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Markets Quiet For The U.S. Labor Day Holiday

Posted Monday, September 3, 2018 by
Shain Vernier • 1 min read

It has been a quiet day on the financial markets as many traders are taking the session off in observance of Labor Day. Commodities futures are showing tight ranges, with U.S. equities largely muted. If you are going to be active during these slow conditions, be sure to minimize risk and be on the lookout for limited liquidity with choppy price action.

One of the great things about active trading is that conditions never stay the same. Tomorrow is likely to bring a bulk of the action back to the capital markets. The slow trade of today will be replaced by heavy volumes and enhanced volatility. For now, it may be best to spend the day game planning for the remainder of the trading week instead of taking on fresh risk.

S&P 500 Technicals

Friday brought an interesting session to short-term E-mini S&P 500 futures traders. The September contract posted a retracement and rejection of the 38% Fibonacci level on the daily chart. As of now, the intermediate-term bullish bias is still technically valid.

September E-mini S&P 500 Futures (ES), Daily Chart
September E-mini S&P 500 Futures (ES), Daily Chart

Here are the levels to watch for the next 24 hours:

Overview: There really isn’t a whole lot to say about today’s session. Traded volumes are light, with the September E-minis rotating within a tight range. At least for now, things are quiet.

However, this is likely to change in the coming 24 hours. Tuesday will mark the beginning of the fall trading season and the return of institutional money to the marketplace. Be on the lookout for increased participation and directional moves in pricing across many asset classes.

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About the author

Shain Vernier is our US Analyst
Shain Vernier has spent over 7 years in the market as a professional futures, options and forex trader. He holds a B.Sc. in Business Finance from the University of Montana. Shain's career includes stretches with several proprietary trading firms in addition to actively managing his own accounts. Before joining FX Leaders, he worked as a market analyst and financial writer.
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