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Quadruple Witching Doesn’t Spook Markets

Monday, March 20, 2017 2:28
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Quadruple Witching Doesn’t Spook Markets

Good Morning Traders,
As of this writing 4 AM EST, here’s what we see:
US Dollar: Jun. USD is Down at 99.885.
Energies: April Crude is Down at 48.98.
Financials: The June 30 year bond is Up 1 tick and trading at 148.15.
Indices: The June S&P 500 emini ES contract is 17 ticks Lower and trading at 2371.00.
Gold: The April gold contract is trading Up at 1233.80. Gold is 36 ticks Higher than its close.
Initial Conclusion

This is not a correlated market. The dollar is Down- and crude is Down- which is not 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 Down and Crude is trading Down 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 mixed with half the exchanges higher and the other half lower. As of this writing Europe is trading mainly higher with the exception of the Milan exchange which is lower at this hour.
Possible Challenges To Traders Today

– FOMC Member Evans Speaks at 1:10 PM. This is major.
– President Trump Speaks at 7:30 PM. 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 AM after the 10 AM 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 AM and the YM was moving lower 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 AM 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 20 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 – June, 2017 – 3/17/17
YM- June, 2017 – 3/17/17

On Friday we gave the markets a neutral bias as every instrument we track was trading down. Whenever each instrument is trading either completely down or up there is no correlation, hence the neutral bias. Today we aren’t dealing with a correlated market and our bias is to the downside.
Could this change? Of Course. Remember anything can happen in a volatile market.

On Friday we gave the markets a neutral bias and initially the markets moved up but then after 10 AM EST the markets nosedived and went up but after 2 PM EST fell into negative territory and didn’t regain parity. Quadruple Witching didn’t seem to have much of an impact on Friday’s trading. St. Patrick and President Trump did. The Dow dropped 20 points, the S&P lost 3 but the Nasdaq traded even for the day. Today we don’t have any real economic news to speak of. We have an FOMC member speaking this afternoon at around 1 PM and President Trump speaks at 7:30 PM in Louisville, Kentucky in a rally type speech. Perhaps someone should tell him he’s not campaigning anymore as he won the election but he seems to garner energy from a live crowd…

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. 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 downside. 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. On Friday April Crude dropped to a low of $48.61 a barrel. It would appear at the present time that crude has support at $48.10 a barrel and resistance at $49.44. 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 April. Last December 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…

Apparently it didn’t last too long as crude is now trading below the proverbial $50.00 a barrel.

If trading crude today consider doing so after 10 AM EST when the markets gives us better direction.

Future Challenges

On Tuesday, March 14th Congress previewed their “solution” to Obamacare which quite frankly still keeps some aspects of the ACA. The first thing that will be kept is pre-existing conditions meaning insurers can’t discriminate. The second aspect that will be kept is young adults (up to age 26) can be kept on their parents plan. The subsidies as we know it will change. As we understand it now “tax credits” will be issued as opposed to a subsidy. In this scenario (as we understand it currently) the insured will lay out and pay the full premium without a government subsidy and at year end or tax time the insured will receive a pre-determined tax credit on their taxes. This is the most ridiculous idea I’ve heard of thus far. The people who are on Obamacare are on it because they can’t afford to pay a full premium (especially with the increases that the insurance companies are now charging) and need a subsidy in order to have the insurance. The only other recourse is to go on Medicaid but if you earn too much money then you aren’t entitled to Medicaid and by the way while on Medicaid you have no choice as to your doctors, procedure options or options of any kind. Elderly insureds will pay 5 times the amount paid by a younger member for this new and improved Obamacare or do we call it Trumpcare? Of course all of this is premature and we’ll reveal details as they are released but this is what can happen when you have too many billionaires in government; they think everything is affordable.
As an update to this the CBO is now estimating that 14 million people will lose health insurance coverage this year and that within 10 years 24 million will be without coverage.

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 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. 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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