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Market Update: U.S. Stocks Take the Plunge as China Selloff Intensifies; Crypto Institutional Lending on the Rise

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U.S. stocks swung back sharply into negative territory on Thursday, as a fresh selloff in Chinese markets weighed on investors’ sentiment even as Beijing escaped the “manipulator” label. Cryptocurrenices continued to hover in a narrow range, as risk-off sentiment in traditional markets failed to spur new demand.

Stocks Resume Slide

All of Wall Street’s major indexes finished in the red, with the large-cap S&P 500 Index closing down 1.4% at 2,768.84. Nine of 11 primary sectors contributed to the declines, with information technology, industrials and communication services among the biggest laggards.

Sliding tech shares dragged the Nasdaq Composite Index sharply lower. The benchmark settled down 2.1% at 7,485.14.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 327.36 points, or 1.3%, to close at 25,379.32.

On Tuesday, the major bourses recorded their biggest single-day advance since March, buoyed by upbeat corporate earnings and easing tensions over Saudi Arabia.

China Roils Markets

Stocks in mainland China were at the center of the selloff on Thursday, as the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell to its lowest level in four years. The index closed down 2.9%, extending its October slide to a staggering 12%.

The Shanghai Shenzhen CSI 300 Index fell 2.4%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng benchmark finished flat.

China’s national currency, the yuan renminbi, touched its lowest level in 21 months after the U.S. Treasury refrained from labelling Beijing a currency “manipulator” in its biannual report. The Trump administration has called out China for manipulating the yuan to maintain a lop-sided trade advantage against the U.S. and other nations. This has prompted calls from within the administration to implement heavy import duties as well as recognize China as a currency manipulator. So far, President Trump has pursued tariffs on more than $250 billion in Chinese imports.

Cryptocurrencies Hold Steady

For a fourth straight session, cryptocurrency prices were locked in a narrow range on Thursday, as a lack of trading catalysts kept market players on the sidelines. This comes despite a sharp rise in futures trading volume in the third quarter, according to CME Group.

The combined value of digital assets in circulation reached a high of $212 billion on Thursday. It would later fall back below $209 billion on subdued trading volumes. Bitcoin, the leading crypto based on market cap and volume, continues to trade comfortably above $6,500. It’s share of the overall market has increased to 54.1%, according to CoinMarketCap.

Institutional adoption of cryptocurrency is steadily rising, according to a new report by Genesis Capital, who in March became the first company to launch an institutional lending business. As CCN reports, the new service has originated more than $550 million in loans over the past seven months, with $130 million still outstanding.

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Market Update: U.S. Stocks Steady After Turbulent Week; Bitcoin ABC Leads Hash War

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U.S stocks finished mostly higher in turbulent trading Friday, as the large-cap S&P 500 Index eked out its second consecutive advance on the back of utilities and energy companies. Cryptocurrencies appear to have stabilized following a $37 billion plunge, as the primary implementation of the bitcoin cash hard fork continued to edge out the competing SV protocol.

Stocks Mostly Higher

After a back-and-forth session, two of three U.S. stock benchmarks closed in positive territory Friday. The S&P 500 Index added 0.2% to 2,736.14, with seven of 11 primary sectors recording gains. Strong performances were recorded for utilities, materials, health care and energy companies, with gains in these sectors offsetting a disappointing day for technology and consumer stocks.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 123.20 points, or 0.5%, to close at 25,412.47.

Meanwhile, the technology-focused Nasdaq Composite Index pared losses to settle down 0.2% at 7,247.87.

Dollar Correction Deepens

After setting fresh yearly highs earlier in the week, the U.S. dollar has declined in three of the past four sessions as the euro and British pound finally got some reprieve.

The U.S. dollar index (DXY), which tracks the performance of the greenback against a basket of peers, got knocked back to one-week lows after falling to 96.40. It would later consolidate at 96.43, having lost 0.5% from the previous close. The index settled at 97.54 on Monday, its highest since June 2017.

Europe’s common currency, the euro, staged an impressive relief rally Friday, gaining 0.7% to 1.1409 U.S. Pound sterling also recouped Brexit-induced losses, reaching a high of 1.2878 U.S.

The greenback also lost ground to the Canadian dollar, Japanese yen, Swiss frank and Swedish krona – the other four constituents that round out the DXY basket.

Crypto Markets Stabilize as Hash War Rages On

After a precipitous two-day drop, cryptoassets showed signs of stabilizing Friday as market observers zeroed in on the fallout from bitcoin cash’s contentious hard fork. As CCN reports, bitcoin ABC – the primary implementation for BCH – came out on top in the so-called “hash war.” For all the rhetoric employed by Craig Steven Wright, the primary backer of bitcoin SV, the outcome was never really in question.

According to latest industry figures, bitcoin ABC had mined 32 blocks more than bitcoin SV. Bitmain, one of ABC’s primary backers, boasts a hash rate of 20,000 P, which is equivalent to 20 exahash. Those figures were disclosed on Thursday by Jiang Zhuoer, CEO of the China-based miner BTC.TOP. Meanwhile, Roger Ver announced that the Bitcoin.com mining pool now has more hash rate the entire BCH network before the fork. The combined muscle of Bitcoin.com and Bitmain seems to have overpowered the SV camp.

The total cryptocurrency market capitalization found support near $183 billion Friday, recovering some $9 billion from the 13-month low set on Wednesday. Most major assets had gained or lost a few percentage points over the 24-hour cycle.

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Pre-Market Analysis And Chartbook: Dollar Dips on Dovish Powell as Brexit Deal Still in Question

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Friday Market Snapshot

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2,711 -0.83%
DAX 30 11,265 -0.78%
WTI Crude Oil 57.59 1.80%
GOLD 1,221 0.66%
Bitcoin 5,555 -0.53%
EUR/USD 1.1380 0.50%

Today is shaping up to be another wild ride in financial markets after the recent volatile sessions, with currencies, bonds, and equities all experiencing heavy trading. The Brexit process, the confusion regarding the US trade tariffs, and the broad bearish technical shift in risk assets are all contributing to the wild moves, and Fed Chair Jerome Powell also increased uncertainty yesterday.

The central banker hinted on possible pause in the Fed’s tightening cycle next year, citing increased economic headwinds following the open attacks form President Trump regarding the “tight” policies of the bank.

As Mario Draghi confirmed the ECB’s quantitative tightening plans as well, the Greenback lost ground compared to most of its peers, even as the main European currencies continue to be under pressure due to the Brexit chaos.

EUR/GBP, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Euro and the Pound, which are trading near their yearly lows compared to the Dollar, are stuck in a very volatile broad trading range against each other. The EUR/GBP pair topped out just above 0.90 this year, and although since the August high it drifted back to 0.86, the Pound remains weak from a long-term perspective.

A no-deal Brexit could hurt the British currency more and even a push above the decade-long high near 0.93 could be ahead. Short-term, we expect volatility to remain high in the pair, and in forex markets in general, and a move out of the range could happen soon.

USD/JPY, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Another possibly important move started in the USD/JPY pair and in gold in recent days, as the broad risk-off shift helped the Yen, with safe-haven flows favoring the currency and the precious metal again.

Following Powell’s dovish words, the pair could be ready to test the 112 level again, especially should the major stock indices continue lower in the coming week. Below 112, the 111.40 and the 110.70 levels provide support, while strong resistance is ahead near 113.70 and 114.50.

Another Selloff in Stocks as Bearish Pressures Mount

Global stock markets are lower today, despite yesterday’s reversal and late-day rally on Wall Street, which was sparked by renewed trade optimism, following rumors on a possible halt of the US tariffs on Chinese goods.

The rumors were quickly denied, but there is more and more evidence that the Trump administration might be changing its aggressive strategy, while China also seems more flexible in light of the economic slowdown and the turmoil in Chinese assets.

FTSE 100 Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Brexit chaos is also weighing on equities in Europe and across the globe, with British assets clearly being under pressure, despite the rally attempts on the positive headlines regarding the draft withdrawal plan.

For now, the fate of the plans is still highly uncertain, despite the progress made by Theresa May. The hawkish words of Draghi also added to the bearish pressures today, as the Eurozone CPI was in line with expectations.

Nasdaq 100 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The major US indices all opened lower today, despite the continued decline in Treasury yields, with clear weakness in the tech sector and small-caps. Industrial Production missed the consensus estimate in October, with a monthly growth of only 0.1%, and the previous reading was also revised lower.

The key benchmarks are not far above the October lows, the recent rally attempts all failed, so given the bearish global technical picture, conditions in equity markets remain hostile for bulls.

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For anybody who may be considering the position that the current drama in bitcoin cash reflects poorly on the crypto industry, please know that this entire story was in fact predicted by Satoshi Nakamoto more than 8 years ago.

In fact, this bitcoin cash project serves as a prime example of how strong the idea of bitcoin is. Consider this post from Bitcoin’s founder from June 2010.

“If someone was getting ready to fork a second version, I would have to air a lot of disclaimers about the risks of using a minority version. This is a design where the majority version wins if there’s any disagreement, and that can be pretty ugly for the minority version and I’d rather not go into it, and I don’t have to as long as there’s only one version. ”

You see, the technology and the software are less important when it comes to bitcoin. The idea is what carries weight. To have money that is backed by a consensus of the entire network.

The miners vote with their hashpower, wallet providers and exchanges vote with their code, and the market votes with their feet.

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Today’s Highlights

  • Stocks Mixed
  • Pound Pressure
  • Crypto Relaxation

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

Traditional Markets

Stock markets are struggling to find a direction today. And to be honest, I’m having trouble finding the words to describe them. The Nikkei is down while China 50 is up, and the European markets opened flat following the capitulation and rebound we saw yesterday.

The US Dollar seems to be coming off its November highs, which seems to be good for commodities. Oil is seeing a nice rebound off psychological support of $55.

FX

Over in the currency markets, the action is being completely dominated by the British Pound Sterling as

And boy has she seen some tough moments. This time though somehow seems different. She insists that she will be able to gather support for her current Brexit plan despite the fact that she’s in a situation where it’s virtually impossible to give everyone what they want.

Volatility on the GBPUSD is now the highest its been since the Brexit referendum.

For those of you who like volatility also check out the GBPJPY pair, which is actually fitting in a nice range.

Crypto Relief Rally

As of this writing all the major cryptoassets, with the exception of Bitcoin Cash, are up over the last 24 hours.

It’s good to see things holding up so steadily with everything going on. Beware though. Many analysts are still seeing this downside breakout as an indication that things might go lower, while the long-term players continue to accumulate at these levels. The next move is anybody’s guess.

Let’s have an amazing weekend!

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