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The elections in the Czech Republic have gone largely as expected but things are far from over. Andrej Babis is also known locally as the ‘Czech Trump’ not only because of his personal wealth but also because of his Czech First anti-establishment populist views.

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Unlike in the USA however, winning an election in a Parliamentary system doesn’t necessarily guarantee control. Babis’s ANO (Yes) party has won 29% of the vote so they will need to partner up with one or more of the other eight parties in order to form a majority coalition. The task will not be simple, especially since Babis has already stated that he will not work with some of the parties and vice versa.

These type of negotiations can sometimes go on for quite a while. For example, the Netherlands is only just getting their government in place this week after a deadlock elections more than seven months ago. Over in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel isn’t expected to settle on a Government until some time next year.

In Japan, on the other hand, Shinzo Abe has won a two-thirds majority so will have no need for wheeling and dealing. He now holds more power than the emperor himself and is free to continue on his stated mission to aggressively devalue the Yen.

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After the bloody referendum in the Spanish region of Catalonia, things have not died down. In fact, tensions have continued to heat up. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has now stated that he will soon strip the Catalonian Government of their power and hold a new election to replace the separatist local government of Carles Puigdemont.

The ball is now in the Catalan’s court. Puigdemont has several options. He can himself call for a snap election in Catalonia or he can simply accept the one that Rajoy has forced on him. A third option would be to make a more aggressive push for independence claiming that Spain has just again violated their rights.

No matter what he decides to do it is unlikely to bring calm as the doors for negotiation are now shut. The EURUSD is sinking this morning and now holding tight to temporary support (yellow) at 1.1750, if it passes there it could likely meet key resistance (red) at 1.1650.

More Powerful ECB

Of course, all the political updates we’ve mentioned above are minuscule when compared to the power of the European Central Bank.

The ECB’s monthly injections of €60 Billion per month have been propping up the stock markets and keeping the Euro down for the past three years. This Thursday, the ECB is largely expected to give some sort of guidance on the future of their massive stimulus package.

We know that they have been talking internally about reducing the injections to €30 Billion as of January and to keep the program going at least until September. In normal market conditions, it’s easy for them to leak these type of internal discussions to see their effect on the markets. But with all of the political uncertainty, their usual tactics may be less effective.

Here we can see the German Dax Index hesitating near it’s all time highest levels. Is the hesitation due to governmental negotiations or the rumors of less stimulus going forward?

Bitcoin ATH

Celebrations could be seen across the eToro network over the weekend as Bitcoin reached another all time record high of more than $6,000 per coin. The overall market cap (price per coin times number of coins in circulation) has for the first time surpassed $100 Billion before pulling back.

This very significant milestone clearly cements the role of bitcoin in the future of our global economy. As more people learn about the technology and how to use it, the more useful and valuable it will become.

For those that say “blockchain without bitcoin” just take a look at this chart showing bitcoin’s dominance over all the other cryptocurrencies in circulation…

The bitcoin network is all about consensus and at this time, the consensus is all about bitcoin.

Let’s have an amazing week ahead!

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Daily Analysis: Stock Rally Fades as Walmart Weighs on Sentiment

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Monday Market Recap

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2715 -0.73%
DAX 12,487 0.81%
WTI Crude Oil 61.56 0.02%
GOLD 1331.00 -1.84%
Bitcoin 11720 6.24%
EUR/USD 1.2336 0.61%

It’s been another very hectic session in US equities, with the main indices diverging substantially, as it has been the case ever since the market made it back to the key break-down levels of the crash two weeks ago. The rally through those key levels was not an easy feat, as we expected, and although the Nasdaq cleared the hurdle last week, and even added a bit to its gains today in early trading, the S&P 500 and the Dow failed to follow the tech benchmark.

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S&P 500, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Dow has been pushed lower by Wal-Mart (WMT) throughout the day, as the retail giant (now officially named Walmart) disappointed with its earnings report, with especially the crucial on-line segment missing the growth estimates, putting WMT’s quest against Amazon into doubt. Jeff Bezos’s crown jewel popped higher after the release and that helped to widen the gap between the Dow and the Nasdaq.

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A monster-sized Treasury issuance was the other main event of the day, as bond markets are still nervous because of the rapid rise in yields, but the market absorbed the bonds without any major issues and yields finished the day little changed.

We maintain our bearish short-term view on stocks, despite the strength in the Nasdaq, and a test of the correction lows still seems likely in the coming weeks, but as the long-term uptrend is still intact short positions should still be treated as counter-trend trades, with strict risk management.

Forex Markets and Commodities

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Dollar, which rallied strongly in early trading, remained stable compared to its main peers amid the Treasury issuance and the stock sell-off, with even the safe-haven Yen failing to rally against the Greenback. The reserve currency gained significant ground against commodity-related Aussie and Loonie too, and we expect that trend to continue, should the re-test in the stock indices materialize.

Oil had a mixed session, with an early rally and a late sell-off, similarly to stocks, as the further escalation of the Syrian conflict remains a gloomy option for the Middle East, while the broader market trends and the US supply surge are pushing the price of crude lower.

Gold also pulled back yet again of its rally highs, continuing its correction, as the Dollar strength hurt precious metals despite the late-day risk-off shift.

Cryptocurrencies

The segment had a mixed day, with Bitcoin gaining and most altcoins losing ground, in the wake of the bullish news flow surrounding the largest coin. The slight increase in volatility in US stocks “spilled over” to the crypto market in late trading, with most coins finishing the US session on a negative note.

While the losses were relatively small in most valuable digital currencies like Ethereum, Ripple, NEO, Bitcoin Cash, and Cardano, the real outlier was Litecoin, which pushed above $250 after breaking-out from its short-term correction, while also weathering the late-session sell-off.

Stellar/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Stellar and IOTA were the weakest majors, losing more than 5% on the day. Stellar now gave back most of its post-crash relative strength, as it remains stuck in a broad declining trend, although it is still well above the crash lows, and a break-out remains likely in the coming week, similarly to the other slightly lagging coins.

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Market Update: U.S. Stocks Snap Six-Day Rally as Dow Tumbles 254 Points

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U.S. stocks declined sharply on Tuesday following the holiday weekend, as rate-hike jitters and a steep drop in Walmart shares weighed on investor sentiment.

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Stocks Decline

The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined by as much as 335 points on Tuesday. It would later pare losses near the close to finish down 254.63 points, or 1%, at 24,964.75.

Twenty-five of 30 index members recorded losses, with Walmart (WMT) plunging more than 10%. The retailing giant reported adjusted earnings of $1.33 per share in the most recent quarter, missing forecasts of $1.37. It also reported a 23% drop in e-commerce sales, raising fresh worries about its short-term outlook.

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The broader S&P 500 Index fell 0.6% to finish at 2,716.26, with ten of 11 sectors reporting declines. The steep drop in Walmart dragged the consumer staples category down by more than 2%. Healthcare, telecommunication services and utilities also finished sharply lower.

Meanwhile, the technology-driven Nasdaq Composite Index pared losses to finish at 7,2434.31, where it was down 0.1% from Friday’s close.

A measure of 30-day volatility known as the CBOE VIX rose on Tuesday for a second straight session, climbing more than 6% to close at 20.69. The so-called “fear index” is trading right around the historic average following an unprecedented surged in volatility at the beginning of February.

Wall Street Rounding Out Solid Earnings Quarter

Despite Walmart’s miss, corporate earnings have largely outpaced forecasts during the fourth quarter. With 80% of S&P 500 companies reporting, three-quarters have posted better than expected earnings, according to financial research firm FactSet. More than three-quarters (78%) have also reported revenue surprises, the largest such figure since FactSet began tracking this category in Q3 2008.

S&P 500 companies are on track for a year-over-year blended earnings growth rate of 15.2%, which is the highest since 2011.

Cryptocurrencies Hold Steady Above $500 Billion

The cryptocurrency market held relatively steady on Tuesday, with the total market cap well north of $500 billion. The market peaked at $516.8 billion on Tuesday, and was last seen around $508.8 billion.

Bitcoin and Litecoin were the biggest gainers on Tuesday while the other major reported modest declines. Bitcoin’s market cap crossed $200 billion as the coin’s value approached $12,000 for the first time in three weeks.

Litecoin also climbed nearly 10% to $246 following a hard fork of the digital currency this weekend. Litecoin continues to be one of the market’s best performers, having added more than 53% over the last five days.

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Pre-Market: US Stocks Return on a Bearish Note after Long Weekend as Dollar Rallies

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After the hectic session on Friday, US equities took a long break thanks to the Presidents’ Day yesterday, but the technical setup that we have been monitoring remained intact. The major indices formed a short-term top exactly in the Line-In-The-Sand area that seemed likely to stop the post-crash rally at least temporarily.

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S&P 500, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The key levels to watch during today’s session will likely be 2735 and 2700 in the S&P 500 (25350 and 24800 in the Dow), but below 2735 the benefit of the doubt is on the bears’ side.

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So short-term, we continue to lean on the bearish side here, at least short-term and we expect the market to head for a test of the correction lows in the coming period. European and Asian markets continue to underperform their US peers, despite the strength in the Dollar, and that doesn’t bode well for bulls, as Europe has been spearheading the decline so far.

Dollar Still in the Center of Attention

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Europe bounced higher today following the release of the better than expected (but worse than the latest) German ZEW Economic Report but that didn’t stop the drift lower in the common currency. The EUR/USD pair fell back below 1.2350 after the fake-out on Friday that indeed proved to be a bull trap as we speculated, and a test of the rising trendline is now possible in the coming days.

USD/JPY, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

On a positive note, the main safe-haven assets, the Japanese Yen and Gold, are also losing ground to the Greenback today, and that could point to a less significant shift in the risk appetite of investors.

That said, commodity currencies are still under pressure, and they have been a good proxy so far for judging the risk-on/risk-off divide, and with oil and copper turning lower this morning, another round of selling could be underway.

WTI Crude Oil, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Looking at the bond markets, rates are edging higher across the yield curve and the Volatility Index (VIX) is also on the rise again, and all looks set for another active day in US markets, with plenty of trading opportunities in equities and currencies alike.

We expect Wednesday to be the most interesting day of the week, as the arguably most important release, the FOMC meeting minutes will come out in late trading. Until then, the volatile, technicals-led trading could continue.

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