US Dollar: Sep '22 USD is Up at 106.440.

Energies: Sept '22 Crude is Down at 86.35.

Financials: The Sep '22 30 Year bond is Down 20 ticks and trading at 140.19.

Indices: The Sep '22 S&P 500 emini ES contract is 66 ticks Lower and trading at 4291.25.

Gold: The Dec'22 Gold contract is trading Down at 1788.90. Gold is 8 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 Lower. The Financials should always correlate with the US dollar such that if the dollar is lower, then the bonds should follow and vice-versa. The S&P is Lower, and Crude is trading Lower which is not correlated. Gold is trading Lower 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. All of Asia is trading Higher. Currently all of Europe is trading Lower with the exception of the Milan exchange which is trading Higher.

Possible challenges to traders today

  • Core Retail Sales is out at 8:30 AM EST. Major.

  • Retail Sales is out at 8:30 AM EST. Major.

  • FOMC Member Bowman Speaks at 9:30 AM Major.

  • Business Inventories is out at 10 AM EST. Major.

  • Crude Oil Inventories is out at 10:30 AM EST. Major.

  • FOMC Meeting Minutes is out at 2 PM EST. Major.

  • FOMC Member Bowman speak at 2:20 PM. Major.

Treasuries

Traders, please note that we've changed the Bond instrument from the 30 year (ZB) to the 10 year (ZN). They work exactly the same.

We've elected to switch gears a bit and show correlation between the 10-year bond (ZN) and the S&P futures contract. The S&P contract is the Standard and Poor's, and the purpose is to show reverse correlation between the two instruments. Remember it's likened to a seesaw, when up goes up the other should go down and vice versa.

Yesterday the ZN made its move at around 10 AM EST. The ZN hit a Low at around that time and the S&P moved Lower shortly thereafter. If you look at the charts below ZN gave a signal at around 10 AM EST and the S&P moved Lower at around the same time. Look at the charts below and you'll see a pattern for both assets. ZN hit a Low at around 10 AM EST and the S&P was moving Lower shortly thereafter. These charts represent the newest version of MultiCharts and I've changed the timeframe to a 15-minute chart to display better. This represented a Long opportunity on the 10-year note, as a trader you could have netted about 20 ticks per contract on this trade. Each tick is worth $15.625. Please note: the front month for the ZN is now Sep '22. The S&P contract is also Sep' 22 as well. The front months are now Sep' 22. I've changed the format to Renko Bars such that it may be more apparent and visible.

Charts courtesy of MultiCharts built on an AMP platform

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ZN - Sep 2022 - 08/16/22

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S&P - Sep 2022 - 08/16/22

Bias

Yesterday we gave the markets a Neutral bias as the USD and the Bonds weren't trading in the same direction and that usually signifies a Neutral or Mixed Day. The markets didn't disappoint as the Dow and S&P both traded Higher, but the Nasdaq closed Lower. Today we aren't dealing with a correlated market and our bias is Neutral.

Could this change? Of Course. Remember anything can happen in a volatile market.

Commentary

Well, the IRA was finally signed into law yesterday and what should have been an Up day was more of a Neutral or Mixed one. The Dow traded Higher by 240 points, the S&P by 8 but the Nasdaq dropped 26, making it a Mixed day. This was what we suggested yesterday morning as we didn't see much in the way of correlation and when that happens it tells you to beware because anything can happen. Case in point, Biden signs the Inflation Reduction Act and that should have been cause for an Up day with the bulls roaring. Well, that didn't happen. Today we have more ion the way of economic news as well as the Fed Meeting Minutes which is always a market mover.

Trading performance displayed herein is hypothetical. The following Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) disclaimer should be noted.

Hypothetical performance results have many inherent limitations, some of which are described below. No representation is being made that any account will or is likely to achieve profits or losses similar to those shown.

In fact, there are frequently sharp differences between hypothetical performance results and the actual results subsequently achieved by any particular trading program. One of the limitations of hypothetical performance trading results is that they are generally prepared with the benefit of hindsight.

In addition, hypothetical trading does not involve financial risk, and no hypothetical trading record can completely account for the impact of financial risk in actual trading. For example, the ability to withstand losses or to adhere to a particular trading program in spite of trading losses are material points which can also adversely affect actual trading results.

There are numerous other factors related to the markets in general or to the implementation of any specific trading program which cannot be fully accounted for in the preparation of hypothetical performance results and all of which can adversely affect actual trading results.

Trading in the commodities markets involves substantial risk and YOU CAN LOSE A LOT OF MONEY, and thus is not appropriate for everyone. You should carefully consider your financial condition before trading in these markets, and only risk capital should be used.

In addition, these markets are often liquid, making it difficult to execute orders at desired prices. Also, during periods of extreme volatility, trading in these markets may be halted due to so-called “circuit breakers” put in place by the CME to alleviate such volatility. In the event of a trading halt, it may be difficult or impossible to exit a losing position.

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