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5 Things to Watch Next Week: The Fed, Crypto-Chaos, All-Time Highs in Stocks, FX-Volatility, Gold at $1300

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1.            What’s Next for the Fed?

All eyes will be on Wednesday’s FOMC meeting, as the central bank is expected to provide the details of its tapering plans. While the bond market predicts no rate hike from the Fed next week, the future of the bank’s balance sheet is at least that important for risk assets and the Dollar.

The Bank of Canada raised its benchmark rate two weeks ago while the Bank of England also took a surprisingly hawkish turn last week, so the global environment definitely favors tightening. Also, the major US stock indices are at or near all-time highs so, despite the mixed economic numbers, the Fed might be comfortable with even a bolder quantitative tightening schedule that would surely cause some turmoil in the main asset classes.

TLT (Long-Term US Bond ETF), Daily Chart Analysis

2.           Bitcoin After a Bubble or Still on the Way Up?

The crypto segment has been shaken by this week’s crash, as the Chinese crackdown on ICOs and crypto-exchanges spread uncertainty in the sector. The previously soaring market was ripe for a correction, but the speed and extent of the move caught a lot of investors off guard, amid the growing chatter on a bubble in the coins. While the stellar gains in the segment do in fact resemble a speculative bubble, and Bitcoin already experienced several boom-bust cycles, whether or not we are after a multi-year top is yet to be seen. For now, the long-term trends in most of the majors are intact and the continuation of the boom is more likely. The next few weeks will be crucial in deciding where we are in the current cycle, as bulls and bears will battle for control amid the accelerated blockchain adoption.

Bitcoin, Daily Chart Analysis

3.           Equities Continue to Defy Valuations

The North Korean escalation, tightening central banks, another miss in US Retail Sales, and so on… A weak stock market would have definitely tumbled in recent weeks, but conversely US equities have been edging higher towards their all-time highs. The Dow closed on a new ATH on Friday and the S&P 500 finished right at the 2500 level, with only the Nasdaq lagging slightly after the mixed reception of Apple’s new IPhones. The Fed might be able to stir things up next week, but despite the extremely high level of the most valuable valuation measures (CAPE, P/S…) and the weak market internals, the price action makes a break-out to new highs very likely here. Calling an exact top in equities is almost impossible but we still think that for anything more than short-term trades, investors are too late to the stock-party now.

4.           Strong Trends in the Major Currencies

FX volatility, which incredibly enough took over stock volatility lately, exploded in some of the major pairs thanks mainly to diverging monetary expectations. The Pound surged by several percents against its most important peers, while the Canadian Dollar continues to be among the strongest majors. That said, the focus is still on the Dollar that lost significant ground compared to the Euro lately, but it showed some strength in recent weeks. With the looming Fed meeting, we expect a two-faced week, as the run-up towards the rate decision is usually choppy while the aftermath tends to be violent. The Bank of Japan’s monetary meeting could also add volatility to the mix, as the Yen also experienced strong moves in both directions in recent weeks.

5.           How low will the Gold-Correction Reach?

As the tensions regarding North Korea eased somewhat (although the crisis is far from being over mind you), despite another missile launch by the country, the primary safe-haven asset entered a slightly overdue correction. The recent key break-out in the precious metal carried it to overbought territory, and although the long-term is clearly bullish now, a move to test the $1300 level is likely, especially if the Fed joins the hawkish central bank trend. But as stocks are near all-time highs, and stock volatility is near record lows, the creeping strength in gold is something to note and increasing one’s holding still seems the way to go.

Gold Futures, Daily Chart Analysis

Key Economic Releases This Week

Day Country Release Expected Previous
Monday EUROZONE Final CPI 1.5% 1.5%
Tuesday AUSTRALIA Monetary Meeting Minutes
Tuesday GERMANY ZEW Economic Sentiment 12.3 10.0
Tuesday CANADA Manufacturing Sales -1.4% -1.8%
Tuesday US Retail Sales 0.2% 0.3%
Tuesday US Existing Home Sales 5.46 mill 5.44 mill
Wednesday UK Crude Oil Inventories 5.9 mill
Wednesday US FOMC Rate 1.25% 1.25%
Wednesday US FOMC Statement
Wednesday US FOMC Press Conference
Thursday JAPAN BOJ Rate Decision -0.10% -0.10%
Thursday JAPAN Monetary Statement
Thursday CANADA Wholesale Sales -0.9% -0.5%
Thursday US Unemployment Claims 300,000 284,000
Thursday AUSTRALIA Trade Balance 0.95 bill 0.86 bill
Thursday UK Halifax HPI 0.2% 0.4%
Thursday EUROZONE ECB Rate Decision 0.00% 0.00%
Thursday CANADA Building Permits 2.2% 2.5%
Thursday EUROZONE ECB Press Conference
Thursday US Unemployment Claims 300,000 284,000
Thursday US Philly Fed Index 17.2 18.9
Friday GERMANY Manufacturing PMI 59.0 59.3
Friday GERMANY Services PMI 53.8 53.5
Friday EUROZONE Manufacturing PMI 57.2 57.4
Friday EUROZONE Services PMI 54.8 54.7
Friday CANADA CPI Index 0.2% 0.0%
Friday CANADA Retail Sales 0.4% 0.7%

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Bitcoin Update: Bull and Bear Scenarios

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To say that the last two days in crypto have been a bloodbath would be an understatement. Many altcoins have broken critical support areas. Some cryptos even registered new yearly lows. One of those is Bitcoin (BTC/USD).

Bitcoin dropped to as low as $5,188 on Coinbase and lost as much as 20% of its value within 48 hours. The move forced numerous retail traders and long term hodlers to give up their digital assets. It also reinvigorated bears who felt ecstatic that $6,000 support crumbled into pieces. Their renewed confidence gave them the voice to spread fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD). The chatter of Bitcoin trading at $2,000 – $3,000 has been the noisiest in the last 48 hours.

If you’re an ordinary investor who believes in the revolutionary power of Bitcoin, the amount of FUD out there might shake your beliefs. However, is there a grain of truth in what bears are yapping? In this article, we reveal the possible bull and bear scenarios to prepare you for whatever comes next.

The Bullish Scenario

Bulls have a simple task ahead in the next few days. They just need to take Bitcoin above $5,800 before the week closes to preserve the weekly support. This has the potential to invalidate the descending triangle breakdown and create a bear trap. However, with heavy bearish pressure, this is easier said than done.

With that being said, the key levels to watch in addition to $5,800 are 5,500, 5,300, and 5,190. The line in sand is 4,800. Below that, we’ll very likely experience a full-blown and painful bear winter.

As of this writing, Bitcoin is working really hard to establish support at $5,500. This is a positive signal. It works well with our bullish scenario of an inverse head and shoulders reversal pattern on the 15-minute chart.

BTC bullish scenario

In this scenario, bulls have two great chances to make this work. They can create a bullish higher low setup at $5,500 or at $5,300 to complete the right shoulder.

Another play would be a quick relief rally between $5,600 to $5,700. From there, we would likely experience a heavy volume dump to prices between $4,800 – $5,190. With this scenario, we’ll get a solid double bottom structure in the 15-minute chart where bulls can stage a reversal.  

BTC double bottom

This double bottom scenario is where many hodlers would capitulate and at the same time, it would exhaust many sellers. For this to manifest, however, bulls must show that they’re ready to battle to the bitter end so they can close the week above $5,777. Otherwise, bears will continue to rampage unchecked.

The Bearish Scenario

From a technical perspective, the descending triangle breakout has an ultimate target of $2,800. In addition, Bitcoin has firm weekly and monthly support levels at $3,000. These are the reasons that fuel calls for Bitcoin trading at $3,000.

Bitcoin bear scenario

It’s safe to say that this is not a pretty sight.

For this to happen, Bitcoin must close below $5,800 this week and then retest $5,800 – $6,000 next week. This price action would confirm that $6,000 is now a resistance. Therefore, bears would be able to use all the strength of $6,000 as support and flip it into a heavy resistance area.  

If this happens, there’s a strong possibility of a long and painful Bitcoin bear market that can extend for many months. During this period, the market may range trade between $3,000 – $6,000. This is not the scenario that we’re looking for. However, it is always better to prepare for such possibilities.

Bottom Line

Richard Wyckoff said: “The more compact the trading range is, the more likely the stock is under control by professionals, and the greater the possibility for the swift explosive move upward following a spring or a shakeout…watch for them”. This is why we remain bullish in Bitcoin despite the massive dump. After the compact trading range in the last few months, we believe that this is the spring or the shakeout before the explosive move upward.

At this point, we are rooting for the bull scenarios mentioned above but we’re also seriously considering the bearish case. In short, we’re hoping for the best but also preparing for the worst.

 

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Pre-Market Analysis And Chartbook: Dollar Dips on Dovish Powell as Brexit Deal Still in Question

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Friday Market Snapshot

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2,711 -0.83%
DAX 30 11,265 -0.78%
WTI Crude Oil 57.59 1.80%
GOLD 1,221 0.66%
Bitcoin 5,555 -0.53%
EUR/USD 1.1380 0.50%

Today is shaping up to be another wild ride in financial markets after the recent volatile sessions, with currencies, bonds, and equities all experiencing heavy trading. The Brexit process, the confusion regarding the US trade tariffs, and the broad bearish technical shift in risk assets are all contributing to the wild moves, and Fed Chair Jerome Powell also increased uncertainty yesterday.

The central banker hinted on possible pause in the Fed’s tightening cycle next year, citing increased economic headwinds following the open attacks form President Trump regarding the “tight” policies of the bank.

As Mario Draghi confirmed the ECB’s quantitative tightening plans as well, the Greenback lost ground compared to most of its peers, even as the main European currencies continue to be under pressure due to the Brexit chaos.

EUR/GBP, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Euro and the Pound, which are trading near their yearly lows compared to the Dollar, are stuck in a very volatile broad trading range against each other. The EUR/GBP pair topped out just above 0.90 this year, and although since the August high it drifted back to 0.86, the Pound remains weak from a long-term perspective.

A no-deal Brexit could hurt the British currency more and even a push above the decade-long high near 0.93 could be ahead. Short-term, we expect volatility to remain high in the pair, and in forex markets in general, and a move out of the range could happen soon.

USD/JPY, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Another possibly important move started in the USD/JPY pair and in gold in recent days, as the broad risk-off shift helped the Yen, with safe-haven flows favoring the currency and the precious metal again.

Following Powell’s dovish words, the pair could be ready to test the 112 level again, especially should the major stock indices continue lower in the coming week. Below 112, the 111.40 and the 110.70 levels provide support, while strong resistance is ahead near 113.70 and 114.50.

Another Selloff in Stocks as Bearish Pressures Mount

Global stock markets are lower today, despite yesterday’s reversal and late-day rally on Wall Street, which was sparked by renewed trade optimism, following rumors on a possible halt of the US tariffs on Chinese goods.

The rumors were quickly denied, but there is more and more evidence that the Trump administration might be changing its aggressive strategy, while China also seems more flexible in light of the economic slowdown and the turmoil in Chinese assets.

FTSE 100 Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Brexit chaos is also weighing on equities in Europe and across the globe, with British assets clearly being under pressure, despite the rally attempts on the positive headlines regarding the draft withdrawal plan.

For now, the fate of the plans is still highly uncertain, despite the progress made by Theresa May. The hawkish words of Draghi also added to the bearish pressures today, as the Eurozone CPI was in line with expectations.

Nasdaq 100 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The major US indices all opened lower today, despite the continued decline in Treasury yields, with clear weakness in the tech sector and small-caps. Industrial Production missed the consensus estimate in October, with a monthly growth of only 0.1%, and the previous reading was also revised lower.

The key benchmarks are not far above the October lows, the recent rally attempts all failed, so given the bearish global technical picture, conditions in equity markets remain hostile for bulls.

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EuroStoxx50 Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Nikkei 225 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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EEM (Emerging Markets ETF), 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Crypto Update: Coins Consolidate After Key Breakdown

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The cryptocurrency segment is still under the influence of this week’s key technical breakdown that carried several majors below crucial support levels. Bitcoin’s moves have been dominating the market in recent days, and as the most valuable coin formed a short-term bottom, the top coins entered a choppy consolidation phase, retracing some of their steep losses.

Ripple and Stellar continue to outperform the broader market from a technical perspective, and some other coins, like Ethereum and Monero are also holding up above their previous bear market lows, but the overall picture is still overwhelmingly bearish in the market. The total value of the coins is slightly above the $180 billion mark, but further losses are likely in the coming weeks, with all of the majors being well below the breakdown levels, confirming the move.                

BTC/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin found support near the $5350 price level even though it spiked as low as $5200 during the rout, while the bounce carried the coin up to $5650. The breakdown is clearly intact in BTC and our trend model remains on sell signals an all time-frames, with a test of the $5000-$5100 zone still being likely in the coming period.

Bitcoin faces strong resistance in the long-term zone near $5850, with further key levels at $6000, $6275, and traders and investors shouldn’t open new positions here, with the long-term downtrend clearly being intact.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple overtook Ethereum in terms of market capitalization again, thanks to its relative strength this week, and the coin is still clearly holding up above the long-term support zone between $0.42 and $0.46.

That said, our trend model is still on a short-term sell signal, and given the bearish segment-wide trends traders shouldn’t enter new positions here, even as the coin will likely be among the leaders of the future rally attempts. Further support levels are found near $0.375 and $0.355, while resistance is still ahead at $0.51, $0.54, and $0.57.

Ethereum Holding Its Ground above Bear Market Low

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While Ethereum failed to recapture the $180 resistance level during the bounce, it also avoided a sustained move below the previous bear market low near $170, despite the spikes towards the $160 support. Ethereum short-term stability is a slightly positive sign, but without further signs of strength, the coin remains in a clearly bearish technical setup. With that in mind, traders and investors should still stay away from the coin, as odds still favor the continuation of the broader downtrend.

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Litecoin continues to trade below the $44 support/resistance level after the clear break to new bar market lows, and it remains one of the weakest major from a technical perspective. A move towards the next major support zone near $38 is likely in the coming weeks, even if a bounce up to the $47 level is in the cards. Litecoin is on sell signals on both time-frames in our trend model as well, with further strong resistance levels ahead at $51 and $56.

EOS/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

EOS is hovering around the key support zone near $4.50 since a spike towards the bear market low near $4.30 during the steep selloff. The weak bounce didn’t change the technical setup, and the coin is still likely to fall below the previous low, as the declining long-term trend is clearly intact. Our trend model is on sell short-, and long-term trend signals, with strong resistance levels ahead at $5 and $5.35.

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Disclaimer:  The analyst owns cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but doesn’t engage in short-term or day-trading, nor does he hold short positions on any of the coins.

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