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U.S. stocks rose on Friday, with the S&P 500 snapping its longest losing streak in nearly two years on the back of technology and communications companies.  The cryptocurrency market was little changed after Thursday’s sharp retreat as bitcoin found stability near $6,300.

Stocks Mount Modest Comeback

All of Wall Street’s major indexes booked gains in the final session of the week. The large-cap S&P 500 Index advanced 1.4% to 2,767.13, with information technology and communications services leading the way higher. Tech shares spiked 3.2% on average.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 287.16 points, or 1.2%, to 25,339.99. The blue-chip index plunged more than 1,300 points on Wednesday and Thursday combined.

The Nasdaq Composite Index outperformed its peers on Friday, gaining 2.3% to 7,496.89.

A measure of implied volatility known as the CBOE VIX pivoted sharply lower on Friday. The so-called “fear index” settled down 14.7% at 21.31 after hitting a session high of 26.80. VIX spiked by a combined 56.3% in the last two sessions en route to fresh six-month highs.

Earnings Season Underway

Corporate earnings season began in earnest Friday with a trio of Wall Street banks reporting third-quarter results. JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM), Wells Fargo & Co (WFC) and Citigroup Inc. (C) all reported rising profits.

Wall Street is coming off back-to-back quarters of stellar earnings growth thanks to a synchronized global recovery and corporate tax cuts at home. It remains to be seen whether U.S. firms can withstand the latest turmoil engulfing emerging markets like Turkey, South Africa and Argentina. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) earlier this week downgraded it outlook on global growth, citing trade risks as the biggest barrier moving forward.

U.S. companies are projected to report a blended earnings growth rate of 19.1% for Q3 2018, according to FactSet, a financial research firm. If that estimate holds, it would mark the third highest earnings appreciation since Q1 2011.

Cryptocurrency Market Treads Water

Cryptocurrencies stemmed further declines on Friday, with the total market cap holding above $200 billion.  XRP was one of the fastest to recover from Thursday’s rapid selloff, gaining 16% through the Asian session. By the afternoon, the XRP price was up a mere 3% over 24 hours to trade at $0.423, according to CoinMarketCap.

Bitcoin posted a daily high of $6,353.40 on Bitfinex after falling to the low $6,200 region during the prior session. The leading digital currency currently sits just north of $6,300 on trade volumes of roughly $4.2 billion.

The market-wide selloff on Thursday appears to have been driven by technical trading and the loss of declining appetite for digital assets following Bitfinex’s sudden freeze on fiat deposits earlier this week. The exchange, which is the world’s fourth largest based on adjusted volume, saw its daily turnover drop by nearly 50%. This comes despite a noticeable uptick in daily trade volumes across the entire market.

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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Return of Volatility? U.S. Stocks Plunge on China Growth Woes

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U.S. stocks declined sharply on Tuesday, as fears of a slowing Chinese economy disrupted weeks of steady progress on Wall Street. Meanwhile, crypto markets continued to stabilize after a weekend pump-and-dump.

Stocks Plunge

All of Wall Street’s major indexes booked heavy losses in the first session back from Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 301.87 points, or 1.2%, to 24,404.48. Twenty-eight of 30 index members finished lower, led by Caterpillar Inc. (CAT), DowDuPont Inc. (DD) and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS).

The broad S&P 500 Index (NYSEARCA:SPY) fell 1.4% to 2,632.90, led by steep losses in energy and technology shares. Ten of 11 primary sectors were lower by the close.

The technology-focused Nasdaq Composite Index declined 1.9% to close at 7,020.36.

A measure of implied volatility known as the CBOE VIX surged on Tuesday, signaling rocky trading conditions for stocks. The so-called “fear index” rose reached a session high of 21.15 on a scale of 1-100 where 20 represents the historic average. It later settled at 20.80, having gained 16.9%. VIX has gained in just three of the past 11 sessions.

Chinese Headwinds

Investors returned to work after the holiday only to see that China’s economy had grown at its weakest pace in 28 years. What’s more, the pace of expansion weakened further in the latter half of 2018, with annual fourth-quarter GDP rising 6.4%. That’s below the full-year growth clip of 6.6%.

President Trump commented on the growth numbers in a tweet on Monday, where he urged Beijing to negotiate a balanced trade deal to bolster its economy.

China and the U.S. have made important progress in bilateral trade talks. Last week, Beijing pledged to eliminate its surplus with the U.S. over the next six years by importing an additional $1 trillion in American-made goods. However, negotiations appear to have soured after a source told CNBC that a forthcoming meeting between Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese vice ministers of trade has been cancelled. More on this story can be found on CCN.

A slowdown in China and other major economies prompted the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to slash its forecast for global growth this year and in 2020. The Fund now expects the global economy to grow 3.5% in 2019 and 3.6% in 2020, down from prior estimates of 3.7% for both years.

Cryptos Lack Progress

Crypto markets were largely rangebound on Tuesday, as the technical tug-of-war between the bulls and the bears continued. The combined value of cryptocurrencies hovered just below $121 billion, where it was little changed from Monday’s levels. Markets whipsawed between gains and losses over the weekend before stabilizing on Monday.

Bitcoin returned above $3,600 in the afternoon session for a gain of 1%. Ethereum rose 1.6% to $119.33. Bitcoin cash, EOS and Tron each rose more than 4.5% on the day.

Related: Can EOS Overcome the Bear Market?

Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by volume, is planning a major expansion into Europe via Jersey, a self-governing entity of the United Kingdom. Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao recently tweeted that the exchange has been “overwhelmed with registrations,” a sign of strong demand in a region hit by political chaos and slowing economic growth.

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3 Things You Need to Know About the Market Today

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1, Pound Resumes Rally on Strong Employment Report

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The Great British Pound reacted well to the likely delay of the Brexit process in recent weeks, and today the currency defied the risk-off shift and rallied back towards the 1.30 level against the USD. The better than expected British Employment Report, which showed the strongest wage growth in a decade, outpacing inflation despite the long-term weakness of the Pound.

While the currency gained ground, British equities followed the global trends and finished lower, threatening with a resumption of the broader declining trend. All eyes are still on the Brexit saga, but should the extended deadline scenario prevail, the short-term bullish trend could continue in the pair, even as traders should keep the considerable event risk in mind when trading the Pound-related pairs.

2, Oil and Stocks Slide as Risk Assets Suffer amid Renewed Trade Worries

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While the losses in risk assets have been limited yesterday, due, in part at least, to the US bank holiday, today, we saw heavy selling across the board. Oil ran into a wall near the resistance zone that we pointed out yesterday, and the crucial commodity fell back to a $52 per barrel handle with regards to the WTI contract.

Stocks got hit hard on reports that this week’s round of meetings between the senior US and Chinese officials has been canceled, with the issues of Intellectual Property and deeper Chinese economic reforms being behind the setback. We argued several times that these ‘soft’, hard to control issues are unlikely to be resolved anytime soon, even in the case of a formal agreement, so while we expect wild swings on trade-related headlines, the structural, credit-related issues will drive Chinese assets.

3, Johnson & Johnson Misses on Guidance Despite Earnings Beat

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The pressure on stocks intensified following Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ) earnings report, with the 2019 guidance disappointing investors. While the previous quarter was a positive surprise from the healthcare giant, as far as the bottom line is concerned, the outlook for the consumer segment cast a shadow on the broader market even as the company’s core Pharmaceutical business continues to shine.

Shares of the company are down by around 2%, and after the closing bell, IBM’s (IBM) report will be in focus, as the struggling tech giant will also report earnings. IBM has seen its share price cut in half as its growth stalled in recent years, and even a small positive surprise could propel the stock higher following the market-wide decline of the recent months, but it’s unlikely that the broader downtrend will be broken anytime soon.

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Dow Plunges After Opening Bell as Democrats Set to Reject Trump’s Proposal to End Government Shutdown

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U.S. stocks opened sharply lower on Tuesday, as Democrats wasted little time talking down President Trump’s new border-security proposal to end the partial government shutdown. Oil prices also faced a sharp correction as China growth woes rattled investors.

Weak Open

All of Wall Street’s major indexes traded lower after the opening bell, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling by as much as 188 points. The Dow 30 index was last down 154 points, or 0.6%, at 24,552.12. The broad S&P 500 Index declined 0.7% to 2,652.82, with ten of 11 primary sectors trading lower. The technology-focused Nasdaq Composite Index declined 0.8% to 7,101.06.

U.S. markets were closed on Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. U.S. futures prices were down across the board in the holiday-shortened session.

The last full trading session on Friday saw gains of 1% to 1.3% for the major indexes.

Oil Slides

The S&P 500’s energy index declined 1.8% at the start of trading Tuesday as oil prices faced a brisk selloff. U.S. and international crude prices were down more than 2% on worries that China’s slowing economy will impact energy demand.

As Hacked reported on Monday, China’s economic growth slowed to 6.6% in 2018, the lowest rate of expansion in 28 years.

The West Texas Intermediate (WTI) benchmark for U.S. crude futures declined $1.33, or 2.5%, to $52.71 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, the international futures benchmark, declined $1.41, or 2.3%, to $61.32 a barrel.

Senate to Reject Trump’s New Proposal

Senate Democrats this week are expected to reject President Trump’s new proposal to end the partial government shutdown, which has now entered day 31. With another employee pay deadline over the horizon, Republicans and Democrats are under pressure to resolve the impasse, which has shattered the previous record for longest in history.

On Saturday, President Trump laid out a new plan for funding his proposed border wall that included key compromises on DACA and immigrants with Temporary Protected Status. As we reported on CCN, the proposal included a three-year extension for immigrants that fall under either category, as well as additional funds for urgent humanitarian care, additional border agents and drug protection technology.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi immediately rejected the proposal, and has since gone on to call it a “nonstarter,” according to The Wall Street Journal. As WSJ notes, the proposal is unlikely to receive the 60 votes necessary to pass in the Senate and wouldn’t survive the Democrat-controlled House.

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