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Flynn Takes Fifth

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Flynn Takes Fifth

Good Morning Traders,

As of this writing 4:15 AM EST, here?s what we see:

US Dollar: Jun. USD is Down at 96.790.

Energies: Jun Crude is Down at 50.38.

Financials: The June 30 year bond is Up 7 ticks and trading at 154.00.

Indices: The June S&P 500 emini ES contract is 12 ticks Higher and trading at 2395.75.

Gold: The June gold contract is trading Down at 1259.40. Gold is 20 ticks Lower than its close.

Initial Conclusion

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 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 Up+ and Crude is trading Down- which is correlated. Gold is trading Down- 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.

At this hour all of Asia is trading mainly lower with the exception of the Hang Seng and Singapore exchanges which are trading higher at this hour. All of Europe is trading higher at this hour.

Possible Challenges To Traders Today

? FOMC Member Kashkari Speaks at 9 AM EST. This is major.

? Flash Manufacturing PMI is out at 9:45 AM EST. This is major.

? Flash Services PMI is out at 9:45 AM EST. This is major.

? New Home Sales are out at 10 AM EST. This is major.

? Richmond Manufacturing Index is out at 10 AM. This is major.

? FOMC Member Kashkari Speaks at 3 PM EST. This is major.

? FOMC Member Harker Speaks at 5 PM EST. This is major.


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.

Yesterday the ZB made it?s move at around 10:30 AM EST with no real economic news in sight. The ZB hit a high at around that time and the YM hit a low. If you look at the charts below ZB gave a signal at around 10:30 AM and the YM was moving higher at the same time. Look at the charts below and you?ll see a pattern for both assets. ZB hit a high at around 10:30 AM and the YM hit a low. These charts represent the newest version of Trend Following Trades and I?ve changed the timeframe to a 30 minute chart to display better. This represented a long opportunity on the 30 year bond, as a trader you could have netted about a dozen ticks per contract on this trade. Each tick is worth $31.25. We added a Donchian Channel to the charts to show the signals more clearly.

Charts Courtesy of Trend Following Trades built on a NinjaTrader platform Click on an image to enlarge it.

ZB ? June, 2017 ? 5/22/17

YM- June, 2017 ? 5/22/17


Yesterday we gave the markets a neutral bias as the indices had no sense of direction yesterday morning hence the neutral bias. The Dow shot up 90 points and the other indices gained ground as well. Today we aren?t dealing with a correlated market and our bias is to the upside.

Could this change? Of Course. Remember anything can happen in a volatile market.


It seems that the market continued its uptrend yesterday as all 3 major indices gained ground despite no economic news to speak of. It would seem that the old adage of ?no news is good news? really is true even though it discovered yesterday that Michael Flynn the former NSA Director under Trump will take the fifth amendment when called before a Congressional committee. This is interesting because I seem to recall that when members of organized crime did this they were held in contempt of court and faced prison time. This is just another incident in a long line of fiascos that this young administration faces with only with little more than 100 days in office. Time will tell how this all works out but the pundits in the media are claiming that Flynn is right to do this as the mood and atmosphere seems to be one of vigilante?

Just so you understand, Market Correlation is Market Direction. It attempts to determine the market direction for that day and it does so by using a unique set of tools. In fact TradersLog published an article on this subject that can be viewed at:

Many of my readers have been asking me to spell out the rules of Market Correlation. 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:

View article on Futures Mag

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: View article on Futures Mag

Many subscribers have asked what is the best time of day to trade? A recent article published by Futures Magazine may shed some light on the subject:

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 upside. 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 Lower and the futures are trading Higher. This is normal. Crude and the markets are now reverse correlated such that when the markets are rising, crude drops and vice-versa. Yesterday July Crude dropped to a low of $50.86 a barrel. It would appear at the present time that crude has support at $50.36 a barrel and resistance at $52.11. This could change. We?ll have to monitor and see. Remember that crude is the only commodity that is reflected immediately at the gas pump. Please note that the front month for crude is now July. Last December and after two years OPEC finally decided to cut production but the price crude is still tame (as of this writing). What they haven?t figured out yet is that the more countries like Canada and the US produce their own crude (by whatever means) the more crude prices will fall. The move by OPEC to cut production in an attempt to pump up prices is liken to ?too little, too late? as the world doesn?t need their oil as much as they used to. Power equipment that used to need oil (Grass Trimmers, Lawn Mowers, Autos) now run on battery power and Canada and the United States are producing more of their own crude. As an update to this the non-OPEC countries have come to an agreement to unilaterally cut production across the board and this has served to temporarily raise crude prices. We?ll have to see if and how long this lasts?

If trading crude today consider doing so after 10 AM EST when the markets gives us better direction.

Future Challenges

It seems that every week the US is facing a new disaster. Four weeks ago it was North Korea, three weeks ago it was the Healthcare bill that barely passed the Republican controlled House of Representatives and two weeks ago it was Trump firing FBI Director James Comey. We said immediately after the election that the danger with this President is he will run this country like a game show (the Apprentice) and anyone who doesn?t ?cut it? will be fired. Now on the outside that may seem positive; after all isn?t it high time that the government runs like a business? The problem here is this president (because he has no political background) makes the wrong decisions at the wrong time. Firing the man who?s investigating your campaign will only lead people to believe (besides being an obstruction to justice) that this is a coverup and what is he trying to hide? And then the very next day announcing in an interview with Lester Holt that it was your idea all along isn?t helping your cause. This President believes he is above the law and answers to no one. He believes he can do what he want with no consequences and of course if it doesn?t work according to plan he?ll just blame the Democrats. The market is starting to reflect this as the ?Trump Trade? is no longer in vogue. What disaster awaits us this week? Only time will tell?

As an update to this while Trump was taking off on his first foreign visit it was reported that the day after firing FBI Director Comey, he admitted to Russian emissaries that Comey ?was a nut job? and it?s a relief that he?s no longer investigating the Russian hacking into the 2016 election.

TradersLog has just published an article entitled ?So You Think You Can Trust Your Elected Officials?? That article can be viewed at:

Crude Oil Is Trading Lower

Crude oil is trading Lower and the markets are Higher. This is 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. 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 daily newsletter that is dedicated to your trading success. We teach and discuss 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.
Date: May 23, 2017   

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