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Bitcoin tumbles, futures flatline as investors press pause on the earnings-led rally

October 27, 2021, 9:35 AM UTC

Good morning.

Global stocks are lower today, but U.S. futures are holding their own as investors await earnings from the likes of Boeing, McDonald’s and Bristol-Myers Squibb; Big Tech is back on deck tomorrow.

The crypto market, meanwhile, is under pressure. Bitcoin has fallen more than 6% to trade below $60K. Lousy Robinhood results are not helping sentiment.

Speaking of volatile assets, Tesla this morning is down in pre-market trading. In today’s essay, I do a special by-the-numbers take on TSLA’s incredible recent rally.

But first, let’s check in on the headlines moving markets.

Markets update

Asia

  • A pessimistic cloud hangs over the Asian markets today with the Hang Seng down 1.6% in afternoon trading.
  • Chinese tech stocks—namely Alibaba, Tencent and Meituan—are the big losers in Hong Kong today, once again sending the HSTech Index lower.
  • With COP26 just a few days away, Australia and Saudi Arabia have made headlines for their big net-zero announcements. Here’s why the Saudi push and the Aussie gesture aren’t quite what they claim to be.

Europe

  • The European bourses too were under pressure at the start, with the Stoxx Europe 600 down nearly 0.4% two hours into the trading session.
  • The banks are again in focus on Wednesday. Shares in both Deutsche Bank and Santander were lower out of the gates. The latter gave investors a bullish view on its U.S. business while the German banking giant reported a decline in trading revenue.
  • The courtship between Draftkings and Britain’s Entain ended in no-deal yesterday, and investors couldn’t be more pleased. Shares in both gambling firms jumped on the news.

U.S.

  • U.S. futures are off their lows, to trade in the green. Just barely. That’s after all three major averages closed a wee bit higher on Tuesday.
  • Shares in Robinhood are down 8.5% in pre-market trading—that puts it below its IPO price—as the popular investing app warns of a slowdown in retail trading. If the retail crowd are in fact taking some time off from trading, that could be felt throughout the market.
  • Going in the opposite direction is Microsoft. Shares are up nearly 2% in pre-market trading as the software-and-cloud-giant delivered top- and bottom-line beats after the bell yesterday.

Elsewhere

  • Gold is down, trading around $1,790/ounce.
  • The dollar is a touch lower.
  • Crude is down with Brent trading below $85/barrel.
  • A few minutes ago, Bitcoin tumbled below $60,000. It’s down more than 10% in the past week… At the request of a BullSheet reader in Florida—Donovan—let’s check in on an alt coin I’ve been neglecting recently, Dogecoin. It’s down, trading at 25 cents. Sorry, Donovan.

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Musk to the moon

Tesla bulls, you’ve head one heck of a year. Again. Yesterday the EV stock hit a new intraday high of $1,094, putting it 95% above its March lows. Yep, 95%.

By now, you know most of the data points about its outsized performance. But here’s a few worth mentioning:

  • At $1 trillion (and change), the Tesla market cap exceeds that of its top five competitors—Toyota, Volkswagen, Daimler, General Motors and Ford—combined.
  • As Morgan Stanley pointed out, at one point yesterday the TSLA share-surge was roughly equal to 2X Ford’s entire market cap.
  • And, according to The Market Ear, the trade yesterday in Tesla options—just options, mind you—topped $16 billion, equivalent to 55% of the entire U.S. options market. (Dear reader, if you were trading options yesterday in something other than Tesla, what was it? Please let me know.)
  • As of Sept. 30, Tesla was No. 7 on the S&P 500’s Top 10 of companies by index weight. That’s pretty amazing considering it was only added to the benchmark in December.
  • According to Goldman Sachs, as of Friday’s close, TSLA was outperforming the S&P 500 by 78% dating back to June 2020.

Daily stock moves are noisy. They don’t tell us much beyond inflows and outflows. To get a clearer idea of sentiment, it makes sense to zoom out to the 200-day moving average of a stock. And Tesla is now trading 25.6% above that 200-day line, which confirms what our eyes are telling us: TSLA is on yet another one of those epic runs. The sentiment is really strong.

I don’t have any special knowledge—or even any recent analyst reports on TSLA—to share on the company’s future. So, there’s no expert investment advice to go along with this by-the-numbers analysis.

I’m just going to let the numbers speak for themselves today.

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Bernhard Warner
@BernhardWarner
Bernhard.Warner@Fortune.com

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