Three days and counting to a government shutdown

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Consumer sentiment strong,  but government shut-down looming

As we've stated before; we do not expect a government shut down.  However, we do expect plenty of political posturing (chaos and anxiety) as we approach the deadline.  In fact, the event might take us down to the last minute.  After all, our friends in Washington have a knack for dramatics. 

In the meantime, the market will be reacting to headlines.  This is not a time to be complacent.  When the financial markets are tied to government headlines, things can get careful!

ZN ZB Futures Charting, uptrend

Government uncertainty in U.S. and Italy prompting risk on trades

Treasuries continue their slow grind higher as the once over-crowded bearish trade unwinds.  Fresh longs seem to also be working their way into the market in anticipation of a possible (but not likely) government shut-down. 

Leadership issues in Italy are also enticing investors to seek quality.  German Bunds traded at a six week high in overnight trade and the U.S. 10-year note is trading at levels not seen since late July.

Thus far the bond and note rally has been civilized; yet, Treasury rallies are rarely such.  While we acknowledge that a good chunk of the shorts have been squeezed out of the market we are certain there are more.  In other words, there is plenty of room for panic.  We are looking for the ZB to see 134'25 early next week, but if Washington really drops the ball 138ish is a possibility.

Treasury Market Ideas

**Consensus:** When counter-trend Friday doesn't happen, the market is in a decisive trend.  We think the December ZB is shooting for 134'25 (about 127'12 in the note)
**Support:** ZB: 131'31, 130'27, and 129'18 ZN: 124'28, 124'9, and 123'16

**Resistance:** ZB: 134'01 and 134'25 ZN: 126'26, and 127'12

Position Trading Recommendations

*There is unlimited risk in option selling


Day trading ES futures from the chart

1677 is the new 1685

The bulls and bears have spent a week fighting one another over the next move in the ES; unfortunately for them, neither is making much progress.  Although we ended Friday on a weak was a low volume end of the week session, so we can't put too much faith into price action.  We are in wait and see mode going into next week.

The market is at the mercy of the Fed. Some very smart traders we communicate with spent the day nibbling on long puts just in case we get a swoon going into the debt-ceiling deadline.  However, they are also smart enough to know that being overly bearish at this price level with substantial event risk is a foolish venture...or at least it isn't a high probability trade so positions should be kept meager. 

From a charting standpoint, 1677 should act as the pivot.  If prices hold above this level, the bulls have an edge but a break below could mean trouble.  If the market slide below 1677, we'll likely see 1660ish in short order but the bears will be eyeing 1625 from there.

A reminder from yesterday: 

_We've advised clients to offset any open short S&P calls to lock in profits.  We simply don't have a good handle on where things might go from here, so we'll refrain from making any bold calls until we get a clearer picture.  After all, there are still debt ceiling debate headlines cluttering the landscape and we aren't too far way from the infamous employment report._ 

Stock Index Futures Market Ideas

**Consensus:** We are relatively neutral at current pricing.  Until the ES proves it can rally from the 1677 support, or breaks decisively below it, we cannot justify being overly directional either way.  That said, if the market opts to rally we'll be looking for a good place to get bearish.

**Support:** 1677, 1661, 1628

**Resistance:** 1706, 1725 and 1731

Position Trading Ideas

September 16th - Sell October ES 1730 calls for about 10.50 ($550). 

September 25 - Buy back any short ES calls, the 1730s are profitable by about $275 to $300 per contract for most traders before commission and depending on fill prices.  Some were able to add on at better prices to sweeten the deal. 

Day Trading ES Futures Ideas

**These are counter-trend entry ideas, the more distant the level the more reliable but the less likely to get filled**

Buy Levels: Let's see what Monday looks like

Sell Levels: Let's see what Monday looks like

In other markets....

September 19 - Buy a December dollar index futures contract (near 80.35) and a November 80 put option.  The total risk on the  trade is about $900 plus transaction costs.  The profit potential is theoretically unlimited.  We are looking for a bounce into the 81.70 area.

(Our clients receive short option trading ideas in other markets such as gold, crude oil, corn, soybeans, Euro, Yen, and more.  Email us for more information)

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**Seasonality is already factored into current prices, any references to such does not indicate future market action.


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