USD: Jun '24 is Up at 106.125.

Energies: Jun '24 Crude is Down at 81.59.

Financials: The June '24 30 Year T-Bond is Down 18 ticks and trading at 114.02

Indices: The Jun '24 S&P 500 emini ES contract is 107 ticks Higher and trading at 5030.00.

Gold: The Jun'24 Gold contract is trading Down at 2355.20.  

Initial conclusion

This is a nearly correlated market.  The USD is Up and Crude is Down which is normal, but the 30 Year T-Bond is trading Lower.  The Financials should always correlate with the US dollar such that if the dollar is Higher, then the bonds should follow and vice-versa. The S&P is Higher and Crude is trading Lower which is 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.  Asia is trading Higher with the exception of the Shanghai exchange.  Currently all of Europe is trading Higher with the exception of the MIlan exchange. 

Possible challenges to traders

  • No Major Economic News to speak of.

  • Lack of Major Economic news.

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.  

On Friday the ZN migrated Lower at around 8:15 AM EST as the S&P hit a Low at around the same time.  If you look at the charts below the S&P gave a signal at around 8:15 AM and the ZN started its Downward slide.  Look at the charts below and you'll see a pattern for both assets. S&P hit a Low at around 8:15 AM and migrated Higher.  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 Short opportunity on the 10-year note, as a trader you could have netted about a dozen ticks per contract on this trade.   Each tick is worth $15.625.  Please note: the front month for both the ZN and the S&P are now Jun '24.  I've changed the format to filled Candlesticks (not hollow) such that it may be more apparent and visible.  

Charts courtesy of MultiCharts built on an AMP platform 

ZN -Jun 2024 - 04/19/24

S&P - Jun 2024 - 04/19/24

Bias

On Friday we gave the markets a Neutral or Mixed bias and the markets didn't disappoint.  The Dow gained 211 points but the S&P and Nasdaq both lost ground.  Today we're dealing with a nearly correlated market and our bias is to the Upside.

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

Commentary

On Friday we suggested a Neutral or Mixed day as we didn't see much in the way of Market Correlation Friday morning.  Sure, enough the markets traded sideways and ended the session Mixed as suggested.  We had no economic news to speak of on Friday and today we don't any economic news either.  Will we see a threepeat??  Only time will tell...

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