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Bitcoin showing signs of a reversal.

    Bitcoin has seen a large tumble in its price since it reached its peak of $70,000, however there are signs that the price may be ready to break out of its downtrend.   Background With rising inflation and a tense geopolitical climate, growth equities and risk assets have felt the pinch and Bitcoin has been right in the...

August 9, 2022
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Barrick Gold beats Q2 estimates – sends the stock price higher

Barrick Gold Corporation (GOLD) reported its latest financial results before the market open in the US on Monday. One of the world’s largest gold producers reported revenue of $2.874 billion vs. $1.178 billion expected. The Canadian company reported earnings per share of $0.24 per share for Q2, also beating analyst estimate of $0.23 per sha...

August 9, 2022
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BNPL sector showing signs of a reversal after monstrous selloff

    The Buy Now Pay Later, (BNPL) sector has seen a resurgence after a long and brutal sell-off. The reason for, much of the resurgence is not related to any specific catalyst but rather, changing sentiment within the broader market. The sector rose significantly before and during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, as the pandemic came...

August 8, 2022
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Four Australian Stocks to Watch

Today, we are going to be looking at some Australian stocks to watch, there has been positive activity in the Australian market over the last couple of weeks, after a fresh round of bank earnings and stronger than expected retail data helped major U.S. indices pare recent losses. So, there’s plenty of activity to discuss, however, we are going to...

August 8, 2022
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Cyclical assets stumble on hawkish Fedspeak and BoE recession forecast

US stock Indices were mixed and ultimately little changed overnight with growth concerns taking centre stage after the Bank of England’s sustained recession forecast and Fed governor Mester again reiterating the central banks resolve in bring down inflation. Mester stated that she sees it as not unreasonable to see a 75bps hike in September and e...

August 5, 2022
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Preview: Non-Farm Payroll announcement

It’s the beginning of a new month which means that the Non-Farm Payroll figures will be released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The latest US jobs data for July will be released at 1:30pm London time on Friday. Why is the announcement important?   Non-Farm Payroll is one of the most closely watched indicators. It is considere...

August 5, 2022
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What is going on with Taiwan?

What is going on with Taiwan?   Taiwan is back in the news after US speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi visited the country causing a fiery reaction from the mainland of China.   Historical background   In order to understand the causes of the China/Taiwan tension, some historical perspective is needed. The current te...

August 4, 2022
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Moderna Q2 results announced – the stock gets a boost

Moderna Inc. (MRNA) reported its Q2 financial results before the opening bell on Wall Street on Wednesday. The American biotechnology company posted results that beat expectations, sending the stock higher at the open. The company reported revenue of $4.749 billion for the quarter vs. $4.097 billion expected. Earnings per share reported at...

August 4, 2022
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USDJPY ready to bounce or retrace further.

USDJPY ready to bounce or retrace further.   The USDJPY has been recently provided great buying opportunities for traders. However, in recent days it has posted its largest drop since beginning the current upward at the beginning of January 2021. The question remains, is this just a standard retracement or is it a symbol of a much bigger...

August 3, 2022
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Volatile US session as risk assets decline on a Fed “re-pivot” and US-China tensions

US equities had a volatile and ultimately negative session as an early rally faded dramatically on the back as a combination of hawkish Fed member comments and geopolitical tensions saw risk assets take a dive. It was a classic risk off session that saw equities, crypto and cyclical currencies take a hit and the safe haven USD rally strongly. Bo...

August 3, 2022
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PayPal Q2 earnings results are here

PayPal Holding Inc. (PYPL) announced its latest financial results after the closing bell in the US on Tuesday. The US financial technology company reported revenue of $6.8 billion in Q2, topping Wall Street estimate of $6.778 billion. Earnings per share also beat analyst estimates for the quarter at $0.93 per share vs. $0.87 per share estimat...

August 3, 2022
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Reserve Bank of Australia hikes Cash Rate by 0.50%

    The Reserve Bank of Australia, (RBA) has increased the Country’s cash rate by half a percent to combat the rising inflation in its latest cash rate change. The increase was in line with most analyst’s expectations as the RBA continues to fight inflation and bring it back into the 2-3% range. The current forecast from the RBA...

August 2, 2022
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RBA preview – likely 50bp hike incoming

Todays RBA policy meeting is expected by most analysts to result in a 50bp hike as the bank tries to play catch up and get on top of elevated inflation figures.   The slightly lower Q2 CPI  figures released last week has seen futures markets price out what was earlier feared could be a 75bp supersized move, a 50bp hike would see the ban...

August 2, 2022
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The week ahead – Central banks, NFP star in a busy calendar, will bad news be good news?

Market sentiment continued to improve in the past week with equity markets rallying as traders pared back on bets on the extent of the Federal Reserves rate hike path. Corporate earnings also buoyed the markets with the likes of Amazon and Apple having bumper gains on Friday after their results were released. Looking ahead, a very busy calendar ...

August 1, 2022
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ExxonMobil exceeds analyst estimates for Q2 – the stock gains

ExxonMobil Corporation (XOM) reported its second quarter financial results before the opening bell on Wall Street on Friday. The oil and gas giant topped Wall Street expectations for the second quarter of 2022. The company reported revenue of $115.681 billion vs. $111.302 billion expected. Earnings per share reported at $4.14 per share vs....

August 1, 2022
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