Good Morning Traders,
As of this writing 5:30 AM EST, here’s what we see:
US Dollar – Down at 81.160, the US Dollar is down 84 ticks and is trading at 81.160. Energies – February Oil is up at 94.38.
Financials – The March 30 year bond is down 2 ticks and trading at 130.15.
Indices – The March S&P 500 emini ES contract is down 6 ticks and trading at 1840.00.
Gold – The February gold contract is trading down at 1236.70 and is down 14 ticks from its close.
Initial Conclusion: This is not a correlated market. 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 lower and the US dollar is trading down 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 traded mainly mixed with half the exchanges trading higher and the other half lower. As of this writing all of Europe is trading lower.
Possible challenges to traders today is the following:
1. Core CPI m/m is out at 8:30 AM EST. This is major.
2. CPI m/m is out at 8:30 AM EST. This is major.
3. Unemployment Claims is out at 8:30 AM EST. This is major.
4. Treasury Sec Lew Speaks at 8:30 AM EST. This is major.
5. TIC Long-Term Purchases is out at 9 AM EST. This is not major.
6. Philly Fed Manufacturing Index is out at 10 AM EST. This is major.
7. NAHB Housing Market Index is out at 10 AM EST. This is major.
8. Natural Gas Storage is out at 10:30 AM EST. This could move the Nat Gas market.
9. Fed Chairman Bernanke Speaks at 11:10 AM EST. This is major.
Yesterday the Swiss Franc made it's move at around 8:39 AM EST after the economic news was posted. Look at the charts below and you'll see a pattern for both assets. The USD fell at around that time 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 drop only lent confirmation to the move. As a trader you could have netted 20-30 ticks on this trade. To expand the chart, right click and open in a new window. Kindly view our special video to determine how to capitalize on these trades. http://youtu.be/lOxBMe09X3Q
Charts Courtesy of Trend Following Trades
|Swiss Franc - 03/14 - 1/15/14|
|USD - 03/14 - 1/15/14|
Yesterday we said our bias was to the upside as the Bonds were lower, Europe was trading higher and the US futures was pointed to the upside. Well the Dow gained 108 points and the other indices gained as well. Today we aren't dealing with a correlated market however our bias is to the upside. Why? Both the USD and Bonds are trading lower and crude is trading higher. For a more detailed explanation, view the Market Bias video. Could this change? Of Course. Remember anything can happen in a volatile market.
Yesterday the Dow gained 108 points based on very positive economic news. PPI came in below expectation which is good because it means that producers aren't paying as much for raw materials used to manufacture goods that we buy. It also means that inflation is tame. The Empire State Manufacturing Index came in at a much higher level which means manufacturing is alive and well in New York State. This was all very positive news and guess what? The markets rose. I for one am glad to see that positive news is rewarded as during the time of taper fest good news was punished due to the fear of tapering. We now know that tapering is here to stay and some suggest that the Fed will go beyond a 10 billion dollar a month cut. Time will tell if this is the case but it's good to see good news getting rewarded....
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. Yesterday February crude dropped to a low of 92.45 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 $93.37 a barrel and resistance at $95.00, so there's no race to $100 a barrel. 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 - Senate passes budget deal, now it's up to Obama to sign. I was wondering why Obama is reluctant to sign the budget deal until it was revealed that this budget doesn't include any extension of Unemployment Benefits. This surprises me as how could Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington State allow this? It also tells me that our elected morons don't read the bills that they vote on. Obama seeks to augment this by pushing thru a bill that will extend UI benefits and that bill should be voted on today or tomorrow. As an update to this, the Senate has rejected this bill by a vote of 55-45 with a majority vote of 60 required to pass.
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 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.
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 www.markettealeaves.com 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.