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Asian Market Update – Monday: Tokyo Gains after Election Landslide, Minor Losses in China, S. Korea

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The Big Question: Will a new term help Abe to revive the world’s third-largest economy?

Asian stocks were trading in a mixed mode Monday morning, with nice gains seen in Tokyo after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party got a two-third majority in the election and slight losses in Greater China and South Korea.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 surged 0.93 percent to about 21,658 right before midday, after opening at around 21,709.

Investors were responding to Sunday’s election results, which gave Abe’s party 312 out of 465 seats in the parliament, effectively securing Abe another term. The solid win for Abe suggested continued fiscal and monetary easing under under his economic policy program dubbed as Abenomics.

Before Sunday’s election, the Nikkei closed higher for a 14th straight day on Friday. Monday’s gain was also supported by a weaker JPY against the USD.

In China, the Shanghai Composite Index was down 0.02 percent to about 3,377 before midday. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng Index lost 0.66 percent to around 28,298, after opening the session at 28,557.

Fresh data out China on Monday showed that the growth in home prices is cooling, following a barrage of measures from mainly local governments to contain the overheated housing market. Average home prices rose 6.3 percent year-on-year in September, slowing from 8.3 percent in August.

In South Korea, the Kospi was down a slight 0.05 percent to around 2,488 shortly before midday.

Down Under, the ASX 200 gained a minor 0.01 percent to around 5,907, remaining relatively flat from 5,908 at the same time on Friday.

Market focus this week:

In the US, markets are closely watching President Donald Trump’s pick for the Fed chair position. News reports cited Trump as saying over the weekend that Stanford University professor John Taylor and Fed governor Jerome Powell are among the candidates under consideration and a decision is coming shortly.

Main Market Movers – Mid-day Asian Trading Session

Indexes Value at Midday Daily Change
Japan- Nikkei 225 21,658 0.93%
China-Shanghai Composite Index 3,377 -0.02%
South Korea-KOSPI 2,488 -0.05%
Hong Kong –Hang Seng 28,298 -0.66%
Australia-ASX 200 5,907 0.01%

Cryptocurrencies

Prices of main cryptocurrencies were pointing lower on Monday during the Asian trading session.

At midday in Asia, bitcoin was down 0.18 percent to $5,958. Bitcoin is now down about $200 from the high of $6,156 reached on Saturday following a strong two-day winning strike on Friday and Saturday.

The price of ethereum lost a slight 0.68 percent to about $292 before midday. Ethereum dropped below the $300 level on Sunday.

Litecoin fell 2.11 percent to about $55.30 at midday. The virtual currency has been trading steadily around the $60 mark since Wednesday. Litecoin is currently in its third day of a losing strike, dropping from $61 on Friday.

Currencies

The Japanese yen lost 0.22 percent the US dollar at midday Monday to 113.76 per dollar.

The Chinese yuan lost 0.19 percent against the US dollar at 6.6311 per dollar.

The Australian dollar also lost 0.13 percent on the dollar, changing hands at 1.2779 per dollar at midday.

Commodities

WTI Oil was up 0.08 percent to $52.07 per barrel.

Brent Crude lost 0.02 percent to $57.86 per barrel.

Gold was down 0.34 percent to $1,276.03 an ounce.

Business News across Asia

In China, focus remains on the ongoing 19th National Congress of the Communist Party, which is expected to produce a new lineup of leadership for the powerful politburo.

Take Away: Markets would be paying attention to the new leadership to search for clues on economic and monetary policies. However, don’t expect anything else than continuation of the current path forward.

In Japan, the government announced that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who just emerged from a big win on Sunday’s election, spoke to US President Donald Trump over the phone. The two, once again, agreed to increase pressure on North Korea over the nuclear issue.

Take Away: Tensions on the Korea Peninsula remain high and fragile, with new missile tests from the North expected at any moment now. However, markets are getting used to these provocations so we need more than just the usual missile launch to create panic.

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US stock markets had an ugly morning after a bearish overnight session, with the major indices all hitting new correction lows, and with the Russell 2000 confirming the under-the-hood weakness on Wall Street yet again. The afternoon session saw another violent counter-trend rally, led by the Nasdaq that almost erased the 2+% losses accumulated during the first hours of trading.

Dow 30 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The most-awaited US earnings releases were a mixed bag today, as although the bottom line of the majority of companies beat estimates, the likes of 3M (MMM) and Caterpillar (CAT) outright crashed due to their disappointing guidance, putting even more pressure on the already shaky stock market.

Caterpillar (CAT), 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Verizon (VZ) and McDonald’s (MCD) performed much better after their earnings beat, but both companies are considered more defensive, and their encouraging results didn’t help the broader market in the gloomy environment. Texas Instruments (TXN) reported after the closing bell and as the semiconductor giant cut his guidance, the stock is down by around 5% lower in after-hours trading.

Treasuries Bounce Hard as Safe-Haven Flows Intensify Again

As for economic news, the German monthly PPI came in much higher than expected, the European Consumer Confidence Index was in line with expectations, while the US Richmond Manufacturing Index came in at 15, well below last month’s reading of 29 and the consensus 25.

XHB, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Tomorrow we will have the flash manufacturing and services PMIs from Europe and the US together with US new home sales, and the housing market gauge will be in the center of attention. US homebuilders have been plunging lower in recent weeks, and the XHB ETF is deep in a bear market already, as rising yields and mortgage rates hit the sector hard this year.

Today the segment outperformed thanks to the pullback in yields, and a positive surprise in sales could spark a meaningful short-covering move.

10-year US Yield, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While the swift rise in yields triggered the seep correction, at least on the surface, today the decline in stocks pushed yields lower thanks to strong the strong safe-haven flows, which also helped the Japanese Yen and gold, especially in early trading.

WTI Crude Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Commodities had a very volatile day even as copper was relatively calm, with the plunge in crude oil and the pump & dump in gold drawing a lot of attention to the segment. While gold simply followed the risk trade, hitting multi-month high in European trading and pulling back in line with the rally on Wall Street, oil was reacting to the news from Saudi Arabia regarding a pledge to increase supply this year.

The WTI contract fell to a $65 per barrel handle, a new 2-month low, shedding almost 5% in one day, and it’s hard not to spot the connection between Donald Trump’s demands regarding lower crude prices, the disastrous Saudi cover-up of the Khashoggi murder, and today’s announcement that could help in easing the tensions between the US and the Kingdom.

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Market Update: U.S. Stocks Fall Again on Geopolitics, Global Growth Woes; Bakkt Announcement Fails to Inspire Crypto Rally

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U.S. stocks followed their European and Asian counterparts lower on Tuesday, as geopolitical tensions and concerns over global growth dampened investors’ sentiment. Crypto markets were little changed after Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) set a date for the launch of its new digital currency platform.

Stock Selloff Deepens

Wall Street opened with heavy losses following a tumultuous pre-market that saw Dow Jones futures plunge by more than 400 points. By the end of the day, all major U.S. indexes were well off session lows.

The large-cap S&P 500 Index closed down 0.6% at 2,740.69. Eight of 11 primary sectors finished lower, with energy shares plunging 2.5% as a whole. Industrials, materials and financials also experienced heavy losses.

Dow industrials fell 125.98 points, or 0.5%, to finish at 25,191.43. Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) and 3M Co (MMM) were the biggest decliners after announcing negative earnings guidance this year and next.

Meanwhile, the technology-focused Nasdaq Composite Index fell 0.4% to 7,437.54.

The CBOE Volatility Index, also known as the VIX, reached a session high of 24.66 on Tuesday. It would later settle at 20.71 for a gain of 5.5%.

Earnings Optimism Fades

Despite starting off on a solid note, third-quarter earnings season has produced mixed results for Wall Street’s big firms. Companies that missed the mark on their top and bottom lines have faced heavy selling pressure despite strong performances in other sectors.

On Tuesday, Dow blue-chip 3M lowered its earnings outlook for 2018 while Caterpillar acknowledged it will have to raise prices for most of its machines next year. Both companies are facing the burden of President Trump’s tariff war and what appears to be a protracted slowdown in China.

The Chinese economy expanded 6.5% annually in the third quarter, the weakest since 2009. The U.S. economy is projected to grow 3.9% annually between July and September, according to the Atlanta Fed’s GDP tracker. Economists at the Commerce Department will produce their first batch of Q3 GDP numbers on Friday.

Cryptos Extend Dismal Performance

Digital currencies failed to rally on Tuesday after Intercontinental Exchange announced a date for its new cryptocurrency platform. The global exchange operator announced Monday it will begin settling physical bitcoin futures contracts on Dec. 13. Bakkt, the platform that will facilitate the transactions, has been touted as a potential game changer for luring large sums of institutional capital to the crypto arena.

The cryptocurrency market cap reached a low of $207.6 billion on Tuesday, and was last seen hovering around $209.4 billion. Majors like bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin saw little movement compared with 24 hours ago. Meanwhile, XRP fell 1.3%. Bitcoin cash and Cardano and Tron were also down slightly.

Low-volume trading continues to impede on the market’s recovery. On Tuesday, volume across all virtual currency exchanges reached $10.4 billion, according to CoinMarketCap.

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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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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The outlook presented is a personal opinion of the analyst and does not represent an official position of eToro.

Past performance is not an indication of future results. All trading involves risk; only risk capital you are prepared to lose.

Cryptocurrencies can widely fluctuate in prices and are not appropriate for all investors. Trading cryptocurrencies is not supervised by any EU regulatory framework.

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