Thursday, October 24, 2013

Pre-Market Global Review - 10/24/13 - Markets Take a Reprieve

Good Morning Traders,
As of this writing 5:15 AM EST, here’s what we see:
US Dollar –Down at 79.275, the Dec US Dollar is down 54 ticks and is trading at 79.275.            
Energies – December Oil is up at 97.40.       
Financials – The December 30 year bond is down 3 ticks and is trading at 135.12.      
Indices – The December S&P 500 emini ES contract is up at 1746.25 and is up 19 ticks.  
Gold – The December gold contract is trading up at 1336.10 and is up 21 ticks from its close.
Initial Conclusion: This is a correlated market and it is correlated to the upside. The dollar is down- and oil is up+  which is 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 higher 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. 
Asia traded mainly to the downside with the exception of the Nikkei and Singapore exchanges.  As of this writing all of Europe is trading higher.

Possible challenges to traders today is the following:
1.  Trade balance is out at 8:30 AM EST.  This is not major

2.  Unemployment Claims are out at 8:30 AM EST.  This is major       
3.  Flash Manufacturing Index out at 9
AM EST.  This is major.            
4.  New Home Sales are out at 10 AM EST.  This is major
5.  JOLTS Job Openings is out at 10 AM EST.  This is major
6.  Natural Gas Inventories are out at 10:30 AM EST.  This could move the Nat Gas market.

Yesterday the Swiss Franc made it's move at around 8:15 AM EST.  The USD hit a high at around that time and proceeded to drop,  the Swiss Franc rose at the around the same time.  The key to capitalizing on these trades is to watch the USD movement.  The USD dropping only lent confirmation to the move.  As a trader you could have netted 20-30 ticks on this trade.  And you thought markets weren't correlated?  

6S - 12/13 - 10/23/13

USD - 12/13 - 10/23/13


Yesterday we said our bias was to the downside as the markets were correlated as such.  Given that there was no Jobs Report or real major economic news, the market dropped.  The Dow fell by 55 points and the other indices dropped as well.  Today the markets are correlated to the upside, hence our bias is to the upside.   Could this change? Of Course.  Remember anything can happen in a volatile market.

Yesterday we said our bias was to the downside as the markets were correlated as such.  We didn't have a "jobs report" that the market could use from a reverse psychology perspective.  Remember the market as of late likes bad news as they feel the Fed won't taper.  The adage of putting lipstick on a pig comes to mind as a bad report is a bad report.  The jobs report did not meet expectation yet the markets greet this as positive because the Fed won't taper and screw up the "easy" supply of capital.  I wish these morons would wake up and realize that the Fed isn't going to taper any time soon.  A bad market is a bad market and putting lipstick on it isn't going to make it prettier.  The one thing I ask you is the market correlated to the upside, downside or neutral (meaning it can go any direction because it is directionless)?  That's really the only thing you can bank on.  Yes, anything can happen during the trading day but wouldn't you rather have the odds in your favor?  This is why Market Tea Leaves was created, so you as the trader know (not guess, but know) what to look out for.  If not, the Smart Money will have no objection taking your hard earned trading capital from you and let's face it; trading capital is not easy to replace.....

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:
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 December crude dropped to a low of 96.19 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 $94.62 a barrel and resistance at 98.92.  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 - Forthcoming.     

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 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.