Friday, September 27, 2013

Pre-Market Global Review - 9/27/13 - Markets Reward Poor Performance - again...

Good Morning Traders,
As of this writing 5:20 AM EST, here’s what we see:
US Dollar –Down at 80.535, the Dec US Dollar is down 103 ticks and is trading at 80.535.             
Energies – November Oil is down at 102.46.       
Financials – The December 30 year bond is down 1 tick and is trading at 133.03      
Indices – The December S&P 500 emini ES contract is down at 1688.50 and is down 16 ticks.  
Gold – The October gold contract is trading down at 1323.50 and is down 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 and 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 lower which is not correlated.  Gold is trading lower which is not 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 mixed with half the exchanges trading higher and the other half trading lower. As of this writing all of Europe is trading mainly lower. 
Possible challenges to traders today is the following:
FOMC Member Evans Speaks at 5:45 AM EST.  This is major.       
Core PCE Price Index m/m is out at 8:30 AM EST.  This is major.                 
Personal Spending m/m is out at 8:30 AM EST.  This is major.  
4.  Personal Income m/m is out at 8:30 AM EST.  This is major  
5.  FOMC Member Rosengren Speaks  at 8:30 AM EST.  This is major. 
6.  Revised UOM Consumer Sentiment is out at 9:55 AM EST. This is not major.
7.  Revised UOM Inflation Expectations is out at 9:55 AM EST.  This is not major.
8.  FOMC Member Evans Speaks at 10:45 AM EST.  This is major.
9.  FOMC Member Dudley Speaks at 2 PM EST.  This is major.


Yesterday the Swiss Franc made it's move at about 10 AM EST after deplorable economic news reports.   This was a short opportunity as the USD hit a low at around that time and proceeded to rise,  the Swiss Franc dropped at the around the same time.  The key to capitalizing on these trades is to watch the USD movement.  The USD rising only lent confirmation to the move.  As a trader you could have netted 20 ticks on this trade.  And you thought markets weren't correlated? 

Chart Courtesy of Trend Following Trades

USD 9/26/13


Yesterday we said our bias was neutral as the markets didn't give us any sense of direction.  However even after not to stellar economic reports, Mr. Market decided to rise.  The Dow gained 55 points and the other indices gained ground as well.  Today we are once again dealing with a market that is not correlated nor is it giving us any sense of direction hence our bias is neutral.   Could this change? Of Course.  Remember anything can happen in a volatile market.
Yesterday the markets the markets gave us no sense of direction whatsoever and hence our bias was neutral which means the markets could go in any direction.  Yet GDP came in at 2.5% versus 2.7% expected, Pending Home Sales dropped and yet the markets gained ground.  The only bright spot was Unemployment Claims which dropped by a paltry 5,000.  How and why could this be?  My take is simply the institutionals aka Smart Money wanted it to gain after 5 losing days in a row.  This is why I say each and every day: could this change?  Of course.  As traders we need to be cognizant of what's happening and what's going on around us at the time we place a trade.  There are some pundits who now claim that the Fed will taper in October as they feel tapering was "delayed".  But these reports only confirm what the Fed already knew: The economy isn't robust and this "recovery" is tepid at best.  Bottom line: the Fed will taper when they taper and not a minute sooner.  So today we have a combination of economic news and the "rock stars" aka FOMC members speaking.  Be careful if trading today as the markets could change direction at a moment's notice depending upon what the "rock stars" say...

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 neutral.  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 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. Yesterday November crude dropped to a low of 102.39 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 $102.11 a barrel and resistance at 103.49.  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 September time frame.      

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.

Nick Mastrandrea is the author of Market Tea Leaves. Market Tea Leaves is a free, daily newsletter that discuses and teaches market correlation. Market Tea Leaves is published daily, pre-market in the United States and can be viewed at  Interested in Market Correlation?  Want to learn more?  Signup and receive Market Tea Leaves each day prior to market open.  As a subscriber, you’ll also receive our daily Market Bias video that is only available to subscribers.