US Dollar: Dec '22 USD is Down at 104.935.

Energies: Jan '23 Crude is Up at 73.76.

Financials: The Mar '23 30 Year T-Bond is Up 7 ticks and trading at 129.28.

Indices: The Dec '22 S&P 500 Emini ES contract is 84 ticks Higher and trading at 4012.75. 

Gold: The Feb'23 Gold contract is trading Up at 1798.50. Gold is 63 ticks Higher than its close.  

Initial conclusion

This is not a correlated market. The dollar is Down, and Crude is Up which is normal, but the 30 Year T-Bond is trading Higher. 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 Higher which is correlated with the US dollar trading Down. 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 with the exception of the Shanghai exchange which is down fractionally. Currently all of Europe is trading Higher. .

Possible challenges to traders today

  • NFIB Small Business Index is out at 6 AM EST. This is Major.

  • CPI m/m is out at 8:30 AM EST. This is Major.

  • Core CPI m/m is out at 8:30 AM EST. Major.

  • CPI y/y is out at 8:30 AM EST. This is Major.

  • IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism. Major.

  • 30-y Bond Auction starts at 1 PM EST. Major.


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 Bonds hit a High at around 9 AM EST. The S&P hit a Low at around that time and the Bonds moved Lower shortly thereafter. If you look at the charts below ZN gave a signal at around 9 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 High at around 9 AM and the S&P moved Higher 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 Short opportunity on the 10-year note, as a trader you could have netted about 30 ticks per contract on this trade. Each tick is worth $15.625. Please note: the front month for the ZN is now Dec '22. The S&P contract is also Dec' 22. 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


ZN - Dec 2022 - 12/12/22


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


Yesterday we gave the markets an Upside bias as the USD, Crude and Gold were trading Lower and this usually represents an Upside Day. The markets didn't disappoint as the Dow traded 529 points Higher and the other indices traded Higher 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. 


Yesterday we once again opted for an Upside Day only this time the markets didn't disappoint us. The Dow and all other indices traded to the Upside yesterday. Why? The market was correlated that way. Today we have much more in the way of economic reports, most of which are based on the CPI or Consumer Price Index. The Fed uses that number to determine inflation figures, which is why it's so important. It will also be used to determine rate hike numbers for tomorrows FOMC meeting.


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