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Nov Thursday 17

Veterans Day and a 4-day (intraday) Low

Although at time of writing (Thursday, November 17, 11:00 PM ET) the S&P 500 has recouped most of its pre-opening losses on the GLOBEX session, the index was already trading at 1226.76 today, at the same time a 5-day intraday low.

Historically when the S&P 500 was trading at a 4-day (or worse) intraday low on the 4th session following Veterans Day * (like on Thursday, November 17),  probabilities and odds are tilt in favor of a down-day today. Table I below shows all historical occurrences (since 1930) and the S&P 500‘s day-by-day (!) performance over the course of the then following 5 sessions in the event the S&P 500 posted a 4-day (+) intraday low on the 4th session following Veterans Day (like on Thursday, November 17), assumed one went long on the close of Veterans Day (or the closest session before). The session representing today (Thursday, November 17) is marked by a yellow background.

Please bear in mind: The table below shows the day-by-day performance, means the percentage wise changes in comparison to the previous session’s close, not in comparison to the trigger day’s close (in this event Veterans Day) which otherwise is the default on any stats presented !


Conclusion(s): With the S&P 500 already trading at a 5-day intraday low, probabilities and odds are tilt in favor of a lower close today. But trading with the odds had been a rough business during the last couple of days, therefore cautiousness is warranted …

Successful trading,



* Veteran’s Day : November 11, closed (exchange holiday) all day 1918, 1921, 1934-1953, and celebrated on the fourth Monday of October between 1971 and 1977

Disclosure: No position in the securities mentioned in this post at time of writing.


Remarks: Due to their conceptual scope – and if not explicitly stated otherwise – , all models/setups/strategies do not account for slippage, fees and transaction costs, do not account for return on cash and/or interest on margin, do not use position sizing (e.g. Kelly, optimal f) – they’re always ‘all in‘ – , do not use leverage (e.g. leveraged ETFs), do not utilize any kind of abnormal market filter (e.g. during market phases with extremely elevated volatility), do not use intraday buy/sell stops (end-of-day prices only), and models/setups/strategies are not ‘adaptive‘ (do not adjust to the ongoing changes in market conditions like bull and bear markets).



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