US - China Trade Tensions Linger

Hello traders everywhere. On Friday, President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would impose tariffs that could impact up to $50 billion worth of Chinese goods. According to Washington, the action comes "in light of China's theft of intellectual property and technology and its other unfair trade practices."

That move by President Trump prompted China to retaliate, with Beijing announcing its selection of duties on U.S. goods. The Chinese State Council's commission on tariffs and customs stated that a 25% tariff would occur in early July on $34 billion of U.S. products.

US - China Trade Tensions

The Chinese retaliation news helped to extend the Friday losses into Monday trading with the DOW dropping over 240 pts before bouncing off the lows with the S&P 500 and NASDAQ following suit.

Crude oil has bounced back from a tough Friday gaining over 2% on that day after as OPEC is said to be discussing a smaller-than-expected output increase with Russia. All eyes will be on the Friday OPEC meeting where Russia and Saudi Arabia are set to consider increases in crude oil production.

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China Tariffs Stop Stock Markets Momentum

Hello traders everywhere. The stock market dropped Friday after the Trump administration announced its China tariffs saying it will impose a 25% charge on up to $50 billion in Chinese goods. On that news the DOW dropped over 200pts, the S&P 500 dropped 0.4% as tech and industrials fell and the NASDAQ has backed off its all-time highs to shed 0.35%.

In a statement Friday, President Donald Trump said the measures would affect Chinese goods "that contain industrially significant technologies," without specifying those products. He added that the action comes "in light of China's theft of intellectual property and technology and its other unfair trade practices."

Trump also said the U.S. would impose more tariffs on Chinese goods if China retaliates with duties of its own on American products. This left many traders to wonder if we are officially in a "Trade War" with China now.

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NASDAQ Hits Record High On Judges Ruling

Hello traders everywhere. The likes of Netflix Inc. (NFLX) and Time Warner Inc. (TWX) have propelled the NASDAQ (COMP) to record highs today hitting $7,748.96 in morning trading. Move higher comes after a federal judge approved the blockbuster merger between AT&T and Time Warner on Tuesday, blocking the government's effort to stop the $85.4 billion deal. This decision could unleash a wave of corporate takeovers.

The judge, Richard J. Leon of United States District Court in Washington, said the Justice Department had not proved that the telecom company's acquisition of Time Warner would lead to fewer choices for consumers and higher prices for television and internet services.

The merger would create a media and telecommunications powerhouse, reshaping the landscape of those industries. The combined company would have a library that includes HBO's hit "Game of Thrones" and channels like CNN, along with vast distribution reach through wireless and satellite television services across the country.

NASDAQ Hits Record High

On the other side, the S&P 500 and DOW are relatively unchanged on the day awaiting the announcement of the Federal Reserves interest rate hike decision at 2 pm EDT today. It's expected that Fed Chair Jerome Powell and his colleagues will announce a quarter-point increase in interest rates as the central bank seeks to normalize monetary policy with the economy showing signs of health. Continue reading "NASDAQ Hits Record High On Judges Ruling"

Bitcoin Delivers Sunday Surprise

Hello traders everywhere. The CME Bitcoin real-time index dropped over 10% on Sunday giving many cryptocurrency traders a Sunday surprise. The index traded as low as $6,643.58 before finally closing the day at $6,781.18. It's the first time since early April that Bitcoin has traded below the $7,000 level. However, it shouldn't come as a surprise after it's been trapped in a tight trading range between $7,000 and $7,800 since about mid-May.

Media reports will have you believe that the price drop is due to a hack on the South Korean exchange Coinrail, which was revealed Sunday, and renewed concerns regarding security at cryptocurrency exchanges. However, a significant move was expected anyway, as an extended period of consolidation or low volatility is often followed by a sharp move on either side and prices started falling Saturday, so the theft of ERC-20 tokens at a minor exchange seems an unlikely cause.

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Stocks Struggle For Traction Posting Weekly Loss

Hello traders everywhere. One week after we saw the stock market make gains we've retreated into negative territory. All three indexes are posting weekly losses and continuing to be bound in a sideways trading range. This weeks weakness is due to a rally in crude oil prices, a pickup in government bond yields as inflation rises and geo-political uneasiness around the globe.

The 10-Year Treasury yield hit a fresh seven-year high settling on Tuesday at 3.082%, compared with 2.995% Monday, marking its biggest one-day advance since March 2017. It will end the week above the 3% level at 3.069%

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The U.S. Dollar continues to gain strength with a gain of +1.21% on the week. This weeks gain erases last weeks small loss as the dollar looks to heading higher. With green Trade Triangles on the board keep your eye on the $91.28, a move below that level will trigger a red weekly Trade Triangle indicating a move to a sidelines position. Continue reading "Stocks Struggle For Traction Posting Weekly Loss"