Monday, April 15, 2013

Pre-Market Global Review - 4/15/13 - China Fallout and Tax Day

Good Morning Traders,
As of this writing 4:40 AM EST, here’s what we see:
US Dollar –Up at 82.485 the US Dollar is up 79 ticks and is trading at 82.485.      
Energies – May Oil is down at 89.03.
Financials – The June 30 year bond is down 5 ticks and is trading at 147.12
Indices – The June S&P 500 emini ES contract is down at 1573.50 and is down 34 ticks.
Gold – The June gold contract is trading down at 1436.50 and is down 648 ticks from its close.

Quick Note: Unless otherwise shown the above contract months are now June.   

Initial Conclusion: This is not a correlated market.  The dollar is up+ and oil is down- which is normal but the 30 year bond is trading lower.  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 down and the US dollar is trading higher which is correlated.  Gold is trading lower which is 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. 

Asia with the exception of the Indian Sensex closed lower.  As of this writing all of Europe is trading lower.

Possible challenges to traders today is the following
1.  Empire State Manufacturing Index is out at 8:30 AM EST.  This is major.
2.  TIC Long Term Purchases are out at 9 AM EST.  This is major.     
3.  NAHB Housing Market Index is out at 10 AM EST.  This is major.   

On Friday we said our bias was to the downside because the markets were correlated as such.  The net Result?  After having spent most of the day to the downside the Dow closed flat with 0 point gain.  Today the market aren't correlated and as such our bias is neutral, meaning it could go in any direction today.  If teh Bonds were trading higher I would say we have a completely correlated market to the downside.  Could this change? Of Course.  Remember anything can happen in a volatile market.
Overnight on Sunday China posted its GDP for the 1st calendar quarter and that number came in at 7.7% versus 8% expected.  That set off a chain of events whereby most of Asia closed lower and as of this writing Europe is trading lower.  Can that drive the US markets lower?  Absolutely.  Anything can happen in a volatile market.  Today marks Tax Day in the United States and what we usually see is a slow, low volume day.  If the people who work for the Smart Money haven't done so already, they'll probably be waiting in line at the US Post Office to get their returns postmarked by today, or else they're waiting in line at Starbucks to get a free cup of coffee.  That's a usual Tax Day.  This day, I suspect won't be usual due to the fallout from China.  Oil is below $90 a barrel and falling.  Gold has dropped 64 full points or over 640 ticks from Friday's close.  Clearly the China fallout will have an impact on the US markets.  I would advise anyone who doesn't  have an open position in the market, to consider keeping your powder dry as anything can happen in type of market.  Our objective is make sure you keep your hard earned trading capital because as we know it's not easy to replace.
 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 neutral.  Could this change?  Of course.  In a volatile market anything can happen.  We'll have to monitor and see.  

On Friday, April 5th I had the opportunity to interview Carl Weiss from Algo Futures.  We talked at length about his thoughts on the future of the markets and new and upcoming endeavors.  Ultimately this is the story of an American entrepreneur and what he had to go thru to create a solution that can be used by any trader.  If any reader wants to know and is curious about what it takes to be self-made in America, then you need to listen to this.  Additionally our friends at have graciously published my article on this subject.  It can be viewed at:
My interview with Carl 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 lower and the US Dollar is advancing.  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. On Friday crude dropped to a low of 90.27 a barrel and as of this WRITING IS FALLING FURTHER.  We'll have to monitor and see if crude either goes lower or holds at the present level.   We'll have to see where crude falls to before we can establish a support and resistance level.  At this time crude can fall further.  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 lower and the US Dollar is advancing.  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 blogs.

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