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Quote of the Day: “There is a time to go long, a time to go short, and a time to go fishing.” – Jesse Livermore
Markets are set up for another positive day as US equity futures are firmly in positive territory following some strong economic data out of Europe that followed a weak Services PMI reading out of China. The ADP Private Payrolls report for July was just released and came in well short of expectations, rising 167K compared to forecasts for a gain of 1.2 million. That’s a pretty big miss, but this employment data has been pretty difficult to forecast lately.
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Gold is trading up over 1% this morning and putting the $2,000 level further in the rearview mirror. Today’s gain represents the 13th positive day for gold in the last 14 trading days as investors rotate into the asset class as a store of value.
In a world that has gone increasingly digital in the last several years, bitcoin has served as a form of digital gold. In the last year, though, bitcoin hasn’t done nearly as well as physical gold. As shown in the chart below, the front-month gold contract is up nearly 40% over the last year while bitcoin is barely unchanged.