Good Morning Traders,
As of this writing 4 AM EST, heres what we see:
US Dollar: Dec. USD is Up at 96.330.
Energies: November Crude is Down at 49.40.
Financials: The Dec 30 year bond is Up 4 ticks and trading at 165.27.
Indices: The December S&P 500 emini ES contract is 7 ticks higher and trading at 2155.00.
Gold: The December gold contract is trading Down at 1285.90. Gold is 27 ticks lower than its close.
This is not a correlated market. The dollar is Up+ and crude is Down- which is normal and the 30 year bond is trading Up. 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 Crude is trading Down which is correlated. Gold is trading Down which is correlated with the US dollar trading Up. 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 dont 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 traded higher. As of this writing Europe is trading mainly higher with the exception of the London exchange which is down fractionally.
Possible Challenges To Traders Today
Challenger Job Cuts is out at 7:30 AM EST. This is major.
Unemployment Claims are out at 8:30 AM EST. This is major.
Natural Gas Storage is out at 10:30 AM EST. This is major.
Weve elected to switch gears a bit and show correlation between the 30 year bond (ZB) and The YM futures contract. The YM contract is the DJIA and the purpose is to show reverse correlation between the two instruments. Remember its liken to a seesaw, when up goes up the other should go down and vice versa.
Yesterday the ZB made its move at around 8:30 AM EST at around the time that the Trade Balance numbers came out. The ZB hit a high at around that time and the YM hit a low. If you look at the charts below ZB gave a signal at around 8:30 AM EST and the YM was moving higher at the same time. Look at the charts below and youll see a pattern for both assets. ZB hit a high at around 8:30 AM EST and the YM hit a low. These charts represent the latest version of Trend Following Trades and Ive changed the timeframe to a 30 minute chart to display better. This represented a shorting opportunity on the 30 year bond, as a trader you could have netted about 30 plus ticks per contract on this trade. Each tick is worth $31.25. We added a Donchian Channel to the charts to show the signals more clearly.
Charts Courtesy of Trend Following Trades built on a NinjaTrader platform
Click on an image to enlarge it.
ZB December, 2016 10/5/16
YM- December, 2016 10/5/16
Yesterday we gave the markets a neutral bias as the Bonds and Gold were both trading up and this should represent a downside bias however the indices were trading higher yesterday morning which means the markets had no sense of direction hence the neutral bias. Today we arent dealing with a correlated market and will maintain the neutral bias.
Could this change? Of Course. Remember anything can happen in a volatile market.
As we stated in yesterdays edition it seems to us that the markets need a steady diet of economic news to either trade sideways or advance. Yesterday we had good economic news in terms of Factory Orders, ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI and Final Services PMI. The Dow gained 113 points and the other indices gained ground as well. Today we have Challenger Jobs Cuts and Unemployment Claims which are always major and proven market movers. Whereas we dont have much on the economic calendar today; rest assured that will change tomorrow with the all important Non Farm Payrolls
Just so you understand, Market Correlation is Market Direction. It attempts to determine the market direction for that day and it does so by using a unique set of tools. In fact TradersLog published an article on this subject that 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 Im proud of the fact that they did as Im 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:
View article on Futures Mag
As a follow up to the first article on Market Correlation, Ive produced a second segment on this subject matter and Futures Magazine has elected to publish it. It can be viewed at:
View article on Futures Mag
Many subscribers have asked what is the best time of day to trade? A recent article published by Futures Magazine may shed some light on the subject:
As readers are probably aware I dont trade equities. While were on this discussion, lets define what is meant by a good earnings report. A company must exceed their prior quarters earnings per share and must provide excellent forward guidance. Any falloff between earning per share or forward guidance will not bode well for the companys shares. This is one of the reasons I dont trade equities but prefer futures. There is no earnings reports with futures and we dont have to be concerned about lawsuits, scandals, malfeasance, etc.
Anytime the market isnt correlated its giving you a clue that something isnt right and you should proceed with caution. Today our bias is neutral. Could this change? Of course. In a volatile market anything can happen. Well have to monitor and see.
As I write this the crude markets are lower and the futures are trading higher. This is normal. Crude and the markets are now reverse correlated such that when the markets are rising, crude drops and vice-versa. Yesterday November Crude dropped to a low of $49.24 a barrel. It would appear at the present time that crude has support at $49.06 a barrel and resistance at $50.13. This could change. Well have to monitor and see. Remember that crude is the only commodity that is reflected immediately at the gas pump. On Friday, December 4th OPEC reiterated their stance not to cut production. OPEC appears to be adamant about keeping production where it is as they believe that oil will rebound. What they havent figured out yet is that the more countries like Canada and the US produce their own crude (by whatever means) the more crude prices will fall.
Last May OPEC reiterated its stance not to cut production. The problem? Iran refused to cut production (as they are recently recovering from sanctions levied against them) and therefore no agreement was made. Could this change in the future? Of course, anything can happen in a volatile market.
If trading crude today consider doing so after 10 AM EST when the markets gives us better direction.
Tuesday night we had the Vice President debate and it seemed from our perspective that Governor Mike Pence won that debate on political polish alone. His opponent Tim Kaine was interruptive and basically took on the role that Donald Trump last week against Hillary. Mike Pence on the other hand was cool, calm and not argumentative. If you ask us Mike Pence won that debate but a CNN poll of undecided voters picked Tim Kaine as the winner. This upcoming Sunday evening Donald Trump and Hillary will hold their second of three debates, this time the setting will be a town hall meeting. If you ask me Donald needs to borrow a play from Mike Pence and act more dignified.
Crude Oil Is Trading Lower
Crude oil is trading lower and the markets are higher. 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. As always watch and monitor your order flow as anything can happen in this market. This is why monitoring order flow in todays market is crucial. We as traders are faced with numerous challenges that we didnt have a few short years ago. High Frequency Trading is one of them. Im not an advocate of scalping however in a market as volatile as this scalping is an alternative to trend trading.
Nick Mastrandrea is the author of Market Tea Leaves. Market Tea Leaves is a daily newsletter that is dedicated to your trading success. We teach and discuss 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, youll also receive our daily Market Bias video that is only available to subscribers.