Five Futures

Nasdaq 100, 2-year T-Note, Silver, Crude Oil, and Japanese Yen Futures

By:Christopher Vecchio - CFA

tastylive five futures
Fig. 1: Intraday price percent change chart for /NQ, /ZT, /SI, /CL, /6J

This Morning’s Five Futures in Focus:

  1. Nasdaq 100 E-mini futures (/NQ): +0.04%
  2. 2-Year T-note futures (/ZT): +0.06%
  3. Silver futures (/SI): +0.35%
  4. Crude oil futures (/CL): +0.59%
  5. Japanese yen futures (/6J): -0.04%

A slew of U.S. labor market data has kicked off a retrenchment in Fed rate hike odds over the past 24 hours. Starting with the July U.S. Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) report yesterday and continuing with the August U.S. ADP employment change report today, signposts are appearing that the U.S. labor market is cooling off. That's leading traders to speculate that no further rate hikes will be needed. The rebound in U.S. equities, U.S. Treasuries, and precious metals has continued, while the U.S. dollar sell-off has accelerated.

Symbol: Equities

Daily Change

/ESU3

+0.04%

/NQU3

+0.04%

/RTYU3

-0.19%

/YMU3

+0.11%

So much for range trading this week. Each of the S&P 500 (/ESU3), the Nasdaq 100 (/NQU3), and the Russell 2000 (/RTYU3) have traded above the daily outside engulfing bars/key reversals set last Thursday, suggesting that the technical path of least resistance is now to the upside. Even though liquidity conditions are thinning out ahead of the Labor Day holiday, it makes sense that volatility could see another kick higher at the end of the week with the release of the August U.S. nonfarm payrolls report.

Strategy: (15DTE, ATM)

Strikes

POP

Max Profit

Max Loss

Iron Condor

Long 15150 p

Short 15200 p

Short 15600 c

Long 15650 c

30%

+655

-345

Long Strangle

Long 15150 p

Long 15650 c

43%

x

-4545

Short Put Vertical

Long 15150 p

Short 15200 p

67%

+290

-710

/NQU3

Symbol: Bonds

Daily Change

/ZTU3

+0.06%

/ZFU3

+0.15%

/ZNU3

+0.18%

/ZBU3

+0.26%

/UBU3

+0.15%

While “staying high for longer” remains the primary focus of bond markets, no further rate hikes are currently being priced in, according to /ZQ and /SR3 futures curves. To this end, there has been a rapid adjustment across the U.S. Treasury yield curve, thanks to a meaningful rally in 10-year Notes (/ZNU3) and 30-year Bonds (/ZBU3). Evidence is piling up in the options market that bonds may have bottomed out for at least the next several weeks.

Strategy (23DTE, ATM)

Strikes

POP

Max Profit

Max Loss

Iron Condor

Long 101 p

Short 101.125 p

Short 101.875 c

Long 102 c

27%

+125

-125

Long Strangle

Long 101 p

Long 102 c

55%

x

-421.88

Short Put Vertical

Long 101 p

Short 101.125 p

97%

+15.63

-234.38

/ZTU3

Symbol: Metals

Daily Change

/GCV3

+0.43%

/SIU3

+0.35%

/HGU3

-0.07%

Gold prices (/GCV3) are inching higher against its 50-day exponential moving average (EMA) this morning as economic woes in Europe deepened after inflation data in Germany and Spain came in above expectations, causing yields to shoot higher across the Eurozone. Silver prices (/SIU3) have hit fresh monthly highs. A weaker-than-expected print (+177,000 actual versus +195,000 expected) in the U.S. ADP jobs data for August also helped to boost precious metals amid cooling speculation of further Fed rate hike bets.

Strategy (27DTE, ATM)

Strikes

POP

Max Profit

Max Loss

Iron Condor

Long 24.85 p

Short 24.9 p

Short 25.6 c

Long 25.65 c

19%

+200

-50

Long Strangle

Long 24.85 p

Long 25.65 c

45%

x

-4255

Short Put Vertical

Long 24.85 p

Short 24.9 p

58%

+110

-140

/SIU3

Symbol: Energy

Daily Change

/CLV3

+0.59%

/NGU3

-0.89%

Crude oil (/CLV3) is up about $0.51 per barrel after the American Petroleum Institute (API), on Tuesday, reported a larger-than-expected inventory draw of 11.49 million barrels for the week ending Aug. 25. All eyes are on today’s report from the U.S Energy Information Administration. Meanwhile, a Bloomberg survey shows that traders expect Saudi Arabia to extend its production cut into October.

Strategy (14DTE, ATM)

Strikes

POP

Max Profit

Max Loss

Iron Condor

Long 80.25 p

Short 80.5 c

Short 82.75 c

Long 83 c

19%

+200

-50

Long Strangle

Long 80.25 p

Long 83 c

51%

x

-2210

Short Put Vertical

Long 80.25 p

Short 80.5 c

58%

+110

-140

/CLV3

Symbol: FX

Daily Change

/6AU3

+0.46%

/6BU3

+0.41%

/6CU3

+0.16%

/6EU3

+0.43%

/6JU3

-0.04%

The dramatic repricing of Fed rate hike odds over the past 24-hours has had a seismic impact on FX markets. The daily bearish outside engulfing bar/key reversal in the DXY Index has been led by significant rallies in the British pound (/6BU3) and the euro (/6EU3). Our focus, however, is on the Japanese yen (/6JU3), which continues to linger near its November 2022 Yentervention level. A pullback in U.S. Treasury yields may be curating a more favorable environment for the Japanese Ministry of Finance to step into the market to prop up the yen.

Strategy (9DTE, ATM)

Strikes

POP

Max Profit

Max Loss

Iron Condor

Long 0.00675 p

Short 0.006775 p

Short 0.006975 c

Long 0.007 c

57%

+75

-237.50

Long Strangle

Long 0.00675 p

Long 0.007 c

32%

x

-112.50

Short Put Vertical

Long 0.00675 p

Short 0.006775 p

80%

+31.25

-281.25

/6JU3

Christopher Vecchio, CFA, tastylive’s head of futures and forex, has been trading for nearly 20 years. He has consulted with multinational firms on FX hedging and lectured at Duke Law School on FX derivatives. Vecchio searches for high-convexity opportunities at the crossroads of macroeconomics and global politics. He hosts Futures Power Hour Monday-Friday and Let Me Explain on Tuesdays, and co-hosts Overtime, Monday-Thursday. @cvecchiofx

Thomas Westwater, a tastylive financial writer and analyst, has eight years of markets and trading experience. @fxwestwater

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