Trading Week Ended February 2, 2018 


The trading as was expected to be described as a crazy fun-filled full week and Friday has proved wild status! Marketplace actions were centered on the Fed (Federal Reserve) this week since Yellen held her final meeting as Fed chair, preserving policy steady as she preps to pass reins to the arriving chair, Jerome Powell. 

Meanwhile, plenty of interest turned to President  Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, the speech possessed a minimal effect on markets, right up until Friday.

The burning question lingers the dangerous gambling spree by the general public on bullish call options which become the driver to kick off the downfall? One important thing is for sure - banking institutions are on the other side of these trades, and they are in no way going to pay for the call option buying general public by driving stocks higher.

When necessary, they may turn to the “invisible hand” to back off and allow the market to tumble. It'll be intriguing to find out just how the Wall Street game trades in the short-term following Friday's meltdown.

Trading Markets

This trading week has been most detrimental in the past 24 months, is how most are calling this week for American indices. A much better than anticipated unemployment report has added to the worries that increased interest rates will undoubtedly cease the mind-blowing stock market rally. 

Seeing the DJIA off almost 300 points, it appeared as though there was a chance to rally mid trading session. But, that was not to be and then the 400 point damage ultimately resulted in a near 700 point loss or minus 2.6% decline. Higher interest rates have already been supporting the US Dollar, and in later trading, the DXY Index was flirting with the 89 handle.

Almost everything thus far continues to be choreographed flawlessly. We attained the month of January high, the reported top was in position, and the flipping level showed up on the 29th of January, and it has been off to the races since.

Europe: Trading markets opened quite heavy as numerous talked about Deutsche Bank results - with such a missed number it is not much of a surprise that the stock finished having a 6.3% drop.

Overall Eurozone stocks markets were lower, following Wall Street lead, in spite of sound earnings and continuing indication of economic robustness. Economic numbers from the Eurozone region is continuously painting a robust picture. Q4 GDP was noted to have gone up 0.6%, with 2.5% for 2017 as a whole, that is the best showing in a decade.

The French CAC40 and German DAX30 were around 1.5% lower on Friday with the United Kingdom's FTSE100 losing 0.65% but with a further loss of 1% on the GBP currency. 

Asia-Pacific: The Japan Nikkei225 finished the trading session down 1% and saw the currency (Yen) lose 1%. Suppose they did not have a direction source seeing American marketplace whipsaw 200 pts in either direction. 

The nervousness is being noticed now, which is encouraging returning to the 'Cash is King' re-approach. Financials and technology were the drag on results, while chatter is that the key player put the bid under Japanese Government Bond’s. Technologies also weighed on the Korean Index (KOPSI) producing a 1.6% decline.

China Shanghai and the Aussie ASX200 indices both closed firmer. However, the Aussie Dollar 1% drop most likely helped there. An additional big chatting point in the region was the discouraging Indian fiscal budget yesterday. Many had envisioned for a lot more structured support. However this wasn't to be, and the result SENSEX Index dropped 2.65%.

Cryptos: Cryptos got killed in the first couple of days in February, with Friday’s sell-off actively appearing like a wash-out liquidation happening. While a permanent trend shift is on its way, considering the technical deterioration that the crypto-coins endured, Friday’s panic low number might be a critical bottom or the beginning of an even more complicated bottoming course of action.

Elsewhere: Crude oil prices retreated from previous week’s high in the midst of accounts exhibiting a build in inventories as well as US crude oil production has increased over 10 million barrels per day for the first time in almost five decades.

Gold has additionally witnessed significant loss on Friday trading market following previous poor sentiment and then outstanding US economic numbers releases. 

What's up with Gold? For those who are wondering about the massive bullion banks and commercial players short positions in the yellow metal market, this is being carried out not just in an effort to stop a big upside break out but also because they're gaming on the seasonal top in the precious metal market that takes place in February.

It's going to be intriguing to find out if the price of Yellow metal shocks the shorts by way of bursting over the key psychological number of $1,400, or whether it's going to be business as usual by smashing the Gold price below $1,300 level.


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