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Pre-Market: Stocks Little Changed with US Inflation In-Line with Expectations

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The week’s most anticipated economic release came out in pre-market trading today, and the US CPI perfectly matched the consensus estimate at a monthly rate of 0.2%. As the figure calmed inflation fears a bit, stock futures pushed higher initially after yesterday’s slightly bearish session, but the advance is not significant so far, although the mighty Nasdaq continues its charge.

Nasdaq 100 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Forex and bond markets are more active, as expected, and the Dollar is notably lower after against most of its peers, while Treasury yields also pulled back after the release. The Yen is the only exception, as the safe-haven currency has been losing ground throughout the day, and the Greenback is still higher compared to it, despite the post-release pull-back.

 

Nikkei 225 Futures, Daily Chart Analysis

The Nikkei was helped by the weakness in the currency, and the Japanese benchmark added 1.5% today, although it remains well behind the US indices, especially the Nasdaq, from a technical perspective. Given the Euro’s strength, it’s not a surprise that European equities are still under pressure, failing to get closer to their all-time highs, even as the US leaders are already breaking out to new heights.

So, while US markets are bullish short-term, the overall equity picture is still far from convincing, and as the Nasdaq is getting slightly overbought, shorting the laggards with smaller positions could be a good way to trade the divergences here.

Heads are Rolling in the White House

Donald Trump’s administration continues to rapidly change, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been the latest casualty, while the President’s personal assistant was also removed from the White House for “security reasons”.

As for the replacements, CIA Director Mike Pompeo is taking over Tillerson’s post, while Gary Cohn, who left last week, will be likely replaced by CNBC’s Larry Kudlow who is in favor of Trump’s tariff plans. For now, the changes didn’t shake up the markets, and although trade war fears continue to persist, bulls remain in control on Wall Street.

Commodities Higher on Dollar Weakness

Gold Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Gold rebounded above $1325, as the Dollar pulled back following the CPI report, while crude oil is also up slightly after yesterday’s sell-off, while industrial metals are also modestly up, thanks to the risk-on sentiment.

USD/CAD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

 currencies are still drifting higher too, although they are still strongly lagging the leading risk assets. So with stock volatility dropping, traders could be in for a choppy day amid the increasing divergence between global markets.

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EOS Price Analysis: EOSIO 1.6 Update Enhances Speeds and is Cost Effective; Downside Price Risks Remain for EOS/USD

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  • EOSIO developers have released 1.6 upgrade, which sees enhanced speeds and is more cost efficient.
  • EOS/USD price action is ranging; given current behavior, a breakout may just be imminent.

The EOS price on Friday is seen trading down in minor negative territory. The price is caught in a very stubborn range. This behavior being observed could prove to be damaging in the coming sessions if the bulls do not break above resistance. EOS/USD is being dictated by a tough acting supply area, which is seen tracking from $2.60-$2.50 range. Then to the downside, a near-term demand zone is keeping the price propped up for now, $2.35-$2.25.

EOS/USD is moving within this consolidation mode, which has come into play since breaching a vital part of the bull’s recovery. An ascending trend line was seen tracking from 7th December 2018, right up until it was breached by the market bears on 10th January 2019.  This had coincided with the price running into chunky resistance at the psychological $3.00 price mark. It has not convincingly been above this region since the back-end of November 2018.

EOSIO 1.6 Release

EOSIO developers, who have been working on a system upgrade, have now announced the release of an upgraded version 1.6.0 of EOSIO. In terms of the impact of this development, they have instantly been noticeable and signaling a large improvement.  This new release does boast further features and fixes to improve upon the cumulative patches, which were implemented to enhance v1.5.

Details were provided by the company within an official Medium blog post. Updates on the EOSIO software will enhance efficiency for the peer-to-peer networking layer in addition to seeing real-time transactions improve overall transaction speed. They further stated that this release is something that had been planned as part of their progressive goals to improve their performance. They have intentions to maintain the fastest protocol across the market.

The development team tweeted, “Tests show upwards of a 35% increase in likely transaction speed. We are projecting noticeable improvements to sustainable transactions per second. In addition, reduced CPU costs, and lower latency on all EOSIO based blockchains.”

Technical Review – EOS/USD

EOS/USD daily chart.

The key for a new committed trend is to see a breakout from the confinements of the mentioned supply sitting above and demand zone below. Given the earlier detailed break below an ascending trend line, vulnerabilities remain, with the range-block formation.

Should the bears manage to force a drop below $2.25, then a new wave of selling will likely come into force. The next major area of support should be noted down towards the December 2018 low. $1.83 and then then $1.55 regions should be sought for potential comfort.

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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3 Things You Need to Know About the Market Today: Trade Rally, Pound Pullback, Tesla Worries

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1, Trade Optimism Drives Rally in Stocks, Oil

Shanghai Composite, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The US government is mulling to lift or ease some of the trade tariffs on Chinese goods, at least according to the reports that surfaced yesterday, and although the rumors were promptly denied by the Treasury, risk assets have been pushing higher ever since. Global stocks are trading at 1-month highs, with understandably, the major US indices and China leading the way higher. We expect further gestures by the two sides in the coming weeks, as the talks progress, but a final agreement could still be months away.

The most affected commodities, such as copper and oil are also up today, and but as we noted this weekend, the oversold rally in risk assets is stretched now. Also, even as the weaker global benchmarks, such as the Shanghai Composite have joined the party, the clear economic slowdown and the bearish technicals make the current environment hostile for bulls

2, Pound Retreats After Hitting 2-Month High Above 1.30

GBP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Besides the Trade War saga, the likely delay of the Brexit deadline has been making waves all week long, and Pound bulls seem to like the idea of a possible “soft” deal with the European Union. The currency hit its highest level against the Dollar since mid-November, topping the 1.30 level, while British stocks are also trading near their 2019 highs.

Prime Minister Theresa May pledged to include the opposition parties following Wednesday’s no-confidence vote, but for now, even starting the talks is challenging, even though the government labeled the first talks “constructive”. In any case, with the chances of a no-deal Brexit being low right now, the Pound could enjoy further gains, especially as long as the global risk rally lasts.

3, Tesla Disappoints With Guidance, Cuts Workforce by 7%

Tesla (TSLA), 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While it held up very well during the recent tumroil in the stock market, Elon Musk’s crown jewel, Tesla (TSLA) has been down by as much as 8% today in pre-market trading after warning investors that the electric car maker will likely turn a smaller-than-expected profit in the coming quarter. Tesla is struggling to ramp up the production of the Model 3, while also facing difficulties to hit its cost goal with regards to its “mass” product.

With the traditional car makers slowly but surely closing in on the company, and given the looming cash flow issues, the coming quarters will crucial for the Musk. The company just avoided bankruptcy in its early days, and some bears think that the fierce competition and the production issues could lead to a crisis yet again. The company’s workforce skyrocketed in recent years, and today CEO Musk also announced that it will lay off 7%, approximately 3000 workers, to cut costs after the expansion. He stated that,

“We unfortunately have no choice but to reduce full-time employee headcount by approximately 7%, we grew by 30% last year, which is more than we can support, and retain only the most critical temps and contractors (…)”

While today, earnings reports will be few and far between, Netflix (NFLX) will also be in focus after reporting yesterday in after-hours trading, and for now, the streaming giant is also trading lower despite the broad overnight rally in stocks.

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Stellar Price Analysis: Grayscale Announces XLM Based Trust; XLM/USD Stuck Within Bearish Structure

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  • Global digital asset management firm, Grayscale, has announced an investment vehicle based around XLM.
  • XLM/USD is moving within the confinements of a bearish pattern structure, subject to a breakout south.

XLM/USD has been subject to very narrow and choppy trading, which has been going on for the past eight sessions now. Price action is moving within a range-block formation, which is seen across the board with several of its peers. This type of behavior does indicate of some potential vulnerabilities to the downside.

The current consolidation mode taken up came into play after a prior period of range-trading, which saw a deep breakout on 10th January. XLM/USD had plummeted by a hefty 20% to its lowest levels seen since 17th December. Despite the mid-December bull run, which was seen to the end of the month, it has not escaped the bear market. Therefore, bull rallies continue to be sold with some force by the bears.

Grayscale Stellar Lumens Trust

Grayscale Investments, a global digital asset management organization, has announced the launch of an investment vehicle based on Stellar Lumens (XLM). This is aimed at giving investors exposure to the cryptocurrency XLM. It is the sixth largest by market cap, just over the $2 billion mark, at the time of writing.

The asset management company tweeted via their official account, “We are excited to announce two big developments! First, today marks the launch of Grayscale Stellar Lumens Trust! Investors can now gain exposure to the price movement of XLM through a traditional investment vehicle.”

Grayscale’s Managing Director, Michael Sonnenshein, noted that this Stellar product that they have introduced was brought in on the back of investor demand. Furthermore, he details that Grayscale’s push to offer investors exposure to “established blockchain projects with substantial traction and resources.” Sonnenshein lastly concluded by noting he is bullish on Stellar and the real use cases that it brings.

Technical Review – XLM/USD

XLM/USD daily chart. Price action is moving within triangular structure.

Price action is currently moving within a triangular pattern structure. XLM/USD has been trading within this since the start of December. The lower support was tested to the downside on 14th December at around $0.094000-$0.093500 prior to the big bounce. Life kicked back into the bulls, forcing the rally up to the tracking resistance, around $0.131500. Furthermore, the pattern has further been confirmed, with several tests to the lower and upper acting trend lines.

Lastly, in terms of the described structure, it can also be perceived as a bearish pennant formation, which again point to downside. Support is currently tracking around the $0.107000 area, and a failure to hold will see the December low retested to the downside, $0.093500. Immediate resistance can be observed at $0.120000-$0.1215000.

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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