Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Pre-Market Global Review - 6/12/13 - June Swoon?

Good Morning Traders,
As of this writing 5:15 AM EST, here’s what we see:
US Dollar –Up at 81.395, the US Dollar is up 85 ticks and is trading at 81.395.             
Energies – July Oil is up at 95.49.        
Financials – The September 30 year bond is up 2 ticks and is trading at 139.12.      
Indices – The June S&P 500 emini ES contract is up at 1634.00 and is up 28 ticks.  
Gold – The August gold contract is trading up at 1378.10 and is up 11 ticks from its close.
Initial Conclusion: This is not a correlated market.  The dollar is up+ and oil is up+ which is not normal and the 30 year bond is trading higher.  The Financials should always correlate with the US dollar such that if the dollar is lower then bonds should follow and vice versa.  The indices are up  and the US dollar is trading higher which is not correlated.  Gold is trading higher which is not correlated with the US dollar trading up.   I tend to believe that Gold has an inverse relationship with the US Dollar as when the US Dollar is down, Gold tends to rise in value and vice-versa. Think of it as a seesaw, when one is up the other should be down.   I point this out to you to make you aware that when we don't have a correlated market, it means something is wrong.  As traders you need to be aware of this and proceed with your eyes wide open. 

With the exception of the Aussie exchange all of Asia closed lower.  As of this writing all of Europe is trading higher.
Possible challenges to traders today is the following            
1.  No Major Economic news to speak of.        
2.  Crude Oil Inventories are out at 10:30 AM EST.  This will move the oil markets.     
3.  10 Year Bond Auction starts at 1 PM EST.  This could affect afternoon trading.
4.  Federal Budget Balance is out at 2 PM EST.  This could affect afternoon trading.  

Yesterday we said our bias was to the downside as none of the futures were correlated at all.  As you're no doubt aware even if there was the slight chance of correlation I would mention it and determine a bias.  The net result?  The Dow dropped 117 points and the other indices dropped as well. Today we are dealing with a completely uncorrelated market.  Unlike yesterday whereby all futures were pointed down, today everything is pointed up!  This tells you that traders can't make up their minds and as such the markets could be driven in any direction today.  Our bias is to the upside only because after two losing sessions, we think the Smart Money wants to drive the markets higher.   Could this change? Of Course.  Remember anything can happen in a volatile market.

Yesterday it appeared as though the proverbial "June Swoon" had finally arrived as the markets were set up for a global sell off and that's pretty much what we got.  So now instead of "sell in May and go away" it's now the "June Swoon".  The idea being that if the markets don't sell off in May, they'll do so in June.  The only problem is that they don't tell you when to get back in the markets.  Some pundits say October, others November and some say the 1st full week after Labor Day.  In my mind the markets will always have dips and upswings.  It happens every trading day so to think that there is seasonality for trading defeats the purpose.  The last two years have proven that we don't have to have the summer doldrums whereby volumes fall off and trading action is minimal.  The reason I'm stating that this year is because we have major events that will occur during the summer.  Namely the upcoming budget battle.  The Federal Budget needs to be in place by September 30th as October 1 starts a new fiscal year for the US government.  At some point during the summer (I'm guessing August) the battle will commence.  The Democrats will have their agenda and the GOP will have their own, so time will tell how it all plays out.  Thus far, the folks in DC are burying their heads in the sand, pretending it doesn't exist and that are no problems.  My take is they won't do anything until the very last minute when they have to.  Think about what happened at the beginning of this year with the Fiscal Cliff...
As readers are probably aware I don't trade equities.   While we're on this discussion, let's define what is meant by a good earnings report.  A company must exceed their prior quarter's earnings per share and must provide excellent forward guidance.  Any falloff between earning per share or forward guidance will not bode well for the company's shares.  This is one of the reasons I don't trade equities but prefer futures.  There is no earnings reports with futures and we don't have to be concerned about lawsuits, scandals, malfeasance, etc.
Anytime the market isn't correlated it's giving you a clue that something isn't right and you should proceed with caution. Today our bias is to the upside.  Could this change?  Of course.  In a volatile market anything can happen.  We'll have to monitor and see.
In May, I spoke with John Karnas, CEO of Trend Following Trades.  John has an interesting background as he was a trader for a number of years prior to buying Trend Following Trades.  John is a believer in Trading Plans and has a very precise method of developing aspiring traders.  To download the article I've written,  go to:

My discussion with John can be viewed at:

In April I had the opportunity to interview Mr. Dan Cook, Director of Business Development for  Nadex is an exchange that is devoted solely to binary options.  Recently there's been quite a bit of misinformation regarding Binary Options and how they work.  Some have even speculated that opening a Binary Option trading account is the same as identity theft.  My objective is to dispel these myths and to alert the retail trader as to what a binary option is, how to trade them, how to amend an order and how to exit a trade for profit.  Nadex is a Chicago based exchange that abides by the rules of CFTC.  I've created an eBook that will discuss and show how a trader can capitalize on this innovative instrument.  This is an 8 page eBook loaded with charts, diagrams etc.  Each chart/diagram shown has been approved by Nadex and has gone thru their compliance department.  When last I heard compliance departments for exchanges are tough when it comes to misrepresentation.  Feel free to download and to share with those you know.  It's time we saw some innovation.... To View and Download this article, go to:

My interview with Dan can be viewed at:

 Please note the video is about a half hour in length and we plan on producing more in the near future.  Also note that in the near future we will have other videos where we will interview various trading leaders.

As I write this the crude markets are trading higher and the US Dollar is advancing.  This is not normal.  Think of it this way.  If the stock market is trading lower, it's safe to assume that the crude market will follow suit and vice versa.  Crude trades with the expectation that business activity is expanding.  The barometer of which is the equities or stock market.  If you view both the crude and index futures side by side you will notice this. Yesterday July crude dropped to a low of 94.04 a barrel and held.  We'll have to monitor and see if crude either goes lower or holds at the present level.   It would appear at the present time that crude has support at 91.00 a barrel and resistance at 96.  This could change.  All we need do is look at what happened last fall when crude was trading over $100.00 a barrel. We'll have to monitor and see.  Remember that crude is the only commodity that is reflected immediately at the gas pump.

Future Challenges:
- Budget Battle - ongoing.
- Debt Ceiling in the August time frame.      
- European Contraction - happening now 

Crude oil is trading higher and the US Dollar is advancing.  This is not normal.  Crude typically makes 3 major moves (long or short) during the course of any trading day: around 7 AM EST, 9 AM EST and 2 PM EST when the crude market closes.  If crude makes major moves around those time frames, then this would suggest normal trending, if not it would suggest that something is not quite right.  If you feel compelled to trade consider doing so after 10:30 AM when the inventory numbers are released and the markets give us better direction.  As always watch and monitor your order flow as anything can happen in this market.  This is why monitoring order flow in today's market is crucial.  We as traders are faced with numerous challenges that we didn't have a few short years ago.  High Frequency Trading is one of them.   I'm not an advocate of scalping however in a market as volatile as this scalping is an alternative to trend trading.

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Remember that without knowledge of order flow we as traders are risking our hard earned capital and the Smart Money will have no issue taking it from us.  Regardless of whatever platform you use for trading purposes you need to make sure it's monitoring order flow.  Sceeto does an excellent job at this.  To fully capitalize on this newsletter it is important that the reader understand how the various market correlate.  More on this in subsequent blogs.

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