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Daily Analysis: Pound Roars Higher Again as Bitcoin Rebounds

Posted on September 15th, 2017.

Friday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2494 -0.01% DAX 12518 -0.17% WTI Crude Oil 49.77 -0.22% GOLD 1326.00 -0.24% Bitcoin 3494 3.36% EUR/USD 1.1934 0.13% We expected a boost from the surprising shift of the Bank of England, but the two-day rally that the Great British Pound staged is still quite impressive. The...

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North Korea Just Fired Its Second Missile Over Japan, and Investors Don’t Seem to Care

Posted on September 15th, 2017.

Investors are getting less excited by North Korea’s antics. The Communist state just launched its second missile over Japan in as many months, and Asian markets are shrugging it off. North Korea Taunts Japan with Second Missile Strike It didn’t take long for North Korea to vent its frustration after the U.N. approved fresh...

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Daily Analysis: Yen Hits 10-Month High as Florida Braces for Irma

Posted on September 8th, 2017.

Friday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2463 -0.11% DAX 12303 0.05% WTI Crude Oil 48.12 -1.89% GOLD 1352.00 0.14% Bitcoin 4372 -5.29% EUR/USD 1.2039 0.14% There has been a distinct duality between forex markets and stock markets in recent days, as the most important safe haven assets, namely gold and the Japanese...

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As North Korea Jolts Markets, Investors Look to Shiller PE Ratio for Signs of Overvaluation

Posted on September 6th, 2017.

U.S. and global stock markets have come under intense selling pressure this week, as concerns over a North Korea standoff dampen investor sentiment. Global Stocks Follow Wall Street Lower The selloff that began on Wall Street after Labor Day has extended into Asia. Japanese stocks are down across the board on Wednesday, with the...

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Asian Market Update – Wednesday: Cryptocurrencies recover from earlier sharp falls

Posted on September 6th, 2017.

The Big Question: Will governments and regulators be able to stop the rise of digital currencies? Crytocurrencies appear to have regained its footing overnight during the Asian trading session, trimming massive losses from a free fall in the past couple of days after China issued a ban on ICOs. The price of bitcoin rebounded from a low...

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Daily Analysis: North Korea and Cryptocurrencies in Focus as Irma Targets Florida

Posted on September 5th, 2017.

Tuesday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2448 -1.09% DAX 12123 0.18% WTI Crude Oil 48.66 2.85% GOLD 1342.00 0.93% Bitcoin 4278 2.16% EUR/USD 1.1900 0.03% With the major North American exchanges closed for Labor Day and Canada Day yesterday, global markets traded with thin volumes, but today, traders and...

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U.S. Equity Futures Point to Volatile Session After Labor Day as North Korea Threats Linger

Posted on September 5th, 2017.

U.S. equity futures declined on Labor Day, as investors reacted to the fallout from North Korea’s latest nuclear provocation. Futures resumed their downtrend early on Tuesday, with the S&P 500, Dow Jones and Nasdaq mini contracts heading for declines. Equity Markets on Edge After a three-day weekend, Wall Street returns to full...

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5 Things to Watch Next Week: The ECB Meeting, Crypto-Correction, North Korea, Stock Volatility, Dollar Bounce

Posted on September 4th, 2017.

1.            Will Draghi Finally Show his Cards? The European Central Bank will hold its monetary meeting on Thursday, and the financial world will be watching closely. The president of the central bank hinted several times on the dialing back of the extremely easy policies, but the bank also expressed that a strong Euro is not welcomed...

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Asian Market Update – Friday: Asian stocks rose on regional manufacturing data

Posted on September 1st, 2017.

The Big Question: How solid are the fundamentals for Asia-Pacific equity markets? Major equity markets in Asia Pacific traded on a positive note on the last trading day of the week, after a slew of data on manufacturing activity for August were released in China, Japan and South Korea. In Japan, after the Japan manufacturing PMI was...

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Asian Market Update – Thursday: Asian equities mixed on positive economic data from the US, geopolitical tensions

Posted on August 31st, 2017.

The Big Question: What matters more for Asian investors: Events in the region or in the US? Major equity markets in the Asia Pacific were in a mixed mode on Thursday, with stock indexes in Japan and Australia making gains on better-than-expected economic data out of the US, while stocks in China and South Korea seeing losses over...

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U.S. Dollar Erases Losses as Risk Aversion Fades; Economic Data in Focus

Posted on August 30th, 2017.

The U.S dollar reversed heavy losses on Tuesday, as risk appetite returned to the financial markets following another bout of North Korea jitters. Despite the modest gain, the greenback is in a firm downtrend that extends all the way back to the start of 2017. DXY Stems Declines The U.S. dollar index (DXY) was down around half a percent...

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Daily Analysis: Stocks Bounce Back Hard as Markets Digest North Korea Threat

Posted on August 29th, 2017.

Tuesday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2446 0.11% DAX 11,945 -1.45% WTI Crude Oil 46.49 -0.17% GOLD 1312.00 -0.18% Bitcoin 4558 4.89% EUR/USD 1.1995 0.13% Yesterday’s North Korean missile launch sparked a steep but short-lived decline in risk assets, and a spike in safe-haven markets, such as gold adn the...

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Asian Market Update – Tuesday: Asian Markets Fall on North Korean Missile Test over Japan

Posted on August 29th, 2017.

The Big Question: How will the US respond to the latest missile test by North Korea? Major equity markets in Asia suffered from a North Korean ballistic missile that flew over Japan early Tuesday morning, as investors in the region went into a risk-off mode, searching for safe-haven assets. The South Korean stock market saw the steepest...

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Daily Analysis: The Fed in Focus as Stocks Push Higher

Posted on August 16th, 2017.

Wednesday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2472 0.33% DAX 12263 0.71% WTI Crude Oil 47.19 -0.75% GOLD 1278.00 -0.08% Bitcoin 4276 5.03% EUR/USD 1.1698 -0.31% Stocks markets are in the Green today, as traders await the Federal Reserve meeting minutes which will come out later on today. The worse than expected US...

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Gold Fails to Break $1,300 as Risk Appetite Returns to the Financial Markets

Posted on August 15th, 2017.

Gold prices were knocked from more than two-month highs on Tuesday, as risk appetite returned to the financial markets. Gold Rally Fails to Eclipse $1,300 A familiar narrative has befallen gold this week, as the metal appears poised to complete a triple-top formation extending all the way back to April. After gaining roughly 5% over the...

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Daily Analysis: US Stocks Surge as War Tensions Ease

Posted on August 14th, 2017.

Monday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2464 0.96% DAX 12165 1.25% WTI Crude Oil 47.84 -2.01% GOLD 1288.00 -0.45% Bitcoin 4296 6.39% EUR/USD 1.1780 -0.37% Global stock markets opened sharply higher this week, as diplomatic options including Chinese sanctions got into the forefront of the North Korea standoff. The...

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5 Things to Watch This Week: North Korea, Bitcoin, Retail Sales, Gold, and the VIX

Posted on August 14th, 2017.

1.            Further Escalation between the US and North Korea? Last week delivered a huge surprise for those who thought that the North Korean situation will stay dormant after the saber-rattling earlier on this year. While the progress that the communist country made in its missile program is, in fact, huge, Donald Trump’s reaction...

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Stocks Look for Redemption After Second-Worst Week of 2017

Posted on August 14th, 2017.

North Korea tensions triggered a mass exodus from global equities last week, with the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average posting their second-biggest declines of the year. Stocks Drop, Volatility Spikes U.S. stocks edged higher on Friday, but that wasn’t enough to offset large weekly declines. The large-cap S&P 500...

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Daily Analysis: Dollar Dumps and Pumps on Inflation Miss

Posted on August 11th, 2017.

Friday Market Recap Asset Current Value Daily Change S&P 500 2444 0.29% DAX 12034 0.12% WTI Crude Oil 48.34 -0.51% GOLD 1291.00 0.08% Bitcoin 3534 3.83% EUR/USD 1.1795 0.20% The most awaited economic release of the week came out today, and the Consumer Price Index (CPI) missed the consensus once again, adding to a string of weak data...

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Geopolitical Sabre-Rattling Sends Gold to Two-Month Highs

Posted on August 10th, 2017.

Gold prices rode a tailwind of “fire and fury” Wednesday on route to two-month highs, as North Korea tensions triggered a bout of risk aversion in the financial markets. Precious Metals Surge Risk avoidance sent gold prices sharply higher in mid-week trading. The December futures contract closed a hair below $1,280.00 a troy...

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