Asia markets extend rally as Hong Kong eyes record

Asian traders continued their blistering start to the year on Monday with most markets rising and Hong Kong within spitting distance of its record high, while the euro extended its gains against the dollar. Wall Street once again provided a strong lead on the back of optimism about corporate earnings in light of Donald Trump’s tax… Please follow and like us:

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South Korea’s Bitcoin Crackdown Maybe Toned Down

The price of bitcoin, the world’s most popular cryptocurrency at present, took a beating Thursday after reports said South Korean Justice Minister Park Sang-ki was planning a ban on cryptocurrency exchanges in the country, which is a global hub for such trading platforms. But on Friday, the country’s finance minister reportedly made statements toning down the… Please follow and like us:

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Another Sign Of Cryptocurrency Regulations?

The noose of regulation seems to be closing around the Medusa’s head-like neck of cryptocurrencies. After months of monitoring by various agencies, the financial services panel of the Senate will meet top market regulators early in February to discuss bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, as well as the possible risks their trading poses, Reuters reported Wednesday. Citing… Please follow and like us:

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Bitcoin Price Back Where It Was A Month Ago

The price of bitcoin, the world’s best-known cryptocurrency seems to have gone full circle in the last one month, with its value a little over $15,100 in the early hours of Tuesday. Exactly a month ago, on Dec. 10, bitcoin was priced at $15,037 at the close of trade for the day. Just given those numbers,… Please follow and like us:

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BoA: Cash Levels Show Market Sentiment Remains Subdued

Even though equity markets around the world continue to march higher, and show no signs of slowing down anytime soon, it seems investors would still instead invest in bonds. According to the latest issue of Bank of America’s Flow Show Report, during the first week of January, investors withdrew $4.5 billion from equity funds ($3.9 billion… Please follow and like us:

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GoPro predicts revenue slump and slashes workforce; stock plunges

Camera maker GoPro Inc. is getting out of the drone business, laying off more than 20 percent of its workforce and losing two executives after predicting a sharp decline in its fourth-quarter revenue and disclosing weak holiday-season demand for its cameras. The disappointing outlook sent shares plummeting nearly 30 percent to an all-time low of $5.32… Please follow and like us:

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Automation Growth Just Starting As Our Robot Overlords Further Integrate Into Every Day Life

When Sanford Bernstein’s Jay Huang looks back at 2017, he doesn’t see the oddest political wrangling accompanied by surreal market environments. He appears more awed by the pace of automation trends, particularly integrating into human business processes. There is no cliff for automation stocks, he asserts in a January 4 report on Asian Industrial Technology. There… Please follow and like us:

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Trump Rally: The 2018 Sequel? Dow breaks 25,000, heads higher

WASHINGTON, January 6, 2018: During the last two weeks of December 2017, we and our portfolios were essentially out of action. From the looks of it, most investors deserted the field as well, save for a small but intrepid band of tax-loss sellers, shorts and permabears, all of whom enjoyed hammering the market down whenever they… Please follow and like us:

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Merrill Lynch Bans Bitcoin Trading

Wealth management firm Merrill Lynch has blocked all of its clients and financial advisers who manage money for clients from trading Bitcoin over fears of instability relating to the cryptocurrency, the Wall Street Journal reported. The ban will keep the firm’s nearly 17,000 financial advisers from suggesting Bitcoin-related investments and advises against client requests to invest… Please follow and like us:

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The Bulls Return: Brent Crude Could Hit $70, Says Morgan Stanley

With Brent Crude oil driving higher on Wednesday — up nearly $1 and trading at $67.59 in early afternoon New York trading – Morgan Stanley analysts Martijn Rats and Amy Sergeant point out that European refining margins have weakened recently. This is creating a negative correlation, where refining stocks head lower as the underlying product, Brent… Please follow and like us:

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Goldman Sachs says US tax reform to cut earnings by $5 bn

US banking giant Goldman Sachs said Friday the recently-enacted US tax reform will cut its earnings this year by about $5 billion, mainly because of a tax targeting earnings held abroad. The tax reform package is expected to “result in a reduction of approximately $5 billion in earnings for the fourth quarter,” the company said in… Please follow and like us:

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Broker Charged With Illegally Accepting $1M in Cash Kickbacks: Enforcement

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged a Wall Street stockbroker with illegally accepting more than $1 million in undisclosed kickbacks for giving certain customers preferential access to lucrative inital public offerings, enabling them to reap major trading profits in the secondary markets. The SEC alleges that Brian Hirsch subverted allocation policies and procedures at two brokerage… Please follow and like us:

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Switzerland rages against EU’s stock exchange ruling

The Swiss government lashed out Thursday at an EU decision to give Switzerland’s stock exchange only temporary access to the bloc’s single market, labelling it discriminatory and “unacceptable”. The European Commission announced on Thursday that it would recognise for just one year the so-called equivalence of Swiss trading venues, which is essential to allow European banks… Please follow and like us:

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How Bitcoin Futures Trading Could Burst The Cryptocurrency’s Bubble

A new wave was added to the never-ending Bitcoin mania when the Chicago Board of Exchange (CBOE) became the first major derivative exchange to launch Bitcoin futures on December 10. Such was the euphoria among early investors that trading was halted twice due to CBOE speed breakers, which slow or pause trading when price movements are… Please follow and like us:

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Is North Korea Stealing Bitcoin?

As the price of bitcoin continues to scale new heights (now over $19,000), it is also becoming increasingly attractive to hackers, and according to some security analysts’ reports, North Korea may be trying to steal the cryptocurrency. In a related development, the South Korean government announced Monday it was tracking its northern neighbor’s bitcoin-activity. Without confirming… Please follow and like us:

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