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Daily Analysis: Nikkei Hits Two-Decade Long High as Markets Remain Frozen

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Wednesday Market Recap

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2549 0.04%
DAX 12970 0.15%
WTI Crude Oil 51.27 0.69%
GOLD 1287.00 -0.48%
Bitcoin 4847 -0.68%
EUR/USD 1.1842 0.30%

Record low volatility, new all-time highs in stocks, everything seems rosy on Wall Street and in the broader financial market. That is, until you consider valuations debt levels and other old-school, pre-central bank bubble measures.

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For now, the bull market party is on, and with Wal Mart kicking off third-quarter earnings with a buy-back announcement, the major indices are somewhat higher, even though right now the short-term indicators also suggest caution for equity investors.

As the worries regarding Catalonia took the backseat, European stocks also edged higher, but the second day of gains in Japan was more meaningful especially given the 23-year high in the Nikkei Index. While the rally shows the relative strength of Asian equities, it’s also a clear warning for those who think that valuations and debt levels won’t matter in the long run. The Japanese benchmark is still well off its.

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Nikkei Index, Weekly Chart Analysis

Gold gave back some of its gains from yesterday, thanks to the less nervous environment, while the Euro strengthened for het same reasons against the Greenback. Besides the common currency, forex markets are also in hibernation, as the major pairs are all close to unchanged in the choppy environment.

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

OPEC-related speculation keeps energy markets active, but despite the supply-cut talks, the WTI contract of crude oil is still just above the $50 level, as even the cartel admits that without the shale players, there is a “hard cap” above oil prices.

Cryptocurrencies

The crypto segment settled down after the early-week volatility and the underlying bullish trend seems to be in no danger despite the scary dip in altcoins. Bitcoin is a totally different story, as the most valuable digital currency is just a tad off its all-time high near the historic $5000 level. Ripple has been the other market leader, and although it entered a volatile short-term correction, the currency remains clearly in a bullish trend, and a rally to $0.30 from seems to be baled in the cake for the coming weeks. The other majors are basically unchanged since yesterday’s bounce, and the low-volatility environment is encouraging for the coming period.

Ripple has been the other market leader, and although it entered a volatile short-term correction, the currency remains clearly in a bullish trend, and a rally to $0.30 from seems to be baled in the cake for the coming weeks. The other majors are basically unchanged since yesterday’s bounce, and the low-volatility environment is encouraging for the coming period.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Technical Picture

Gold is at an interesting technical juncture, as the short-term declining trend is now broken but the key $1300 resistance is still ahead for the precious metal. The long-term picture is clearly positive, despite the undoubtedly risk-on sentiment, but further consolidation is possible before the next major leg higher. That said, the current levels still look attractive from an investment standpoint.

Gold, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Key Economic Releases on Wednesday

Time, CET Country Release Actual Expected Previous
16:00 US JOLTS job Openings 6.08 mill 6.13 mill 6.14 mill
20:00 US FOMC Meeting Minutes

Key Economic Releases on Thursday

Time, CET Country Release Expected Previous
14:30 CANADA NHPI 0.3% 0.4%
14:30 US PPI Index 0.4% 0.2%
14:30 US Unemployment Claims 255,000 260,000
16:30 EUROZONE Mario Draghi Speaks

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Technical Analysis: Bitcoin Grinds Higher as Records Tumble in Altcoins

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The historical surge in the segment, which is the second such move this year, continued today, with another round of break-outs in some of the major altcoins and tepid gains for BTC investors. Ethereum, Ripple, Dash, and first and foremost Litecoin was leading the charge, with the recent star LTC topping $300, just after a day of hitting the $200 mark.

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Litecoin defied all odds after reaching extremely overbought readings, and the coin rode the speculative wave, turning exponential, not unlike IOTA and Bitcoin previously. With the coin being stretched in an unprecedented way on all time-frames, investors could even consider selling their core positions at the current levels, as a deep correction is almost granted in the coming period. The first meaningful support level is found at $125, and a re-test of the $100 level is probable during the next major correction.

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Ripple finally ended a long period of relative weakness today, and the only major on a long-term by signal jumped over primary resistance at $0.26 and crossed the $0.30-$0.32 too in the euphoric sentiment. As the coin is not long-term overbought following the 6-month long consolidation, the buy signal in XRP remains intact, with the only major resistance level being found at the all-time high near $0.425.

XRPUSDT/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Technical Analysis: Litecoin Continues Surge as Bitcoin Tests Highs

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With the crypto world being focused on the historical futures launch, the major coins all enjoyed buying following a hectic weekend, and a volatile week as a whole. BTC itself got another boost from the widespread publicity and the volatile correction of the recent days ended, with the most valuable coin bouncing back towards its all-time high.

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While the long-term picture remains severely overbought, the short-term picture is not stretched and further gains are possible even amid the elevated correction risk. That said, investors should wait for a more favorable entry point to ad dot their holdings, while traders should control position sizes in the light of the long-term setup. Major support levels are now near $13,000, $11,300, and $10,000, with stronger levels still at $8200 and $7700.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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The major altcoins are all up today, but only Monero and Litecoin are still within short-term uptrends, and the segment as a whole is still dangerously overextended, and a deeper correction is very likely in the coming weeks. LTC continued its recent break-out, getting close to the $200 level, and joining the extremely overbought group regarding the long-term momentum, and triggering a long-term sell signal in our trend model. Key support levels are found $100 at $75 and $64, with a weaker primary level at $125.

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Long-Term Analysis of the Silver Market

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The silver market has once again caught investors’ interest as the price is nearing areas not seen since late 2008.

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2017 started at a low point for silver, and it seems it will end the year that way as well, meaning investors who bought at the beginning of the year haven’t suffered nor gained much.

This doesn’t mean, however, that the price hasn’t moved during the year. After the low start of the year, silver quickly tacked on about 18% to a top of $17.50 per ounce.

In terms of fundamentals in the silver market, things look a bit complicated for 2018. There are multiple forces pulling in different directions for the price of silver going forward:

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Positives

  • A sharp stock market correction can be expected to occur some time in 2018. Most likely, this will happen sooner rather than later. Stock market crashes always trigger a flight to safety, meaning gold, silver, and quite possibly bitcoin, can benefit.
  • We are seeing signs that inflation may be starting to rise again, although this is not confirmed yet. Rising inflation is always good for precious metals.
  • If the US federal budget deficit widens as a result of the new tax reform, the US dollar may suffer as a consequence. Goldman Sachs put out a note to investors in November 2017 saying that the US debt is “on track” to reach an “unsustainable” level in coming years. Fed Chair Janet Yellen has also said about the US debt that it is “the type of thing that should keep people awake at night.” Rising debt levels creates uncertainty about the economy, which is generally good for gold and silver.

Negatives

  • Central banks around the world seem committed to raise interest rates in 2018. Rising interest rates are bad for precious metals because it would make it more attractive to put money in the bank.
  • The cryptocurrency bull market is on track to continue, diverting attention and capital away from precious metals as a traditional store of value. However, this one is uncertain, as it may also be considered a positive in the way that the rise of cryptocurrencies brings the inflationary and unsustainable nature of fiat currencies into focus.
  • The US dollar may have hit a bottom in 2017 and trade higher compared to other major fiat currencies going into 2018. A stronger dollar is always bad for precious metals, which are priced in dollars.

Silver chart

When looking at the chart, we can see that silver is back down to were it started the year, which coincides with a major support area where it has turned several times in the past few years.

From a technical perspective, silver has been trading in a triangle pattern on the longer-term weekly chart, with the price now trading very near the lower end of the triangle, adding confluence to our bias that silver will trade up from here.

Silver failed to live up to our prediction from early 2017, and is now even trading well below the level from that time.

A low price by any measure combined with two major technical support levels adds confidence to our trade and makes silver a low risk and potentially high reward trade for 2018.

Depending on your own strategy and investment style, you may want to wait for the price to break out from the current triangle pattern it has been trading in for the past year and a half. You would then give up some of the potential return for an even safer trade. After that, major resistance is found around $17.50 and $18, with lots of upside potential if we can finally break through those levels.

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