10-Year Note & 30-Year Bond Update, U.S. Dollar Caught between Rock and Hard Place
Treasuries were looking to hang the early rally attempts on Tuesday, albeit small attempts, on a positive result from the Consumer Confidence Index, which was released. The index fell in July from a five year high and the drop of 2.2 % was credited to consumers concern over higher borrowing costs and gasoline prices.
The treasury markets as viewed from the 10-year note and 30-year bond didn’t give much of a reaction either way, which leaves current expectations in place. Wednesday’s trade may be dependent on the release of the FED Notes, although I’ve not heard any talk that something different is to be expected.
Tuesday’s narrow range did little to alter current parameters with the September future closing right at 126’15 support/resistance. Near-term I can’t rule out just yet the possibility for another attempt at reaching 127 to 127’05 if a trip to support at 123’30 to 123’11 is in the wings waiting to begin. The pattern in progress is not totally clear as to near term direction. Unfortunately the non-committal to direction by the market continues to allow both a rally and decline in the near term potential column. A break above 127’11 should clear the path for a quick push to 127’23 to 128’30. A break below 126 should clear the way for a downside continuation to the support zone at 123’30 to 123’11. Longer-term expectations remain for larger down leg to push towards support at 121’12.
10-Year Note (September future Weekly) click to enlarge
30 – Year Bond
The 30 – year bond is loosing its appeal as the treasury instrument of choice to trade. With the focus shrinking in terms of duration the 10-year note has taken over as the interest rate barometer. Nonetheless, the trading range on the 30-year was also very small on Tuesday as any rally attempts were squelched by the lower Consumer Confidence Index numbers. The 135 level held things thus far and may continue to do so. Near-term don’t rule out a run for the brass ring at 136’28 resistance. First though, resistance at 135’16 to 135’27 needs to be dealt with. As with the 10-year note longer term expectations remain for a drop to support at 129 to occur before a more defined sustainable rally takes over.
30-year bond (September future Weekly) click chart to enlarge
I am continuing to include the graph of the Federal Reserve’s outright holdings. This chart needs no additional explanation and is included to keep in perspective who has the motivation to keep it all going.
The near term direction of the U.S Dollar/ Euro has also been held within a somewhat tighter range so far this week. After quickly touching the 1.33 level on Tuesday morning, the rally lost steam for the better part of the day regaining some buying steam towards the end of U.S. trade. The 1.3305 to 1.3317 area should continue to hold rally attempts before the Dollar resumes its rally potential. The Euro would be expected to drop back to support at the 1.2750 to 1.2675 area. The stochastic oscillator on a daily basis turned lower giving a sell signal on Tuesday from overbought readings. Longer-term expectations include the strong potential for a stronger more sustained rally favoring the Euro reaching up towards 1.38 to 1.40. This outlook bodes well if the wedge/triangle pattern proves correct as drawn on the weekly chart.
The Euro September future has been consistent in producing larger ranges over the past several weeks and remains high on my list for day trading. There are several contracts to choose from – the “full” future is valued at $12.50 per tick and the margin requirement is $3750.00 per contract. The “mini” future is $6.25 per tick with a margin requirement of $1875.00 per contract. The “micro” future is $1.25 per tick and the margin requirement is $375.00 per contract. So, this product neatly meets capital requirements for small, medium and large trading accounts.
Euro FX (Daily September future) click chart to enlarge
Euro FX (Weekly September future) click chart to enlarge
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- AAPL (Apple Computer) – highly recommended – Options trading as well
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- TSLA (Tesla Motors) – highly recommended
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