Commodity Trading

Category Archives: Commodity Trading

Investment is a game of money of securing future money by taking a risk today. Trading therefore comes with a list of rules to play by. Commodity trading in particular offers tremendous potential for becoming a completely different asset class.

However, before investing in any kind of commodity, you must do an in depth research and also ask your broker as many questions as possible. Through this category archive we provide you as much information and valuable insights into the world of commodity trading.

We at Cannon Trading are here to help you with your commodity trading needs. You as a trader should select your commodity trading advisor only after performing a due diligence on him/her. We in fact do that for you. This way, you get only the best advice to help you with your commodity trading.

We’ve got the information that you might need at every step of commodity trading, and you’ll find it all right here in the commodity trading section of our blog. Read up, and read on to get equipped!

Gold weekly chart +Support & Resistance Levels 6.21.2018

June 20th, 2018 Filed under Commodity Brokers, Commodity Trading, Day Trading, Future Trading Platform, Futures Broker, Gold Futures, Metal Futures | Comment (0)


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Gold WEEKLY chart for your review below.
This Sunday night I got the first weekly sell signal since the end of 2017. You can see the little red arrow along with the current bar marked in red. Just because a signal happened, does not mean we will see a sell off but for me personally it is a good probability that the pressure is stronger to the downside. I like some of the option plays one can do using vertical put spreads.
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Trading Futures, Options on Futures, and retail off-exchange foreign currency transactions involves substantial risk of loss and is not suitable for all investors.  You should carefully consider whether trading is suitable for you in light of your circumstances, knowledge, and financial resources. You may lose all or more of your initial investment. Opinions, market data, and recommendations are subject to change at any time.

Futures Trading Levels


Contract September 2018  SP500 #ES_F Nasdaq100  #NQ_F Dow Jones  #YM_F Mini Russell #RTY_F BitCoin Index #XBT_F
Resistance 3 2801.25 7461.33 25029 1737.83 7109.66
Resistance 2 2789.75 7398.92 24944 1725.87 6961.28
Resistance 1 2780.25 7351.58 24803 1718.83 6857.81
Pivot 2768.75 7289.17 24718 1706.87 6709.43
Support 1 2759.25 7241.83 24577 1699.83 6605.96
Support 2 2747.75 7179.42 24492 1687.87 6457.58
Support 3 2738.25 7132.08 24351 1680.83 6354.11
Contract August Gold #GC_F July Silver #SI-F Aug. Crude Oil #CL-F Sept.  Bonds  #ZB_F Sept.  Euro #6E_F
Resistance 3 1284.9 16.48 67.89 144 27/32 1.1749
Resistance 2 1281.7 16.43 67.12 144 19/32 1.1713
Resistance 1 1276.7 16.36 66.33 143 31/32 1.1685
Pivot 1273.5 16.31 65.56 143 23/32 1.1649
Support 1 1268.5 16.24 64.77 143  3/32 1.1622
Support 2 1265.3 16.19 64.00 142 27/32 1.1586
Support 3 1260.3 16.12 63.21 142  7/32 1.1558
Contract July  Corn #ZC_F July Wheat #ZW_F July Beans #ZS_F July SoyMeal #ZM_F July Nat Gas #NG_F
Resistance 3 367.0 509.2 917.00 348.10 3.04
Resistance 2 361.8 499.6 906.50 343.00 3.01
Resistance 1 358.0 493.9 898.00 338.10 2.98
Pivot 352.8 484.3 887.50 333.00 2.95
Support 1 349.0 478.7 879.0 328.1 2.9
Support 2 343.8 469.1 868.50 323.00 2.89
Support 3 340.0 463.4 860.00 318.10 2.87

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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 here in 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 judgement in trading.

Trading Crude Oil Futures

June 13th, 2018 Filed under Commodity Brokers, Commodity Trading, Crude Oil, Day Trading, Energy Futures, Futures Broker, Futures Trading, futures trading education, Options Trading, Trading Guide | Comment (0)

Tips for day trading NYMEX crude oil futures

By Ilan Levy-Mayer, VP Cannon Trading Co, Inc.

When it comes to day trading futures contracts, crude oil futures are assumed one of the leading positions as far as trading volume.


During the month of May 2018,  crude oil futures averaged around 1 Million contracts traded per day! That actually surpasses contracts like the ten-year notes, mini SP, mini Nasdaq and others who have traditionally been leaders’ in terms of volume.


Part of the growth in crude oil futures is attributed to day trader participation. Day traders, by definition, will enter and exit their positions during the same trading day. This adds volume to the market traded.


Some of the tips I am sharing below can be applied to most futures contracts as well as other financial products that are traded like stocks, forex, bonds and others. Some of the advice I am sharing is very specific to the crude oil futures trading field.


  1. Know the product you are trading:


  1. Just like a trader who trades a stock like Facebook knows what Facebook does, when its earning reports are due and other factors, so does a crude oil futures day trader needs to know a few facts about crude oil:


  • Contract Size: Crude Oil Futures consist of 1,000 barrels. For the trader this means that each full $1 move in crude futures = $1,000 against you or in your favor.


For example:  A move from 72.10 to 73.10 = $1,000 and a move from 72.10 to 72.11 = $10 (the minimum fluctuation size or the tick size). Be aware that the CME also offers the mini crude contract,  which is half the size.


  • Trading Hours: Crude oil futures trade on the Globex terminal between the hours of 5:00 PM CST the DAY BEFORE to 4:00 PM CST the following day. Which means 23 hours of straight trading. It is important to know that most of the volume will trade between the hours of 8:00 AM CST and 1:30 PM CST, as these hours correspond to the “pit session” of the old trading floor.


Another key aspect to remember is that crude oil is a deliverable commodity and the “front month” will change every 30 days or so. For example: since May 22nd 2018 we have been trading July crude oil.


  • Reports: There are more than a few reports that will affect crude oil future prices indirectly. These include monthly unemployment, the FOMC rate decision, and a few others.


However, there are two major reports that move crude oil futures and its by-products (unleaded gasoline and heating oil) sharply: The API report, which comes out at 3:30 PM CST every Tuesday, and the DOE (Dept. of Energy) inventory numbers, which come out almost every Wednesday at 9:30AM CST.


Take a look at this one-minute chart from Wednesday, May 16th right around the report time below to understand the volatility involved.

As you can see above, the market made a move of $700 per ONE contract in a matter of minutes, perhaps even seconds! That type of risk and opportunity is one of the factors attracting day-traders into the crude oil market.


  • Geo Political Events: Middle East tensions, the Iran nuclear deal, tensions between Iraq and its neighbors…these are all examples of events that affect crude oil prices. Not to mention OPEC meetings!



  1. Trading Personality:


In my opinion crude oil (like many other markets) will have one of the following 3 modes: trending, two-sided volatility, or Choppy/quiet/range bound trading.


My experience is that crude will more often fall into the first 2 categories:  strong trend or two-sided volatility.  This leads me to my next point below, different trading set-ups.


  1. Trading Set-Ups:


My preferred methods for trading crude are either breakout concept in an attempt to catch a strong move up or down once the market broke some key support or resistance levels, AND/OR counter trend methods to take advantage of when the market is oversold or overbought. Crude does seem to bring more fear and greed out of traders. So looking at RSI levels, for example, and using moving averages ON the RSI to try and get a feel for market reversals are methods worth exploring.


  1. Keep a journal:


Like with any other trading, keep a journal. Take notes on how the market reacted to certain reports, how the markets traded during certain times of the day, and action you took and emotions you had that either helped or hurt you while trading. These notes will help you going forward.


In summary, crude oil futures volume has increased significantly these past few years. The crude oil futures offer traders certain dynamics that other markets may not at certain times. Volatility, fear and greed are key traits for this market. Remember that trading crude oil futures specifically and futures and options in general carries a large degree of risk and is not suitable for all investors. Make sure you consult with a series 3 broker if you never traded this market before. As always, I wish you Good Trading!


Important: Trading commodity futures and options involves a substantial risk of loss.

The recommendations contained in this letter are of opinion only and do not guarantee any profits.

There is not an actual account trading these recommendations.

Past performances are not necessarily indicative of future results.

The Difference Between Commodities And Equities Trading 5.2.018

May 1st, 2018 Filed under Commodity Trading, Future Trading News | Comment (0)


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The Difference Between Commodities And Equities Trading

A Commodity: What is a legal contractual agreement to make or take delivery of a particular product?
An Equity or Common Stock: What is a legal contractual ownership in a company?
  • Both have regulated markets
  • Both can utilize the same/identical indicators, charting conventions to identify, trends and trade set-ups.
  • Order mechanics: Market, Stops, Stop limits, OCO’s, OSO’s GTC’s
  • Fees: Less than $7.00 per order/contract

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7 Things to Know Before you Start Trading Wheat Futures

April 16th, 2018 Filed under Commodity Trading, Future Trading News | Comment (0)

Author: Joseph Easton, Senior Broker at Cannon Trading

  1. The Basics:

There are two types of Wheat most commonly traded…

”Chicago Soft Red Winter (SRW) and KC Hard Red Winter (HRW) are the global industry standards for wheat. Chicago SRW Wheat is the most liquid Wheat futures contract in the world, trading the equivalent of more than 15 million tons each day in 2013–9 ½ times more than the largest European contract. Producers, processors, millers and exporters continue to look to Chicago SRW and KC HRW Wheat for the liquidity that is critical for any risk management solution.

Liquidity means that you can execute positions quickly, effectively and efficiently. Liquidity offers more flexibility in structuring hedging strategies to meet your timing and market needs. And when the world is facing new challenges in Wheat risk management, liquidity provides the security you need in order to respond with confidence” – CME Group

  • Types of  Wheat Futures: Chicago SRW Wheat Futures  and KC HRW Wheat Futures
  • Contract specifications: One contract (5,000 bushels) of deliverable (~ 136 Metric Tons)
  • Common Symbol:  CME Globex: ZW  and CME Globex: KE

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Trading Levels for Feb. 20th 2018

February 19th, 2018 Filed under Commodity Trading, Future Trading News | Comment (0)


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With the recent volatility, I thought this would be a good share…..

Most Common Pitfalls To Avoid When Trading Futures-Commodity Futures

500 experienced futures brokers were asked what caused most futures traders to lose money when comes to trading futures.

Their answers reflected the trading experience of more than 10,000 futures traders.  Download the PDF and find out what they said.

1.) Have a Plan

Many futures traders trade without a plan.


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