Stocks rally as China eases COVID rules and as banks raise dividends, bitcoin stuck in the mud

US stocks are rallying after several banks boosted their dividends and China pivoted away from its strict COVID policy. ​ Wall Street seems to be close to figuring out how high central banks may take rates over in the short-term and that is supportive for long-term investors to scale into positions. ​ We will see if the peak of inflation is in place, but for now some traders are comfortable with the idea that the ECB will bring rates to positive territory and as Fed easily has a couple more massive rate hikes on the table. ​

US banks pass stress tests

A lot of the major US banks celebrated stress test results with a strong boost with their respective dividends. ​ Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo raised their dividends, while JPMorgan and Citigroup kept their dividends unchanged. ​ Given the uncertain economic environment, you can’t blame the decision to refrain from boosting payouts as a severe slowdown with economic activity could lead to the need for additional capital.

JPMorgan and Citigroup might need to free up some cash later this year for the new required capital levels, which might make them the least attractive of the banking giants.

Crypto

One of last week’s crypto saga occurred when physical futures crypto exchange CoinFLEX halted all withdrawals. This week, the crypto exchange announced they will launch a Recovery Value USD token. ​ They are relying on private investors to cover half of the issuance and that if that holds, they appear on their way to surviving this liquidity crisis. It will take some time for investors to feel the liquidity concerns are in the rear-view mirror.

Bitcoin remains anchored at around the USD 20,000 level and won’t break out until Wall Street is confident a broader slowdown is not happening. ​ ​

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Ed Moya

Ed Moya

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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