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Pre-Market Global Review - 9/24/13 - Debt Ceiling Takes Center Stage


Good Morning Traders,
As of this writing 4:50 AM EST, here’s what we see:
US Dollar –Up at 80.595, the Dec US Dollar is up 24 ticks and is trading at 80.595.             
Energies – November Oil is down at 103.18.       
Financials – The December 30 year bond is up 10 ticks and is trading at 132.10      
Indices – The December S&P 500 emini ES contract is down at 1692.50 and is down 1 tick.  
Gold – The October gold contract is trading down at 1319.90 and is down 71 ticks from its close.
Initial Conclusion: This is a correlated market, unfortunately it is correlated to the downside.  The dollar is up+ and oil is down-  which is normal and 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 higher which is correlated.  Gold is trading lower 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.   

Asia closed mainly lower with the exception of the Indian Sensex exchange which is trading higher. As of this writing all of Europe is trading mainly higher. 
  Possible challenges to traders today is the following:
S&P/CS Composite-20 HPI y/y is out at 9 AM EST.  This is not major.       
HPI m/m is out at 9 AM EST.  This is major.                 
CB Consumer Confidence is out at 10 AM EST.  This is major.
4.  Richmond Manufacturing Index is out at 10 AM EST.  This is major.
5.  FOMC Member George Speaks at 1 PM EST.  This is major. 


Yesterday the Swiss Franc made it's move at about 8:45 AM EST.   This was a short opportunity as the USD hit a low at around that time and proceeded to rise,  the Swiss Franc fell at the around the same time.  The key to capitalizing on these trades is to watch the USD movement.  The USD rising only lent confirmation to the move.  As a trader you could have netted 20-30 ticks on this trade.  And you thought markets weren't correlated? Please note that these charts are December 2013 due to contract rollover.


Chart Courtesy of Trend Following Trades

USD 9/23/13


Yesterday we said our bias was neutral as the markets weren't giving us any sense of direction whatsoever.  For those of you who are new subscribers a neutral bias means the market could go in any direction.  As such the Dow dropped 50 points and the other indices dropped as well.  Today we are dealing with a correlated market, unfortunately it is correlated to the downside.  As such our bias is to the downside.  Could this change? Of Course.  Remember anything can happen in a volatile market.
Now that the FOMC has made their decision not to taper, it would appear as though the focus has shifted to the Debt Ceiling/ObamaCare.  On Friday the House of Representatives approved a budget minus Obamacare.  This will now go to the Senate who will no doubt send it back to the House including funding for the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare.  The President has vowed to veto any bill that doesn't increase the debt ceiling or include funding for the ACA.  This shouldn't surprise any reader of this newsletter as we've been saying for months that sooner or later this would come home to roost and yet here we are less than 10 days away from October 1st and we still don't have an approved budget going forward.  We seem to be more concerned about what the "rock star" FOMC members think than we do about the lack of an approved budget or the potential for a government shutdown come October 1st.  October 1st is importnat not only because of the Debt Ceiling but also because this is the day the healthcare exchanges are to start for the ACA.  In all likelehood the government will do what it always does and that is to wait until the very last minute and then play catchup by working 24 hours straight to get something passed.  This is not what I call proactive planning.  One noteworthy comment that came out today was from FOMC member Dudley who claimed that "the economy was too weak to taper" but I guess you've heard that before...

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 advancing.  This is 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 November crude dropped to a low of 103.25 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 $102.19 a barrel and resistance at 105.11.  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 September time frame.      
- Military Action in Syria? - September. 

Crude oil is trading lower and the US Dollar is advancing.  This is 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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