US Dollar: Mar '23 USD is Up at 103,740.

Energies: Jan '23 Crude is Up at 76.96.

Financials: The Mar '23 30 Year T-Bond is Down 1 tick and trading at 128.02.

Indices: The Mar '23 S&P 500 emini ES contract is 81 ticks Higher and trading at 3696.50. 

Gold: The Feb'23 Gold contract is trading Down at 1823.30. Gold is 21 ticks Lower than its close.

Initial conclusion

This is not a correlated market. The dollar is Up, and Crude is Up which is not 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 lower, then the bonds should follow and vice-versa. The S&P is Higher, and Crude is trading Higher 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. Currently all of Asia is trading mainly Lower with the exception of the Hang Seng and Singapore exchanges. All of Europe is trading Higher.

Possible challenges to traders today

  • Current Account is out at 8:30 AM EST. This is not Major.

  • CB Consumer Confidence is out at 10 AM EST. This is Major.

  • Existing Home Sales is out at 10 AM EST. This is Major.

  • Crude Oil Inventories is out at 10:30 AM EST. This is 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 hit a Low at around 9:50 AM EST. The S&P was in a Downswing at around the same time.  If you look at the charts below ZN gave a signal at around 9:50 AM and the S&P gave a signal 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 9:50 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 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 Mar '23. The S&P contract is now Mar' 23 as well.   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

Chart

ZN - Mar 2023 - 12/20/22

Chart

S&P - Dec 2022 - 12/20/22

Bias

Yesterday we gave the markets a Neutral or Mixed bias as we didn't see much in the way of correlation yesterday morning. The indices veered to the Upside as the Dow closed 92 points Higher and the other indices traded Higher as well albeit fractionally. Today we aren't dealing with a correlated market and our bias is to the Upside.

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

Commentary

Yesterday we gave the markets a Neutral bias as we didn't see much in the way of correlation. The markets finally achieved an Upside Day after 4 down days in a row. However, it was only slightly Higher, and it isn't as though we will see a Santa Claus rally this close to Christmas. Today we have Consumer Confidence and Existing Home Sales; both of which are major and proven market movers. Will this be enough to propel the markets Higher? Only time will tell.

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.

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