We’re gonna keep the brief brief today as I’m about to hop on a plane over to London.
eToro, Senior Market Analyst
- China Stocks Slide
- From Solid to Strong
- XRP Spike
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Now that a lot of the big companies have reported their quarterly earnings, markets may return their attention to the trade war.
Helping them retain focus…
Chinese stocks are melting at the moment with the China50 down a massive 5% today.
Fed Upgrade + BoE on Deck
As expected the Fed meeting yesterday flew way under the radar. No change was made to interest rates or monetary policy. However, the did upgrade their outlook on the economy from “solid” to “strong.”
So continues the dissonance that we highlighted in Monday’s market update (entitled: Cupcakes & Rainbows).
Up next is the Bank of England who for the first time since November 2nd are expected to adjust their interest rates.
The economy isn’t doing particularly well but it does seem that the BoE is in a bit of a jam and may need to do something to firm up monetary policy.
The Pound Sterling has weakened significantly since the highs experienced earlier this year and, given the tight downward channel, Governor Carney will have to tread very carefully going forward.
What isn’t clear is the suddenness of the spike. Using hindsight analysis, we can see that the move was building up throughout the morning (purple circle). Once it passed 0.4375 per token, things accelerated quite rapidly leading to a 6% surge in the span of an hour.
It even took XLM along for the ride…
Nobody can really say for sure but there are a lot of theories floating around that some large banks might be stress testing the system for much wider adoption. Though the transaction numbers are declining, it is entirely possible that someone is accumulating some XRP reserves.
We’ll need to keep tracking Ripple’s main blockchain over the next few days to see if we can notice any increased activity.
Wishing you an amazing day ahead!
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