There are seasonal commodity trends that may reoccur within the futures market. This could help guide traders and build a plan for a futures trading strategy.
The "Seasons" of the Futures Market
Every calendar year there are different seasons. It is how we plan our lives. Weather is the first to come to mind, but there are holidays, sports, shopping and many more that help break up the monotony of our day to day patterns. The commodities market is no different. Just as you use a calendar to plan and differentiate Thanksgiving from Opening Day in baseball, you can use the same calendar to blueprint possibly when wheat futures will be high and copper prices low. Traders can use these seasonal patterns to their advantage because it allows a certain degree of predictability of future price movements, rather than being bombarded by an endless stream of often contradictory market noise. Now of course there are other factors too numerous to list that can affect the futures markets, but certain conditions and events reoccur at annual intervals and help traders anticipate where the market is headed.
Although not 100% accurate-as any weatherman will tell you-weather is, in fact, the chief contributor to seasonal futures trading. The annual cycle from warm to cold weather and then back again affects all the agricultural commodity markets as their supply and demand coincides with the planting and harvesting seasons. However, the annual weather pattern can stretch its power to all the commodities. For example, demand for heating oil typically rises as cold weather approaches but subsides as inventory is filled and decreases even more as the summer months get closer. The calendar not only gives us climate related seasons, but also the annual passing of important dates that then creates 'seasons' of its own. The due date for filing U.S. income taxes is every April 15th. Monetary liquidity may decline as taxes are paid, but rise as the Federal Reserve recirculates funds.
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2. Hot Market: E-Mini S&Ps Pushing Up Against Resistance at Contract High
The September e-mini S&P stock index futures bulls are once again knocking on the door of strong chart resistance at the contract high.
If bulls can push and close prices into new high territory, then a bullish upside "breakout" would occur to suggest a fresh leg up in prices this summer.
However, recent history has shown that the previous highs in the stock indexes have not been penetrable.
Price action the next week or so in the U.S. stock indexes could well set the tone for stock index futures trading the rest of this summer.
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