Good Morning Traders,
As of this writing 5:05 AM EST, here's what we see:
US Dollar: Sept USD is Down at 96.510.
Energies: Aug '19 Crude is Up at 60.76.
Financials: The Sept 30 year bond is Up 7 ticks and trading at 154.28.
Indices: The Sept S&P 500 emini ES contract is 20 ticks Higher and trading at 3003.00.
Gold: The Aug Gold contract is trading Up at 1425.70. Gold is 130 ticks Higher than its close.
This is not a correlated market. The dollar is Down-- and Crude is Up+ which is 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 Higher and Crude is trading Higher which is not correlated. Gold is trading Higher 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 Higher at this time. All of Europe is trading Higher as well.
Possible Challenges To Traders Today
CPI is out at 8:30 AM EST. This is major.
Core CPI is out at 8:30 AM EST. This is major.
Unemployment Claims are out at 8:30 AM EST. This is major.
Fed Chair Powell testifies at 10 AM EST. This is major.
Natural Gas Storage is out at 10:30 AM EST. This is major.
30-y Bond Auction starts at 1 PM EST. This is major.
FOMC Member Quarles Speaks at 1:30 PM EST. This is major.
Federal Budget Balance is out at 2 PM EST. This is major.
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.
Yesterday the ZB made a major move at around 9 AM EST. The ZB hit a Low at around that time and the YM hit a High. If you look at the charts below ZB gave a signal at around 9 AM EST and the YM was moving 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 9 AM and the YM was moving Lower at the same time. 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 a dozen plus ticks per contract on this trade. Each tick is worth $31.25. Please note: the front month for both the ZB and YM contract is now September, 2019 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
Yesterday our bias was Neutral as both the USD and Bonds were trading Higher and the S&P was trading Higher as well. Given the fact that the Fed Chair was testifying we felt that it would be prudent to suggest a neutral bias. The Dow gained 77 points and the other indices gained ground as well. 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.
It appears as though the Fed Chair testifying before a congressional committee was exactly what the markets needed to calm itself down. The Fed Chair did not give any commitment as to when a rate cut would be exercised or even if one would be given at all but later in the session FOMC Member Bullard did say that he expects a half point rate cut by year end. That would be the equivalent of two 25 basis point cuts. The Dow rose 77 points and the other indices gained ground as well. The Fed Chair continues his testimony today.
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