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According to a new study, the biggest reason that US earnings are strong this season is due to strong growth in the rest of the world.

That’s right, companies that do business primarily outside of the United States have seen double growth compared to companies that are primarily domestic.

I hope that Donald Trump sees this report as well and wonder if it would make him reconsider his protectionist stance.

In the meantime, what we’re hearing from the White House is President Trump trying to secure himself a meeting with Kim Jong Un. This would put him in a very elite club with Google Co-founder Eric Schmidt and basketball player Dennis Rodman. Hmmm…. yeah, that makes sense.

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As far as economic news is concerned, the biggest events are behind us. The Caixin PMI data confirmed that China’s manufacturing sector is indeed cooling off and the Reserve Bank of Australia left their interest rates on hold at 1.5%.

The next big news event will be coming from New Zealand this evening as the RBNZ makes their interest rate decision.

Looking at the market today, there is not a trace of concern about the upcoming elections in France and the UK. According to the French polls, Le Pen only has 41% of the vote and the markets have fully priced in a Macron victory. It’s almost as if we’ve learned nothing from the Brexit referendum or the Trump elections.

Gold continues on a slow decline.

…and the USDJPY has now broken through 112.

Markets returning from the Labor Day break are very mixed so far. So also no exception signal of risk appetite as stocks are near all time highs.

This chart was posted by @Welovetradingcom in Germany in honor of the DAX index breaking a new all time record high.

Tough Brexit

The British Pound is taking a bit of a dip this morning after a meeting between Theresa May and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Junker kind of blew up.

So it seems that Theresa did not have a very good May Day. Junker was quoted as saying that she was on “a different galaxy.”

Here’s the GBPUSD this morning…

Still, the Sterling has made some massive leaps since the snap elections were called, so a bit of a dip could just mean that it’s gathering strength.

In this chart, we can see the cable (GBPUSD) since the referendum in June…

…and now for what you’ve all been waiting for…

The Cryptocurrencies

It seems like the massive surge we’ve been seeing in the crypto world is taking a bit of a breather. The total market cap of all coins did break a new high yesterday but not by much and at the moment, we’re a bit off the high.

The pullback in Ethereum is actually quite small compared to the surge that we saw. We’ve been seeing exponential growth over the last two months. At the beginning of March it was trading at just $15 a coin, now it has breached the $80 level. So a small pullback actually makes sense.

Remember in 2013 when bitcoin went from $5 to $1200 in a few months? Well, even bitcoin had some significant pullbacks on that path.

In the meantime, bitcoin is still surging and has now broken a new all time high of $1425.

It seems that the tipping point will indeed come from Japan. Just today it was announced that 10 new companies will be opening exchanges in the country. Think about it like this. The Japanese Government is actively trying to devalue the Yen in order to discourage people from saving money. On the other hand, they’ve just made bitcoin a legal currency for savings and transactions.

If you lived in Japan, what portion of your savings would you choose to invest in Bitcoin?

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  1. rantosiek@gmail.com

    May 2, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    I AM NEW TO THIS AND JUST SUBSCRIBED TO YOU. WOULD NOW BE A GOOD TIME TO INVEST IN GBPUSD?

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Hit the Road Jack

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Hi Everyone,

Never thought I’d be writing an obituary for the founder of one of the largest asset management firms in the world, but Jack Bogle was one of the good guys.

He was always looking out for the little guy. Back in the 70s when the financial markets was an even more closed nit racket than they are today, Bogle introduced the first index funds as a tool for individual investors to reduce risk and fees. At that time the idea was laughed off as ludicrous but it soon became the industry standard saving average joes billions, probably trillions of dollars over the last half century.

Though he wasn’t too fond of bitcoin, he probably would’ve appreciated the HODL ethos. Bogle firmly believed that stock picking and day trading was a terrible long-term strategy. So he advocated strongly that people should ignore short-term movements of the markets and simply stay the course of their investments.

Our generation could certainly use someone like him. So long Jack!

@MatiGreenspan
eToro, Senior Market Analyst

Today’s Highlights

  • Shutdown: Day 27 | Days to Brexit: 71
  • Global Uncertainty at Record Levels
  • Cryptos are Cool as a Cucumber

Please note: All data, figures & graphs are valid as of January 17th. All trading carries risk. Only risk capital you can afford to lose.

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Our two headline issues are no closer to being solved today. Washington DC remains in gridlock and the UK is back to square one. Stock indexes are declining today but not by much. Despite all the geopolitical and economic uncertainty, there are still some screaming BTFD!

Cramer’s call comes after an astonishing 4th quarter earnings report from Goldman Sachs, which turned out to be their best earnings reaction since 2008. Check out that fantastic floating marubozu daily candle yesterday.

Aside from GS, the banker’s earnings were rather pretty solid with some hitting and some missing their marks but overall good vibes. Not all is peaches in cream in the markets though, as is evidenced by the Global Economic Policy Uncertainty Index, which is now at its highest level since inception.

Netflix Earnings

The first of the FAANGs will be reporting tonight after the closing bell. I must say, out of all the top tech stocks on Wall Street, NFLX was probably hit the hardest by the recent stock market declines, but it was also the quickest to recover.

This graph shows all the FAANG stocks, with Netflix in white.

Famous eToro stock trader Wes Nolte says that he’s closed out some of his positions in preparation of this announcement as it could be the bellwether that affects the wider market for the next few days.

Cryptos Keep Cool

Despite the apparent volatility in the stock markets and general air of uncertainty depicted above, the crypto markets remain steady as a rock.

It’s already Thursday and many cryptoassets have moved less than 3% since the start of the week.

In fact, the crypto markets so far this year have become increasingly apathetic to what’s happening in the rest of the financial markets. This graph shows that the short-term correlations between bitcoin and gold, the US Dollar, and the stock markets have all moved to near zero. They just DGAF.

Many thanks to everyone for reading and for increasingly sharing your thoughts, insights, opinions, and well thought out questions with me on social media. Let’s have an awesome day!!

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Past performance is not an indication of future results. All trading involves risk; only risk capital you are prepared to lose.

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eToro is a multi-asset platform which offers both investing in stocks and cryptocurrencies, as well as trading CFD assets.

Please note that CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 65% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

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U.S. Stocks Rise on Solid Bank Earnings; Cryptocurrencies Look for a Catalyst

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U.S. stocks continued higher on Wednesday, with the Dow rising triple digits after a blowout earnings report from Goldman Sachs. Cryptocurrencies were mostly directionless after Ethereum delayed its planned Constantinople upgrade due to security risks.

Stocks Rise

All of Wall Street’s major indexes finished in positive territory. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 141.57 points, or 0.6%, to 24,207.16. The broad S&P 500 Index advanced 0.2% to 2,616.10, with financials leading the way higher. The Nasdaq Composite Index recorded a gain of 0.2% to finish at 7,043.70.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) was the Dow’s best performer after reporting much better than expected earnings and revenue for the fourth quarter. The investment bank reported per-share earnings of $6.05 on revenue of $8.08 billion. Analysts had called for an EPS of $4.45 on $7.55 billion in sales.

Bank of America Corp (BAC) also rose after reporting a better than expected quarter. The bank beat expectations on the top and bottom lines and tripled its profit to $7.3 billion.

Brexit Uncertainty

Global financial markets were surprisingly calm in the wake of a devastating Brexit vote for British Prime Minister Theresa May, who failed to pass her proposed legislation on Tuesday. Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly against the proposed Brexit deal, setting the stage for a new round of negotiations with Brussels.

However, some members of British Parliament want Prime Minister May to step down or call a general election. The opposition Labour party pushed for a vote of no-confidence on Wednesday, which if passed, would have set the stage for a general election. The motion was rejected late Wednesday.

Under May’s proposed deal, the United Kingdom would embark on a soft Brexit in roughly two months’ time. It’s not entirely clear whether that timetable is still feasible given the latest setback in parliament.

Day 26 of the Government Shutdown

The longest government shutdown in U.S. history entered its 26th day on Wednesday, fueling uncertainty about the direction of the economy. With roughly 800,000 federal workers affected by the impasse, some analysts are beginning to worry about the potential impact on economic growth.

The latest Quinnipiac poll shows the majority of Republicans still support the shutdown because of its implications on border wall funding. President Donald Trump has been adamant that he will not cave unless Democrats make appropriations for a steel barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border. The president has warned that the shutdown could go on for “months or even years” if Democrats don’t agree to fund the wall.

With no solution in sight, attention has turned to Senate Republicans, some of which have grown frustrated with the shutdown. If enough of them defect, it could force a vote on a new measure to re-open the government.

Ethereum Hard Fork Postponed

The planned implementation of the Constantinople hard fork was delayed on Wednesday after developers identified a major vulnerability in one of the Ethereum Improvement Proposals (IEPs).

Smart contract auditor ChainSecurity on Tuesday uncovered a major issue with EIP 1283, which proposes net gas metering changes for the SSTORE opcode and new uses for contract storage. According to ChainSecurity, implementing the EIP 1283 would give attackers a loophole to steal funds.

The delayed launch of Constantinople was made official on Ethereum’s official Twitter: “Constantinople upgrade is temporarily postponed out of caution following a consensus decision by #Ethereum developers, security professionals and other community members. More information and instructions are below.”

At the time of writing, no alternative timetable has been provided. More on Constantinople: ETH/USD Price Analysis: Ethereum’s “Thirdening” Approaches.

Crypto Markets Gyrate

The cryptocurrency market saw little movement on Wednesday, as bitcoin held within a narrow range and most of the major altcoins exhibited lower volatility. The value of all coins in circulation dipped slightly to $121.6 billion despite the presence of stable volumes.

Bitcoin edged down 0.1% on the day, reaching $3,642.89. The largest cryptocurrency by market cap experienced a large bounce at the beginning of the week but has faced strong resistance near $3,700.

Learn why we believe 2019 could be the year of accumulation for bitcoin.

Ethereum had posted the biggest percentage drop in the top 20 before paring losses later in the session. EH was last down 0.6% at $122.86.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, Cardano gained 4.2% to $0.0445. Binance Coin rose 3% to $6.10. EOS added 1% to $2.43.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Bitcoin in Backwardation (this is fine)

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Hi Everyone,

One of the joys of having a futures market is the ability to understand what investors are thinking about the future of the price. For bitcoin, it doesn’t seem so great at the moment.

As we can see, the contracts for the bitcoin futures on the CBOE are currently in backwardation, meaning that contracts with a later expiration are trading consecutively lower.

Of course, something like this might have made me nervous on a normal day, but then I remembered that oil futures were trading in contango (opposite of backwardation) before the prices collapsed back in October.

Also, the volumes here are kind of silly. I mean, 227 BTC (less than $1 million) trading on a contract that expires today. Sure, the title is catchy but what can we really learn from this?

@MatiGreenspan
eToro, Senior Market Analyst

Today’s Highlights

  • Shutdown: Day 26
  • Day’s to Brexit: 72
  • Constantinople Delayed

Please note: All data, figures & graphs are valid as of January 16th. All trading carries risk. Only risk capital you can afford to lose.

Traditional Markets

You may have noticed that we’re now including a countdown to Brexit in the highlights section, right next to the US government shutdown counter. I think they fit together neatly. Two governments descending into a state of turmoil over political wrangling.

Today, Theresa May’s government will see the ultimate test. If she loses the vote of no confidence, the UK heads to new elections… again.

Over in the East, China decided to inject the market with a record level of stimulus. Yesterday’s tax cuts may have been insufficient to maintain growth, so they’ve gone the route of free cash for the market.

In addition, it seems the Institue of International Finance has made a rather shocking estimation. It seems our entire economic system, from our homes to places of work and our governments are increasingly reliant on debt.

Given all the above, it’s no wonder that the European Central Bank is now sounding a new alarm.

Don’t worry about any of this though. The stock markets are up today. Hope the earnings reports from the financial sector go well.

Ethereum Upgrade Delayed

After all the excitement, the crypto community was disappointed to hear last night that the long-awaited Constantinople upgrade has been delayed once again.

It seems a critical bug was found at the last minute and the lead developers pulled the plug. Here we can see the crypto market, led by Ethereum, dropping moments after the announcement was made

We’re seeing a bit of a recovery this morning but that was really scary. I mean, it’s good that they caught the bug before going live but the fact that it came within 30 hours of the upgrade is a bit nervewracking.

These things do happen, virtually all major platforms including Windows, Android, and Apple Operating systems, have seen critical bugs before. Though it would be possible to release a patch, fork the network again, and return to normal, that kind of process could in itself have done irreparable damage.

We hope that Constantinople whenever it is ready, goes through without any additional hitches.

This content is provided for information and educational purposes only and should not be considered to be investment advice or recommendation.

Past performance is not an indication of future results. All trading involves risk; only risk capital you are prepared to lose.

The outlook presented is a personal opinion of the analyst and does not represent an official position of eToro.

eToro is a multi-asset platform which offers both investing in stocks and cryptocurrencies, as well as trading CFD assets.

Please note that CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 65% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Cryptocurrencies can widely fluctuate in prices and are not appropriate for all investors. Trading cryptocurrencies is not supervised by any EU regulatory framework.

Best regards,
Mati Greenspan
Senior Market Analyst

Connect with me on….

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