Good Morning Traders,
As of this writing 4:55 AM EST, here's what we see:
US Dollar: March USD is Up at 96.580.
Energies: March '19 Crude is Up at 53.70.
Financials: The Mar 30 year bond is Up 3 ticks and trading at 146.02.
Indices: The Mar S&P 500 emini ES contract is 10 ticks Higher and trading at 2747.25.
Gold: The Feb Gold contract is trading Up at 1316.40. Gold is 24 ticks Higher than its close.
This is not a correlated market. The dollar is Up+ and Crude is Up+ which is not normal and the 30 year Bond is trading Higher as well. 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 not correlated with the US dollar trading Higher. 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 all of Asia is trading Higher with the exception of the Indian Sensex exchange. Currently Europe is trading Higher with the exception of the Spanish IBEX exchange which is fractionally Lower.
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.
Crude Oil Inventories is out at 10:30 AM EST. This is major.
Federal Budget Balance is out at 2 PM. 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 High at around that time and the YM hit a Low. If you look at the charts below ZB gave a signal at around 9 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 9 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
Yesterday we gave the markets a Neutral bias as the USD was trading Higher yesterday morning but should have been trading Lower. The Dow gained 373 points and the other indices reached higher ground as well. Today we aren't dealing with a correlated market and our bias is to the Downside.
Could this change? Of Course. Remember anything can happen in a volatile market.
Yesterday morning the markets didn't seem to make an sense. The fly in the ointment was the USD which should have been trading Lower but was in fact trading Higher yesterday. The markets moved higher based on the news that a potential deal had been struck to avoid and avert a government shutdown. However the President isn't too pleased with this accord as the proposed bill would allocate about 1.5 billion for the border wall and the President wanted 5.7 billion. The question is (at this point) will he sign? If he doesn't another shutdown is probably in the cards. But as in all things, only time will tell....
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