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Stock Futures Point to Strong Open in Europe, U.S. with Geopolitics in Focus

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Global stock futures notched gains in overnight trading Monday, as investors evaluated the fallout from U.S.-led airstrikes on Syria. Judging by the market’s response, Washington’s offensive on the Assad regime is not expected to be a recurring event.

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Stock Futures Gain

U.S. stock futures rose sharply in overnight trade, pointing to a strong start to the New York session on Monday. The Dow Jones futures contract jumped 149 points to 24,485. The blue-chip was up more than 200 points earlier.

The S&P 500 mini futures contract rose 15 points to 2,672.25, while the Nasdaq 100 added 48.75 points to 6,678.50.

U.S. stocks put up strong gains last week in between volatile Monday and Friday sessions. However, each of the major indexes remains well off earlier highs.

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The U.K.’s FTSE 100 futures contract was also trading at the time of writing. It too rose 36 points to 7,224.50.

Meanwhile, Japanese stock markets opened firmly higher on Monday, with the Nikkei 225 Index climbing 0.4%. The Topix Index in Tokyo also added 0.4%.

Commodity Markets

Oil prices opened lower on Monday after skyrocketing to more than three-year highs last week. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for May delivery fell 61 cents, or 0.9%, to $66.78 a barrel. ICE Brent futures fell 72 cents, or 1%, to $71.86 a barrel.

The threat of a U.S.-Russia conflict in Syria has been a major catalyst for oil’s sustained rally. The possibility of renewed sanctions on Iran next month has also contributed to upward price pressures. These factors have led strategists at JPMorgan to revise their outlook on Brent crude to $80 a barrel. However, the contract isn’t expected to sustain those levels for more than three-to-six months as U.S. shale continues to flood the market.

Gold prices nudged higher in overnight trade, although trading ranges were limited to $1,342.80 – $1,351.50. The June futures contract for bullion was last seen just below $1,350 a troy ounce.

Earnings Season

First-quarter earnings season is in full swing this week, with investors gearing up for a spate of reports from Dow Jones blue chips  and other major Wall Street firms. The weekly earnings calendar, courtesy of Investors.com, is presented below.

Banks JPMorgan (JPM), Citigroup (C) and Wells Fargo (WFC) all reported Q1 earnings on Friday.

JPMorgan reported record quarterly profit with a gain of 35% to $8.71 billion ,or $2.36 a share.. The bank’s revenues also shot up 12% to $27.91 billion.

Citigroup also reported higher corporate activity, with quarterly revenue jumping 13% to $4.62 billion. That was the highest in nearly three years. Revenues were also up to 2.7% $18.87 billion.

Wells Fargo posted higher profit for the quarter, but acknowledged it may need to restate results ahead of regulatory settlement tied to ongoing investigations of the company.

Six percent of S&P 500 companies have reported Q1 results so far; 70% have reported higher than expected profits and 73% have posted a positive sales surprise. FactSet, a financial research firm, expected earnings growth of 17.3% last quarter, which would be the highest since Q1 2011.

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Market Update: Stocks Recover Slightly on Upbeat Earnings; Cryptocurrencies Give Back $30 Billion in Gains

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U.S. stocks finished mostly higher on Wednesday, with the Dow snapping a five-day losing after Boeing shattered earnings expectations with its first-quarter report.

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Meanwhile, cryptocurrencies corrected sharply lower as investors took profits following two weeks of steady gains.

Stocks Mostly Higher

Wall Street recovered from a sharp selloff after the open to trade mostly higher on Wednesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average posted gains of 59.70 points, or 0.3%, to close at 24,083.83. The index was down 200 points earlier in the day.

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Shares of Boeing Co (BA) surged 4.2% after the defense contractor posted much stronger than expected corporate earnings. The company delivered per-share earnings of $3.64 on revenue of $23.38 billion. Analysts in a consensus forecast called for EPS of $2.58 on $22.26 billion in revenue.

The broader S&P 500 Index advanced 0.2% to close at 2,639.40, with eight of 11 primary sectors reporting gains. Energy and telecommunication were the biggest gainers, rising 0.8% apiece.

Meanwhile, the technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index was back in negative territory by the close, falling 0.1% to 7,003.74.

The CBOE Volatility Index, commonly known as the VIX, edged down a mere 1% to close at 17.84. The so-called “fear index” touched a session high of 19.84 after the open.

Cryptocurrencies Correct Lower

The cryptocurrency market suffered a brisk selloff on Wednesday, as bitcoin and the altcoins shed as much as $50 billion.

Cryptocurrencies as a whole bottomed near $381 billion before recovering at $403 billion, according to CoinMarketCap. Despite the decline, daily trading volumes eclipsed $40 billion, rounding out one of the most active sessions in months.

 

Several major altcoins reported double-digit percentage losses, including Ripple’s XRP, which fell 11.7% to $0.83. Litecoin plunged nearly 10% to $148.25. Bitcoin cash, the market’s top performer over the past week , gave back nearly 9% to settle near $1,336.

Stellar, Cardano and IOTA were all down at least 10% on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, bitcoin hovered near $9,100 by the early evening, where it was down 3.6% from the previous close. However, its share of the total crypto market edged up to 38.3%.

Prior to the selloff, crypto assets had risen by a combined $180 billion in less than three weeks.

Coins failed to rally even after the CEO of Nasdaq said the stock exchange would be open to hosting cryptocurrencies in the future. In an interview with CNBC, CEO Adena Friedman said Nasdaq “would consider becoming a crypto exchange over time,” provided that appropriate regulations were in place to safeguard investors.

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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Pre-Market: Stocks Up Slightly After Plunge but Sellers Clearly in Control

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Global stocks continued the bearish trend that initiated last week, while volatility increased significantly yesterday during the US session. The major US indices plunged by more than 2% and dragged global benchmarks lower as well, so suddenly the correction lows are in sight again. The momentum of the move suggests that we will see at least a test of the lows, as the charts continue to show bearish pressures across the board.

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NASDAQ 100 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Today, stock futures have been slightly above the lows from yesterday, but the short-term charts are clearly wounded and any bounce should be treated as a counter-trend move here. While significant new correction lows are not guaranteed here, bulls should wait until a short-term trend change rather than guess the bottom, as the risks of a deep downswing are high.

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US 10-Year Treasury Yield, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The rising trend in Treasury yields is among the catalysts of the move, as we painted out several times, and with the whole yield curve still drifting higher to new multi-year highs, the short-term trend could continue. European stocks are holding up well compared to their US peers, and the Japanese Nikkei is also relatively strong, and all of that could be attributed to one thing, the Dollar’s strength.

EUR/USD at Make-Or-Break Level

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Forex markets are very active these days, as the massive move in yields boosted the Dollar, which has been gaining ground compared to all of the majors. The most-watched EUR/USD pair is just above the March low, very close to hitting a 3-month minimum, with only 30 pips of cushion remaining for bulls.

Dollar Index, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The trend in the Dollar index suggests a breakdown in the coming period, as the broader measure broke out from a range that has been intact for several months. Of course, a hawkish ECB statement tomorrow could save Euro bulls here, but given the bearish positioning regarding the Dollar, the “pain trade” would probably be a strong Dollar rally.

Commodity currencies continue to trend sharply lower, despite the stability in the price of oil, and as we noted several times, the Australian Dollar and the Canadian Dollar have been reliably leading risk assets in the last couple of months, so this trend doesn’t bode well for equities.

The same goes to the negative reaction of the most-watched quarterly earnings releases (Google parent Alphabet, Caterpillar), so for now, caution is the name of the game for equity investors.

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Stocks Money is Flowing into Bitcoin

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Despite what is looking to be an outstanding earnings season on Wall Street, stocks yesterday took a major hit. At the same time, Bitcoin and the other cryptocurrencies soared.

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It’s not that it’s unusual for Bitcoin and the Dow Jones to move in opposite directions. In fact, it happens quite frequently. What’s interesting here is that the volumes of the Bitcoin futures on Wall Street saw a major spike yesterday.

The CBOE futures contract that expires on May 16th has been trading between 1,700 and 4,000 Bitcoins over the last week. Yesterday it traded a total of 6,653 BTC.

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The CME contract (expiring this Friday) usually trades less than 15,000 coins, saw the volume spike up to 23,405 Bitcoins. This means that between the two exchanges yesterday’s volume was more than 60% above their weekly averages.

Though it’s still a bit early to draw concrete solutions, this does seem to indicate that at least some of the money that came off the stock market yesterday ended up in the world’s favorite cryptocurrency.

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Today’s Highlights

  • Trumpcron
  • Fed Research on Bitcoin
  • Ethereum Hacked

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Traditional Markets

It was interesting to watch the awkward body language between Donald Trump and his French counterpart over the last three days. However, even though the pair now appear to be friends, it doesn’t seem like much has been accomplished as far as any substantial policy change. At least, nothing that would improve the mood in the markets.

At the moment, the US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is on his way to China to see what he can do about avoiding an all-out trade war. This is typically something that the Secretary of State takes charge of, but with Rex Tillerson out of the picture, the Trump White House appears to be a bit understaffed.

One thing that seemed to cause some worry in the stock markets and may have been a catalyst for at least some of the selling was the Bond Yields, which spiked up early in the New York trading session.

Here we can see the US 10 Year Yield since the financial crisis. That 3% level has been a psychological pain point that has not been crossed since 2011.

Fed Research on Bitcoin

This research really speaks for itself but I did want to mention this outstanding report that was just published by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

It gets a bit complicated but their general conclusion seems to be that Bitcoin is a very good middle ground between governments who have the obligation to control money flows as best they can and citizens who have the incentive for money to be more independent.

I must admit that it did take me a few minutes to wrap my head around this graph but once I did it really makes a lot of sense.

It’s really incredible to see such outstandingly positive research coming from a central bank in the United States. This really fits into the narrative that I’ve personally been advocating for a while now, that Bitcoin should be an excellent compliment to the current global monetary system.

Ethereum Hacked

A few of Google’s servers fell yesterday causing a disruption in Internet service in some parts of the world.

This is not all that uncommon and the incident is still being investigated. The bigger issue is that it seems some hackers managed to exploit the downtime to hijack MyEtherWallet.com (MEW)

MEW is the main website that many crypto enthusiasts use to store their Ethereum and Ethereum based tokens, so this is kind of a big deal. Some people who tried to access the website at that time were redirected to a lookalike phishing site that then gathered their login information (private keys) and emptied their wallets.

Word quickly spread throughout the cryptowebs and a patch was quickly released. All in all, it seems that only 216 ETH was stolen.

This is a reminder that in these early days of crypto and blockchain we must remain alert. Always check the URL of the website you’re visiting and if you do see any security warnings like the one below, please do not ignore them.

The crypto-market was in the thrall of a raging bull run but it does seem that the hack may have stopped it in its tracks. The initial reaction in Ethereum (yellow circle) was quite small…

…but it does seem that this morning we’re seeing a wider pullback across the board this morning.

Over the next few hours, we should be able to get a good test of cryptotrader sentiment and see how dedicated they are to buying the dips.

Have an amazing day ahead!

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