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5 Things to Watch Next Week: The Fed, Trump, US Economy, Ethereum, Qatar

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1.            The Fed Decision on Wednesday

The Federal Reserve is widely expected to raise interest rates once again, despite the slight weakness in recent economic numbers. The rate will likely be raised by one notch to 1.25%, which is still a very low level historically.  The more important question about Wednesday’s meeting is the language of the monetary statement, as rate expectations declined recently, amid the troubles of Donald Trump, and the weakening economic momentum. The Japanese and the Swiss central bank will also hold their scheduled meetings during the week, and it wouldn’t be a big surprise if the BOJ decided to take some steps against the recently strengthening Yen.

2.           Will Donald Trump’s position deteriorate further?

The new POTUS has been under attack since election regarding several issues, but the case involving ex-FBI Director Comey seems to be the most damaging one so far, especially after a round of controversial hearings, where serious accusations have been stated against Trump, which could lead to real problems for him. His position in the Republican Party is the key to the situation, which, so far, hasn’t reached critical levels, although we don’t know what is going on under the surface. A leadership crisis could cause a huge wave of uncertainty, and the nervousness is already present in the market.

3.           Temporary slowdown or structural problems in the US?

Retail Sales have been consistently missing expectations in the in the US, and thanks to that and with several other measures, the economic surprise index hit yet another 15-month low, which warns of something fishy. The Federal Reserve dismissed the weakness as transitory so far, but if the trend continues, the central bank will surely step on the breaks in its tightening cycle. While some assets are already pricing in this (gold, Treasuries, Dollar) that would still cause a seismic shift in global markets, especially currencies.

4.           Cryptocurrencies on new highs again, will the rally last?

Bitcoin and Ethereum continued their march to fresh all-time highs this week, and Ethereum produced a massive rally during the weekend, propelling its price to $350 and its market capitalization above $30 billion. The long-term picture is looking mixed for the majors of the crypto market, and it might be time for other coins to shine. Dash, Ethereum Classic, and our pick Litecoin are rising so far today, and Stratis is also showing strength after a deep correction. The total market cap of the coins jumped by another $10 billion to $110 billion (as usual…) and the segment still seems unstoppable, even following the scary plunge two weeks ago.

Ethereum/USD 4-Hour Chart

5.           What on earth will happen with Qatar?

The Qatar crisis changed the political landscape of the Middle-East overnight, even though the frontlines between the regional powers were pretty clear already. Under the surface, there is a crucial struggle for power between Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Turkey the three most influential countries of the region, with the price of oil playing a key part in the equation. It’s hard to see what the real goal of the diplomatic blockade is, but the next steps could be vital, especially in the case of further escalation. Saudi Arabia and Iran are the cornerstones of the OPEC-deal regarding an extended production cut by the cartel, and we have seen major swings in the price of the commodity, as investors weighed the severity of the situation.

Key Economic Releases of Next Week

Day Country Release Expected Previous
Monday JAPAN PPI Index 2.10%
Monday US Federal Budget Balance 182.4 bill
Tuesday AUSTRALIA NAB Business Confidence 13
Tuesday UK CPI Index 2.7% 2.7%
Tuesday GERMANY Zew Economic Sentimetn 21.8 20.6
Tuesday US PPI Index 0.1% 0.5%
Wednesday CHINA Industrial Production -0.002 -0.001
Wednesday UK Average Earnings 2.4% 2.4%
Wednesday UK Unemployment Rate 6.4% 6.5%
Wednesday US CPI Index 0.3% 0.2%
Wednesday US Core Retail Sales 0.2% 0.3%
Wednesday US Crude Oil Inventories 3.3 mill
Wednesday US Fed Interest Rate Decision 1.25% 1%
Wednesday US Fed Monetary Statement
Thursday AUSTRALIA Employment Change 10,300 37,400
Thursday AUSTRALIA Unemployment Rate 5.7% 5.7%
Thursday SWITZERLAND SNB Monetary Statement
Thursday UK BOE Monetary Statement

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Markets Looking for Direction as Dow Eyes All-Time High

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Global stocks have been trading without clear direction so far today, even after Asia kicked off the day in a bullish fashion, with the Shanghai Composite rallying for the second session in a row following Trump’s tariff announcement. The Nikkei retreated a bit after its recent surge, but Europe followed China’s lead and the majority of US stocks are also sporting gains, even as the Nasdaq is in the red, with the likes of Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT) and Apple (AAPL) lagging behind.

Dow 30 Index Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Dow, which has been relatively strong in the past weeks is outperforming again, thanks now mainly to the jump in mega-cap banks, and the index is edging ever closer to its all-time high from January which is less than 1% away currently. Should the industrial average set a record high, the correction that started with the February mini-crash would be erased by all the US indices, further widening the divergence compared to the rest of the world.

DAX 30 Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Looking closer at Europe, the DAX is trading at its highest level since the first days of the month, similarly to the EuroStoxx50, but the longer-term downtrends are not in danger yet. British assets were in the center of attention today, since the CPI came in higher than expected in the UK, giving a brief boost to the Pound in the generally choppy environment in the Forex segment.

In the US, the housing market provided the most excitement, with building permits significantly missing the consensus estimate of 1.31 million, coming in at 1.23 million, while housing starts beat expectations with 1.28 million units vs. the 1.24 units expected. The sector remains under pressure from rising rates, and activity is clearly below the cycle-peak earlier this year.

US Yields Continue Surge after the BOJ Meeting

2-year US Treasury Yield, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The upward pressure on yields is apparent today again, with Treasuries plunging and rates rising across the curve. Today, the 30-, 5-, and 2-year yields all hit multi-year highs, and the 10-year yield is also close to the highs it hit in May, as rate hike odds continue to climb before next week’s Fed meeting.

USD/JPY, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Bank of Japan didn’t surprise the market today, sticking to its policy despite some recent tightening rumors, and the Yen is virtually unchanged after the decision, with a slight bullish bias.

Gold Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Commodities are higher today, even as copper gave back most of its early gains, with gold drifting higher towards the $1210 level and WTI crude oil getting back above the key $70 per barrel level. The precious metal is boosted by the slightly weaker Dollar, while oil gained ground after the larger than expected crude inventory draw in the US.

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Crypto Update: Worst Seems to be Over for Stellar and Cardano

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With so many cryptocurrency pairs losing as much as 90% of their value from this year’s high, it may seem that altcoins are deep in bear territory. Even if you’ve been following our bullish breakout series, the pullbacks in the last two few weeks would have made it easy for you to doubt our claims. However, we stand by our assertion that the overall crypto sentiment is slowly becoming bullish. The altcoins that we cover today serve as additional evidence.

In this article, we show how the worst appears to be over for Stellar and Cardano.

Stellar/Bitcoin Analysis

The last two weeks have been very difficult for Stellar/Bitcoin (XLM/BTC) investors. The pair appears to have breached the uptrend line when it dropped to as low as 0.00002933 on September 11, 2018. At that price level, XLM/BTC lost over 56% of its value from the 2018 high of 0.00006789.

Those who cut their losses after the pair breached the uptrend support would have been badly whipsawed. Stellar/Bitcoin eventually managed to recover the support.

Weekly chart of Stellar/Bitcoin

With the recovery of the support, the outlook is bullish for XLM/BTC. First, the false break of the support is bullish. In most cases, this can ignite a rally to the top end of the range or the resistance.

In addition, the weekly RSI appears to have broken out of its own falling wedge. This is a very good sign that bulls are gaining momentum. Keep in mind, the RSI has been trapped inside this falling wedge since April 2018.

Lastly, the recovery of the support marks the end of the E wave, which is often the last wave down. With bulls taking back the support, we have a convincing case that the worst is over for XLM/BTC.

Cardano/Bitcoin Analysis

Just like XLM/BTC, the last two weeks have also been difficult for Cardano/Bitcoin (ADA/BTC).The pair came off lows of 0.00000969 on September 12, 2018. At that point, the market was down by almost 90% from the 2018 high of 0.00008788.

To many crypto investors, ADA/BTC may be fighting to stay alive. Bears have given their best shot and it may have appeared that the market was down for the count. However, just as ADA/BTC looked hopeless, the market bounced back like a true champion.

Weekly chart of ADA/BTC

As if on cue, ADA/BTC bounced as soon as it hit the support trendline of the falling wedge. This price action emboldened bottom fishers to enter long positions. The increasing demand coupled with decreasing supply due to bearish exhaustion are creating the ideal conditions for a bullish reversal.

As of this writing, ADA/BTC is taking out resistance of 0.000011. Breach of this support will enable the market to reverse its trend and bid goodbye to bear territory.

Bottom Line

Cryptos are slowly stepping out of bear territory. The last few weeks have been difficult but overall, altcoins are becoming bullish. This seems to be the case for both XLM/BTC and ADA/BTC. The worst appears to be over for the two altcoin pairs as they prepare to finally reverse their trend.

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Ethereum Making a Decision Where to Go

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Ether is losing its value slightly today on Sep 19, trading at around $207.98. Losing 0.25% on Wednesday is not that surprising after a very hard Monday (although Tuesday was neutral). The crypto was above $210 when the session started, but then failed to stay near the local highs, says Dmitriy Gurkovskiy, Chief Analyst at RoboForex.

On H1, the bearish trendline is at $216, which is confirmed on D1. The resistance levels at $216 and $220 are strong, and they must be broken out in order to go up or at least pull back upwards.

In case Ether fails to find any drivers, it will likely consolidate at around $205. This is exactly where the key support lies, while the resistance is at $216, as mentioned above.

The MACD is negative on D1, moving along the signal line, still giving a moderate buy signal, while the Stochastic is not going anywhere and is not issuing any signal, while being in the positives.

Lately, Ether is very much volatile, with no certain direction. Last week the cryptocurrency spiked 32%, but early this week it reverted and started falling. Ether is vulnerable to the general negative sentiment in the crypto market, although the inside news influence it, too.

People are waiting for the Constantinople update, as well as for the introduction of Ether futures on CBOE which should take place before the end of the year. Meanwhile, low activity in ICOs does no good to Ether’s price either.

Recently, news has come that the Ethereum network reduced its reward for mined blocks, from 3 to 2 ETH. This nearly equals the profits of Ether and Bitcoin miners, so some ETH miners are sure to switch to Bitcoin after this happened, especially those that are unable to cover their costs and expenses (and there are quite a few).

The only positive piece of news now is the pending payment option in MyCrypto wallet designed by Ethereum. This option enables scheduling the payment date and time, which simplifies matters when it comes to recurring payments, such as subscriptions.

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