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Market Update: Stock Rollover Continues as Trump Announces New Tariffs

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U.S. stocks headed for their third consecutive decline on Thursday with Dow blue chips back in negative territory for the year as President Trump imposed heavy duties on industrial metal imports.

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Stock Selloff Intensifies

All of Wall Street’s major indexes posted huge losses on Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average shedding 420.22 points, or 1.7%, to close at 24,508.98. The index was down by as much as 550 points earlier in the day. A combination of defense contractors, materials companies and information technology blue-chips led the declines.

The broader S&P 500 Index plunged 1.3% to close at 2,677.67, with all 11 of its main sectors finishing in the red. The commodity-sensitive industrials and materials components were among the biggest laggards.

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Meanwhile, the tech-laden Nasdaq Composite Index sold off 1.3% to finish at 7,180.56.

Stocks are down more than 4% over the last three days, all but reversing last week’s large rally. The back-and-forth trade follows a turbulent correction at the start of February that delivered one of Wall Street’s worst declines since the financial crisis.

Implied volatility, as measured by the CBOE VIX, spiked again on Thursday, reaching a high of 25.30. The volatility gauge takes the temperature of investor sentiment over the next 30 days.

Trump Imposes Harsh Duties on Aluminum, Steel

President Donald Trump expanded on his pledge to protect American industry from globalization by imposing hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Trump announced Thursday afternoon a 25% duty on imported steel and a 10% levy on aluminum imports.

“We’ll be imposing tariffs on steel imports and tariffs on aluminum imports.” Trump told commodity industry executives at the White House on Thursday, according to Bloomberg. “Some time next week we’ll be signing it in. And you’re going to have protection for the first time in a long time.”

The announcement was delivered just as the Trump team was getting ready to welcome China’s top economic adviser to the White House.

Although Trump didn’t specify which countries or products will be affected, the punitive measures are part of a broader campaign to level the playing field against international competitors. The Trump administration has taken a similar stance on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which has governed trade relations between the U.S., Canada and Mexico for more than two decades.

NAFTA negotiations have soured in recent months, with Canadian diplomats expressing concerns that Trump could scrap the trade pact entirely.

On the economic front, U.S. jobless claims declined last week to a fresh 48-year low, underscoring the health of the domestic labor market.

The number of Americans filing for state unemployment benefits declined 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 210,000 for the week ended Feb. 24, the Labor Department reported Thursday. That was the lowest number since December 1969.

Economists at the Labor Department will issue the monthly nonfarm payrolls report next Friday.

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Market Update: Stocks Slide as U.S.-China Trade War Risks Reemerge

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U.S. stocks declined Friday, with the Dow briefly falling more than 200 points after the Trump administration moved ahead with planned duties on Chinese goods, reigniting fears of a global trade war.

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Stock-Rally Falters

Risks of an all-out trade war dragged equity prices lower, with all of Wall Street’s major indexes posting declines. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 84.83 points, or 0.3%, to 25,090.48 with the likes of Caterpillar Inc. (CAT), and Chevron Corp (CVX) leading the declines.

The broader S&P 500 Index fell 0.1% to 2,779.42, with the majority of its primary sectors booking losses. Industries tied to primary goods were among the biggest decliners.

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The Nasdaq Composite Index fell from record levels, declining 0.2% to 7,746.38.

Implied volatility, as measured by the CBOE VIX, rose briefly on Friday before reversing gaind later in the session. The VIX fear index settled below 12 on a scale of 1-100 where 20 represents the historic average.

Trump Announces Tariffs

The Trump administration is moving forward with a plan to tax up to $50 billion in Chinese goods, sending a strong signal to Beijing that it will no longer tolerate theft of intellectual property.

A charge of 25% will be applied to Chinese goods that “contain industrially significant technologies,” President Trump announced Friday. The measures come “in light of China’s theft of intellectual property and its other unfair trade practices.”

Beijing responded swiftly by announcing it will implement import duties on the same scale as Washington. Neither country commented on the products that will be impacted.

China’s response was expected by President Trump, who said he would impose more tariffs if Beijing retaliates. Currently, the U.S. purchases far more from China than the other way around, which gives Washington some leeway in its tariff policy.

Investors are generally averse to any sign of protectionism in global markets, but this hasn’t stopped the Trump administration from recalling several of its current trade regimes in an effort to trim Washington’s deficit. Last  month, President Trump confirmed that Canada, Mexico and the European Union would be subject to import duties on steel and aluminum products.

Cryptocurrencies Stabilize After Tumultuous Week

The global cryptocurrency market stabilized Friday, as bitcoin rebounded from oversold levels and altcoins led by EOS reported gains.

All cryptocurrencies in circulation are collectively valued at $282.5 billion, according to CoinMarketCap. The market bottomed near $264 billion on Wednesday.

A top U.S. regulator delivered good news for cryptocurrency traders when he declared Ethereum not to be a security. Speaking at the Yahoo All Markets Summit event in San Francisco Thursday, SEC director William Hinman said Ethereum is too decentralized to be a security, which means it is in the same category as bitcoin.

The SEC has yet to issue a formal decree on Ethereum and it is not entirely clear whether a federal judge will agree with Hinman’s assertion. Advocates for Ethereum have rejoiced nevertheless given the ongoing debate over ether’s possible security status.

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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Stocks Pull Back as Euro Rebounds after Carnage

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Stocks are broadly lower today after yesterday’s mixed session, as European equities, which performed much better following the ECB’s meeting, also turned lower, following the major US indices. The losses are limited, as volatility remained relatively low, despite the week’s central bank bonanza that caused turmoil across asset classes.

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NASDAQ, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The NASDAQ is still the strongest among the main benchmarks, while the Dow is the weakest, dragged lower by the weakness in financials and the energy segment. Small caps are still outperforming the broader indices together with tech stocks, and Trump’s new tariffs targeted at China boosted the segment yet again today.

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EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The EUR/USD forex pair has been in the center of attention in the last couple of days as expected, while currencies turned volatile across the board in the aftermath of the Fed’s and the ECB’s monetary meetings. The Dollar index surged higher, boosted by the weakness of the common currency and after a brief positive period that weighed somewhat on stocks and other risk assets.

Economic releases were mixed today after a strong weak, at least in the US, as the Empire State Index and the UOM Consumer Sentiment Index were better than expected while Industrial Production slightly missed the consensus estimate. The Eurozone CPI was in line with expectations, while Canadian Manufacturing Production missed by a mile, putting further pressure on the already weak Canadian Dollar.

Commodities Smacked Lower amid Risk-Off Shift

Currencies were by far the most active assets, as we expected after the dovish surprise by the ECB yesterday, with the Dollar’s strength affecting the majors and the recently weak emerging market currencies as well.

USD/TRY, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The initial bullish reaction in commodities and emerging currencies quickly faded, as the fragility of the most vulnerable countries continues to pose contagion risk, and although the Brazilian Real and the Turkish Lira are both above their recent lows, the charts still look dangerous.

WTI Crude Oil, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Dollar’s strength put an end to oil’s bounce, as the WTI contract fell back below the $65 per barrel level, while gold is also testing its lows from May. Oil looks bearish before next week’s OPEC meeting, but the outcome of the event is as hard to predict as ever, especially given the recent volatility in the price of the Black Gold.

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Draghi Scores & Cryptos Celebrate

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Finally some much-needed clarity!

Just when some feared all was lost and crypto prices were showing signs of a potential plunge, some exciting news was delivered from the SEC in the United States, bringing with it the kind of optimism that we haven’t seen in months.

The crypto markets are now celebrating and have given a strong push off the lows.

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It seems the title of yesterday’s daily market update “A Crypto U-turn” was more appropriate than originally intended.

Let’s examine the impact of the SEC’s decision below.

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Today’s Highlights

  • Draghi Scores a Goal
  • Tiki-taka Stocks
  • Ethereum Uncertainty Removed

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It was a perfect play by the European Central Bank. They’ve been worrying for months about the strength of the Euro and finally, at the 90th minute, they managed to pull off a power play that brought the ball all the way to the goal line.

The timing was impeccable. On Wednesday, the ECB’s counterpart in the United States announced a more aggressive monetary policy and plans to raise their interest rates more rapidly than expected.

At the same time, a decision was expected from the ECB to end their “money printing” stimulus package very soon.

During the press conference yesterday, the ECB not only confirmed the market’s expectations by announcing an end to the stimulus as of September but they also surprised everyone by indicating that they will not be raising their interest rates until the summer of 2019.

See, while everyone was concentrating on the striker (stimulus) and expecting him to kick the ball into the goalkeeper’s hands, he actually kicked it to his teammate (interest rates) who nobody was watching.

They haven’t quite won the match just yet though. Looking at the chart of the EURUSD, we can see that they failed to carry the Euro below the critical level of $1.15 and therefore any further downward pressure will be difficult to maintain.

Tiki-taka Stocks

The new policy divergence doesn’t seem to be affecting the stocks too much and with the US trade war expected to be notched up today, it seems they have other things on their mind.

Here’s a graph of the Dow Jones, which has been moving back and forth for most of this year without any real progress. Notice how it’s just taken a turn downward, towards the 50-day moving average (blue line).

Crypto Celebration!!!

The reaction from the crypto market yesterday was one of delayed gratification. In the United States, the authorities have been particularly ambiguous about the legal status of cryptocurrencies over the last few years.

While it was rather clear that Bitcoin itself should not be classified as a “security” the status of coins like Ether and Ripple’s XRP has remained a question. If a token is considered a security, it has some rather extreme implications for any person or business who traded it, including sizable fines and even the possibility of jail time for hodlers.

So, yesterday’s headline was certainly a cause for celebration.

The reaction was quick and clear across the entire crypto industry. Here we can see all of the cryptocurrencies traded on the eToro platform

Even though gravity does seem to be getting the better of the cryptos this morning, the announcement couldn’t have come at a better time. Here we can see the long-term chart of Ethereum and the beautiful bounce off the long-term trend line that the news has caused.

Now that Amecia seemingly has the freedom and security to trade Ether, this paves the way for big institutions like the CBOE and others to add Ethereum futures to their crypto offerings.

Let’s have a fantastic weekend!!

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