As of this writing 5:00 AM EST, here’s what we see:
US Dollar –Up at 81.155, the US Dollar is up 225 ticks and is trading at 81.155.
Energies – July Oil is down at 95.76.
Financials – The September 30 year bond is down 3 ticks and is trading at 139.22.
Indices – The June S&P 500 emini ES contract is up at 1645.00 and is up 26 ticks.
Gold – The August gold contract is trading down at 1378.10 and is down 49 ticks from its close.
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 up and the US dollar is trading higher which is not 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.
With the exception of Shanghai which closed lower, all of Asia closed higher. As of this writing all of Europe is trading mixed with the German DAX trading higher and the rest of Europe trading lower.
Possible challenges to traders today is the following
1. No Major Economic news to speak of.
2. Lack of economic news.
3. FOMC Member Bullard speaks at 9:50 AM EST. This is not major.
On Friday we said our bias was neutral because the markets weren't correlated and given that it was Jobs Friday, I'm loath to make a call on that day as the markets can be driven in any direction. The Dow gained 207 points and the other indices gained as well. Today the markets aren't correlated but our bias is to the upside as the Bonds are trading lower. Overnight is Asia the Nikkei gained over 600 points and Gold is trading lower which means the fear factor is declining. Could this change? Of Course. Remember anything can happen in a volatile market.
Well Jobs Friday came and went and apparently the US economy created 175,000 new jobs versus 167,000 expected. This is good news but the unemployment rate went to 7.6% versus 7.5% previously. We are told that the reason for this is because the participation rate has increased. In other words and according to the Dept. of Labor more people are participating and looking for work. This is the most ridiculous thing I ever heard of but it wouldn't be the first time for the DOL. Do they really think that at one point in May millions of people decided to look for work? The truth is more people are now eligible to look for work. Who are they? Did anyone consider college graduates who are now entering the workforce? Wouldn't that be a surprise this time of year? I wonder...
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
In April I had the opportunity to interview Mr. Dan Cook, Director of Business Development for Nadex.com 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 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 July crude dropped to a low of 93.72 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.
- Budget Battle - ongoing.
- Debt Ceiling in the August time frame.
- European Contraction - 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 blogs.