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Stocks tumble ahead of big tech earnings, soft earnings start this week, bitcoin reverses lower

US stocks see red

US stocks are declining as Wall Street abandons the tech trade ahead of massive tech earnings later this week and as global slowdown fears remain front and center as aggressive central bank tightening jitters won’t go away.  Inflation won’t let up anytime soon as the Russian headlines suggest the war in Ukraine could see further escalations, which means inflation won’t ease up and that will continue to drive central bank tightening fears.

Earnings 

The earnings blitz is beginning and overall it was not a good start.  GE was down sharply as their full-year guidance was towards the low end.  UPS saw lower volumes but still affirmed its guidance as it will pass on cost increases to the consumer. Pepsico posted strong results and raised its guidance, but shares were unable to shake off the risk-off theme hitting markets today.  3M showed sequential margin improvement but had a slow start to April and had to lower their outlook for the year.

The morning’s earnings picture showed price increases are weighing on businesses and costs are being passed onto the consumer. Alphabet will be the first major tech giant to report after the close, but it will be a tough quarter when compared to the robust one last year.  Everyone is expecting strong search and YouTube ads results, but the key to how share prices react might fall on the other revenue streams.

Crytpo

Bitcoin was tentatively back above the USD 40,000 level as Wall Street became more optimistic with the long-term outlook for cryptocurrencies after reports that Fidelity Investments will allow bitcoin into 401(k)s. What also helped bitcoin this morning is that the dollar rally is holding steady alongside Treasuries.

Bitcoin reversed lower as risk aversion returned to Wall Street, with tech stocks leading the decline. Russia’s suspension of gas supplies to Poland sent risky assets, including bitcoin, sharply lower.

Ethereum was showing signs of life hovering back above the USD 3000 level.  Ethereum investors will become more aggressive with their bets if they feel more confident the upgrade to proof-of-stake system has less road bumps ahead. Ethereum also turned negative and will continue to follow what happens on Wall Street.

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Ed Moya

Ed Moya [4]

Senior Market Analyst, The Americas at OANDA
With more than 20 years’ trading experience, Ed Moya is a senior market analyst with OANDA, producing up-to-the-minute intermarket analysis, coverage of geopolitical events, central bank policies and market reaction to corporate news. His particular expertise lies across a wide range of asset classes including FX, commodities, fixed income, stocks and cryptocurrencies. Over the course of his career, Ed has worked with some of the leading forex brokerages, research teams and news departments on Wall Street including Global Forex Trading, FX Solutions and Trading Advantage. Most recently he worked with TradeTheNews.com, where he provided market analysis on economic data and corporate news. Based in New York, Ed is a regular guest on several major financial television networks including CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Yahoo! Finance Live, Fox Business and Sky TV. His views are trusted by the world’s most renowned global newswires including Reuters, Bloomberg and the Associated Press, and he is regularly quoted in leading publications such as MSN, MarketWatch, Forbes, Breitbart, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Ed holds a BA in Economics from Rutgers University.
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