And it was pretty easy to see where the love was being spread today.

So last night we had the Moderna vaccine news come out, saying that their phase 2 trials were successful. This is actually, the same news that they released last month that gave us that huge gap up if you remember. But this time around it was peer reviewed, so as it turns out. They were not full of shit. Good for them, and frankly everyone else as well.

After that, which pushed a gap up in the futures market which held basically all night we had decent earnings from GS (not so much from some of the others) who had a 94% increase in their trading division and absolutely crushed it, and also positive news on AAPL not getting taxed some billions of dollars by the EU. All of that was a jab, jab, hook combo to the bears going into open. But here's the thing. They STILL couldn't get us a close over last months highs. We printed a marginal new high in SPX again by a couple points but we still haven't had any meaningful close above. We're technically still range bound. They literally had it on a silver platter. Wrapped with a bow. Door wide open. And still couldn't take it. This is a lack of participation. A lack of follow through.

Now, before you think i sleep with my bear suit on. The fact that we haven't been rejected from this level is telling. We even had a daily close above where we were last week, which is progress. Stairs up, elevator down. But this staircase sucks. Any time you hang around an important level like this for an extended period of time most of the time it will break through. It's gaining strength, energy. Coiling up. But the proof is in the proverbial pudding. And we need to start closing above last month's highs.

If we don't do this we're in danger on now printing a triple top after today's close. It's pretty simple at this point. Closes above last months high equals higher prices. Hourly closes the other direction, especially if we break under the top megaphone trend line equals much lower prices. I would not be surprised if they try and gap us over again tomorrow or the next day if they can't do it in the cash session. Again volume was higher than it was last week, but trending downwards. Which in general isn't a very comforting sign.

Ok, now that we got that out of the way let's talk about who were the beneficiaries of cup game today.

IWM and DJT.

IWM was up 4% at one point. DJT up 3.25%. Both closes modestly off their highs. Again, just like we saw yesterday people are cycling out of growth, into the rest of the market. This time small caps and transports being the darlings. Carnival was up 16% today..

This now brings everything i watch over their 200 period MA's besides XLF . But all major indexes, including small caps are now bullish on the chart. Everything is catching back up. The market is rebalancing. It was interesting to see DJI was showing relative weakness today but the percentage gain winners today were IWM , DJT, SPX , DJI, and NDX in that order. Yeehaw.

Now what could be happening is everything is staging. Especially SPX . Think of how an army would build up troops behind the line before an attack. Making sure everyone is in the correct position before they go across the wire. As soon as everyone is in the correct place for the attack they come across. IWM , and DJT may be the last to get into position.

In reality this is just money looking to diversify and getting into places of value. IWM and transports were kind of the the last ones picked during gym class so to speak. The real question is after everyone is fully diversified and the breadth is healthy again can they sustain a rally to new highs. I saw apprehension today. If not just plain non participation. Which again could be people focusing their computers or traders on the stocks that are the "reopening" trade and value stocks.

Now, i'll say it again. It's incredibly interesting to me to see this before earnings . That raises the stakes. Usually i'd expect big money to take these positions once there's more of a clear picture of who's doing what, how they're doing it, and in they have any guidance for the future. The last thing you want to do is take a position in a name and then get whacked because they missed on earnings . But again, the market is forward looking and big money is also forward looking with it. They're looking 1-2-5-10 years out. Might as well start climbing the wall of worry now.

Chart time.

5m shows up opening right at the highs from Mon. That's a start. There was some pretty interesting price action in the first 15 mins of the day as traders jockey'd over each other and then they went for it, and almost had it. Again. But for some reason the market thinks we're not worthy for breaking out just yet and we reversed below my support/resistance at $320.11 and everything looked like it wanted to go for the same day gap. None of them hit it. That's a bullish signal. Then everyone seemed to go have a liquid lunch as we algo pumped back upwards and then after a peculiarly bearish candle right at 3 we hit support perfectly, and then went to go for the obligatory bullish pump into the close. Almost made it. There was a pretty slick bear counter attack that last 5 min candle that had us closing below, again.

The bulls are at a critical point on this chart. They NEED to break out here. Usually, under normal circumstances if they don't we'd retrace back into the lower bound of the range. Expect either, in my opinion, a gap over, or a rejection tomorrow or Friday. The bullish part is they tried to reject from this level twice already and it was bought up before we could get much lower than $311, a new demand zone

But i do keep my bear suit nearby at all times. If we do breakout we will have this divergence on RSI , and like i've mentioned before these sometimes take forever to play out if ever at all, just look at NDX. But it's there on every timeframe from the 5m to the daily.

Couple things we can pull from the daily. First being we did close the day confirmed outside of the triangle. Second we gapped above the range we were in last week and closed above it. Third being that we went back into that zone we just left and we retraced from there. We almost retested the triangle and traded away from it. That's bullish . But technically this can be construed as a hanging man reversal candle. We could absolutely wake up tomorrow to either a gap down or get to open and they trade away from this level again. And honestly at this point i'm not sure what the hell plays out. But that's what i'm seeing.

ES did make a new high today on a closing basis depending on the chart you're using. This is the 30m and 3h. There's really not a lot to be gained from this chart. The past two months are an absolute mess, at least in my opinion. The only thing i think i'm starting to see is a broadening top the past couple days. Past few times they haven't been fruitful on ES particularly. Divergences are there as well.

SPX with it's marginal new high today, especially over yesterday. And Ohhhhhh so close there at the close.

Little clearer on the hourly. Second wick above last months high in two days but can't get the hourly close. But yet to trade away from here either.

SPX printing a slightly more bullish close than SPY with just a doji instead of that hanging man

IWM conveniently gapping up over it's resistance level , and a nice restet as well but getting a gentle little rejection as it tried to leave it's downtrend from the Feb highs.

"Thanks Moderna" - All IWM /RUT traders. Notice that tactical gap. And i mean that's a huge day.

Finally clearing the .236 fib, 200 period MA, and major resistance at $145, all in one move.

VIX is being incredibly resilient. Even with the gap up today at open we were only down like 1.8% or something. It's used this confluence of support including the .786 fib, 200 period MA, and generic support line. It's going to be interesting to see if we break out if VIX breaks down. That's going to be integral to me buying fully into both figuratively and literally.

XLF 5m cup and handle???

Hourly looks like an extended bear flag . But those have played out so often recently /s

Daily also printing a hanging man

Dude this uptrend line has begun to be the battleground for DJI the past month or so. They Finally regained it today, and even retested it a couple times.

Also looks bear flaggish on the hourly, but so far got bought up before filling the gap

Can't fill a gap? Just gap over it. That's what they attempted to do. It looks as if it wants to go back and fill both gaps.

QQQ ... ????

There is still a HUGE bearish divergence to play out as well as a gap minefield down below

Daily close looks relatively bullish though

DJT traders about to send a fruit basket to Moderna as well. Look at the gap, almost perfect, and all the way to my next target

I honestly think silver is just getting started. Holding key levels and closing above again

Same with gold with a nice little consolidation over $1800

Talk about pinned. How would you like to be on a desk trading the 10 yr right now? haha

Jobless claims tomorrow morning which could or could not be important. Depending on how the market's feeling.

If you're still sticking around after this washing machine of the market we've been trying to trade you're probably well weathered and relatively frustrated trying to get winning trades. But think of it like this. When we finally do start a trend it's going to be that much easier to trade.

I did (finally) get stopped out of my trade today, but haven't adjusted my positions or reallocated yet as i couldn't find an entry. -7 delta as of right now.

Speaking of rebalancing and playing catch up DJI has closed it's gap from it's island reversal today, but left one from gapping up into it. IWM is still 3.5% away from its' gap, but as today shows we can do that all in one day.

Happy trading and as always keep your head on a swivel. Hopefully We'll get some action here shortly with either a legitimate breakout and making of new highs or a rejection and a crash back into $300.

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Comment: "Paging dip buyers, Paging dip buyers"

We slightly traded away from the front line overnight. Retail sales and initial jobless claims up in about 25 mins. We'll see how the market's feeling about it.

But, if we keep trading away from here, and even if we were to open here it'll validate the hangman reversal.

We'll see if the buy the dip gang has clocked in yet.

Comment: And just like clockwork they're out there buying the dip. NDX is still in the dog house as it's leading to the downside.

We're most likely going to open just at, or right above or below $320.11 which is support.

If for whatever reason that fails we have support at $315.52-$315.18 and if we do break below that we HAVE to break that top megaphone trendline if this is anything besides a reload for big money to take another shot at resistance.

Comment: SPX gap from yesterday filled

Comment: Figured i'd post this as well. QQQ breaking down out of it's flag

Comment: IWM and QQQ showing weakness. DJI and XLF showing relative strength as well as transports. Churning yet again.

Comment: Banks are really the ones leading. Everyone else seems to be following.

Comment: Bears got their work cut out for them if they do get possession. So far participation has been not good. We'll see how the rest of the day plays out.

Comment: QQQ now leading to the downside

Comment: Transports just filled their same day gap interestingly enough.

Comment: XLF hit it's same day gap about 10 mins ago.

Comment: We've spent the last hour in a .42% range. Consolidating.

Comment: Nice little push there to get us to close the hourly over support though.

Comment: Transports on a tear, for some reason.

Comment: DJI filled same day gap.

Comment: Algos taking over

Comment: Back to defcon 3

Comment: DXY and /ZN diverging which is interesting.

Comment: DJT just closed another gap left from last month.

Comment: XLF also gaining some steam, which is interesting because none of it's components are doing exceedingly well. Looks like people are just buying the ETF

Comment: Decent 5m reversal candle that just printed, but not backed up by volume. Also, XLF isn't playing along. DJT is kind of. Led by QQQ.

Comment: Going for that second hourly close above support..

Comment: XLF changing direction for the time being.

Comment: *watches attentively* volume still sucks but hourly looks like it wants to roll over.

Comment: Less than 300k shares traded in those last 2 5m candles. Bears need to show up or else the bulls are going to have their way with the market into close.

Comment: The XLF traders have moved to the QQQ sandbox apparently with XLF selling off and QQQ getting in a counter trend rally.

Comment: QQQ now taking the responsibility back holding up the broader market. But in general there aren't any real sellers anywhere. Dead day.

Comment: We have upgraded from a 4.2% range to a .52% range. This is like watching paint dry.

Comment: QQQ:


It honestly looks like AMZN is the one single handedly lifting the market right now. Maybe with an assist from NFLX.
Comment: They got that last hourly close above support and now it looks like they want to hold it. Volume is into the 200k per 5m candle range when 100 period MA is at 587k

Comment: I just realized there is 203,000 open interest for $310 puts expiring tomorrow on SPY...
Comment: 145k shares traded in that last 5m candle..

Comment: DJI gap filled. Volume inc.

Comment: This is really the only meaningful volume we've had since about 10 am. Let's see if this turns out to be a steal

Comment: Must... Close.... Bullishh - Some server room somewhere.

Comment: Right on time.

Comment: I just saw like 15k shares get bought in three separate trades.

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so you think they are trying to not pay those puts out?
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@stockmarket2020, One could deduce that. There's also over 100k open interest at $290, and a decent amount of open interest up above as well. This is the MM's sweet spot.
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@merkd1904, with that being said, isnt it a bit odd to try and pin the numbers today? like why not do this flat shit tomorrow?
in order to hit spy 290 by tomorrow, didnt do the math, but id assume there would be at least 1 circuit breaker in there lol. also that would throw a huge shit fit into the market.
i saw some1 post unusual options activity for VIX 70 call that expired this friday or next friday i think, like a huge amount placed for those contracts at 0.05 each. seems like a huge hedge with short expiration. would take a lot to get us that high that quickly
what do you make of days like today? indecision? pinning for options?
gearing up for a large move later?
odd that vix is dropping and spy,iwm,qqq,dia are all flat for the day. its as if vix is intentionally being killed while keeping the market flat for some reason i can't even guess at?
i think we usually see this activity on days when j powell is going to speak, and this happens up until he speaks and then shit gets crazy. but i don't know of any events happening later today
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