Wind Turbines of Change

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Today eToro will officially delist a stock that you may never have heard of and probably will never care about but whose story might reveal great insight into the current investment environment.

Someplace, somewhere a small violin is playing for Superior Energy Services, who has recently been contacted by the New York Stock Exchange in regards to their “abnormally low price.”

In 2014, SES was ranked by Fortune as the 534th richest company. Boy how times have changed. Over the last 5 years, the company contracted by just 17% but as we can see, the stock price has slid a whopping 98% since the highs at the beginning of 2017.

The company is more than happy to buy its own shares and have announced a buyback offer that is significantly above the market price, yet it seems that investor interest has simply fallen off and they’re being forced to take the company private.

Looking at some of the top traded oil exploration ETFs, we can notice a similar trend where only a select few are doing well, and the rest seem to have sprung a leak.

My friends, these are the winds of change. Now that impact investing is the order of the day we can see that the world is already starting to heal itself.

As the Scorpions aptly inserted at the end of their hit song…

“When you look at it from up here, you get an appreciation of how the world is a beautiful place and we do need to take care of it.”


eToro, Senior Market Analyst


Today’s Highlights

ADP Shocks

Stock Conditions

Flat Crypto

Please note: All data, figures & graphs are valid as of October 3rd. All trading carries risk. Only risk capital you can afford to lose.

Traditional Markets

The ADP numbers published yesterday in the United States weren’t even that bad, yet somehow traders reacted with a swift sell-off.

Let’s back up…

For those of you not familiar, the US government posts a monthly report called the Non-farm payrolls, which usually has a large impact on the financial markets as it is seen as a leading indicator of global economic health.

ADP is a large payroll firm in the US that publishes its report, usually 2 or three days ahead of the NFP and gives an estimation of what the report will bring.

Analysts were forecasting that the ADP numbers would come out showing a total growth of 140,000 jobs in September, but the actual figure fell just flat at 135,000. Now, this shouldn’t really ring any major alarm bells, but it did.

The report that was released (purple circle) just 15 minutes before the opening bell, seems to have had an extremely negative impact on investor sentiment on a rainy Wednesday morning in New York.


We’ll watch out for more economic data today. The US non-manufacturing PMI will be closely inspected. Remember, the manufacturing PMI showing a contraction is arguably the catalyst that started the current stock rout.

And of course, the big NFP announcement tomorrow.


Try and be on your toes the next few days. Obviously, I don’t want to sound like an alarmist, but with all this talk of a global recession, it pays to be careful.

Market volatility is now at the highest level of the year…

That’s not to say it can’t turn around, because it certainly can. If we zoom out on the chart, it’s quite apparent that the levels we’re seeing now are the exact place the market was consolidating about a month ago. As well, we’re still noticeably above the 200 day moving averages (blue line) on all the major stock indices.

A turnaround here would not at all be surprising, but then again, neither would a further deterioration.

Crypto Stuff

Well, not much to say here. Crypto markets have been blessedly quiet lately.

The settlement earlier this week did manage to garner a few headlines.

The fine given to them was apparently incredibly low. Just $24 million, which is really not bad considering that the company raised more than $4 billion in their ICO and have just spent $30 million to buy the domain ‘‘ for their planned new social network.

For me, this is just insanely bullish news but of course, this is not investment advice.

Let’s have an awesome day!!

Best regards,

Mati Greenspan
Senior Market Analyst

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