On Monday, US markets saw one of their strongest openings in months on the back of progress on the COVID-19 vaccine and Democrat Joe Biden’s electoral victory.
Markets soared even before they opened and after that, it was all-time new highs.
S&P 500 made a new peak at 3,628 with a 1.3% move today, beating early September’s record of 3,580.
Much like the equity market, Dow Jones hit a new high at 29,632, with a 1.8% upwards move while tech-heavy Nasdaq fell short of hitting its high.
Not just US stocks but global stocks also surged on Monday after drugmaker Pfizer said that early data from its coronavirus vaccine shows it is more than 90% effective.
France’s CAC 40 jumped 7%, Germany’s DAX climbed 5.4%, and the FTSE 100 in London spiked 4.7%.
Even the price of Brent crude oil vaulted nearly 8% to $42.45 a barrel.
Markets seeing the Pfizer vaccine news as the biggest macro event since March.
— Krüger (@krugermacro) November 9, 2020
Unlike the mania seen in the stock market, gold crashed hard. The precious metal took a dive to $1,850, with a drop of almost 5.8%. Much like the yellow metal, silver had a bad time today, falling 9.2% to $23.6.
The US Dollar index meanwhile only oscillated between 92 and 93.
When it comes to Bitcoin, initially, it held strong only to fall 6.5% on Bitstamp. Today, BTC moved between the range of $14,824 and $15,854. The leading digital asset remains 24% away from its ATH.
“This volatility is just fast money funds that play BTC as a higher beta GOLD dumping on vaccine news. The players that enter on behalf of the longer-term thesis for Bitcoin are not changing their positioning,” noted trader Cantering Clark.
— Hsaka (@HsakaTrades) November 9, 2020
At the time of writing, BTC/USD has been trading around $15,200 in the red (-2%) with $3.81 billion in volume.
BTC’s downward movement had altcoins trailing down as well, with top cryptos down between 3% to 8%.
Before the vaccine news even broke out, stocks were already rallying as investors reacted positively to political certainty following Joe Biden’s victory. During his victory speech on Saturday, Biden announced his plans to assemble a coronavirus task force to help curb the virus’s spread.
Coronavirus cases are rising at an alarming rate in the US, forcing some states to shut down parts of the economy. Recently, several major countries in Europe have imposed nationwide lockdowns again.
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