Daily Global Markets Review - Pending Home Sales Mauls Markets

US Dollar –Down at 81.830, the Sept US Dollar is up 67 ticks and is trading at 81.830.           
Energies – September Oil is down at 103.86.      
Financials – The September 30 year bond is down 4 ticks and is trading at 134.02.    
Indices – The September S&P 500 emini ES contract is up at 1683.75  and is up 3 ticks.
Gold – The August gold contract is trading down at 1323.70 and is down 47 ticks from its close.

Initial Conclusion

This is not a correlated market.  The dollar is up+ and oil is down- which is 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 up and the US dollar is trading higher which is not 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.

All of Asia closed higher with the exception of the Indian Sensex which closed lower. As of this writing Europe is trading higher.

Possible challenges to traders today is the following            
1.  S&P/CS Composite Home Price Index is out at 9 AM EST.  This is major.       
2.  CB Consume Confidence is out at 10 AM EST.    This  is major.
Currencies  

As a follow up to what happened yesterday on the Aussie Dollar.  We said that a move would occur probably around 9 AM EST as Pending Home Sales would be released at 10 AM EST.  A move did occur around that time frame but it was to the downside.  At no point did the AUD show any strength for an upside move.  Today we have Consumer Confidence numbers out at 10 AM EST so the same rule applies.  We believe the AUD will make a move (either long or short) prior to that time; probably around 9 AM EST.  Time will tell if we are correct in this regard and as usual we'll have to monitor and see.

Conclusions

Yesterday we said our bias was to the upside as the USD was trading lower and Gold was trading higher.  However Pending Home Sales came out at 10 AM EST and sealed the fate of the market as the Dow closed down 37 points and the other indices closed lower as well.  Today we are not dealing with a correlated market, in fact it seems as though the markets at this time could go in any direction.  As such our bias is neutral.   Could this change? Of Course.  Remember anything can happen in a volatile market.

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 September crude dropped to a low of 103.87 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 August time frame.      
- Asian Contagion - happening now 

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