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Market Overview: Stocks Forge New Highs, as Selloff Hits Crypto Assets

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Wall Street trekked to higher ground on Monday, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq hitting fresh records. Meanwhile, a sharp correction in cryptocurrencies shaved as much as $150 billion from the global market cap.

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Stocks Mostly Higher in Low-Volatility Trade

Wall Street finished mostly higher on Monday, a sign that investors were maintaining a sense of optimism about the U.S. economy. The large-cap S&P 500 Index rose 0.2% to 2,747.71, its fifth consecutive all-time high.

Energy and utilities were the S&P 500’s best performing sectors as oil prices rose to fresh two-and-a-half-year highs on the New York Mercantile Exchange. By the end of Monday’s session, U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for February delivery was up 42 cents, or 0.7%, to $81.86 a barrel. Earlier in the day, prices came within 5 cents of $62.00. Brent crude, the international futures benchmark, rose 22 cents, or 0.3%, to $67.84 a barrel.

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In total, eight of 11 S&P 500 sectors finished in positive territory.

The technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index rose 0.3% to 7,157.39, which was also a new record. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 0.1% to close at 25,283.00.

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) Volatility Index, Wall Street’s preferred measure of inflation, rose slightly on Monday but failed to break double digits. The so-called “investor fear index” closed at 9.52 for a gain of 3.3%. CBOE’s volatility gauge historically trades in the 20 range, with readings below that level pointing to underlying complacency in the market.

Selloff Hits Cryptocurrencies

Bitcoin, Ripple and a dozen other major coins saw their values decline sharply on Monday, fueling fresh concerns about a crypto market bubble spiraling out of control. At its lowest, Ripple’s XRP token was down more than 30% to relinquish the second spot on the global market cap ranking. Ethereum, which managed to avoid a large-scale selloff, moved back into the no. 2 spot with a market cap of $112 billion.

 

Bitcoin was down more than 6% just one day after climbing back above $17,000.

At its lowest point Monday, the global cryptocurrency market was valued at $682 billion, down from a record high of $833 billion one day earlier. Altcoins led by Ripple, Ethereum and Cardano have pushed the market sharply higher in the new year. At the same time, bitcoin’s share of the overall market continues to decline. By Monday, the original blockchain accounted for roughly 34% of the overall market.


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  1. mhazan01

    January 9, 2018 at 12:50 am

    So basically things will be down for 3 days on the cryptocurrency side and then climb even higher.

    • Sam Bourgi

      January 9, 2018 at 12:52 am

      That’s my take. Buy the dips. We’ve seen it over and over again.

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Daily Analysis: The Usual Post-Fed Pump and Dump…

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Wednesday Market Recap

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2700 -0.51%
DAX 12,470 -0.14%
WTI Crude Oil 61.28 -0.83%
GOLD 1325.00 -0.43%
Bitcoin 10480 -8.71%
EUR/USD 1.2336 0.61%

The script that we laid out for the FOMC meeting minutes has worked almost perfectly, with the major US indices completing a roundtrip that triggered most of the “weak” stop-losses, before a powerful move lower into the close.

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The predictable late-session intraday volatility aside, markets were quiet and choppy for most of the day, and the Dow, the Nasdaq, and the S&P 500, all closed just slightly lower, while covering 2% during the session, with the tech-index’s relative strength evaporating in late trading.

S&P 500 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Forex Markets and Commodities

What drove the decline in equities was the renewed rise in US Treasury Yields, and to answer the most important question of the day; yes, in fact, the yield-Dollar correlation of the past few months broke down, and today the Greenback rallied together with bond yields.

10-Year Treasury Yield, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While that is how it should work according to common sense and economic theory, the recent inverse correlation helped a lot of trends in reaching extremes, and those extremes now might reverse.

The outperformance of US markets, the Euro strength, and the weakness in European equities were among those trends, and it’s interesting to see that the bullish technical setup in the EUR/USD is crumbling and the US indices are in the deepest correction since the Brexit.

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While there is no assurance that these changes are permanent, for now, we remain short-term bearish on US equities, and continue to look for upside in the battered Dollar.

At the end of the day, the Dollar finished higher against all of the major fiat currencies, although the Yen showed notable relative strength amid the stock rampage near the closing bell. Interestingly the USD vs. risk-on pairs trend continues to lead the other asset classes, as we have noted several times, and that could be something to monitor in the coming days and weeks.

Commodities had a mixed but ultimately bearish session, with oil and gold suffering both suffering losses amid the risk-off shift, although crude already traded lower before the FOMC release, while gold traded in close correlation with the Euro throughout the day.

Cryptocurrencies

The segment had a decisively bearish session, with only a few coins showing considerable relative strength amid the sell-off. Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dash, and Monero are still the leaders of this cycle, while Ethereum is the most notable laggard, pulling most altcoins lower as well.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

On a positive note, the majors held up relatively well amid the stock turmoil, but the next few days will be crucial, as important support levels could be tested. That said, most of the coins are well clear of the crash lows, and there is more than enough support below that, combined with the still present bullish signs should keep investors confident that a new uptrend is underway and new rally highs are ahead.

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Pre-Market: All Eyes on the FED and the Dollar (Again)

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FED-Days usually bring very special sessions with a choppy illiquid environment before the “big announcement”, an almost usual stop hunting spike in both directions right after the release, and a rather random, but strong trend in the close that usually defines trading for the next days.

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For this reason, a lot of traders like to take the day off until the FED-decision, and only trade after the event. Why are we talking about this today? Because although there is no interest rate decision this month, the meeting minutes of last month will be published this evening, and what moves the market in this period is rate expectations, not actual decisions.

And by the market, we mean basically all traditional asset classes, and through the rising trend in yields and the consequences of that, rate expectations arguably affect the cryptocurrency segment as well. So what do we expect from the FED? Nothing. We will leave that to the rest of the players, and trade upon the reaction of the market; after all that is what counts. At the end of the day, central banks will try to prop up the market, we can take that for granted.

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S&P 500, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The overnight session in stock futures was in line with the above-mentioned expectations for a quasi-Fed day, with no clear trend in Asia or Europe, and very choppy price action across the board. Yesterday’s late-session decline is still weighing on investors sentiment, but there are clearly positive signs as well, even as we remain bearish for the coming weeks.

The key levels to watch are still the same, the 2735 and 2700 levels in the S&P 500 (25350 and 24800 in the Dow), and the Nasdaq could remain crucial to keep the hopes of bulls up, should it retain its relative strength.

Dollar-Yield Correlation Switch?

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Currency traders might have noticed a subtle shift between US Treasury Yields and the Dollar since the Volatility-Armageddon (actually a bit later than that). In the “old regime” the rise in yields was through the changes in rate-expectations was actually hurting the value of the Dollar, while lately, that negative correlation disappeared and even reversed briefly.

Why is that so important? Because the previous correlation helped the rally in US equities as yields rose, while the new regime could mean that European and Asian stocks will finally gather relative strength, should yields continue to rise. Tonight we might get closer to the solution of this puzzle, as the reaction to the FED-minutes will show how correlations are shaping up now.

Currencies and commodities are also little changed today, although the Dollar continued to edge higher overnight, while enduring a small sell-off as we approached the US open, despite the largely negative European PMI indices.

So watch the Dollar, the Nasdaq, and most of all Treasury Yields today in late trading, and expect choppy conditions until the very end of the US session.

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Up in the Air

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Writing to you from the airport again. Looks like my flight was delayed and I’ll have a few hours in the terminal. So the title of today’s update is really where I’d like to be.

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For the hundreds of you who responded to yesterday’s update with all of your thoughts and opinions about Nicolas Maduro and the Petro, please refer to the title as well.

Optimism is important in tough situations and this situation is particularly difficult. Will Maduro pocket the $735 Million that he raised in the pre-sale, leaving his people high and dry?

It’s quite possible, perhaps even likely. What I do know is that if used correctly, this open-book technology does have the potential to restore trust and stability to the economy but only if it’s executed correctly.

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After much consideration, I personally will not participate in this ICO until see a greater level of transparency. As with most ICOs, the details will likely emerge along the way.

Will be watching closely with hopeful eyes and wishing all the best for the people of Venezuela.

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Today’s Highlights

  • The Sell Continues
  • Fed Minutes
  • Going for a Dash

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Traditional Markets

The Dow Jones came back from President’s day with a bad attitude and proceeded to fall 1%, erasing the entire “recovery” from Thursday and Friday.

The selling action was led by Walmart, which dropped a howling 10% after a sour earnings report. This was the stock’s worst day in more than 30 years.

Still, as you’ll notice in the chart below the price is still higher now than it was in mid-November.

The funny thing is, just as with the last big drop, there doesn’t seem to be much correlation with other markets.

Gold dropped and failed to provide a safe haven against the falling stocks and the US Dollar continued its bounce off the bottom.

The Bonds are recovering slightly but Volatility is up.

Everything is up in the air.

Powell’s Etch a Sketch

The markets are focused on the FOMC minutes that will be released later today but this could prove to be a non-event.

A lot has changed since their last meeting, most importantly, their leader. I’m not sure why people are concerned with what Janet Yellen may have been thinking when Powell is now in charge.

The change in regime gives the Fed an excellent chance to change their stance and save face.

The financial markets and top economists expect to see them get tough on inflation and it’s difficult to imagine them delivering anything less. Unless of course, we do see a huge sell off in the markets.

Going for a Dash

For short-term cryptotraders, take a look at Dash. Over the last hour, as I’m writing, it looks like it’s going for a breakaway from the pack.

We’ve seen these type of rallies in this market develop quite quickly in the past. Most recently with Litecoin gaining about 50% on Valentines day.

Of course, all cryptocurrencies have an extremely high risk so trying to catch these waves can be tricky and quite dangerous. A wise investor will always do their best to create a diversified portfolio with all the tools at their disposal.

Wishing you an amazing day ahead!

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