Thursday Market Recap
|Asset||Current Value||Daily Change|
|WTI Crude Oil||50.86||-3.84%|
The volatile period in crude oil continued yesterday, as the surprising gasoline inventory build in the US triggered a large sell-off in the world’s most traded commodity. The WTI contract fell back to trade with a $50 handle after hitting $54 per barrel last week. Stock markets remained weak despite the easing geopolitical fears, as investors are still cautious before the French election this weekend. The recent polls show a favorable change for the markets, as Macron seems to be strengthening against the anti-EU candidates. European equities are dragging down global markets this week, and the pressure might remain on the major benchmarks until Monday.
The latest French polls (source: Reuters)
The Great British Pound is holding on to its lofty gains against the most important currencies, even after a slight correction, as the Dollar got hit overnight, and the Euro was also helped by the strength of the GBP. Safe-haven assets continued to drift lower, with the Japanese Yen and gold both losing ground, despite the Dollar weakness.
Ethereum Classic marched on above the $3 level, rising by another 15%, while NEM fell by double digits after its recent surge. Ripple also got hit hard today, as the altcoin pushed below the $0.03 level again on rising volume. Bitcoin is still looking encouraging, but the resistance zone near $1215 that we have been monitoring remains a concern for bulls. Ethereum bounced lower off the $53 level again, while Monero and Litecoin are still trading in a directionless trading range.
Ripple 4-Hour Chart Analysis
The US financial sector (represented by the XLF ETF) that has been the leader of the current correction in global stocks is at an important technical juncture. The XLF tested the 22.85 support level last week and it’s now trading right at the declining trend-line that defines the short-term downtrend. A move above the trend-line would point to a rally up to the 23.85 resistance and could open the way for a recovery towards the March highs. Conversely a move below, 22.85 would be bearish for the sector and the broader market.
XLF (US financial sector ETF), Daily Chart Analysis
Key Economic Releases on Thursday
|14:30||US||Philly Fed Index||22.0||25.6||32.8|
|17:30||US||BOE Governor Carney Speaks||–||–||–|
Key Economic Releases on Friday
|16:00||US||Existing Home Sales||5.61 million||5.48 million|