Traditional Markets

Volatility continues in some places more than others. The tech sector, in particular, is seeing a mass effort from analysts to re-evaluate what the value of intangible assets should be.

Traders had been piling into Fangs for years already without really giving much thought about what they’re buying or what they’re paying for it. So a bit of reckoning should be a healthy process.

Indeed, it seems that the fears about a trade war have subsided somewhat as talks between the US and China continue and we look forward to the May 1st deadline for Trump’s aluminum and steel tariffs.

In this graph, we can see the difference in yesterday’s trading to previous days. The Dow Jones (white) was nearly flat while the Nasdaq (green) sank rather deeply.

Overall, volatility is elevated as uncertainty abounds.

There’s a lot of data releases scheduled for today including key inflation numbers from the USA so the fun could well continue until the closing bell on Wall Street.

Brexit by the Numbers

The data released this morning held no real surprises. We mentioned a recovery of the Pound Sterling so I did want to show that.

The dotted blue line shows the current price, which is just at the lows of the normal prices for the six months leading to the referendum (green box). Still, the yearly average price (yellow line) is still trailing behind.

Here we can see the UK’s inflation over the last 10 years. As we can see, it’s not at historic highs, but it is higher than the comfort level of 2%. 

Still, economic output remains low ever since Article 50 was first triggered, as the data today shows.

Crypto Watch

Watch out, prices remain under pressure. At the moment we continue to test key levels of support, which for the time being don’t seem to be holding up all that well.

Nothing changes sentiment like price. As long as there is no momentum, there is little reason for zealous traders to jump into the market.

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