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Comey Moves Markets?barely

Good Morning Traders,

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

US Dollar: Jun. USD is Up at 97.395.

Energies: Jul Crude is Down at 45.42.

Financials: The Sept 30 year bond is Up 1 tick and trading at 154.08.

Indices: The June S&P 500 emini ES contract is 8 ticks Higher and trading at 2434.50.

Gold: The Aug gold contract is trading Down at 1276.70. Gold is 27 ticks Lower than its close.

Initial Conclusion

This is not a correlated market. The dollar is Up+ and crude is Down- which is normal and the 30 year bond is trading Up fractionally. 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 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.

At this hour all of Asia is trading mixed with half the exchanges higher and the other half lower. All of Europe is trading higher at this hour.

Possible Challenges To Traders Today

? Final Wholesale Inventories is out at 10 AM EST. This is major.

? Lack of major economic news.

Treasuries

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 after the economic news was released. 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 10:30 AM 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 10:30 AM and the YM hit a high. 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 20 plus 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. Please note that the front month for the ZB contract is now September, 2017.

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

ZB ? Sept, 2017 ? 6/8/17

YM- June, 2017 ? 6/8/17

Bias

Yesterday we gave the markets an upside bias as the USD, Bonds and Gold were all trading lower yesterday morning and this is indicative of an upside day. The Dow gained 9 points and the indices traded higher although fractionally. 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.

Commentary

So the whole world was anxiously awaiting Comey?s testimony to the Senate Committee. Did he say anything earth shattering? No. Did he nail President Trump? No. So what did he do? From our perspective this ?testimony? was an attempt by Comey to clear his name as he spoke mainly about his firing and how that all happened as opposed to providing any objective views. In fact each time he was asked specific questions he stated ?I don?t feel comfortable answering that in an open setting.? So what did you think this was going to be? His objective was to provide the Special Prosecutor with enough ammo to move forward but didn?t provide any evidence of such. Congress will not use the ?I? word unless there is significant evidence that some wrong doing had taken place. Comey wouldn?t even comment on whether he felt Trump had obstructed justice when asked by Trump to lay off Mike Flynn. If you ask me this whole scenario was a sham and a waste of taxpayer dollars.

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 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 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 $45.35 a barrel. It would appear at the present time that crude has support at $44.80 a barrel and resistance at $46.58. 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

So yesterday Comey testifies before a Senate Committee and in our opinion it was a sham and waste of taxpayer dollars. The only thing Comey wanted to do was to clear his name as Trump had called him a ?nut job? after firing him. Comey supposedly wanted to provide the Special Prosecutor with enough ?evidence? to move forward but provided nothing concrete. So the perception on the street is that Trump won?t be impeached and the markets advance. But Chris Mathews had summed it up best by stating ?Trump wants the government to bend to him as opposed to he bending to the government and inevitably will get himself into trouble at some point.? So the president may have dodged a bullet for now but sooner or later his own mouth will get into trouble again as he has no control over his emotions and as traders we know what that means?

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 www.markettealeaves.com. 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: Jun 9, 2017   


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