US Dollar: Dec USD is Up at 98.255.
Energies: Jan'20 Crude is Up at 56.50.
Financials: The Mar'20 30 year bond is Down 48 ticks and trading at 157.15.
Indices: The Dec S&P 500 emini ES contract is 46 ticks Higher and trading at 3155.25.
Gold: The Feb'20 Gold contract is trading Down at 1462.40. Gold is 104 ticks Lower than its close.
This is not a correlated market. The dollar is Up+ and Crude is Up+ which is not 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 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.
At this time all of Asia is trading Higher with the exception of the Singapore exchange which is fractionally Lower. Currently all of Europe is trading to the Upside.
Possible Challenges To Traders Today:
Final Manufacturing PMI is out at 9:45 AM EST. This is Major.
ISM Manufacturing PMI is out at 10 AM EST. This is Major.
Construction Spending m/m is out at 10 AM EST. This is Major.
ISM Manufacturing Prices is out at 10 AM EST. This is Major.
We've elected to switch gears a bit and show correlation between the 30 year bond (ZB) 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 liken to a seesaw, when up goes up the other should go down and vice versa.
Last Wednesday the ZB made a major move at around 8 AM EST. The ZB hit a Low at around that time and the S&P hit a High. If you look at the charts below ZB gave a signal at around 8 AM EST and the S&P moved Lower at the same time. Look at the charts below and you'll see a pattern for both assets. ZB hit a Low at around 8 AM 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 30 year bond, as a trader you could have netted about 15 ticks per contract on this trade. Each tick is worth $31.25. Please note: the front month for the ZB is now December. The S&P contract is now at December as well and 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
Last Wednesday we gave the markets a Neutral bias as we didn't see any evidence of market correlation, hence the Neutral bias. The Dow gained 42 points and the other indices gained ground as well. Today we aren't dealing with a correlated market however our bias is to the Upside.
Could this change? Of Course. Remember anything can happen in a volatile market.
Last Wednesday we witnessed an unprecedented 13 economic reports in one day. This was due to the Thanksgiving Holiday which pushed all the news that might have been reported on Thursday and Friday into last Wednesday. The markets nonetheless and we believe that the reason why that happened was the GDP numbers that were reported last Wednesday at 8:30 AM EST. It showed an increase from 1.9% to 2.1% or a gain of two tenths of one percent. This showed a very strong and robust economy that is growing. Today we have both ISM and Construction Spending, both of which are major and proven market movers.
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