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Asian Market Update – Wednesday: Cryptocurrencies recover from earlier sharp falls

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The Big Question: Will governments and regulators be able to stop the rise of digital currencies?

Crytocurrencies appear to have regained its footing overnight during the Asian trading session, trimming massive losses from a free fall in the past couple of days after China issued a ban on ICOs.

The price of bitcoin rebounded from a low of near the $4,000 mark on Wednesday to change hands at above $4,400, after it surged about 1.9 percent overnight. Although that’s still significantly lower than the peak level of nearly $5,000 reached over the weekend, it’s a remarkable comeback after falling as much as 20 percent on Monday.

Ethereum also bounced back overnight, gaining 4.55 percent to $330.57. Following bitcoin’s recovery, ethereum also showed an outstanding comeback from a nosedive that brought the digital currency’s price from the weekend’s peak of about $395 all the way down to below $270.

With the recovery on Wednesday, Asian investors seem to shrug off the potential impact of the Chinese ICO ban and instead focus on the overall uptrend of digital currencies.

China on Monday issued a notice, demanding that all ICOs have to be halted as of Monday, claiming that coin fundraising poses “multi-layer” risks and that platforms are barred from trading virtual currency with fiat currency.

The question now is if this could lead to even tighter controls on crypto trading? Some media reports suggested the ICO ban is just the beginning.

Apart form China, Canada’s finance watchdog has voiced concern over blockchain anonymity and the Russian central bank has issued a warning against cryptocurrency and ICOs.

Main Market Movers – Mid-day Asian Trading Session

Indexes Value at Midday Daily Change
Japan-Nikkei Stock Average 225 19,313.12 -0.38%
China-Shanghai Composite Index 3,369.50 -0.44%
Australia-ASX 200 5,681.20 -0.44%
Hong Kong-Hang Seng 27,506.01 -0.86%
South Korea- KOSPI 2,320.23 -0.27%

Major equity markets in the Asia Pacific were down following losses on Wall Street, as rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula appears to have spooked investors.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 continued on a downtrend that started earlier this week. Before midday, the benchmark skidded 0.38 percent to 19,3113.12.

In South Korea, the KOSPI index lost 0.27 percent to 2,320.23 around midday.

Down under, the ASX 200 was still down 0.44 percent to 5,681.20.

In Greater China, the Hong Kong Hang Seng index declined 0.86 percent to 27,506.01 at midday. The Shanghai Composite lost 0.44 percent to 3,369.50 at midday.

After pressure from the US and UN Security Council, the North Korean government has threatened to launch a “gift package” to the US if it does not stop pressuring the North.

The US has warned that any move from North Korea against the US or its allies will be met with a “massive military response.” Trump on Tuesday suggested that the US would allow the sale of more advanced weapons to Japan and South Korea, potentially boosting a military build-up in the Korea Peninsula.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned against such military build-up, saying it could cause a global catastrophe.

Currencies

The Japanese yen gained 0.08 percent against the US dollar during the Asian trading session to 108.71 per dollar.

The Chinese yuan is still going strong against the greenback. Overnight, the Chinese currency gained 0.02 percent to 6.5331 per dollar.

The Australian dollar lost a slight 0.03 percent to 1.2509 per dollar overnight.

Commodities

WTI Oil lost 0.04 percent to $48.55 per barrel.

Brent Crude was up 0.02 percent to $53.13 per barrel.

Gold gained 0.03 percent to $1,338.93 an ounce.

Business News across Asia

In China, The power of Chinese social media was on display on Wednesday. After an article claiming that five-star hotels do not change beddings after the previous guest checked out circulated on popular social media sites, five global chains – Hilton, the W Hotel, InterContinental, JM Marriott and Shangri-La – are in trouble. The official newspaper People’s Daily reported that Beijing city officials have summoned the companies and demanded that they start a complete overhaul.

Take away: This is a trend in China, where consumers are getting picker about the quality of things. One analyst said that foreign brands used to made money very easily in China because nobody questioned the quality, but this is now changing.

In Japan: the Korean Peninsula tension got so bad that the government of Japan has begun planning for a possible mass evacuation of nearly 60,000 Japanese citizens currently living in South Korea.

Take Away: People in other parts of the world, or some even in the region, tend to shrug off anything could happen with North Korea because people seem to get used to the rogue regime firing off some missiles every now and then. But things seem to be different this time, as North Korea is already a nuclear power with an aggressive 30-something year old dictator at the top. Most analysts agree that Kim Jong-un seems to take a much more aggressive approach than his father, which is a cause of concern around the world.

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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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