U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average setting a new record after Wal-Mart announced a major buyback plan.
Dow Hits New Milestone
The 30-member Dow Jones blue-chip index climbed 69.81 points, or 0.3%, to 22,830.68. That was the index’s first record close since Thursday. In total, 20 of 30 index members finished in positive territory.
Retail juggernaut Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) surged 4.5% after announcing a $20 billion buyback plan. The buyback was announced after the company gave firm guidance on sales and revenue for the fiscal year ending January 2019.
Wal-Mart’s U.S. online sales are forecast to surge 40% in the fiscal year as part of a broader focus on e-commerce. The company has started offering free two-day shipping and is planning to reduce the number of physical stores.
Surging Wal-Mart shares drove the consumer staples sector firmly higher. The S&P 500’s consumer staples index rose 1%, far outpacing the large-cap average.
The S&P 500 Index closed 0.2% higher at 2,550.63. Meanwhile, the technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index added 0.1% to finish at 6,587.25.
Markets Shrug Off Catalonia Risks
Wall Street was surprisingly buoyant Tuesday in the face of geopolitical risks in the autonomous region of Catalonia. On Tuesday, Catalonian leader Carles Puigdemont said his people wanted independence from Spain, but that self-determination would be achieved only though a negotiated solution.
European stock markets have held relatively steady through the first two sessions of the week. The pan-European Stoxx 600 finished flat on Tuesday after rising 0.2% during the previous session.
Haven assets put up solid advances on Tuesday, with some investors hedging against Catalonian independence. December gold futures, the most actively traded futures contract, came within $3 of $1,300.00 on Tuesday.
The Japanese yen also firmed up against the dollar, with the USD/JPY exchange rate briefly falling below 112.00.
There were no major economic or monetary news events on Tuesday. The Federal Reserve will release the official transcript of the September FOMC meeting on Wednesday. Fed officials kept interest rates on hold in September, but agreed to begin reducing their holdings of bonds at a rate of $10 billion a month.
Fresh economic data will make the rounds in the latter half of the week, including producer inflation, consumer prices and retail sales. These data sets will help investors determine the health of the U.S. economy at the end of the third quarter.
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Asian Market Update – Thursday: Asian stocks mixed on China GDP, Japan trade data
The Big Question: How long the Japanese stock market rally will last?
Most Asian stock indexes were trading in mixed mode during Thursday’s morning trading, with gains seen in Japan and South Korea and losses in other parts of the Asia Pacific.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 was up 0.66 percent to around 21,503. The Nikkei has now posted 12 consecutive days of gains and is on track to post another two-decade high.
Thursday morning’s gains came after the latest official data showed that Japanese exports rose for the 10th straight month in September, helped largely by a weaker yen and strong overseas demand.
In China, the Shanghai Composite Index was down 0.35 percent to about 3,369 before midday on Thursday. The CSI 300 Index, which tracks the 300 largest companies listed in Shanghai and Shenzhen, also lost 0.3 percent to 3,931 before midday.
In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng Index was 0.07 percent lower to around 28,691 before midday.
Losses in stock indexes in Greater China on Thursday followed official data earlier in the morning suggesting the Chinese economy might be slowing. Official data on Thursday morning showed that the growth pace of the world’s second-largest economy slowed to 6.8 percent in the third quarter of the year from 6.9 percent in the previous quarter.
Though stocks reacted to the slower growth in the economy, most analysts in China believe that it is highly unlikely that the Chinese stock markets will experience major fluctuation during the weeklong meeting of the Party currently underway.
In South Korea, the Kospi moved up 0.05 percent to around 2,484 shortly before midday.
Down Under, the ASX 200 was also down 0.08 percent to around 5,895. That comes even as data showed that Australia in September enjoyed the fastest jobs growth since 2008, as the unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent.
Main Market Movers – Mid-day Asian Trading Session
|Indexes||Value at Midday||Daily Change|
|Japan- Nikkei 225||21,503||0.66%|
|China-Shanghai Composite Index||3,369||-0.35%|
|Hong Kong –Hang Seng||28,691||-0.07%|
Prices of cryptocurrencies were mixed overnight during the Asian trading session on Thursday morning.
At midday in Asia, the bitcoin price was up 0.64 percent to $5,617. That’s more than $100 higher than the same time on Tuesday. Bitcoin has posted gains of more than $500 since yesterday and the uptrend remained solid on Thursday morning.
Ethereum gained a slight 0.2 percent to about $314 before midday. That’s largely unchanged from the level around the same time on the previous day. Ethereum, too, has made some nice gains since yesterday, surging from a low of $287.
Litecoin was down 0.65 percent to about $60 at midday. After three days in decline, litecoin has also been moving up nicely since yesterday.
The Japanese yen lost 0.05 percent the US dollar at midday Thursday to 111.97 per dollar.
The Chinese yuan lost 0.08 percent against the US dollar at 6.6329 per dollar.
The Australian dollar gained 0.06 percent on the dollar, changing hands at 1.2732 per dollar at midday.
WTI Oil was down 0.15 percent to $51.92 per barrel.
Brent Crude lost 0.28 percent to $58.02 per barrel.
Gold was down 0.15 percent to $1,277.96 an ounce.
Business News across Asia
In China: Though third-quarter GDP growth slowed to 6.8, other data from the country’s statistics bureau showed that China’s industrial output rose 6.6 percent, beating earlier market expectations. Retail sales also outperformed.
Take Away: Just like the mixed performance in GDP numbers, industrial output and retail sales, the Chinese economy is really complex. The overall slowing trend is a good indication, but the pace at which it happens remains uncertain.
In Japan, electronics giant Toshiba is reportedly under investigation for their accounting practices by the Japanese securities watchdog. Details of the investigation were unclear on Thursday in a Reuters report, which cited insider sources.
Take Away: The dust has not even settled from the Kobe Steel scandal yet before a new Japanese company comes under investigation. Watch out for any signs of problems with corporate culture in Japan. Share prices of other Japanese companies may also be affected.
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Daily Analysis: Dow Leapfrogs 23,000 as IBM Beats Estimates
Wednesday Market Recap
|Asset||Current Value||Daily Change|
|WTI Crude Oil||52.02||0.29%|
IBM surged higher today, as the company beat analysts’ expectations across the board, pushing the company’s shares up by more than 10% and helping the Industrial Average to a new all-time high yet again. The other major US indices kept on grinding higher as well for most of the day, despite the strong overvaluation, with the Volatility Index (VIX) still hovering around the 10 level. The NASDAQ and the S&P 500 finished virtually unchanged after a late-session sell-off, while small caps outperformed in the mixed environment.
DOW 30 Index, Daily Chart Analysis
Global stocks also edged higher, with the Nikkei still leading the way, although the momentum of the move is still weak. The Yen’s weakness was the most apparent trend in currency markets, while the Pound rebounded well, despite the persistent Brexit worries, with the Dollar giving back some of its recent gains compared to its major peers. Gold also remained under pressure after retreating back below $1300 this week, while crude oil rallied on a bigger than expected, hurricane-related decline in US production.
Gold 4-Hour Chart Analysis
The major coins had a hectic and bearish session, especially in early trading, as Bitcoin’s overbought conditions coupled with Ripple’s sudden downturn led to a segment-wide decline. Ethereum continued to slip, as the Byzantium-related optimism faded away, but it remained well above the $285 level, and recovered above $300 towards the end of the session. NEO and IOTA still have a negative correlation with the rest of the market, as the two coins surged higher in early trading and gave back their gains during the late-day rebound.
BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis
The DAX closed on a marginal new all-time high again, but the lengthy momentum divergence in the MACD indicator suggests that the steep uptrend continues to be in jeopardy. The low-volatility drift carried the benchmark above the 13,000 level, but a correction towards at least the 12,850 level is likely in the coming days, with another support level at 12,650 serving as a longer-term target. As the long-term uptrend is clearly intact, bears shouldn’t go all-in here but bulls should consider exiting their positions and wait until a correction to trade the long side again.
DAX, 4-Hour Chart Analysis
Key Economic Releases on Wednesday
|3:30||EUROZONE||Mario Draghi Speaks||–||–||–|
|14:30||US||Building Permits||1.22 mill||1.25 mill||1.27 mill|
|16:00||US||Housing Starts||1.13 mill||1.18 mill||1.18 mill|
|15:45||US||Crude Oil Inventories||-5.7 mill||-4.7 mill||-2.7 bill|
Key Economic Releases on Thursday
|14:30||US||Philly Fed Index||22.2||23.8|
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Money Leads to More Money – Power to More Power
Every 5 years the Central People’s Government of China has a grand political event to reshuffle the distribution of power in the world’s most populated country.
In today’s 19th National Congress the most powerful man in the world just became even more powerful. President Xi delivered an eloquent three hour speech stressing the importance of globalization and China’s role of leadership going into the future.
The reaction from financial markets in Asia was rather muted given the recent gains in global markets.
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A brand new record high for the Dow Jones and a huge milestone of 23,000 points. The index is now up approximately 25% since Donald Trump was elected last November!!
Though Donald Trump might make a comment or tweet on this fact later today the rally may not be entirely Trump related.
Correlation does not equal causation!!
The Trump election did indeed wake the markets from a deep slumber that it was in with little movement between 2014 and 2016. However, if we zoom out and take a look, we’ll see that since the bottom of the market after the crash of 2008 we’re up 228%.
Many analysts agree that earnings ratios are at their peak yet investor sentiment remains extremely bullish on stocks.
Why are stocks going up?
The reasons are simple. First, there’s still plenty of cash ready for investment left over from the central bank injections over the past decade. Rates for borrowing money are still very cheap, which allows investment firms to borrow money easily and put it in the stocks.
Furthermore, any portfolio manager currently sitting on the sidelines is getting squashed. Try explaining to your clients that you missed out on a 25% rally because you think the markets are overvalued and watch them leave and go to a competitor.
This circle can indeed go on for a while as money does have a tendency to lead to more money.
In this cycle particularly, due to the ample assistance from the central banks, I’m not even certain that historic PE ratios are even a factor.
The Crypto Market is pulling back a bit. After the incredible highs we saw over the weekend it only makes sense.
Specifically regarding bitcoin, we need to understand where the excitement and the action are coming from. Sure, many people are fed up with government backed money and I do believe that the financial revolution is well underway. But besides grandiose ideology, there is one country that stands above the rest as far as bitcoin adoption.
According to an article in bitcoin.com 60% of all volume on bitcoin is coming from Japan, with an additional 25% coming from the USA and 9% from South Korea.
Well, that makes sense. After legalizing bitcoin as a currency in April, Japanese vendors and businesses are adopting it at an incredible rate.
We continue to watch other interesting countries that seem to be on the verge of this type of adoption particularly Russia, Australia, and hopefully someday soon, India.
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