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Those of you looking to hold stocks that invest in blockchain solutions can now officially add Amazon to the list.

Amazon dominates many different industries but their most profitable wing is AWS (Amazon Web Services). In 2017, the cloud computing department was responsible for ALL of Amazon’s operating profits.

At the end of last week, AWS added a few new templates that will make it easier for developers to create apps using both the Hyperledger and Ethereum blockchains.

We’ve always known that Bezos’ mega-company has been curious about blockchain, but this is the first step that clearly signals their interest in the sector.

@MatiGreenspan
eToro, Senior Market Analyst

Today’s Highlights

  • Peak Earnings Season
  • Devaluation of the Japanese Yen
  • What’s Up with Bitcoin Cash?

Please note: All data, figures & graphs are valid as of April 23rd. All trading carries risk. Only risk capital you can afford to lose.

Traditional Markets

The first time Donald Trump met with Emmanuel Macron the two shared a special handshake that will be analyzed by political scientists for years to come. When they met two months later it seemed they simply couldn’t let go of one another.

Though both of the above-linked videos are highly entertaining, the agenda for Macron’s three-day visit to Washington is extremely serious.

The young French philosophy major will attempt to convince the reality star billionaire that trade wars are bad ideas and that Obama’s deal with Iran is good. In short, he has his work cut out for him. In fact, he will be speaking directly with the world’s biggest proponent of a wall.

None of this may actually matter to Wall Street, which is currently at the peak of earning season’s euphoria. This week we’ll get to peek under the hood of some of the biggest corporations in the world.

It’s very rare for stocks to go down during earnings season but with the market action we’ve seen so far this year, it wouldn’t surprise me.

What is for sure is that stock traders are getting picky about what they hold. This chart shows that the famous FAANG stocks, which have been rising in unison for the last few years, have been showing some distinct syncopation since the market rout of February 2nd.

Yen Aggression

Speaking in an exclusive interview last night, the Bank of Japan’s Governor Kuroda-San stated that they “must continue very strong accommodative monetary policy for some time.”

Meaning, they are planning to maintain their aggressive stance towards weakening the Japanese Yen, possibly for years to come.

The BoJ will be holding a meeting and press conference this Friday, which is likely to reiterate their weak Yen policy and maintain their negative interest rates.

With the USDJPY so far below its yearly average (yellow), a move up to 111 may be imminent.

(Remember, an upward move on the chart shows the Dollar getting stronger against the Yen.)

Bitcoin’s Bull Chart

The expectation of a weaker Yen, especially with the BoJ Governor deliberately trying to jawbone the currency, could have direct ramifications for Bitcoin.

Japanese savers are not very happy with the fact that their holdings in Yen are being marked for devaluation and with the cryptomarket’s recent bounce off the lows, they may now be looking at some viable alternatives.

Here we can see Bitcoin’s strong push off the long-term support of $6,500 and the subsequent rise. At the moment we can see some strong resistance at $9,000, a significant psychological barrier.

The yellow line here represents a classic ascending wedge, which is often called a breakout pattern. Let’s hope it plays out.

What’s even more impressive though is the rise in Bitcoin Cash…

Bitcoin Cash is up 81% in the last 7 days!!

This one slightly more difficult to explain but it does make some sense in the crypto-crazy world we live in.

First, let’s talk about the fork. Bitcoin Cash is moving towards a hard-fork on May 15th. The planned fork that will increase the maximum block size from 8 MB to 32 MB and will also remove the SegWit protocol.

However, those looking to get a new coin or “dividend” out of this fork may be disappointed. If all goes smoothly, the new coin that is created from the fork will completely replace the old coin. Though there may be some who try to keep the old BCH alive, they will very likely be the minority. That said, there will be no free lunch, and no chain split unless things go terribly wrong.

For clients holding BCH in eToro, barring any unforeseen circumstances, your coins will move smoothly to the new 32 MB blockchain.

Still, many cryptotraders have the last few bitcoin forks permanently etched in their minds and associate hard forks with rising price and so the momentum is snowballing at the moment, especially in markets such as Japan and South Korea.

We can see a distinct spike in volumes for BCH on exchanges in both Japanese Yen…

… and Korean Won…

… whereas volumes in BTC have remained constant over the last few weeks. Japan is responsible for 60% of all Bitcoin transactions and the spikes shown above simply indicate a sudden rise in interest.

The proportional BCH volumes of both countries are still relatively small. As we can see, Japanese Yen makes up less than 1% of all BCH transactions.

Also, there seem to be some interesting updates coming out of India, which does indicate that the “crypto-ban” put in place by the RBI and finance ministry may end up being shot down by the high court. More on this in future updates.

Many thanks to everyone who is sending me great intel and excellent feedback. Keep up the great work!

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Cryptocurrencies can widely fluctuate in prices and are not appropriate for all investors. Trading cryptocurrencies is not supervised by any EU regulatory framework.

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Market Update: U.S. Stocks Fall on Trade, Emerging Market Tensions; Cryptocurrencies Recovers $20 Billion

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Stocks and commodities faced brisk selloffs Wednesday, as lingering risks on the trade and emerging-market fronts dampened investors’ appetite for riskier assets. Meanwhile, cryptocurrencies staged a large relief rally led by bitcoin and Ethereum.

Stocks Decline

Wall Street’s major indexes finished well off session lows on Wednesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 137.51 points, or 0.5%, at 25,162.41. The broader S&P 500 Index declined 0.8% to 2,818.37. Both averages were down more than 1% earlier in the day. Meanwhile, the technology-driven Nasdaq Composite Index fell 1.2% to 7,774.12.

Losses were spread out across seven major sectors, with energy shares falling 3.4% as a whole. Materials, tech companies and discretionary shares also fell more than 1%.

The CBOE VIX, also known as the fear index, rose by as much as 27% to reach 16.86. VIX settled at 15.05, gaining 13.1%.

Oil Prices Sink to Two-Month Lows

Crude plunged to more than two-month lows Wednesday after U.S. government data showed a large, unexpected jump in weekly inventories.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported a stockpile rise of 6.8 million barrels for the week ended Aug. 10, confounding estimates for a 2.5 million-barrel drop. The jump was associated with a sharp rise in crude imports and a fall in exports. The world’s largest economy imported 1 million barrels per day, data showed.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures reached a session low of $64.51 a barrel, which would have marked the lowest settlement on the New York Mercantile Exchange since April. At last check, WTI was down $2.08, or 3.1%, to trade at $64.96 a barrel. ICE’s Brent contract declined $1.70, or 2.4%, to $70.76 a barrel.

Cryptocurrencies Rebound

Digital assets recovered tens of billions in lost market cap Wednesday, with bitcoin and Ethereum emerging as the biggest gainers. Bargain hunters scooped up ether at 14-month lows after following a 35% rout over seven days. At press time, the ether price had gained nearly 13% to $294.

After a successful defense of $6,000, bitcoin rose 6.5% to $6,495. The largest cryptocurrency by market cap controls just over 53% of the total market. That figure approached 55% on Tuesday.

The total cryptocurrency market was worth $209.5 billion Wednesday, up more than $20 billion from Tuesday’s low. Total trade volumes averaged around $14 billion.

Despite the gain, analysts have warned that the price outlook for cryptos remains negative amid the recent cash-out of ICOs.

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: Selling Resumes as Dollar Extends Rally

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Global stocks are sharply lower today after the US open, as a bearish Asian session was followed by a lackluster European showing, and the major US indices also opened lower, erasing yesterday’s gains. Emerging markets are still to be blamed for the current selloff, even as the underlying cause is still the global tightening cycle and the Dollar’s rally.

S&P 500, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Chinese stock market and the Yuan led the way lower today, with the Shanghai Composite getting close to hitting new bear market lows, and with the currency hitting fresh 13-month lows. European stocks also continued their relatively weak streak, with the DAX trading at the lowest level since the end of June. The undoubtedly leading US benchmarks are all down by more than 1% today, but they are still close to their all-time highs, even as the divergences are just getting deeper and deeper.

Shanghai Composite, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Turkish Lira is still in the center of attention, as the battered currency added to yesterday’s gains after the Turkish central bank intervened in the interbank markets. The bank made it harder to short the Lira, which in effect also make it harder to hedge against the decline of the currency, so basically the country started on the road of capital controls.

USD/TRY, Daily Chart Analysis

While preventing a run on the currency is a legitimate goal, by not changing its confrontative stance and not taking steps to clam the market, the risk of a massive capital flight is still very high. The broad rally in the Dollar is just making matters worse for the country, and contagion is far from being dodged by global markets at this point.

With several European markets being closed the large pre-market moves are not a surprise, even as the key economic indicators leaned bullish before the bell. The most awaited US retail sales report was a sizeable beat in both the headline, and the more reliable core figure, although the previous numbers were revised lower. The Empire State Index was also well above the consensus estimate, but US industrial Production missed, similarly to yesterday’s Chinese and European indicators in the segment.

Dollar Break-Out Continues

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The US Dollar’s surge is arguably the most important trend globally, and the reserve currency confirmed its break-out to new 13-month highs today, as the EUR/USD pair hit 1.13, the GBP/USD pair trading with a 1.26 handle for the first time in a year, and with commodities suffering heavy losses again.

Copper Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

We have been following copper’s struggle to stay above the key support zone near $2.7, and today’s Asian weakness sealed the faith of the commodity for a while as Dr. Copper hit a new 14-month low itself, signaling that more trouble is ahead for China and the commodity-complex.

Gold is also at levels not seen since early 2017, and crude oil gave up its recent bounce falling to an 8-week low, getting close to $65 per barrel with regards to the WTI contract.

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Turkish Coffee Hangover

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Hi Everyone,

Hope you’re having a fine day. Thanks again to everyone sending me their thoughts, opinions and articles. It’s really amazing.

One thing that several people have asked me to comment on already is this story. So here goes.

Indeed, this is an exciting step towards the integration of blockchain technology into traditional finance. It’s nice to see such a reputable institution such as the World Bank using a private Ethereum network to monitor their new bond. However, we’re really just scratching the surface with this one.

In the realm of programmable money, the practical applications of this new tech are limited only to our imagination. So, to use it to manage bonds is nice but it somehow feels like we’re not living up to the full potential with this one.

As one pundit put it… this is almost like when the world celebrated the internet’s groundbreaking ability allowing people to order DVD’s from the comfort of their living room.

@MatiGreenspan
eToro, Senior Market Analyst

Today’s Highlights

  • Turkish Coffee Hangover
  • Dollar is Strong
  • Crypto Support

Please note: All data, figures & graphs are valid as of August 15th. All trading carries risk. Only risk capital you can afford to lose.

Traditional Markets

The excessive energy that the financial markets received from the “emerging markets currency sell-off” seems to have faded by now. Indeed, the entire debacle felt kind of like a strange rush of exuberance similar to the experience of drinking some very strong coffee. What we’re left with is contained fatigue.

Volatility has now returned to normal and the Lira seems to be in retracement. This despite the fact that neither Trump nor Erdogan seem ready to give any ground. In fact, the Turkish president announced a boycott of American technology yesterday and specifically targeted the iPhone, advocating Samsung instead.

AAPL was notably unaffected.

One thing that might be worth watching is the EEM Emerging Markets ETF that lost significant ground over the last few days and is now testing the lows.

Looking at the stocks today, things do seem to be in the red again. Let’s see how things progress. Precious metals are also down so be careful out there.

Take a look at Copper for example, which is down more than 1000 pips in the last 48 hours.

Dollar is King

As we discussed in yesterday’s update, all these progressions seem to be a direct reaction to the strength in the US Dollar.

A tightening labor market mixed with creeping inflation is causing the Federal Reserve to take aggressive action.

The Dollar’s strength against other major currencies can be seen quite clearly since the start of the month.

As well, the Dollar Index seems to have experienced some sort of breakout in the last few days.

Crypto Support

The crypto market is rebounding today after yesterday’s sizable sell-off. This relief rally has many alternative investors breathing easier, as we have green across the board.

The range we’ve been watching on bitcoin has been holding rather well. Since the beginning of the year, we’ve seen buyers stepping in about halfway through the $5K handle (yellow line), which is approximately what analysts estimate is the cost to mine bitcoin.

On the upper side, resistance is being maintained by the 200-day moving average (blue line). While the stable range should be seen as a positive sign, a breakout in either direction is always a possibility.

Let’s have an awesome day ahead!

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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.

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Senior Market Analyst

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