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Daily Analysis: Stocks Go Nowhere as Central Banks Leave Policies Unchanged

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Thursday Market Recap

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Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2389 0.05%
DAX 12470 -0.08%
WTI Crude Oil 48.56 -2.12%
GOLD 1263.00 -0.06%
Bitcoin 1318 2.18%
EUR/USD 1.0859 -0.28%

 

The broad plans of the much-awaited US tax-reform were revealed yesterday, and “the biggest tax-cut in human history” disappointed investors somewhat, pushing the major indices slightly lower. The Bank of Japan and the European Central Bank have been in the center of attention so far today, as both central banks released their monetary statements. The BOJ left its policies unchanged, but cut its inflation forecast, boosting Japanese equities and hurting the Yen. The ECB also lowered its inflation outlook, while the bank’s president Mario Draghi was optimistic about the prospects of the Eurozone. The Euro is trading lower following the mixed announcements.

Oil got another today, as the WTI contract fell below the $49 per barrel level after yesterday’s bounce. Gold is still holding up above its crucial support levels, despite the recent risk-on rally and the weakness in other safe-haven assets. Commodity-related currencies are under pressure again, while the Great British Pound is drifting higher, hitting another multi-month high against its major peers. The Canadian Dollar remains volatile, as the surprise lumber-tax by the US poses a risk to the trade relations between the two countries.

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Gold futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin is up again today, following an overnight correction, as the cryptocurrency is trading at new all-time highs for the first time since the correction caused by hard-fork fears this spring.  Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, Monero, and NEM are up by double digits today, as US authorities are weighing the possibilities of an Ether-based ETF. Dash is also participating in the broad rally, pushing above the $75 level. Litecoin entered a correction today, as it failed to break-out above its weekend highs. Ripple is still well within its trading range, with activity still being low in the coin.

Monero, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Technical Picture

The NASDAQ continues to lead the way higher despite the negative economic numbers (new jobless claims and core durable orders) that were released today in the US. The tech index hit yet another all-time high today, as the other major benchmarks are struggling to gain traction. With all the tech giants scheduled to release their earnings reports in the next couple of weeks, volatility is expected to increase (look for Google’s report today after the closing bell).  The index might re-test the break-out level at 5475, as the bearish cross on the MACD suggests a correction or at least a consolidation in the coming days.

NASDAQ 100 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Key Economic Releases on Thursday

Time, CET Country Release Actual Expected Previous
5:50 JAPAN Monetary Policy Satement
9:00 EUROZONE Base Interest Rate 0 0 0
14:30 EUROZONE Monetary Policy Satement
14:30 US Core Durable Goods -0.20% 0.40% 0.50%
14:30 US Initial Jobless Claims (weekly) 257,000 241,000 244,000

 

Key Economic Releases on Friday

Time, CET Country Release Expected Previous
10:30 UK Prelim GDP 0.40% 0.60%
8:00 GERMANY Retail Sales 0.10% 1.80%
14:30 US Advance GDP 1.30% 2.10%
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Music: One Overlooked Use Case

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So far in this year, Ethereum has been the crypto star appreciating over 80% to a recent record of $1402. All this suggests that more and more applications are being created. We know this by the demand for Ether, the gas that drives the Ethereum network.

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The reason behind the explosion of Ether demand was confirmed by Ethereum co founder Steven Nerayoff in a CNBC interview where he claimed the number of Ethereum projects today is more than 10 times year ago levels.

One of those areas is the music business and there are several names appearing on the ICO list to add to your research agenda.

Why The Music Business Needs Help

Music may live forever but the business side has been in trouble for a long while. Over the last decade there have been only three years when the global value of music sales increased. The combination of digital music and outright pirating through peer-to-peer sharing has much to do with the long-term trend.

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Throughout the world there are 69 copyright and royalty societies given the responsibility of documenting, collecting and distributing music royalties. That means collecting a few pennies whenever a song is played on the radio, Internet or anywhere else. Four of the largest of these is in the US, followed by Japan, Germany and Britain. Their operations are truly byzantine.

Experts in the music-publishing field confirm the time between music usage and royalty payment can run close to 24 months. Even then not all royalties are distributed. According to my sources, there are often millions of dollars collected by royalty authorities everywhere that never make it to the entitled recipients. That sort of practice borders on criminal behavior but copyright and royalty societies operate in a sub-rosa manner making it difficult to understand their policies.

In the past just 4 major record labels controlled over 80% of the industry. These giants could afford a full time legal department to pursue royalty issues dominated the music industry. Today, however, independent labels represent almost one-third of the market. This means less democracy in the business with the young independent artist at a particular disadvantage.

Of course, musicians aren’t the only group of artists loosing out on their pay. There are writers, poets and painters that go largely unprotected.

The music business is just easier to track because it has more data. Yet in spite of all the information, the music industry is widely recognized for its lack of transparency. Blockchain technology has the ability to disrupt long-standing industry practices.

ICOs To The Rescue

The number of Ethereum based white knights is starting to appear on the horizon promising to rattle the industry and hopefully restore some democracy on behalf of the independent artist.

One simple business model comes from a startup SingularDTV who is attempting to build their ecosystem on top of Ethereum. Here is the basic value added proposal.

SingularDTV tokenizes the artist work. In doing so the artist is turning their music into a financial asset. Anyone who buys into an artist’s token owns a share of the creation and its income stream. The more people consume an artist creation, the higher goes the token price.

Only time will show if SingularDTV succeeds with this model. The consequence of this model is how it eliminates many of the middlemen and nefarious influences in the industry. Instead of singing on a street corner for bread, an artist could raise money upfront without relying on an advance from a record label.

According to SingularDTV, distributing content via blockchain would allow artists to skirt streaming platforms like Spotify to earn royalties on their own terms. Now that is true democracy.

SingularDTV may stand out a bit in the news due its recent ICO success in raising $8 million but they aren’t the only player in the music game. Names like Voise recently raised $1 million as well as Soundchain, Blokur and Opus to name a few.

I am no longer a registered investment advisor, which means I don’t go around making investment recommendations. So I will only suggest this group to put on your list of late night reading. Next time, I will take a closer look at more of these names.

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Technical Analysis: Cryptocurrencies Start Week on a Quiet Note as NEO Shines

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The broad Bitcoin-led correction continued to dominate trading in the crypto-segment throughout the weekend, as the most valuable coin drifted sideways above the key technical level at $13,000, with dwindling trading volumes.

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BTC remains in a declining short-term pattern, although the digital currency still holds well above the mini-crash lows from December, spending almost a month now in the daily range of the year-end plunge. We still expect the largest coin to complete the current cycle with a move below the crash lows and the $10,000 level after the stellar rally of the previous months. Key support is still found near $13,000, with further levels at $11,300, $10,000, $9000, and stronger levels at $8200 and $7700

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Altcoins also settled down across the boards with only a few coins registering strong activity. Ethereum and NEO have been among the coins making headlines, as the second largest coin continued to grind, higher still trading near its recent all-time high today. The price of the ETH token is moving in a short-term uptrend, in the face of the stretched momentum indicators, but we expect a meaningful correction soon, and long-term investors should wait for a more favorable technical setup before entering new positions, with key support levels at $1000, $850, $740, $625, and near $575.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple remained under heavy selling pressure in the meanwhile, as the oversold bounce of the weekend faded away and the coin got close last week’s lows again. As the short-term downtrend is intact, traders should stay away from entering new positions, while investors should wait for short-term sell-offs towards the main support levels at $1.50, $1.25, and $0.85 to add to their holdings.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Technical Analysis: Coins Rebound as Key Support Level Holds Bitcoin

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The $13,000 level in the price of Bitcoin continued to be the center attention of traders today, as the most valuable coin successfully tested the crucial support zone overnight, despite another brief dip below it. The other majors followed the subsequent bounce higher, with Ethereum pushing past $1250 once again, while Ripple reclaiming the $2 level.

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Despite the bounce, the short-term trend in Bitcoin is clearly bearish and the correction is still likely to continue, although the extreme long-term overbought readings are now cleared. We still expect a move towards the previous correction low near $11,300, with a likely dip below $10,000 before the end of the current cycle, with further important support levels are found at $9000, $8200, and $7700.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Ripple recovered slightly after nearing the $1.50 level and reaching short-term oversold readings, and the coin tested the primary resistance level at $2.1 yesterday in late trading. The currency remains in a strong short-term downtrend despite the bounce and the continuation of the correction is likely, although long-term investors could already accumulate new positions near the main support levels at  $1.50, $1.25, and $0.85.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum bounced of the dominant short-term trendline, but the coin remains overbought on all time-frames and we expect a trendline break in the coming days. That said, traders could hold smaller positions here with tight stops as a push towards the prior all-time high is still possible. Key support levels are found at $1000, $850, $740, $625, and near $575.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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