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Opening Bell: U.S. Futures Buck European Virus Crisis; Bitcoin Rallies 

By Investing.com (Pinchas Cohen/Investing.com)Market OverviewMar 24, 2021 07:39AM ET
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Opening Bell: U.S. Futures Buck European Virus Crisis; Bitcoin Rallies 
By Investing.com (Pinchas Cohen/Investing.com)   |  Mar 24, 2021 07:39AM ET
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  • Europe sees COVID-19 resurgence amid vaccine crisis
  • US futures recover from tax hike concerns
  • Rebound in US yields return investors to reflation trade

Key Events

US futures on the Dow, S&P, NASDAQ and Russell 2000 ignored the global downtrend on Wednesday amid a troubling resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic and new or extended lockdowns in Europe.

Bitcoin advanced while the dollar wavered

Global Financial Affairs

NASDAQ futures are leading as investors rotate back into growth stocks, predominantly in the technology sector which outperforms during the stay-at-home environment. Contracts on the S&P 500 rebounded from a selloff overnight.

S&P 500 Futures Daily
S&P 500 Futures Daily

US markets were spooked by leaked details of President Joseph Biden's proposed tax hikes that will be required to pay for his proposed $3 trillion infrastructure and jobs stimulus.

Trading resumed along a falling flag, bullish after the 7% surge within the nine days that preceded the profit-taking range. A topside breakout would signal a resumption of that uptrend, taking the S&P 500 past the 4,000 mark for the first time.

Conversely, a fall below 3,800 might signal a top. The 50 DMA lends support to the flag, while the 100 DMA to the trendline that may be the technical “line in the sand.”

On the other hand, in Europe, the STOXX 600 index declined on a compound crisis in the region—rising case numbers of COVID-19 and a vaccine distribution debacle. The EU is currently proposing new emergency laws to allow it to block exports of vaccines to facilitate its own citizens’ inoculations. This political nightmare—smack in the middle of another virus resurgence—has brought the pan-European benchmark to a two-week low.

STOXX 600 Daily
STOXX 600 Daily

Nevertheless, the index rebounded from the bottom of a falling flag, producing a hammer. The price is finding resistance by the top of what is expected to be a continuation pattern, bullish after the near-5% jump within the eight sessions that preceded the impasse, as the index finds new takers while those who enjoyed the ride cash out.

The MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside of Japan fell 1.3% after losing 0.9% on Tuesday. It went as low as 674.18 points, a level last seen on Mar. 9. The index fell this month, following a five-month gain, as the inflation scenario provoked investors to sell. 

Japan’s Nikkei 225 opened lower, taking a cue from the Wall Street slide, falling 2.%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng declined by the same percentage.

In US trading on Tuesday, stocks fell, led by value stocks, which benefit from a reopening economy, as the rising number of virus cases across Europe as well as the extension of social restrictions in Germany deflated expectations of a return to normalcy.

The Russell 2000 plunged 3.5% during the session as beneficiaries of the reopening trade including Carnival Corporation (NYSE:CCL) and TripAdvisor (NASDAQ:TRIP) tumbled. An index of airline shares fell the most since October.

Yields on the 10-year Treasury note have rebounded to a slight gain, though indicators suggest they could head lower despite inflation concerns.

10-year Treasuries Daily
10-year Treasuries Daily

They are still well above their uptrend line since the Jan. 28 low. The yield rebound—during the research for this article—pushed the small cap-Russell 2000 contract to equal the advance of contracts on the NASDAQ 100, clearly illustrating the direct link between yields and the reflation trade.

The dollar was struggling, alongside yields, to pick a direction.

Dollar Index Daily
Dollar Index Daily

The greenback completed a bullish flag that confirmed a double bottom, which rose out of a falling wedge since the March high.

Gold moved higher.

Gold Daily
Gold Daily

However, in mirror image to the dollar, the yellow metal already completed a bearish flag.

Bitcoin received a boost after Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the company will now accept Bitcoin as a method of payment, negating comments from Federal Reserve Chair Powell that the cryptocurrency is replacement for gold rather than the dollar.

Bitcoin Daily
Bitcoin Daily

The cryptocurrency jumped, after reaching the bottom of its rising channel, toward the top of a falling flag, bullish after the preceding jump.

Oil found support by the neckline of a H&S top but remains under pressure on demand worries which continue to be a cause of concern for OPEC+. 

Oil Daily
Oil Daily

The technicals allow the commodity to rise toward $64 and still be captured by its bearish implications. 

Up Ahead

Market Moves

Stocks

Currencies

  • The Dollar Index rose 0.1%.
  • The euro fell 0.2% to $1.1825.
  • The British pound sank 0.4% to $1.3696.
  • The onshore yuan weakened 0.1% to 6.522 per dollar.
  • The Japanese yen was little changed at 108.64 per dollar.

Bonds

  • The yield on 10-year Treasuries dipped one basis point to 1.61%.
  • The yield on two-year Treasuries decreased less than one basis point to 0.14%.
  • Germany’s 10-year yield fell two basis points to -0.36%.
  • Japan’s 10-year yield declined one basis point to 0.073%.
  • Britain’s 10-year yield sank two basis points to 0.739%.

Commodities

  • West Texas Intermediate crude gained 2.1% to $58.95 a barrel.
  • Brent crude gained 2% to $62.02 a barrel.
  • Gold strengthened 0.2% to $1,730.82 an ounce.
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Thanks for your analysis Pinchas!! inspiring as usual!
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