Good Morning Traders,
As of this writing 5:15 AM EST, here’s what we see:
US Dollar –Down at 80.375, the March' 14 US Dollar is down 100 ticks and is trading at 80.375. Energies – January Oil is up at 97.76.
Financials – The March 30 year bond is up 16 ticks and trading at 129.12.
Indices – The December S&P 500 emini ES contract is up 7 ticks and trading at 1806.75.
Gold – The February gold contract is trading down at 1228.90 and is down 1 tick from its close. Note: The front month for crude is now January "14.
The front month for Gold is February'14.
The front month for the 30 Year Bond is now March.
The Front month for the USD is now March.
Initial Conclusion: This is not a correlated market. The dollar is down- and oil is up+ which is 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 higher and the US dollar is trading lower which is 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 traded mostly higher with the exception of the Singapore exchange which is trading flat. As of this writing Europe is trading mixed.
Possible challenges to traders today is the following:
1. FOMC Member Bullard Speaks at 1:05 PM EST. This is major.
2. Lack of economic news.
On Friday the Swiss Franc made it's move at around 9:55 AM EST right around the time that the University of Michigan was releasing consumer confidence numbers. Look at the charts below and you'll see a pattern for both assets. They both hit support or resistance numerous times which shows short term resistance or support. The USD fell and the Swiss Franc rose. This was a long opportunity on the Swiss Franc. The key to capitalizing on these trades is to watch the USD movement. The USD rise only lent confirmation to the move. As a trader you could have netted 20-30 plus ticks on this trade. Please note that starting tomorrow the front month for both contracts will be March, 2014.
Charts Courtesy of Trend Following Trades
|Swiss Franc - 12/13 - 12/6/13|
|USD - 12/13 - 12/6/13|
On Friday we said our bias was neutral as it was Jobs Friday and traditionally we maintain a neutral bias on that day. The Dow rose 198 points and the other indices gained ground as well. Today we aren't dealing with a correlated market however our bias is to the upside. Why? The USD is trading lower, crude is trading higher and Gold is only fractionally lower. Could this change? Of Course. Remember anything can happen in a volatile market.
Finally the markets responded to good news in the way that it should. It rose. Shocking but true. I was beginning to wonder where all the traders were as for the prior 5 days they were nowhere to be seen. Apparently they saved their ammunition for a day worthy of trading and the markets rose. This is as it should be and more traditional. The question is can we keep up the momentum or will this fade? Not to throw gas on the fire, the official rate of unemployment is 7.0% from a prior rate of 7.3%. Really? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the U6 rate is 13.2% for the month of November. This takes into consideration all persons either long-term unemployed or those working at menial, part-time jobs because they can't find any meaningful work. Want proof? View the chart for yourselves at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t15.htm
Ask yourselves a question could you easily change jobs and get a higher salary? In this environment probably not. Is there a shortage of persons in your industry that could do your job? You can play the political game all you like but if your employer thinks they can do without you and pay less, you're at risk. Bottom line, whereas the official rate is going down don't buy the notion that jobs are plentiful, they aren't and the notion of a "living wage" is nowhere to be seen......
Each day in this newsletter we provide viewers a snapshot of the Swiss Franc versus the US dollar as a way and means of capitalizing on the inverse relationship between these two assets. Futures Magazine recognized this correlation as well. So much so that they printed a story on it in their December issue. That story can be viewed at:
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.
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. On Friday January crude dropped to a low of 97.08 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 $97.00 a barrel and resistance at 98.38. 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 - Forthcoming.
Crude oil is trading higher and the US Dollar is decliniing. This is normal. Crude typically makes 3 major moves (long or short) during the course of any trading day: around 9 AM EST, 11 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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