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U.S. Opening Bell: Futures, Europe Stocks Rally For Second Day; Bitcoin, Oil Up

Dip buyers betting the worst week since 2020 was exaggerated
Bitcoin rebounds re-igniting crypto debate
Oil recovers

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Dip buyers of chemical, mining, and oil shares pushed European markets and US futures contracts for the Dow Jones, S&P 500, NASDAQ 100, and Russell 2000 into positive territory on Tuesday, for the second consecutive day. This follows the worst week for stocks since the sharp March 2020 selloff.

Improved investor sentiment also boosted Treasury yields.

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All four contracts on the major US indices were trading well into positive territory with futures on the NASDAQ 100 advancing over 2% at one point, leading the other indices contracts higher. This second day of solid gains is providing some hope of a rebound after a rout erased almost $2 trillion in market value from the S&P 500 last week alone.

However, we must remind investors that we are in a bear market. That means that although there will be rallies, the trend remains lower. Careful traders can buy into the short term.

Remember that, though bear markets have some of the most robust short-term rallies, one is still trading against the prevailing trend, which means market action could turn around rapidly at any time and resume the downward momentum.

The STOXX 600 Index also rebounded on Tuesday, for the second day. As of Monday’s close, the pan-European gauge was down 17% for the year.

STOXX 600 Hourly

The index is attempting to bottom, but it will need to demonstrate it can overcome the resistance of a downtrend line on the hourly chart.

While most Asian stocks were in positive territory this morning, and the MSCI Asia-Pacific Index climbed more than 1%, ending an eight-day selloff, China’s Shanghai Composite declined by 0.25%.

The rebound has been driven by traders who think that last week’s selloff to reprice higher interest rates and slower growth was exaggerated, leaving room for an upward correction.

The jump in S&P 500 futures could be a Dead Cat bounce—a corrective rally in reaction to a substantial decline, as opposed to a reversal—after the sharpest selloff since COVID first emerged.

Earlier, the 10-year Treasury note sold off as investors rotated back into equities, pushing yields back to 3.3%, but we think this will slip and investors will return to buying bonds. This could also mean that stocks will return to their downtrend. Here’s why.

10-year Treasuries Hourly

Treasuries completed an H&S top, rendering the current rally a return move—until proven otherwise—as they climbed decisively above the neckline.

The dollar fell for the second day for the fourth out of five sessions.

Dollar Index Daily

The greenback is forming a bullish pennant, complete with an upside breakout. If, however, the US currency blows the pennant, it could test the May 30 low. If that doesn’t hold, the dollar will complete a Double Top.

Gold is falling for the third day, despite a weakening dollar. As investors turn bullish, all the safe havens—Treasuries, the dollar, and gold—are sliding. But will it last?

We can see the cumulation of this indecision, manifested as a triangle on the gold chart.

Gold Daily

Since the rising trend line since March 2021 is much longer than the falling trend line since March this year, we’re betting on a continued rise. If we’re right, that would be bad news for stocks.

Bitcoin is on the rise, currently trading at over $21K, and the cryptocurrency is extending its rebound to the second out of three sessions and to a 12% advance. This bounce has stirred a much-heated debate on social media between diehard enthusiasts and traditional market observers. While we accept a short-term bounce, we’re very much bearish on the medium to long term.

Having fallen last week on concerns that a recession would curb demand, oil gained for the second day.

Up Ahead

UK CPI data is released on Wednesday.
Canadian CPI figures are published on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, Fed Chair Jerome Powell gives his semi-annual Senate testimony.

Market Moves


The MSCI Asia Pacific Index rose 1.5%
The MSCI Emerging Markets Index rose 1.1%


The euro rose 0.5% to $1.0563
The Japanese yen rose 0.35% to 135.46 per dollar
The offshore yuan was little changed at 6.6926 per dollar
The British pound rose 0.4% to $1.2296


Germany’s 10-year yield rose to 1.77%
Britain’s 10-year yield was little changed at 2.60%


Brent crude rose 1.5% to $115.85 a barrel
Spot gold fell 0.2% to $1,834.37 an ounce

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