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5 Things to Watch Next Week: Treasury Yields, Still Bullish Crypto Coins, Small Caps, Gold, and Jobs Friday

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1.            What’s Next for the Bond Market

The rise in yields has been arguably the most important trend of this week, as the aftermath of the “historic” Fed meeting brought about a significant rise in short-dated Treasury yields. Long-term bonds were less moved by the shift and that still shows the skepticism of the market regarding the long-term growth prospects.

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What’s crucial about this that the Trump administration heavily relies on the 3% long-term growth number in the calculations regarding the new tax proposal. Let’s just say that it is an optimistic view; what’s more likely is that the expansion will be slower on average in the coming years, leaving the budget short by trillions. That said, rates could still be headed higher in the coming weeks, and that could help a durable bounce in the Dollar after the lengthy downtrend in the currency.

Two-Year Government Note Futures, Daily Chart Analysis

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2.           Bullish Trend in Crypto World

Cryptocurrencies acted pretty well this week, showing resilience to bad news, while rallying on the good catalysts. Bitcoin, IOTA, and NEO have been leading the way higher, and the strength of BTC is especially impressive as the other two coins are rallying off much deeper lows, while the most valuable coin is just 15% off its all-time high. As the downturn that ended with a bang after the Chinese trade ban took the segment down by 40%, the total market capitalization of the coins is still shy of the $175 billion record, but the strength shown by the majors is encouraging. Only the leaders of the previous leg higher in altcoins are weaker, but that’s natural after the monster rallies in Dash, Monero, and Litecoin.

Bitcoin, Daily Chart Analysis

3.           Are Small Caps the New Leaders?

The above-mentioned trend in yields and the skewed positive effects of the tax proposal both favored a shift towards small cap issues towards the end of September, and sure enough the Russell 2000 run circles around the large-cap benchmarks. While the big companies were enjoying the benefits of the record low yields (through large-scale stock buybacks mostly), small caps suffered more from weaker domestic growth. How long will the current shift last? We have our doubts about the durability of the small-cap surge, and we are still sellers of equities at the current elevated valuations, despite the undoubtedly bullish short-term trend.

Russell 2000, Daily Chart

4.           Gold Bottoming?

With gold exactly matching the performance of the S&P 500 in the 3rd quarter, the recent correction in the shiny metal doesn’t seem too bad after all. The dip that came after the North Korea rally reset the overly bullish sentiment, and now the metal is at a major decision point between the crucial $1300 and $1275 levels. We still think that for diversified investors gold is essential in the current environment, and although an exact bottom is hard to catch, the current levels already seem attractive, with the daily MACD headed towards oversold territory. With volatility being near all-time lows and yields being in an uptrend, short-term headwinds are still obvious for precious metals, but the long-term valuation worries and the behavior of the major central banks more than justifies holding them

Gold, Daily Chart

5.           The Fed Meeting Minutes and Jobs Friday

With no Fed meeting in the month of October, and given the recent reveal by the central bank, we expect a less pronounced reaction to economic numbers, as the Fed’s policy looks less fluid for the time being. Janet Yellen’s speech on Tuesday was also an indication that the FOMC is determined to go on with its hiking schedule. Having said all that, a huge negative surprise in the Employment Report could change the landscape, and a meaningful drop in the ISM indices would also be a cause for concern. Apart from those releases, the week will be relatively quiet regarding economic numbers, with a focus on Australia and the RBA’s rate decision.

Key Economic Releases This Week

Day Country Release Expected Previous
Monday JAPAN Manufacturing PMI 18 17
Monday JAPAN Retail Sales 24 23
Monday UK Manufacturing PMI 56.3 56.9
Monday US ISM Manufacturing PMI 57.9 58.8
Tuesday AUSTRALIA Building Approvals 1.1% -1.7%
Tuesday AUSTRALIA RBA Rate Decision
Tuesday AUSTRALIA RBA Statement
Tuesday UK Construction PMI 51.2 51.1
Wednesday UK Services PMI 53.3 53.2
Wednesday US ADP Employment Change 151,000 237,000
Wednesday US ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI 55.5 55.3
Wednesday US Crude Oil Invesntories -1.8 mill
Wednesday EUROZONE Mario Darghi Speaks
Wednesday US Janet Yellen Speaks
Thursday AUSTRALIA Retail Sales 0.3% 0.0%
Thursday AUSTRALIA Trade Balance 0.87 bill 0.46 bill
Thursday EUROZONE ECB Meeting Accounts
Thursday CANADA Trade Balance -3.0 bill
Thursday US Unemployment Claims 270,000 272,000
Thursday US Trade Balance -43.0 bill -43.7 bill
Thursday US Factory Orders 0.9% -3.3%
Friday UK Halifax HPI 0.0% 1.1%
Friday CANADA Employment Change 22,200
Friday CANADA Unemployment Rate 6.2%
Friday US Employment Change 88,000 156,000
Friday US Unemployment Rate 4.4% 4.4%
Friday US Hourly Earnings 0.3% 0.1%
Friday CANADA Ivey PMI 57.2 56.3

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Technical Analysis: Majors Stage Rally but Strong Levels Still Ahead

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The cryptocurrency segment has recovered from a broad correction today in early trading, with the most valuable coins all turning into green during the session, despite the bearish start to the overnight session. With bottom-to-top gains of up to 15%, the rally helped in easing the worries of bulls, especially in the case of the relatively weaker coins.

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Bitcoin and most of the largest altcoins remained stable during the selloff, and BTC recaptured the $10,000 level quickly after trading as low as $9600 overnight. The initial rally topped out near $10,400, and the coin is trading back near the $10,000 level, as the bullish momentum faded away somewhat.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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That said, we expect the uptrend to continue even if the correction could still carry Bitcoin lower. Further strong support is found between $9000 and $9200, while targets are ahead at $11,300, $13,000, and $14,250.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum showed strength during the bounce again after yesterday, together with the early leaders of the rally, and although the coin dipped below the $845 level in the second half of the session, the signs remain positive for bulls. Support levels are now found at $780, $740, $625 and $575, while resistance is ahead near $910 and $1000.

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Pre-Market: Stocks Refuse to Fall Even as China Takes Over Key Insurer

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Although it should have been a very quiet week in China, thanks to the New Year celebrations, the recent surge in volatility and the plunge in equities didn’t pass without consequences in the key market. Just shortly after effectively shutting down the Chinese version of the Volatility Index (VIX) (presumably to calm the markets…), one of the main actors of the monstrous financial web, Anbang, of the country had to be taken over to avoid a systemic event and stop the “creative” financial engineering that involved criminal activity (the shadow of 2008).

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China will likely need many more duck-tapes like this one if it wants to stop the largest credit bubble in human history to collapse, but for now, the solution could work. Equity futures edged higher since yesterday’s volatile close, and as the major US indices are holding up well, not far off last Friday’s highs, our bearish short-term view might have to be revised.

Nasdaq 100 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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As we discussed before, the long-term uptrend is intact, and we expect at least a re-test of the highs even if we are in a large-scale top formation, but we thought that the technical damage caused by the crash three weeks ago would require more healing.

We are not turning bullish just yet, but today’s session could finally decide if we the BTFD-crowd is strong enough to turn the tide after the choppy drift lower this week. We are still focusing on the Nasdaq, as the broader market seems to be following the lead of the tech benchmark, and a move 6850 (in the Nasdaq 100 futures, and still the 2735 level in the S&P) would be a very positive sign for bulls.

DAX Index, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The German DAX index is also showing some tentative short-term relative strength although it remains almost 10% below its all-time high, and it remains a strong negative divergence to be monitored.

Forex Markets Quiet

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The main pairs are trading in a choppy narrow range today after the strong move in the Yen and the drop in the USD yesterday. US Treasury Yields are edging lower today, helping the calm in equities and currencies, but on a bearish note, commodity currencies failed to rebound so far, and they were providing good signals since the crash. Day-traders should note that the Canadian Dollar will likely be very active again, with the Canadian CPI report coming out pre-market.

To sum the outlook up, we are still leaning on the risk-off side here regarding the short-term outlook, but we wouldn’t bet the farm on that, as there are mixed signals before the weekend.

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Crypto Update: Encouraging Bounce before the Weekend

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The correction that started out in the major lagging altcoins and spread to the leaders of the market yesterday is weakening, with a nice rally today in early trading in most of the majors.  Although the segment is not out of the woods just yet, the bullish signs which have been present ever since the lows three weeks ago still persist.

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Bitcoin stayed clear of the key $9000-$9200 support zone, for now at least, which would be an ideal bottom for the correction, but as we noted long-term investors should accumulate the coin during the correction, as the short-term momentum is already back to neutral. The $10,000 level is still in the focus, while the next major resistance is found at $11,300 and the prior rally high near $11,750 is also ahead as an obstacle.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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The early leaders of the rally, Litecoin and Ethereum Classic are once again showing strength and that could signal that the next leg higher already started. That said, with several coins still stuck in broader downtrends, investors should still expect a bumpy road, with the occasional volatile sell-off.

Litecoin got very close to the $180 support that we have been monitoring throughout the correction, but it quickly bounced above the $200 level again, as the broad bounce started after testing the previously dominant declining trendline. So far, the price action in the coin is consistent with a new uptrend and we still expect LTC to lead the market higher.

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum Showing Positive Signs Again

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

After yesterday’s early signs of relative strength, the second largest coin is now clearly showing evidence of accumulation, as it quickly recovered above the $845 level following the selloff after the US close. The coin established a new support near $780, and as the MACD is close to providing a bullish cross, it might signal the bottom of the correction.

Despite the bullish price action across the board, even in the recently lagging XRP and IOTA, the correction could still continue, but we still advise traders and investors to look for entry points as we expect the recovery to continue, although traders should still use smaller positions in the relatively weaker coins.

Stay tuned for our detailed technical analysis later on today.

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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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