All U.S. markets closed in the green Thursday after a day full of political events, both domestic and international: Fired FBI director James Comey testified in front of the Senate intelligence committee, U.K. voters headed to the polls to decide its general election, and the European Central Bank decided to keep its benchmark interest rate unchanged.
As the Dow Jones industrial average posted an all-time intraday high and the Nasdaq hit another record close, iiTrader senior market strategist Bill Baruch breaks down three key market themes he is watching.
1. Fed ahead
Next week's Federal Reserve meeting is on Baruch's radar, as it is widely expected the central bank will raise its federal
2. WTI TGIF
WTI crude oil has fallen over 5 percent so far this week, on Wednesday logging its largest daily drop in three months as a build in U.S. crude stockpiles surprised the market. Baruch is watching oil's movement on Friday, as he's observed an interesting trend the last several Fridays.
"Oil has bottomed early in Friday's session or finished it in the green for the last six weeks in a row. With the Qatar news in the headlines, look for this trend. And whether you're bullish or bearish you can trade it," he said Thursday.
Several Middle Eastern nations, including oil-rich Saudi Arabia,
3. Corn shorts
Corn futures have traded in a narrow range over the last two months, Baruch pointed out, and just broke out of resistance this week. He is watching for its price movement heading into Friday trading.
"Funds are near record short. With weather concerns looming, a key U.S. data report tomorrow can confirm this and extend the massive short-covering rally another 7.5 percent," he said.
Corn futures are up over 9 percent year to date.