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U.S. Stocks Return to Positive Territory as Tech Snaps Five-Day Skid

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U.S. stocks rose slightly on Wednesday, as technology companies snapped a five-day losing streak in a session marked by thinner than usual trade volumes.

Most Sectors Finish Higher

Seven of the S&P 500’s 11 main sectors recorded gains on Wednesday, propelling the large-cap index to gains of 0.1%. The benchmark average finished at 2,682.62, partially offsetting back-to-back declines.

Technology stocks added 0.2%, ending their longest losing streak since April. The sector was buoyed Microsoft Corp (MSFT) and Facebook Inc. (FB), which added 0.4% and 0.9%, respectively.

Positive contributions also came from utilities, a sector usually known for being a defensive play. Utilities stocks finished 0.4%. higher. Healthcare, industrials and materials also contributed to the gains on Wednesday.

Housing stocks also edged higher after data showed an unexpected increase in pending home sales. The National Association of Realtor’s pending home sales index rose 0.2% in November, following a gain of 3.5% the previous month. Analysts in a median estimate called for a half percent decline.

On the opposite side of the ledger, energy shares fell 0.3% as oil prices eased off two-and-a-half-year highs. Energy stocks have been on a tear as of late, returning 7.4% over the past month compared with the S&P 500’s 3% gain.

Elsewhere on Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 28.09 points, or 0.1%, to finish at 24,774.30. Meanwhile, the technology-driven Nasdaq Composite Index finished relatively flat at 6,939.34.

Holiday Bounce?

The long-studied ‘Santa Claus rally’ appears to have eluded Wall Street this year – at least, based on the first two sessions of the week. Seasonal influences around this time of year normally produce healthy gains for the benchmark indexes. Muted gains partially reflect lower trading volumes ahead of the new year. They also indicate that the so-called Trump rally is running out of steam.

Even without the Santa Claus rally, Wall Street is poised for a resounding year of gains, with the major indexes returning between 18% and 26% since Jan. 1.

With tax reform out of the way, the Trump administration is said to be eyeing its next legislative battle: infrastructure spending. While campaigning, Trump promised to implement a trillion-dollar spending bill designed to boost America’s transportation infrastructure.

The Trump administration is also eyeing deregulation of the finance and energy industries. That process already began earlier this year when the president ordered a formal review of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which was the Obama administration’s principal response to the subprime mortgage crisis.

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Hi Everyone,

Caught in a landslide, no escape from the reality of the bear market.

One of the Ethereum dev teams currently building the decentralized future wasn’t looking for sympathy but did announce that they are poor.

Bismillah! Their prayers were answered by Vitalik Buterin the creator of Ethereum himself.

This sparked quite a reaction from Vitalik’s followers who were apt to point out Vitalik’s nickname… “Non-giver of Ether.”

Thanks to the transparent nature of Ethereum, we can trace the transaction back to one of Vitalik’s wallets and see a little silhouette of his presence on the network. YOLO!!

Perhaps most notable are his holdings in Maker, Kyber, and OMG. His Spank balance is near empty but he does have one digital kitten…

All jokes aside, the 1000 ETH sent were certainly not a giveaway at all. It was a strategic investment in the network to support the much-needed efforts to scale the Ethereum blockchain.

Let’s hope the rhapsody pays off.

@MatiGreenspan
eToro, Senior Market Analyst

Today’s Daily Market Update pays tribute to the most streamed song from the 20th century: https://youtu.be/fJ9rUzIMcZQ

Today’s Highlights

  • Carry on, Carry On
  • Galileo Figaro Magnifico
  • Face the Truth

Please note: All data, figures & graphs are valid as of December 19th. All trading carries risk. Only risk capital you can afford to lose.

Traditional Markets

Too late. The Fed’s time has come. Monetary tightening sends shivers down my spine. The economy is aching all the time. Goodbye quantitative easing. ZIRP has got to go. Gotta leave the President and the markets behind and face the truth.

Mama… this is the way the wind blows…

Today the US Federal Reserve is expected to raise their benchmark interest rate by 0.25%. Markets have been on edge since early October in anticipation of rising interest rates but at this point, it’s simply too late to back down. Anything but a full delivery of what economists are expecting would project weakness. Certainly, they’d prefer to spare us from this monstrosity.

Now for some perspective here’s a graph of the S&P500 over the last 50 years where each candle is three months. That last one was probably put aside by Beelzebub.

Leave it all Behind & Face The Truth

I don’t wanna die, and neither does the crypto market apparently. The price action over the last few days is clear evidence of that. There are two news stories, which people are pointing to that might be helping drive the positive sentiment.

Number one is this article from Bloomberg, who have done the research and found that Tether does indeed have the reserves promised.

The second is an update from ICE, who seems to be all set for their launch on January 24th (pending regulatory approval). The update is from a week ago, but the timing and dates in the note seem to line up with the market movements quite nicely.

Galileo Figaro Magnifico

Though Galileo loved to look at the moon, he also studied gravity. After all, market action is nothing more than practical physics.

Figaro managed to enter a legal contract of marriage despite harsh authoritative oversight.

And isn’t it magnifico how the crypto markets are moving lately?!

For those wondering why we’re seeing this awesome push from the floor, the only explanation I can give is that this rally is all about short covering.

Especially after the short squeeze, we saw on Monday, today’s action is simply a continuation of that. Markets are made of people and it’s likely that most people will be looking to reduce their exposure before the holidays.

Over the last few weeks, there have been a lot of high leveraged short positions building up and when those sell positions are closed, it creates upward pressure on market prices.

The evidence of this can be found hiding in plain sight.

Take a look at how Bitcoin Cash, which has probably been the most controversial of coins and many have blamed for the recent slide, is up about double of what the rest of the market has done today.

This is the real life, so have a fantastic day!

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Past performance is not an indication of future results. All trading involves risk; only risk capital you are prepared to lose.

The outlook presented is a personal opinion of the analyst and does not represent an official position of eToro.

eToro is a multi-asset platform which offers both investing in stocks and cryptocurrencies, as well as trading CFD assets.

Please note that CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 65% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

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U.S. Stocks Mostly Higher on FOMC Drift; Bitcoin Price Maintains Upward Trend

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U.S. stocks traded mostly higher on Tuesday, as the Federal Reserve’s two-day policy meeting was officially underway in Washington. The cryptocurrency market notched a fresh 12-day high as bitcoin and its altcoin peers maintained their upward traction for most of the session.

Stocks Recover

Wall Street recovered modestly after plunging on Monday to their lowest levels of the year.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 82.66 points, or 0.4%, to close at 23,675.64. The industrial benchmark fell more than 500 points on Monday.

The large-cap S&P 500 Index trimmed all of its gains to finish flat at 2,546.16. Gains were concentrated in six sectors, with consumer discretionary and information technology companies among the biggest gainers. Losses were primarily concentrated in energy and consumer staples.

A strong performance in technology-related industries pushed the Nasdaq Composite Index firmly higher. The index climbed 0.5% to settle at 6,783.91. On Monday, the Nasdaq joined the S&P 500 and Dow in negative territory for the year.

FOMC Drift

The relatively strong performance in stocks ahead of Wednesday’s Federal Reserve policy verdict has a well established historical precedent. Since 1994, gains in the 24 hours before the FOMC meetings represent 80% of excess returns in the market, according to CNBC. The average S&P 500 gain during that stretch is 0.5%.

Policymakers are widely expected to raise interest rates at the conclusion of the FOMC meeting on Wednesday. The accompanying rate statement and quarterly economic projections could shed light on the central bank’s future path at a time when President Trump is pressuring officials to end the tightening cycle.

Based on Fed Fund futures prices, the chance of a liftoff tomorrow is 71.5%. That’s down slightly from Monday and is well below levels seen last month.

Cryptocurrencies Show Stability

The cryptocurrency market traded mostly higher on Tuesday, as bitcoin and the major altcoins avoided a reversal following a strong start to the week.

The market cap for all cryptocurrencies peaked at $115.6 billion, the highest since Dec. 6. At press time, the market came in just shy of $114.1 billion.

Among top-ten cryptocurrencies, bitcoin cash (BCH) was the best performer, gaining 8.6% to $99.36. EOS climbed 4.2% to trade at $2.50. XRP rose 1% to trade at $0.3308. Bitcoin’s price was little changed at $3,552.12.

Stable market prices were accompanied by a sharp rise in trading volumes. Crypto exchanges processed nearly 50% more volume on Tuesday, according to CoinMarketCap. Total market turnover rose above $17 billion, based on latest available data.

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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Forex Update: Dollar Drifts Lower With All Eyes on the Fed

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Asset Current Value Daily Change
EUR/USD 1.1368 0.19%
GBP/USD 1.2648 0.20%
USD/JPY 112.55 -0.23%
AUD/USD 0.7201 0.34%
GOLD 1,250 0.14%
WTI Crude Oil 48.53 -1.32%
BTC/USD 3,565 1.96%

With just one day left until the week’s main event, the Fed’s rate decision, it’s no surprise that forex markets are having a very choppy session, with the Dollar and the main safe-haven assets being in focus. The USD has been under pressure in the last couple of days amid the louder and louder critiques regarding the Fed’s rate hikes, and although economic numbers continue to be positive in the US, and the consensus still points an increase tomorrow, leaving the rates unchanged wouldn’t be as shocking as one week ago.

Economic numbers were mixed today, with the German IFO index missing the consensus estimate, but with the US housing market showing stability for the second month in a road. Building permits and Housing Starts both bounced back more than expected amid the pullback in Treasury yields in November, pointing to a still relatively healthy economy in the US.

While the Dollar only managed a small pop higher following the releases, as Treasury yields plunged to new multi-month lows again, the underlying bullish trend seems safe for the reserve currency.

Technical Analysis

GBP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Great British Pound is having another active session, and although it briefly surpassed the crucial 1.27 level against the Dollar, it fell sharply later on, leaving last week’s key technical breakdown intact.  While choppy trading is expected across the forex segment up until tomorrow’s key Fed announcements, the Pound could remain active, with the Brexit chaos and Theresa May’s shaky position still causing headaches for traders.

EUR/JPY, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While risk assets rebounded today after yesterday’s volatile and bearish session, the main safe-haven assets, such as the Japanese Yen and gold continue to perform well, especially compared to the risk-on currencies. The EUR/JPY pair which has been trading in a broad bearish consolidation pattern since October is testing the key support zone between 127.50 and 127.75, threatening with a key breakdown in the coming weeks. While the short-term momentum indicators are slightly oversold, the pair is clearly bearish both short- and long-term and traders should be looking for entry points on the short side.

USD/CNH, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Some analysts call the Dollar/Yen pair “most important currency pair of 2019”, and the pair continues to trade in the close vicinity of its October low, despite the recent trade-related optimism. A clear dovish surprise tomorrow could send the Yuan soaring, even in light of the recent weak Chinese economic data, but for the coming months, new highs are very likely (meaning new lows for the Yuan), and a drop to 6.85 would be an optimal entry point for traders.

WTI Crude Oil, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Oil continues to be in a steep broader downtrend, and despite the deeply oversold long-term momentum readings, the crucial commodity only managed to consolidate in a sideways trading range after dipping below the key $50 per barrel price level in the WTI contract.

Yesterday, the price of the contract fell below its prior low, and today the commodity plunged by more than 5%, violating the $47.50 per barrel level for the first time since mid-2017. Barring a quick recovery, the breakdown could extend to the $44 per barrel level but a strong support zone is already found between $46.50 and $47.

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