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Pre-Market Global Review - 8/20/13 - Muddle Thru Market


Good Morning Traders,
As of this writing 5:10 AM EST, here’s what we see:
US Dollar –Down at 81.110, the Sept US Dollar is down 150 ticks and is trading at 81.110.             
Energies – October Oil is down at 105.94.        
Financials – The September 30 year bond is up 27 ticks and is trading at 131.07.      
Indices – The September S&P 500 emini ES contract is down at 1644.25 and is down 3 ticks.  
Gold – The October gold contract is trading down at 1360.30 and is down 54 ticks from its close.
Initial Conclusion: This is not a correlated market.  The dollar is down- and oil is down- which is not  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 indices are down and the US dollar is trading lower which is not correlated.  Gold is trading lower which is not 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. 
All of Asia closed lower with some exchanges lower by triple digits.  As of this writing all of Europe is trading lower. 
  Possible challenges to traders today is the following                         
1.  No major economic news.       
2.  Lack of economic news.    
Currencies  Yesterday the Swiss Franc made its move at 9 AM EST.  There was no economic news to drive it at 8:30 AM and the play was to the long side.  How do we know a long play developed?  A green bar with a green background would assume a long play.  As a trader you could have netted 20 -30 ticks on this trade.  Bear in mind that each tick on the Swiss Franc is worth $12.50 USD.  Please note that in the near future I'll be speaking with John Karnas, CEO of Trend Following Trades to discuss the enhanced version of this charting package.



Chart Courtesy of Trend Following Trades

Yesterday we said our bias was to the upside.  Why?  The Gold was trading higher and the Bonds were trading lower.  Whereas there was no economic reports to drive the markets in any direction, the markets went into and out of positive territory all session long.  The net result being that the Dow lost 70 points and the other indices lost ground as well.  Today we are not dealing with a correlated market therefore our bias is to the downside.   Could this change? Of Course.  Remember anything can happen in a volatile market.
Is it me or do the markets not seem to have any sense of itself?  Usually at this time of the year we have what is known as the summer doldrums whereby the markets just seem to drift with no sense of direction whatsoever.  It is also a time when the regular guns at the institutionals are gone and vacation and the interns take over.  However last summer and the summer before we didn't really have that situation.  Who can deny that 2011 wasn't volatile?  I've recently written an article on the subject.  To view it, click here:

As a follow up to the Binary Options webinar with Mr. Dan Cook, Director of Business for Nadex;  the webinar was very informative and is about an hour in length.  TraderPlanet has agreed to offer a replay of the session.  As promised, here's the link from TraderPlanet:  
Awhile ago we ran a story on Binary Options and the benefits thereof.  TraderPlanet has decided to publish that story in two parts, Part One was released last Thursday and Part Two will be released sometime next week.  Now you may or may not be familiar with TraderPlanet, but if you've been trading for any length of time, you are familiar with SFO (Stock, Futures & Options) magazine.  TraderPlanet bought SFO about a year ago.  The article can be viewed at:

I've also included the interview I did with Dan Cook, Director of Business Development for Nadex, it can be viewed at:

Many of my readers have been asking me to spell out the rules of Market Correlation.  Recently Futures Magazine has elected to print a story on the subject matter and I must say I'm proud of the fact that they did  as I'm Author of that article.  I encourage all viewers to read that piece as it spells out the rules of market correlation and provides charts that show how it works in action. The article is entitled "How to Exploit and Profit from Market Correlation" and can be viewed at:

As a follow up to the first article on Market Correlation, I've produced a second segment on this subject matter and Futures Magazine has elected to publish it.  It can be viewed at:

As readers are probably aware I don't trade equities.   While we're on this discussion, let's define what is meant by a good earnings report.  A company must exceed their prior quarter's earnings per share and must provide excellent forward guidance.  Any falloff between earning per share or forward guidance will not bode well for the company's shares.  This is one of the reasons I don't trade equities but prefer futures.  There is no earnings reports with futures and we don't have to be concerned about lawsuits, scandals, malfeasance, etc.
Anytime the market isn't correlated it's giving you a clue that something isn't right and you should proceed with caution. Today our bias is to the downside.  Could this change?  Of course.  In a volatile market anything can happen.  We'll have to monitor and see.
In May, I spoke with John Karnas, CEO of Trend Following Trades.  John has an interesting background as he was a trader for a number of years prior to buying Trend Following Trades.  John is a believer in Trading Plans and has a very precise method of developing aspiring traders.  To download the article I've written,  go to:

My discussion with John can be viewed at:

Please note the video is about a half hour in length and we plan on producing more in the near future.  Also note that in the near future we will have other videos where we will interview various trading leaders.

As I write this the crude markets are trading lower and the US Dollar is declining.  This is not normal.  Think of it this way.  If the stock market is trading lower, it's safe to assume that the crude market will follow suit and vice versa.  Crude trades with the expectation that business activity is expanding.  The barometer of which is the equities or stock market.  If you view both the crude and index futures side by side you will notice this. Yesterday October crude dropped to a low of 106.38 a barrel and held.  We'll have to monitor and see if crude either goes lower or holds at the present level.   It would appear at the present time that crude has support at $104 a barrel and resistance at 108.  This could change.  All we need do is look at what happened last fall when crude was trading over $100.00 a barrel. We'll have to monitor and see.  Remember that crude is the only commodity that is reflected immediately at the gas pump.

Future Challenges:
- Budget Battle - ongoing.
- Debt Ceiling in the late August/September time frame.      
- Asian Contagion - happening now 

Crude oil is trading lower and the US Dollar is declining.  This is not normal.  Crude typically makes 3 major moves (long or short) during the course of any trading day: around 7 AM EST, 9 AM EST and 2 PM EST when the crude market closes.  If crude makes major moves around those time frames, then this would suggest normal trending, if not it would suggest that something is not quite right.  If you feel compelled to trade consider doing so after 10 AM when the markets give us better direction.  As always watch and monitor your order flow as anything can happen in this market.  This is why monitoring order flow in today's market is crucial.  We as traders are faced with numerous challenges that we didn't have a few short years ago.  High Frequency Trading is one of them.   I'm not an advocate of scalping however in a market as volatile as this scalping is an alternative to trend trading.

Remember that without knowledge of order flow we as traders are risking our hard earned capital and the Smart Money will have no issue taking it from us.  Regardless of whatever platform you use for trading purposes you need to make sure it's monitoring order flow.  Sceeto does an excellent job at this.  To fully capitalize on this newsletter it is important that the reader understand how the various market correlate.  More on this in subsequent editions.

Nick Mastrandrea is the author of Market Tea Leaves. Market Tea Leaves is a free, daily newsletter that discuses and teaches market correlation. Market Tea Leaves is published daily, pre-market in the United States and can be viewed at  Interested in Market Correlation?  Want to learn more?  Signup and receive Market Tea Leaves each day prior to market open.  As a subscriber, you’ll also receive our daily Market Bias video that is only available to subscribers.

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