Currency destruction usually usually places a sovereign national bank at the pointed ends of its citizens’ collective swords. The country’s citizens watch helplessly as they wake up each morning less financially secure than they went to bed the previous night. This general sentiment is why the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe’s popularity is counter intuitive. His political platform has been based on the public destruction of the Japanese Yen in a last ditch effort to end 25+ years of secular deflation. As a result of Shinzo Abe’s platform and with the help of the Bank of Japan’s Governor Harihuko Kuroda, they’ve driven the Yen down approximately 20% versus the U.S. Dollar in the last year. Commercial traders are making a strong case that we may be nearing the end of this decline.
Another week of good calls with two out of three trades well in the money and the third is still hanging on.
We began the week by sending our COTSignals discretionary customers a sell signal in the Australian Dollar on Sunday evening. The market opened Sunday night at $.8026 to the U.S. Dollar and hasn’t looked back. It’s currently pushing $.7800, accumulating more than $2,000 per contract thus far. We detailed this trade for TraderPlanet on Monday in, “Aussie Dollar: A Commercial Trader’s Perspective.”
Hog futures have fallen approximately 30% between last November and the recent March lows near $.72 per/lb. This rapid and significant decline may be nearing an end as the commercial long hedgers come out buying with both hands because the market is approaching what they clearly feel is an important price level.
We discussed the growing imbalance in the unleaded gasoline market last week here at Equities.com. Our primary focus was based on two points. First, the fundamentals in the petroleum sector are bearish. Secondly, the commercial traders as a group have now turned negative on their own product at these prices. These two factors have grown in strength over the last week and Monday’s weakness finally triggered an official COT Sell signal.
The “January effect” has had little impact on the US equity markets this year. It is becoming more and more obvious that the typical January effect is now coming in two waves. The first wave comes from year end bonuses, automatic portfolio purchases and speculators trying to get a jump on the year’s index performance. The second wave is based on conscious thought rather than habit or speculation. Based on the commercial trader behavior in the Nasdaq 100 futures it appears that we may be nearing a rational buying opportunity as you can see on the chart below.
The corn futures market has rallied about 15% off of its lows while following its typical seasonal harvest pattern. We had some serious concerns about how oversold this market had become and wondered if it may even breach the $3.00 per bushel level. Obviously, the market hasn’t fallen below $3.00 and the market’s decline was fully supported by long hedgers looking for bargains below $3.60 per bushel. Long hedger support and the oversold nature of the market put us on the buy side for the recent rally which you can see on the chart below. However, as the market has rallied, so to have commercial traders’ expectations changed.
The lean hog futures’ volatility has provided tremendous opportunities for both the hog farmers and the packers this year. Their assessment of value fuels their collective trading requirements. This leaves the farmers selling production at the top and packers paying for consumption at the bottom. We use both of these groups in our discretionary trading at COTSignals.
You can see the results of the discretionary signals in the chart below.
Commercial traders have been selling Eurodollars at an amazing rate. The Commitment of Traders report shows that they’ve sold more than 1,000,000 contracts since mid-September. You can see on the chart below that this selling has shifted their momentum to the sell side for the first time in sixteen months. We took a closer look at this for our piece in Equities.com.
The Commitment of Traders reports showed that commercial corn producers sold more than 350,000 contracts equal to 1,750,000,000 bushels or, about 12% of this year’s crop as estimated by the October 10th USDA WASDE report between February and April. The average price for these forward hedges was around $5.00 per bushel. The summer’s perfect weather has led to record production and this has caused the market to sell off all the way down to $3.20 per bushel. This sell off has brought out the consumption side of the commercial trader equation and our math suggests that they’re just getting warmed up as you can see on the chart below.
This morning’s piece for TraderPlanet combines all of the classic elements necessary to create a Commitment of Traders buy signal in the cocoa futures market. We discuss the macro factors that have kept the commercial traders on the short side of the market during its extended sideways range near the highs as well as the cause of the recent sharp sell off. Finally, we examine the technical nature of the market and exactly what this trade is setting up and the risk entailed.
Fully mechanical Commitment of Traders markets and equity curves.