Category Archives: Market Overview

Does this Chart Spell Doom for the S&P 500 Index?

It has been an impressive eight-week stretch for the U.S. stock market, with the S&P 500 Index staging one of its best relief rallies of the past three decades. Investors expecting to ride out another bull market should tread carefully now that the latest earnings forecasts are in. Scary Chart Following a painful entry into […]

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Stocks Surge on U.S.-China Trade Optimism; Dow Notches Eighth Consecutive Weekly Gain

Stocks surged on Friday, with the Dow hitting its highest in over three months as investors embraced apparent progress in U.S.-China trade negotiations. Meanwhile, President Trump declared a national emergency over border-security funding mere hours after Congress approved a new budget resolution preventing a second costly government shutdown. Dow Extends Winning Streak to Eight Weeks […]

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The “Accessibility Premium”: How Coinbase’s Overseas Expansion Could Affect Crypto Prices

The accessibility premium refers to the affect on a cryptocurrency’s price when it is added to Coinbase. The $8 billion valued exchange is now looking to expand beyond its U.S-based institutional trading business to offer institutional services worldwide. Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, and Litecoin may end up being the greatest beneficiaries. These cryptocurrencies could gain […]

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3 Things You Need to Know About the Market Today: Extended Trade Talks, Economic Data Dump, National Emergency

1, Trade Talks to Continue Next Week in Washington S&P 500 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis The news of the day, so far, is clearly the unexpected extension of the current round of trade talks between the US and China. The negotiations will reportedly continue next week in Washington, and that could mean that some kind […]

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U.S. Stocks Finish Mostly Lower as President Trump Set to Declare National Emergency

U.S. stocks headed for losses Thursday as President Trump prepared to sign a new budget deal to avoid a second government shutdown. In signing the legislation, the president will also declare a national emergency to build his proposed border wall with Mexico, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Stocks Fail to Rally After Volatile […]

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Market from Nothing

Hi Everyone, Roses are red violets are blue, Bitcoin’s not dead, altcoins are new. Transference of value from one to another, no bank taking fees, no government can smother. Crypto volumes reached $36 billion today, This market has come a long long way. Happy Valentine’s Day! @MatiGreenspan eToro, Senior Market Analyst Today’s Highlights Days to […]

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3 Things You Need to Know About the Market Today: Extended Trade Truce?, Economic Worries, Late Earnings

1, 60-Day Extension to the Trade Deadline? USD/CNH, 4-Hour Chart Analysis The extension of the March 1 deadline for the US-Chinese trade deal is getting closer as we expected, and the rumors are now specifically pointing to a 2-month extension. Given the weakening Chinese growth and president Trump’s falling approval rates, some kind of agreement […]

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U.S.-China Trade Optimism Propels Stocks to Two-Month Highs

Stocks extended their rally Wednesday after President Trump said he may let a trade-deal deadline with China “slide” if the two sides were making enough progress on a comprehensive agreement. People familiar with the president’s plans also said he is likely to sign a new budget deal before Friday that would avoid another government shutdown. […]

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3 Things You Need to Know About the Market Today: Xi’s Surprise, US Inflation, Shutdown Saga

1, Chinese President Xi to Join Trade Talks in Beijing Shanghai Composite Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis Global stocks markets are higher once again today ahead of the US session, boosted by the continued trade-related optimism. The news that Chinese President Xi will unexpectedly attend the current round of US-Chinese trade talks lifted stocks across […]

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Asymmetric Risk

Ladies and Gentlemen, History has been made today as the US National Debt has crossed the landmark level of $22 trillion. That looks like this: $22,000,000,000,000. This may seem like a distant number and it’s certainly easy for us to get detached but let me remind you that just about every pension and investment fund in the world […]

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U.S. Stocks See a Buying Spree on Budget, Trade Optimism

The U.S. stock market rallied on Tuesday, with the Dow gaining as much as 455 points after lawmakers reached a tentative deal to avoid another costly government shutdown. However, the risk of a second shutdown is still very much in play after President Donald Trump said he may not support the proposed deal. Big Rally […]

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3 Things You Need to Know About the Market Today: Shutdown Deal?, Another Powell Speech, Gold Strength

1, Stocks Pop Higher on Tentative Shutdown Deal Nasdaq 100 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis Following yesterday’s marginal gains, today, global stock markets are well in the green at the US open, as investor sentiment improved substantially. It seems that a second partial government shutdown might be avoided in the US, as the two parties agreed […]

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Smart Portfolio Dumb Portfolio

Hi Everyone, So, when I wrote in yesterday’s market update that a bitcoin ETF could happen tomorrow, I didn’t mean it literally. Yet, it seems that an asset manager in California may have just found a way to squeeze one past the US authorities. The new proposal from Reality Shares is a bit different from the previously […]

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Dow Deflates on U.S.-China Trade Talks, Possible Government Shutdown; Cryptocurrencies See Large Volume Spike

The U.S. stock market traded mixed on Monday, with the Dow giving up triple-digit gains as investors shifted their focus to U.S.-China trade talks and a looming government shutdown in Washington. Cryptocurrencies enjoyed some early momentum thanks to an upsurge in trading volume. Dow Gives Up Gains After a strong start, the Dow Jones Industrial […]

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3 Things You Need to Know About the Market Today: Rally in China, Dollar Surge, European Gloom

1, Chinese Stocks Climb on Fresh Trade Hopes Shanghai Composite Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis Chinese markets opened higher following the one-week holiday break, with the Shanghai Composite hitting a marginal two-month high, trying to play catch-up with the recent surge in the key US benchmarks. Despite today’s bounce, Chinese equities are clearly in a […]

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3 Things You Need to Know About the Market Today: Stock Sell-Off, Volatility Spike, Oil Reversal

1, Risk Rally Fizzles Out as Trade and Growth Worries Weigh DAX 30 Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis We saw several signs that the global counter-trend rally is losing steam, and yesterday several key benchmarks competed trendline and support breaks. Another batch of negative European economic releases, Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s upbeat speech, and the […]

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The Camel’s Back is Broken

Hi Everyone, Outrage gripped the United States yesterday as the 4th largest US bank went down for several hours. Information about the events is scarce at the moment and aside from this CNBC article that covers the tweets from @Ask_WellsFargo there’s virtually no mainstream coverage of the event as official spokespeople from the bank are keeping a tight […]

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Stocks Plunge on Global Growth Uncertainty, U.S.-China Trade Dispute

U.S. stocks declined sharply on Thursday, as the Dow headed for its first back-to-back losses of 2019 after the Bank of England (BOE) delivered a pessimistic outlook on its economy. The Brexit risk cascaded through the financial markets as investors cut ties to riskier assets. U.S. Stocks Slide All of Wall Street’s major indexes declined […]

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3 Things You Need to Know About the Market Today: Powell Surprise, Eurozone Slump, Pound Dump & Pump

1, Stocks Fall as Bonds Turn Volatile on Fed Chair’s Comments Dow 30 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis Fed Chair Jerome Powell continues to be the most important person for global financial markets, and yesterday, the central banker gave a surprisingly upbeat speech about the US economy, causing a dip in global equity markets and a […]

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Stocks Drift Lower as Trump’s State of the Union Address Leaves Investors Empty-Handed

U.S. stocks drifted lower on Wednesday after President Trump’s State of the Union address failed to provide any new insight on trade talks or border-security funding. Cryptocurrencies declined virtually across the board following weeks of relative calm. Stocks Turn Lower All of Wall Street’s top indexes finished in negative territory. The S&P 500 Index fell […]

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3 Things You Need to Know About the Market Today: German Weakness, Dollar Rally, Trump’s Speech

1, German Economy Sends Another Warning Sign DAX 30 Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis German Factory Orders came in well below expected today, declining by -1.3% on a monthly basis, while on a yearly comparison we are seeing the deepest downturn since the sovereign debt crisis 6 years ago. The effects of the Chinese slowdown […]

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Five in a Row: S&P 500 Extends Rally on Huge Earnings Beats from Estee Lauder, Ralph Lauren

U.S. stocks extended their rally on Tuesday, as positive earnings surprises from a pair of discretionary companies propelled the S&P 500 to two-month highs. Crypto coins pivoted slightly lower in afternoon trading, with Stellar, IOTA and Tron losing strength. Rally Continues The large-cap S&P 500 Index rose 0.5% to 2,737.70, its highest settlement since early […]

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U.S. Stocks Rise Despite Grim Earnings Guidance; Cryptocurrencies Continue to Struggle

U.S. stocks turned higher on Monday, as investors shrugged off negative earnings guidance from FactSet ahead of President Trump’s planned State of the Union address. Cryptocurrencies were mostly unchanged, though Tron (TRX) and Binance Coin (BNB) put up sizable advances. Stocks Extend Rally After a shaky start, all of Wall Street’s major indexes turned positive […]

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Good Luck!!

Hi Everyone, For all our clients, colleagues and partners in China and the entire region, we would like to wish you a very happy new year!! This is a very special year in the Chinese Calendar, the year of the Golden Pig. Unlike Islam and Judaism, in Chinese culture, the pig is a very prominent […]

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The January Stock Rally Could Face a Painful Reversal

After posting their best start to a year in more than three decades, U.S. stocks look poised to extend their relief rally into February. But a closer look at bond prices suggests stock traders could be in for a rude awakening in the near future. Atypical Rally All of Wall Street’s major indexes posted huge […]

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U.S. Stocks Struggle to Hold Gains as Amazon Enters Bear Market; Litecoin, Binance Coin Lead Cryptos Higher

U.S. stocks traded mostly higher on Friday, as traders sifted through the latest stream of economic data. Shares of Amazon Inc. (AMZN) entered bear-market territory on Friday after providing light guidance during its Q4 earnings call. Stocks Finish Mostly Higher The large-cap S&P 500 Index drifted between gains and losses throughout the day, eventually settling […]

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Stocks Extend Best Month Since 2015; S&P 500 Clinches Best January Since 1987

U.S. stocks finished higher on Thursday, as the S&P 500 rounded out its best January in 32 years on the back of strong corporate earnings. Cryptocurrencies turned defensive in afternoon trading as XRP failed to sustain a double-digit rally that began midweek. Stocks Close January in Positive Territory The S&P 500 Index rose 0.9% to […]

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Markets Wrap: Stocks Surge, Apple Defies Doomsayers and Fed Preaches Patience

U.S. stocks extended their recovery Wednesday, as the major indexes approached two-month highs on better than expected earnings and dovish guidance from the Federal Reserve. XRP powered the crypto markets higher after Swift announced it was partnering with a crypto-friendly blockchain startup. Big Day for Stocks Stocks opened higher on Wednesday and extended their gains […]

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U.S. Stocks Finish Mostly Lower Ahead of Big Earnings Reports; DOJ Pursues Criminal Charges Against Huawei

The U.S. stock indexes diverged on Tuesday, as an ongoing investigation into Huawei Technologies Co rattled investors’ sentiment ahead of high-profile earnings reports. Cryptocurrencies stabilized following a sharp and sudden reversal on Monday. Dow Clinches Gains The Dow Jones Industrial Average managed to stave off a rocky start to finish higher. The blue-chip index gained […]

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Sign of Good Things to Come

Hi Everyone, Perhaps the oldest and most used decentralized network in existence today is the file-sharing platform BitTorrent. After the US Government with the help of Metallica’s drummer shut down Napster in March 2001, the idea of file sharing quickly evolved to a more resilient peer to peer model. Today it’s estimated that more than […]

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U.S. Stocks Plunge on China Growth Woes; Crypto Markets Hit Six-Week Lows

U.S. stocks declined sharply on Monday after dismal earnings guidance from Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) and Nvidia Corp (NVDA) raised doubts about China’s economic health. Cryptocurrencies were down across the board as bitcoin and the major altcoins plumbed six-week lows. Stocks Under Pressure All of Wall Street’s major indexes finished in negative territory, with the Dow […]

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3 Things You Need to Know About the Market Today: Stock Pullback, Crypto Break-Down, Earnings Troubles

1, Global Stocks Start Tumultuous Week Lower FTSE 100 Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis Despite Friday’s euphoric price action in global stocks, the major indices failed to extend their gains today in early trading, with an incredibly eventful week looming. While the losses are not disastrous, given the broader negative trends in risk assets, and […]

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Really Really Busy Week Ahead

Hi Everyone, The United States government is officially re-open for business. In an astonishing turn of events on Friday, 35 days into the shutdown, President Trump announced his decision to open the government for three weeks. Most surprisingly was that the plan did not include any arrangements for a southern border wall. The air in the markets is […]

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U.S. Stocks Surge as Trump Agrees to End Government Shutdown

U.S. stocks extended their rally Friday after President Trump endorsed a temporary spending bill to reopen the government for the first time in 36 days. Stocks Climb All of Wall Street’s major indexes recorded firm gains. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 183.96 points, or 0.8%, to 24,737.20. That was its highest settlement since Dec. […]

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Strong Earnings Lift Nasdaq as Trade Tensions Weigh on Dow; Crypto Markets Look Beyond Bitcoin ETF Hysteria

U.S. stocks traded mixed on Thursday, as upbeat quarterly earnings from chipmakers and airliners boosted the Nasdaq despite weaker performances from the Dow and S&P 500. Cryptocurrencies rose slightly as investors shrugged off CBOE’s abrupt withdrawal of a highly-touted bitcoin ETF application. Stocks Finish Mostly Higher Wall Street’s major indexes diverged on Thursday. Strong earnings […]

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Power Move

Hi Everyone, Sometimes things don’t go according to plan but those who are flexible know how to take advantage of any situation. The US Government shutdown has affected many things, and the latest casualty seems to be the VanECK bitcoin ETF, which was up for review by the SEC. The deadline for a decision was […]

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U.S. Stocks Stave Off Bear Attack as Trade Risks Linger; Waves and Bitcoin Cash Lead Tepid Crypto Market Recovery

Stocks struggled to hold their ground Wednesday after an earnings boost failed to offset concerns about slowing global growth and a lack of progress in U.S.-China trade talks. An early rally in cryptocurrencies mostly faded by the afternoon, though bitcoin cash and Waves maintained sizable gains over the continuous 24-hour cycle. Stocks Hold Gains The […]

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Crypto Intervention

Hi Everyone, The action of intervention is often has negative connotations, but sometimes intervention can save lives, as any surgeon will probably tell you. The Bank of International Settlements (BIS) has put out a new research paper that explores the economics of an intervention into bitcoin’s blockchain. To be clear, the BIS is the bank of central banks […]

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Return of Volatility? U.S. Stocks Plunge on China Growth Woes

U.S. stocks declined sharply on Tuesday, as fears of a slowing Chinese economy disrupted weeks of steady progress on Wall Street. Meanwhile, crypto markets continued to stabilize after a weekend pump-and-dump. Stocks Plunge All of Wall Street’s major indexes booked heavy losses in the first session back from Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Dow […]

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Dow Plunges After Opening Bell as Democrats Set to Reject Trump’s Proposal to End Government Shutdown

U.S. stocks opened sharply lower on Tuesday, as Democrats wasted little time talking down President Trump’s new border-security proposal to end the partial government shutdown. Oil prices also faced a sharp correction as China growth woes rattled investors. Weak Open All of Wall Street’s major indexes traded lower after the opening bell, with the Dow […]

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10 Year Challenge (Market Edition)

Hi Everyone, Today kicks off the annual forum in Davos. This lavish gathering in the snowy mountains of Switzerland brings together the world’s most wealthy and famous, to try and tackle the problem of inequality. Ten years ago, in the throes of the financial crisis, the theme for the Davos convention was “what must industry […]

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U.S. Stock Futures Fall on Brexit, China Growth Woes; Lifeless Crypto Market Drift Sideways

U.S. stock futures declined on Monday, as concerns over Brexit and the health of China’s economy weighed on investors’ sentiment. Crypto markets were largely uneventful following a sudden correction early Sunday. Stock Futures Falter Futures tied to the Dow Jones, Nasdaq and S&P 500 Index finished lower in holiday trading. The Dow Jones mini futures […]

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3 Things You Need to Know About the Market Today

1, Chinese GDP Growth Slows to Multi-Decade Low Shanghai Composite, 4-Hour Chart Analysis When even the strongly PR-optimized Chinese economic releases are showing severe weakness, it’s not at all surprising that the local stock market is in a deep bear market, and even the explosive oversold rally on Wall Street combined with the trade optimism […]

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European Stocks Decline as China’s Economic Growth Hits 28-Year Low

European stocks traded lower on Monday amid news that China’s economic expansion reached its slowest pace in nearly three decades, casting a dark shadow over the health of the global economy. Europe Sees Red All of Europe’s major stock indexes traded lower in the afternoon session. The pan-European Stoxx 600 fell 0.3%, reflecting weakness across […]

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5 Things To Watch Next Week + ChartBook

ECB Faces Tough Task as Eurozone Continues to Slow DAX 30 Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis This week’s G20 meeting in Tokio for finance ministers and central bankers was eclipsed by the trade-war-related developments, but next week, the European Central Bank will surely be at the center of attention. The ECB is lagging behind the […]

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Your Guide to Stablecoins 2019

Stablecoins are cryptocurrencies with a value pegged to a currency or to exchange traded commodities. Many projects today are researching and developing such technology. Issuers distribute stablecoins to customers in exchange for fiat currency such as USD at a 1:1 fixed exchange rate. USD is a desirable medium of exchange and globally accepted unit of […]

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Stocks Power Ahead as China Pledges to Eliminate U.S. Trade Deficit; Cryptocurrencies Stabilize

U.S. stocks surged on Friday, extending their winning streak to four days after China proposed new measures to help Washington eliminate its burgeoning trade deficit. Cryptocurrencies hovered near break-even for the week, as a lack of trading catalysts kept investors non-committal. Stocks Extend Rally All of Wall Street’s major indexes booked solid gains to close […]

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