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Bloomberg: Bonds Tumble, Equities Mixed as Tax Bill Passes: Markets Wrap
U.S. stocks fluctuated while Treasury yields climbed to a nine-month peak as the Republican tax overhaul passed its final vote before going to President Donald Trump for is signature. [more...]
Bloomberg: A Cryptocurrency Founder Sold All His Coins After 7,500% Rally
Charlie Lee, creator of the world’s fifth-biggest cryptocurrency, cashed in during a 75-fold rally this year. The San Francisco-based software engineer whose litecoin was founded in 2011 “sold and donated” all of his holdings over the past few days, he said in a Reddit post. [more...]
Bloomberg: Bitcoin Tumbles From Record in Biggest Slump Since Futures
Bitcoin was trading at $16,626.42 at 10:25 a.m. in Hong Kong, down about 15 percent from a record high on Monday. That’s the steepest decline since before futures were introduced on Dec 10. [more...]
Bloomberg: The Outlook for Tech Stocks Grows Dimmer for 2018
Wall Street doesn’t expect technology stocks to repeat 2017’s banner year that has seen the sector return almost twice as much as the S&P 500 index. After four consecutive years of outperformance, tech companies face mounting concerns about the potential for increased government regulation and continued rotation by investors into higher-taxed industries as a result of U.S. tax reform. [more...]
Bloomberg: Is Bitcoin in a Bear Market When It's Still Up 1,600% for Year?
Stock strategists -- and financial journalists -- typically use a 20 percent tumble from a high as the trigger for calling a bear market. Bitcoin at one point on Wednesday met that description, according to Bloomberg’s composite price. The low for the day was 20 percent below the record, set way back ...on Monday. [more...]
Bloomberg: Crypto Mania Rages as Pioneer Sells Out, Coinbase Stumbles
The wave of cryptocurrency news has turned into a tsunami this week. Litecoin’s creator said he’s sold his holdings in a year it’s rocketed 7,500 percent, wanting to avoid a conflict of interest. Hours earlier a Korean crypto exchange went bust after getting hacked; U.S. regulators halted a coin trader’s stock on suspicion of manipulation. [more...]
Reuters: Asia stocks subdued as U.S. tax cuts slug bonds
Asian markets offered a muted reception on Thursday to the passage of U.S. tax cuts as benefits to company bottom lines were already baked into stock prices, while bonds were spooked by the blowout in government debt needed to fund the giveaways. [more...]
Reuters: House gives final approval to tax bill, delivering victory to Trump
The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives gave final approval on Wednesday to the biggest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in 30 years, sending a sweeping $1.5 trillion tax bill to President Donald Trump for his signature. [more...]
CNBC: Digital coin sales have a dodgy reputation. One company thinks it can change that
Initial coin offerings (ICOs) may have been called a bubble and attracted regulatory scrutiny, but a crowdfunding site is hoping to improve things for legitimate start-ups. [more...]
CNBC: A second territorial dispute in Asia could be more dangerous than the South China Sea
When it comes to territorial disputes in Asia, the South China Sea typically commands the bulk of attention. But the East China Sea, a lesser-known hotbed of tensions, might be more likely to trigger an international conflict. [more...]
Currency Strength Indicators
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​​​​​​​The currency strength meter gives you a quick visual guide to which currencies are currently strong, and which ones are weak. The meter measures the strength of all forex cross pairs and applies calculations on them to determine the overall strength for each individual currency. For example, if EUR is strong and USD is weak, it could mean that the currency pair EURUSD could be going up. If both currencies are strong or weak it is better to avoid since it will probably means there is no clear direction for the specific pair. To get the latest Currency Strength Indicator please click here

Todays Markets

Economic Calendar
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Trading Sentiment
Below is the latest sentiment as compiled by etoro, the world's largest (social) trading network. It provides a view of what individual investors think about the specific instruments and gives a view of the current sentiment.
Image
Latest News Headlines
Bloomberg: Asia Stocks Mixed as U.S. Senate Passes Tax Cuts: Markets Wrap
Asian stocks were mixed on Wednesday as U.S. legislators headed toward the final passage of a tax-cut package that has helped spur optimism of faster American economic growth and lift global equity gauges to historic highs. [more...]
Bloomberg: Bitcoin Tumbles From Record in Biggest Slump Since Futures
Bitcoin was trading at $16,626.42 at 10:25 a.m. in Hong Kong, down about 15 percent from a record high on Monday. That’s the steepest decline since before futures were introduced on Dec. 10. [more...]
Bloomberg: SEC Halts Crypto Stock Over Manipulation Concerns After Massive Jump
U.S. regulators temporarily suspended trading in an obscure digital currency company due to concerns that its stock is being manipulated after the shares surged more than 17,000 percent in less than three months, making paper billionaires out of top executives. [more...]
Bloomberg: The Party's Not Over Yet for Emerging Markets' Dream Rally
Bonds and equities in developing countries will continue to streak ahead, outpacing their developed-nation peers into next year, according to a Bloomberg survey of 20 investors, traders and strategists. [more...]
Bloomberg: Coinbase Adds Bitcoin Cash, Giving Momentum to Bitcoin Rival
Coinbase Inc., one of the most popular U.S. cryptocurrency exchanges, is adding bitcoin cash to its offerings, giving momentum to a rival to the most popular digital unit. [more...]
Bloomberg: How Much Oil Can You Buy With An Ounce of Gold?
Gold is trading near its cheapest price relative to oil in almost a year, as expanding global economic growth fuels demand and cuts the appeal of haven assets. [more...]
Reuters: U.S. House to vote again on tax bill, Trump on verge of win
The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday was expected to give final approval to a sweeping tax bill and send it to President Donald Trump to sign into law, sealing his first major legislative victory in office. [more...]
Reuters: Asian shares inch up as investors await U.S. tax reforms, dollar steadies
Asian shares edged up slightly on Wednesday, shrugging off Wall Street’s losses as the long-awaited U.S. tax reform bill wound its way through Congress, while higher Treasury yields underpinned the dollar. [more...]
CNBC: Bubbles appearing in markets from bitcoin to fine art, strategist says
There are some "classic" signs of market bubbles in certain asset classes, according to VTB Capital's Global Macro Strategist Neil MacKinnon, who believes that easy money from central banks is to blame. [more...]
CNBC: Spain's political crisis could be about to return as Catalonia goes to the polls
The rebel region of Spain that declared itself independent is holding parliamentary elections later this week that will be a major test for pro-independence politicians and parties. [more...]
Currency Strength Indicators
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​​​​​​​The currency strength meter gives you a quick visual guide to which currencies are currently strong, and which ones are weak. The meter measures the strength of all forex cross pairs and applies calculations on them to determine the overall strength for each individual currency. For example, if EUR is strong and USD is weak, it could mean that the currency pair EURUSD could be going up. If both currencies are strong or weak it is better to avoid since it will probably means there is no clear direction for the specific pair. To get the latest Currency Strength Indicator please click here

Todays Markets

Economic Calendar
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Trading Sentiment
Below is the latest sentiment as compiled by etoro, the world's largest (social) trading network. It provides a view of what individual investors think about the specific instruments and gives a view of the current sentiment.
Image
Latest News Headlines
Bloomberg: Asian Stocks Trade Mixed, Yen and Dollar Steady: Markets Wrap
Benchmarks in Japan and South Korea were down while stocks in Sydney, Hong Kong and China advanced after U.S. gauges climbed to fresh records. The yen was little changed, as was the dollar. [more...]
Bloomberg: Hefty Hedge Fund Bonus Expectations
Hedge fund professionals are expecting year-end bonuses to climb 39 percent for 2017, based on a survey of 500 buy-side investors by recruitment firm Odyssey Search Partners. [more...]
Bloomberg: Nasdaq Surges Past 7,000 Thanks to Brokerage Cash, Hedge Fund Leverage and Euphoria
Little by little, resistance is falling, as milestones such as 7,000 on the Nasdaq Composite Index are passed and new ones like 2,700 on the S&P 500 and 25,000 on the Dow Jones Industrial Average come into view. [more...]

Bloomberg: A Small Fintech Stock Surged 2,600% in a Week After Announcing It’s a Crypto Company
Fintech plus cryptocurrency equals about $7 billion. That’s how much the value of LongFin Corp. surged to after the microcap’s stock rocketed by as much as 2,600 percent since debuting Wednesday. [more...]

Bloomberg: Stocks Reach Record Highs as U.S. Tax Vote Looms: Markets Wrap
Stocks kicked off the penultimate week of the year on a positive note after Republicans reached an agreement on the shape of U.S. tax cuts. The dollar dropped and Treasuries headed lower. [more...]

Bloomberg: Funds Clash Over Whether Aussie Will Drop Below 70 Cents
Two of Australia’s largest asset managers are at odds about whether their nation’s currency will break below 70 U.S. cents. [more...]
Reuters: Asia stocks up on U.S. tax-reform optimism, dollar hesitant
Asian stocks advanced on Tuesday after a record-setting session on Wall Street on bets that U.S. lawmakers would pass sweeping tax legislation, while the dollar was tentative as traders were circumspect about the bill’s economic impact. [more...]
Reuters: Oil edges up on ongoing North Sea pipeline outage, but rising U.S. output weighs
Oil markets edged up on Tuesday as the Forties pipeline outage in the North Sea and voluntary production restraint led by OPEC supported prices, although soaring output in the United States put a cap on gains. [more...]
CNBC: The other North Korea nuclear threat we should be worried about
The risk of a North Korean nuclear meltdown can't be ignored, according to a recent note published on 38North, a project of the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. [more...]
CNBC: Traders might be misunderstanding the cryptocurrency craze and it could come back to bite
There's no doubt that people are in a frenzy over cryptocurrencies. Not just bitcoin, but ether and litecoin and a number of others have seen huge gains this year. [more...]
Currency Strength Indicators
Image
​​​​​​​The currency strength meter gives you a quick visual guide to which currencies are currently strong, and which ones are weak. The meter measures the strength of all forex cross pairs and applies calculations on them to determine the overall strength for each individual currency. For example, if EUR is strong and USD is weak, it could mean that the currency pair EURUSD could be going up. If both currencies are strong or weak it is better to avoid since it will probably means there is no clear direction for the specific pair. To get the latest Currency Strength Indicator please click here

Todays Markets

Economic Calendar
Image
Trading Sentiment
Below is the latest sentiment as compiled by etoro, the world's largest (social) trading network. It provides a view of what individual investors think about the specific instruments and gives a view of the current sentiment.
Image
Latest News Headlines
Bloomberg: Asia Stocks Gain on Tax Plan, India Shares Rebound: Markets Wrap
Asia-Pacific stocks kicked off the penultimate week of the year on a positive note after a Republican agreement on the shape of U.S. tax cuts aimed at boosting growth in the world’s largest economy. [more...]
Bloomberg: Bitcoin Takes Bigger Wall Street Stage With Smooth CME Debut
The world’s biggest exchange just joined the bitcoin revolution. Bitcoin futures started trading Sunday night at CME Group Inc.’s venue, a week after Chicago rival Cboe Global Markets Inc. introduced similar derivatives on the volatile cryptocurrency. CME is a much bigger player in futures, so many traders expect it to make a bigger splash in the nascent space. [more...]
Bloomberg: Top Mining Stock Becomes 2017's Worst Loser on China Shift
Billionaire Andrew Forrest is facing one of his toughest tests in the coming 12 months. His Australian iron ore miner is the only stock on the nation’s blue-chip resources index to hand investors a loss in 2017, tumbling from its status as the top performer last year. [more...]
Bloomberg: Pound's Prospects to Be Shaped by `Bones' of Brexit Trade Talks
Pound traders are about to get their first insight into how the currency may fare in the next phase of the Brexit talks as negotiators move on to the potentially more complicated stage of discussing trade. [more...]
Reuters: Asian shares rise on U.S. tax cut hopes; China in focus
Asian shares edged up on Monday, with sentiment boosted by expectations U.S. lawmakers will pass a long-awaited tax bill this week, while Chinese stocks were soggy on concerns about liquidity and tighter regulations in the world’s second largest economy. [more...]
Reuters: Oil prices rise, but 2018 outlook points to ample supply
Oil prices rose on Monday amid an ongoing North Sea pipeline outage and signs that booming U.S. crude output growth may be slowing, although the 2018 outlook points to ample supply despite production cuts led by OPEC. [more...]
Reuters: Bitcoin hits bigger stage as exchange giant CME launches futures
Bitcoin futures received a lukewarm reception at its launch on the CME Group Inc on Sunday, although market experts believe a recent rally in the cryptocurrency has further to go. [more...]
CNBC: Analyst who predicted bitcoin's rise now sees it hitting $300,000-$400,000
Bitcoin will surge past $20,000 and continue its meteoric march into six figures, according to independent research analyst Ronnie Moas. [more...]
CNBC: Bond yields are an even bigger market risk than bitcoin, according to a Wall Street strategist
Forget bitcoin — the biggest risk to stocks next year will actually be the bond market. That's according to Joe Zidle, a portfolio strategist at Richard Bernstein Advisors. The Wall Street analyst believes that investors are going into 2018 assuming that rising bond yields — which move inversely of prices and affect consumer borrowing costs — will stay low. [more...]
Currency Strength Indicators
Image
​​​​​​​The currency strength meter gives you a quick visual guide to which currencies are currently strong, and which ones are weak. The meter measures the strength of all forex cross pairs and applies calculations on them to determine the overall strength for each individual currency. For example, if EUR is strong and USD is weak, it could mean that the currency pair EURUSD could be going up. If both currencies are strong or weak it is better to avoid since it will probably means there is no clear direction for the specific pair. To get the latest Currency Strength Indicator please click here

Program Trading for 18 December 2017

Sell Programs No Programs Buy Programs
Index Sell
Active (SA)
Sell
Threshold (ST)
Fair Value
(Premium) (FV)
Buy
Threshold (BT)
Buy
Active (BA)
S&P
500
(TM)
0.45 1.48 2.86 4.10 5.03
NASDAQ
100
(SM)
8.98 14.07 21.00 22.64 23.84
Dow Jones
Ind. Avg.
(SM)
2.98 7.23 12.91 29.23 41.45