US Dollar: March USD is Down at 96.135.
Energies: April '19 Crude is Down at 58.68.
Financials: The Jun 30 year bond is Down 3 tick and trading at 148.14.
Indices: The Mar S&P 500 emini ES contract is 48 ticks Lower and trading at 2799.00.
Gold: The April Gold contract is trading Up at 1316.50 Gold is 42 ticks Higher than its close.
This is not a correlated market. The dollar is Down- and Crude is Down- which is not normal and 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 Lower and Crude is trading Lower which is not correlated. Gold is trading Higher which is 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 Asia is trading Lower. Currently all of Europe is trading Lower as well.
Possible Challenges To Traders Today
No major economic news to speak of.
Lack of major economic news.
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.
On Friday 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 Shorting opportunity on the 30 year bond, as a trader you could have netted about 20 ticks per contract on this trade. Each tick is worth $31.25. Please note: the front month for the ZB contract is now June, 2019
Charts Courtesy of MultiCharts built on an AMP platform.
On Friday we gave the markets a Neutral bias as nothing appeared to be correlated. The Dow dropped 460 points and the other indices lost 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.
So what caused such a massive selloff on Friday? Someone noticed that the yield curve on longer term bonds were below the yield for shorter term instruments. This struck fear into the hearts of traders as this is indicative of recession in the future. When is anyone's guess but the last time this happened was 2006 and in December, 2007 the Great Recession started. What do we believe? We believe that a one day event doesn't predict the future. From our point of view we need to see this occur over an extended period of time to deem validity. So we'll be on the lookout for a repeat of this but for the time being, it's a one day wonder....
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