|Asset||Current Value||Weekly Change|
|WTI Crude Oil||45.90||-4.15%|
The British snap election fueled the most prominent moves of the week, as the Pound was heavily sold on the narrow victory of the Conservative Party. The Euro also got under pressure after the referendum, but global stock markets emerged unharmed form the brief turmoil. The major US indices continued to hit new all-time highs, although a strange flash crash occurred in some of the biggest names in the NASDAQ (Apple, Amazon) on Friday. Whether or not this is the beginning of something bigger is yet to be seen, but the fact that a single investment report (by Goldman Sachs, of course) could have such a huge effect on prices is, at least, interesting.Financial markets had a very busy week, with some unforeseen events and surprising developments. Qatar entered the spotlight somewhat out of the blue, when Saudi Arabia and its allies initiated a diplomatic blockade against the country. While the effects on the global markets have been limited so far, this might be the first step in an escalation between the two major power centers of the region, Saudi Arabia and Iran. Donald Trump continues to be a major contributor to the news flow, as the Comey-Russia scandal is starting to really hurt position of the President, following a controversial round of hearings in the ex-FBI Director’s case.
The Chinese stock market was among the positive surprises of the week as it remained strong despite the mostly negative economic news coming out from the country. Of course, the huge problems of the Chinese financial system are far from solved, but the genie is back in the bottle for now. Commodities had a mixed week, with both gold and oil being on a roller-coaster most of the times. The Chinese rebound helped the industrial segment with copper finally showing some strength, although the global growth concerns are not gone, and we might be in for more weakness down the road.
Amazon (AMZN), 5-minute chart
The coins had a busy and bullish week, as Bitcoin and Ethereum hit new highs once again, with ETH providing the biggest boost to the market. Ripple continues to struggle, especially compared to the other cryptocurrencies, as it continues to be in a long-term correction phase. Litecoin, Monero, Ethereum Classic, and Dash are consolidating in a bullish fashion, although they all failed to make meaningful progress during the week. NEM is under pressure following in Ripple’s footsteps, while last week’s star Stratis is in a short-term correction , with Bitashares jumping into the top 10 coins in market value according to Coinmarketcap after an epic rally.
Ethereum, 4-Hour Chart Analysis
Economic releases were mixed once again, with the most important numbers coming in slightly below expectations. The British economy kept on disappointing, especially the forward-looking indicators, which is not a good sign before the conclusion of the Brexit talks. The US economy still seems OK before next week’s Fed decision, although the surprises are overwhelmingly on the negative side. The ECB and Mario Draghi hit a more cautious tone on the central bank’s monetary meeting, and that stopped the Euro’s rally for now. It is now up to the Federal Reserve to evaluate the conditions, with forex traders anxiously looking for clues about the bank’s future policies.
NASDAQ 100 Futures, 4-hour Chart Analysis
The NASDAQ 100 basically flash crashed on Friday as the biggest names in the benchmark dragged it lower, erasing almost two-weeks of gains in just two hours. Although the index rebounded off its lows, it is a strong indication that there is increased fragility in the system after the robust Trump-rally. The most important levels to watch next week are at 5725, 5675, and near 5600.
Key Economic Releases of the Week
|Monday||US||ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI||56.9||57.1||57.5|
|Tuesday||AUSTRALIA||RBA Rate Decision||1.50%||1.50%||1.50%|
|Wednesday||US||Crude Oil Inventories||3.3 mill||-3.1 mill||-6.4 mill|
|Thursday||JAPAN||Final GDP Growth||0.30%||0.60%||0.50%|
|Thursday||AUSTRALIA||Trade Balance||0.56 bill||1.99 bill||3.11 bill|
|Thursday||CHINA||Trade Balance||282 bill||336 bill||262 bill|
|Thursday||EUROZONE||ECB Interest Rate Decision||0||0||0|
|Thursday||EUROZONE||ECB Monetary Statement||–||–||–|
|Thursday||US||Initial Jobless Claims||245,000||241,000||248,000|
|Friday||CANADA||Trade Balance||-0.4 bill||0.0 bill||-0.1 bill|
|Friday||US||Trade Balance||-45.5 bill||-45.5 bill||-43.7 bill|