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March to 20,000 Continues…

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 3:18
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March to 20,000 Continues…

Good Morning Traders,
As of this writing 3:35 AM EST, here’s what we see:
US Dollar: Mar. USD is Down at 103.060.
Energies: February Crude is Up at 52.77.
Financials: The Mar 30 year bond is Down 3 ticks and trading at 150.15.
Indices: The March S&P 500 emini ES contract is 10 ticks Higher and trading at 2255.00.
Gold: The February gold contract is trading Up at 1164.40. Gold is 24 ticks Higher than its close.
Initial Conclusion

This is not a correlated market. The dollar is Down- and crude is Up+ which is normal and 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 Up+ and Crude is trading Up+ which is not correlated. Gold is trading Up 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 higher with the exception of the Hang Seng exchange which traded lower. As of this writing Europe is trading mainly higher with the exception of the London exchange which is fractionally lower.
Possible Challenges To Traders Today

– Total Vehicle Sales – All Day. This is major.
– FOMC Meeting Minutes is out at 2 PM EST. This is major.

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 around 10:30 AM EST after the economic news was reported. The ZB hit a low at around that time and the YM hit a high. If you look at the charts below ZB gave a signal at around 10:30 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 low at around 10:30 AM EST and the YM hit a high. These charts represent the newest version of Trend Following Trades and I’ve changed the timeframe to a 30 minute chart to display better. This represented a long 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 – March, 2017 – 1/3/17
YM- March, 2017 – 1/3/17

Yesterday we gave the markets an upside bias as both the Bonds and Gold were both trading higher yesterday morning and this is indicative of an upside move, hence our bias was to the upside. The Dow rose 119 points and the other indices rose as well. Today we aren’t dealing with a correlated market however our bias is to the upside.
Could this change? Of Course. Remember anything can happen in a volatile market.

The first day back after a long holiday weekend and we couldn’t ask for a better way to start the New Year off. Ordinarily I would urge caution on the first trading day of the New Year but it was apparent that the markets wanted to rise and they did. The Dow gained 119 points and the other indices rose as well. The markets had good economic news in terms of Construction Spending and ISM but the real market mover yesterday was the news that Ford Motor Company has decided to back off building a 1.6 Billion dollar plant in Mexico and in effect has created hundreds of jobs for American workers in Detroit. Why? President-Elect Trump threaten to raise tariffs by 35% for any vehicle produced in Mexico and “exported” to the US. This is the one area that I completely agree with Trump on. He knows all too well that the only way to get the message across is to hit them in pocketbook. That’s something they understand, in the meantime the current White House has booed this move claiming that other countries will raise tariffs on American mad goods exported to their countries. So whats the alternative current POTUS? Allow more American jobs to be lost because we don’t have the guts to do the right thing? BS to that…

Could this change? Of course, anything is possible in a volatile market. 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:…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:…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 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 Higher and the futures are trading Higher. 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 February Crude dropped to a low of $52.20 a barrel. It would appear at the present time that crude has support at $51.50 a barrel and resistance at $53.65. 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. Please note that the front month for crude is now February. Three weeks ago and after two years OPEC finally decided to cut production but the price crude is still tame (as of this writing). 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. The move by OPEC to cut production in an attempt to pump up prices is liken to “too little, too late” as the world doesn’t need their oil as much as they used to. Power equipment that used to need oil (Grass Trimmers, Lawn Mowers, Autos) now run on battery power and Canada and the United States are producing more of their own crude. As an update to this the non-OPEC countries have come to an agreement to unilaterally cut production across the board and this has served to temporarily raise crude prices. We’ll have to see if and how long this lasts…
If trading crude today consider doing so after 10 AM EST when the markets gives us better direction.

Future Challenges

It appears as though the President-elect has wrapped up his Thank You America tour and on Saturday, December 17th he was in Alabama (the very heart of right wing country) and the only thing he did was talk about how great he is, how he snatched victory from defeat and of course how great the Electoral College is. I somehow suspect that if he had lost the election he would be stating how the Electoral College is “rigged” and he was “robbed” of the Presidency. The one thing that I find to be disturbing is that even at this late date, with the election already won, Mr. Trump hasn’t revealed or told anyone how he’s going to implement the changes he promised during the campaign. My guess is he’s going to treat this like a season on The Apprentice and have his newly appointed cabinet come up with all these plans. And if it doesn’t work out? Just fired and replace them. This is just what a CEO in Corporate America does. The problem with this is Corporate America doesn’t consider the people aspect of anything whereas the Presidency has to. If anyone is thinking that we’re going to have the transparency that we’ve had for the last 8 years, forget it. This guy can’t even tell us how he’s going to run his business while President or does he think the POTUS is a part time job? And who did he choose for Regulation Oversight? None other than Carl Icahn, corporate raider extraordinaire. This is like handing the fox the keys to the hen house…

TradersLog has just published an article entitled “So You Think You Can Trust Your Elected Officials?” That article can be viewed at:

Crude Oil Is Trading Higher

Crude oil is trading Higher and the markets are Higher. 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. 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 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 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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