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End of day summary - 03/07
The Dow fell 200.23, or 0.78%, to 25,473.23 , the Nasdaq lost 84.46, or 1.13%, to 7,421.46 , and the S&P 500 declined 22.52, or 0.81%, to 2,748.93. The S&P 500 lost 0.8% on Thursday, as a negative economic outlook from the European Central Bank (ECB) helped fuel growth concerns and profit-taking interest. Thursday's risk-off mindset was made apparent by the underperformance of cyclical sectors and the flight-to-safety trade in the U.S. Treasury market where the 10-yr yield dropped six basis points to 2.64%. There was little in the way of a catalyst, so stocks continued to endure their worst weekly performance of the year. The Dow and S&P finished lower for the seventh time in the past eight days. Investors may have been looking forward to tomorrow’s monthly jobs data, but they are also growing weary waiting for news on the trade talks with China despite the next scheduled meeting not occurring until the end of the month. A technical violation of the S&P 500's and Nasdaq Composite's 200-day moving averages also contributed to some selling interest; both closed below that key technical level. 10 of the 11 S&P 500 sectors finished lower with consumer discretionary (-1.4%), financials (-1.1%), and information technology (-0.9%) leading the retreat. Conversely, the utilities sector (+0.3%) was the lone group to finish higher. In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell 3,000 to 223,000 in the week ended March 2. Q4 productivity grew at a 1.9% pace, which was a little firmer than expected. In Trump news, CNBC reported that Michael Cohen, former lawyer and fixer for U.S. President Donald Trump, has filed a lawsuit against the Trump Organization, alleging his former company has filed to pay "fees and costs" owed to him. TSLA was in focus following two separate reports, including one from CNBC saying that securities lawyers are claiming that CEO Elon Musk could face large fines and potential suspension as CEO for recent activity on Twitter that federal authorities said violated his September 29 agreement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, Bloomberg reported that the Pentagon is reviewing Musk's federal security clearance after he smoked marijuana on Joe Rogan's podcast in September. TSLA shares gained AH after a new filing showed a loan worth around $500M for use in China. AGN said a new experimental treatment for major depression failed in three late-stage studies, and the drugmaker added that it was "deeply disappointed" in the results. David Tepper's Appaloosa hedge fund, which has been pressuring the board of Allergan for changes, said "this latest fiasco" should "make apparent to all that the company's 'Open Science' business model is broken." Shares of Allergan closed 4% higher. Meanwhile, Reuters reported that the SEC is investigating whether the multi-tiered pricing system used by stock exchanges, including Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) and Nasdaq (NDAQ), favors big brokers at the expense of smaller ones. In Europe, the ECB held its key interest rates unchanged and said it now expects the key rates to remain at their present levels at least through the end of 2019, which is later than its prior guidance for no change until at least this summer. The ECB also said a new series of quarterly targeted longer-term refinancing operations, or "TLTRO-III," will be launched, starting in September 2019 and ending in March 2021, that "will help to preserve favorable bank lending conditions and the smooth transmission of monetary policy." The timing served as a reinforcement of the concern that the global economy is weakening and that the U.S. market has gotten ahead of itself pricing in a more upbeat growth outlook that isn't being corroborated with falling earnings estimates. Among the noteworthy gainers was YEXT, which rose 10% after it reported quarterly results and said it plans to hire over 200 employees in Germany over the next five years. Also higher after reporting quarterly results was GWRE, which gained 4%. Among the notable losers was WBA which fell 2.1% on concerns over potential increased regulatory pressures after the Food and Drug Administration called the company the top violator among pharmacies illegally selling tobacco products to minors. Among the notable losers after reporting quarterly results were TWI and BURL, which fell 22% and 12%, respectively. Also lower was KR, which fell 10% after the grocery store operator reported worse than expected sales and profits for the fourth quarter and gave lower than expected fiscal year guidance. Shares in Asia were mixed on Thursday following a third consecutive day of losses on Wall Street as investors sought developments on the state of U.S.-China trade negotiations. Meanwhile, U.S. tensions with China reached new heights as Chinese tech giant Huawei filed a lawsuit against the U.S. on Thursday. European stocks retreated, with the Stoxx Europe 600 down 0.4%.
The euro fell sharply against the dollar Thursday after the European Central Bank (ECB) unveiled a series of market-friendly policies amid a slew of rising risks.
EUUSD: -1.1% to 1.1184
GBP/USD: -0.7% to 1.3074
USD/CNH: +0.3% to 6.7340
USD/JPY: -0.2% to 111.57
U.S. Treasuries saw a continuation of their recent strength on Thursday, registering solid gains across the curve. Treasuries started the cash session on a modestly higher note and accelerated their advance after the European Central Bank released a dovish statement, which served as an acknowledgement of slowing growth in the eurozone. It was not a surprise that the ECB made no changes to its interest rate corridor, but the central bank also said that it intends to keep rates at their current levels throughout 2019, which is about three months longer than what was stated in its previous guidance.
2-yr: -5 bps to 2.46%
3-yr: -6 bps to 2.44%
5-yr: -6 bps to 2.44%
10-yr: -6 bps to 2.64%
30-yr: -5 bps to 3.03%
Oil prices rose in choppy trade on Thursday, as the market continues to draw support from ongoing OPEC-led supply cuts and U.S. sanctions against exporters Venezuela and Iran.
Metals Settlement Prices:
Apr gold settled today's session $1.20 lower (-0.1%) at $1286.35/oz
Mar silver settled today's session $0.05 lower at $15.04/oz
Mar copper settled $0.01 lower (-0.3%) at $2.91/lb
Agriculture Settlement Prices:
May corn settled $0.07 lower (-1.9%) at $3.65/bushel
May wheat settled $0.12 lower (-2.7%) at $4.38/bushel
May soybeans settled $0.12 lower (-1.3%) at $9.02/bushel
Energy Settlement Prices:
Apr crude oil futures rose $0.36 (+0.6%) to $56.61/barrel
Apr natural gas settled $0.03 higher (+1.1%) at $2.87/MMBtu
Mar RBOB gasoline settled $0.01 higher (+0.6%) at $1.80/gallon
Mar heating oil futures settled $0.01 lower (-0.5%) at $2.01/gallon
Cryptocurrency markets have recorded moderate gains and losses on the day, with Binance Coin (BNB) being the major gainer on the day. The leading cryptocurrency Bitcoin (BTC) started the day around $3,901, subsequently reaching its intraday high of $3,938.
Bitcoin: $3,928.99 (24hr: +0.68%)
Ethereum: $138.84 (24hr: +0.38%)
Ripple: $0.31 (24hr: -0.54%)
Russell +13.0% YTD
Nasdaq +11.9% YTD
Spoos +9.7% YTD
Dow +9.2% YTD
COST Q2 Rev $35.40Bln Est 35.68Bln, Q2 EPS $2.01 vs $1.69 exp. Up 4%
EB Q4 EPS $(0.17) Misses $(0.13) Estimate. Down 20%
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The level of Monero anonymity is sometimes questioned, in particular, Edward Snowden called it "amateur cryptocurrency." At the time of writing, Monero is ranked 11th by the capitalization in Coinmarketcap.com How does it work? Monero is mostly an open source software that uses the principle of proof-of-work. But unlike Bitcoin, Monero emission is not limited. That's why the developers did it so that the miners would ensure the system's operation even after the emission was completed. https://i.redd.it/nzcpy6u3cpi11.gif The developers of Monero have made a lot of efforts to make their cryptocurrency secure. To achieve a high result, special measures were taken:
Use of "Annular signatures". This technology allows you to "shuffle" all the public keys, thus eliminating the possibility of identifying any of the participants in the system.
Monero uses a unique protocol that creates one-time addresses. This allows you to hide information about the payee, the balance of his account and so on.
Protection against hacking. Cryptographic algorithms ensure the security of electronic cash stored in user wallets.
Due to CryptoNote and the obfuscation added to the protocol, passive mixing is provided: all transactions in the system are anonymous, and all participants in the system can use plausible negation in the event if they are being captured. Dirty Monero? Among the miners, it’s in high demand, due to anonymity for mining on other people's computers and servers. Recently, there have been more cases when Monero was noticed in the code of many viruses. The power of many computers around the world is used to extract this particular cryptocurrency, in particular, this happened last year in London, where scammers used the hacked government servers for mining. Also Monero, right along with Bitcoin, Zcash and Dash is the most used cryptocurrency in Darknet. A particularly favored method of money laundering is the so-called "mixer". The principle of its work is that the money received illegally is sent to the exchange where Bitcoin coins are purchased, for which the Monero tokens are then purchased and then the attacker can safely transfer to any stock exchange, to a pre-established account and receive money in any form convenient for him. Advantages of Monero
Absolute decentralization. Without any control, including financial organizations (banks and etc);
The anonymity of transactions;
Constant growth and trust;
The presence of his own personal wallet.
Disadvantages of Monero
The size of one transaction in Monero is more significant than in Bitcoin;
The anonymity of transactions began to challenge experts working on the development of other cryptocurrencies.
Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao has apologized for causing concern among the crypto community when he openly spoke about the possibility of a rollback for the Bitcoin blockchain following confirmation of a hack leading to the theft of USD 40 million worth of bitcoins on its platform.. The rollback had caused a sharp backlash, particularly among Bitcoin-only communities, aghast at the very concept ... Binance; Compound ; DeFi; Ethereum 2.0 ... Larry Dean Harmon faces a lengthy period in jail as the prosecutors claim the defendant founded a Bitcoin “mixing” operation called Helix, which integrated with black marketplace, Alphanet, to allow users to buy and sell illegal items such as guns, drugs and forbidden items. Helix, mixing service transacts over $300 million in BTC . In early 2017 ... Harmon’s bitcoin mixing services allegedly laundered tens of millions of dollars in crypto for infamous darknet markets including Abraxas, Agora, Hansa, Hydra, and Wall Street Market. AlphaBay, a now inactive darknet giant, supposedly had close ties with Harmon’s Helix, which helped launder $27 million in Bitcoin for AlphaBay by integrating its mixing services on site. Bitcoin first gained this reputation in 2014, when U.S. authorities shut down the Silk Road, a large crypto-based online marketplace that featured drugs as well as many other illegal products. Silk Road’s operator, Ross Ulbricht, is currently serving a life sentence. Assumptions about bitcoin laundering. The government and the media assume that Bitcoin is only used for criminal activities. In particular, they point out that cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are used to pay for prohibited items like drugs and firearms as well as proceeds from illegal activities. The biggest percentage of cryptocurrency ... Harmon knew these bitcoin were the proceeds of illegal activity because he himself wrote about AlphaBay being used for drugs. Then he mixed the bitcoin and sent it to himself again, at DropBit (another layering transaction), and from there, a regular user could unknowingly get the tainted bitcoin, and risk future issues with traditional on- and off-ramps for the reasons outlined above. Few people are using Bitcoin to buy illegal drugs and it’s easy to see why. By Daniel Phillips. 3 min read. Jan 29, 2020 Jan 29 , 2020. Bitcoin. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are popular on the darknet. Image: Shutterstock. According to new research, the total fraction of cryptocurrency transactions heading to darknet services has fallen by more than 90% since 2015. The data, collected ... The Department of Justice (DOJ) has brought forth its first case regarding the crime of bitcoin and crypto mixing. 36-year-old Larry Harmon of Akron, Ohio, has been charged with operating a company known as Helix, a dark web marketplace designed to “clean” illicitly garnered cryptocurrencies by mixing them with others.. Harmon Has Been Operating Helix for Some Time Binance.US looks to be far more limited than regular Binance, with only Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, and Tether trading available to start. Further, Binance.US will require identification information to sign up in order to comply with regulations. TL;DR: The international War on Drugs apparently intersected with the global phenomenon that is cryptocurrency mining. Rob Butvila's mining operations from his house triggered enough concern for South Australia law enforcement (SAPOL) to mistakenly break-in, damaging his property by mistake. CoinSpice interviewed Butvila, who claims SAPOL acted without a formal warrant, refused to apologize ...
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