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I Have a Dream Today: HK, Oil & Gold Up, ETC and Ethereum

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Today we celebrate the birthday of a true American hero. One who fought for freedom for all in a country that promised the world and delivered nothing.

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“In a sense, we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check.”

King said in his famous speech, referring directly to the promise of freedom on which the United States was founded but “it is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note…”

Indeed, the United States seems to enjoy writing checks that it cannot cash. Still, Martin Luther King Jr. was quite optimistic. He believed that his people need only demand payment on that check for its promises of freedom to be redeemed.

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By now many of Dr. King’s initial demands have been met but the fight has evolved. Victims of inequality are not necessarily defined by the color of their skin, nor do they reside solely within the borders of the United States.

We must press on in his symbolic shadow and demand freedom for everyone throughout this entire planet that we all call home.

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Today’s Highlights

  • Record Run in HK
  • Oil & Gold up on Weaker USD
  • Crypto Atmosphere

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Traditional Markets

The Asian markets have put on a fantastic show so far today. The China A50 index has now surpassed it’s highs from April of 2015 and is now the highest it’s been since 2008.

The gains in China were propelled further by what’s happening in Hong Kong. The founder and CEO of Alibaba, Jack Ma announced that he is considering listing Alibaba shares on the Hang Seng.

Alibaba’s shares in the US currently hold a record for most stocks sales in an IPO and the company’s daily turnover is about 30% of the entire Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Furthermore, there are rumors that a subsidiary of the Chinese Insurance giant Ping An will be looking to raise $60 Billion from the Hong Kong market in April.

Money comes to money, and as we’ve seen so many times in the crypto market. More activity on an exchange means that everything listed on that exchange can see a boost.

Sinking Buck

The second strongest trend of 2017 was the declining US Dollar. The Dollar Index went from a high of about 103.50 in January to a low of 91.4 in December.

2018 hasn’t been great for the buck either and it’s gotten off to a rather rotten start.

Along with the weakening Dollar comes a strength in commodities. Gold and Oil are priced in USD so they have a very strong reverse corolation.

As we can see here, since Thursday morning the USD has declined 1.8% and Gold has climbed by the same amount.

Though Oil has been a lot more volatile than gold or the buck, it’s strength lately has been astounding. This strong breakout above $60 was certainly unexpected by many…

Don’t get me wrong, oil rising against a weaker Dollar is understandable, but oil rising against more production in the United States is baffeling.

Friday’s Baker Hughes report shows that 280 new rigs came online in the United States over the last year.

Very likely we could see those rigs really get going now that they can get $60+ a barrel for their output.

Crypto Market

It’s easy to make money when everything is rising but when thing get choppy like they are now it can start to get a bit frustrating, especially for beginning traders.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen a general pumping pattern where one specific crypto will dominate the market for a few days before flatlining or even pulling back.

Over the weekend, this momentum has been on Ethereum Classic, which went from $31 to $46 in about 60 hours but now may have lost the propulsion.

Ether Classic (ETC) is the hardest crypto for me to explain simply because I don’t see it as useful. It’s not a great store of value and is not meant to be a medium of exchange. So I’m scratching my head trying to figure out why crypto traders latched onto this one.

Of course, if we zoom out a bit we can see the incredible gains of ETC’s younger sister ETH. A platform that has hundreds of projects being built on top of it and currently processes more transactions than any other blockchain.

The present rise in ETC might just indicate that alternative investors are looking for a bit more risk at the moment, and if that’s the case we may see some of the altcoins or even the exotic cryptos gaining a bit. In the chart above we can spot a nice rising trendline (yellow) but if that fails to hold we should have a nice support level just below $900 a token.

Remember: Several of the traditional markets will be closed tonight for the holiday in the USA. Crypto trades 24/7. This content is provided for information and educational purposes only and should not be considered to be investment advice or recommendation. The outlook presented is a personal opinion of the analyst and does not represent an official position of eToro. Past performance is not an indication of future results. All trading involves risk; only risk capital you are prepared to lose. Cryptocurrencies can widely fluctuate in prices and are not appropriate for all investors. Trading cryptocurrencies is not supervised by any EU regulatory framework.

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Daily Analysis: Dollar Rebounds as Stocks Struggle at Key Levels

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Friday Market Recap

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2731 -0.08 %
DAX 12,451 0.86%
WTI Crude Oil 61.64 0.31%
GOLD 1351.00 -0.32%
Bitcoin 10030 -0.52%
EUR/USD 1.2405 -0.78%

The main US stock indices entered a crucial zone during the overnight session that we have been monitoring throughout the last two weeks, as the line-in-the-sand zone for the correction. Despite that, the question regarding the fate of the move has been postponed for next week, as the S&P 500 and the Dow failed to clearly rally above the zone, while the Nasdaq showed relative weakness after leading the market higher during the bounce.

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S&P 500, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

We are still leaning on the side of the bears regarding the short-term outcome, as the technical damage of the Volatility-Armageddon seems bigger than what a straight-line recovery would suggest. That said, the fundamental news was great today (not counting the latest developments in the Russia-Gate), as the US housing market sent positive signals amid the rising yields, while the UOM Consumer Sentiment Index also beat expectations.

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On an interesting note, the rise in yields paused, despite the positive economic news, and in this perverse world that led to a strong rebound in the Dollar, right after the new multi-year highs in the EUR/USD pair during the overnight session.

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Euros weakness helped equities of the old continent is finally showing some relative strength, and the same goes for Japan, as the oversold readings in the USD/JPY pair that we noted also led to a rebound, back above the 106 level. While the bounce slightly helped the negatively diverging benchmarks, the clear technical weakness remains another bearish sign for the coming weeks.

DAX, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Dollar’s bounce pushed the price of gold lower too after the encouraging rally, but the Shiny Metal remains just a tad below its rally high, which is commendable, given the improving risk-sentiment throughout the week, even as another short-term correction is possible here. Crude oil enjoyed another positive day, although it remains well below its recent highs, just as the commodity-related risk-on currencies, where we already noted the relative weakness yesterday. That also adds to the cautious outlook for equities even in the face of the 5/5 positive days this week.

Gold, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Cryptocurrencies

The crypto market continued to show robustness amid the hectic trends in traditional assets, and today’s meager correction adds to the bullish signs that emerged last week and remained with investors throughout this week. While not everything is rosy, with still several coins in dominant downtrends, including Bitcoin and Ethereum, there is clear leadership behind the rally, and if the coming short-term pullbacks remain in-line with today’s move, bulls should have their hopes up

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

What would change the bullish posture is a return to the “everything moves together with high volatility and bearish volume” regime of the preceding steep sell-off, but, for now, that seems unlikely, and a quiet consolidation this weekend would be just what the doctor ordered for the segment.

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Pre-Market: US Stocks at Make-or-Break Levels as Euro Tests 40-Month Highs

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Traders might be in for another exciting Friday session in the US, as although the coming Chinese year of the dog means that liquidity might be lower than usual, the aftermath of last week’s crash is in a crucial phase. The surge in cryptocurrencies also halted a bit, and all major asset classes look ripe for an action-packed day, including bonds, commodities, and fiat currencies.

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The key levels in the major US indices that we have been monitoring ever since the crash are now in play, with the Nasdaq actually being already above the corresponding resistance zone. That said, apart from the tech benchmark, the Dow and the S&P 500 are hovering right near the “hot” zone, and before a clear move above it, bears could still have their moment, with a possible re-test or even new correction lows in the coming weeks.

S&P 500 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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As we noted previously, it’s unlikely that the bull market is dead just yet, despite the fact that we agree with Peter Toogood (really) that “this market is nuts…” from a valuation perspective, but short-term, these are the levels where the bounce should fail, in theory, that is.

At this point, even bulls should take a step back, and wait for the next pullback before jumping in, as the short-term indicators are stretched, while bearish traders could be looking for entry points today, and long-term investors could just enjoy the show.

Heavy Trading in Forex Markets

Although equities and Treasuries are mostly in the headlines, the most important forex pairs are also very active, with the Euro, the Dollar, and the Yen all being pushed around by the quick repositioning of the big players.

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

This creates a great day-trading environment, with clear, significant swings in both directions, within the strong trends. The Dollar is generally trading lower since the bounce started, and the EUR/USD pair already managed to reach a new 40-month high during the Asian session, before turning lower in European trading.

USD/JPY, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The USD/JPY pair traded with a 105 handle today, again a more than 1-year low, and the trend looks clear, even as the short-term picture is oversold. Gold might also be preparing for a new multi-year high, so everything looks set for more fireworks in currencies too. Stay tuned.

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Glorious Happy Dog

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We would like to wish a very happy New Year to all of our clients, partners, and colleagues in China and around the globe.
The Dog is very noble and compassionate and unlike the Cock, she has a strong sense of the difference between right and wrong.
As well, today holds mystical significance in both the Jewish and Muslim calendars being the first day of the new month of Adar and Jumada Al-Thani respectively.
For Jews, it is a time of happiness and a time to change your fate. For Muslims, this is the last month of Winter. So no matter how cold it is outside we know that it will not last and very soon we will be able to prepare for a spiritual journey.
In the words of one of my kid’s favorite movies, Rock Dog, we’ll be Glorious.
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Today’s Highlights

  • Trading Inflation
  • Dollar Getting Slammed
  • Cryptos Continue Recovery
Please note: All data, figures & graphs are valid as of February 16th. All trading carries risk. Only risk capital you’re prepared to lose.

Traditional Markets

The so-called rout on Wall Street has now faded like a bad bizarre dream and though we’re still a bit off the top, the last 5 sessions have been solid green.
Here we can see traders remaining loyal to the Dow Jones…
Now that the markets know inflation is back in town, analysts will be dusting off the old playbooks and should start coming out and over the next few days, giving us the historical perspective on how to position for it.
In the meantime, it’s manifesting in a weaker US Dollar. Despite the higher expectations for the Fed to get aggressive on rates, the Dollar is sinking fast.
At the moment, the US Dollar Index is at its lowest point since 2014.
With that, we’ve also had breakouts in several dollar related currency pairs on the long term charts.
Here’s the new top in the EURUSD
…and a breakout of the long term range in the USDJPY.
The main benefactor of the weaker Dollar seems to be Gold, which also may be benefiting from increased appetite for a safe place to store value.

Cryptos

Speaking of a safe store of value, we’re also seeing a bit of a sprint to the crypto markets. Bitcoin did indeed take out 10k yesterday. However, the breakout didn’t last very long and we’re again below the line in many places around the world.
Similar to some of the previous rallies, the buying pressure seems to be coming mainly from Japan.
Bitcoin volumes in the world’s top crypto country have been strong throughout February, with an additional push higher yesterday.
Though the volumes in South Korea are still relatively weak, the premiums are creeping back.
Traders in both Japan and South Korea are now paying about 6.5% more for bitcoin than traders in the West. Though the US Dollar value holds no psychological significance to them we can see that both countries are buying bitcoin at well above $10,000.
It will be interesting to see what happens this weekend when cryptotraders have more time to analyze the market and take actions.
Wishing you a glorious weekend!!
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