Market Overview Asian Market Update – Tuesday: Cryptocoins continue downward trend after steep fall on Chinese ban Published 1 year ago on September 5, 2017 By Fredrik Vold The Big Question: Is China’s ICO ban a trigger for correction of coin prices? It was not a good day for coin traders by any stretch of imagination. On Monday, following a ban on any type of cryptocoin fundraising, or ICO, by Chinese officials, prices for both bitcoin and ethereum tumbled as much as 20 percent. The downward trend continued during the Asian trading session on Tuesday. Before midday, the price for bitcoin was still pointing lower, changing hands at around $4,000, down 6.2 percent. That’s a remarkable fall from a new high of $4,960 reached over the weekend. Ethereum has also taken a dive since Monday, having fallen as much as $120 from about $395 seen over the weekend. The ethereum price was still down 6.69 percent to $276.61 around midday in the Asian trading session. On Monday, after much speculation and preparation, the People’s Bank of China, along with six other government agencies issued a final ruling on initial coin offerings, or ICOs. The agencies demanded that all ICOs have to be halted as of Monday, claiming that coin fundraising poses “multi-layer” risks and that platforms should barred from trading virtual currency with fiat currency. Media reports said that the ruling has been passed on to local governments on the provincial level and a nation-wide crackdown will soon follow. Following the ruling, China’s third largest coin fundraising platform ICO365 announced that all ICO activities would be suspended. Prior to the notice, two other major platforms – ICOINFO and ICOAGE – had already suspended their ICO activities. Main Market Movers – Mid-day Asian Trading Session Indexes Value at Midday Daily Change Japan-Nikkei Stock Average 225 19,371.12 -0.7% China-Shanghai Composite Index 3,368.19 0.2% Australia-ASX 200 5,691.00 -0.19% Hong Kong-Hang Seng 27,804.94 0.23% South Korea- KOSPI 2,325.01 -0.2% Major equity markets in the Asia Pacific continues to be rattled by tensions on the Korea Peninsula after major powers responded to the latest, most powerful nuclear test to date, by North Korea. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 went into a downtrend after market open. At midday, the benchmark was down 0.7 percent to 19,371.12. In South Korea, the KOSPI index skidded 0.20 percent to 2,325 around midday. Down under, the ASX 200 was still down 0.19 percent to 5,691.00 at midday after minor fluctuations in the early hours of the Asian trading session. However, investors in Greater China appear to be shrugging off the tensions in a region that is already in a volatile situation. The Hong Kong Hang Seng index gained 0.23 percent to 27,804.94 at midday. The Shanghai Composite added 0.2 percent to 3,386.19 at midday. Latest on the North Korea nuclear test on Sunday, which it claims to be a Hydrogen bomb or H-Bomb: At a UN Security Council Emergency Meeting on North Korea, US ambassador Nikki Haley said Kim Jung-un is “begging for war”, though she did not suggest any military response as suggested by some US officials; Chinese and Russian representatives to the UN called for peaceful resolution, with the Chinese envoy saying that China won’t allow “chaos and war” on the Korea Peninsula. All indications so far points to some military drill by US, South Korean and Japanese forces in the region and tougher sanctions on North Korea. The North in its own response said another missile (ICBM) test could come soon. Asian investors have tended to shrug off the North Korea factor quickly in the past, but some analysts say the North Korea situation could be the trigger for a global market correction period. Currencies The Japanese yen gained 0.34 percent against the US dollar on Tuesday morning to 109.32 per dollar. After weeks-long rally against the greenback, the yuan lost 0.16 percent to 6.5371 per dollar on Tuesday. The Australian dollar strengthened 0.22 percent to 1.2554 per dollar on Monday morning. Commodities WTI Oil was up 0.02 percent to $47.38 per barrel. Brent Crude was down 0.12 percent to $52.11 per barrel. Gold gained 0.22 percent to $1,336.35 an ounce. Business News across Asia In China, leaders of the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – have signed an action plan for further trade and economic cooperation, following an annual summit in Xiamen in East China’s Fujian Province. More deals are expected to come later in the day. Take away: The result of the Summit had exceeded some expectations, some analysts say. The BRICS bloc had appeared to be losing momentum but it looks like it still holds up quite firmly, one Chinese analyst commented. In South Korea: one of the closest US allies in Asia is worried that a rift is going to split the two countries at a critical time. Signs of disagreements have been dictated on trade and responses to North Korea provocations. US President Donald Trump have indicated that the US could end a free trade deal with South Korea and criticized South Korea’s negotiations with the North as “appeasement.” Take Away: Though the two will likely keep their alliance, any movements could negatively affect trade and financial markets. Important: Never invest (trade with) money you can't afford to comfortably lose. Always do your own research and due diligence before placing a trade. Read our Terms & Conditions here. 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Market Overview U.S. Stocks Rise on News of China Stimulus; Theresa May’s Brexit Deal Falters in British Parliament Published 2 hours ago on January 15, 2019 By Sam Bourgi Wall Street and global stocks bounced back on Tuesday, as investors rallied behind a renewed stimulus push from the Chinese government in the wake of dismal trade figures earlier in the week. Meanwhile, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposed Brexit deal was swiftly rejected by British parliament, setting the stage for a tumultuous two months. Stocks Rally All of Wall Street’s major indexes bounced back on Tuesday from a slow start to the week. The S&P 500 Index gained 1.1% to 2,610.30, with nine of 11 primary sectors reporting gains. Technology, health care and communication services were the best performers. Surging tech shares lifted the Nasdaq Composite Index to a gain of 1.7%, where it closed at 7,023.84. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 155.75 points or 0.7%, to close at 24,065.59. European and Asian markets also reported firm gains. The U.K.’s FTSE 100 Index rose 0.6% to 6,895.02. The pan-European Stoxx 600 finished 0.4% higher at 348.71. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index rose 1% to 20,555.29. Mainland China markets surged 2%, with the CSI 300 Index closing at 3,127.99. China Pledges More Stimulus The rally in global stocks on Tuesday was partly owed to a renewed pledge by the Chinese government to stimulate a moribund economy. China’s finance ministry has announced a new plan to cut taxes and increase federal expenditures this year in an attempt to combat weaker growth. Meanwhile, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) said it will make monetary policy more forward-looking and ensure that markets don’t face a liquidity crunch in the future. In reality, China’s economic slowdown appears to be inevitable as Beijing shifts from exports and manufacturing toward consumption and services. This generational transition will likely see GDP growth decline further in the coming yeas as China’s middle class continues to grow. However, the presence of asset bubbles and a worsening trade outlook could hasten the decline. May’s Brexit Deal a No-Go British lawmakers overwhelmingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal on Tuesday, setting the stage for a political fallout that could threaten the U.K.’s planned exit from the European Union in March. The Brexit deal was soundly rejected in British parliament by a vote of 432 to 202. The scale of the defeat highlighted the extreme opposition facing the prime minister from both sides of the political divide. By failing to agree on the terms of Brexit, the U.K. faces an uncertain future with respect to the EU. May still has three options for salvaging an exit agreement: (1) negotiate new terms with the EU and table a slightly different proposal; (2) hold a second referendum; and (3) call a general election. Since taking over from David Cameron in 2016, May has faced an uphill battle satisfying living up to the hard Brexit mandate while also satisfying the pro-EU opposition. A botched early election in 2017 relegated her party to minority status in Parliament, which further complicated matters. Featured image courtesy of Shutterstock. Important: Never invest (trade with) money you can't afford to comfortably lose. Always do your own research and due diligence before placing a trade. Read our Terms & Conditions here. Trade recommendations and analysis are written by our analysts which might have different opinions. Read my 6 Golden Steps to Financial Freedom here. Best regards, Jonas Borchgrevink. Rate this post: Important for improving the service. Please add a comment in the comment field below explaining what you rated and why you gave it that rate. Failed Trade Recommendations should not be rated as that is considered a failure either way. (0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5)You need to be a registered member to rate this. Loading... Sam Bourgi 4.6 stars on average, based on 736 rated postsSam Bourgi is Chief Editor to Hacked.com, where he leads content development for one of the world's foremost cryptocurrency resources. Over the past eight years Sam has authored more than 10,000 articles and over 40 whitepapers in the fields of labor market economics, emerging technologies, cryptocurrency and traditional finance. Sam's work has been featured in and cited by some of the world's leading newscasts, including Barron's, CBOE and Forbes. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @hsbourgi Follow @HackedCom Feedback or Requests? Continue Reading Market Overview Moment of Truth Published 10 hours ago on January 15, 2019 By Mati Greenspan Hi Everyone, What can I say? The adoption of crypto by large scale financial institutions is taking longer than expected but is still on track. The bear market certainly caused some to hesitate but today we have confirmation that things are moving forward as planned. The Wall Street backed service Bakkt, which plans to allow clients to store and spend crypto in a user-friendly and secure way, has clearly demonstrated that they are going ahead despite delays caused by the partial US government shutdown. In this blog post yesterday, Bakkt CEO Kelly Loeffler announced their first strategic acquisition. The Chicago based company they’re buying is Rosenthal Collins Group, which boasts more than 100 years experience in the financial services industry. The deal, which is set to be finalized next month, will see RCG’s team completely integrated into the young crypto company. Meanwhile, in Switzerland, a country that is way ahead of the curve on crypto adoption, a major financial institution known as Vontobel has announced their own crypto custodial service and digital asset vault, which is available for their clients now. My friends, institutional adoption of cryptoassets is finally upon us. @MatiGreenspan eToro, Senior Market Analyst Today’s Highlights Shutdown: Day 25 Brexit Vote Day Ethereum Upgrade Tonight Please note: All data, figures & graphs are valid as of January 15th. All trading carries risk. Only risk capital you can afford to lose. Traditional Markets Stocks are up today on the news that China will be following in Trump’s footsteps and stimulating their economy with massive tax cuts. As economic conditions tighten around the world, one of the only solutions left for many countries to encourage spending is to cut taxes. Of course, the long term effect of these type of actions is usually to increase the national deficit as the world’s largest economies sink further into staggering debt. But that doesn’t necessarily need to be an issue as long as they keep making their payments on the debt. The rally seems to be holding into the European session and even the safe havens like Gold, Swiss Francs, and the Yen are pulling back. Today is the 25th day of the partial US government shutdown with no end in sight. We’ll also hear from Mario Draghi at 16:00 in France. Let’s hope for some strong earnings reports from the financial sector today and tomorrow. Brexit Vote Bigger than all of that though, at least in the UK, is the critical vote on Theresa May’s Brexit plan, which is scheduled to take place around 19:00 London time. Consensus seems to be that the vote will not carry and some are even predicting the worst upset for a Prime Minister in British History, which does seem a bit exaggerated to me. Due to the potential impact on the markets many brokers, including eToro, have limited the maximum allowed leverage going into the event on all UK stocks and most major currency pairs. For details of how trading will be affected, please check out @eToroTeam page for updates. Something tells me though, that this may not be as big as people are preparing for. First, the fact that brokers are limiting leverage in itself should reduce volatility. Second, if the announcement is already set to upset then there shouldn’t be much surprise to the markets. You never know though. Upgrade Time for ETH At block #7080000, which should happen sometime tomorrow night, the Ethereum network will undergo a hard fork. Hard forks might seem difficult to understand because we’re so used to centralized computing, but in a decentralized world, the only way to make a major upgrade is to fork it. For example, when Microsoft wants to upgrade from Windows 9 to Windows 10, they have their dev team write the code, and then users upgrade one by one in their own time. In decentralized computing, the entire network needs to upgrade together. A hard fork is like a copy-paste action, where a new blockchain is born and if all goes well, the old one dies. Sometimes, when there is a disagreement among the community about the upgrade, some members will choose to keep the old version of the blockchain alive and we see a split. The most famous cases of this was when Bitcoin Cash split off of Bitcoin on August 1st 2017 and when Ethereum split with Ethereum Classic back in 2016. However, the Constantinople upgrade has already received widespread backing from the entire community and so we hope everything goes smoothly. It’s important to note that there is no action required by the end users. If you are holding ETH on eToro or any wallet or exchange, the upgrade should be done for you automatically. By this time on Thursday, we should have a brand new Ethereum, which is faster, cheaper, and has 33% less inflation. Let’s have an excellent day. This content is provided for information and educational purposes only and should not be considered to be investment advice or recommendation. Past performance is not an indication of future results. 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Follow @HackedCom Feedback or Requests? Continue Reading Market Overview U.S. Stocks Tumble on Weak China Data; Cryptocurrencies Make a Sudden Move Higher Published 1 day ago on January 14, 2019 By Sam Bourgi U.S. stocks declined on Monday, with the major indexes struggling to overcome a volatile start after dismal Chinese data cast a dark shadow over global economic growth. Cryptocurrencies erased their weekend losses after bitcoin made a sudden move higher midday. Stocks Stumble Wall Street’s major averages settled lower by Monday’s close after spending the entire session in the red. The Dow Jones Industrial Average managed to pare its losses down to 86.11 points, or 0.4%, to close at 23,909.84. The large-cap S&P 500 Index fell 0.5% to 2,582.41. It was down as much as 1% in the early morning. The technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index closed down 0.9% at 6,905.91. Earnings season began in earnest on Monday after Citigroup Inc. (C) reported better than expected quarterly profits. The big U.S. bank made $1.61 in per-share earnings on revenue of $17.12 billion. Despite beating per-share earnings by six cents, sales missed analysts’ target of $17.48. China’s Economy Suffers Another Blow China’s economic perils intensified last month, as exports plunged at the fastest rate in two years. Overseas shipments declined 4% annually in December, confounding expectations of a 3% gain, the General Administration of Customs reported Monday. Imports plunged 7.6% year-over-year compared with forecasts calling for 5% growth. Beijing’s trade surplus with the United States reached its highest level in over a decade, a possible indication that trade-war fears have been overblown. China’s 2018 surplus with the U.S. jumped 17% from a year earlier to reach $323.32 billion, official data showed. President Donald Trump told reporters on Monday that his administration is very likely to reach a new trade agreement with China. The optimism extends from last week’s bilateral talks, which went on for a day longer than planned. Both sides made important progress on the purchase of U.S. energy commodities as well as increased access to Chinese markets. “We’re doing very well with China,” Trump told reporters Monday, according to Reuters. “I think that we are going to be able to do a deal with China.” Cryptos Bounce A weekend of heavy selling in the cryptocurrency market came to an abrupt end on Monday, as bitcoin and its altcoin peers pivoted sharply higher midday. Between Sunday and Monday, the cryptocurrency market capitalization rose $8 billion peak-to-trough. It was last valued at $23.9 billion, according to CoinMarketCap. Bitcoin once again bounced off the $3,500 price floor to retake $3,700. The move higher may have staved off a more severe drop in the short term. The bears have been eyeing a sustained drop below $3,550, a long-term inflection point for the bitcoin price. At last check, bitcoin was up 4.3% at $3,709.36. News Flash: Crypto Markets Swing Higher as Bitcoin Climbs Above $3,700 As one would expect during a bear market, altcoins and tokens quickly followed in bitcoin’s footsteps Monday afternoon. With the exception of dollar-backed stablecoins, all major cryptocurrencies reported gains. Ethereum jumped 10.3% to $128.65, where it was just shy of XRP in terms of overall market cap. The XRP price rose 4.9% to $0.3334. Other big gainers included EOS, which rose 9.5% to $2.47, and Tron, which added 15.9% to $0.2468. 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. Featured image courtesy of Shutterstock. Important: Never invest (trade with) money you can't afford to comfortably lose. Always do your own research and due diligence before placing a trade. Read our Terms & Conditions here. 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