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Stocks Fail to Rally as Treasury Yields Settle Down

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Global equity markets had a very hectic day, with the US-Saudi standoff, the weakness in Chinese stocks, and a lackluster US Retail Sales report setting the tone for risk assets. The effects of last week’s deep selloff were still apparent, and the major global benchmarks failed to the reclaim major technical levels, leaving the short-term trend clearly bearish.

Also, with the Shanghai Composite continuing its bear market with yet another 4-year low, and with the DAX also confirming a long-term breakdown, the US bull market will have an even steeper mountain to climb to reach new all-time highs than after the February mini-crash.

Nasdaq 100 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Nasdaq had another ugly session, with the leading tech giants weighing heavily on the market, despite Friday’s oversold bounce, and that makes another swing lower in the coming weeks even more likely than before. The Dow and the S&P 500 also finished in the red, even as several consumer-related stocks rose, despite the miss in both the headline and the Core Retail Sales measure.

Russell 2000, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

On a slightly positive note, small caps managed to close a tad in the green, but the segment is still clearly wounded, with the Russell 2000 trading just above its recent low. That said, further strength in the coming days could lead a bounce in risk assets, as sentiment is gloomy, and the short-term momentum indicators are still oversold across the board.

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

Treasury yields remained stable in part thanks to the worse than expected retail sales report, and before Wednesday’s FOMC meeting minutes, we could have another relatively quiet day in Treasuries tomorrow.

Crude Oil Gives Back Gains as Gold Nears $1240

DXY, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Dollar Index pulled back yet again after Friday’s bounce, with the Japanese Yen and gold being favored by safe-haven buyers again. Gold hit its highest level since late July, and it got close to the $1240 level and another strong resistance zone after its Thursday surge above $1220.

Risk-on currencies also gained ground on the Greenback in the nervous environment, as the Saudi’s oil weapon threat, Trump’s recent push against the Fed’s tight monetary policies, and the ever increasing US budget deficit got the best of the reserve currency.

WTI Crude Oil Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Donald Trump managed to divert public attention by opening the Saudi diplomatic front, but for now, energy markets are calling the bluff, as despite the early gains in crude oil, the WTI contract got stuck below the key support zone near $72.50.

Rumors surfaced in late trading that the Kingdom is set to admit the accidental death of Khashoggi, and it will be very interesting to see how the Trump administration reacts to that, as we still suspect that we won’t see a deeper conflict in the near future.

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Crypto Update: Short-Term Swing Low Forming?

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After the two-day rout that kicked off the week, the major cryptocurrencies continue to trade in a very volatile manner, with several wild swings in both directions in the last 24 hours. Most of the top coins held up above the initial spike lows of yesterday, although Bitcoin fell to a marginal new low later on Tuesday.

While selling pressure remains apparent in the segment, the volatile consolidation is likely a part of a short-term bottoming process, which could set up a more sustained bounce following the selling panic. The most important reference price levels for short-term traders are the $4450 level in Bitcoin and the $130 level in Ethereum.

Despite the possible bounce, the long-term setup in the segment is still overwhelmingly bearish, and any new positions should be considered ultra-short-term, and traders should apply strict risk management.  With the strong bearish leadership still clearly present, even in the case of a durable bottom, an extended period of volatile consolidation will likely precede a confirmed trend change.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin is still trying to form a short-term swing low, despite being relatively weak in the past 24 hours from a technical perspective, and the $4450-$4500 support zone remains in the center of attention. The coin got close to the $4000 level during yesterday’s volatile spikes, with the initial bounce topping out just above the $4700 resistance level.

Further levels of interest are ahead near $5350 and $5600, while primary support is still found between $4000 and $4050, and traders should still only consider very short-term positions in BTC. Volatility will likely remain very high in the coming period and the long-term sell signal is clearly in place in our trend model.  

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum managed to hold above its initial spike despite falling back below the $130 level several times yesterday. The coin is showing early signs of stability, but given the steep long-, and short-term downtrends and the extended period of relative weakness, traders and investors would need significant technical improvements to consider new positions in ETH.

That said, playing a bounce to the $150-$160 zone is likely in the coming period, with even the previous bear market low near $170 possibly in sight after the rout, but odds still favor at least a test of the recent lows before a sustained rally.

Ripple Still Strong as Stellar Tests Support Zone

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple continues to hold above the key $0.42-$0.46 long-term support zone, clearly being the strongest among the majors from a technical standpoint. Despite that, our trend model is still on a sell signal with regards to the short-term time-frame, and the coin’s relative strength have been waning somewhat in the past couple of days, so traders should still not enter new positions here. Further support levels are still found near $0.375 and $0.355, with resistance ahead at $0.51, $0.54, and $0.57.

Stellar/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Stellar got dragged significantly lower by the latest round of the segment-wide crash, and although it held up above the prior bear market low, the short-term setup is still clearly bearish in the relatively strong coin’s market as well.

The long-term picture is neutral and the support zone between $0.1830 and $01930 is still looking strong, but traders and investors shouldn’t enter new positions here, with strong resistance ahead at $0.21 and between $0.2350 and $0.2450.

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

One of the bearish leaders of the segment, Litecoin also showed signs of stability yesterday, and that’s positive news for the whole market, at least concerning the short-term outlook. The coin managed to hold on above the initial spike low, and although it’s still stuck below the $34.50 resistance level, a larger bounce could be ahead, possibly up to the $38 level. That said, the broader downtrend is clearly dominant and there is still no sign of a sustained bottom in the market of LTC.

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Disclaimer:  The analyst owns cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but doesn’t engage in short-term or day-trading, nor does he hold short positions on any of the coins.

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Zcash Price Analysis: ZEC/USD Flood Gates Open After Breakout and Retest from Pennant

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  • ZEC/USD licking its wounds with deep double-digit losses as the market continues to take a beating.
  • Next major areas of support are eyed at currently levels around $89.50 and then $75.

Zcash has been under chunky selling pressure, no thanks to the larger weakness seen across the broader crypto market. The ZEC/USD exchange rate is nursing deep losses, running at two consecutive sessions firmly in the red. At the time of writing, the price has dropped over 25% in the last two sessions. This extended downside comes after a breach and retest from a pennant pattern.

ZEC/USD daily chart

ZEC/USD had moved within the above-mentioned technical set up since 12th September. The formation of this set up took shape following a deep market sell-off from the back-end of July to mid-September. Price behavior was very much consolidation mode, forming this pennant. Playing out to the textbook, a breakout from the set up was seen.

Further on the above, the firm daily breach came on the 14th November. The few daily sessions that followed this were within consolidation mode. Subtle retests underneath the broken pennant were seen. The Monday session saw the extension further south after the brief retest period. The bears smashed through the big psychological $100 mark, leading prices to the downside.

As a result of the above price developments, ZEC/USD selling pressure has forced a move on the current daily candlestick below a vital demand area. While the $105 – 95 range has proven to see buyers sweep in, sellers are proving to be too much to handle. This area previously served as a strong safety net, on 12th September, where decent buying came into play.

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ZEC/USD weekly chart

Viewing the weekly chart, the bears are currently testing the lowest levels seen since May 2017 to the downside. This is seen just below the $90 level. Looking further south, the next major downside target is seen at the $75 area. This is a weekly support level, which was last in play back in April 2017, when the price started to pick up bull momentum.

A breach of the above-mentioned areas could be catastrophic. Eyes would then be on ZEC/USD potentially free-falling a further 50%, down within $40. This would be the next major consolidation area that could provide some firmer footing. The price last traded here in March 2017. This would be the very extreme scenario but cannot be ruled out.

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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Bank Sector Likely to Show Steadiness as 2020 Presidential Election Cycle Looms

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About a month ago, we analyzed the financial sector where individual banks were considered for investment. This time, we are back to this sector again, since in the current conditions it cannot be ignored. This time, however, we are going to analyze ETFs that include financial sector papers.

When analyzing the S&P 500, there are doubts about its further growth, unless there’s a correction towards 2,400. But in order for such a correction to take place, some significant event must occur that will scare off investors and force them close their positions for a while, locking in profits. The S&P 500 reacts sensitively to the presidential elections and programs adopted by new US leaders.

For example, Barack Obama took over as president during the mortgage crisis, and he had to solve the problems of growing debt, which later exceeded 100% of GDP, and look for new ways to develop the economy after massive bankruptcies of companies. At that time, the S&P 500 lost 67% in 18 months and reached its 2002 lows, which was the result of the dotcom crisis. Later, however, Obama’s administration managed to find a solution by quantitative easing stimulus. The conditions for regulating the financial market, the crisis driver, were tightened, the financial service users protection was strengthened, and measures to reduce taxes, taken under Bush Jr., were prolonged.

As a result, investors calmed down, unemployment began to gradually decline, and the S&P 500 went up to conquer new highs, which continued throughout the 8 years of Barack Obama’s leadership. The only significant correction occurred a year before the start of Obama’s second term, as investors might have decided to hedge and cash off. Nevertheless, once it became clear that Barack Obama would step in for a second term, the S&P 500 rally continued. Thus, during Obama’s administration, the index went up by 314%.

In early 2015, however, the rise ended with a strong resistance at 2,130, which the S&P 500 was able to overcome only after the presidential elections won by Donald Trump. One of Trump’s campaign promises was a substantial tax cut that would allow the US economy to grow more rapidly. Such a strategy means an increase in companies’ profits through tax cuts in order to ensure the release of money for investment in new developments that make the US businesses more efficient and competitive in the global market. At the moment, we can see its positive results: the unemployment rate in the US has fallen to its 10-year low, the S&P 500 is at its historic highs, while the company earnings reports are breaking their own records.

In 2020, the next presidential elections will be held and, as history shows, a year before the market is usually uncertain until it receives confirmation that everything will stay the same. Thus, it will be difficult for the S&P 500 to break out 3,000 at once without a significant correction. There is a very big temptation to take a long position at current prices, as fundamental analysis does not show any negative sentiment in the markets. The companies’ reports, however, have been issued adjusted since Q2 2018, and, besides, as told above, tax cuts are a great contribution to an increase in profits. In this situation, it is important to pay attention to the rise in sales, and not to profits as such, since the earnings do not show how the companies are truly doing. Earnings and profits are worth taking into account only after Q2 2019 when it will be a year after the new accounting system has been implemented.

Take Facebook for example: the stock price has been down since the Q2 report, while the earnings hit the record high. In the Q3 report, the revenue was even higher, but the stock is still down, just because high profits are no longer a positive indicator. The investors want to see many more new users, while the number is actually decreasing.

Thus, over the next 6 months, the S&P is likely to trade rangebound. Then, the presidential elections will be drawing nearer, adding more pressure to the market because of the uncertainty.

Overall, the financial sector looks less risky, as, with good earnings, it will feel great, but even in case the earnings are not so good, companies will still have to pay their debts to the banks. In addition, the Fed is very likely to continue rate hikes, which will lead to an additional profit flow.

An unexpected crisis may be the only negative factor here, but in this case any investment will be in the red.

Among financial ETFs, one may consider a few funds with over $1M managed money.

iShares US Financial Services ETF (IYF), $1.77B managed, 35% in the banking services sector, 12% in the investment banking sector.

If we break down the banking sector, the top three are JPMorgan Chase (7.13%), Bank of America (5.00%), and Wells Fargo (4.47%).

In the investment banking, 8.32% accounts for the Warren Edward Buffett Berkshire Hathaway Fund.

The next one is iShares US Financial Services ETF (IYG), with $1.7B managed. The banking sector accounts for 52.83% of the fund’s portfolio. The top three are JPMorgan Chase (12.36%), Bank of America (8.66%), and Wells Fargo (7.75%).

Yet another fund one may pay attention to is Fidelity MSCI Financials Index ETF (FNCL), with $1.27B managed. The banking sector accounts for 51.71% of the fund’s portfolio. The top three are again JPMorgan Chase (9.84%), Bank of America (7.05%), and Wells Fargo (6.42%). This fund, as well as the iShares US Financial Services ETF (IYF) has a Berkshire Hathaway investment in its portfolio (7.30%).

By Dmitriy Gurkovsky, Chief Analyst at RoboMarkets

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