lawmakers’ crosshairs.  A House Judiciary committee announced a top-to-bottom review of US tech companies and the DOJ and FTC announced they would tackle large monopolistic companies such as Alphabet, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook.

Dem David Cicilline of RI said “The growth of monopoly power across our economy is one of the most pressing economic and political challenges we face today…  market power in digital markets presents a whole new set of dangers.”

In the same vein, Apple announced they will be killing iTunes and instead split music, podcasts, and TV into separate apps.  Earnings today include CRM, AMBA, GWRE, CBRL, GME, TIF, LE, HQY, and NAV.

The economic calendar is light with Factory Orders and Constructions Spending @ 10:00am EST.  Volatility continues to tick up and if Powell hints at decreasing rates, the ES could move today.  Size bias is a divergent short into Bullard’s 8:30am talk.



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04/19/2019 Good Friday Holiday

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Apr 192019

US stock and futures markets are closed today for Good Friday.  We’ll resume posting on Monday, April 22.  Enjoy the long weekend!

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04/17/2019 ES Trade Plan Worksheet

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Apr 172019

Earnings came in strong yesterday with most beating expectations.  The most notable exception was IBM who beat earnings but missed on revenue.  IBM stock is down over 2.5% premarket.  Netflix also beat but lowered forecasts for new subscribers which sent their stock down around 1%.

Qualcomm (QCOM) stock jumped over 20% yesterday and is up another 5% this morning after they announced a settlement with Apple over technology infringements.  Apple will switch to Qualcomm from Intel for their 5G technology.  A few hours after the announcement, Intel announced they were getting out of the 5G modem business.

Earnings focus today include MS, PEP, AA, ABT, USB, BK, LVS, and TXT.

OPEC is holding their bi-annual meeting today.  Economic data includes Trade @ 8:30am EST, Inventories @ 10:00am EST, Oil @ 10:30am EST, and the Fed’s Beige Book @ 2:00pm EST.  The Fed’s Bullard speaks @ 12:45pm EST.

Volatility continues to contract as the bulls try to push higher.  Volatility is most likely to increase to the downside.  Reaction to earnings will set today’s tone.  Like yesterday, Size bias is a divergent short going into the US session open.


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12/04/2018 ES Trade Plan Worksheet

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Dec 042018

Confusion and doubt are creeping into the markets over exactly what was accomplished during Trump and China’s Xi Jinping over Sat dinner’s trade talks.  The WH economic advisor Larry Kudlow tried to detail specifics from the meeting but only conflicted with trade talk information released by the Chinese.  The start date of the 90-day truce is in question as Kudlow says it’s Dec 1 and China said it was Jan 1.  With no agreement written down and signed, markets are a little nervous.  Meanwhile yields between the 3 and 5-year note have inverted for the first time in over 10 years suggesting that the US economy is slowing.  Nothing of significance on today’s US economic calendar.  The Fed’s Williams holds a press conference @ 10:00am EST.  Earnings include TOL, DG, AZO, MRVL, and HPE.  Volatility remains elevated, however could shrink into today’s US close as US stock markets will be closed National Day of Mourning for former US President George H.W. Bush.  Size bias is short on lighter Globex volume into the US session open.


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05/23/2018 ES Trade Plan Worksheet

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May 232018

US and global stock markets are a little rattled by Trump comments concerning a scheduled June 12 Singapore meeting with North Korea and US trade war progress with China.  The US and South Korea held a joint military exercise last week and now Trump is saying there’s a good chance the North Korean meeting will not take place on June 12, but still a good chance it will at some point in the future.  About the trade negotiations with China, Trump said it’s “a start” but he was “not pleased” with the progress.  US retailers Target and Lowes missed earnings estimates while jeweler Tiffany & Co. crushed their expectations.  The economic calendar focus is Oil @ 10:30am and Fed minutes @ 2:00pm EST.  Before the main events, we have PMI Composite Flash @ 9:45am EST and New Home Sales @ 10:00am EST.  The ES has pulled back enough where upside volatility should not be hindered as we’ve experienced over the last week.  Volatility continues to contract, but there’s more room to expand now.  Size bias is short on increased Globex volume into the US session open.


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