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Asian Market Update – Friday: Coins mixed; Asian stocks tumble as investors assess Fed, ECB decisions

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The Big Question: What’s next for ethereum and litecoin?

The major cryptocurrencies were in a mixed mode on Friday morning in Asia, with bitcoin posting decent gains, and ethereum and litecoin taking losses.

After modest gains on Thursday and a big loss on Wednesday, bitcoin on Friday edged up again. As of midday in Hong Kong, the virtual currency was up 4 percent to $17,400. Overall, bitcoin has gained about 13.50 percent so far this week – the fifth straight week of gains.

Ethereum entered into a relatively steep fall in Asian trading on Friday morning. At midday, ethereum was down 6.5 percent to $656 on Coinbase. Though the coin surged on Thursday morning, it finished the day down by about 0.5 percent.  Overall, ethereum had a great week, gaining as much as 50.7 percent in the week after two straight weeks of losses.

Litecoin was down for a third consecutive day on Friday. As of midday, the virtual currency was down 2.85 percent to $275. The fall on Friday morning followed a 9.5 percent loss on Thursday and 11 percent fall on Wednesday.

It has still been a fantastic week for litecoin, which surged from around $150 to reach as high as $420 on Coinbase on Tuesday. Overall, the virtual currency has gained more than 80 percent for the week – its sixth straight week of gains.

Main Market Movers – Mid-day Asian Trading Session

Indexes Value at Midday Daily Change
Japan- Nikkei 225 22,537 -0.69%
China-Shanghai Composite Index 3,264 -0.85%
Hong Kong –Hang Seng 28,826 -1.16%
South Korea-KOSPI 2,480 0.46%
Australia-ASX 200 5,999 -0.19%
S&P 500 E-Mini Futures 2,656 0.11%

Major Asian equities were pointing lower on Friday morning, with significant losses seen in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and Japan, while stocks in South Korea edged up slightly. The drop came as investors digested the latest monetary policy clues from the US Fed and the ECB meetings.

In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng Index lost 1.16 percent to 28,826 at midday. A move by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority on Thursday to raise the base rate by 25 basis points in response to the US rate hike did not appear to help investor sentiment.

On the Chinese mainland, the Shanghai Composite Index edged down 0.85 percent at midday on Friday to 3,264. The People’s Bank of China also raised its short-term and medium-term borrowing rates on Thursday after the Fed decision. A slew of figures out on Thursday, including retail sales, foreign direct investment, showed positive signs, but fixed-asset investments cooled in November.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 Index was off 0.69 percent to 22,537 at midday. The drop followed a new survey released by the BOJ suggesting business sentiment at Japanese companies have improved significantly, having hit a 11-year high.

Down under, the ASX 200 was also down a slight 0.19 percent to 5,999 at midday.

The S&P 500 E-Mini Futures was up 0.11 percent to 2,656.

Stocks in South Korea edged up on Friday morning. At midday, the Kospi was up 0.46 percent to 2,480.

The Fed on Wednesday hiked interest rates, as was widely expected, but maintained its outlook for the coming years despite improvements in the US economy.

The ECB, on its end, kept its cautious stance on the prospect of reaching inflation goals even though it vowed to keep stimulus in place.  Investors are carefully examining these stances as they plan their investments for the next year.

Also, lingering uncertainties over the prospect of the US tax reform passing congress continues to weigh on investor sentiment. The latest reports showed that the bill hasn’t gained full support from key Republican lawmakers like Marco Rubio, who demanded changes to a child tax credit.

Currencies

The Japanese yen firmed 0.08 percent against the US dollar at midday Friday, changing hands at 112.29 per dollar.

The Chinese yuan firmed 0.03 percent against the US dollar at 6.6072 per dollar.

The Australian dollar firmed 0.02 percent on the dollar, changing hands at 1.3042 per dollar at midday.

Commodities

WTI Oil was up 0.02 percent to $57.14 per barrel at midday on Thursday.

Brent Crude was down 0.16 percent to $63.28 per barrel.

Gold was up 0.24 percent to $1,254 an ounce.

News across Asia

In China, British officials, including finance minister Philip Hammond and Bank of England chief Mark Carney, are trying to ink trade and investment deals with China worth a billion pounds during a visit to Beijing. The deals are part of wide-ranging talks between the UK and China during what officials on both sides call a “Golden Era” of bilateral relations.

Take away: Britain is looking to strengthen trade and investment ties with countries such as China, as it seeks to build new relations after exiting the European Union.

In Japan, big Japanese manufacturing companies’ confidence improved for a fifth consecutive quarter in the fourth quarter of 2017 and hit a 11-year high, a BOJ survey out on Friday showed.

Take away: This is just one of the many positive signs in the Japanese economy with robust exports and rising corporate profits, and the BOJ indicates that it will continue its massive stimulus package and ultra-easy monetary policies.  

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The Easy Way In

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Hi Everyone

It’s quite natural to think that the news influences markets but in many cases, it simply isn’t true. People move markets.

In traditional markets, we see often how an announcement regarding employment or inflation, or an interest rate decision from a central bank can have a huge impact on prices.

This is mainly due to the vast number of investors who are anticipating these type of events and are ready to deploy a large amount of capital at the drop of a hat.

In crypto, we simply don’t have that just yet. You’d think that news of half a dozen major financial institutions will be opening new options for cryptotrading and cryptoasset solutions would have an effect on prices but they’ve so far remained stable.

So it’s not surprising that LibertyX and Genmega are about to convert 100,000 ATM machines across the USA into user-friendly bitcoin vending machines has had no impact on the price of bitcoin.

What this does do though is builds the infrastructure that will be necessary for mass adoption, so that when people do decide to buy, they’ll have an easy way in.

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Today’s Highlights

  • Asia Rally Over
  • Flight to Safety
  • Crypto Correlation

Please note: All data, figures & graphs are valid as of October 23rd. All trading carries risk. Only risk capital you can afford to lose.

Traditional Markets

Looks like Monday’s massive rally in Asia has been short-lived. By the time the bell rang on Wall Street, the mood had already turned sour and stocks across the board ended up down.

The only exception, oddly enough, was the Faang stocks, which managed to hold up the Nasdaq. As we discussed in yesterday’s update investors are looking to invest, but cautiously. Well, it looks like they found their refuge in the top tier brands.

The exception we can notice above is Netflix which dropped with the rest of the market. Also, it’s worth noting that even the Nasdaq futures are down this morning and the entire market threatens to break lower.

Here we can see the S&P500, which is sitting firmly below its 200 day moving average (blue line).

Perhaps the light at the end of the tunnel here is the upcoming earnings reports that will be closely watched by investment managers.

Flight to Safety

As the stocks turn red, we can see some clear signs that the other markets are looking for some safety. Turkish President Erdogan isn’t helping much either with strong accusations against the Saudi government over the Khashoggi incident.

Some are buying bonds as a way to lower the risk. As well the Japanese Yen is up sharply due to its status as a safe haven currency. This graph shows the greenback bowing to the Yen (this morning in the purple circle).

Of course, the most vulnerable at the moment are the emerging markets currencies, which are performing particularly poorly today.

Another clear sign of safe haven trading is the fact that gold has broken out to the upside making significant stretch into fresh highs and now trading at the highest levels since July.

Crypto Follow?

Though we’ve pointed out recently that crypto assets bear only a very small correlation with the stock market, they still are considered to be a high risk asset.

We have seen several times before where fear in the stocks has managed to spill over into the crypto markets and that might just be what’s happening at the moment.

The declines in crypto are very light today. This could be because, as we mentioned above, the tech sector seems to be mostly shielded from the current sell-off. In any case, there’s no denying that bitcoin and the Nasdaq are moving in tandem today.

Wishing you an excellent day ahead!

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Pre-Market Analysis and Chartbook: Stocks Plunge as Chinese Rally Fades

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Tuesday Market Snapshot

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2,713 -1.59%
DAX 30 11,282 -2.06%
WTI Crude Oil 67.72 -2.11%
GOLD 1,241 1.38%
Bitcoin 6,393 -0.20%
EUR/USD 1.1469 0.05%

The major global stock indices are all significantly lower today just after the US open, with several European benchmarks hitting new multi-month and multi-year lows after the recent bounce. Chinese stocks turned south after the strongest two-day rally in years, and although the local markets remain above their recent bear market lows, the shift weighed heavily on sentiment across the globe, with the Nikkei also getting below last week’s minimum level.

DAX 30 Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

In Europe, the DAX is the weakest major index again, and German stocks confirmed the long-term breakdown that we have been following in recent weeks. Today, chemical giant Bayer is pushing the benchmark lower, but the weakness in auto-makers also continues to drag equities lower together with the struggling financial sector.

Spreads between Italian and core Eurozone government bonds are still wide, as the budget debate continues to pressure Italian assets, and despite the relative stability of the Euro, European equities are in deep trouble.

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Euro is hanging on a thread above its monthly lows against the US Dollar, while the broader Dollar index hit a marginal new 2-month high today. All eyes are on the European Central Bank and Italy this week, and with the US midterms approaching, things can get wild in currencies in the coming days, especially given the rising volatility in equities, and the general risk-off shift.

While the EUR/USD pair is trading below the 1.15 level, the Dollar failed to show momentum against the common currency with buyers consistently stepping in near 1.1440. That said, the broader downtrend is clearly intact, and a test of the support zone near 1.13 still seems like the most likely scenario in the coming weeks.

S&P 500 Hits New Correction Lows as VIX Eyes 25 Level

S&P 500 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

US index futures had an ugly overnight session before the pre-market earnings dump, with the Asian selloff dragging the major indices lower. While the Nasdaq is holding up above its recent lows, the Dow and the S&P 500 plunged well below their multi-month lows, and the small-cap Russell 2000 also opened deep in the red, below its correction low as well.

Short-term technicals continue to scream sell in the US, with the weak bounce clearing the bulk of the oversold momentum readings with regards to the key benchmarks, and with market internals still being very negative. For now, we would still not buy the dip here, especially as we see no major positive divergences in global markets either.

VIX (US Volatility Index), 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Looking at the Volatility Index (VIX), the regime change that we were speculation on at the start of the correction seems to be confirmed, with the VIX getting back very easily above the line-in-the-sand 20 level. The index neared the 25 level pre-market, and although the panicky 30 level is still well above the current zone, a concerted move below the lows could spark a renewed surge in the VIX as early as today.

This leaves a protracted correction as the best-case scenario for US stocks, but as usual with bearish trends, violent counter-trend rallies are expected along the way, punishing late shorts and resetting the negative sentiment.

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Nasdaq 100 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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FTSE 100 Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

EuroStoxx50 Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Forex

USD/JPY, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

GBP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

EUR/GBP, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

AUD/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Commodities

WTI Crude Oil, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Gold Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Copper Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Global Stocks Plunge Again as Erdogan Pins Khashoggi Death on Saudi Arabia

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Equity markets from Asia to North America took a beating on Tuesday after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Saudi authorities of planning a “premeditated murder” of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The journalist, who was considered a dissident by Riyadh, was last seen entering a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey three weeks ago.

Stocks Resume Selloff

Global markets were down sharply on Tuesday, with Asian stocks giving back some of yesterday’s gains. China’s benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 2.3% while the broader CSI 300 Index closed down 2.7%. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 index fell 2.7%.

Europe’s major bourses were down between 0.8% and 2.3%. The pan-European Stoxx 600 was down 1.4% at last check.

U.S. stock futures sold off during pre-market hours, with the Dow Jones mini falling 437 points as of 9:17 a.m ET. S&P 500 futures declined 44.25 points and the Nasdaq 100 plunged 135.50 points.

The CBOE VIX, also known as the “fear index,” was up more than 21% as of 9:14 a.m. ET.

Erdogan Blames Saudis for “Savage” Khashoggi Murder

The Turkish president on Tuesday said he has proof that Saudi Arabia carried out a premeditated murder of Jamal Khashoggi at one of its royal consulates in Istanbul. According to Erdogan, a team of 15 Saudi officials arrived in stages in Istanbul to carry out the attack. The Saudis reportedly conducted reconnaissance outside the city where Khashoggi’s remains are believed to have been buried.

“It is clear that this savage murder did not happen at the drop of a dime but was a planned affair,” Erdogan said in a firm challenge to the official Saudi account, which claims that Khashoggi was killed accidentally in a brawl.

“Why was the 15-man Saudi team in Istanbul on the day of the murder?” he asked, as quoted by The New York Times. “On whose orders? We are seeking answers. Why was the consulate not opened to investigators immediately? When the murder was so clear, why were there so many different statements given by Saudis? Why has the body of someone, the killing of whom has been officially admitted, not been found? Who is the local collaborator who disposed of Khashoggi’s body? Saudi must answer all these questions.”

The Saudis have faced international backlash for their alleged role in Khashoggi’s disappearance, with several leading U.S. executives backing out of a high-profile investment conference in Riyadh. U.S. President Donald Trump has also stated he is “not satisfied” with Saudi Arabia’s official response, a sign that the matter will remain on the front burner.

Like past presidents, Trump must tread carefully in how he approaches Saudi Arabia given the country’s over-sized influence on the U.S. economy. From oil to arms sales, the Saudis have a direct impact on the U.S. labor market as well as its energy needs.

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