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Have you ever thought about a futures market for bitcoin. It seems the CME Group has.

The idea is the same as the futures for any commodity really. Just as a gold miner or a farmer has a relatively fixed cost but unknown yield, bitcoin miners have the same type of deal. They know how much they’re about to spend, but have less of a clue as to how many coins they will produce or how much those coins will be worth in the future.

If the patent passes regulation, this new Bitcoin Future will allow miners to lock in current prices before starting on their venture. Pretty neat huh?

Thanks to @Jaynemesis for posting this on eToro.

Meanwhile, the overall market cap of all cryptocurrencies has maintained above $29 Billion for the past few days despite some trouble in the industry that we’ll describe below.

Today’s Highlights

Stocks continue declines

Bitcoin breakout may be imminent

Carney & Mnuchin Tonight

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Markets are still trying to process the shock delivered by Theresa May on Tuesday. This week was supposed to be all about France but now we’ve had another huge event thrown into the mix. After gaining overwhelming parliamentary approval yesterday, the UK will be going to the polls on June 8th.

Let’s be clear, this is not designed to be an election, more of a power grab ahead of the negotiations with Europe. However, as we outlined yesterday, it’s a national election and anything can happen. And, as we’ve seen twice recently, just because polls indicate one thing doesn’t mean that that will be the outcome.

The French elections are still very relevant and are taking place this Sunday. If you haven’t seen it yet, please review the video that we made outlining the potential moves in the market.

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The odds of a La Pen Vs Melenchon run-off are increasing. With Melenchon now trailing the front-runner by just 5%.

The United States indices put on a poor performance after lukewarm earnings reports and a sudden drop in the price of oil.

The USDollar is also taking a bit of a beating so far this morning, though I couldn’t say why exactly.

Perhaps this has nothing to do with it…

Opening the Spread

Two of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges have recently run into a bit of trouble. It seems that due to regulatory issues, Bitfinex and Poloniex are no longer able to accept transfers in Fiat currencies and have been restricted to only making deposits and withdrawals in cryptocurrencies.

At the moment, it seems that clients of these exchanges are getting more than a bit scared. Anybody who does have US Dollars sitting in those exchanges is currently exchanging it for digital and getting their money out.

The spread has widened significantly too. On most exchanges bitcoin is trading at around $1215 a coin but on the Bitfinex and Poloniex, the price is more like $1260 per coin as they try to discourage people from cashing out, or at least make a bit of money before they completely crash and burn.

If we look at the chart of bitcoin it does appear that a breakout may be imminent. After receiving strong support at $950 a coin (orange line), the price has managed to maintain a steady incline.

There was a tame retracement over the past week, but support came much sooner than expected at $1150 (blue line). At the moment there’s a free pass with no real resistance until the all-time high of $1294 (yellow). If the price forges new territory past $1300, the sky is the limit.

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  1. Ershad

    April 20, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Hi Mari,

    Would you say that it’s safe to be using poloneix or should I try finding another exchange? Can you recommend one that allows deposit and withdrawals in USD and also allows the buy and sale of major cryptocurrencies ?

    Thanks
    Ershad

    • Mati Greenspan

      April 20, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      Hi Ershad,

      Thanks for asking. I’ve pulled my funds from bitfinex already.

      For BTC and ETH, you’re welcome to open an account with eToro. We have thousands of other markets as well. Keep in mind that crypto’s are traded as CFDs so once your account is verified all deposits and withdrawals will need to be done with Fiat currency.

      Best of luck!

  2. JonasMertens

    April 24, 2017 at 1:22 am

    You say the sky is the limit if BTC reaches new ATH but the higher the price goes, the less likely miners will be to evolve the protocol and the less useful BTC becomes as a payment mechanism. I can see how BTC could still serve as digital gold if we keep it untouched, but I am afraid funds will instead flow into another alt that has higher capacity and tank BTC.
    This might drive miners to adopt either BTU/Segwit/something else, but it might be too late by that time.

    Is the sky the limit for BTC without capacity upgrade?

  3. Mati Greenspan

    April 24, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Hi Jonas,

    That’s indeed an excellent point.

    The fact that segwit is on track to go into effect on Litecoin is encouraging. If it is done successfully on LTC, BTC is more likely to adopt it as well.

    If you think about the miners, their incentive is to keep the network useful, otherwise nobody will use it and as you said, will jump ship. So certainly they’ll be looking for a long-term solution, even if they are profiting in the short-term. 😉

    Thanks,
    Mati

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Markets Looking for Direction as Dow Eyes All-Time High

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Global stocks have been trading without clear direction so far today, even after Asia kicked off the day in a bullish fashion, with the Shanghai Composite rallying for the second session in a row following Trump’s tariff announcement. The Nikkei retreated a bit after its recent surge, but Europe followed China’s lead and the majority of US stocks are also sporting gains, even as the Nasdaq is in the red, with the likes of Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT) and Apple (AAPL) lagging behind.

Dow 30 Index Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Dow, which has been relatively strong in the past weeks is outperforming again, thanks now mainly to the jump in mega-cap banks, and the index is edging ever closer to its all-time high from January which is less than 1% away currently. Should the industrial average set a record high, the correction that started with the February mini-crash would be erased by all the US indices, further widening the divergence compared to the rest of the world.

DAX 30 Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Looking closer at Europe, the DAX is trading at its highest level since the first days of the month, similarly to the EuroStoxx50, but the longer-term downtrends are not in danger yet. British assets were in the center of attention today, since the CPI came in higher than expected in the UK, giving a brief boost to the Pound in the generally choppy environment in the Forex segment.

In the US, the housing market provided the most excitement, with building permits significantly missing the consensus estimate of 1.31 million, coming in at 1.23 million, while housing starts beat expectations with 1.28 million units vs. the 1.24 units expected. The sector remains under pressure from rising rates, and activity is clearly below the cycle-peak earlier this year.

US Yields Continue Surge after the BOJ Meeting

2-year US Treasury Yield, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The upward pressure on yields is apparent today again, with Treasuries plunging and rates rising across the curve. Today, the 30-, 5-, and 2-year yields all hit multi-year highs, and the 10-year yield is also close to the highs it hit in May, as rate hike odds continue to climb before next week’s Fed meeting.

USD/JPY, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Bank of Japan didn’t surprise the market today, sticking to its policy despite some recent tightening rumors, and the Yen is virtually unchanged after the decision, with a slight bullish bias.

Gold Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Commodities are higher today, even as copper gave back most of its early gains, with gold drifting higher towards the $1210 level and WTI crude oil getting back above the key $70 per barrel level. The precious metal is boosted by the slightly weaker Dollar, while oil gained ground after the larger than expected crude inventory draw in the US.

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Market Update: U.S. Stocks Rise as Investors Shrug Off Tariff War; XRP Leads Crypto Market Recovery  

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U.S. stocks rebounded sharply on Tuesday, with investors seemingly looking past a worsening trade spat between China and the United States. In cryptocurrencies, XRP surged more than 16% in anticipation of a major commercialization effort by Ripple, Inc.

Stocks Recover Lost Ground

All of Wall Street’s major indexes put up firm gains on Tuesday. The large-cap S&P 500 Index rose 0.5% to 2,904.31, with most major sectors finishing higher. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 184.84 points, or 0.7%, to 26,246.96. The technology-driven Nasdaq Composite Index jumped 0.8% to 7,956.11.

On a sectoral basis, consumer discretionary shares were the strongest performers Tuesday, gaining 1.3% as a whole. The S&P 500’s information technology component finished 0.9% higher. Healthcare, energy and industrials also put up firm gains.

The CBOE Volatility Index, also known as the VIX, fell 6.5% to 12.79. The so-called “fear index” surged more than 12% at the start of the week, snapping a five-day losing skid.

Trade-War Escalates

In response to new tariff measures by the Trump administration, China on Tuesday announced it will tax $60 billion in American-made goods. More than 5,000 U.S.-made goods will be targeted in the new round of levies, including meat, alcoholic beverages, automotive parts, clothes and machinery. Levies placed on American products range between 5% and 10%, according to China’s state council.

Hours prior, President Trump said he will impose 10% tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports, the most comprehensive measures taken in the yearlong trade spat. The new round of levies will take effect as early as next week.

With respect to China’s countermeasures, Trump issued the following tweet Tuesday morning: “There will be great and fast economic retaliation if our farmers, ranchers and/or industrial workers are targeted!”

Both sides were aiming to return to the negotiating table later this month but those plans appear to have faded. Given China’s massive surplus with the U.S., it is already running out of products to penalize.

XRP Leads Cryptocurrency Rebound

The cryptocurrency market made incremental gains back toward $200 billion on Tuesday after Ripple announced new commercialization efforts for its technology. As a result, XRP surged more than 17% to $0.319, the highest in almost two weeks.

Ethereum exhibited unusual trading activity as prices rose sharply and suddenly over the span of an hour. The second-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization reached a session high of $222, more than offsetting the previous day’s drop. ETH was last seen trading at $210 for a gain of more than 7%.

Bitcoin also clawed back most of its recent slide, signaling renewed stability in the market.  BTC rose 0.7% to $6,347, based on latest available data.

The total crypto market cap briefly climbed above $200 billion. At the time of writing, the market was valued at $198.7 billion, according to CoinMarketCap.

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: Sell The Rumor, Buy The News?

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After a long period of uncertainty, the US finally decided to commence with the second round of tariffs directed at China, slapping a 10% levy on $200 billion worth of goods, and threatening with tariffs on another $267 billion of goods in case of a Chinese retaliation. The tariffs will increase to 25% in 2019, but for now, the Chinese response was measured, with only an announcement coming from the Chinese ministry of commerce, saying that the country has no choice but to retaliate.

Shanghai Composite, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While stock futures fell initially following the after-hours announcement by Donald Trump, today equities are slightly higher across the board, with even the Shanghai Composite staging a rally off its fresh bear market low. The new tariffs were widely expected by the market, so the “buy-the-news” response is understandable, but for a sustained rally in Chinese assets, a resumption of the trade talks between the two largest economies would likely be needed.

DAX 30 Index, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The main European indices are little changed with the DAX still hovering around the 12,000 level and the EuroStoxx 50 being stuck ear 3350. Both benchmarks hit three-week highs in early trading, but the rally on the Old Continent is still lacking real momentum, especially given the distance to the bull market highs.

EEM (Emerging Markets ETF), 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Emerging markets are still very weak with the recent bounce being barely visible on the charts, and the segment is still stuck in a strong downtrend, with especially the most vulnerable countries weighing heavily. Emerging market currencies are mixed today, with the Turkish Lira completely erasing its rate hike gains, but with the Brazilian Real, the Chinese Yuan, and the Argentinean Peso being relatively stable after the US trade announcement.

S&P 500 Index Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Stocks are set to open slightly in the green on Wall Street, with the major indices still being within striking distance of their all-time highs, and with only the Nasdaq pulling back meaningfully recently. The S&P 500 is just a tad below its record high, and with the MACD indicator back in neutral territory, a move to new highs could still be just around the corner.

Dollar Stable as Oil Jumps Amid Syria Escalation

Interestingly forex markets remained stable despite the trade war escalation, with the Dollar drifting slightly lower compared to its major peers, and losing a bit more ground against the main China-related currencies. Commodities are also higher today, with especially the China-linked copper and crude oil being in the green and gold trading virtually unchanged.

WTI Crude Oil Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While the scope of the Syrian conflict shrank in recent months, the tensions around the last rebel stronghold Idlib are rising. Russia and Turkey (which back opposing forces) surprisingly announced the formation of a demilitarized zone around the city to avoid a siege and a likely bloodbath, but overnight, a Russian recon plane was downed, which could lead to a reescalation in the country.

Russia is blaming Israeli forces for the casualty, and an open conflict between the two countries would be increase risks in the region, and possibly drive oil prices higher. The Brent Oil contract has been already outperforming the WTI one thanks to the sanctions against Iran, and today Saudi officials stated that the Kingdom is comfortable with the $80 per barrel Brent price, further widening the divergence between the two contracts.

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