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This year may turn out to be absolutely outstanding. To shed a light on a gloomy future of markets in 2023, we asked analysts to share their predictions. Today, we publish predictions of Santa Zvaigzne-Sproge, CFA, Head of Investment Advice Department at Conotoxia Ltd., related to S&P 500, Nasdaq, certain sectors and industries.

For S&P 500 major support levels may be 3500, 3375, 3200, and even 3000 before starting to recover

At the moment, we see numerous factors that have a negative impact on S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite – lowering money supply in the US and increasing interest rate environment to name a few. As the Fed has indicated that possibly there will not be interest rate reductions in 2023, it may suggest that the stock market in general and the two indices could continue losing value also in 2023 despite what seems to be a very optimistic beginning of the year. For S&P 500 major support levels may be 3500, 3375, 3200, and even 3000 before starting to recover.

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Forex broker Conotoxia Ltd starts its European expansion from Poland where its mother company Cinkciarz.pl is w well-known giant.

Forex broker Conotoxia Ltd starts its European expansion from Poland

FXMAG Team FXMAG Team 20.10.2021 09:49
From October 18th 2021 Polish based investors who want to open investment accounts through Cinkciarz.pl web portal have access to Polish-speaking representatives in Conotoxia Ltd. Branch in Warsaw and gained additional supervision of KNF in regards to investment service provided by the broker. The opening of a branch in Poland is evidence of the systematic development of the company. As part of our international expansion, we are not only developing our product offer and services, but also expanding our team in order to best realize the visions and ideas of Conotoxia Holding group and build a strong brand with global reach. But this is just the beginning of our plans. We want to offer Polish investors a real alternative when it comes to investing on a global level with a trusted broker with a very good reputation and with the backing of a global fintech like Cinkciarz.pl - says Grzegorz Jaworski, CEO of Conotoxia Ltd. Conotoxia LTD in response to the needs of Polish clients offered an alternative on the local investment market. The service is provided fully in Polish language from account opening, through support and transactions. The business model based on STP provides transparency and trust to clients. The introduction of an unprecedented low spread (DE40 from 0.7 and EURUSD from 0.5 with no additional commissions) allows trading at the best available price. In addition to the standard account, clients can also choose an account for an experienced client with a leverage of 1:100Funds are deposited in a Polish bank and deposits can be made in 4 currencies: PLN, EUR, USD and GBP. Expanded fintech of Cinkciarz.pl group allows for deposits and withdrawals from the company's proprietary currency portfolio. Moreover, buying and selling the most popular CFDs on cryptocurrencies is also available on weekends. Conotoxia LTD was recognized by the industry winning “The Rising star of the Year 2020 in forex/CD” Invest Cuffs award. Moreover, LMAX Global has offered all its existing Polish retail clients possibility to open Forex accounts through the portal Forex.Cinkciarz.pl Our main goal is still to promote informed investment through solid education and to familiarize our customers with tools and solutions that support Forex and CFD trading - says Daniel Kostecki, director of the Polish branch of Conotoxia Ltd. The broker's clients have constant access to educational channels with free, extensive and regularly updated knowledge base about financial markets, including instructional videos, e-books, commentaries and other tutorial materials. In addition to education, security is also very important. Conotoxia Ltd. ensures the protection of clients through the dual supervision of CySEC and KNF and secures their funds through the Negative Balance Protection and Compensation Fund. Forex Trading is provided by Conotoxia Ltd., which has the right to use the Conotoxia trademark. Conotoxia Ltd. is regulated by CySEC (licence no. 336/17). CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 78% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
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What are investors afraid of? | Conotoxia

Conotoxia Comments Conotoxia Comments 18.05.2022 15:42
As it does every month, Bank of America conducts a survey of fund managers with nearly $900 billion AUM. Its results in the May edition seem very interesting, indicating the risks and actions of institutional investors. According to the survey, investors appear to be hoarding cash as the outlook for global economic growth falls to an all-time low and fears of stagflation increase. Cash holdings among investors have reached their highest level since September 2001, according to the report. A survey this month of investors managing $872 billion also found that hawkish central banks are seen as the biggest risk to financial markets. A global recession came in second, and concerns about stagflation rose to their highest level since 2008. The findings could show an uninspiring outlook for global equities, which are already on track for their longest weekly losing streak since the global financial crisis, as central banks turn off the tap on money at a time of stubbornly high inflation. The BofA report said the stock market may be in a bear market, but the final lows have not yet been reached. More interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve are still expected, and the market is not yet in full capitulation. The BofA survey also found that technology stocks are under the most pressure since 2006. Overall, investors were most attuned to holding cash, and are least inclined to go for: emerging market stocks, eurozone stocks and bonds at the moment. The report also found that the so-called most crowded trades at the moment are long positions on oil (28%), short positions on U.S. Treasury bonds (25%), long on technology stocks (14%), and long on bitcoin (8%). According to the respondents, the value to which the S&P 500 index would have to fall for the Fed to start refraining from further monetary policy tightening falls at the level of 3529, i.e. about 12% below the current level. Daniel Kostecki, Director of the Polish branch of Conotoxia Ltd. (Forex service) Materials, analysis and opinions contained, referenced or provided herein are intended solely for informational and educational purposes. Personal opinion of the author does not represent and should not be constructed as a statement or an investment advice made by Conotoxia Ltd. All indiscriminate reliance on illustrative or informational materials may lead to losses. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 80.77% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
RBA Pauses Rates as Australian Dollar Slides; ISM Manufacturing PMI in Focus

S&P 500 (SPX), Dow Jones (DJI), Nasdaq And Walmart (WMT) Falled, But Probably Not In Love | Conotoxia

Conotoxia Comments Conotoxia Comments 19.05.2022 12:27
Fear of a recession may be one of the reasons pushing risky asset prices lower. Yesterday alone, the Dow Jones fell 3.57 percent and the S&P 500 fell 4.04 percent, its biggest one-day drop since June 2020. The Nasdaq Composite was off 4.73 percent. The U.S. economy is mainly spinning thanks to consumption and largely living on credit Another turnaround on Wall Street came after the release of the results of U.S. big-box retail chains such as Wal-Mart and Target. The share price of the former fell by almost 25 percent from its April peak, and the latter by about 40 percent. Why is this important? The U.S. economy is mainly spinning thanks to consumption and largely living on credit. Decrease in consumption by higher inflation, as shown by the results of companies and their comments to the results, can therefore be a wake-up call that the US economy will no longer grow so rapidly. As a result, there has been an even greater fear of recession, which in the current inflationary environment brings to mind the stagflation of the 70s-80s in the United States. Add to that rising lending rates through interest rate hikes, broken supply chains and an expensive U.S. dollar eroding export profits. According to some, this is the perfect set of factors that could push the market further into the embrace of a waking bear market. Investors also might be looking for the point at which they believe the dollar and U.S. bonds have priced in a full cycle of rate hikes before the Fed In a more optimistic scenario, however, they may predict that inflation will peak in the second or third quarter of this year and then begin to decline starting in the fourth quarter of 2022. At that point, consumers could breathe a sigh of relief as prices would still rise, but no longer as fast as before. The same could be true for the stock market, which statistically, in cycles of interest rate hikes, seemed to create corrections in the first reaction and then continued earlier trends. Investors also might be looking for the point at which they believe the dollar and U.S. bonds have priced in a full cycle of rate hikes before the Fed. At that point, they could switch from the dollar to bonds or stocks, which could also put the brakes on the declines currently seen. Read next: Altcoins: What Is Monero? Explaining XMR. Untraceable Cryptocurrency!? | FXMAG.COM Since the beginning of the year alone, the Nasdaq index has fallen by 27 percent, the S&P 500 by more than 18 percent, and the Dow Jones by less than 15 percent. U.S. 10-year bonds have shrunk by 8 percent, and gold has fallen by 0.5 percent. Meanwhile, the U.S. dollar has gained about 8 percent. This could quite clearly show that the cash phase of the cycle may be underway. It may be followed, according to theory, by the bond phase of the cycle and only the equity phase of the cycle. Daniel Kostecki, Director of the Polish branch of Conotoxia Ltd. (Forex service) Materials, analysis and opinions contained, referenced or provided herein are intended solely for informational and educational purposes. Personal opinion of the author does not represent and should not be constructed as a statement or an investment advice made by Conotoxia Ltd. All indiscriminate reliance on illustrative or informational materials may lead to losses. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 80.77% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
Elon Musk Sells 8 Millions Tesla Stocks? Here Is Why!

Why Elon Musk Sells His Tesla Shares? Here Is The Answer!

Conotoxia Comments Conotoxia Comments 11.08.2022 11:10
What is happening? The CEO of the world's largest electric car company has sold about $8.4 billion worth of Tesla shares over the past week. According to documents provided to regulators, the series of transactions took place between August 5 and 9, 2022, shortly after the August 4 shareholder meeting in Austin. As recently as April of this year, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO wrote that he "has no plans for another stock sale," after divesting a stake worth $8.5 billion to buy Twitter. This is not the first time Elon Musk has confused his public. The businessman seems to frequently abuse his influence, throwing around bold statements and increasing the expectations of his followers. When asked recently if he had stopped selling Tesla, for the time being, he replied "yes. In the (hopefully unlikely) event that Twitter forces this deal to close *and* some equity partners don’t come through, it is important to avoid an emergency sale of Tesla stock." However, it's hard not to get the impression that the CEO is simply taking advantage of the recent rebound in the share price. It is possible that his goal is not just to finance the deal, but to try to protect his private fortune. Such a major sale of an important shareholder had a significant impact on both Twitter and Tesla's stock price. Elon Musk failure or a smart plan? Twitter rose at the opening by almost 4%, thanks to the increasing likelihood of the deal being finalized, which may have been due to Musk's recent tweet. Most of the news coming out of the courtroom also reinforces analysts' belief that the Tesla CEO will be forced to buy the company. The platform's stock price has gained more than 35% over the past month, with a price target. Tesla, influenced by the news of the sale of a large stake by the most important person in the company, has lost around 7% over the past four sessions. The company itself gained more than 44% from its July 16 bottom to its August 4 peak at the shareholder meeting. Tesla, like many technology companies, has gained significantly from the recent bear market rally. This growth can also be attributed to Tesla's results, in which it beat expectations for earnings per share (EPS) by more than 26%. However, the macroeconomic analysis is rather pessimistic for the electromobility market in the short and midterm. During recessions, companies are usually unable to achieve high expected growth rates by falling consumer demand. More often than not, revenues fall, profits decline, and as a result, stock prices fall as well.   RafaÅ‚ Tworkowski, Junior Market Analyst, Conotoxia Ltd. (Conotoxia investment service) Materials, analysis and opinions contained, referenced or provided herein are intended solely for informational and educational purposes. Personal opinion of the author does not represent and should not be constructed as a statement or an investment advice made by Conotoxia Ltd. All indiscriminate reliance on illustrative or informational materials may lead to losses. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 82.59% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.   Source: Elon Musk sells nearly 8 million Tesla shares, justifying it by the Twitter lawsuit
Siemens Gained 27% But Announced Its First Loss Since 2010. What Are The Causes?

Siemens Gained 27% But Announced Its First Loss Since 2010. What Are The Causes?

Conotoxia Comments Conotoxia Comments 12.08.2022 10:00
Germany's Siemens, a manufacturer of technology to automate and digitalise businesses and households by supplying hydraulic, electrical and electronic equipment and household appliances, today reported revenue growth of 27% (year-on-year) and 1% growth between quarters. What happened? This exceeded analysts' expectations of €17.47 billion, reaching €17.87 billion in Q3 (the financial year starts earlier than the calendar year). This growth was mainly attributed to an increase in orders from the areas of business automation and intelligent infrastructure.   "Demand in the European capital goods sector is holding up," commented Barclays last week, following the publication of results from other companies in the sector, such as ABB and Schneider Electric. This was also confirmed by CEO Roland Busch, who said that demand remained strong in the quarter despite an environment affected by sanctions on Russia, high inflation and the ongoing effects of a pandemic. However, it is worth noting that these companies typically operate on long-term contracts and the decline in demand can be noticed after a long delay.    Siemens has a strongly diversified business, not only in terms of products but also in respect of the countries of origin of its customers. However, this may not protect it from the looming recession, which seems to be a problem not only for Europe or the US but for the whole world.    Alarming are, for example, the data of the German manufacturing PMI (Purchasing Managers' Index), which measures the assessment of the economic situation by managers. This index is currently at almost its lowest level in two years. The results in other countries in Europe and America also look similar. Asian economies also appear to be weakening.   Siemens also incurred a net loss of €1.66 billion charge for the write-down of the value of its stake in Siemens Energy, which operated in Russia. In addition, the company estimates that it has incurred additional losses of €0.6 billion due to the actions of the Russian Federation.   Despite high energy prices, Siemens is struggling to make savings from its 35% stake in the turbine and wind energy company. It has had a difficult two years since the spin-off in 2020, with operational problems and losses in the Siemens Gamesa wind turbine division.   Rafał Tworkowski, Junior Market Analyst, Conotoxia Ltd. (Conotoxia investment service)   Materials, analysis and opinions contained, referenced or provided herein are intended solely for informational and educational purposes. Personal opinion of the author does not represent and should not be constructed as a statement or an investment advice made by Conotoxia Ltd. All indiscriminate reliance on illustrative or informational materials may lead to losses. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results.   CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 82.59% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.   Source: Siemens posted its first loss since 2010, yet shares are gaining
Volume Of Crude Oil Rose For The Second Session In A Row

The Cheapest Oil In Six Months!!! How Will It Affect The Global Economics?

Conotoxia Comments Conotoxia Comments 16.08.2022 11:55
The price of WTI crude oil remained below $90 per barrel at the beginning of the week, the level before Russia's attack on Ukraine. Oil today is the cheapest in six months. It seems that the topic of a global economic slowdown or recession and how long it may last may be important for the oil market. Chinese and U.S. economic data seem to show a weaker condition in both economies and thus could affect the decline in oil demand. This, in turn, could put downward pressure on prices. According to published data, factory activity in China declined enough in July to force the central bank to cut lending rates to keep demand from collapsing. In the United States, on the other hand, the market may have been taken by surprise by the second-largest drop in the history of the New York Empire State Manufacturing Index. The above indicators may affect the market from the demand side, but this is only one part of the puzzle. On the supply side, long-awaited changes may be brewing. Once the embargo is lifted, oil from Iran may start flowing into the market again. Iran has responded to the European Union's proposal. It may seek to re-implement the 2015 nuclear agreement. The EU is also calling on the US to show more flexibility in implementing the agreement. Saudi Arabia may also be preparing to increase its oil supply. The chairman of Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil giant, stated over the weekend that his company is ready to increase production to 12 million barrels per day, the company's current production capacity limit. Only a decision by the Saudi Arabian government is needed to increase production. According to the EIA agency's forecast, the United States can also increase its production. US oil production in the August forecast averages 11.9 million barrels per day (b/d) in 2022. It could rise to 12.7 million b/d in 2023. If this forecast comes true, the US could set a production record next year. The current one is 12.3 million b/d and was set in 2019.   Daniel Kostecki, Director of the Polish branch of Conotoxia Ltd. (Conotoxia investment service) Materials, analysis and opinions contained, referenced or provided herein are intended solely for informational and educational purposes. Personal opinion of the author does not represent and should not be constructed as a statement or an investment advice made by Conotoxia Ltd. All indiscriminate reliance on illustrative or informational materials may lead to losses. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 82.59% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money. Source: Oil near six-month lows
The Close Relationship With BTC Does Not Allow The Altcoin To Move On Its Own

Crypto: Ethereum (ETH) And Bitcoin (BTC) Start Losing? Filecoin (FIL) Sheded Almost 18%!

Conotoxia Comments Conotoxia Comments 19.08.2022 14:57
Since the beginning of July, the crypto market seemed to be on the rise. The largest tokens (BTC and ETH) at the local peak, gained around 35% and 101% respectively. However, today at 11:30 GMT+3 BTC is losing around 7.3% and ETH around 8%. Today, ETH broke through its price channel and the 20-day moving average. If the price does not return to the channel in the next couple of days, we will be able to say that a possible reversal of the short-term trend we mentioned in previous articles has taken place. Especially if this is confirmed by indicators such as the Wilder directional indicator. BTC has also moved far out of its price channel and is currently below the 10, 20 and 50-day moving averages. The directional indicator has already shown a potential trend reversal and the MACD is approaching the negative zone. Today on the Conotoxia MT5 platform at 11:00 GMT+3, Filecoin (FIL) is down the most. It is experiencing a loss of almost 18%. According to Coinmarketcap, it has a capitalisation of almost $1.8 billion and a daily volume of over $511 million. Filecoin was launched in 2020 to decentralise data storage, providing an alternative to industry giants such as Amazon and Alibaba at a cost reduction of almost 99%. The project's network connects storage providers with customers looking for a place to keep their data. Those offering their storage from laptops to server rooms after verifying data integrity and security can obtain a FIL token as a reward. This creates a highly diversified and low-cost database network. However, the characteristics of the project are inherently inflationary, unlike BTC. The declines described are attributed to a broad market correction, the exit of 'big money' and growing pessimism about the increasing supply of FIL tokens. Rafał Tworkowski, Junior Market Analyst, Conotoxia Ltd. (Conotoxia investment service) Materials, analysis and opinions contained, referenced or provided herein are intended solely for informational and educational purposes. Personal opinion of the author does not represent and should not be constructed as a statement or an investment advice made by Conotoxia Ltd. All indiscriminate reliance on illustrative or informational materials may lead to losses. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 82.59% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.   Source: The crypto market falls as profits are realised
Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) Shares Gained +300% But Can Lose It All!

Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) Shares Gained +300% But Can Lose It All!

Conotoxia Comments Conotoxia Comments 19.08.2022 16:55
Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) shares have gained 300% since the beginning of August after many previously opened short positions were closed. According to Seeking Alpha data, the short interest on BBBY currently stands at a whopping 41.9% (nearly half of the shares available for trading are sold short). At its peak, BBBY shares reached a price of $30. Today, however, they appear to be down almost 45% ahead of the market opening at 14:00 GMT+3 - this could be the company's worst day since its IPO in 1992. BBBY shares were already down almost 20% yesterday, as investors began to realise potential gains. One of those investors is celebrity billionaire investor Ryan Cohen. He sold his shares, earning $68.1 million (56% on invested capital). According to a report filed with the SEC, Cohen's RC Ventures sold millions of shares on Tuesday and Wednesday in a price range of $18.68 to $29.21. Since then, according to Bloomberg data, the activist investor has asked the company to consider selling the business, reached an agreement to add three independent directors to the board and pushed for the departure of CEO Mark Tritton. Shares also peaked in March 2022, when Cohen first disclosed a 9.8% stake in the company. "The ailing retailer’s share price rise of late has defied logic," - said Danni Hewson, an analyst at AJ Bell. The company has hired the law firm, Kirkland & Ellis, to help it deal with its hard-to-manage debt, media reports said yesterday. Kirkland & Ellis is a well-known advisory firm that plans to help its client by raising new funds and refinancing debt. Other so-called 'meme stocks' also fell on Friday before the open. GameStop (GME) lost 6.5% and AMC Entertainment Holdings (AMC) 4.7% at 14:00 GMT+3. Rafał Tworkowski, Junior Market Analyst, Conotoxia Ltd. (Conotoxia investment service) Materials, analysis and opinions contained, referenced or provided herein are intended solely for informational and educational purposes. Personal opinion of the author does not represent and should not be constructed as a statement or an investment advice made by Conotoxia Ltd. All indiscriminate reliance on illustrative or informational materials may lead to losses. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 82.59% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.   Source: Bed Bath & Beyond loses more than 45% before the open - the end of the short squeeze?
Euro (EUR) And British Pound (GBP) Losing The Race Against U.S. Dollar (USD)! 1 Year Statistics

Euro (EUR) And British Pound (GBP) Losing The Race Against U.S. Dollar (USD)! 1 Year Statistics

Conotoxia Comments Conotoxia Comments 22.08.2022 16:44
The recent behavior of the euro and the British pound and their potential weakness against the rest of the world's major currencies is beginning to bring concerns about a sustained deterioration in the prospects for these currencies. As Bloomberg commentators note, the behavior of the pound and the euro are worrisome. We have recently seen large shifts in the euro and pound's short-term market interest rates against the U.S. dollar, with a simultaneous weakening of the GBP/USD and EUR/USD exchange rates. Last week was the worst week for the pound in nearly two years, and at the same time, the yield on the UK's 2-year bond rose by 50 basis points. Typically, the opposite happens in developed markets. Expectations of a central bank rate hike and thus an increase in short-term market yields generally strengthen the currency. The collapse in the correlation between the exchange rate and interest rates is usually associated with emerging markets, which may have lost the battle for the credibility of keeping inflation within the inflation target. The energy dependence of the UK and Europe as a whole means that their balance sheets could deteriorate in the near future, while energy commodity inflation shows no signs of abating. Rate hikes in such a situation may not stem the tide of depreciation of the aforementioned currencies, Bloomberg reports. Thus, it seems that the winter months for the EUR and GBP may be a kind of test of the credibility of the economies in the eyes of investors. Their abandonment of investments in the EUR and GBP despite rising interest rates could be potentially worrying. Moreover, it could change the entire scene of the foreign exchange market. In the dollar index, the euro has a weighting of more than 57 percent, while the pound has a weighting of more than 11 percent. Together, these two currencies alone have a weighting of almost 70 percent. Since the beginning of the year, the euro against the U.S. dollar has lost almost 12 percent, and the British pound almost 13 percent. In contrast, since August 2021, the euro has lost almost 15 percent to the dollar, and the British pound less than 14 percent. Of the major currencies, only the Japanese yen has fared worse and has weakened by almost 20 percent against the U.S. dollar over the year. Daniel Kostecki, Director of the Polish branch of Conotoxia Ltd. (Conotoxia investment service) Materials, analysis and opinions contained, referenced or provided herein are intended solely for informational and educational purposes. Personal opinion of the author does not represent and should not be constructed as a statement or an investment advice made by Conotoxia Ltd. All indiscriminate reliance on illustrative or informational materials may lead to losses. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 82.59% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.   Source: Pound and euro similar to currencies of emerging markets?
Soybean and Wheat Markets React to USDA's Latest Crop Projections

Crypto: Bitcoin (BTC) And Ethereum (ETH) Are Losing In Value!?

Conotoxia Comments Conotoxia Comments 22.08.2022 17:20
The average bitcoin payment fee recently fell below $1 for the first time in years. Transaction fees are needed to enable crypto intermediaries to operate, but they are hampering the adoption of payment solutions, affecting small payments in particular. Because the network is expensive to maintain due to its energy-intensive nature, commissions have been able to shoot up many times, for example, Ethereum commissions during the NFT hype. This is even more painful for transfers of small sums. This is why new technological solutions are so important. Here comes ethereum's Merge and payment solutions for bitcoin (Lightning Network and Taproot overlays), which are already revolutionising the world of crypto payments. They allow settlements to be faster, less energy-intensive and less expensive. The current average transaction fee for BTC payments has fallen below $0.825 - the lowest since 13 June 2020, ETH below $0.64, and is likely to be even cheaper. Their decline is not only a reason for the ever-improving technology, but also the recent crash of tokens, NFTs and an increase in the ease of mining in the long term. However, current energy and cryptocurrency prices may cause a short-term decline in mining activity. Many have already suspended operations or exited the crypto world. This can be seen in particular through the massive sale of mining rigs and used computer hardware (especially graphics cards). ETH, BTC and most tokens seemed to continue their declines. ETH and BTC prices are below the price channel and in the absence of a return above its bottom line, we can probably already speak of a short-term trend reversal. ETH has found its support on the 50-day moving average for now, while BTC has already crossed it. Moreover, the technical indicators (RSI, MACD and ADX) do not indicate a reversal of the short-term trend either. Declines in the major stock market indexes, hawkish announcements from the FED and further pessimistic data from the economy seem to be putting a lot of pressure on crypto. RafaÅ‚ Tworkowski, Junior Market Analyst, Conotoxia Ltd. (Conotoxia investment service) Materials, analysis and opinions contained, referenced or provided herein are intended solely for informational and educational purposes. Personal opinion of the author does not represent and should not be constructed as a statement or an investment advice made by Conotoxia Ltd. All indiscriminate reliance on illustrative or informational materials may lead to losses. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 82.59% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.   Source: BTC and ETH payments getting cheaper. Will Cryptocurrencies experience further declines?
The Metaverse Will Offer Everyone Endless Possibilities

Snapchat Lost Even More Than Expected! TikTok Is One Of The Reasons. Microsoft Stays Positive

Conotoxia Comments Conotoxia Comments 23.08.2022 11:16
We've had arguably one of the busiest quarterly earnings seasons in history, which showed how companies are behaving in a rapidly changing inflationary environment. The overall findings seem to have been positive, and likely contributed to a bear market rally in the broad stock market, accompanied by dovish Fed signals and a lower US CPI inflation reading. How did technology companies perform? Companies in this category typically base their high valuations on the prospect of growth and increasing profits. That's why analysts were especially curious to see how well-known brands would behave in a difficult environment and what resilience they would show.  Alphabet (GOOG) and Meta (META) are advertising giants, but the characteristics of their businesses are quite different. The former (Google's parent company) makes its money largely from SEO and the latter from social media campaigns such as Facebook and Instagram. The companies' results showed that SEO seems to be more of a priority for customers, and therefore revenue along with GOOG's profits appeared to be more stable. Google's revenue rose 12.6% year-on-year, while Meta's fell by less than 1%, while profits fell 13.6% and 35.7%, respectively. Despite passing some Wall Street analysts' estimates, Microsoft proved more recession-proof than expected. Bill Gates' company reported $51.9 billion in Q2 revenue (up 12.4% year-on-year) and net income of $16.7 billion (up 1.7% year-on-year).  "We continue to expect double-digit revenue and operating profit growth in constant currency and U.S. dollars," - said Microsoft CFO Amy Hood, at the earnings conference. She added that Microsoft will extend the life of its server and network hardware to six years from four years. The company made a similar move in 2020, intending to cut costs.   The biggest problems for technology companies also producing hardware, such as Microsoft (manufacturing Xbox) in addition to high exchange rates volatility, may remain rising production costs and a hard-to-quantify drop in demand due to the recession. One company that may have disappointed many with its results and caused a big drop in its stock price was Snapchat. The platform's shares lost 39% in a single session after the results were released.  Snapchat reported a drop in revenue to $1.11 billion, compared to the expected $1.14 billion. However, earnings per share, to which investors seem to pay the most attention, instead of falling by 1 cent, slipped twice as much, by 2 cents per share. This happened despite an increase in the number of active daily users - 3.2 million more than estimated. Snapchat, despite becoming increasingly unpopular in Central and Eastern Europe is still frequently used in Western Europe and the United States, but it has long struggled with relatively sizable revenue fluctuations and problems maintaining growth rates through app monetization issues. Additionally, with increasing competition from other platforms like TikTok, the company's future may not look too rosy. Most of the leading technology companies, despite an apparent slowdown in growth, maybe in relatively good shape. Their revenues are usually stable, and the biggest challenge is cost containment - hence the companies' announcements about layoffs and cost optimization, and focusing on their most profitable areas of business. According to CNBC, about 50% of technology companies are already planning to carry out layoffs, which appears to be related to the macroeconomic situation.   Rafał Tworkowski, Junior Market Analyst, Conotoxia Ltd. (Conotoxia investment service) Materials, analysis and opinions contained, referenced or provided herein are intended solely for informational and educational purposes. Personal opinion of the author does not represent and should not be constructed as a statement or an investment advice made by Conotoxia Ltd. All indiscriminate reliance on illustrative or informational materials may lead to losses. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 82.59% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.   Source: Technology companies earnings recap - what do they signal?
Bayer Invented A New Drug For Type II Diabetes. Astonishing Revenue!

Bayer Invented A New Drug For Type II Diabetes. Astonishing Revenue!

Conotoxia Comments Conotoxia Comments 29.08.2022 15:16
The medical giant is after another phase of testing a new drug for type II diabetes and chronic kidney disease. The test results proved positive, and analysts have issued further favourable investment recommendations. Bayer is a German medical company that produces medical equipment, drugs and supplements. It operates globally and has about 100,000 employees, generating more than 44 billion euros in revenue last fiscal year.  In the last quarter, the company announced a whopping €12.8 billion in revenue (an 18.1% year-on-year increase) thanks to favourable currency movements and price increases. Despite a significant increase in net profit (up 87%), the company still posted a loss of €298 million. Despite a significant reduction in costs in the last quarter, the corporation is still struggling to optimize them. This applies especially to the high price of energy, materials and the war in Ukraine. Dealing with intense competition from companies such as Pfizer, Roche, and Novartis remains problematic.  Last year, the company spent as much as 5.4 billion euros on research and development. This enormous amount is used to develop more breakthrough devices and drugs. One of them is Kerendia (finerenone). It's a medicine to treat type II diabetes and chronic kidney disease. Today, the results of the third phase of clinical trials were released, showing that the use of the drug allows a significant decrease in the mortality rate of the mentioned diseases. Kerendia has thus been approved for distribution in the US, Europe and China and could become an essential source of revenue for the company in the coming years.  Bayer has also begun new clinical trials of a thrombosis drug (asundexian). The company said on Sunday that the next phase will test the effectiveness and safety of asundexian in patients with atrial fibrillation and those suffering from certain types of stroke. According to Bloomberg, this is the next step in the company's plan to refresh its drug portfolio, which is under threat from low-cost competitors.  JPMorgan and Barclays have issued a buy recommendation for the German giant, maintaining their previous target price of €75 and €90, respectively. According to MarketScreener data, the current average target price is 78.91 euros for all 24 recommendations. This implies a possible increase in the share price of more than 46%, while the lowest and highest target prices are 55 and 106 euros, respectively. At the close of trading on Friday, the company's share price was €53.70.    Rafał Tworkowski, Junior Market Analyst, Conotoxia Ltd. (Conotoxia investment service) Materials, analysis and opinions contained, referenced or provided herein are intended solely for informational and educational purposes. Personal opinion of the author does not represent and should not be constructed as a statement or an investment advice made by Conotoxia Ltd. All indiscriminate reliance on illustrative or informational materials may lead to losses. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 82.59% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.   Source: Bayer’s drug effective - a medical giant with new recommendations from investment banks
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2023 predictions: At the moment, we see numerous factors that have a negative impact on S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite – lowering money supply in the US and increasing interest rate environment to name a few

Santa Zvaigzne Sproge Santa Zvaigzne Sproge 12.01.2023 19:49
This year may turn out to be absolutely outstanding. To shed a light on a gloomy future of markets in 2023, we asked analysts to share their predictions. Today, we publish predictions of Santa Zvaigzne-Sproge, CFA, Head of Investment Advice Department at Conotoxia Ltd., related to S&P 500, Nasdaq, certain sectors and industries. For S&P 500 major support levels may be 3500, 3375, 3200, and even 3000 before starting to recover At the moment, we see numerous factors that have a negative impact on S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite – lowering money supply in the US and increasing interest rate environment to name a few. As the Fed has indicated that possibly there will not be interest rate reductions in 2023, it may suggest that the stock market in general and the two indices could continue losing value also in 2023 despite what seems to be a very optimistic beginning of the year. For S&P 500 major support levels may be 3500, 3375, 3200, and even 3000 before starting to recover. As Nasdaq Composite if compared to S&P 500 overweighs two sectors – technologies and consumer discretionary – that perform poorly during turbulent market conditions (as they have already in 2022), it may suggest that Nasdaq Composite may perform worse than the S&P 500 as long as the economic conditions don’t improve. Surely, investors’ eyes are closely monitoring each move by the Fed looking for a sign of a potential policy pivot. In case the Fed officials decide to abandon their hawkish stance sooner than expected, S&P500 and the overall stock market may experience a recovery accordingly. Will we see greater positive dynamics of price changes in the sector of small, medium, or large companies? Generally, the best-performing companies during turbulent market conditions are those with a healthy balance sheet (leverage ratios in particular) and stable income. These features are more common among large companies. Meanwhile, the small, more risky companies are generally the first ones to indicate the turnaround in the economic sentiment. As in 2022, the growth stocks were hit the hardest, they may have approached (or are close to) their normal valuation levels. And as stock prices look forward, growth stocks could be the winners as soon as the earnings prospects start to improve in the following year. Although, it would be too risky to assume that the turning point has already come. Read next: 2023 Predictions: Peter Garnry - Our target for S&P 500 is still around the 3,200 level sometime during the year leading to an overall drawdown of around 33% from the peak in early 2022 | FXMAG.COM Which sectors and industries are worth focusing on in 2023 and why? As long as investors keep looking for safer investments, commodities and companies whose earnings are highly dependent on commodity prices may provide such a safety net. Industrial metals may benefit from the reopening of the Chinese economy, defense industry and its materials may continue benefiting from the aggravation of geopolitical conflicts around the world. Lithium and other raw materials such as graphite used for batteries in electric vehicles and other products may continue benefiting from heightened current and expected demand combined with insufficient supply. Energy companies are known to pay strong dividends – a stream of income that may partially offset deteriorating portfolio value during a market downturn Although energy stocks have already earned impressive returns in 2022, the Western price cap and EU ban on seaborne imports of Russia’s crude oil may pose further profit opportunities to Western oil companies as long as the conflict situation is not resolved. It may be beneficial to wait for a drop in prices for these companies to add them to the portfolio at discounted prices. Furthermore, energy companies are known to pay strong dividends – a stream of income that may partially offset deteriorating portfolio value during a market downturn.

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