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Daily Analysis: Oil Surges on OPEC-Deal Extension as Ripple Tests Highs

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Monday Market Recap

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2397 -0.43%
DAX 12760 -0.05%
WTI Crude Oil 49.55 3.24%
GOLD 1235.00 0.60%
Bitcoin 1753 -2.05%
EUR/USD 1.0979 0.43%

 

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Stock markets shrugged off one of the biggest hacker attacks in history as a non-event, despite the broad coverage by the media, as the main global benchmarks opened the week virtually unchanged, with some notable weakness in Europe. Saudi Arabia and Russia provided the news of the day so far, as the two energy ministers announced a 9-month extension of the OPEC’s crude oil production cut, causing an almost 4% rally in oil futures. The deal helped the battered energy segment and commodity-related currencies as well, while the US Dollar got under pressure following the announcement.

WTI Crude Oil Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Meanwhile, the Chinese market remained stable, despite the weak industrial production data, helping the rally in commodities and related assets. The Euro, the Pound, and the Swiss Franc are all up compared to the USD; while the Yen is drifting lower thanks to the surprisingly positive sentiment. The weak US-ES Manufacturing Index also weighs on the USD, as the economic numbers continue to disappoint across the board. Gold is showing strength once again, as it decoupled from the Yen and got close to the key resistance level near $1240.

Cryptocurrencies

Ripple is still the best-performing cryptocurrency, trading more than 10% higher, just below the key 0.25 level, while the other majors are generally weak. Ethereum and Ethereum Classic are up slightly, but Litecoin, Dash, NEM, and Monero are following Bitcoin lower. Litecoin is down by the most dipping below $27 in early trading. NEM is diverging from Ripple after a period of strong correlation, which might be an indication of further weakness ahead. BTC is still in a volatile correction, although it’s holding up above the crucial short-term support level near $1600, despite the three weeks of parabolic advance since breaking out to new all-time highs.

Ripple, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Technical Picture

The US financial sector is still showing weakness despite the global rally in stocks, while the S&P 500 and the DOW is still stuck below their recent highs. The short-term resistance in the XLF near the $24 level still holds the lower, although the long-term rising trend hasn’t been in danger so far. The mostly worse than expected economic numbers decreased rate-hike odds recently and that weighs heavily on the segment, as the hikes would boost the profitability of the major banks. This week might be crucial for the sector and the US market, as the divergence between the bullish NASDAQ and the rest of the market will likely resolve.

XLF (US Financial Sector ETF), 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Key Economic Releases on Monday

Time, CET Country Release Actual Expected Previous
4:00 CHINA Industrial Production (yearly) 6.5% 7.0% 7.6%
9:15 SWITZERLAND PPI Index -0.2% 0.00% 0.10%
14:30 US ES Manufacturing Index -1.0 7.6 5.2

 

Key Economic Releases on Tuesday

Time, CET Country Release Expected Previous
3:30 AUSTRALIA Montery Meeting Minutes
10:30 UK CPI Index 2.6% 2.3%
11:00 EUROZONE Flash GDP 0.50% 0.50%
11:00 GERMANY ZEW Economic Sentiment 22.3 19.5
14:30 US Building Permits 1.27 mill 1.27 mill
14:30 US Housing Starts 1.26 mill 1.22 mill
15:15 US Industrial Production 0.4% 0.5%
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Thursday Market Recap

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2718 0.97%
DAX 12,468 0.31%
WTI Crude Oil 62.61 2.02%
GOLD 1332.00 0.52%
Bitcoin 9780 -8.00%
EUR/USD 1.2324 0.26%

It was a strange day indeed in equity markets, with mixed signals popping up across the board after yesterday’s crazy quasi-FED day. An ugly overnight session, followed by a strong pre-market rally, an early-day pump, and a late-day dump. That is the summary of the day, but under the surface, there is a real struggle between market forces, with still an edge for bears in the battle for control.

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NASDAQ 100 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

It seems that the Nasdaq is still the key, as the relative strength of the tech benchmark is the most reliable gauge of the market direction, at least regarding the intraday trends. That said, at the end of the day, the Nasdaq closed in the red 4 times in a row, at least as far as the normal trading day is concerned, and still, the major indices are trading not far off last Friday’s top, despite the downward drift.

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Forex Markets and Commodities

Adding to the confusion, the Dollar corrected lower after a positive period, and with Treasury yields trading all over the place, investors were left scratching their heads yet again. The Japanese Yen was the clear winner of the day among currencies, as the primary safe-haven got bid heavily during the Asian session, and it remained throughout the up-and-downs of the day, despite the strong bounce in stocks and risk-on currencies.

USD/JPY, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The EUR/USD pair had a very active and volatile session, but the common currency remained above the lows from two weeks ago, while also halting below yesterday’s highs, so all-in-all, no technical conclusion to draw. As in stocks, the next clear directional day will be crucial, as the tug of war is getting tenser and tenser.

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Canadian Dollar plummeted during the day, thanks to the dismal Retail Sales figures, but it finished well off its lows, boosted by the stock recovery and the jump in the price of crude oil. The Black Gold was pushed higher by the surprisingly bullish US inventory data, and the WTI contract closed back above $62.50 per barrel.

USD/CAD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Gold continued to follow the Euro, finishing the day slightly higher, but the precious metal showed notable relative strength during the Asian session, and that could be the precursor of a move to new rally highs, should the bearish scenario play out in equities.

Cryptocurrencies

The segment had another bearish session, and the bleeding continued after the US session, with BTC leading the way lower this time around after a long period of relative strength. A crucial test might be ahead of the most valuable coin, as the $9000-$9200 support zone would be a perfect target for the current correction, to keep the uptrend going. That said, that zone is still almost 50% above the prior low, leaving plenty of room for the coin to bottom out.

BTC/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

With all of the major altcoins also sporting significant losses, bulls would like to see more of the early relative strength that some coins have been showing, to establish a leadership that can guide the segment out of the plunge. For now, the crash lows are way below the current levels, and the bullish long-term scenario remains intact.

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Technical Analysis: Correction Continues but Coins Remain Stable

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It’s been another mixed session for cryptocurrency investors as judging by only the price action, the segment suffered losses across the board, but comparing the current sell-off to the January plunge reveals that the majors are much more resilient this time around.

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The largest digital currencies are holding on to most of the gains of the recent weeks, and the price action near the crucial support zones is also encouraging. With all that said, the correction is not over yet, and further losses are still in the cards, but barring a substantial change in price action, the coins will likely continue the rally.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Bitcoin has been trading around the key $10,000 level all day long, and, so far, a clear break-down has been averted. The short-term momentum indicators are now in neutral territory regarding the most valuable coin, and that could mean that a bottom is close, and investors should already add to their holdings here. Further strong support is found between $9000 and $9200, while targets are ahead at $11,300, $13,000, and $14,250.

XMR/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Correlation between the majors has increased during the sell-off, but there are still clear outperformers and laggards, adding to the bullish case. Monero remains among the strongest coins from a technical perspective, trading right at the lower boundary of the bullish consolidation pattern, with the $280 price level holding up for now. The coin faces strong resistance near $300 and $335, but we expect the uptrend to continue with the next target being ahead at $400, while further support is found at $240.

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Pre-Market: Bulls Try to Fight Back after Ugly Overnight Session

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Following the steep late-day downturn on Wednesday, which followed the not-to-hawkish FED meeting minutes, Asian markets and US equity futures continued lower with a vengeance. The very active overnight trading is another sign of the regime change in traditional financial markets that we have been monitoring for the last two weeks, ever since the “Black Monday of 2018”.

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Dow Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

EUR/USD Changing Behavior

The European session brought about an oversold bounce that stabilized markets from stocks to currencies. The EUR/USD pair that has started acting “normally” considering its relationship with US Treasury yields lately, is headed south once again, trading only 0.5% above its recent correction lows after clearly breaking below the rising trendline.

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EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The bull-trap that we identified a few days ago was the start of the current leg lower, and if the regime change will be persistent, the most traded forex pair could be back to the role of the “risk-on/risk-off” indicator that has been the privilege of commodity currencies in the last couple of weeks.

USD/JPY, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Japanese Yen is showing notable strength after its overbought dip, and the primary safe-haven currency could be in for more gains, should the risk-selloff continue. The Yen also gained ground on the common European currency, following the dovish ECB meeting accounts and the misses in the German IFO business climate indicator and the British GDP, which all question the European growth-monetary tightening narrative.

Canadian Dollar in for a Wild Ride

USD/CAD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

With the Canadian retail sales report and the US crude oil inventory data coming out soon, forex traders should expect sizeable moves in the recently weak currency, while the USD should also be very active during the US stock market session.

All eyes are on Treasury yields again, with the slight correction today helping the bounce in stocks and other risk assets. The Nasdaq could be the motor of a stronger rally on Wall Street, but we wouldn’t bet the house on that, as the short-term technical setup remains bearish, and a re-test of the correction lows is still the most likely scenario for the coming weeks.

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