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Asian Market Update – Thursday: Cryptocurrencies Drop from Recent Highs after More Attacks from Prominent Figures

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The Big Question: Is the establishment just scared or are they telling the truth?

Prices of cryptocurrencies were pointing lower overnight during the Asian trading session on Thursday, shaking off some earlier gains seen on Wednesday, and again, more prominent figures in the financial world took aim at bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

At midday in Asia, the bitcoin price was down by 0.58 percent to $4,175, despite a bit of a surge back from a low of $4,160 in early trading. The virtual currency saw big gains on Wednesday when it surged from about $3,884 to surpass the $4,000 mark and reach a high of $4,200. Bitcoin has now traded under the $4,000 mark since September 20.

Etherum was also in a downtrend overnight, having lost 1.70 percent to $305 as of midday Thursday in Asia. Ethereum also surged from a low of $288 all the way to $310 before it went into a downward move. Ethereum has been trading under the $300 level since September 18.

Litecoin also slipped overnight. By midday Thursday, it had dropped 1.79 percent to $55.95. The litecoin price reached a high of $57 on Wednesday, the first time since September 19, when the virtual currency entered into a turbulent period.

In the news, Morgan Stanley CEO said on Wednesday “[the cryptocurrency market] is obviously highly speculative,” though he praised the concept of anonymous currency.

Jordan Belfort, famously known as the “Wolf of Wall Street,” reportedly said this: “I’m not saying you should or shouldn’t buy bitcoin, but [what] I’m saying is I personally, myself, would be very, very careful about investing a lot of money in something that could vanish very quickly.”

Main Market Movers – Mid-day Asian Trading Session

Indexes Value at Midday Daily Change
Japan-Nikkei 225 20,325.52 0.29%
China-Shanghai Composite Index 3,342.19 -0.09%
Hong Kong –Hang Seng 27,542.92 -0.36%
South Korea-KOSPI 2,369.81 -0. 12%
Australia-ASX 200 5,673.20 0.16%

Major Asian indexes were mixed as of midday Thursday, as geopolitical tensions took a back seat and markets turned their focus on a meeting of the Bank of England scheduled for today.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 tacked on 0.29 percent to 20,325.52 at midday.

In Greater China, stocks were pointing lower. The Shanghai Composite Index slid 0.09 percent to 3,342 at midday. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng Index slipped 0.36 percent to 27,542. Mainland markets will be closed next week for the National Day holiday.

In South Korea, the KOSPI index slipped 0.12 percent to 2,369. The South Korea Stock Exchange will be closed next week for a holiday.

Down under, the ASX 200 was up a slight 0.16 percent to 5,673 at midday.

As geopolitical tensions in the Korea Peninsula remained calm and things are quiet on the economic data front (though US economic data is due), investors are now paying attention to a meeting of the UK central bank. Top policymakers from the UK, the US and Australia are scheduled to speak at the event, and investors will keep their eyes on any cues of monetary policy changes.

Also in the States, President Donald Trump announced a highly-anticipated Tax Reform Plan on Wednesday, pushing up US Treasury yields and the dollar, but many remain pessimistic about the chance of the passage of the reform at a time with lots of political turmoil in the US.

Currencies

The Japanese yen lost 0.24 percent against the US dollar at midday Thursday, to 113.07 per dollar.

The Chinese yuan lost 0.23 percent against the US dollar to 6.6577.

The Australian dollar also lost 0.42 percent on the dollar, changing hands at 1.2785 per dollar at midday.

Commodities

WTI Oil was down 0.13 percent to $51.94 per barrel.

Brent Crude was up 0.05 percent to $57.67 per barrel.

Gold lost 0.07 percent to $1,280 an ounce.

Business News across Asia

In China, Apple is in big trouble in the company’s largest single market, according to local media. Reports said that due to “dissatisfaction” over the new iPhone 8, Chinese consumers are returning their iPhones. One report said iPhone 8 sales are “unusually terrible.”

Take away: Apple has seen sharp sales declines in China lately, as Chinese consumers seem to be no longer impressed by Apple’s innovative technologies and designs as well as the rise of domestic brands such as Huawei and Xiaomi.

In Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe got himself a challenger as the world’s third-largest economy is expecting a general election next month. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is reportedly leading a new party with populist slogans to challenge the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

Take Away: The new party is floating ideas such as ending nuclear power and freezing a sales tax hike, though other themes are largely similar to that of the current ruling party, according to Japanese media. If the new party gains traction, it could rattle markets, which hate uncertainties the most.

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  1. Matt_a

    September 28, 2017 at 10:13 am

    In these days BTC just showed some strength and the reason to write such an article would be because it feel 0.5% !?!?!? What a BS! Seems the aim is just to spread FUD and I really don’t feel like I should keep wasting money to read this nonsense…

  2. nptraveller

    September 28, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    “vanish very quickly”? And why now, all of a sudden? Jordan Belfort? Sure I trust him. Morgan Stanley CEO? Who? Said what? Oh, FFS, I’m gonna sell all my BTC right away… Bitcoin is dead.

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Capitulation

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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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Pre-Market Analysis And Chartbook: Markets Flat Ahead of Key Economic Data

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Wednesday Market Snapshot

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2,729 0.02%
DAX 30 11,467 -0.05%
WTI Crude Oil 56.16 1.59%
GOLD 1,202 -0.03%
Bitcoin 6,211 -0.80%
EUR/USD 1.1287 -0.01%

As traders awaited the key US economic releases of the week, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and the Retail Sales report, financial markets were relatively quiet and flat before the Wall Street open, but things got volatile since then, despite the muted CPI reading. The progress in the Brexit negotiations and the liquidation event in crude oil were making headlines today, although the advance in the Pound stalled, as equity markets and in general risk assets are still under clear selling pressure following the turmoil in October. The second half of the week will likely see strong moves across asset classes, and given the negative technicals, odds favor a risk-off shift globally.

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Dollar is consolidation after its move to new 16-months highs on Monday, and for now, the currency failed to confirm the break-out, at least as measured by the Dollar index. The EUR/USD is showing a slightly different picture compared to the broader measure, and the common currency is still in a steep downtrend, even as it is back near the key 1.13 level, retracing a large chunk of Monday’s move.

A durable recovery above 1.13 could signal a failed break-down and another consolidation phase in the pair, with the long-term momentum indicators still being oversold, but the broad downtrend is clearly intact, and long positions should only be considered as short-term trades.

Nasdaq 100 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

In equities, we continue to see bearish technicals from a broader perspective, and although the post-Fed selloff halted, for now, the re-test of the October lows still seems likely in the coming weeks. The Nasdaq is still relatively weak compared to the other major US benchmarks, and the tech benchmark is the closest to its lows, even after yesterday’s bounce.

The overnight session saw a slight bullish bias in stocks, with the indices holding on to above their weekly lows, but we still view the short-term rally attempts as selling opportunities given the hostile technicals across the globe.

Crude Oil in Turmoil as Copper Holds Support, For Now

WTI Crude Oil, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The bounce that we have been expecting in crude oil didn’t materialize despite the deeply oversold momentum readings, as the dip below the $58-$60 zone triggered a liquidation event in the commodity. The worst day for oil in 3 years saw the WTI contract falling below $55 per barrel, its lowest level in a year. Today, oil is attempting a recovery, and we continue to expect a rally up to the $63-$65 zone in the coming weeks.

Copper Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Elsewhere in the commodity segment, we are seeing further signs of weakness, despite the pullback in the Dollar. Gold is having a flat quiet day, so far, hovering near the $1200 price level, while despite the renewed trade-deal optimism, copper failed to bounce higher substantially amid the slight risk-on shift. The industrial metal is trading just above its recent swing low, and a move below that would be a sign that the lengthy consolidation phase is ending and the broader downtrend is about to resume.

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