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Weekly Analysis: Stocks at Decision Point, Altcoins Still on Fire

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Asset Current Value Weekly Change
S&P 500 2363 0.80%
DAX 12312 2.06%
WTI Crude Oil 50.81 5.92%
GOLD 1247.50 -0.24%
Bitcoin 1075 1.32%
EUR/USD 1.0657 -1.49%

5 Things to Watch Next Week

  1. Will Bitcoin target its all-time high?

The most important cryptocurrency scared bulls last weekend as it spiked lower to $900 before recovering above $1000 during the week. The currency was stable in the last few days, and that might prove to be the calm before the storm. Bulls have the $1300 level in their crosshairs, with still the $880-$900 zone being the “make-or-break” spot for Bitcoin.

Bitcoin, Daily Chart Analysis

  1. Job’s Friday: Another positive employment report with weak earnings?

As the Fed’s future rate hikes are still in the center of attention, the most awaited monthly economic release could define trading during the week. The Dollar could take the biggest hit in the event of a negative surprise, and US government bonds might also experience heavy trading.

  1. Trump meets the Chinese President: Flexing of muscles?

The leaders of arguably the two most important economies will meet on Thursday, and investors around the world will anxiously be looking for hints on a possible trade war between the two nations. Trump has been hostile towards the Chinese monetary and international trade policies in his campaign, but he proved flexible in several issues before (like the question of Taiwan). Beware, stocks and currencies could turn volatile!

  1. New highs ahead for stocks or the correction resumes?

Although several major benchmarks, like the Nasdaq and the DAX marched to new highs in the second half of the week, other indices remained relatively weak. This divergence is usually bad news for markets, although it’s likely that the laggards will heal next week. The first few days could be crucial for stocks, as the indices trade just above important support levels.

  1. What are the central banks up to?

Last week the words of FED-member Charles Evans had a bigger impact on markets than the Brexit or any of the key economic releases. With that in mind, the meeting minutes of the FOMC and the ECB both have the potential to significantly move markets on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. The ECB sent hawkish signals last time around, while the Fed’s communication was nothing short of a mess, so predicting an outcome is probably seems like a gamble here.

In Focus: Cryptocurrencies


The 7-day performance of the main cryptocurrencies, (% gains)

Cryptocurrencies had a strange but mostly bullish week, as the recent stars of the altcoin market took a backseat, while other currencies such as Ripple and Litecoin had stellar moves. Last week’s winner Ethereum started the week in a bullish fashion, but the rally stalled around the $53 level, and the currency spent the second half of the period in a low-volatility consolidation-pattern. Monero also settled down after three sensational weeks, as it also traded below its recent highs, sticking to the important psychological level at $20. Dash entered a deep correction after the huge surge earlier on in March, falling by more than 30% since last Sunday.

The Cryptocurrency market is buzzing, and volatility is likely to remain the name of the game. Look out for another round of rotation, and a possibly huge move in this week’s stable currencies. Litecoin saw the third largest trading volume last week, thanks to the surge in its price, but it couldn’t get close to the leading duo of Bitcoin and Ethereum. Ripple jumped to the third place in market capitalization as Litecoin took over Monero.

Currency Weekly Volume Market Cap
Bitcoin 2071 17358
Ethereum 691 4625
Ripple 130 817
Dash 165 493
Litecoin 338 341
Monero 47 295

 

Key Economic Releases of the Week

Day Country Release Expected Previous
Monday AUSTRALIA Retail Sales (monthly) 0.30% 0.40%
Monday UK Manufacturing PMI 55.1 54.6
Monday US ISM Manufacturing PMI 57 57.7
Tuesday AUSTRALIA RBA Rate Decision 1.50% 1.50%
Tuesday UK Construction PMI 52.50% 52.50%
Tuesday CANADA Trade Balance 0.7 billion 0.8 billion
Tuesday US Trade Balance -46.7 billion -48.5 billion
Tuesday US Factory Orders (monthly) 0.90% 1.2%
Wednesday UK Services PMI 53.5 53.3
Wednesday US ADP Employment Change 225,000 298,000
Wednesday US ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI 57 57.6
Wednesday US Crude Oil Inventories 0.9 million
Wednesday US FOMC Meeting Minutes
Thursday GERMANY Factory Orders (monthly) 3.50% -0.80%
Thursday EUROZONE ECB Meeting Accounts
Thursday CANADA Building Permits (monthly) 5.40%
Thursday US Initial Jobless Claims (weekly) 251,000 258,000
Friday CANADA Employment Change 5,700 15,300
Friday CANADA Unemployment Rate 6.70% 6.60%
Friday US Hourly Earnings 0.20% 0.20%
Friday US Employment Change 175,000 235,000
Friday US Unemployment Rate 4.70% 4.70%
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Selloff Resumes as Italian Budget Crisis Deepens

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It was another ugly day for risk assets globally, with equities getting hit particularly hard and although the major US indices managed to hold on above last week’s lows, the charts are now looking wounded even on Wall Street.

There were plenty of negative catalysts dragging lower stocks during the session, with especially the ugly Italy-European Union budget debate causing turmoil in Italian government bonds, equities, and to a lesser extent, the Euro.

Nasdaq 100 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The new bear market lows in the main Chinese indices also weighed heavily on sentiment throughout the day, while the post-Fed-minutes rise in US Treasury Yields also added to the worries. Wall Street opened lower, and after a brief rally attempt sellers took control of the market, and the rout didn’t stop until the closing bell with the Nasdaq leading the way lower yet again.

The tech benchmark shed a bit more than 2% on the day, and stocks finished with deep losses across the board, despite the better-than-expected quarterly report of Philip Morris (PM) and the beat in the Philly Fed Index.

Russell 2000, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The short-term trend in the US is undoubtedly bearish, and although all benchmarks, including the Russell 2000, are holding up above their recent multi-month lows, we would still treat any rally as a selling opportunity in stocks.

Tomorrow we could see fireworks again, and the Asian session could already be very active, since several key Chinese economic releases are coming out, such as the quarterly GDP, Retail Sales, and Industrial Production.

2-Year US Yield, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Treasuries had a very hectic session, as yields, especially on the short end of the curve got close to their recent highs in early trading before pulling back due to the intensifying Italy-related worries towards the end of the US session.

Given the recent hawkish tilt in the Fed’s rhetoric, strong flattening of the yield curve could be ahead, should the equity selloff deepen, as we don’t see new highs on long-dated yields in that case, but a quick change in the tightening schedule of the US central seems less likely now.

Dollar Confirms Swing Low amid Risk-Off Flows

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The EUR/USD pair dipped below the 1.15 level again, and although the momentum of the move is weak, the Dollar Index also confirmed the swing low that we pointed out yesterday. The reserve currency could be ready to test its August highs, even as the most vulnerable emerging market currencies are still relatively strong.

Given the expansive fiscal policy of the Trump administration, it’s no surprise that the Dollar is not surging higher, even as the troubles in the Eurozone are way deeper. Still, the Greenback entered another leg higher in its uptrend, and besides the safe-haven Yen, no major currency is in a bullish technical position compared to the USD even form a short-term perspective.

That said, forex markets could see very hectic conditions in the coming busy months, with the US midterm elections, the possible Chinese crisis, the ongoing quantitative tightening, and of course Donald Trump all capable of causing wild swings in the major pairs.

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Pre-Market Analysis And Chartbook: Stocks Turn Lower as Treasury Yields Eye Multi-Year Highs Again

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Thursday Market Snapshot

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2,791 -0.91%
DAX 30 11,664 -0.43%
WTI Crude Oil 69.16 -1.30%
GOLD 1,227 0.16%
Bitcoin 6,438 0.01%
EUR/USD 1.1486 -0.11%

Equities are broadly lower after the opening bell on Wall Street, with the selloff in China and the rise in US Treasury yields setting the tone for the day so far. The risk-off shift that dragged even the mighty US stock market lower last week continues to dominate trading globally, and while volatility is well below its recent peak, bulls are on the defensive with regards to the majority of risk assets.

Shanghai Composite Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Shanghai Composite hit yet another 4-year low today, amid rumors on forced liquidations following the hawkish surprise of yesterday’s Fed meeting minutes. The Chinese index confirmed its bear market again, and as the trade war rhetoric of the Trump administration will likely heat up before the midterms in November, selling pressure could remain strong.

FTSE 100 Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

With the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit increasing, nervous trading continues on the related assets, with especially British equities feeling pain lately. The FTSE 100 has been lagging even the relatively weak European markets, and although the benchmark is trading above its spring lows, thanks mostly to the long-term weakness in the Pound, short-term technicals are very weak, and a breakdown below to a new almost 2-year low looks imminent.

Economic numbers have been mixed today, with British Retail Sales missing the consensus estimate by a mile, while the US Philly Fed Manufacturing Index came in slightly better than expected. The negative surprise added to the pressure on British stocks, although forex markets are little changed and the Pound remained relatively stable.

US Stocks Lower Again amid Choppy Consolidation

S&P 500 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The major US indices opened lower and extended their losses in the first hour of trading, with the S&P 500 still trading in a clear short-term downtrend following last week’s plunge. Treasury Yields, particularly on the short-end of the curve are aback near their multi-year highs after yesterday’s Fed surprise, and that weighs heavily on investors sentiment.

Philip Morris (PM) is up by more than 3% following its earnings report, as the company continued the quarter’s trend of positive surprises, but the broader market is still largely ignoring the bullish news, as US investors are focusing more on the mounting funding risks and the strengthening international headwinds.

Copper Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While currencies are relatively calm today, commodities are having an active session, and crude oil and copper are both headed lower amid the fresh risk-off shift, while old is flat thanks to safe-haven flows. WTI crude hit another one-month low today after yesterday’s breakdown, falling below $69 per barrel and copper is also in a precarious technical position.

The volatility compression pattern looks to be ending in the industrial metal, as we expected, given the weakness in China, it’s no surprise that the commodity moved below its short-term range. A drop below the strong support near $2.70 could mean that copper resumed the broad downtrend, and that would be a bearish sign concerning the global economy.

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Monero Price Analysis: XMR/USD is Stable and Gunning for Potential Gains on “Bulletproofs” Technology Update Day

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  • Monero developers have released an updated version to their protocol, implementing “Bulletproofs”.
  • XRM/USD is within a range block, with price behavior suggesting of a potential imminent breakout higher.

Monero Becoming First Crypto Over Billion-Dollar Market Cap Implementing “Bulletproofs”

Developers at the Monero foundation, have released an updated version to the protocol. This will be live from 18th and 19th October. They are becoming the first network to try out “bulletproofs”. The goal of this technology is to significantly decrease the weight of confidential transactions. From today, 18th October, the privacy-focused cryptocurrency will be testing this.

The move from Monero will make them the first crypto with over a billion-dollar market cap, to try out the “bulletproofs” technology. Over the past year, the foundation has been working on cutting the size of its confidential transactions, by at least 80 percent.  A full overview of the upgrade was posted in a blog post by Monero.

The purpose of bulletproofs are to facilitate confidential transactions. Senders and recipients addresses will remain visible, but the amounts being sent is concealed. The technology also aims to reduce transaction times and fees.

Sarang Noether, a spokesperson for Monero and a key part of the bulletproof integration, was recently speaking on the upgrade. He noted that “Bulletproofs will be replacing the “zero-knowledge range proofs”, of which their confidential transactions are reliant on. The cryptocurrency will activate the technology during its next system-wide upgrade, or hard fork. An upgrade that will require nodes to adopt a new software. Furthermore, Sarang added, “hard forks are sometimes colored as a risky process. However, this upgrade is part of Monero’s bi-annual cycle to introduce new features.”

Technical Review – 4-hour Chart

XMR/USD 4-hour chart

XRM/USD for the past going on three sessions now has been trading within a tight range-block. This trading behavior coming after the aggressive movements seen just some days before. On 11th October the price had spiked over 10% lower. To then enter a tight range, which saw a huge breakout, jumping around 20% high. Over half of this spike to the upside was reversed, moving into the three-session range as mentioned above.

Looking to the upside, eyes will be on another range-breakout. Bulls will be wanting to retest the breached supporting trend line. An attempt was made during the rally seen on 15th October, however strong resistance was observed. In terms of support, this can be eyed at the lower part of the current range, around $107.50. If the bears pile enough pressure, it vcould see a fast move back to $100, then further south below demand area from $86-76.

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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