Trading futures Spreads important strategy on spread trading

May 2, 2014 Newsletter

Over my 20+ year career as a commodities broker, I have studied and traded a wide range of approaches to trading the futures markets.

May 2nd, 2014 - Issue #735

In This Issue

1. Hot Market Chart: Gold Bulls
2. Trading Futures Spreads - Basic But Important Strategy
3. Economic Calendar

1. Hot Market Chart: Gold Bulls

Gold Bulls Have a Good Day Friday

From our friend Jim Wyckoff

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Gold Bulls Have a Good Day Friday Gold prices on Friday made a good recovery from the early session low. After dipping following a bearishly construed U.S. employment report, gold buyers stepped in. Short covering from the shorter-term traders after recent selling pressure, bargain hunting, and some safe-haven buying are featured plays to wind down the trading week. The tensions in Ukraine were on the rise Friday. Prices were scoring a bullish "outside day" up on the daily bar chart, negated a downtrend line and were poised to close at a bullish weekly high close on Friday.

2. Trading Futures Spreads - Basic But Important Strategy


"A basic and important strategy for commodities traders using spread trading."

By: Mark O'Brien, Cannon Trading Commodities Broker

Over my 20+ year career as a commodities broker, I have studied and traded a wide range of approaches to trading the futures markets.  From candlestick formations to the commodity channel index, from condors to turtle trading, there’s an enormous catalog of tools and methods available for traders to consider.

One method I have noticed is surprisingly underrepresented among retail traders is futures spread trading, where a single position in the market consists of the simultaneous purchase of one futures contract and sale of a related futures contract as a unit. I call it surprising because some of the most invested players in futures trading – and arguably the most sophisticated – include large speculators and commercial firms who regularly employ spreads. This includes traders in the markets who often actually buy and sell the physical commodities we trade. Farmers, ranchers and other food growers along with food producers, petroleum companies who either drill for oil or natural gas or refine these products – or both, financial institutions with enormous holdings in treasuries, equities or currencies, mining interests and their buyers – all these areas of production and distribution employ spreads from time to time as an important aspect of their businesses. Indeed, spread trading is a fundamental and essential part of the commodities futures markets.

At the same time, despite the remarkable increase in interest and in the growth in the volume of the futures markets over the years, spread trading is typically dismissed by most other traders in search of a trading strategy.  With so much attention focused on other approaches related to straightforward directional trading (and within that category, day-trading) it’s not difficult to see how spread trading can be overlooked.

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3. Economic Calendar

Source: Moore Research Center, Inc.

Date Reports Expiration & Notice Dates
9:00 AM CDT - ISM Services(Apr) 


7:30 AM CDT - Trade Balance(Mar) 
6:00 AM CDT - MBA Mortgage Purchase Index 
7:30 AM CDT - Productivity-Prel(Q1) 
9:30 AM CDT - API & DOE Energy Stats 
2:00 PM CDT - Consumer Credit(Mar) 
3:00 PM CDT - Dairy Product Sales
LT: May Cotton(NYM) 
7:30 AM CDT - USDA Weekly Export Sales 
7:30 AM CDT - Initial Claims-Weekly 
9:00 AM CDT - EIA Gas Storage 
3:30 PM CDT - Money Supply
LT: May Nikkei(CME) 
6:00 AM CDT - JOLTS-Job Openings(Mar) 
9:00 AM CDT - Wholesale Inventories(Mar) 
11:00 AM CDT - WASDE Report & Crop Production 
LT: May Orange Juice(ICE) 
May Canadian Dollar Options(CME) 
May Currencies Options(CME) 
May US Dollar Index Options(ICE) 
Jun Coffee Options(ICE) 

  1:00 PM CDT - Treasury Budget(Apr) 


* Please note that the information contained in this letter is intended for clients, prospective clients, and audiences who have a basic understanding, familiarity, and interest in the futures markets.

** The material contained in this letter is of opinion only and does not guarantee any profits. These are risky markets and only risk capital should be used. Past performances are not necessarily indicative of future results.

*** This is not a solicitation of any order to buy or sell, but a current market view provided by Cannon Trading Inc. Any statement of facts herein contained are derived from sources believed to be reliable, but are not guaranteed as to accuracy, nor they purport to be complete. No responsibility is assumed with respect to any such statement or with respect to any expression of opinion herein contained. Readers are urged to exercise their own judgment in trading!

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