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Asian Market Update – Friday: Bitcoin Remains Above $7,000, Trump Nominates New Fed Chair

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The Big Question: Bitcoin remains steady, but where are the altcoins going?

Following a new record in the price of bitcoin yesterday morning, as well as a subsequent crash, the price of the digital currency has remained steady overnight and in the early hours of the Asian trading session on Friday.

As of midday in Asia, bitcoin traded at $7,185 on Bitfinex, up 2.4 percent for the day. That’s down from the high of $7,350 set yesterday, but still well above the $7,000 milestone, as more and more traders are eyeing $10,000 per bitcoin by year-end.

On the news front, Credit Suisse CEO Tidjane Thiam is the latest banking and finance executive to claim that bitcoin is in a bubble. He was quoted yesterday as telling the New York Times that bitcoin today is “the very definition of a bubble.”

Ethereum, meanwhile, remains below the $300 level. Ethereum has struggled to escape the $280-$320 trading range, with many traders asking themselves what it will take for ethereum to finally break higher. As of midday in Asia, ethereum was trading up a slight 0.53 percent to $286.

Litecoin, on the other hand, appears to be in a healthy uptrend, with the price now trading near the low end of the trading range, indicating a good buy opportunity for longer-term investors. Litecoin is up 0.58 percent Friday morning to $54.40.

Main Market Movers – Mid-day Asian Trading Session

Indexes Value at Midday Daily Change
Japan- Nikkei 225 CLOSED CLOSED
China-Shanghai Composite Index 3,358 -0.74%
South Korea-KOSPI 2,542 -0.18%
Hong Kong –Hang Seng 28,606 0.31%
Australia-ASX 200 5,959 0.46%
S&P E-mini 2,577 0.01%

Stocks

Asian stocks Friday were mostly up in a sign of relief after the formal nomination of Jerome Powell as the next Chairman of the US Federal Reserve. Powell is considered to be a centrist in monetary policy and the pick is widely regarded as a continuation of Janet Yellen’s policies.

A public holiday in Japan on Friday kept trading volumes lower than normal on an otherwise slow trading day in Asia.

The popular S&P e-mini future was barely changed by the news, trading up a slight 0.01 percent Friday morning to 2,577.

In China, the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.74 percent to 3,358 around midday. Meanwhile, shares in Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index gained a slight 0.31 percent to 28,606 as of midday in Hong Kong trading.

In Seoul trading, the Kospi index lost 0.18 percent on Friday, trading at 2,542 around midday.

Down under in Australia, the ASX 200 Index edged up by 0.46 percent on Friday to trade at 5,959 after midday in Australian trading.

Currencies

The Japanese yen on Friday gained 0.07 percent against the US dollar, trading at 113.98 per dollar.

The Chinese yuan lost 0.20 percent on the dollar, to 6.6180 per dollar.

The Australian dollar also lost on the US dollar, trading down by 0.3 percent to 1.300 per US dollar in Australian trading.

Commodities

WTI Oil was up by 0.16 percent to $54.80.

Brent Crude was up 0.36 percent to $60.89.

Gold was also up, gaining 1.12 percent to $1,277 per ounce.

Business News across Asia

In China, state-run newspaper Global Times has published an editorial warning Trump ahead of his Asia trip next week not to exert even more pressure on China regarding North Korea. According to the newspaper, which is closely linked to the Chinese Army and Communist Party, the only solution to the crisis is the so-called “dual track approach” proposed by China.

Take-away: The “dual track approach” involves the US withdrawing forces and weapons from South Korea while North Korea gives up its nuclear weapons. It is highly unlikely that Trump or other officials in his administration will allow that to happen and thereby “lose face” by giving in for North Korean demands. Therefore, don’t expect much to come out of the talks in Beijing when it comes to North Korea.

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Selloff Resumes as Italian Budget Crisis Deepens

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It was another ugly day for risk assets globally, with equities getting hit particularly hard and although the major US indices managed to hold on above last week’s lows, the charts are now looking wounded even on Wall Street.

There were plenty of negative catalysts dragging lower stocks during the session, with especially the ugly Italy-European Union budget debate causing turmoil in Italian government bonds, equities, and to a lesser extent, the Euro.

Nasdaq 100 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The new bear market lows in the main Chinese indices also weighed heavily on sentiment throughout the day, while the post-Fed-minutes rise in US Treasury Yields also added to the worries. Wall Street opened lower, and after a brief rally attempt sellers took control of the market, and the rout didn’t stop until the closing bell with the Nasdaq leading the way lower yet again.

The tech benchmark shed a bit more than 2% on the day, and stocks finished with deep losses across the board, despite the better-than-expected quarterly report of Philip Morris (PM) and the beat in the Philly Fed Index.

Russell 2000, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The short-term trend in the US is undoubtedly bearish, and although all benchmarks, including the Russell 2000, are holding up above their recent multi-month lows, we would still treat any rally as a selling opportunity in stocks.

Tomorrow we could see fireworks again, and the Asian session could already be very active, since several key Chinese economic releases are coming out, such as the quarterly GDP, Retail Sales, and Industrial Production.

2-Year US Yield, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Treasuries had a very hectic session, as yields, especially on the short end of the curve got close to their recent highs in early trading before pulling back due to the intensifying Italy-related worries towards the end of the US session.

Given the recent hawkish tilt in the Fed’s rhetoric, strong flattening of the yield curve could be ahead, should the equity selloff deepen, as we don’t see new highs on long-dated yields in that case, but a quick change in the tightening schedule of the US central seems less likely now.

Dollar Confirms Swing Low amid Risk-Off Flows

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The EUR/USD pair dipped below the 1.15 level again, and although the momentum of the move is weak, the Dollar Index also confirmed the swing low that we pointed out yesterday. The reserve currency could be ready to test its August highs, even as the most vulnerable emerging market currencies are still relatively strong.

Given the expansive fiscal policy of the Trump administration, it’s no surprise that the Dollar is not surging higher, even as the troubles in the Eurozone are way deeper. Still, the Greenback entered another leg higher in its uptrend, and besides the safe-haven Yen, no major currency is in a bullish technical position compared to the USD even form a short-term perspective.

That said, forex markets could see very hectic conditions in the coming busy months, with the US midterm elections, the possible Chinese crisis, the ongoing quantitative tightening, and of course Donald Trump all capable of causing wild swings in the major pairs.

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Market Update: U.S. Stocks Take the Plunge as China Selloff Intensifies; Crypto Institutional Lending on the Rise

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U.S. stocks swung back sharply into negative territory on Thursday, as a fresh selloff in Chinese markets weighed on investors’ sentiment even as Beijing escaped the “manipulator” label. Cryptocurrenices continued to hover in a narrow range, as risk-off sentiment in traditional markets failed to spur new demand.

Stocks Resume Slide

All of Wall Street’s major indexes finished in the red, with the large-cap S&P 500 Index closing down 1.4% at 2,768.84. Nine of 11 primary sectors contributed to the declines, with information technology, industrials and communication services among the biggest laggards.

Sliding tech shares dragged the Nasdaq Composite Index sharply lower. The benchmark settled down 2.1% at 7,485.14.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 327.36 points, or 1.3%, to close at 25,379.32.

On Tuesday, the major bourses recorded their biggest single-day advance since March, buoyed by upbeat corporate earnings and easing tensions over Saudi Arabia.

China Roils Markets

Stocks in mainland China were at the center of the selloff on Thursday, as the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell to its lowest level in four years. The index closed down 2.9%, extending its October slide to a staggering 12%.

The Shanghai Shenzhen CSI 300 Index fell 2.4%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng benchmark finished flat.

China’s national currency, the yuan renminbi, touched its lowest level in 21 months after the U.S. Treasury refrained from labelling Beijing a currency “manipulator” in its biannual report. The Trump administration has called out China for manipulating the yuan to maintain a lop-sided trade advantage against the U.S. and other nations. This has prompted calls from within the administration to implement heavy import duties as well as recognize China as a currency manipulator. So far, President Trump has pursued tariffs on more than $250 billion in Chinese imports.

Cryptocurrencies Hold Steady

For a fourth straight session, cryptocurrency prices were locked in a narrow range on Thursday, as a lack of trading catalysts kept market players on the sidelines. This comes despite a sharp rise in futures trading volume in the third quarter, according to CME Group.

The combined value of digital assets in circulation reached a high of $212 billion on Thursday. It would later fall back below $209 billion on subdued trading volumes. Bitcoin, the leading crypto based on market cap and volume, continues to trade comfortably above $6,500. It’s share of the overall market has increased to 54.1%, according to CoinMarketCap.

Institutional adoption of cryptocurrency is steadily rising, according to a new report by Genesis Capital, who in March became the first company to launch an institutional lending business. As CCN reports, the new service has originated more than $550 million in loans over the past seven months, with $130 million still outstanding.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Pre-Market Analysis And Chartbook: Stocks Turn Lower as Treasury Yields Eye Multi-Year Highs Again

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Thursday Market Snapshot

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2,791 -0.91%
DAX 30 11,664 -0.43%
WTI Crude Oil 69.16 -1.30%
GOLD 1,227 0.16%
Bitcoin 6,438 0.01%
EUR/USD 1.1486 -0.11%

Equities are broadly lower after the opening bell on Wall Street, with the selloff in China and the rise in US Treasury yields setting the tone for the day so far. The risk-off shift that dragged even the mighty US stock market lower last week continues to dominate trading globally, and while volatility is well below its recent peak, bulls are on the defensive with regards to the majority of risk assets.

Shanghai Composite Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Shanghai Composite hit yet another 4-year low today, amid rumors on forced liquidations following the hawkish surprise of yesterday’s Fed meeting minutes. The Chinese index confirmed its bear market again, and as the trade war rhetoric of the Trump administration will likely heat up before the midterms in November, selling pressure could remain strong.

FTSE 100 Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

With the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit increasing, nervous trading continues on the related assets, with especially British equities feeling pain lately. The FTSE 100 has been lagging even the relatively weak European markets, and although the benchmark is trading above its spring lows, thanks mostly to the long-term weakness in the Pound, short-term technicals are very weak, and a breakdown below to a new almost 2-year low looks imminent.

Economic numbers have been mixed today, with British Retail Sales missing the consensus estimate by a mile, while the US Philly Fed Manufacturing Index came in slightly better than expected. The negative surprise added to the pressure on British stocks, although forex markets are little changed and the Pound remained relatively stable.

US Stocks Lower Again amid Choppy Consolidation

S&P 500 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The major US indices opened lower and extended their losses in the first hour of trading, with the S&P 500 still trading in a clear short-term downtrend following last week’s plunge. Treasury Yields, particularly on the short-end of the curve are aback near their multi-year highs after yesterday’s Fed surprise, and that weighs heavily on investors sentiment.

Philip Morris (PM) is up by more than 3% following its earnings report, as the company continued the quarter’s trend of positive surprises, but the broader market is still largely ignoring the bullish news, as US investors are focusing more on the mounting funding risks and the strengthening international headwinds.

Copper Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While currencies are relatively calm today, commodities are having an active session, and crude oil and copper are both headed lower amid the fresh risk-off shift, while old is flat thanks to safe-haven flows. WTI crude hit another one-month low today after yesterday’s breakdown, falling below $69 per barrel and copper is also in a precarious technical position.

The volatility compression pattern looks to be ending in the industrial metal, as we expected, given the weakness in China, it’s no surprise that the commodity moved below its short-term range. A drop below the strong support near $2.70 could mean that copper resumed the broad downtrend, and that would be a bearish sign concerning the global economy.

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EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Commodities

WTI Crude Oil, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Gold Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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