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Market Outlook: Mar. 3, 2021

RJO Futures
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Senior Asset Manager

Following a bounce to “lower highs” overnight in stocks, we’re right back down where we closed yesterday.  US ADP Employment was released this morning printing 117K vs 200K exp private payrolls released.  I’d say at the moment, I’m “renting” a short side view – we’re still bullish on the cycle, but have recognized that some of our tools are reading immediate OB.  Bull market’s correct on the downside, Bear markets correct on the upside, but the cycle ultimately leads the way for extended periods.  There’s a brief period of about 1.5 weeks for us to correct, but we ultimately will likely buy that correction in month end/quarter end. 

One of our indicators flashing “caution” for the bulls yesterday was the decrease in the IVOL premiums day/day and week/week.

Current IVOL set-up:

SPY 2% vs -2% yesterday vs 24% last week (a 22% decrease from last week)

NQ 9% vs 4% yesterday vs 36% last week

RTY 23% vs 14% yesterday vs 42% last week

-if you need further explanation of how we use IVOL for sentiment, please reach out directly. 


Yields back up.  1.47% in the 10yr yield, with immediate upside to 1.55%. 


Dollar reversed the reverse this morning, likely trading alongside rates.  Back hovering around 91.00.  We remain bearish on the USD for the moment. 


Metals back down this morning, with the reversal higher in the Dollar.

Not too much more to discuss other than waiting for Friday’s Non-Farm Payrolls data, and then of course headline CPI next Tuesday. 

Good luck out there.

Today’s Ranges:

MarketTrendRange LowRange HighNotes
SP500Bullish38173906Single digit IVOL premium still (was negative yesterday) – complacency in stocks may be setting in.
Nasdaq 100Bullish12,82713,426Negative momentum with a shrinking IVOL premium is a sign we may be days from another bout of downside
Russell 2000Bullish21792278IVOL 23% vs 14% yesterday – Russell remains the strongest of the major indexes
10yr YieldBullish1.30%1.54%We caught the meat of this trade, now we wait for the correction in the range
VIXNeutral22.0328.74Neutral trend, caution for stock bulls immediate term
OilBullish58.9263.93Long side trade from the low end of the range.
GoldBearish17101791Gold has a “better” than good chance of holding down here for a bounce, but this is not a buy side recommendation
USD (Cash)Bearish90.2191.39Manage the range
EUR/USDBullish1.19861.2157upside down of the dollar.  Manage the range – may be trying to probe lower ground for a few weeks.
Bitcoin FuturesBullish46,41356,232textbook bounce from the low end of our range yesterday/day before

These are proprietary trading ranges from RJO Futures. They are calculated by a customized standard deviation tool.

Originally Posted on March 3, 2021 – Market Outlook: Mar. 3, 2021

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