As of this writing 5:30 AM EST, here’s what we see:
US Dollar –Down at 82.380, the Dec US Dollar is down 17 ticks and is trading at 82.380.
Energies – October Oil is down at 110.28.
Financials – The December 30 year bond is up 17 ticks and is trading at 129.17
Indices – The September S&P 500 emini ES contract is up at 1658.00 and is up 18 ticks.
Gold – The October gold contract is trading up at 1386.30 and is up 1 tick from its close.
Initial Conclusion: This is not a correlated market. The dollar is down and oil is down- which is not 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 in triple digit territory. As of this writing Europe is trading mixed.
Possible challenges to traders today is the following
1. Consumer Credit is out at 3 PM EST. This is not major.
2. No Major Economic News.
3. Lack of economic news.
On Friday the Swiss Franc made it's move at 8:30 AM immediately following the Non-Farm Payrolls report. The USD initially dropped like a rock and the Swiss Franc took off. However this was short lived as the USD hit a bottom and then proceeded to move up. When this occurred the Swiss Franc dropped. Look at the chart of the USD and look at the volume bar. This is what our friend and legendary trader Gavin Holmes of Tradeguider would call an upthrust or a "Yao Ming" bar. Remember that when you see that, a change is impending and will occur. As a trader you could have netted 20-30 ticks on this trade. And you thought markets weren't correlated?
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On Friday we said our bias was neutral as it was Jobs Friday and historically speaking the markets don't act with any sense of normalcy. Remember a neutral bias means that the markets could be driven in any direction but it also means a choppy market and who can dispute that Friday wasn't choppy? The Dow closed down 14 points and the indices didn't fare too well either. Today we are not dealing with a correlated market however our bias is to the upside. Why? The USD is lower which is always bullish for the markets and indices. Additionally Gold is trading higher (although fractionally) and we think that after Friday's loss the markets may wish to rebound. Could this change? Of Course. Remember anything can happen in a volatile market.
The long awaited Jobs Report came out on Friday and at first it appeared as though the markets were going higher. The Dow gained initially and I'm certain everyone wondered "well how can that be"? The US only created 169,000 jobs versus 178,000 expected so you would think the markets wouldn't react positively to this news. Except everyone is thinking the Fed will have to rethink the idea of tapering sooner as opposed to later. We've been saying for quite some time that the Fed will probably taper either later in the year or early next year, but we don't see that happening now. It only to show that people like the idea of QE and don't really want it to end. Be that as it may, the markets initially went up and then at around 10 AM Putin made comments concerning Syria that did not go over well with President Obama and the Dow dropped over 100 points. The Dow meandered in and out of positive territory for the rest of the session and finally closed down 14 points, the S&P closed flat and the Nasdaq closed 1 point higher. Perhaps now you'll understand why I don't trade Jobs Friday and maintain a neutral bias. It just seems to work out that way and why give your hard earned trading capital to the Smart Money?
Many of my readers have been asking me to spell out the rules of Market Correlation. Recently Futures Magazine has elected to print a story on the subject matter and I must say I'm proud of the fact that they did as I'm Author of that article. I encourage all viewers to read that piece as it spells out the rules of market correlation and provides charts that show how it works in action. The article is entitled "How to Exploit and Profit from Market Correlation" and can be viewed at:
As a follow up to the first article on Market Correlation, I've produced a second segment on this subject matter and Futures Magazine has elected to publish it. It can be viewed at:
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 lower and the US Dollar is declining. 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. On Friday October crude dropped to a low of 108.22 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 $108.06 a barrel and resistance at 110.68. 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 September time frame.
- Military Action in Syria - September.
Crude oil is trading lower and the US Dollar is declining. 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 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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