US Dollar: March USD is Down at 95.205.
Energies: Feb '19 Crude is Down at 50.98.
Financials: The Mar 30 year bond is Up 11 ticks and trading at 146.03.
Indices: The Mar S&P 500 emini ES contract is 75 ticks Lower and trading at 2576.50.
Gold: The Feb Gold contract is trading Up at 1293.90. Gold is 44 ticks Higher than its close.
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 S&P is Lower and Crude is trading Lower which is not correlated. Gold is trading Higher which is correlated with the US dollar trading Lower. 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.
At this hour Asia is trading mainly Lower with the exception of the Nikkei exchange which is Lower at this time. Currently all of Europe is trading to the Downside.
Possible Challenges To Traders Today
No major economic news to speak of.
Lack of major economic news.
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.
On Friday the ZB made a major move at around 10:30 AM EST. 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 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 High at around 10:30 AM and the YM was moving Higher at the same time. These charts represent the newest version of MultiCharts 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 a dozen ticks per contract on this trade. Each tick is worth $31.25. Please note: the front month for the ZB contract is now March, 2019
Charts Courtesy of MultiCharts built on an AMP platform.
On Friday we gave the markets a Neutral bias as the indices didn't have much in the way of correlation Friday morning, hence the Neutral bias. The Dow dropped 6 points and the other indices retracted slightly. 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.
The markets retracted slightly on Friday and now the focus seems to be the partial government shutdown which is turning out to be the longest in US history. The shutdown will now enter its fourth week and is affecting about 800,000 Federal workers who are furloughed. The concern is that these workers may refrain from paying bills, lowering their credit scores and overall indirectly slowing down the economy. I personally think this is a bit overblown with many pundits attempting to add drama to the situation. Obviously if it continues it will have an impact but I think that finance and credit should take this into consideration if their client is a Federal employee. Clearly these folks didn't cause the situation and if the situation were rectified there wouldn't be a problem. But as in all things, time will tell how it all works out.
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.