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The Bulls Retreat

Friday, March 3, 2017 3:28
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The Bulls Retreat

Good Morning Traders,
As of this writing 4 AM EST, here’s what we see:
US Dollar: Mar. USD is Down at 102.095.
Energies: April Crude is Up at 52.83.
Financials: The Mar 30 year bond is Up 8 ticks and trading at 150.19.
Indices: The March S&P 500 emini ES contract is 25 ticks Lower and trading at 2375.75.
Gold: The April gold contract is trading Down at 1227.00. Gold is 59 ticks Lower than its close.
Initial Conclusion

This is not a correlated market. The dollar is Down- and crude is Up+ which is 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 Up which is correlated. Gold is trading Down 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.
All of Asia traded lower. As of this writing all of Europe is trading lower with the exception of the Milan exchange which is trading higher.
Possible Challenges To Traders Today

– Final Services PMI is out at 9:45 AM EST. This is major.
– ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI is out at 10 AM EST. This is major.
– FOMC Member Evans Speaks at 10:15 AM EST. This is major.
– FOMC Member Powell Speaks at 12:15 PM EST. This is major.
– Fed Chair Yellen Speaks at 1 PM EST. This is major.
– FOMC Member Fischer Speaks at 1 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 12:30 PM EST with no economic news to speak of. 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 12:30 PM 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 12:30 PM EST and the YM hit a low. 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 shorting opportunity on the 30 year bond, as a trader you could have netted about 15 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 – 3/2/17
YM- March, 2017 – 3/2/17

Yesterday we gave the markets a neutral as the indices didn’t have any sense of direction yesterday morning. The Dow dropped about 113 points and the other indices lost ground as well. 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.

It seems as though traders and the Smart Money decided to take some capital off the table yesterday as the Dow retreated 113 points and the other indices lost ground as well. However the Dow still retained the 21,000 level and didn’t retreat below that threshold. This is significant because it means that the markets are not in a full scale retreat at this time (although this could change). Today we have Fedspeak day where about 5 Fed members including Janet Yellen will be speaking and we might as well have the FOMC Meeting now with all these folks talking. We’ll have to wait until March 15th (the Ides of March) for the formal FOMC meet.
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 Higher and the futures are trading Lower. This is normal. Crude and the markets are now reverse correlated such that when the markets are rising, crude drops and vice-versa. Yesterday April Crude dropped to a low of $52.57 a barrel. It would appear at the present time that crude has support at $52.00 a barrel and resistance at $53.49. 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…

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

Future Challenges

On Tuesday evening we heard President Trump give his first address to a joint session of Congress. Ordinarily this would be a State of the Union Address but I guess because he’s just been inaugurated that’ll be next year. I must admit admit this was an excellent speech. For the first time that I can recall Donald Trump sounded Presidential. He spoke about uplifting the Middle Class, jump starting the economy, improving America’s crumbling infrastructure, jobs, etc. These are all positive goals and objectives. I can attest first hand as to the differences between US airports and those overseas. Anyone who’s ever traveled to Europe knows what I’m referring to; their airports and roads are better. Autobahn or Route 95 to Philly? Hmm, I’ll take the Autobahn any day. However here’s the concern; he’s still sketchy on details. He did not mention one word about the how nor did he mention one word (as he did on his campaign) on no cuts to Medicare or Social Security. He did mention Obamacare (of course) but is still sketchy on the details. He talked about buying insurance across state lines and at first glance this sounds ideal except when you look closer and realized that buying insurance in Wyoming is very different than New York. We have a state insurance commissioner in each state of the union who’s job it is to enforce the rules of that state as it pertains to insurance. Is President Trump talking about creating one set rules for all states or he is intent on destroying NAIC (National Association of Insurance Commissioners)? Once again, he’s sketchy on the details…

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 Lower. 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 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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