Tag: Futures and options

CORN (March)

Yesterdays Close: March corn futures finished yesterday’s session down ½ of a cent, trading in a range of 3 ¼ cents. Funds were estimated sellers of 5,000 contracts.

Fundamentals: Recent weather in Argentina has prompted concerns over yield loss, if realized this could be a catalyst to achieve a technical breakout and encourage short covering. We have February option expiration on Friday and 350 looks to be the magnet. As of this morning there are roughly 33,000 open calls between 350 and 355. On the put side, there are roughly 27,000 open between 350 and 345. Strikes with high open interest tend to be a manet into expiration. We had mentioned in yesterday’s report that export inspections would not be released due to the government shutdown, we were then told otherwise shortly after our release, so we apologize for that. Export inspections came in at 668,944 metric tons, this compares to the expected range from 800,000-1,000,000 metric tons; last weeks was 584,389 metric tons.

Technicals: Yesterday morning corn prices were lingering at the top end of the range again, an area where expectations need to be tempered. I would love nothing more than to see corn rally, but you have to trade the market you have, not the one you want. The market rejected the top end of the range and that brings us right back down towards the 350 level which continues to be a magnet. We continue to believe there is an opportunity to trade a few pennies on either side until we get that technical breakout or breakdown.

Bias: Bearish

Resistance: 354-355**, 358-360 ½****, 366 ½-369 ¼****

Support: 345-346 ½**, 334-335 ¼***, 323-325 ¼**

 

SOYBEANS (March)

Yesterdays Close: March soybeans gaped higher on the open, finishing the session up 8 ¼ cents, trading in a range of 7 ¼. Funds were estimated buyers of 7,000 contracts.

Fundamentals: Hot and dry weather in key growing areas in Argentina sparked the gap higher yesterday and the market managed to hold ground on the back of those concerns. If we start to see moisture work into the forecast, you can expect that premium to come out of the market. Export inspections yesterday morning came in at 1,419,430 metric tons, this was above the top end of the expected range from 1,000,000-1,400,000 metric tons. Last week’s number came in at 1,231,037 metric tons. February option expiration is this Friday, it is possible that this could keep a lid on another leg higher but there’s nothing significant to report in terms of significant open interest at a specific strike (like corn).

Technicals: The market has managed to close higher for 6 of the last 6 sessions and it appears we could see number 7 today. Despite the march higher, the RSI (relative strength index) is only at 60. Technical resistance has been tested yesterday and is again being tested in the early morning session. We have defined resistance as 986 ½-987. This pocket represents the 100-day moving average and the 50% retracement (middle of the range) from the June lows to July highs. If we fail to see an extension we would not be surprised to see the market come back to support wit the first line in the sand coming in at 979 ¼, but the more significant level is 971 ¾. If you’ve been wrong for the past week and a half this is where you should consider reducing. We still think there is more upside potential but a consolidation lower would be healthy. There is seasonal buy around the corner, we will keep you posted on that when we get closer.

Bias: Neutral

Resistance: 986 ½-987***, 999-1004**

Support: 979 ¼**, 971 ¾ ***, 961 ¼-963 ¼**, 950-952 ¼***

 

WHEAT (March)

Yesterdays Close: March wheat futures gaped higher yesterday and finished up 4 cents, trading in a range of 4 ¼ cents on the day. Funds were estimated buyers of 2,000 contracts.

Fundamentals: Export inspections yesterday morning came in at 337,980 metric tons, this was within the expected range from 250,000-400,000 metric tons; last weeks was 368.651 metric tons. We know that funds have established a solid net short position, but we do not see any fundamental catalyst at this point that would spook them out just yet. Demand continues to be lackluster which will likely keep a lid on any significant rally. February option expiration is on Friday, there is nothing that sticks out in terms of strikes with significant open interest.

Technicals: The market looks like it is rounding out after trying to recover all of the loses from the most recent USDA report. First technical resistance today comes in at 429 ½, if the market can achieve a conviction close above this level, perhaps we see some short covering from funds push prices towards 443. A failure to breakout will likely lead to a test of the contract lows at 410 ½.

Bias: Bearish

Resistance: 429 ½-430**, 437**, 443-448 ¼ ****

Support: 410 ½-413 ¼***, 399-402 ¾****

For more information please contact DAW Trading at brokersedge@dawtradingdiv.com or at 877-329-0006 and visit us at http://dawtradingdiv.com/brokers-edge/

Disclaimer:

Futures and options trading involve significant risk of loss and may not be suitable for everyone. Therefore, carefully consider whether such trading is suitable for you in light of your financial condition. DAW Trading (“DAW”) uses various outside sources for research material regarding futures and options on futures trading therefore the views and opinions expressed in this letter may not necessarily reflect the view of DAW or its staff. The information provided is designed to assist in your analysis and evaluation of the futures and options markets. However, any decisions you may make to buy, sell or hold a futures or options position on such research are entirely your own and not in any way deemed to be endorsed by or attributed to DAW.

 

CORN (March)

Yesterdays Close: March corn futures finished yesterday’s session up 3 ¾ cents, trading in a range of 5 on the day. Funds were estimated buyers of 17,000 contracts.

Fundamentals: Yesterdays move higher is mostly attributed to short covering funds as there was not much new news across the wires. Weather in South America continues to be watched closely as some weather models conflict each other. Outside of South American weather and crop development, we will continue to keep an eye on the trend of exports. The market needs to start seeing a trend of better than expected numbers to encourage additional short covering and invite new buying into the market. Due to the Martin Luther King holiday on Monday, the weekly exports data has been pushed back to tomorrow at 7:30am cst.

Technicals: The market is officially trading above the 50-day moving average for the first time in over a month. Though that is encouraging for bulls, we will be watching this on a closing basis as we have not seen a conviction close above this indicator since July. If we see a close above, the next resistance pocket comes in at 358 ¼-359 ¼. This pocket represents the 100-day moving average along with a key Fibonacci retracement level. The bears are still in control as we have made lower lows and lower highs over the past several months. If we fail to “breakout” we will likely see prices retreat towards the bottom end of the range which we have defined as 345-346 ½.

Bias: Bearish

Resistance: 358 ¼ -359 ¼***, 367-369 ¼****

Pivot: 352 ¼

Support: 345-346 ½**, 334-335 ¼***, 323-325 ¼**

 

SOYBEANS (March)

Yesterdays Close: March soybeans finished up 2 ½ cents yesterday, trading in a range of 8 cents on the session. Funds were estimated buyers of 2,000 contracts.

Fundamentals: With the USDA report now behind us, market participants will turn their attention back to South American weather and crop development along with weekly export data. There is not much new news to report on the weather front this morning. Due to the shortened trading week, export sales data has been pushed back to tomorrow morning at 7:30am cst. Also on trader’s radar is the soybean complex including soybean meal and soybean oil as both have shown strength recently.

Tehcnicals: March soybean futures filled the gap yesterday that was down at 962 ¾ which was followed up by buying. Bulls need to see a close above 971 ¾ soon to encourage additional short covering and new buying in the market. A close above resistance opens the door to an extension towards 984 ½-986 ½. This pocket contains several technical indicators including the 50 and 100 day moving average, along with the 50% retracement from the June lows to the July highs.

A failure to breakout will lead to pressure on prices, likely down to the bottom end of the range near 950 as technical traders exit longs because they are not getting what they want from the market. We continue to be friendly towards the market but need to see the market work higher into the weekend.

Bias: Bullish

Resistance: 971 ¾ ***, 979**, 984 ½-986 ½***, 999-1004**

Support: 950-952 ¼***, 937 ½***, 922 ¼****

 

WHEAT (March)

Yesterdays Close: March wheat futures finished yesterday’s session up 5 ¼ cents, trading in a range of 7 ¾ on the day. Funds were estimated buyers of 4,500 contracts.

Fundamentals: Wheat futures worked higher yesterday on the back of what was likely short covering on concerns of cold and dry weather in some key growing areas. It will likely still be a few weeks before we see the true effects of the recent weather on the crop. Export sales that are normally released this morning are pushed back to tomorrow due to the shortened trading week; they will be released at the normal time 7:30am cst.

Technicals: The bulls have been putting up a decent fight over the last month, but the bears remain in control until we see a conviction close above technical resistance. The first line in the sand comes in at 425 ¼. A close above opens the door to a potential run at the recent highs of 437. A failure to see closes above these resistance levels will likely lead to new contract lows below 410 ½.

Bias: Bearish

Resistance: 425 ¼**, 437***, 443-448 ¼ ***

Support: 410 ½**, 399-402 ¾****

 

For more information please contact DAW Trading at brokersedge@dawtradingdiv.com or at 877-329-0006 and visit us at http://dawtradingdiv.com/brokers-edge/

Disclaimer:

Futures and options trading involve significant risk of loss and may not be suitable for everyone. Therefore, carefully consider whether such trading is suitable for you in light of your financial condition. DAW Trading (“DAW”) uses various outside sources for research material regarding futures and options on futures trading therefore the views and opinions expressed in this letter may not necessarily reflect the view of DAW or its staff. The information provided is designed to assist in your analysis and evaluation of the futures and options markets. However, any decisions you may make to buy, sell or hold a futures or options position on such research are entirely your own and not in any way deemed to be endorsed by or attributed to DAW.

CORN (March)

Last Weeks Close: March corn futures finished Fridays trade just 1 ½ cents lower, trading in a range of 4 ½ cents on the day. Funds were estimated sellers of 13,000 contracts (larger volume due to USDA report). For the week March corn futures finished the week down 4 cents, trading in a range of 6 cents. Fridays Commitment of Trader’s report showed funds have a net short position of 222,516 futures and options. Keep in mind that the CoT data is compiled, and funds have likely exceeded their previous record short of 230,556 futures and options.

Fundamentals: Last week’s USDA report had a bearish tilt to it but managed to stabilize relatively well. Quarterly stocks came in at 12.516 billion bushels and ending stocks at 2.437 billion bushels, both of which were above the average estimate. Yield and total production was also increased. The market has found stable ground in the Monday night/Tuesday morning trade as weekend rains were disappointing in parts of Brazil and Argentina.

Technicals: March corn futures made new lows following the release of Fridays USDA report but managed to close above technical support which we have outlined as 345-346 ½ for some time now. Some of that momentum has carried over into the early trade here Tuesday morning. Though we have been range bound for the better part of the last 5 months, the bears have the edge as lower highs and lower lows have been the trend. If we see a break and close below 345, we would expect to see a continuation towards 334-335 ¼. The only silver lining for the bulls is that the funds could spark a rally from short covering. If you’ve been banking on this for a while you’ve been disappointed. The funds previous record short position was reduced by 70k contracts and the market only rallied roughly 4 cents off of contract lows. If funds start reducing, it doesn’t mean the flip. The trend is your friend, and right now that is sideways. We continue to feel that there is opportunity 2-5 cents on either side of 350 until we get a breakout or breakdown; not the most exciting trade but you have to take advantage of the market you have not the one you want. First technical resistance comes in at 353, this represents the 50-day moving average. A very simple indicator but one we have not closed above since July.

Bias: Neutral

Resistance: 353-355***, 359 ¼-359 ½***, 367-369 ¼****

Support: 345-346 ½**, 334-335 ¼***, 323-325 ¼**

 

SOYBEANS (March)

Last Weeks Close: March soybean futures finished Fridays session up 13 ½ cents, trading in a range of 18 ¼ cents; funds were estimated buyers of 11,000 contracts on the session. For the week, March soybean futures finished the week down 7 ¼ cents, trading in a range of 27 cents. Fridays Commitment of Traders report showed that funds have a net short position of 92,835 futures and options, this is their 5th largest short position on record and the most since June when we bottomed. Keep in mind that the CoT data is compiled through Tuesday.

Fundamentals: Last week’s USDA report was moderately friendly with quarterly stocks coming in at 3.157 billion bushels, this vs the average analyst estimate of 3.181 billion bushels. Ending stocks came in at 470 million bushels, this vs the average analyst estimates of 472 million bushels. Production and yields were also lowered slightly. Some of the strength in the overnight and early morning trade is coming from follow through USDA buying along with disappointing weather in South America over the long weekend. Drier conditions persist in areas of Argentina and Brazil. If rain makes its way back into the forecast, expect that premium to come out of the market.

Technicals: The chart has been ugly, there’s no way to sugar coat that, but we have continued to suggest there is value at these levels. We know that funds have a rather large net short position, it often seems funds don’t hold that large of a short position in beans as opposed to corn and wheat. We recommended using cheap call options last week and to start looking at futures from 950-952 ¼. Fridays report could be the spark that gets the market going in the right direction. If we see a close back above 971 ¼, we expect to see additional momentum press prices towards our next resistance pocket from 986-986 ½. This very narrow pocket contains the 50 and 100 day moving average, along with the 50% Fibonacci retracement (middle of the range) from the June lows to the July highs. If the market fails to hold Fridays rally in the first half of the week, we expect to see 937. So often market participants only plan for an exit if the market goes their way, you must also prepare an exit for if they don’t.

Bias: Bullish

Resistance: 971 ¾**, 979**, 986-988 ¼***, 999-1004**

Support: 950-952 ¼***, 937 ½***, 922 ¼****

 

WHEAT (March)

Last Weeks Close: March wheat futures closed 13 ¼ cents lower on Friday, trading in a range of 17 ¼ cents. Funds were estimated to have been sellers of 10,500 contracts on the day. Expanded ranges and increased volumes were on the back of the USDA report. For the week, wheat finished down 10 ½ cents, trading in a range of 17 ¼ cents. Fridays Commitment of Traders report showed funds short 129,000 contracts, this was an increase of 1,000 contracts; keep in mind that this data is compiled through Tuesday and is likely much larger now.

Fundamentals: Wheat futures took a hit on Friday and are continuing their slide in the early morning trade as Fridays USDA report confirms the continued bearish bias from traders. Quarterly stocks came in at 1.874 billion bushels, above the average analyst estimate of 1.849 billion bushels. Ending stocks came in at .989 billion bushels, above the average analyst estimate of .959 billion bushels. Winter wheat seedlings came in at 32.608 million acres, vs estimates of 31.107 million acres. Ample global supplies and dismal demand continues to be the story that is keeping a lid on any significant rally.

Technicals: Wheat futures failed to get above our first resistance pocket this week from 434-437 ½. The bearish report opened the door to our three star support that comes in from 416 ½-420 ¾. A close below here opens the door to contract lows at 410 ½ and a possible test to the $3 handle. If the bulls are able to hold support, perhaps we consolidate; but this is a market we have been very adamant about selling on rallies. We continue to believe that is the case until we get a new fundamental catalyst to change the technical backdrop.

Bias:Bearish

Resistance: 425 ¼**, 435-437 ½**, 443-448 ¼ ***

Support: 416 ½-420 ¾***, 410 ½**, 399-402 ¾**** 

For more information please contact DAW Trading at brokersedge@dawtradingdiv.com or at 877-329-0006 and visit us at http://dawtradingdiv.com/brokers-edge/

Disclaimer:

Futures and options trading involve significant risk of loss and may not be suitable for everyone. Therefore, carefully consider whether such trading is suitable for you in light of your financial condition. DAW Trading (“DAW”) uses various outside sources for research material regarding futures and options on futures trading therefore the views and opinions expressed in this letter may not necessarily reflect the view of DAW or its staff. The information provided is designed to assist in your analysis and evaluation of the futures and options markets. However, any decisions you may make to buy, sell or hold a futures or options position on such research are entirely your own and not in any way deemed to be endorsed by or attributed to DAW.

CORN (March)

Yesterdays Close: March corn futures closed up 1 ¼ cent, trading in a range of 2 ¾ cents on the session. Funds were estimated to have been buyers of 4,500 contracts.

Fundamentals: Trade estimates are starting to circulate which is ramping up the anticipation of Fridays USDA report, arguably the biggest report of the year. The headline number will be yields, but the valuable nuggets will be in the ending stocks data. Corn yield estimates are ranging from 173.7-176.4 with the average estimate at 175.2. Trade estimates for US quarterly stocks are ranging from 12.23-12.68 billion bushels with the average estimate at 12.41 billion bushels. US ending stocks estimates are ranging from 2.26-2.52 billion bushels with the average estimate at 2.44 billion bushels. We will get updates from CONAB tomorrow on South American production.

Technicals: The market continues to hug the 350 level which continues to be a magnet for front month futures. Although it has been a trader’s paradise trading the tight range over the past several months, many market participants are looking for a new direction (other than sideways). If you are in that camp, volatility is cheap, meaning options should be on your shopping list. If we get a friendly report and a technical close above resistance, we could see continued short covering from the funds. The 50-day moving average is the first line in the sand at 353 ½, above that the market has room to run towards 359 ¼-359 ½. On the support side, a close below 345-346 ½ opens the door to 334-335 ¼.

Bias: Neutral

Resistance: 353 ½ -355 ¼***,359 ¼-359 ½***, 367-369 ¼****

Support: 345-346 ½**, 334-335 ¼***, 323-325 ¼**

 

SOYBEANS (March)

Yesterdays Close: March soybean futures finished down 3 ¾ cents, trading in a range of 7 ½ cents on the day. Funds were estimated to have been sellers of 3,000 contracts.

Fundamentals: Market participants continue to gear up for Fridays USDA report which is arguably one of if not the biggest report of the year. Yield numbers will be the headline number, but ending and quarterly stocks will be the more significant numbers. Quarterly stocks estimates range from 2.96-3.31 billion bushels with the average coming in at 3.19 billion bushels. US Ending stocks estimated range is from .425-.595 billion bushels with the average of .445 billion bushels. Weather in South America will continue to be monitored. Rains are coming in and going out of forecasts on a continued basis, this has led to a bit of a choppy trade here to start the week.

Technicals: The market has been chopping around between 960 and 970 give or take for the last week and a half, likely shaking out a lot of week shorts and longs as we head into Fridays USDA report. 971 ¾ continues to be the first line in the sand the bulls want to close above. If they can achieve this, we will likely see funds start to cover their short position and press prices back towards 986-988 ¼. This pocket contains a handful of indicators including the 50 and 100 day moving average, along with the 50% retracement or the middle of the range from the June lows to the July highs. On the support side, there isn’t a while lot until 950-952 ¼, this would be the most ideal spot to look long futures. If you wanted long exposure ahead of the report without worrying about swings in futures, consider looking in the options market.

Bias: Neutral

Resistance: 971 ¾**, 977-979 ¼**, 986-988 ¼***, 999-1004**

Support: 950-952 ¼***, 937 ½***, 922 ¼****

 

WHEAT (March)

Yesterdays Close: March wheat futures finished up 4 ¾ cents yesterday, trading in a range of 8 ½ cents. Funds were estimated buyers of 4,000 contracts.

Fundamentals: The market has been working higher on some colder temperatures and drier weather are coming back into the forecast over the weekend. On top of that, we also have an important USDA report on Friday that is likely prompting some short covering. US quarterly stocks estimates range from 1.80 billion bushels to 1.91 billion bushels with the average at 1.85 billion bushels. US ending stocks are estimated to come in from .855 billion bushels to .987 billion bushels with the average estimate at .96 billion bushels.

Technicals: March wheat futures are testing the 50-day moving average again in the early morning trade. The fact that the market has not rejected prices again from this level could lead to some short covering. If the bulls can achieve a conviction close above, we could see funds cover shorts and press prices towards 443-448 ¼. Baring any significant change in fundamentals, we think this would set up for an excellent opportunity to sell. Bears wan to defend 435-437 ½ on a closing basis to prevent short covering.

Bias: Bearish

Resistance: 435-437 ½ ***, 443-448 ¼ ***, 459-461 ¼**

Support: 416 ½-420 ¾**, 410 ½**, 399-402 ¾****

 

For more information please contact DAW Trading at brokersedge@dawtradingdiv.com or at 877-329-0006 and visit us at http://dawtradingdiv.com/brokers-edge/

 

Disclaimer:

Futures and options trading involve significant risk of loss and may not be suitable for everyone. Therefore, carefully consider whether such trading is suitable for you in light of your financial condition. DAW Trading (“DAW”) uses various outside sources for research material regarding futures and options on futures trading therefore the views and opinions expressed in this letter may not necessarily reflect the view of DAW or its staff. The information provided is designed to assist in your analysis and evaluation of the futures and options markets. However, any decisions you may make to buy, sell or hold a futures or options position on such research are entirely your own and not in any way deemed to be endorsed by or attributed to DAW.

E-mini S&P (March)

Yesterday’s close: Settled at 2752.25

Fundamentals: Equity markets are directly under pressure due to rising treasury yields. The S&P hit our major three-star resistance on the high yesterday while the NQ hit our target on its high, all major indices backed off into the close. If you were in contact with our trade desk late yesterday, we reminded you of our concern for the Russell 2000 and how the repeated failure to close out above 1564 presented a sell opportunity with stops above session highs. CPI data from China missed the mark last night which has helped pressures. However, the true story here is all about treasury yields as the 10-year prices are reaching the lowest level since 2011. China is still a part of this story as Bloomberg has reported that “officials reviewing China’s foreign-exchange holdings have recommended slowing or halting purchases of U.S Treasuries”. Though equity markets are only beginning to see true effects right now, the treasury selling kicked into high gear on Monday night after the BoJ announced that it will trim its bond purchases in issues longer than 10 years. We are in the camp that we don’t believe treasury yields will rise for longer (yields are the inverse of treasury prices), however, when pertaining to equity markets the key factor is the velocity in which yields rise; a quick rise will encourage pressure on equities. Import and Export Price Index is due at 7:30 am CT. Chicago Fed President Charles Evans, a Fed dissenter, speaks today at 8:00 and Wholesale Inventories are at 9:00. St. Louis Fed President James Bullard speaks at 12:30 pm CT.

Technicals: We have completely Neutralized our bias in the S&P after it tested major three-star resistance at 2759.25 yesterday and after the NQ hit our 6707 target. Furthermore, we favored a sell on the close yesterday in the Russell 2000 after it failed to hold 1564. Major support in the Russell comes in today at 1547 and a close below this trend line could get the ball rolling. With pressure on equity markets this morning we cannot see ourselves buying the S&P until major three-star support that we discussed on Monday is achieved, this level is now adjusted slightly to 2724.75-2728.75. A close below this level will signal further pressure down to the 2700 area, one in which we have now marked as a rare major four-star level. We are now watching 2740.50 on a closing basis and simply holding this will help neutralize weakness. Only a close back above 2747.75-2752.75 will turn this immediate term bullish.

Bias: Neutral

Resistance – 2747.75-2752.75**, 2759.25***

Support – 2740.50**, 2724.75-2728.75***, 2713**, 2698.25-2703****

 

Crude (March)

Yesterday’s close: Settled at 62.96

Fundamentals: Crude Oil broke out above the May 2015 highs and finished at the highest level since early-December 2014 ahead of inventory data today. As we discussed yesterday, the EIA is expecting the sixth major drawdown in a row and yesterday’s API read heightened those expectations by coming in at -11.19 mb. If confirmed by EIA, this would be the largest draw since September 2016 came in -14.513 mb. That read back then was following Labor Day weekend, and a draw of this size, at this time of year is very uncommon. API reported a build of 4.338 mb in Gasoline and a build of 4.685 in Distillates. This sets a bar for today’s EIA report and we want to remind traders, that a vast majority of traders willing to buy because of inventories have likely already bought. We will now need to see a draw in the ballpark of API to maintain prices at these levels. However, it will be important to look at the read as a whole; including the products which equates to a draw of 2.167. EIA expects a -3.89 mb Crude, +1.46 mb Distillates and +2.625 mb Gasoline which actually equates to an overall build. We will also be keeping a close eye on production coming back online.

Technicals: Price action is in a melt-up mode and we backed away from a potential sell opportunity and our slight Bearish Bias earlier in the week. The next resistance at 63.39 has been taken out with a high of 63.67. As we said yesterday, there is no technical reason to sell and furthermore, the market could easily stay bid through the expiration of the February contract. Price action will now need to settle back below 62.21-62.58 in order to neutralize this immense strength. Still, we see no value in buying at this level and a reversal will need to be sparked by over exaggerated expectations on today’s inventory report.

Bias: Neutral

Resistance – 63.39-62.67**, 66.87***, 68.43**

Support – 62.21-62.58**, 61.80*, 59.87-59.96***, 58.97-58.99***

 

Gold (February)

Yesterday’s close: Settled yesterday at 1313.7

Fundamentals: Gold continues to focus on the Dollar and we cannot emphasize enough how incredibly constructive this continues to be for the metal as we remain long term bearish the Dollar. The even better news here is that Gold investors, buyers, traders. . . everyone, has ignored the rise in global treasury yields. Traditionally, Gold sells off as yields rise which in normal times is a signal of strong economic growth but also a higher cost of storage; all of this is normally tied to a rising Dollar. Instead, we are seeing a tapering of bond purchases from central banks other than the Fed. Remember, the Fed did this years ago and the Dollar rallied on this getting priced in. Now, other currencies are rallying against the Dollar as they taper. Gold is priced in Dollars and this is favorable for Gold. Data from the U.S includes Import and Export Price Index as 7:30 am CT and Wholesale Inventories at 9:00. Chicago Fed President Evans speaks at 8:00 am CT and St. Louis Fed President Bullard speaks at 12:30.

Technicals: After settling just below first key support yesterday and nudging a new swing low last night of 1308.9, Gold has achieved the bull flag that we discussed yesterday. The beautiful thing about this is the short order in which it all happened! Price action traded to a new swing high of 1328.6 this morning and we are watching for a close out above its previous swing high of 1327.3 to confirm this extremely bullish move. The next resistance comes in at 1335.8 and this should be within reach before the end of the week at the latest. A failure to hold 1322.3-1323 on a closing basis will be disappointing while a close below first support at 1317 will begin to signal a failure. Only a close below major three-star support at 1302-1303.4 will signal a breakdown.

Bias: Bullish

Resistance – 1327.3*, 1335.8**, 1358-1365***

Pivot – 1322.3-1323

Support – 1317-1317.2**, 1314.6-1314.8**, 1302-1303.4***, 1292.9**, 1279.5*** 

Natural Gas (February)

Yesterday’s close: Settled at 2.923

Fundamentals: Expectations for tomorrow’s record storage draw continue to build. But the question we must ask is how much of this is priced in? While a key catalyst in the selling that came late last week was the potential shutdowns, many took profits as these storage expectations climbed to unheard of levels, a read that will be tough to see. Furthermore, more mild weather that has followed the “bomb” storm has also whipsawed price action. Might we just say, what an awful name for a storm.

Technicals: Prices settled at yesterday’s pivot and have nudged above first resistance. The key level to watch remains 3.00-3.01 and it’s a spot where if price action stays below here, the bears will continue to have the upper hand. If we see a close above here, then this could encourage a two to three-week bottom and higher price action.

Bias: Neutral

Resistance – 3.00-3.01***, 3.108-3.145**

Pivot – 2.9415-2.963

Support – 2.9215-2.923**, 2.859-2.887**, 2.734-2.7664**, 2.562***, 2.486-2.522****

10-year (March)

Yesterday’s close: Settled at 123’015

Fundamentals: Treasuries are under immense pressure today and this comes on the heels on Monday night’s news that the Bank of Japan will trim bond purchases in issues longer than 10 years. We have seen a spike in global yields sense. Furthermore, there has been mounting speculation for months that China will trim its purchases of U.S Treasuries and this was confirmed by a Bloomberg article that states, “officials reviewing China’s foreign-exchange holdings have recommended slowing or halting purchases of U.S Treasuries”. As these officials review their investments and compare them to other higher yielding assets, traders are jumping on board the wave lower. Bill Gross, an outspoken bond bear discussed a breakdown in long term technicals last week. We are in the camp that we do not believe yields will go higher for longer, or treasury prices will not go lower for longer. In fact, this could potentially be the capitulation we have been waiting for. Today’s Fed speakers, Chicago Fed President and rate hike dissenter Charles Evans speaks at 8:00 am CT and St. Louis Fed President Bullard speaks at 12:30.

Technicals: Price action has dropped below major three-star support at 122’25-122’29 and this will be critical to watch on a closing basis. The tape feels a bit exacerbated and we will need to continue to watch today’s session unfold before drawing further conclusions in the immediate term.

Bias: Neutral

Resistance – 123’10-123’135**, 123’215**, 123’27-123’28**, 124’01*, 124’06-124’07

Support – 122’25-122’29****, 121’25**, 119’20-120****

 

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Futures and options trading involve significant risk of loss and may not be suitable for everyone. Therefore, carefully consider whether such trading is suitable for you in light of your financial condition. DAW Trading (“DAW”) uses various outside sources for research material regarding futures and options on futures trading therefore the views and opinions expressed in this letter may not necessarily reflect the view of DAW or its staff. The information provided is designed to assist in your analysis and evaluation of the futures and options markets. However, any decisions you may make to buy, sell or hold a futures or options position on such research are entirely your own and not in any way deemed to be endorsed by or attributed to DAW.

CORN (March)

Last Weeks Close: Corn futures finished the first week of the year up ¼ of a cent, trading in a range of 4 ½ cents. Fridays Commitment of Traders report showed funds reduced their net short position by 8,957 contracts, putting their net short at 189,536 futures.

Fundamentals: This week’s focus will be on Fridays USDA report which has the potential to give us new direction. We will continue to compile estimates and have those for you in the coming days. Weather and crop development in South America continues to be a big catalyst for the market. Corn used for ethanol production has been a nice silver lining for the market, but the strong trend took a step back last week. Corn use for ethanol dropped from 112.4 million bushels down to 106.5mb. Weekly exports were also dismal last week with a read of 101,200 metric tons, this compares to the expected range from 600,000-900,000 metric tons and the previous weeks read of 1,245,500 metric tons.

Technicals: On the technical side of things, the market has been in a narrow range for several months. We have been in the camp of playing a nickel on either side of 350 until we get a new fundamental catalyst to give us a breakout or breakdown. First technical resistance for Mondays trade will come in at 354 ½. Until we see consecutive closes above, bullish expectations should be tempered. If the market can achieve a conviction close above, we could see short covering from funds to 359 ¼-360 ½. This pocket represents a key Fibonacci retracement, the December 4th highs, and the 100-day moving average.

Bias: Neutral/Bearish

Resistance: 354 ¼-355 ¼***, 360-361 ¾***, 375****

Support: 345-346 ½**, 334-335 ¼***, 323-325 ¼**

 

SOYBEANS (March)

Last Weeks Close: March soybean futures finished the week up 7 ¼ cents, trading in a range of 18 ¼ cents. Fridays Commitment of Traders report showed funds extended their net short position to -87,834, an increase of 16,457 futures from the previous week.

Fundamentals: Soymeal and oil helped offer support to soybeans last week, but this week’s focus will be on the USDA report which will be released on Friday at 11 am cst. We will continue to compile estimates and have those for you in the coming days. Weather and crop development in South America will also continue to be a key catalyst; there is not much new news on that front to report this morning. Weekly export sales last week came in at 554,000 metric tons, this was a hair below the low end of expectations.

Technicals: The market has managed to stabilize well following a dramatic uninterrupted 68 cent meltdown in December. Significant resistance comes in from 985 ½-990. This pocket represents the 50 and 100 day moving average, as well as the 50% retracement from the June lows to July highs. If the market can achieve consecutive closes above this pocket, we expect to see short covering from the funds get us back above the $10 handle.

Bias: Neutral

Resistance: 985 ¼-986 ½***, 999-1004**

Pivot: 971 ¾

Support: 950-952 ¼***, 937 ½***, 922 ¼****

 

WHEAT (March)

Last Weeks Close: March wheat futures finished last week up 7 cents, trading in a range of 9 ½ cents. Fridays Commitment of Traders report showed that funds reduced their net short by 16,537 which puts their net short at 135,523.

Fundamentals: Colder and dryer temperatures have offered support to the market, but seasonal weakness continues to reign supreme. If you had sold March wheat on January 3rd and bought in back on the 16th, you would have been profitable for 12 of the last 15 years with the average gain being roughly 17 cents. Fridays USDA report will be the highlight of the week, we would not be surprised to see some position squaring ahead of that.

Technicals: We have been referencing the 50-day moving average for months now as key resistance. The market is lingering right around it as we were not able to see a convincing trade above it yet. If we start to see consecutive closes above, we could see short covering towards 447 ¼. We are tempering the expectations and siding with the seasonal trend and looking at the sell side at these levels. First support comes in from 416 ½-420 ¾. If you were able to sell against resistance last week, this is the area you want to look at reducing.

Bias: Bearish

Resistance: 435-437 ½ ***, 443-448 ¼ ***, 459-461 ¼**

Support: 416 ½-420 ¾**, 410 ½**, 399-402 ¾****

 

 

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Disclaimer:

Futures and options trading involve significant risk of loss and may not be suitable for everyone. Therefore, carefully consider whether such trading is suitable for you in light of your financial condition. DAW Trading (“DAW”) uses various outside sources for research material regarding futures and options on futures trading therefore the views and opinions expressed in this letter may not necessarily reflect the view of DAW or its staff. The information provided is designed to assist in your analysis and evaluation of the futures and options markets. However, any decisions you may make to buy, sell or hold a futures or options position on such research are entirely your own and not in any way deemed to be endorsed by or attributed to DAW.

E-mini S&P (March)

Yesterday’s close: Settled at 2723.75

Fundamentals: Global equity markets continue their surge as the DAX joins the party gaining more than 1% this morning for two reasons; a blowout German Retail Sales number coupled with a Eurozone CPI read that fell just shy of expectations. Domestic indices capitalize off weaker currencies, i.e. the U.S Dollar and S&P. This was a great domestic read for Germany, however, the Eurozone CPI coupled with the anticipation ahead of U.S Nonfarm Payroll has encouraged a lower Euro. Asian markets continued their push after Japan finally took out the 1992 highs. The S&P and NQ are also higher ahead of today’s Nonfarm Payroll due at 7:30 am CT. Expectations are for job growth at 190k, we expect a number in the ballpark of 220k. However, for us, as always, the Average Hourly Earnings Growth is most important. Expectations come in at +.3% and we expect a number at .2%; ultimately this is great for equities to some earnings growth but ultimately this lagging indicator along with inflation will keep the Fed from moving any faster than markets have priced in. As discussed for the last three weeks, we will continue to watch the Russell 2000 small caps which have still failed to take out their December 4th all-time high. Lastly, let’s not forget that ISM Non-Manufacturing data, a read we watch very closely, is at 9:00 am CT.

Technicals: Our S&P target of 2728.75 was hit yesterday, congrats to those who jumped on board and especially to those who chased our recommendation above 2700. Both the S&P and NQ are in melt-up mode and we remain Bullish. If you exited as we suggested yesterday and have been following us, there is no reason to force the next trade ahead of data today, especially if you caught the move lower last week. Resistance comes in at 2740.50 and then again at 2747.75, look for a test into this. However, the Russell 2000 continues to concern us and must close out above 1564 today to keep the market as a whole wildly bullish, also coinciding with a continued close above 2728.75 in the S&P.

Bias: Bullish

Resistance – 2740.50**, 2747.75**

Pivot – 2728.75***

Support – 2718.25*, 2708.50-2711**, 2698.25-2700***

 

Crude Oil (February)

Yesterday’s close: Settled at 62.01

Fundamentals: Yesterday’s EIA report was actually bearish despite a Crude draw of more than 2 mb than expected at -7.42 mb. This is because Distillate inventories gained 8.9 mb and Gasoline 4.8 mb. This explains the higher than seasonally usual run rate in the read last week; Crude was drawn significantly to create products. Furthermore, production did bounce back from the drop in last week’s report to finish the year at 9.782 mbpd. As we have discussed all week, the situation in Iran has kept a bid under the market and not because of domestic supply disruptions but more so what will happen with the U.S and the nuclear deal/sanctions in a market that is seeing supply currently tighten. Yemen militants took credit for a missile launched at Saudi that was intercepted.

Technicals: Price actin traded to a high of 62.21 yesterday and failed against that May 2015 high and resistance at 62.58 we discussed yesterday. We are now introducing a Bearish Bias to Crude at these levels and traders can look to risk a stop above yesterday’s high. We are not afraid to add on a bounce, however, if it makes new highs traders must not be stubborn. The tape is now hugging where we had support at 61.50 yesterday, this level is now 61.37 today. We have three layers of support above what is now a major three-star level at 58.87-59.96. This is our target to the downside, however, a close below here should get the ball rolling on further selling. We expect to see a record net-long position in today’s CoT, if everyone has bought, who is left to buy. If the selling does not come in today, we will be readily positioned for early next week.

Bias: Bearish/Neutral

Resistance – 62.58**, 63.39**, 66.87***, 68.43**

Support – 61.37**, 61.11**, 60.85**, 59.87-59.96***, 58.97-58.99***

 

Gold (February)

Yesterday’s close: Settled at 1321.6

Fundamentals: Gold has stayed elevated extremely well despite strong data this week and ahead of Nonfarm Payroll. Today’s close will boil down to this Nonfarm read. Regardless, we will remain Bullish in the long run, but this could encourage profit taking and a short-term breather; two to five sessions. Expectations come in at 190k jobs created, however, we believe the number will be more like 220k. For us, the bigger component is Average Hourly Earnings growth which is expected to come in at +.3%. We expect to see a lower number at +.2%. Overall, we think the read can be good but not good enough to encourage the Fed to move at a faster pace than already anticipated. Ultimately, the Dollar might hop up a little for two or three sessions, but a good report does not change our anticipation that the Dollar Index can and should test near 87 before the end of Q1. Also, today is ISM Non-Manufacturing, a read that we like to watch very closely, this is due at 9:00 am CT.

Technicals: This is as constructive tape as one could ask for. Today is also the start of the Silver seasonal buy that lasts into February. We have been eyeing major three-star support at 1302-1303.4 as a strong buy opportunity on a pull back this week but to our surprise we have not gotten it. As discussed, we have been Bullish and remain Bullish.

Bias: Bullish

Resistance – 1323*, 1335.8**, 1358-1365***

Pivot – 1317-1318.5

Support – 1307.1-1309.8*, 1302-1303.4***, 1292.9**, 1279.5***

 

Natural Gas (February)

Yesterday’s close: Settled at 2.88

Fundamentals: Yesterday’s storage read was came in below the range of expectations at -206 bcf and price action sold off hard in a delayed reaction. Though we like to believe this was bulls taking profits, the bear camp has not truly relinquished control of this market. Instead, this was likely the bear camp repositioning ahead of a long weekend on the east coast, one that has already seen a lot of school and factory closings. Remember cold weather is bullish Natural Gas, but extreme storms actually lowers demand due to the closings of high consumption buildings.

Technicals: Price action settled below the support level we were eyeing most closely this week at 2.8926. This has completely Neutralized any bias we have in the market and we are now in a wait and see mode. The bears are in the driver’s seat, but we see no edge to either side. Traders can look to resell the first test back to key resistance at 2.8926-2.9048 and risk a close back above here. However, those who are still bullish can find support at 2.734-2.7664, but a close below here is very bearish.

Bias: Neutral

Resistance – 2.8926-2.9048*, 2.9415**, 3.00-3.01***, 3.108-3.145**, 3.21**, 3.28-3.32***

Support – 2.734-2.7664**, 2.562***, 2.486-2.522****

 

10-year (March)

Yesterday’s close: Settled at 123’215

Fundamentals: Treasury markets remain under pressure due to strong global growth data and breakout record highs in stocks across the globe. The 10-year has not taken out the mid-December low but the 2’s and 5’s have though they also consolidated back off those lows ahead of today’s Nonfarm Payroll data. We believe there to be a buy opportunity around the corner in the 10-year, but it will need some help from the data today to hold this level. Nonfarm Payroll is due at 7:30 am CT, we expect to see strong job growth but ultimately expect lagging earnings growth to keep prices in the longer end of the curve afloat. ISM Non-Manufacturing is due at 9:00 am CT and must not be overlooked.

Technicals: Price action neared the December 21st low of 123’125 with a low of 123’135 against our key support level. However, first support at 123’20-123’225 has kept the market in check on a closing basis, this will be critical to watch after today’s data read. We believe long term support at the lower half of 123 will present that buy opportunity once again very soon. Today is building to be the fourth session in a row with a lower high and a close back above 123’27 is need to neutralize weakness.

Bias: Neutral

Resistance – 123’27**, 124’01*, 124’06-124’07**, 124’125-124’135**, 124’295-125’00***

Support – 123’20-123’225**, 123’10-123’135**, 122’29****

 

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Futures and options trading involve significant risk of loss and may not be suitable for everyone. Therefore, carefully consider whether such trading is suitable for you in light of your financial condition. DAW Trading (“DAW”) uses various outside sources for research material regarding futures and options on futures trading therefore the views and opinions expressed in this letter may not necessarily reflect the view of DAW or its staff. The information provided is designed to assist in your analysis and evaluation of the futures and options markets. However, any decisions you may make to buy, sell or hold a futures or options position on such research are entirely your own and not in any way deemed to be endorsed by or attributed to DAW.

Euro (March)

Session close: Gained about half a penny

Fundamentals: The Dollar continues to freefall despite a much stronger than expected ADP Payroll read and Services PMI. However, Jobless Claims missed for the third week in a row. St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said today that the tax legislation has boosted growth and equity prices but should not encourage the Fed to move faster. Regional PMI data out of Europe was choppy but the Eurozone reads both beat by a tenth, anchored by a strong Germany. This week boils down to Nonfarm Payroll tomorrow at 7:30 am CT but still Eurozone CPI at 4:00 am CT and U.S ISM Non-Manufacturing at 9:00 am CT should not be overlooked. We will be watching the Average Hourly Earnings read most closely and given that job creation will be solid.

Technicals: Price action extended to a high of 1.2155, just shy of our rare major four-star resistance at 1.2180-1.22135. We have been Bullish the Euro for months but last night we got specific with a buy recommendation. If you got aggressive and bought ahead of the 1.20435 level, it would be smart to manage risk and roll the stop up below today’s session low.

Bias: Bullish

Resistance – 1.2180-1.22135****, 1.2434**, 1.2608***

Support – 1.20435***, 1.2006**, 1.1950-1.1966**, 1.1918-1.1926**, 1.1797-1.1799***

 

Yen (March)

Session close: Lost about 17 ticks on the session

Fundamentals: The Yen is the only major currency that has not capitalized off the weaker Dollar. Price action is being suppressed due to rising Treasury yields and strong growth data from around the world. Remember, the Yen is a safe haven currency. However, the Gold phenomena is alive and well. BoJ Kuroda has done a superb job in keeping the Yen bulls at bay. Still, we believe the Yen has tremendous long-term value down here and if the Dollar continues to sell off it will have no choice but to wake up. Of course, tomorrow’s Nonfarm Payroll Report will be key for this trade.

Technicals: A bad day for Yen bulls as the tape extended its two-day losing streak. Price action is testing first key support at .8889-.8902 and a close below here tomorrow which also aligns with a near-term trend line will encourage further selling. Only a move back above today’s session high at .8920 will neutralize the weakness on the week.

Bias: Neutral/Bullish

Resistance – .8920**, .8957**, .8984**, .9060-.9091***, .9164**

Support – .8889-.8902**, .8847**, .8782-.8808***

 

Aussie (March)

Session close: Gained a quarter on the session

Fundamentals: The Aussie continues it surge, 15 positive session out of 17. Data from China has been consistently good this week and this along with higher commodity prices has been a major catalyst for this leg higher. We finally have some significant data out of Australia tonight with a read on Trade Balance at 6:30 pm CT. As we head into tomorrow, the trade will be at the mercy of U.S jobs data and the Dollar.

Technicals: There is no question that the Aussie is overbought, still, it continues its surge higher. We have had major three-star resistance overhead at .7870-.7884 for quite some time and we would expect that this level can slow down the buying and encourage profit taking. The 14-day RSI at 76 is now the highest since 80 on July 20th. The 9-week RSI has a little room to push, though it is essentially signaling overbought as well.

Bias: Neutral

Resistance – .7870-.7884***, .8000**, .8100***

Support – .7770-.7799**, .7712-.7728***, .7671-.7678***, .7623-.7630**, .7498-.7501***

 

Canadian (March)

Session close: Gained about 30 ticks on the session

Fundamentals: The Canadian put in a strong session today after a monster Raw Materials Purchase Index read. With strong energy and metals prices, inflation is starting to poke its head and the commodity currencies, the Aussie and Canadian, are capitalizing in full force. Tomorrow, not only brings key jobs data from the U.S but also Canada at 7:30 am CT. The currency looks to continue a strong run of data on the heels of its bullish breakout last week.

Technicals: Price action pushed higher today and because of lower price action from yesterday’s close and into today it has created a bull flag. Because of this, we are starting to reintroduce a Bullish Bias. However, the Canadian faces off against resistance at the .8022-.8044 level and tomorrows data will ultimately dictate the finish of the week. Pullbacks to .7911-.7932 should be bought.

Bias: Neutral/Bullish

Resistance – .8022-.8044**, .8085

Support – .79675**, .7911-.7932***, .7881**, .7851**, .7730-.7754***

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Disclaimer:

Futures and options trading involve significant risk of loss and may not be suitable for everyone. Therefore, carefully consider whether such trading is suitable for you in light of your financial condition. DAW Trading (“DAW”) uses various outside sources for research material regarding futures and options on futures trading therefore the views and opinions expressed in this letter may not necessarily reflect the view of DAW or its staff. The information provided is designed to assist in your analysis and evaluation of the futures and options markets. However, any decisions you may make to buy, sell or hold a futures or options position on such research are entirely your own and not in any way deemed to be endorsed by or attributed to DAW.

CORN (March)

Yesterdays Close: March corn futures finished the day down ¼ of a cent, trading in a range of 2 ½ cents on the day. Funds were estimated sellers of 3,500 contracts.

Fundamentals: Corn futures continue to trade in a tight range thanks to the lack of new news coming across the wires. Export sales to start the week were within expectations at 683,898 metric tons. The bulls in the market will want to see better than expected exports on a consistent basis to get the market headed north. Due to the New Years holiday, we will have export sales out tomorrow morning. Ethanol numbers will be out later this morning, we have been seeing strong numbers in production over the last several weeks.

Technicals: Trade the market you have, not the one you want. March corn futures tested the 50-day moving average yesterday but ran out of gas to get out above which led to some light selling pressure in the back half of the day. This has been a key indicator for us as we have been able to see the market close above since July. If the market does achieve a close above resistance, we could see funds cover to 360 ¾. With that said, we are trusting the technical with tight risk measures and using this as an opportunity to sell. We continue to believe that there is an opportunity to trade a nickel on either side of 350 until we get a fundamental catalyst to give us a directional move other than sideways.

Bias: Bearish

Resistance: 354 ¼-355 ¼***, 360-361 ¾***, 375****

Support: 345-346 ½**, 334-335 ¼***, 323-325 ¼**

SOYBEANS (March)

Yesterdays Close: March soybean futures finished yesterdays session up 3 ½ cents, trading in a range of 6 ½ cents on the day. Funds were estimated buyers of 3,000 contracts.

Fundamentals: The market has managed to stabilize from chatter of weather concerns in South America, particularly in Argentina as the next 7-10 days looks dry. Wet weather is expected to move in after that, but the market is waiting for confirmation as we get closer. Many market participants will be waiting for next weeks USDA report on the 12th for nod on direction for the start of the year.

Technicals: The market has stabilized, but don’t think that the chart has instantly turned friendly. The selloff in December has left a lot of technical damage on the chart. Our first pocket of technical resistance remains intact from 967 ¾-971 ¾. If the bulls can chew through and close above, we could see a run back towards 985 ½-986 ½ before next weeks USDA report on the 12th. A failure to close will likely lead to funds extending their net short position. First technical support comes in from 950-952 ¼, a break and close below opens the door to a more significant 937 ½.

Bias: Neutral/Bearish

Resistance: 967 ¾-971 ¾**, 985 ¼-986 ½***, 999-1004**

Support: 950-952 ¼***, 937 ½***, 922 ¼****

WHEAT (March)

Yesterdays Close: March wheat futures closed up ¾ of a cent yesterday, trading in a range of 5 cents for the session. Funds were estimated buyers of 2,500 contracts.

Fundamentals: Concerns over winter kill have helped revive the wheat bulls, but those expectations should be tempered as we will not see the full affect until the crop comes out of dormancy in the spring. Kansas City wheat will be the contract you will want to keep a close eye on for that. Crop progress conditions showed a big drop in the December good/excellent ratings in Kansas (14%), Oklahoma (15%), Nebraska (13%), Colorado (12%).

Technicals: Wheat managed to close above the 50-day moving average, but failed to close above technical resistance at 437. The lack of conviction and follow through yesterday has some sellers stepping back into the market in the early morning session. We are looking for the market to retreat from here, the first line in the sand is 429, but the more significant support pocket comes in from 416 ½-420 ¾. Keep in mind that yesterday was the start of the seasonal; if you had sold March Chicago wheat on January 3rd and bought back on January 15th, you would have been profitable for 12 out of the last 15 years with the average gain being roughly 17 ¾ cents.

Bias: Bearish

Resistance: 435-437 ½ ***, 443-448 ¼ ***, 459-461 ¼**

Support: 429**, 416 ½-420 ¾**, 410 ½**, 399-402 ¾****

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E-mini S&P (March)

Last year’s close: Settled at 2676, the lowest level in two weeks

Fundamentals: We finished 2017 on a high note, the S&P not so much. Friday’s close marked the ninth year in a row that the S&P failed to finish the last week of the year in the green. It has averaged a loss of 1% in that time. Price action has stabilized into this morning and we are hesitant to form an immediate bias at this point. Equity markets in Europe have decided to play catch up to the U.S action late in the last session of the year, rather than following China higher. The Shanghai Composite is up 1.25% while the Hang Seng is up 2%. Manufacturing PMI data out of China over the weekend was in line with expectations while last night’s Caixin read came in much stronger. Manufacturing data out of Europe confirmed strong flash reads two weeks ago. There is no data out of the U.S today but we look to ISM Manufacturing tomorrow morning and FOMC Minutes in the afternoon. Of course, Friday brings Nonfarm Payroll.

Technicals: Price action traded above and Pac-Manned the 2698 all-time high early in Friday’s session by a quarter point before paring gains and seeing strong waves of selling in the last hour. With the tape stable since the open last night, we see no value going short down here. Remember we have been very Bullish equites and as of now are waiting to see how the first hour of the intraday session opens before shifting our Bias from Neutral. Price action traded into our third level of support on Friday but is now back above what was first support; it will be important to watch how the 2679.50 level (what was 2679-2680.75) is treated on the open. If price action can regain 2683, the bulls will regain an upper hand through the session and must achieve a close above 2686.50 in order to maintain it into tomorrow. A move below 2674.50 and new lows on the session will open the door to 2651.75-2652.50 major three-star support.

Bias: Neutral

Resistance – 2683**, 2686.50**, 2691*, 2698.25-2700**, 2715.25***

Pivot – 2679.50

Support – 2674.50**, 2667.25-2667.75**, 2651.75-2652.50***, 2641.50**

 

Crude Oil (February)

Last year’s close: Settled at 60.42

Fundamentals: Crude traded to a new swing high of 60.74 to start the year. Protests and clashes with police in Iran have sparked some supply concerns. However, the Forties pipeline is back to normal flows and the Libyan pipeline that exploded last week is also back online. Inventory data will be delayed a day due to the New Year holiday which means API will be out tomorrow late afternoon. In the midst of pipeline outages and now the Iran situation, let’s not forget that China was also a major catalyst in the rise of Crude late in the year. After raising import quotas by 55% for 2018 in November they issued their first batch last week. Also, last night’s read on Caixin Manufacturing was better than expected.

Technicals: Price action remains elevated and our Bias remains Neutral. The bulls will have the clear upper hand as long as price action stays above 59.96. If prices dip back below here and close below here, the door will then open for a move to back and fill at 58.97-58.99. On Sunday’s ‘Tradable Events this Week’ we discussed the expanding net long position and similarities to this current run with price action in November 2016 to January and February 2017. The driving idea here is that if everyone has already bought, who is left to buy.

Bias: Neutral

Resistance – 60.74*, 62.58**

Pivot – 60.32-60.42

Support – 59.96**, 58.97-58.99***

 

Gold (February)

Last year’s close: Settled at 1309.8, the highest since September 25th

Fundamentals: Gold continues its melt up and has reached the highest level since September 26th. After getting squashed ahead of the Fed rate hike and tax-reform, the metal has come back with a vengeance, just as we predicted. The New Year kicks off with a big week, one that could solidify Gold above the $1300 mark for weeks to come. Though there is no data today, tomorrow brings ISM Manufacturing and FOMC Minutes. Thursday begins Fed speak. Nonfarm Payroll is due Friday, ISM Non-Manufacturing and more Fed speak. Though the new Fed dissenter, Chicago’s Evans, is not scheduled this week it will be very interesting to see what many have to say after tax-reform was signed and if their tones change at all. The U.S Dollar has been whacked and started 2018 how it went out in 2017, lower. It is now at the lowest level since September and has lost 2.3% since the day the Fed hiked rates. We believe there is at least another 4% to the downside which would be a key catalyst to sending Gold to $1400 in 2018.

Technicals: The bears have gone into hibernation and no one wants to stand in the way of this rally. We remain very price action finished 2017 out above our rare major four-star resistance and this has sparked the next bull leg higher. We have the next key resistance at 1317 but one thing we like about the potential for higher prices is that the buyers are just coming to the party. Though this data is as of Tuesday December 26th, Gold’s net long position was only at 127,715 contracts, a far cry from the 200,000 mark that can sometimes become a hurdle. However, in rallies similar to September, the long position could double from here. Don’t miss our #1 Tradable Event this Week, Hi-Ho Silver! We believe that Gold and Silver are most bullish when working together, now consider that Silver has not even broken out yet and might be just about ready to take the reins.

Bias: Bullish

Resistance – 1317**, 1335.8**

Pivot – 1312.7

Support – 1302-1303.4***, 1292.9**, 1279.5***

 

 

Natural Gas (February)

Last year’s close: Settled at 2.953

Fundamentals: We discussed exactly this on Friday. The pattern of strong starts to the week before price action dissipates. We hope to see this trend begin to change as the market turns bullish. However, this is still the trend and bulls are taking something off table after a heck of a bailout package last week. The Polar Vortex is real and early estimates of the stock report this week are for a draw of over 200 bcf. Next week’s potential record continues to expand with expectations well above -300 bcf (our figures show the current record at -287 for the week ending January 10, 2014).

Technicals: After gaining 11% last week, price action extended above major three-star resistance to start the year and reached a high of 3.097. Resistance comes in at 3.108-3.142 and the tape has peeled off pretty quickly into this morning covering last night’s gap and then some. Friday’s settlement fell short of closing into and trading above the 2.96-3.01 major three-star level that includes a trend line. It will be key for it to hold this level into today’s settlement to avoid further profit taking. More specifically, we are now watching 3.00-3.01 on a closing basis to keep the momentum north. Regardless, it is key to capitalize in some way off this run.

Bias: Bullish

Resistance – 3.00-3.01***, 3.108-3.145**

Pivot – 2.953

Support – 2.893-2.92**, 2.83**, 2.734-2.7664**, 2.562***, 2.486-2.522****

 

10-year (March)

Last year’s close: Settle at 124’015

Fundamentals: The treasury market stayed bid into the long New Year’s weekend and saw support from equity profit taking ahead of the bell. We believe this bottoming process has begun since the Fed hiked rates and tax-reform legislation was signed. Recent data has been solid, but this week will be key. Though today is quiet, tomorrow brings ISM Manufacturing and FOMC. Fed speak begins with Bullard on Thursday and lasts through Friday. As we discussed above, it will be important to see how their tone might have changed after tax-reform was signed. Friday also brings Nonfarm Payroll which could really set the stage for Q1 expectations as we will be watching wage growth. ISM Non-Manufacturing is also due Friday.

Technicals: Despite the close out above major three-star resistance at 123’27-123’285, the level remains sticky and as does minor resistance at 124’01. We will continue to watch the three-star level and though prices are not accelerating through it, a continued close above will be very constructive in a beat down market. If the shorts start covering ahead of Fed Minutes tomorrow, there is a key trend line that aligns with the 124’125-124’135 level.

Bias: Bullish/Neutral

Resistance – 124’01*, 124’06-124’07**, 124’125-124’135**, 124’295-125’00***

Pivot- 123’27-123’285***

Support – 123’20-123’225**, 123’10-123’135**, 122’29****

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