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Many people reading this will share the author’s interest in Asian markets, specifically China, where it seems virtually anything can be produced for less. Competitive labor is not the only thing about China that interests us: their vast population and language also mystify many of us. Trying to invest in China or do business with China is an arduous process. To do it in a serious way, you have to go there, and to really succeed, you probably also need to speak the language. While this will still be the case even as technology improves the situation, Red Pulse has identified a transformative business opportunity in providing a decentralized, verifiable, globally accessible resource for investment information regarding China.

While sources of information on China’s financial markets and industries abound, information accuracy and transparency are ongoing problems.

Another thing mentioned in the early passages of the Red Pulse paper is that the on-rush of connected devices as well as new informational resources regarding the Chinese market have created a vast wealth of information, however there is also far more information available than one human can digest. This creates opportunities for bad actors and profiteers to profit through misinformation:

A common theme is for China market pundits and reputable news sources to report on a market rumor in the morning, only to have it be denied in the afternoon.

The Red Pulse whitepaper is authored by two chartered financial analysts named Jonathan Ha and Stanley Chao. Ha has a degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He spent five previous years in consulting, and also some time at LG Electronics. The company has gone from the ground to now planning to launch a massive product with the help of an ICO. They are clear throughout the paper that they don’t want you to see this as a speculative instrument, but if you’re reading Hacked, that’s precisely what you want to do, whether it’s short or long term, getting liquid is your goal. Therefore, we’ll have to dock some pointage for this, since we prefer tokens to provide value based on their utility instead of based on faith in the technology they will enable. This is only a minor setback for Red Pulse, though.

Stanley Chao just lists himself as “Data Science & Analytics Manager” for Red Pulse on his Crunchbase profile, and that he is from Shanghai. According to his LinkedIn profile, however, he has been a due dilligence analyst as well as a marketing associate in the financial world. He’s done a little of everything. One of his titles includes President.

RPX Token

The purpose of the RPX token will be to sustain the growth of the Red Pulse information platform. What Red Pulse’s platform provides is access to accurate information and, troublingly, a reliance on people for accurate information, ultimately. We, of course, believe that AI should be integrated more, but we don’t hear much of that in the Red Pulse whitepaper. This is unfortunate. They have in their roadmap the building of an AI helper for premier clients, but that’s all they mention when it comes to using AI in their platform. We’d prefer it was used in some kind of content delivery capacity, as well, such that it could filter bad content based on various flags that readers could provide.

Nevertheless, although the Red Pulse progenitors don’t want speculation on their token, according ot the way they describe in the whitepaper at least –

RPX is the currency used to drive our monetization system, and relies primarily upon research consumers to determine relative payment amounts for each article. RPX can also be acquired by content consumers that wish to further increase the baseline RPX reward attached to research“prompts” that are initially funded by the Red Pulse platform. Doing so will prioritize certain research “prompts” to be more lucrative for content producers. […]

We consider the RPX token to have practical and sustainable utility as a mechanism for driving our research platform, and should not fall under the definition of a financial security. That being said, we are exploring the necessary requirements for SEC registration. In the interim, we will not be accepting U.S. citizens as part of our RPX crowdsale, to ensure we are operating within current regulatory policies.

They list a number of different applications for the RPX token, however, all of which incentivize people to hold the token in advance of people requiring said tokens for these purposes. This is called speculation, even if it is long-term, optimistic speculation, as some of the use cases go.

But one of the use cases listed is for Steem-like, decentralized content platforms for people to share information, incentivized by RPX tokens. Another is a content rating system that is decentralized for accuracy. This will cut through some of the professional rumor mills and even allegedly government funded shops that influence the Chinese markets.

In contrast to more established financial markets such as the US and Europe, where institutional investors make up more than 90% of participants by trading activity, China’s stock market activity is dominated by individual investors, representing an estimated 80% of all trading activity.

The above statistic stands out, because it demonstrates that there will probably definite be a strong demand for the RPX token when the Chinese market begins to use it for bilateral trading information.

Thus, while the goal of the team at Red Pulse is to attempt to maintain some form of steady value so that information in the market place can work through a reasonable price discovery phase, it would seem that if demand is high, the value of each token will obviously increase. This will mean that those who get the token earlier on will have some advantage over those who come in later, since the token has virtually immediate utility in a useful enterprise – namely, real-world business applications.

The versatility of the token outlined in the whitepaper also entails many use-cases not envisioned. As with anything very well-done, there are future uses which are not envisioned. This is to allude to a point made by the author in an earlier analysis, regarding Enigma, in which he concluded that Red Pulse could and likely should simply expand to consume the functions that Enigma is promising the world.

Chinese Government Implications

Another thing that the Red Pulse terminal will be able to provide people is information about the regulatory environment of China and wherever else the terminal is operated and people provide information. This is useful to people trying to conduct international business on their own. Often, without long, expensive travel, it’s difficult to get things together in such a way that you really have your finger on the pulse of even your own business. Tools that would enable you to have accurate information about the pursuits you were engaged in abroad would be useful.

However, a reader made a useful point to this writer: it seems that anything done in China, the government likes to get its hands into. So we must always be wary that another effort will lift off somewhere else, provide all the same and more services, and Red Pulse will be left in the dust. Short term though, as an investment, it’s likely to be an earner, from flash to bang.

The Rise of the Crypto Bloombergs

As a closing point on the Red Pulse technology and platform, we have to add that it will not be the only. We foresee many such products reaching the market. Red Pulse will be one, but probably not even the only one, that specializes and focuses on Chinese-Western trading. Others will follow.

The Verdict

This author suggests that short and long-term, Red Pulse has a great product, a great team, and the tokens have a great future ahead of them. We land relatively high in spirits and numerical score here.

Risk

  • The risk of government still managing to interfere with, act upon, and influence information in the system is strong. We deduct 2.25 points for the likelihood that some problems will require technical solutions.
  • A lack of next-level smart solutions, like AI to rate content and trade patterns, behaviors, and beyond, is problematic. We’d like to see more forward-looking firms in such a forward-looking space. -2

Growth Potential

  • Everyone in business knows that volume is only heading more and more to Asia, and international trade is only growing. Those first to market with tools and terminals which provide real-time, accurate information to those that need it will be very valuable assets indeed. We believe the product is solid, and that it will deliver results, and that this will bring value to the token holder. +6
  • Further, we find nothing at fault with the team. In addition to the impressive founder we have in Jonathan Ha, there is also Peter Alexander for a chairman. Alexander previously worked at Prudential in Asia. +4
  • For general excitement, we lend an additional point which may later be deducted. +1

Disposition

We arrive at an 11 – 4.25, or 6.75, relatively high in the high tides of ICOs these days. We really suggest you think long and hard before passing on the first NEO ICO. Presumably, this will raise tides for NEO as well, but we weren’t here to discuss that aspect.

Investment Details

Red Pulse only want to raise $15 million dollars. They will be selling the RPX tokens at a rate of 1000 to 1 NEO. Bonuses will be paid depending on the day (for day 1, 30%, day 2-3, 20%, and day 4-7, 10% bonuses respectively ) you invest, but one imagines this token sale might be over the first day. We recommend preparedness; acquiring NEO via Binance or one of the other exchanges is advisable in the meantime. Check https://coin.red-pulse.com/ sometime before September 10th to ensure you are prepared.

The author reserves the right to invest in Red Pulse.

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5 stars on average, based on 2 rated postsP. H. Madore has covered the cryptocurrency beat over the course of hundreds of articles for Hacked's sister site, CryptoCoinsNews, as well as some of her competitors. He is a major contributing developer to the Woodcoin project, and has made technical contributions on a number of other cryptocurrency projects. In spare time, he recently began a more personalized, weekly newsletter at http://ico.phm.link




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  1. sinos

    August 29, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Thanks for the Red Pulse analysis. From reading here and on the ICO page it’s not clear which neo wallets are supported… Or can I just use my Bittrex wallet?

    • P. H. Madore

      August 30, 2017 at 12:04 am

      I’ve never participated in a NEO ICO yet, but I assume the main thing should be that you can send it to them. I would ask them for specifics, as I didn’t see that anywhere myself. I should have looked into it, and perhaps I will when I cover it again closer to the ICO. I live in the US so I may have to wait until after the ICO to get RPX tokens.

    • ddreifuerst

      August 30, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      Where can we get rpx post ico?

      • Inverstor Clouseau

        August 31, 2017 at 1:38 pm

        Binance for now. Though they’re looking at other exchanges they said

        • ddreifuerst

          August 31, 2017 at 8:26 pm

          From my reading of SEC’s July announcement it’s not illegal for us citizens to participate in an ico. Red pulse is just not allowing us citizens to participate to not deal with the sec am.i correct?

          This a company policy not a if you participate you are in trouble with the law policy

          • Inverstor Clouseau

            August 31, 2017 at 11:00 pm

            Right, but I hear they will request passport or other ID, proving that you are not a resident of Singapor, China or the US.

    • mitchpah

      September 4, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      Hi Ph, what’s your analysis post NEO dump and news that china has banned ICO’s?

      • mitchpah

        September 4, 2017 at 2:10 pm

        / could it be possible this is some intentional market manipulation by the Chinese government?

  2. bluntt

    August 29, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    what do u think about the recent turn of events and how would you rate redpulse after they said the wont allow residents of china to participate in the sale?

    • P. H. Madore

      August 30, 2017 at 12:03 am

      I don’t think it’s fatal. I think if they meet their funding goal, there will be RPX available for the people who weren’t able to get in on the ICO.

  3. Titanbooker

    August 29, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    I couldn’t find this information in their FAQ. Will it be a first come first served sale? What is the maximum contribution? I’m registered in their list, so I hope there will be some more information but just checking if I’ve missed sth.?

    • P. H. Madore

      August 30, 2017 at 12:02 am

      It doesn’t mention a maximum contribution, but it will be first come, first served. You will have to meet their KYC guidelines, as I understand it. I’m probably going to end up waiting until this one hits the exchange, to avoid any problems.

    • dnyoto

      August 31, 2017 at 8:12 pm

      There is a hard cap of 50k USD per person and you can only send once. If you send more than the cap, it will be automatically returned to your wallet. This is programed in its smart contract.

  4. Titanbooker

    August 30, 2017 at 12:23 am

    Thanks! Are there any tricks as with Ethereum ICOs where you increase the gas? If they release the recipient address slightly earlier, should I send immediately thereafter or only send when the time hits the full hour? Heard crazy stuff about ICOs selling out in 15 seconds, so just want to be prepared as with the low cap and no maximum contribution this will likely be another one of these.

  5. gxd01

    August 30, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Any comments on the fact the NEO wallet(s) need to be updated in order to actually transfer the coins. My understanding is we can see them, but not do anything until a separate DEV team update their wallets to allow that. I am sure they will – it’s just an added risk?

  6. Inverstor Clouseau

    August 30, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    With China out it gives us a small chance to get in on this. Which NEO wallet is reccommended?

  7. cryptonoob

    September 2, 2017 at 8:53 am

    There’s another wallet that will be updated to display the RPX token if you get it from the ICO. I’ll post the name if I can find it. Anyway if you manage to be part of the ICO, the token will be associated with your NEO wallet address so you don’t need to have the updated wallet GUI to get the tokens.

  8. Ksisis

    September 4, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Is there a mistake in time zones on RPX web site? 09 00 EDT not equals 21 00 CST

    TOKEN SALE PERIOD:
    2017/09/10 (0900EDT/1300GMT/2100CST)

    • cryptonoob

      September 4, 2017 at 8:06 am

      This CST is China Standard Time, not Central Standard Time

  9. tutul

    September 6, 2017 at 11:54 am

    so basiclly they are doing research.
    its look like veritasium offer the same thing.
    robbots that doing reaserch.

    is there any reason to belive this one is going to the moon?

    • beaupain

      September 6, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      its chinese and majority of the investors are asians in the cryptoworld. whilst ico is forbidden, the purchase of coins is not. Hence, 2nd market could be massive.

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Tesla: A Good Option to Invest

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By Dmitriy Gurkovskiy, Chief Analyst at RoboMarkets

Not so long ago, people only had landline phones that you couldn’t take anywhere, which now looks very inconvenient to modern people. Then, mobile phones appeared, and while you can take them anywhere, you must not forget to charge them regularly. However, charging your mobile has already become as usual as, for example, brushing your teeth.

When it comes to automobiles, modern fuel cars are like landline phones, as you can’t go anywhere without fueling them at a gas station, spending your time and money and planning your day depending on how much fuel you’ve got in your car tank. Electric cars are certainly cars of the future, and charging them would be something modern people are already much used to, as natural as fueling them now. It’s not the question of how much crude oil we still have on Earth; the point is that the progress is moving forward, and combustion engines, which are complex and expensive to maintain, will sooner or later become obsolete. Electric cars, where you don’t have to constantly watch how much engine oil or coolant remains inside, are about to replace the traditional fuel cars.

Tesla, a company founded in 2003, is by far the leader in electric cars production. One of its founders is the famous Elon Musk, an engineer and inventor.

Tesla presented its first electric car concept called Tesla Model S on March 26, 2009, in Hawthorne, CA. On June 22, 2012, after all R&D was completed, it was launched in the market and cost $112,000.

A few months later, the second prototype came in: this time, it was a crossover, Tesla Model X. According to Musk, Model X serial production would start in 2013, and the car would be available in late 2014. These plans proved to be too optimistic, though.

The supply start date was only announced in February 2014, but then postponed to Q2 and Q3 2015, and it fact the first supply was completed In September 2015. By the end of Q3, only 6 Model X cars were sold, each for $80,000.

In 2016, a new car, Tesla Model 3, was announced, and the sales were scheduled for the same year, but then the start date was postponed to 2017. The first Model 3 was actually sold in June 2017, at $35,000.

Since the first model sales start and up to now, the company has been unable to reach any net profit, with all earnings reports showing losses. The company was on the verge of bankruptcy as long ago as in 2008, and only a NASA contract saved it.

Perhaps the famous April 1 joke posted then by Musk was based on this very event.

However, it’s all quite different now.

Looking at the financial indicators of the company over the last 4 years, one can easily see where those losses come from. In 2014, Tesla invested $464M on R&D, while in 2015 they invested $717M, in 2016, $834M, and, finally, in 2017, the R&D cost Tesla $1.378B.

The losses were growing in proportion, but were cut in 2016 thanks to Model X sales. In 2018, the same may occur, as Model 3 is going to be quite popular, so the company may even start receiving profits.

Before 2015, the revenue came from a single model, which was Model S. In 2015, 50,446 cars were sold, with the total gross income of $5.649B.

In 2016, they started to sell Model X, which boosted the total year revenue to $7.728B.

If the company did not invest so much into R&D, perhaps, Tesla Inc. reports would now look far better than they are, but this would not last long, as the competition is also doing something.

When Model S sales started, it cost $112,000, while the average US citizen monthly income was $4,121. While not everyone could afford such a car, the sales went on rising, as Model S targeted mostly the luxury segment.

The next model cost $30,000 less, but was still inaccessible for an average consumer. This is why Tesla decided to release Model 3 at $35,000, much cheaper than the previous models. However, a bad surprise was expecting the company afterwards.

When Model 3 was presented, people could start applying for it with a deposit of just $1,000. By the end of the day, there were already 180,000 applications; three days later, the number already reached 272,000, and by May 2016, it went on rising to reach 373,000.

However, this only led to more expenses, as the company had to upgrade its production infrastructure in order to meet all those applications (the number of those exceeded the total number of cars sold since start).

When Tesla allowed its customers to apply for the new model, its production capacity was just 120 cars per week, while in order to meet all the needs Tesla had to boost it by 60 times, to 7,200 per week. Elon Musk is a go-getter, but this was crazy even for him.

Both investors and customers are already used to Musk not fulfilling his promises on time; this already happened with both Model S and Model X, where the supply date was postponed multiple times. It has not changed much now. By the end of Q1, Musk promised to reach 2,500 cars per week, but in fact was only able to boost it to 1,987. After breaking this promise, Musk said he was going to get 5,000 Model 3 cars per week by the end of Q2, and, curiously enough, this target was reached, according to the report as of July 2.

This news made the stock price go up, but right at the end of the trading session it was again down by 2.3%, as many investors just did not believe the report was true.

With the past experience of Musk’s promises being quite negative, Bloomberg developed an online tool where everyone can track the Model 3 production process by VIN. The news agency sends a request to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website which sends a response on the number of VIN’s registered for Model 3.

However, car manufacturers usually register VIN’s for the whole batch, so the values Bloomberg gets may be a bit higher than they in fact are. Still, according to these stats, the company reached 4,395 cars per week by July 2.

So, in fact, Musk did not fulfill his promise again, and the market reaction was of course negative. However, the key point here is not fulfilling promises but the overall progress that was made over such a short period of time. Just 6 months ago, Tesla produced around 200 Model 3 cars per week, while now this figure is over 4,000. Tesla market cap is already higher than the one of Ford Motor Company and nearly in line with that of General Motors, while those too have over 100 years of experience in car production and sales.

If Tesla is able to maintain the same progress as before, it will produce over 52,000 Model 3 cars by late Q3, which will lead to good Q3 and Q4 reports, while all negative effects of the trade war against China will be void.

Besides, if we also take Model S and Model X sales into account, chances for good reports get even higher.

Reaching 5,000 cars per week is a very difficult task: Tesla even had to place its new assembly line in a tent.

This GA4 (general assembly) allowed the company to boost the production by 20%, and it actually proved to be one of the key decisions.

Meanwhile, Musk says GA3 will be well enough to maintain the production capacity at 5,000 cars per week, while GA4 will help to reach the further target of 6,000 cars. With Tesla products being in demand, investors can be quite optimistic regarding the future of the company and invest more, although they do have some risks.

Tesla is now a leading electric cars producer with relatively accessible prices, but the competition are also looking towards electric car production, which may of course shrink the demand. Other risks include emergencies coming from the autopilot mode Tesla is quite fond of. There is no law regulating the driver responsibility in such cases yet, so the company has to face claims against itself, which lead to Tesla recommending using autopilot only as an additional feature that does not allow the driver to stop watching the road.

Doug Field, a talented engineer, leaving the company after working with it for 5 years is also an important negative factor. Elon Musk says this should not have any influence on the indicators coming in the following quarters, or on the new Tesla cars production.

Technically, there is a clear ascending trend on W1, with the price using the 200-day SMA as a support and constantly bouncing off it. The price has also managed to stay above $300, which may help it go further up, too.

There is no MACD divergence that could stop this growth for now.

Just like before, Tesla looks like a very good option for an investment. Elon Musk may set too ambitious goals, but he achieves them sooner or later. The demand for Model 3 still exceeds the production capacities, with over 400,000 cars pre-ordered, but this will also allow the company to develop new models. As such, the 40-ton truck, Tesla Semi, was already announced to the public in November 2017, and its serial production is scheduled for 2019.

According to some sources, there have already been 1,000 pre-orders, with the deposit increased from $5,000 to $20,000.

Thus, Tesla may become the first company to produce an electric truck in 2019.

 

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Crypto Update: Technical Setup Unchanged Despite Encouraging Rally

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Cryptocurrency bulls could breathe a sigh of relief on Monday as the secular uptrend in the most valuable coin got saved yet again, as BTC rallied above $6500 for the first time in a week after a low-volume consolidation period just above the $6000 level. All of the majors joined the rally as correlations remain very high in the segment, and the market recovered 10% on average with the total market cap of the coins getting back to $275 billion.

Despite the rally, the top coins are still stuck under key resistance levels, as the recent swing highs are still above the current prices and from a short-term standpoint, the downtrend is still intact. Until a move above the crucial levels, traders should still stay away from opening new positions, as odds continue to favor another test of the June lows.

That said, given the still intact long-term bullish setups in the most important digital currencies and the very negative sentiment that developed thanks to the long declining trend, a short-term trend change could be ahead. A bullish leadership is still yet to form, although Bitcoin’s short-term relative strength is a positive sign.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

In BTC’s market, all eyes are once again on the $6750-$7000 zone that has capped the really attempts for a month now, and below that zone, the largest coin remains on a short-term sell signal. As the coin didn’t hit a lower low, a bullish pattern could form in the coming weeks, but until it remains in the current trading range, traders shouldn’t enter the market. Support above the long-term $5850 level is found at $6500, $6275, and $6000 while further resistance is ahead at $7350.

Altcoins Slightly Lagging Behind Amid Broad Rally

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The major altcoins are in very similar short-term technical setups, thanks to the strong correlation between the coins, and the most bearish coins, like Litecoin, NEO, Monero, and Dash are still below the key support levels that they violated in June. While the previous lows held up this weekend, investors should still remain defensive with regards to the relatively weak currencies.

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

That still points to a dangerous long-term setup in the segment, and further technical progress is needed to switch the segment-wide trend. Ethereum remains below the key $500 level, although the coin managed to rally above the $475 level yet again, despite being relatively weak from a short-term perspective compared to BTC.

A rally above $500 would be a very positive short-term sign for ETH, and it could trigger a move to the $555-$575 zone. Primary support is at $450, with further levels at $420, $400, $380, and $360, and below $500 the short-term sell signal is intact.

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Disclaimer:  The analyst owns cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but doesn’t engage in short-term or day-trading, nor does he hold short positions on any of the coins.

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US Opens New Front in Trade War as Oil Plunges

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Financial markets are relatively calm today, with most of the major stock benchmarks being virtually unchanged after the weekend. The energy segment is experiencing the most activity as the volatile correction in crude oil prices continues. Besides that, the Euro’s relative strength is notable, but summer trading conditions remain dominant across the board, with low volumes and choppy intraday price action in most of the asset classes.

Shanghai Composite, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

There seems to be no stopping in the global escalation of trade tensions, as amid the Helsinki meeting between Trump and Putin, the US launched an official probe concerning the retaliatory tariffs of its largest trade partners. The move could deepen the standoff not just between the US and China, but the EU and its other allies as well, and global growth is already weakening, so with further trade troubles growth could grind to a halt.

S&P 500 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While global stocks are still well off their highs, and Chinese equities remain in bear market territory, the main US indices are holding on to their recent gains, with the Nasdaq being the by far the strongest benchmark globally. The slightly weaker S&P 500 is also trading at a 4-month high despite trade war fears, and as the first earnings reports of the second quarter were slightly better than expected, with Bank of America beating today before the bell, bulls are still in control on Wall Street.

As for economic news, the much awaited US Retail Sales report delivered a small positive surprise, and last month’s figures were also revised higher. The report helped risk assets during the US session, even as the disappointing Chinese Industrial Production number weighed on investors sentiment earlier on.

Dollar Index, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Despite the bullish numbers, the Dollar lost a bit of ground against its major peers, although forex markets were less active today than recently and the most traded pairs traded in relatively tight ranges after Friday’s hectic session.

Oil Back Below $70 per Barrel as Commodities Remain Weak

WTI Crude Oil, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Crude oil prices are sharply lower yet again, with the WTI contract leading the way lower as tight short-term supply conditions got better in Canada, and the general weakness in the global commodity segment infected the market oil. The IMF’s report on weakening global growth, and the chatter about the release of some of the global strategic oil reserves also weighed on oil, and the WTI contract is now at $68 per barrel after trading as high as $75 just one week ago.

Copper, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Elsewhere in the commodity space, it has been a quiet Monday session, with gold drifting slightly lower after a weak rally in early trading, as selling pressure is still apparent among precious metals. Copper, which also has been suffering in recent weeks as Chinese assets got slammed lower, is still consolidating above the strong long-term support zone that we pointed out last week.

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