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Weekly Forecast: Cryptocurrencies Look for Direction After Turbulent Month

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A wave of selling pressure has swept the cryptocurrency markets this month, casting a shadow over April’s bullish reversal. Though cryptos have declined for three consecutive weeks, downside pressure appears to be slowly fading as investors await the latest developments on the regulatory and adoption fronts.

Among correlated assets such as stocks, bonds and commodities, attention will be paid to ongoing geopolitical developments, free trade negotiations and economic data.

Cryptocurrencies: The End of the Downtrend?

Proponents of the price manipulation theory believe we may be nearing the end of the crypto-market downtrend as large investors continue to dump their oversized holdings of bitcoin.

This view is corroborated by the fact that the last three downtrends – starting in December and continuing to this day – have been accompanied by higher lows and shallower recoveries. At the same time, trading volumes are thinning with each major correction. Case in point: cryptocurrency trade volumes fell on Sunday to their lowest in six weeks.

That said, bitcoin is currently eyeing support in the high $6,000 range after briefly falling below $7,300 on Sunday. Analysts such as Willy Woo believe that a further breakdown below $6,000 is possible before we see any major rebound. Much of that will depend on bitcoin’s ability to hold the critical $6,500 support level, which the market has failed to breach since early February.

The cryptocurrency market bottomed at $320 billion last Thursday. A stalled weekend recovery knocked prices back toward $326 billion from a high near $340 billion.

Usually, signs of institutional adoption – like the ones we’ve seen repeatedly over the past three weeks – are a boon to crypto assets. However, it appears as if wider institutional adoption has already been priced into the market (i.e., “buy the rumor, sell the fact”). This suggests traders are now looking for tangible evidence of a new product or service being launched before they rally behind bitcoin like they did in December.

In the author’s view, the actual launch of Goldman Sachs’ bitcoin operation could provide that spark.

Geopolitics in Focus

A meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jon-un is back on as talks resumed in the wake of last week’s diplomatic breakdown.

The planned summit, which is scheduled to take place in Singapore next month, was salvaged after South Korean leader Moon Jae-in held an unannounced meeting with his northern counterpart on Saturday. According to Moon, the North Korean leader has “again made clear his commitment to a complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”

Stock markets are likely to respond favorably to the developments, as easing geopolitical tensions tend to boost risk-on assets. Investors should pay attention to futures trading in the coming hours for an indication of how the market will perform.

Economic Calendar

In terms of economic data and other key developments, below is a rundown of everything you need to know for the next five days.

Monday

U.S. stock markets are closed for Memorial Day.

No major data releases are expected.

Tuesday

The Dallas Federal Reserve Bank will release its monthly manufacturing business index, while S&P/Case-Shiller will report on U.S. house prices.

Meanwhile, New Zealand’s central bank will release its Financial Stability Report.

Wednesday

A deluge of economic data will make its way through the financial markets Wednesday, beginning in Europe with German retail sales, unemployment and consumer inflation. Europe’s largest economy likely saw a pickup in annual inflation for May, with analysts forecasting year-over-year growth of 1.9%.

Meanwhile, the European Commission’s statistical agency will report on a series of economic and business sentiment indicators.

Shifting gears to North America, the U.S. Commerce Department will release revised first-quarter GDP data. The ADP Research Institute will also release its monthly report on private-sector employment.

In terms of monetary policy, the Bank of Canada will deliver a verdict on interest rates early Wednesday. Canada’s benchmark interest rate is forecast to hold steady at 1.25%.

Thursday

Reports on Eurozone consumer prices and unemployment will headline European trading on Thursday. The consumer price index (CPI) for the 19-member euro area likely rose 1.6% annually in May compared with 1.2% the previous month.

In the U.S., the Department of Commerce will issue its monthly report on personal income and outlays. The data set also includes core personal consumption expenditures (PCE), the Federal Reserve’s preferred measure of inflation. The core PCE rate likely strengthened to an annual rate of 2% for April from 1.9%.

North of the border, the Canadian government will release first-quarter GDP figures.

Friday

U.S. nonfarm payrolls will headline Friday’s session, with the May report expected to show the creation of 185,000 jobs. Unemployment is projected to hold steady at 3.9% and average hourly earnings likely picked up to 2.7% annually from 2.6%.

Separately, the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) will report on U.S. manufacturing PMI. The May reading is expected to print 57.7 on the PMI scale. Anything above 50 signifies expansion.

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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US stock markets had an ugly morning after a bearish overnight session, with the major indices all hitting new correction lows, and with the Russell 2000 confirming the under-the-hood weakness on Wall Street yet again. The afternoon session saw another violent counter-trend rally, led by the Nasdaq that almost erased the 2+% losses accumulated during the first hours of trading.

Dow 30 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The most-awaited US earnings releases were a mixed bag today, as although the bottom line of the majority of companies beat estimates, the likes of 3M (MMM) and Caterpillar (CAT) outright crashed due to their disappointing guidance, putting even more pressure on the already shaky stock market.

Caterpillar (CAT), 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Verizon (VZ) and McDonald’s (MCD) performed much better after their earnings beat, but both companies are considered more defensive, and their encouraging results didn’t help the broader market in the gloomy environment. Texas Instruments (TXN) reported after the closing bell and as the semiconductor giant cut his guidance, the stock is down by around 5% lower in after-hours trading.

Treasuries Bounce Hard as Safe-Haven Flows Intensify Again

As for economic news, the German monthly PPI came in much higher than expected, the European Consumer Confidence Index was in line with expectations, while the US Richmond Manufacturing Index came in at 15, well below last month’s reading of 29 and the consensus 25.

XHB, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Tomorrow we will have the flash manufacturing and services PMIs from Europe and the US together with US new home sales, and the housing market gauge will be in the center of attention. US homebuilders have been plunging lower in recent weeks, and the XHB ETF is deep in a bear market already, as rising yields and mortgage rates hit the sector hard this year.

Today the segment outperformed thanks to the pullback in yields, and a positive surprise in sales could spark a meaningful short-covering move.

10-year US Yield, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While the swift rise in yields triggered the seep correction, at least on the surface, today the decline in stocks pushed yields lower thanks to strong the strong safe-haven flows, which also helped the Japanese Yen and gold, especially in early trading.

WTI Crude Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Commodities had a very volatile day even as copper was relatively calm, with the plunge in crude oil and the pump & dump in gold drawing a lot of attention to the segment. While gold simply followed the risk trade, hitting multi-month high in European trading and pulling back in line with the rally on Wall Street, oil was reacting to the news from Saudi Arabia regarding a pledge to increase supply this year.

The WTI contract fell to a $65 per barrel handle, a new 2-month low, shedding almost 5% in one day, and it’s hard not to spot the connection between Donald Trump’s demands regarding lower crude prices, the disastrous Saudi cover-up of the Khashoggi murder, and today’s announcement that could help in easing the tensions between the US and the Kingdom.

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Market Update: U.S. Stocks Fall Again on Geopolitics, Global Growth Woes; Bakkt Announcement Fails to Inspire Crypto Rally

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U.S. stocks followed their European and Asian counterparts lower on Tuesday, as geopolitical tensions and concerns over global growth dampened investors’ sentiment. Crypto markets were little changed after Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) set a date for the launch of its new digital currency platform.

Stock Selloff Deepens

Wall Street opened with heavy losses following a tumultuous pre-market that saw Dow Jones futures plunge by more than 400 points. By the end of the day, all major U.S. indexes were well off session lows.

The large-cap S&P 500 Index closed down 0.6% at 2,740.69. Eight of 11 primary sectors finished lower, with energy shares plunging 2.5% as a whole. Industrials, materials and financials also experienced heavy losses.

Dow industrials fell 125.98 points, or 0.5%, to finish at 25,191.43. Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) and 3M Co (MMM) were the biggest decliners after announcing negative earnings guidance this year and next.

Meanwhile, the technology-focused Nasdaq Composite Index fell 0.4% to 7,437.54.

The CBOE Volatility Index, also known as the VIX, reached a session high of 24.66 on Tuesday. It would later settle at 20.71 for a gain of 5.5%.

Earnings Optimism Fades

Despite starting off on a solid note, third-quarter earnings season has produced mixed results for Wall Street’s big firms. Companies that missed the mark on their top and bottom lines have faced heavy selling pressure despite strong performances in other sectors.

On Tuesday, Dow blue-chip 3M lowered its earnings outlook for 2018 while Caterpillar acknowledged it will have to raise prices for most of its machines next year. Both companies are facing the burden of President Trump’s tariff war and what appears to be a protracted slowdown in China.

The Chinese economy expanded 6.5% annually in the third quarter, the weakest since 2009. The U.S. economy is projected to grow 3.9% annually between July and September, according to the Atlanta Fed’s GDP tracker. Economists at the Commerce Department will produce their first batch of Q3 GDP numbers on Friday.

Cryptos Extend Dismal Performance

Digital currencies failed to rally on Tuesday after Intercontinental Exchange announced a date for its new cryptocurrency platform. The global exchange operator announced Monday it will begin settling physical bitcoin futures contracts on Dec. 13. Bakkt, the platform that will facilitate the transactions, has been touted as a potential game changer for luring large sums of institutional capital to the crypto arena.

The cryptocurrency market cap reached a low of $207.6 billion on Tuesday, and was last seen hovering around $209.4 billion. Majors like bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin saw little movement compared with 24 hours ago. Meanwhile, XRP fell 1.3%. Bitcoin cash and Cardano and Tron were also down slightly.

Low-volume trading continues to impede on the market’s recovery. On Tuesday, volume across all virtual currency exchanges reached $10.4 billion, according to CoinMarketCap.

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Hi Everyone

It’s quite natural to think that the news influences markets but in many cases, it simply isn’t true. People move markets.

In traditional markets, we see often how an announcement regarding employment or inflation, or an interest rate decision from a central bank can have a huge impact on prices.

This is mainly due to the vast number of investors who are anticipating these type of events and are ready to deploy a large amount of capital at the drop of a hat.

In crypto, we simply don’t have that just yet. You’d think that news of half a dozen major financial institutions will be opening new options for cryptotrading and cryptoasset solutions would have an effect on prices but they’ve so far remained stable.

So it’s not surprising that LibertyX and Genmega are about to convert 100,000 ATM machines across the USA into user-friendly bitcoin vending machines has had no impact on the price of bitcoin.

What this does do though is builds the infrastructure that will be necessary for mass adoption, so that when people do decide to buy, they’ll have an easy way in.

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Today’s Highlights

  • Asia Rally Over
  • Flight to Safety
  • Crypto Correlation

Please note: All data, figures & graphs are valid as of October 23rd. All trading carries risk. Only risk capital you can afford to lose.

Traditional Markets

Looks like Monday’s massive rally in Asia has been short-lived. By the time the bell rang on Wall Street, the mood had already turned sour and stocks across the board ended up down.

The only exception, oddly enough, was the Faang stocks, which managed to hold up the Nasdaq. As we discussed in yesterday’s update investors are looking to invest, but cautiously. Well, it looks like they found their refuge in the top tier brands.

The exception we can notice above is Netflix which dropped with the rest of the market. Also, it’s worth noting that even the Nasdaq futures are down this morning and the entire market threatens to break lower.

Here we can see the S&P500, which is sitting firmly below its 200 day moving average (blue line).

Perhaps the light at the end of the tunnel here is the upcoming earnings reports that will be closely watched by investment managers.

Flight to Safety

As the stocks turn red, we can see some clear signs that the other markets are looking for some safety. Turkish President Erdogan isn’t helping much either with strong accusations against the Saudi government over the Khashoggi incident.

Some are buying bonds as a way to lower the risk. As well the Japanese Yen is up sharply due to its status as a safe haven currency. This graph shows the greenback bowing to the Yen (this morning in the purple circle).

Of course, the most vulnerable at the moment are the emerging markets currencies, which are performing particularly poorly today.

Another clear sign of safe haven trading is the fact that gold has broken out to the upside making significant stretch into fresh highs and now trading at the highest levels since July.

Crypto Follow?

Though we’ve pointed out recently that crypto assets bear only a very small correlation with the stock market, they still are considered to be a high risk asset.

We have seen several times before where fear in the stocks has managed to spill over into the crypto markets and that might just be what’s happening at the moment.

The declines in crypto are very light today. This could be because, as we mentioned above, the tech sector seems to be mostly shielded from the current sell-off. In any case, there’s no denying that bitcoin and the Nasdaq are moving in tandem today.

Wishing you an excellent day ahead!

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

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

Cryptocurrencies can widely fluctuate in prices and are not appropriate for all investors. Trading cryptocurrencies is not supervised by any EU regulatory framework.

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