As of this writing 5:20 AM EST, here’s what we see:
US Dollar –Down at 84.485, the Sept US Dollar is down 296 ticks and is trading at 84.485.
Energies – August Oil is up at 104.78.
Financials – The September 30 year bond is up 3 ticks and is trading at 133.18.
Indices – The September S&P 500 emini ES contract is down at 1643.75 and is down 7 ticks.
Gold – The August gold contract is trading up at 1251.90 and is up 60 ticks from its close.
Initial Conclusion: This is not correlated market. The dollar is down- and oil is up+ which is normal but 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 correlated with the US dollar trading down. 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.
Asia closed higher with the exception of the Nikkei and Indian Sensex. As of this writing all of Europe is trading lower.
Possible challenges to traders today is the following
1. Wholesale Inventories are out at 10 AM EST. This is not major.
2. Crude 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 can move the Bond markets.
4. FOMC Meeting Minutes are out at 2 PM EST. This is major.
5. Chairman Bernanke speaks at 4:10 PM EST. This is major.
Yesterday we said our bias was to upside as the Bonds were lower and Europe was trading much higher. The Net Result? The Dow gained 75 points and the other indices gained as well. Today we are not dealing a correlated market however our bias is to the upside. Why? The USD is trading lower and the Bonds are trading slightly higher plus Gold is trading higher. Could this change? Of Course. Remember anything can happen in a volatile market.
This was a good start to the earnings season as apparently the Alcoa earnings didn't phase the markets at all. I originally thought this might have a negative impact but apparently not. All boats seemed to lift higher yesterday as all indices fared well. Today in the afternoon we have the 10 year bond auction, the FOMC meeting minutes and Bernanke speaking after 4 PM when the markets close. He's probably going to address the meeting minutes and I just hope he does a better job this time around. The markets could go in either direction today with the mindset being "let's make our money today and then worry about Bernanke later" or they could be sitting on their hands waiting for him to speak. I just hope he sticks to the schedule and not talk during trading hours as that would be a major distraction...
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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: http://youtu.be/uVwHpMq1604
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 declining. This is 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 August crude dropped to a low of 102.31 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 $102 a barrel and resistance at 105. 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.
- Budget Battle - ongoing.
- Debt Ceiling in the August time frame.
- Asian Contagion - happening now
Crude oil is trading higher and the US Dollar is declining. This is 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 editions.