Market Overview Asian Market Update – Wednesday: Cryptocurrencies surging, Asian stocks up Published 11 months ago on November 8, 2017 By Fredrik Vold The Big Question: Is ethereum in trouble? Prices of main cryptocurrencies were pointing higher overall during the Asian trading session on Wednesday, with bitcoin winning big and ethereum seeing only minor gains. As of midday in Asia, bitcoin gained 3.46 percent to about $7,377. That’s a gain of more than $200 since the start of the trading day in Asia. However, the price of bitcoin still remains below the record $7,600 level reached on Sunday. The price of ethereum saw a minor gain of 0.73 percent to about $295 before midday in Asia. Overall, the virtual currency has been pointing higher since yesterday, when it fell sharply from about $302 to as low as $288, following news that some user funds on the ethereum network had been frozen due to a code issue. About $280 million worth of ethereum were locked as a result of the freeze that was apparently caused by one person’s mistake, according to Business Insider. Ethereum had faced another security issue. Earlier this year, ethereum wallets were hacked and ether worth $30 million were stolen. Litecoin’s price also dropped a slight 0.1 percent to $60.84 at midday, following big gains of close to 15 percent yesterday. As we have mentioned previously, litecoin was trading at a good point for medium to longer-term investors, and it has now traded up from the low end of the trading range it is in. Also in the news, PayPal’s CEO Dan Schulman said that there will be more changes coming in fintech in the next five years than in the last 30 years, CCN reported. Schulman was quoted as saying: “You have to, to serve these markets, re-imagine how money can be managed and moved because there’s going to be more change in the next five years in financial services than happened in the past 30.” Main Market Movers – Mid-day Asian Trading Session Indexes Value at Midday Daily Change Japan- Nikkei 225 22,888 -0.22% China-Shanghai Composite Index 3,431 0.54% Hong Kong –Hang Seng 29,070 0.26% South Korea-KOSPI 2,557 0.46% Australia-ASX 200 6,021 0.12% S&P 500 E-Mini Futures 2,583 -0.11% Most major Asian equities markets were up on Wednesday morning’s session, as slowing trade data out of China as well as regional geopolitical tensions and trade dominates the headlines during Trump’s Asian tour. On the Chinese mainland, the Shanghai Composite Index was up 0.54 percent to about 3,431 before midday. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng Index edged up 0.26 percent to around 29,070 before midday. Fresh data out on Wednesday suggested that China’s trade slowed in October. The trade surplus came in at $38.2 billion, lower than the expected $39.1 billion. According to Bloomberg, experts said the numbers were “ok” and showed a more balanced trade. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 was down 0.22 percent to 22,888 around midday on Wednesday. In South Korea, the Kospi gained 0.46 percent to around 2,557 shortly before midday. In Seoul, visiting US president Trump delivered a speech at the South Korean parliament, where the focus was more on North Korea than trade. Trade tensions are high between the US and South Korea, as Trump is pushing a “better, fairer” bilateral deal for the US. Down under, the ASX 200 added 0.12 percent to 6,021. The S&P 500 E-Mini Futures was down 0.11 percent to 2,583 at midday in Asia. Markets are also watching Trump’s next stop to Beijing, where he is determined to push China to do more on North Korea and give the US more trade concessions. Experts say large policy changes are unlikely, but several trade deals, including deals on US beef and LNG exports to China may be agreed on. Currencies The Japanese yen gained 0.18 percent the US dollar at midday Wednesday to 113.76 per dollar. The Chinese yuan was flat against the US dollar at 6.6377 per dollar. The Australian dollar gained 0.02 percent on the dollar, changing hands at 1.3076 per dollar at midday. Commodities WTI Oil was up 0.11 percent to $56.98 per barrel. Brent Crude gained 0.02 percent to $63.54 per barrel. Gold was up 0.25 percent to $1,277 an ounce. Business News across Asia In Japan: No signs of change in monetary policy, despite the fact that the Bank of Japan has been failing to meet its inflation target of 2 percent. BOJ board member Yukitoshi Funo said on Wednesday that the BOJ should continue its easing programs. Take away: Markets have been watching if BOJ could change its monetary policy stance given the missed inflation data, but it’s apparently not changing for now. In China, all eyes are on Trump’s visit starting today, with markets watching for clues about the future of the China-US economic and trade relations. Trump is bringing about 30 US business executives to China and a slew of business deals are expected to be signed. Take away: Business deals to be signed, but no major policy change. Disputes between the two will likely persist. Featured image from Pixabay. 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. 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Market Overview Market Update: U.S. Stocks Take the Plunge as China Selloff Intensifies; Crypo Institutional Lending on the Rise Published 1 hour ago on October 18, 2018 By Sam Bourgi U.S. stocks swung back sharply into negative territory on Thursday, as a fresh selloff in Chinese markets weighed on investors’ sentiment even as Beijing escaped the “manipulator” label. Cryptocurrenices continued to hover in a narrow range, as risk-off sentiment in traditional markets failed to spur new demand. Stocks Resume Slide All of Wall Street’s major indexes finished in the red, with the large-cap S&P 500 Index closing down 1.4% at 2,768.84. Nine of 11 primary sectors contributed to the declines, with information technology, industrials and communication services among the biggest laggards. Sliding tech shares dragged the Nasdaq Composite Index sharply lower. The benchmark settled down 2.1% at 7,485.14. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 327.36 points, or 1.3%, to close at 25,379.32. On Tuesday, the major bourses recorded their biggest single-day advance since March, buoyed by upbeat corporate earnings and easing tensions over Saudi Arabia. China Roils Markets Stocks in mainland China were at the center of the selloff on Thursday, as the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell to its lowest level in four years. The index closed down 2.9%, extending its October slide to a staggering 12%. The Shanghai Shenzhen CSI 300 Index fell 2.4%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng benchmark finished flat. China’s national currency, the yuan renminbi, touched its lowest level in 21 months after the U.S. Treasury refrained from labelling Beijing a currency “manipulator” in its biannual report. The Trump administration has called out China for manipulating the yuan to maintain a lop-sided trade advantage against the U.S. and other nations. This has prompted calls from within the administration to implement heavy import duties as well as recognize China as a currency manipulator. So far, President Trump has pursued tariffs on more than $250 billion in Chinese imports. Cryptocurrencies Hold Steady For a fourth straight session, cryptocurrency prices were locked in a narrow range on Thursday, as a lack of trading catalysts kept market players on the sidelines. This comes despite a sharp rise in futures trading volume in the third quarter, according to CME Group. The combined value of digital assets in circulation reached a high of $212 billion on Thursday. It would later fall back below $209 billion on subdued trading volumes. Bitcoin, the leading crypto based on market cap and volume, continues to trade comfortably above $6,500. It’s share of the overall market has increased to 54.1%, according to CoinMarketCap. Institutional adoption of cryptocurrency is steadily rising, according to a new report by Genesis Capital, who in March became the first company to launch an institutional lending business. As CCN reports, the new service has originated more than $550 million in loans over the past seven months, with $130 million still outstanding. 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. 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. 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Continue Reading Analysis Pre-Market Analysis And Chartbook: Stocks Turn Lower as Treasury Yields Eye Multi-Year Highs Again Published 7 hours ago on October 18, 2018 By Mate Cser Thursday Market Snapshot Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2,791 -0.91% DAX 30 11,664 -0.43% WTI Crude Oil 69.16 -1.30% GOLD 1,227 0.16% Bitcoin 6,438 0.01% EUR/USD 1.1486 -0.11% Equities are broadly lower after the opening bell on Wall Street, with the selloff in China and the rise in US Treasury yields setting the tone for the day so far. The risk-off shift that dragged even the mighty US stock market lower last week continues to dominate trading globally, and while volatility is well below its recent peak, bulls are on the defensive with regards to the majority of risk assets. Shanghai Composite Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis The Shanghai Composite hit yet another 4-year low today, amid rumors on forced liquidations following the hawkish surprise of yesterday’s Fed meeting minutes. The Chinese index confirmed its bear market again, and as the trade war rhetoric of the Trump administration will likely heat up before the midterms in November, selling pressure could remain strong. FTSE 100 Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis With the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit increasing, nervous trading continues on the related assets, with especially British equities feeling pain lately. The FTSE 100 has been lagging even the relatively weak European markets, and although the benchmark is trading above its spring lows, thanks mostly to the long-term weakness in the Pound, short-term technicals are very weak, and a breakdown below to a new almost 2-year low looks imminent. Economic numbers have been mixed today, with British Retail Sales missing the consensus estimate by a mile, while the US Philly Fed Manufacturing Index came in slightly better than expected. The negative surprise added to the pressure on British stocks, although forex markets are little changed and the Pound remained relatively stable. US Stocks Lower Again amid Choppy Consolidation S&P 500 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis The major US indices opened lower and extended their losses in the first hour of trading, with the S&P 500 still trading in a clear short-term downtrend following last week’s plunge. Treasury Yields, particularly on the short-end of the curve are aback near their multi-year highs after yesterday’s Fed surprise, and that weighs heavily on investors sentiment. Philip Morris (PM) is up by more than 3% following its earnings report, as the company continued the quarter’s trend of positive surprises, but the broader market is still largely ignoring the bullish news, as US investors are focusing more on the mounting funding risks and the strengthening international headwinds. Copper Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis While currencies are relatively calm today, commodities are having an active session, and crude oil and copper are both headed lower amid the fresh risk-off shift, while old is flat thanks to safe-haven flows. WTI crude hit another one-month low today after yesterday’s breakdown, falling below $69 per barrel and copper is also in a precarious technical position. The volatility compression pattern looks to be ending in the industrial metal, as we expected, given the weakness in China, it’s no surprise that the commodity moved below its short-term range. A drop below the strong support near $2.70 could mean that copper resumed the broad downtrend, and that would be a bearish sign concerning the global economy. 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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... Mate Cser 4.6 stars on average, based on 379 rated postsTrader and financial analyst, with 10 years of experience in the field. An expert in technical analysis and risk management, but also an avid practitioner of value investment and passive strategies, with a passion towards anything that is connected to the market. Follow @HackedCom Feedback or Requests? Continue Reading Market Overview Breakout Imminent Published 10 hours ago on October 18, 2018 By Mati Greenspan Hi Everyone, Huge congratulations to Canada for becoming the second country in the world to fully legalize marijuana! This is a huge milestone for this fascinating industry and in my personal opinion is long overdue. I hope that in the next few years many more countries will open their respective markets to this exciting field. Unfortunately, the @CannabisCare copy portfolio on eToro is closed for investing now but there are other options to invest for those of you who are interested. For example, you can click this link to see the marijuana stocks that are available on the eToro platform. Or, you can check out the HMMJ ETF, which tracks the North American Marijuana market. Of course, the usual disclaimers apply and always diversify!! @MatiGreenspan eToro, Senior Market Analyst Today’s Highlights Breakout Stocks Breakout Bonds Breakout Bitcoin Please note: All data, figures & graphs are valid as of October 18th. All trading carries risk. Only risk capital you can afford to lose. Traditional Markets Volatility begets volatility. At least that’s the word on financial media lately. It’s been an entire week since the broad stock market sell-off and though we’ve seen a bright bounce from the bottom, things are far from normal. The US indices have been the quickest to “recover” and as we can see, they’ve recouped almost half the losses from the top. This is likely due to the monetary policy in the United States which is currently sucking up the wealth of the world. Higher interest rates are a big incentive for foreign investors to store their wealth in American assets. As we can see, other markets aren’t nearly as far off the lows… Bond Watch As you’ll recall, the start of volatility this year came in February and it was largely attributed to rising bond yields. So we do need to keep a close eye on these. In the USA, the 10-year yield is once again on the rise and threatening to break new highs. Yesterday, we saw another solid leg up… The level to watch out for now is 3.25… In Italy, where we are awaiting some potentially sour news from Brussels, the 10-year yield is also sitting at the highs and could very easily breakout from here. When Bitcoin Breakout? It’s only a matter of time now. Of course, the flatline pattern could easily remain for another few months and that wouldn’t be a bad thing, however, there are signs of excitement boiling underneath the cool price action exterior. First off, the transaction rate has been rising steadily. Here we can see Bitcoin’s average transactions per second (TPS) rate, which has been growing steadily during the stable market conditions. This is a classic indication that we’re nearing the end of the flat cycle. Along with the TPS rates, volumes across exchanges has reportedly remained at a steady rate of around $10 billion daily for several months now. A figure that is exponentially higher than it was just 18 months ago. Last and foremost, and this is what I wanted to highlight today, volumes on Wall Street are growing at a rapid pace. The CME Group has reported yesterday that the volumes on their Bitcoin futures contracted have ticked up by a massive 41% in the third quarter of 2018. This massive surge in interest doesn’t even include the last 18 days where we’ve seen the historic update that Fidelity Investments is joining the market. Let’s have an awesome day!! This content is provided for information and educational purposes only and should not be considered to be investment advice or recommendation. 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. Best regards, Mati Greenspan Senior Market Analyst Connect with me on…. eToro: @MatiGreenspan | Twitter: @MatiGreenspan | LinkedIn: MatiGreenspan | Facebook:MatiGreenspan 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... 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