Mati Greenspan, Senior Market Analyst at FX broker eToro, has provided his daily commentary on traditional and crypto markets for April 24, 2019. The text below is an excerpt and does not contain the full analysis.
- Nasdaq Tests BTC Trading: A leaked demo of bitcoin trading on TD Ameritrade’s platform suggests that mainstream exchanges may begin to list cryptoassets in the near future.
- Volatility Flees Markets: The VIX index is at its lowest level since October. A clearer picture of volatility should emerge as more than 100 companies report their earnings today and tomorrow.
- Bitcoin Overtakes Altseason: The crypto market is consolidating into bitcoin, a sign that altseason has come to an end.
- S&P 500 Hits All-Time High: The S&P 500 index surpassed its previous peak from September yesterday.
It wasn’t much of a surprise when a client sent me a tweet showing screenshots of bitcoin being traded on the Nasdaq. This is how I get a lot of my news these days and we already know that the Nasdaq is working on such a product.
What quickly became clear though was that this tweet wasn’t a product launch but rather a leak. It seems that the TD Ameritrade platform was simply testing out the product in demo mode.
Even though this bit of news did turn out to be a false start, the race between mainstream exchanges to list cryptoassets will begin shortly.
The US stock market marked a new all-time high yesterday as the S&P 500 index flitted past September’s peak. Other indices are still a ways off, but as this is considered to be an index that encompasses the market, many investors are taking note.
Overall, it seems that volatility has left the markets and investors are no longer very concerned about things like trade wars and Brexit. The VIX volatility index seems to confirm this, showing the lowest reading since October.
As earning’s season continues we should get a clearer picture of how the economy really looks. More than 100 companies will report today and tomorrow, including Facebook and Amazon. Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) has already crushed expectations, sending the stock surging more than 6% in pre-market trading yesterday. Check out the full list here.
Crypto is seeing a bit of a dip this morning, but I suppose that can be expected after yesterday’s gains. Bitcoin seems to be a bit more stable than the altcoins as it seems the market is consolidating into the leader.
We can now say definitively that altseason has come to an end and bitcoin is the market driver once again. For those of you keeping score, altseason lasted precisely 51 days from February 10th until April 2nd. It wasn’t a very long altseason but as nobody was sure how long it would last, I suppose that makes sense.
Here’s a graph of the overall market cap and reported (allegedly fake) volumes across global crypto exchanges during that time.
As we stated yesterday, it seems everyone is getting bullish on bitcoin again but many still believe that we’re officially in a bear market. One analyst who seems to always be bullish is Fundstraat’s Tom Lee, my new friend on Twitter.
In a recent interview with Cointelegraph, he laid out some of the indicators he’s looking at and why the might spell out the start of a new bull market.
In short, Fundstraat has its own index called the Bitcoin Misery Index, which tracks how euphoric investors are from 1 to 100. The latest reading of the index was 89, which is the highest reading since the start of the last bull run.
Of course, I’m not going to leave you over a long weekend without some great reading material.
This report is from one of the most well-respected analysts in the cryptosphere and it’s called Bitcoin in Heavy Accumulation.
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