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Opening Bell: Stocks Move Past Trade Fears; Oil, Bitcoin Dip; Euro Rises

By (Pinchas Cohen/ OverviewJun 11, 2018 06:50
Opening Bell: Stocks Move Past Trade Fears; Oil, Bitcoin Dip; Euro Rises
By (Pinchas Cohen/   |  Jun 11, 2018 06:50
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  • Global stocks trade higher, moving past this weekend's disastrous G7 summit
  • Italy's PM gets nod of approval by EU officials, easing tensions around anti-euro plans

  • Looming US-North Korea summit weighs on yen

  • Oil slips further after Friday's stronger rig count
  • Bitcoin falls to two-month low while retesting February lows

Key Events

European and Asian stocks traded broadly higher on Monday ahead of a trifecta of interest rate decisions later this week from the US Fed, the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan.

The STOXX Europe 600 gained ground for the first time in five sessions, while US futures on the S&P 500, Dow and NASDAQ 100 were flat in early European trade, after trimming earlier losses.

This morning, during Asian trade, indices excluding China's Shanghai Composite and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 inched higher after bouncing back from a weak open, as investors managed to shrug off trade worries even after this weekend's G7 summit headlines indicated some disastrous diplomatic faux pas had occurred.

Financial networks reported that, going into the new week, investors would focus squarely on the historic US-North Korea summit in Singapore, scheduled for June 12, aimed at shutting down North Korea's nuclear program. However, we believe investors are actually honing in on economic data instead, and will keep bidding up stocks for as long as they see hard evidence of expanding growth in the US.

TOPIX Daily Chart
TOPIX Daily Chart

Japan’s TOPIX gained 0.35 percent, rebounding from a 0.15 percent decline. However, it also failed to hold on to an earlier, more than 0.5 percent rise, as it retreated from the day’s highs after testing the resistance of Friday’s shooting star, when it had rallied 3.5 percent above the May 30 bottom.

Chinese shares listed on the Shanghai Composite underperformed regional peers, losing 0.65 percent and suffering an aggregate three-day plunge of 2.25 percent. Technically, the mainland index is retesting the 3,000 psychological level, which, since January 2017, has been a launching pad for buy orders.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng shifted from a 0.3 percent decline to a 0.55 percent advance. Technically, the benchmark index is retesting the top of a consolidation since February, which was confirmed on Friday when losses wiped out three days of gains.

South Korea’s KOSPI bounced off its 0.15 opening slide to finish the day ahead 0.75 percent, outperforming among the region's indices. Technically, it bounced off the 200 DMA but is facing a presumed supply ambush at the 2,480 level, where Thursday's shooting star confirmed a resistance that's been in place since mid-May.

Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 slipped 0.2 percent.

Global Financial Affairs

The biggest result from the G7 meeting that took place in Quebec on Friday and Saturday—which saw US President Donald Trump refuse to sign a joint statement with European allies and Canada, as well as attack Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for being “meek and mild” and making “false statements"— appears to be that, at least for now, investors are not overly shaken by Trump's heightened diplomatic misbehavior, which it seems they had already priced in.

Conversely, the way the media chose to characterize another populist political leader provides an apt comparison for how strongly contentious Trump's actions and tweets were perceived to be by other G7 members. A Reuters article, "Italy's anti-elite prime minister plays by rules at the G7 club" paints that country's new Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, as "low-key" and "moderate," "willing to show pro-European credentials" at the summit—an approach that contrasts sharply with his more populist, euroskeptic election platform.

Conte did however stir up some controversy when he backed Trump's call to re-admit Russia to the G7, after the country was expelled in 2014 following its forecful annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

EUR/USD Daily Chart
EUR/USD Daily Chart

Fresh reassurance from Italy's new finance minister, on Sunday, that an exit from the single currency bloc is not on the cards has further boosted the euro, which rallied last week on signals that the ECB would be laying out details of its QE tapering plans later this week. Technically, traders are retesting the 1.1840 level, where supply has been holding the line since mid-May, confirmed by Friday's shooting star, where bulls were unable to maintain the highs of the session.

On the other side of the Atlantic, fears that Trump would scrap NAFTA agreements sent the loonie 0.3 percent lower.

USD/JPY Daily Chart
USD/JPY Daily Chart

And the yen also fell out of favor on reduced geopolitical risk, ahead of US-NK talks. Technically, the USD/JPY pair is testing the downtrend line since May 21, reinforced by the Bearish Engulfing Pattern it posted on Wednesday and Thursday.

The price of WTI crude slipped lower on a stronger reading of the Baker Hughes oil rig count, which showed on Friday that drilling activity in the US hit its highest level in more than three years. The positive report offset news that Russia boosted production in the first week of June, exceeding supply limits that had been internationally agreed upon.

Bitcoin Daily Chart
Bitcoin Daily Chart

Bitcoin fell to a two month low, after South Korea’s cryptocurrency exchange Conrail reported this weekend that it had been hacked, raising concerns around security standards at small- to mid-sized virtual currency exchanges. Technically, the digital currency is testing the February, $6,000 low, as it pierced the bottom of a symmetrical triangle, expected to be bearish in a downtrend. Indeed, the cryptocurrency could be headed lower still.

Up Ahead

  • President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet in Singapore on Tuesday

  • UK Prime Minister Theresa May faces a vote that could derail her Brexit policy, also on Tuesday

  • The Fed holds a two-day meeting starting on June 12, and is widely expected to raise interest rates for the second time this year. The focus is on whether the central bank will give any confirmation that it looks to hike rates a total of four times in 2018 rather than the expected three.

  • Canada’s New Housing Price Index for April is released Thursday.

  • The ECB meets on Thursday, when it could signal intentions to start unwinding its massive bond-purchasing program.

  • The Bank of Japan concludes a two-day meeting on Friday, and it is widely expected to keep its loose monetary policy intact.

Market Moves


  • Canada’s S&P/TSX Composite gained 0.01 percent on Friday to hit a new three-month high.

  • The STOXX Europe 600 gained 0.4 percent, the largest rise in more than a week.

  • The MSCI World Index of developed countries edged 0.2 percent higher to the highest level in almost three months.

  • The MSCI Asia Pacific Index climbed 0.1 percent.

  • Japan’s Nikkei 225 gained 0.5 percent.

  • The MSCI Emerging Market Index ticked 0.5 percent higher, the largest gain in a week.

  • The UK's FTSE 100 gained 0.3 percent.

  • Futures on the S&P 500 advanced less than 0.05 percent, hitting the highest level in three months with a seventh consecutive gain.


  • The Canadian loonie was down 0.71 per cent against the U.S. greenback early Monday, trading at 0.7681.

  • The Dollar Index dropped 0.17 percent, where it’s trading at the lower end of the session, testing the bottom of a three-day consolidation, previously the May peak-resistance.

  • The euro increased 0.3 percent to $1.1806, the strongest in almost four weeks.

  • The British pound climbed 0.2 percent to $1.3432, the strongest in more than three weeks.

  • The Japanese yen declined 0.4 percent to 110.02 per dollar, the largest drop in more than a week.


  • Canada’s 10-year yield was down early Monday at 2.318, a 0.22-percent decrease.
  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries advanced two basis points to 2.96 percent.

  • Germany’s 10-year yield climbed three basis points to 0.48 percent.

  • Britain’s 10-year yield gained three basis points to 1.388 percent, the highest level in almost three weeks.


  • West Texas Intermediate crude slid 0.4 percent to $65.48 a barrel.

  • Gold fell 0.1 percent to $1,297.43 an ounce, the biggest drop in more than a week.

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Brad Smith
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"after the country was expelled in 2014 following its forecful annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.". . A typo in there but otherwise another excellent piece. Thanks Pinchas. I'm skeptical on the continued rally in stocks considering the brewing trade wars which will have economic costs. The current economic data looks green for now.
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