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Dow Drops As Cryptos Pop

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Inflation is the enemy of stock and bond investors but this is when crypto is coming to the rescue.  The market awoke to a Valentine’s Day present called the January Consumer Price Index.  It was borderline ugly at 0.5%.  After the opening, the Dow was down 142 points. At this time cryptos are going in the opposite direction: Bitcoin + 9 %, Bitcoin Cash +11%, Ether +8 % and Litecoin + 35%.   Is this a one time event or is there there a lasting connection.  Let’s take a look.

Inflationary expectations drive the stock and bond markets.  It is not how much any one month reading shows, it is the way the market extrapolates a single month into the future. For the last 20+ years, inflationary expectations have been coming down and this has been the fuel that has fired the stock and bond markets.

Since the financial crisis of 2008, the Federal Reserve has been targeting a 2% rate of price increases.  Most times they have fallen short of their goal. This is no more the case.  The January increase annualizes to 6%.  If this were a one month event it could be ignored.  However, over the last six months since August, inflation has averaged 4% on a yearly basis. That is a troubling sign for several reasons.

Inflationary Expectations Are Growing  

It is hardly news that the global economy has fully recovered from the financial crisis of 2008.  For the US this means the longest economic recovery in modern history.  The signs of excesses are showing.  Labor markets are much tighter than anytime in the past 50 years.  Costs have to be rising especially for the most highly sought after positions in technology and finance.

Debt financed consumer spending was adding to inflationary expectations even before the $1.5 trillion Trump Tax Cut and plans to increase spending.  Goldman Sachs CEO called this combination like throwing a bit more lighter fluid on a fire that was already going.  His concern is that the economy will get overheated, forcing the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates faster.

Add to this the news that inflation hawk Loretta Mester was being considered for the post of Fed Vice Chair and that is all that is necessary to shake investor confidence.

Storehouse Of Value

In times like this when investors are seeking safety from declining stock and bond prices, gold has been the go to storehouse of value.  Gold investors got their Valentines candy with the price shooting up over 1.5% on the day.  OK that is cool but we can’t ignore the fact that cryptocurrencies had their best day in a long time.  What is that all about?  Against the opinion of all the critics, are cryptocurrencies finally being viewed by investors as their own unique storehouse of value.

Granted recent crypto volatility makes it hard to put Bitcoin or Ether into the same category as other assets like gold.  But today’s price divergence reminds us that Bitcoin’s fixed number of coins was designed and intended to be independent of global government policies that create excess debt or excessive expansion that results increased inflationary expectations.

Blockchain technology in general is showing up more and more as a cost saving mechanism. Of course, Ethereum with its smart contracts and open source platform stand out.  

Separating Fact From Opinion

Are cryptocurrencies gaining believers as a storehouse of value.  That is one opinion. Obviously, it will take much more time to develop enough data to measure the correlation. Several things seem clear.  The massive crypto price correction that started back in December has taken a whole lot of fluff off of crypto markets.  That’s a good thing.

In recent times, prices have been directionless as investors tried to figure what to do next. During this time there was an overabundance of technical analysis but an absence of any fundamental compelling reason the buy.  Valentines Day news that pushed up inflationary expectations may have provided the single most important reason in many weeks. The critics may be right that cryptocurrencies have a way to go before becoming a storehouse of value, but at current levels, they seem to be an attractive value nonetheless.  Stay tuned for more.   

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Markets Looking for Direction as Dow Eyes All-Time High

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Global stocks have been trading without clear direction so far today, even after Asia kicked off the day in a bullish fashion, with the Shanghai Composite rallying for the second session in a row following Trump’s tariff announcement. The Nikkei retreated a bit after its recent surge, but Europe followed China’s lead and the majority of US stocks are also sporting gains, even as the Nasdaq is in the red, with the likes of Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT) and Apple (AAPL) lagging behind.

Dow 30 Index Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Dow, which has been relatively strong in the past weeks is outperforming again, thanks now mainly to the jump in mega-cap banks, and the index is edging ever closer to its all-time high from January which is less than 1% away currently. Should the industrial average set a record high, the correction that started with the February mini-crash would be erased by all the US indices, further widening the divergence compared to the rest of the world.

DAX 30 Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Looking closer at Europe, the DAX is trading at its highest level since the first days of the month, similarly to the EuroStoxx50, but the longer-term downtrends are not in danger yet. British assets were in the center of attention today, since the CPI came in higher than expected in the UK, giving a brief boost to the Pound in the generally choppy environment in the Forex segment.

In the US, the housing market provided the most excitement, with building permits significantly missing the consensus estimate of 1.31 million, coming in at 1.23 million, while housing starts beat expectations with 1.28 million units vs. the 1.24 units expected. The sector remains under pressure from rising rates, and activity is clearly below the cycle-peak earlier this year.

US Yields Continue Surge after the BOJ Meeting

2-year US Treasury Yield, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The upward pressure on yields is apparent today again, with Treasuries plunging and rates rising across the curve. Today, the 30-, 5-, and 2-year yields all hit multi-year highs, and the 10-year yield is also close to the highs it hit in May, as rate hike odds continue to climb before next week’s Fed meeting.

USD/JPY, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Bank of Japan didn’t surprise the market today, sticking to its policy despite some recent tightening rumors, and the Yen is virtually unchanged after the decision, with a slight bullish bias.

Gold Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Commodities are higher today, even as copper gave back most of its early gains, with gold drifting higher towards the $1210 level and WTI crude oil getting back above the key $70 per barrel level. The precious metal is boosted by the slightly weaker Dollar, while oil gained ground after the larger than expected crude inventory draw in the US.

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Crypto Update: Worst Seems to be Over for Stellar and Cardano

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With so many cryptocurrency pairs losing as much as 90% of their value from this year’s high, it may seem that altcoins are deep in bear territory. Even if you’ve been following our bullish breakout series, the pullbacks in the last two few weeks would have made it easy for you to doubt our claims. However, we stand by our assertion that the overall crypto sentiment is slowly becoming bullish. The altcoins that we cover today serve as additional evidence.

In this article, we show how the worst appears to be over for Stellar and Cardano.

Stellar/Bitcoin Analysis

The last two weeks have been very difficult for Stellar/Bitcoin (XLM/BTC) investors. The pair appears to have breached the uptrend line when it dropped to as low as 0.00002933 on September 11, 2018. At that price level, XLM/BTC lost over 56% of its value from the 2018 high of 0.00006789.

Those who cut their losses after the pair breached the uptrend support would have been badly whipsawed. Stellar/Bitcoin eventually managed to recover the support.

Weekly chart of Stellar/Bitcoin

With the recovery of the support, the outlook is bullish for XLM/BTC. First, the false break of the support is bullish. In most cases, this can ignite a rally to the top end of the range or the resistance.

In addition, the weekly RSI appears to have broken out of its own falling wedge. This is a very good sign that bulls are gaining momentum. Keep in mind, the RSI has been trapped inside this falling wedge since April 2018.

Lastly, the recovery of the support marks the end of the E wave, which is often the last wave down. With bulls taking back the support, we have a convincing case that the worst is over for XLM/BTC.

Cardano/Bitcoin Analysis

Just like XLM/BTC, the last two weeks have also been difficult for Cardano/Bitcoin (ADA/BTC).The pair came off lows of 0.00000969 on September 12, 2018. At that point, the market was down by almost 90% from the 2018 high of 0.00008788.

To many crypto investors, ADA/BTC may be fighting to stay alive. Bears have given their best shot and it may have appeared that the market was down for the count. However, just as ADA/BTC looked hopeless, the market bounced back like a true champion.

Weekly chart of ADA/BTC

As if on cue, ADA/BTC bounced as soon as it hit the support trendline of the falling wedge. This price action emboldened bottom fishers to enter long positions. The increasing demand coupled with decreasing supply due to bearish exhaustion are creating the ideal conditions for a bullish reversal.

As of this writing, ADA/BTC is taking out resistance of 0.000011. Breach of this support will enable the market to reverse its trend and bid goodbye to bear territory.

Bottom Line

Cryptos are slowly stepping out of bear territory. The last few weeks have been difficult but overall, altcoins are becoming bullish. This seems to be the case for both XLM/BTC and ADA/BTC. The worst appears to be over for the two altcoin pairs as they prepare to finally reverse their trend.

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Ethereum Making a Decision Where to Go

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Ether is losing its value slightly today on Sep 19, trading at around $207.98. Losing 0.25% on Wednesday is not that surprising after a very hard Monday (although Tuesday was neutral). The crypto was above $210 when the session started, but then failed to stay near the local highs, says Dmitriy Gurkovskiy, Chief Analyst at RoboForex.

On H1, the bearish trendline is at $216, which is confirmed on D1. The resistance levels at $216 and $220 are strong, and they must be broken out in order to go up or at least pull back upwards.

In case Ether fails to find any drivers, it will likely consolidate at around $205. This is exactly where the key support lies, while the resistance is at $216, as mentioned above.

The MACD is negative on D1, moving along the signal line, still giving a moderate buy signal, while the Stochastic is not going anywhere and is not issuing any signal, while being in the positives.

Lately, Ether is very much volatile, with no certain direction. Last week the cryptocurrency spiked 32%, but early this week it reverted and started falling. Ether is vulnerable to the general negative sentiment in the crypto market, although the inside news influence it, too.

People are waiting for the Constantinople update, as well as for the introduction of Ether futures on CBOE which should take place before the end of the year. Meanwhile, low activity in ICOs does no good to Ether’s price either.

Recently, news has come that the Ethereum network reduced its reward for mined blocks, from 3 to 2 ETH. This nearly equals the profits of Ether and Bitcoin miners, so some ETH miners are sure to switch to Bitcoin after this happened, especially those that are unable to cover their costs and expenses (and there are quite a few).

The only positive piece of news now is the pending payment option in MyCrypto wallet designed by Ethereum. This option enables scheduling the payment date and time, which simplifies matters when it comes to recurring payments, such as subscriptions.

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