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Futures Trading Levels for April 22nd, 2021

April 21st, 2021 Filed under Day Trading, Future Trading News, Index Futures, S&P 500 | Comment (0)

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Dear Traders,
Today’s action in Silver, gold, SP and NQ lead me to write the quick piece below.
Few words on BREAKOUT trading.
The concept is one of many different traders use.
Some like to use COUNTRER TREND trading.
others look at ORDER FLOW, some will use support and resistance mainly and hopefully more traders will master a few different techniques and use the appropriate one depending on the type of trading day that is developing in front of their eyes.
The concept of break out trading looks for the market to “snap out” of a certain trading range and continue moving in that direction. The toughest part is to filter out the “fake breakouts” and recognize early enough which breakouts have the potential to be a powerful one.
A few tips to explore:
Look for a breakout on a smaller time frame that will coincide with a longer time frame CURRENT trend. So you may look at a daily trend and look for a breakout on the hourly chart?
You may trade smaller time frames and look for breakouts that will coincide with the 30 minute chart time frame.
Last but not least ( for today only of course as I am sure there are MUCH more than the short few pointers I am sharing….) try utilizing different type of charts and do your homework in regards to which breakouts seem to work better than others. Look at RANGE BAR charts, explore VOLUME charts, maybe even take a look at Renko bars and other types as well.
30 MINUTES chart of ES below with 4 different pointers to look at, marked A through D. CLICK for larger IMAGE. ALWAYS much easier to look back in hindsight and explain what happened….I wish it was that easier when trading live….Click on the chart so you are able to read the pointers along with some insight for educational purposes.
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Good Trading

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 when it comes to Futures Trading.

 

Futures Trading Levels

4-22-2021

Economic Reports, source: 

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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.


Volatility Continues, ES Chart Review & Support and Resistance Levels 3.04.2021

March 5th, 2021 Filed under Indices, S&P 500 | Comment (0)

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Volatility continues. Rates are the driving force now days.
June is now the front month for rates.
May is front month for silver, copper and most grains.
April crude and natural gas. OPEC meeting tomorrow!
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Hourly chart of the ES below for your review along with potential levels of support and resistance.
Mini S&P ES Futures 60 minute chart

Good Trading

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 when it comes to Futures Trading.

 

Futures Trading Levels

3-04-2021

Futures Trading Levels 3.04.2021

Economic Reports, source: 

 www.BetterTrader.co

 

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.


CME MICROS: Micro Mini Futures Contract

January 6th, 2021 Filed under Futures Trading, S&P 500 | Comment (0)

CME MICROS, more commonly known as Micro E-Mini Futures Contracts, have been trading with great success since they were first introduced by the CME Group in 2019.   In terms of liquidity, for both smaller and newer futures traders, the Micro E-Mini has made futures trading more affordable and  accessible to the independent investor, who may not have large amounts of risk capital to invest.

Standard futures contracts and Mini Futures Contracts are sized to a certain value multiplied by the futures price.  For example a mini contract sells for $50 x the contract price.  The E-mini S&P 500 has a contract size of $50 times the E-Mini futures contract price, which if the contract price is say $1,240, then the contract value is $62,000.

CME states all four of the Micro E-Mini Futures Contracts are 1/10 the size of their respective E-mini futures counterparts – allowing all traders futures exposure without the notional constraints of the larger contracts.  These Micro Minis include the follow contracts:  S&P 500, Nasdaq-100, Russell 2000, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

 

What Is a Micro Mini Futures Contract

Micro E-Minis are one-tenth of the size of a traditional E-Mini contract, which allowing for lower margins and requires a significantly lower investment capital than their standard counterparts.

If the S&P 500 index is 2950, the micro e-mini value is 5 times the value of the index or $14,750 versus the value of a  standard e-mini contract, which is 50 times the price, and would set an investor back $147,500.  While the contract value is significantly higher, so is the exposure to market fluctuations.  This is where the benefit of the Micro E-mini comes in.

The Micro E-Mini contract is a significantly smaller contract than the mini or standard futures contract, which can set an investor back several thousand dollars.  The micro E-mini offers a much more affordable way for traders to access the equity index futures markets.

 

How Do Micro E-Mini Futures Contract Work?

While a standard E -mini S&P 500 futures contract has a value of $50 times the contract price – the Micro E-mini S&P 500 futures contract has a value of just $5 times the contract price, making this a much more affordable futures contract vehicle.

Your upward and downward exposure to fluctuations in the market is significantly reduced.

Most traders will use MICROS for short term trading, and can day trade the micros with less than $2,000 in the account.  Both losses and gains are smaller relative to the Mini S&P, but there are still risks associated even if you trade Micro E-Mini Futures.

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Why Invest in Micro E-Mini Futures

Experienced traders will enjoy the efficiency of the contract, the ability to sell short with ease, and the possibility of benefitting from short- and long-term profit and loss tax rules.  New traders will appreciate more affordable options of Micro E-Mini Futures Contracts, that incur less risk at just $5 times the contract value and have lower margins.

This allows new investors with limited assets to participate in this exciting market with limited exposure to risk, and for a much larger pool of traders.  Cannon is excited to bring in new traders, as well as, offering more diverse and flexible portfolio of futures trading options to new and  current clients.

Contact Cannon Trading here for more details on investing in Micro E-Mini Futures Contracts, or other futures investments.

“The MICROS offer a few advantages for both new and experienced traders”, says Ilan Levy-Mayer, Cannon’s VP. “If one wants to move from demo to live trading, one can start with the MICROS and utilize less capital and ease into the live trading part with smaller contracts. Another advantage is the ability to scale in and scale out and last but not least, longer term trades or maybe swing trades might be better utilized using the smaller MICROS.”

In addition to the micro e-minis, Cannon Trading brokers can also help investors trade MICRO gold.  Learn more here.

Appx Daily & Monthly Volume(December 2020)

Micro E-mini S&P March Contract (MESH21) Daily Volume – 57,180

Micro E-mini S&P March Contract (MESH21) Monthly Volume – 1,143,585

Micro E-mini Nasdaq March Contract (MNQH21) Daily Volume – 227,598

Micro E-mini Nasdaq March Contract (MNQH21) Monthly Volume – 4,551,970

Micro E-mini Dow Jones March Contract (MYMH21) Daily Volume – 50,061

Micro E-mini Dow Jones March Contract (MYMH21) Monthly Volume – 1,001,220

Micro E-mini Russell March Contract (M2KH21) Daily Volume – 34,335

Micro E-mini Russell March Contract (M2KH21) Monthly Volume – 686,700

Micro gold Feb Contract (MGCG21) Daily Volume – 51,118

Micro gold Feb Contract (MGCG21) Monthly Volume – 1,022,350

 

Benefits of the Micro E-Mini Futures Contract

The economical aspect of the Micro E-Mini is perhaps its largest draw. In the S&P a trader traditionally must maintain a minimum margin of $13,000, but with the new Miro E-Mini, that margin may now be as low ae $1,300. With these lower margins, more and more traders will now be able to make investments based on where they think the markets may be headed with Stock index futures contracts. Those who now trade with exchange-traded funds (ETFs) can now more easily expand to the futures market.

Cannon Trading stresses the importance of finding a broker that offers the most up-to-date technology and resources available. They also stress the importance of choosing a firm whose brokers have experience and specialize in an array of market corners, thus making it easier for them to customize their services to every trader’s needs and objectives. “At Cannon Trading we offer an expansive selection of cutting-edge technology, and our brokers are knowledgeable and experienced enough to assist any level of trader with his or her needs”.

FREE, real-time demo, with live prices of ALL MCIROS futures available at:

 

https://www.cannontrading.com/software/e-futures-international

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.

 


S&P 500 Futures are almost 40!

January 24th, 2020 Filed under Commodity Trading, Future Trading News, S&P 500 | Comment (0)

SP 500 FuturesDon’t look now, the S&P Futures market is almost 40 years old! Prepare the over the hill jokes. On April 20th 1982, following winning a lawsuit to prevent the opening, regulators at the CFTC and SEC agreed to allow the contract, with the condition that it be settled using cash instead of delivering stocks. This was a revolution to the Commodity Sector, which was founded on delivering physical commodities like Live Cattle, Soy Beans and Silver. The move was expected to begin the merge between the equity and commodity sectors.

On April 21st 1982 at the CME “The Spoos” began trading futures based off the S&P 500 stock market index. Using 500 broad ranged stocks, S&P 500 Futures has since become the gauge for the economy. According to the April 22nd edition of the New York Times, “Indeed, the first trade was executed by a prominent gold trader, Maury A. Kravitz, who said he bought a contract for a client with a substantial stock portfolio. The seller was another floor trader, George I. Segal, who normally trades frozen pork bellies futures. Mr. Segal also said he was trading for a client with a large stock holding.” In the same year Paul Volcker and the Federal Reserve increased interest rates to nearly 20% successfully curbing inflation that kept the market suppressed since the late 1960s highs. The opening price was 116.35 and traded at $500 a point with a 1.5-point range. There were almost 4,000 contracts traded the first day. The notional value was about $58,500 and $3,200 margin.

In September 1997 S&P 500 Futures got its license to drive; opening on the online trading roads called GLOBEX. S&P Futures split in half making it $250 a point (moving to tenths from twentieths) while creating the E-mini (ES) 1/5 size contracts. The E-mini is traded exclusively on GLOBEX in quarter point increments allowing for the first time -traders to place their own trades instead of having to call it down to the floor. In 1998 the market closed over $1,000 for the first time. The volume was about 100,000 per day and the Notional value was $250,000 for the full size and $50,000 ES. The margin was about $5,000 per contract for the ES.

In May 2019 the ES E-mini S&P Futures at 37 years old had offspring of its own when the CME launched Micro Futures on the ES. The Micro ES, symbol MES, is 1/10 the size of the ES and 1/50 the size of the full size and 1/100 of the original contract. The original S&P Futures have all been but phased out with the closing of the physical pit a few years ago. The E-mini (ES)- now becoming known as the new “standard-size” S&P, is trading over price 3,300 making a nominal value of $165,000 per contract. This is 3x the size of the original futures contract’s nominal value while using the contract that was 1/10 of the size, using the $500 per point vs the $50 per point. Comparing apples to apples; the nominal value would have grown from $58,500 to $1,650,000 per contract. The volume is typically between 1 million and 2 million contracts traded per day and the margin is currently $7,290 for the ES contract, with many Brokers offering $500 day margins. If the cycle continues, the MES Micro ES futures will grow in size and who knows might become “standard- size” one day.

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RISK DISCLOSURE: Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. The risk of loss in futures trading can be substantial, carefully consider the inherent risks of such an investment in light of your financial condition.

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