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Asian Market Update – Thursday: Bitcoin on fire; Asian stocks mixed on increased risks

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Bitcoin on fire

The Big Question: Where will bitcoin end the year?

Bitcoin posted yet another extreme surge yesterday, with the gains continuing in early trading on Thursday. Bitcoin climbed from about $12,664 at midnight on Wednesday all the way to $14,376 at 8 AM in Hong Kong, reaching a fresh all-time high in a strong way and on high volume. At midday in Hong Kong, the price of bitcoin was up about 1 percent for the day to $14,280.

With the $10,000 price target for bitcoin for the end of the year already put to shame, many are now wondering where the digital gold will close the year.

Ethereum surged back on Thursday morning after a relatively steep fall overnight. As of midday, the cryptocurrency was up 3.15 percent to $446. Though that’s still well below its all-time high, it makes for a solid comeback from the losses seen over the past few days.

Litecoin gained 2.04 percent to $102.05, after dropping below $100 and reaching a low of $98 early in the morning.

Main Market Movers – Mid-day Asian Trading Session

Indexes Value at Midday Daily Change
Japan- Nikkei 225 22,457 1.27%
China-Shanghai Composite Index 3,277 -0.50%
Hong Kong –Hang Seng 28,259 0.12%
South Korea-KOSPI 2,463 -0.45%
Australia-ASX 200 5,980 0.58%
S&P 500 E-Mini Futures 2,637 0.12%

Major Asian equity markets moved higher on Thursday morning, with indexes in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney erasing some earlier losses and indexes in Shanghai and Seoul pointing lower as of midday.

In Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 Index edged up 1.27 percent to 22,457 before midday on Thursday. The gain offset a big chunk of the 1.93 percent loss on Wednesday.

In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng Index turned positive on Thursday morning, gaining a slight 0.12 percent to 28,259 before midday. At market close on Wednesday, the Hang Seng was down 2.14 percent, marking its biggest single day drop so far this year.

Down under, the ASX 200 tacked on 0.58 percent to 5,980 at midday. The index also erased a 0.4 percent loss at the end of session on Wednesday.

The S&P 500 E-Mini Futures was up 0.12 percent to 2,637.

However, markets on the Chinese mainland and South Korea continue to stumble on Thursday morning.

The Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.50 percent to 3,277.

In South Korea, the Kospi also lost 0.45 percent to 2,463 at midday.

Lower risk appetite among investors continue to weigh on indexes across Asia. Investors are looking at developments on the US, a potential shutdown of the US government if a budget can’t be passed soon, and tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

In addition, investors are also watching economic growth and corporate earnings at the end of the year.

Turmoil in the Middle East also intensified after US President Donald Trump announced a decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday, and possibly move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The announcement prompted immediate backlash from both the Arab world and European leaders. Analysts say the move could result in further conflict in the already highly volatile region.

Currencies

The Japanese yen lost 0.14 percent against the US dollar at midday Thursday, changing hands at 112.44 per dollar.

The Chinese yuan was flat against the US dollar at 6.6138 per dollar.

The Australian dollar lost 0.14 percent on the dollar, changing hands at 1.3237 per dollar at midday.

Commodities

WTI Oil was up 0.3 percent to $56.12 per barrel.

Brent Crude gained 0.33 percent to $61.43 per barrel.

Gold was up 0.02 percent to $1,263 an ounce.

News across Asia

In China, an IMF report released on Wednesday said that China should focus more on financial stability rather than growth objectives, noting lack of coordination and inadequate systemic risk analysis. The PBoC on Thursday pushed back on the findings, saying that the IMF report does not paint a full picture of the conditions and claimed that China is able to fend off risks.

Take away: As the Chinese economy continue to slow down and financial risks are mounting, the Chinese government has been under heavy pressure to both boost growth and contain financial risks, a difficult balancing act in China.

In North Korea, a US-South Korea military drill that saw bombers fly over the Korean Peninsula on Wednesday has drawn strong criticism from the North. According to the North Korean foreign ministry, these actions by the US and South Korea make war “inevitable.”

Take away: Threats from the North are common, but the risk of a devastating war is still higher than ever on the Korean Peninsula.

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Pre-Market Analysis And Chartbook: Brexit Chaos Sparks Turmoil Across Markets

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Thursday Market Snapshot

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2,685 -0.63%
DAX 30 11,360 -0.47%
WTI Crude Oil 56.40 0.71%
GOLD 1,215 0.31%
Bitcoin 5,389 -3.72%
EUR/USD 1.1302 -0.04%

The Brexit process continues to be the main driver in financial markets across asset classes, and the situation in the UK could be best described as chaotic at the moment. While yesterday the British Cabinet’s approval of the draft Brexit plan sparked a brief risk rally, with the Euro the Pound and equities rising hand-in-hand, today, the plan is in serious jeopardy. Several ministers, including the Brexit-Secretary resigned, and the outcome of vote in the Parliament seems doubtful, at best.

GBP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Pound lost significant ground against all of its peers, with the currency’s losses also being exaggerated by the much worse than expected British Retail Sales data. The GBP/USD pair hit its lowest level this month, touching the 1.2750, while the Euro is relatively strong today, the Dollar’s broad rally still seems intact, and a no-deal Brexit could push the Cable back towards its historic low near 1.20 from late 2016.

Dow 30 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While equities are little changed so far today, the charts still look wounded globally and even the relatively strong US benchmarks are likely headed for, at least, a test of their lows from October. Economic numbers were mixed today in the US, with the Retail Sales report beating the consensus estimates across the board, but with the Philly Fed Index showing an unexpected slowdown in the manufacturing sector.

The Dow, which has been the strongest benchmark recently is hovering near the 25,000 level, after underperforming the broader market yesterday, and with the other indices being in even worse technical shape, the coming days could see another surge in volatility, despite the pullback in Treasury yields across the curve.

Heavy Trading Continues in Commodities

WTI Crude Oil, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Oil finally found support following two months of steep losses and Tuesday’s liquidation event, with the WTI contract rising above the $57 per barrel level yesterday, before a late-day pullback. Today the crucial commodity is performing relatively well in the nervous environment, and although bulls are still not out of the woods, we still expect a bounce above $60 in the coming week.

We will still have the weekly US crude inventory data coming out during the morning session on Wall Street, and volatile trading will likely continue in the throughout the day, with the $54.50 short-term support level and the $57.50 resistance level being in the center of attention.

Gold Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Gold is also having an interesting session so far, as it is testing the short-term resistance zone near $1215 due to the Brexit uncertainty and the pullback in yields. The precious metal is still well below the consolidation pattern that developed in October, and it would need to rise above $1220 to trigger a short-term trend change, but should risk assets continue their downtrend, gold could quickly rally as high as $1250.

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Capitulation

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Hi Everyone,

Those of you who’ve been reading these market updates, as well as our crypto research papers, know that one of my favorite subjects is the evaluation of cryptoassets.

Last week, we released a video that introduces some of the concepts for assigning value to different projects. Last night, the popular crypto website CoinDesk has released a tool that takes this to an entirely new level.

Make no mistake, this visualization tool is nothing less than groundbreaking. It allows alternative investors to easily compare the various cryptoassets using five key parameters: Price, Network, Exchange, Social, and Development.

Here’s a screenshot comparing Ethereum to XRP….

Another interesting thing you can see in these visualizations was the effect of the recent stress tests on the Dash blockchain that happened on November 12th and 13th.

CoinDesk has also been very transparent about their methodology and how they arrive at the figures so we can be sure that we’re looking at actual data and not any personal biases by the tool makers.

You can read more and watch their intro video here and of course play around with the tool at: coindesk.com/data

We still have a long way to go to develop these concepts but this is one massive step forward. Well done!

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Today’s Highlights

  • More Tech Stock Trouble
  • Brexit Capitulation
  • Crypto Selloff

Please note: All data, figures & graphs are valid as of November 15th. All trading carries risk. Only risk capital you can afford to lose.

Traditional Markets

Stocks fell yesterday, again led by Apple, the tech sector and manifesting in the Nasdaq. Today things seem to be bouncing upwards despite uncertainty in the press about the Brexit negotiations.

Conferring with my clients and colleagues in London lately it seems that just about everyone is struggling to keep up with exactly what is going on. So here’s a helpful flowchart that displays just how simple this is.

The complexity of course is showing up directly in the price of the Pound Sterling. This whipsaw action on the GBPUSD seems to be intensifying lately and the above news this morning is seeing the Pound capitulate.

Crypto Capitulation

As you may have noticed, the crypto markets took a sizable hit yesterday following the sell-off in the tech sector. Though we’ve seen that Bitcoin is usually fairly disconnected from the stock markets, there have been distinct moments lately where they have moved in tandem, which leads me to believe that there can be some level of spillover.

A wide variety of factors may have contributed to the fall yesterday. I even saw one analyst trying to peg this on Brexit, which somehow just doesn’t seem very likely.

Most of the news in the crypto sector over the last few days has been about the Bitcoin Cash hard fork happening today. The fear is that the hash wars in BCH could end up affecting BTC. To be clear, any miner that switches their BTC hash over to BCH will be paying a very heavy price.

Even in the unlikely event that we see a sizable reduction in Bitcoin’s hashrate, it might temporarily affect transaction costs on Bitcoin but it will probably not have any lasting effect on bitcoin’s price and certainly not its stability.

From everything I’m seeing, the move last night was more technical in nature. The break below $6,000 was quite significant and there has no doubt been a slew of stop losses that have been built up over the last few weeks.

Several analysts have been talking about the capitulation phase that often marks the end of a bear market. This poll from NewsBTC could also be an indication that we’ve now seen some of the last weak hands shaken off their position and that those who remain are likely not to be scared off by further downward pressure.

Whatever the cause of this move and even though the price action is down, in some way, it’s good to see volatility returning to this market.

Let’s have an awesome day ahead!

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Market Update: U.S. Stocks Plunge; Carnage in Crypto Land

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U.S. stocks declined sharply on Wednesday, as global growth concerns and a rollover in technology shares triggered a fresh selloff on Wall Street. Meanwhile, cryptoassets lost their yearly price floor as bitcoin and the major altcoins plunged double digits on the eve of the BCH hard fork.

Stock Selloff Resumes, Then pauses

All three major U.S. indexes booked heavy losses midweek. The large-cap S&P 500 Index declined 0.8% to 2,701.61. Losses spread across nine of 11 primary sectors, with financials and information technology leading the downtrend.

Slumping tech shares undercut the Nasdaq Composite Index, which fell 0.9% to close at 7,136.40.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 205.45 points, or 0.8%, to end the day at 25,081.04. Tech bellwether and Dow blue-chip Apple Inc. (AAPL) flirted with bear-market territory as concerns over iPhone shipments continued to weigh. Since peaking above the trillion-dollar mark, Apple’s market capitalization has fallen by over $200 billion.

Concerns about peak revenue and disappointing sales targets have contributed to a mass exodus out of technology shares in recent months. The S&P 500’s information technology index has pared its year-to-date return to less than 7% amid the latest drop. The index was up more than 20% for the year through Oct. 2.

Global Growth Woes in Focus

Signs of a slowing global economy have lowered risk appetite across major asset classes, with recent data showing downturns in both emerging and industrialized markets. On Wednesday, the German government said its economy shrank in the third quarter for the first time in over three years.

German gross domestic product (GDP) contracted 0.8% annually in Q3, casting a large shadow over the Eurozone economy. Germany accounts for roughly one-fifth of euro area output and is the backbone of its manufacturing sector.

Separately, Japan reported that its economic output declined 1.2% annually during the same period, as global trade tensions undermined business confidence.

The latest data show a dramatic divergence in economic fortunes between the United States and its global allies. Under President Trump, the U.S. economy expanded 3.5% annually in the third quarter. In Q2, GDP growth reached multi-year highs at 4.2%.

Cryptocurrency Market Notches New Yearly Low

The crypto market took a decisive shift lower on Wednesday, as coin values lost a combined $30 billion in value in just over 24 hours. Among the top 20 coins, losses ranged between 9% and 17%, with bitcoin, Ethereum and the leading tokens losing billions in market cap.

Bitcoin’s selloff touched 13-month lows, with prices briefly falling below $5,400. Despite the loss, bitcoin’s share of the overall market cap increased.

While there was no single catalyst for the selloff, anxiety over bitcoin cash and its pending hard fork seems to have influenced investor sentiment. At the time of writing, BTC was down 17%, having completely erased the 50+% gains it registered in the weeks leading up to the Nov. 15 hard fork.

The combined crypto market cap reached a new yearly low of $182 billion on Wednesday. Trade volumes spiked nearly 40% to $19.7 billion.

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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