Hello traders everywhere. Bitcoin (CME:BRTI) is staging a comeback today recovering more than $1,000 after losing almost a third of its value in less than five days as traders started buying back the volatile cryptocurrency.
The drop started mid-week last week with Bitcoin falling to a low of 5,645.66 on Sunday culminating a 5-day streak of losses. As trading opened today, Bitcoin rose as much as 14% before backing off the highs in afternoon trading.
Most traders believe that the fall had been driven by a decision on Wednesday to abandon a planned software upgrade that could have split the cryptocurrency in a so-called "fork." A move that had initially had a positive impact, sending it to a record high of $7,823.46 on the view that this marked a resolution of a long-term dispute.
But some were disappointed that "Segwit2x" fork had been abandoned. It would have increased the capacity of the "blocks" transactions are processed in, thereby reducing competition to get payments processed and lowering transaction fees.
Key levels to watch this week: Continue reading "Bitcoin Fights Back"
We've asked Michael Seery of SEERYFUTURES.COM to give our INO readers a weekly recap of the Futures market. He has been Senior Analyst for close to 15 years and has extensive knowledge of all of the commodity and option markets.
Michael frequently appears on multiple business networks including Bloomberg news, Fox Business, CNBC Worldwide, CNN Business, and Bloomberg TV. He is also a guest on First Business, which is a national and internationally syndicated business show.
Gold futures in the December contract settled last Friday in New York at 1,269 an ounce while currently trading at 1,285 up about $16 for the trading week holding major support on multiple occasions around the 1,264 level as it looks to me that a possible rounding bottom might be taking place in this commodity. I am not involved in gold. However, I am looking at a potential bullish position as prices are right near three-week highs with excellent chart structure; therefore, the monetary risk is relatively low for such a volatile commodity. Gold prices are now trading above their 20 & 100-day moving average telling you that the short-term trend is higher and I do have a bullish bias in silver as that commodity looks very cheap at the moment. Keep a close eye on gold as we could be involved in a bullish position in next week's trade. Gold prices have held support in recent weeks despite the fact that the U.S. dollar is at a three month high & if that trend should reverse and start to move lower that would be a positive fundamental situation towards gold prices. I still think many of the commodity sectors are underpriced as I will not take any short positions as we head into 2018 as the volatility in gold remains remarkably low as we have gone nowhere over the last six weeks. However, I think a trend to the upside is looming.
CHART STRUCTURE: EXCELLENT
Continue reading "Weekly Futures Recap With Mike Seery"
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Hello traders everywhere. The stock market is heading for its first weekly loss in six weeks after hitting all-time highs earlier in the week. The reason for the late week weakness, the tax plan that was released Thursday by the U.S. Senate.
Senate Republicans have unveiled a tax-cut plan that would delay lowering the corporate rate to 20% by a year to 2019 and provide small-business owners with a deduction rather than an exclusive business rate.
The Senate Republicans' version of the bill differs markedly on corporate, business and individual tax cuts from legislation detailed by their counterparts in the House of Representatives who want to enact the corporate tax reduction in 2018.
Meanwhile, crude oil is set to extend its longest stretch of weekly gains since October of 2016 with instability flooding the Middle East.
The arrests of Saudi Arabian royals and investors in an anti-corruption sweep compounded tensions between the world’s largest oil exporter and longtime rival Iran, heightening concerns about potential supply disruptions. Crude futures have risen 2.8% this week in New York, despite record high oil production from U.S. oil fields.
Key levels to watch next week: Continue reading "Stock Market Heading For Weekly Loss"
An investment, as described by Webster dictionary, can be anything that an investor believes will produce income in the future or be worth more than it is today at some point in the future. Common investments include but are not limited to stocks, bonds, real estate, jewelry, artwork, or antiques.
Speculation, again as described by Webster dictionary, is the assumption of unusual business risk in hopes of obtaining commensurate gain. The dictionary has a definition of speculation specifically for students or kids which is, 'the taking of a big risk in business in hopes of making a big profit.'
The current situation with Bitcoin can best be explained by quoting the Merriam-Webster website when it is explaining speculation.
"Speculation can increase short-term volatility (and thus, risk). It can inflate prices and lead to bubbles, as was the case in the 2005-2006 real estate market in the UniteStates. Speculators who were betting that home prices would continue to increase purchased houses (often using leverage) intending to "flip" them for a profit. This increased the demand for housing, which raised prices further, eventually taking them beyond the "true value" of the real estate in many markets. The frenzied selling that ensued is typical for speculative markets."
Currently, it would be hard for anyone to argue that Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies aren't experiencing speculator behavior based on the above explanation. Continue reading "Bitcoin; Let's Just Call It What It Is, A Speculative Investment"