Thursday, July 11, 2013

Pre-Market Global Review - 7/11/13 - The Taper Caper

Good Morning Traders,
As of this writing 4:45 AM EST, here’s what we see:
US Dollar –Down at 83.145, the Sept US Dollar is down 219 ticks and is trading at 83.145.             
Energies – August Oil is up at 106.79.        
Financials – The September 30 year bond is up 37 ticks and is trading at 134.02.      
Indices – The September S&P 500 emini ES contract is up at 1665.00 and is up 67 ticks.  
Gold – The August gold contract is trading up at 1284.60 and is up 376 ticks from its close.
Initial Conclusion: This is a nearly 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 lower which is 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. 
All of Asia closed higher with some exchanges closing higher to the tune of triple digits.  As of this writing all of Europe is trading higher.
Possible challenges to traders today is the following            
1.  Unemployment Claims are out at 8:30 AM EST.  This is major.        
2.  Import/Export Prices are out at 8:30 AM EST.  This is not major.           
3.  Natural Gas Storage is out at 10:30 AM EST.  This will move the Nat Gas market.   
4FOMC Member Tarullo speaks at 11 AM EST.  This is major.
5.  30 Year Bond Auction starts at 1 PM EST
6.  Federal Budget Balance is out at 2 PM EST.  This could have an impact on afternoon trading.

Yesterday we said our bias was to upside as most of the markets were correlated except the Bonds.  We also mentioned that the FOMC minutes would have an impact on the markets and they did.  The Dow dropped 8 points but the other indices closed higher.  Today we are dealing with a nearly correlated market with the exception being Bonds.  If Bonds were trading lower I would say we had a correlated market, this not withstanding our bias is to upside today.  Why?  The US Dollar is trading lower, Gold is up and Europe is trading higher.  Could this change? Of Course.  Remember anything can happen in a volatile market.

Yesterday started off as expected with the markets initially gaining ground in the morning but then remained flat until 2 PM when the FOMC meeting minutes were revealed.  It turns out that about half the committee wanted QE program to end later this year and some wanted it to end immediately.  At first the markets applauded the news by trading higher.  As I mentioned a couple days ago the institutionals want higher interest rates as it means more passive income for them. Who cares if John Q. Public has to pay more for a house or car?  That won't affect us, right?  Well I guess this realization must have struck a cord because the Dow did close lower.  Not by much mind you, but it did close lower.  Bernanke's speech at 4:10 PM was only to recognize the 100th anniversary of the Federal Reserve.  He did mention that the "Fed was in no hurry to raise short term interest rates even after the Unemployment and inflation thresholds were met".  So now the great guessing game begins, with the key issue being when will the Fed taper?  My own personal guess is sometime next year with a better economy than we have now.  One economist commented that the Fed tapering off of QE is liken to shooting the economy in the foot.  I would have to agree but then again that is the "Taper Caper"....

On Friday, June 7th I had the opportunity to interview Mr. Sal Spedele regarding ObamaCare.  Sal is a 20 year veteran of the Insurance Industry and we spoke at length regarding the ramifications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act aka ObamaCare.  If you are at all concerned about the future of Health Insurance in the United States, then you need to listen to this interview and act on it.  Sal and his team is offering complimentary advisory services to inform you of your rights and ramifications of this Act.  To download the article on ObamaCare, go to:  To view my discussion with Sal:

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:

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 104.33 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 $103 a barrel and resistance at 108.  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.      
- 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 AM when 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.

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