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News Tsunami Doesn’t Torpedo Markets

Friday, November 18, 2016 2:58
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News Tsunami Doesn’t Torpedo Markets

Good Morning Traders,
As of this writing 4:10 AM EST, here’s what we see:
US Dollar: Dec. USD is Up at 101.210.
Energies: December Crude is Down at 45.32.
Financials: The Dec 30 year bond is Down 35 ticks and trading at 152.22.
Indices: The December S&P 500 emini ES contract is 19 ticks Lower and trading at 2179.50.
Gold: The December gold contract is trading Down at 1207.40. Gold is 95 ticks Lower than its close.
Initial Conclusion

This is not a correlated market. The dollar is Up and crude is Down which is normal but the 30 year bond is trading Down. 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 Crude is trading Down which is not 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 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 mixed with half the exchanges higher and the other half lower. As of this writing Europe is trading mainly Lower with the exception of the German Dax which is trading fractionally higher.

Possible Challenges To Traders Today

– FOMC Member Bullard Speaks at 5:30 AM EST. This is major.
– FOMC Member Dudley Speaks at 9:30 AM EST. This is major.
– FOMC Member George Speaks at 9:30 AM. This is major.
– FOMC Member Powell Speaks at 9:45 PM. This is not major.

Treasuries

We’ve 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 it’s liken to a seesaw, when up goes up the other should go down and vice versa.
Yesterday the ZB made it’s move at 11:30 AM EST with no economic news in sight. 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 11:30 AM EST and the YM was moving higher at the same time. Look at the charts below and you’ll see a pattern for both assets. ZB hit a high at around 11:30 AM EST and the YM hit a low. These charts represent the latest version of Trend Following Trades and I’ve 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 – 11/17/16
YM- December, 2016 – 11/17/16

Bias

Yesterday our bias was neutral as both the Bonds and Gold were trading higher and ordinarily this would suggest a downward bias except the indices were trading higher as well. This plus 10 economic reports suggested a neutral bias. The Dow rose by 37 points and the other indices gained ground as well. Today we will maintain a neutral bias.
Could this change? Of Course. Remember anything can happen in a volatile market.
Commentary

Yesterday we witnessed a rare event in that the markets sustained 10 economic reports, most of which were major and Janet Yellen’s testimony before a Congressional Committee. The economic news itself was fairly positive as Building Permits exceeded expectation as did Housing Starts and Unemployment Claims. The only drab spot was Philly Fed Manufacturing which shrunk to 7.6 versus 8.1 expected. Janet Yellen basically stated that a rate hike could come sooner as opposed to later which means December. Only time will tell if this is true or not….
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:
http://www.traderslog.com/market-cor…ket-direction/

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:
View article on Futures Mag
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:
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:
http://www.futuresmag.com/2015/01/15…orning-trading

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.

As I write this the crude markets are Lower and the futures are trading Lower. This is not normal. Crude and the markets are now reverse correlated such that when the markets are rising, crude drops and vice-versa. Yesterday December Crude dropped to a low of $44.88 a barrel. It would appear at the present time that crude has support at $44.31 a barrel and resistance at $46.30. This could change. We’ll 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 haven’t 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 it’s 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.

Future Challenges

So now that Mr. Trump has won the election and will become the 45th President of the United States, what will he do and how will that affect us? He promises to make America great again but thus far he’s very slight on details. He does however have some good ideas. I like the idea of slapping a 35% tariff on goods formerly manufactured in the United States, that will stop any company from leaving the US. The concern is what will he do with Obamacare? He’s promised to repeal it, but what will replace it? He’s never quite said what he’ll replace it with or is he going to throw 20 million Americans off the ACA and say you’re on your own? I’m certain there are members of the GOP who would advocate such but certainly Congress and the Senate won’t like it as they hear from their constituents on a daily basis. He claims that he wants to improve the lives of the “forgotten” man and woman but he’s never claimed that he would raise the minimum wage. So how is Mr. Trump going to do these miraculous things? He’ll borrow a play from the Apprentice and hire “smart” people and if they screw up he’ll fire them.

Crude Oil Is Trading Lower

Crude oil is trading Lower and the markets are Lower. This is not 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 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.

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, you’ll also receive our daily Market Bias video that is only available to subscribers.

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