Market Overview

Pre-Market Global Review - 1/3/14 - 2014 Starts with a Sell-Off


Good Morning Traders,

As of this writing 6:00 AM EST, here’s what we see:
US Dollar – Down at 80.730, the US Dollar is down 58 ticks and is trading at 80.730.                         

Energies – February Oil is down at 95.42.       
Financials – The March 30 year bond is down 2 ticks and trading at 128.18.      
Indices – The March S&P 500 emini ES contract is up 6 ticks and trading at 1828.00. 
Gold – The February gold contract is trading up at 1232.70 and is up 75 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 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 indices are higher and the US dollar is trading down which is 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. 
All of Asia traded lower, please note that the Japanese Nikkei was closed for a bank holiday.  As of this writing Europe is trading higher. 
  Possible challenges to traders today is the following:
1.  Natural Gas Storage is out at 10:30 AM EST. This could move the Nat Gas market.      
2.  Crude Oil Inventories is out at 11 AM EST.  This is could move the crude oil market.    
3.  Auto Sales - all day.

Yesterday the Swiss Franc made it's move at around 10 AM EST after the economic reports were released.  Look at the charts below and you'll see a pattern for both assets.  The USD fell at around that time and the Swiss Franc rose.  This was a long opportunity on the Swiss Franc.  The key to capitalizing on these trades is to watch the USD movement.  The USD rise only lent confirmation to the move.  As a trader you could have netted 20 ticks on this trade.  

Please note: the charts below are from Tuesday, 12/31/13.  Unfortunately we are experiencing technical difficulties with Ninja Trader, version 7, Release 18.  When this issue is resolved we will provide charts as usual. 
 Charts Courtesy of Trend Following Trades


Swiss Franc - 3/14 - 12/31/13

USD - 3/14 - 12/31/13


Yesterday we said our bias was to the upside as the Bonds were trading lower, Gold was trading higher and the futures pointed upward (as of 5 AM EST).  The markets however had other ideas.  The Dow closed 136 points lower and the other indices lost ground as well.  Today we aren't dealing with a correlated market however our bias is to the upside.    Could this change?  Of Course.  Remember anything can happen in a volatile market.
The markets wasted no time yesterday deciding on a direction and unfortunately the direction was down.  It didn't seem to matter that we had good economic reports, the markets stayed in negative territory all session long.  Now what do we think is happening?  Early January of any given is a volatile time for trading as folks who experienced a gain in 2013, will sell in 2014 to put cash in their pockets and don't have to be concerned about taxes on gains until next year when it has to be reported to the IRS.  This is typically called the January Effect.  We haven't really experienced a January Effect for the last few years as it typically happens when markets have reached or exceeded an all time high; such as what happened in 2013.  Will this situation continue?  Only time will tell......

Each day in this newsletter we provide viewers a snapshot of the Swiss Franc versus the US dollar as a way and means of capitalizing on the inverse relationship between these two assets.  Futures Magazine recognized this correlation as well.  So much so that they printed a story on it in their December issue.  That story 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 neutral.  Could this change?  Of course.  In a volatile market anything can happen.  We'll have to monitor and see.

As I write this the crude markets are trading lower and the US Dollar is lower.  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 February crude dropped to a low of 95.42 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 $92.95 a barrel and resistance at $99.90.  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 - Senate passes budget deal, now it's up to Obama to sign.

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 9 AM EST, 11 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 11 AM when the inventory numbers are released and 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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