Ray of Light

At long last, there’s been a breakthrough in international trade talks between the USA and China.

Leaders of both countries are claiming this 90 day “cease fire” as a win for their respective administrations. The stock markets are going wild!

In the meantime in Paris, we can see shocking images rolling in from the popular protests known as “Gilets Jaunes” the Yellow Vests. Parisians are seemingly upset that their Prime Minister increased taxes on fuel while removing the wealth tax. This has yet to influence market moods but is worth watching.

Today’s Highlights

Gap Ups

Crude Ups

Crypto Light

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

Traditional Markets

Yes, the Asian session has been fantastic. The European stocks are on the up too. But it all started with futures markets, which opened last night with a sizable gap up. 

Here we can see the Dow Jones, where the difference between the closing price on Friday and the opening price on Sunday night was more than 400 points. For reference, the blue circle is theDow’s all-time high.

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The Automotive sector seems to be performing the best today, most likely due to an unsubstantiated tweet from President Trump…

The currency markets confirm that the markets are optimistic. As you can see, the safe haven currencies are sinking today.

Crude Side Show

Another thing that many people were watching going into theG20 was the meeting between Vladimir Putin and Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman, who did come together and agree on a renewed effort to curb oil output.

Details of the plan are still pretty thin but we can almost certainly expect this line of discussion to continue throughout the week as OPEC meets in Vienna this Thursday and Friday. Even though the United States has upped their output recently, the cartel still holds plenty of power over the prices.

As far as the price is concerned, we now find ourselves in the range from $50 to $60 a barrel, and well below the 200-day average.

Crypto Light

As prices remain under pressure, one of Wall Street’s greatest crypto advocates Mike Novogratz has gone on record saying that

You can read Mike’s full comments in the Financial Times at this link

Novogratz has also recently predicted that the bull market in crypto will pick up in early 2019, and we hope he’s right about that but I would like to counter his above statement…

It’s difficult to build a business in any market environment. Sure, a bear market brings on challenges but so does a bull market. Businesses like eToro are constantly evolving to meet client needs, in all markets.

It’s almost impossible to expand a business when you have hundreds of thousands of new customers all trying to open their account at once. Some online exchanges barely made it through this period and at eToro we only managed by reallocating a large portion of our employees to assisting with onboarding new clients.

In any case, the crypto industry is shining brightly at the moment. Despite the bear market and broader market conditions, blockchain projects are hiring at a rapid pace. This recent study from Glassdoor.com confirms that bitcoin and blockchain roles have never been in greater demand.

Once again, I can confirm from personal experience that the crypto industry is hiring. Here in eToro, we’re hiring as well, especially for our upcoming crypto related services that are currently being rolled out.

Have a fantastic week ahead!!

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Mati Greenspan, eToro
Mati Greenspan is a Senior Market Analyst at eToro. He has over a decade experience from the currency markets, and are considered by many as an authorithy on cryptocurrencies. Connect with Mati on eToro here.