Jun. 28 Markets Report: A Historic Week in More Ways Than One
Bitcoin has been losing a lot of people a lot of money lately, accusations of Nazism are flying in the cryptosphere, and the global energy market seems stuck in panic mode.
Updated Jun 28, 2022
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Luhansk Has Fallen
- Russian forces are now in full control of Severodonetsk, the last city to fall in Ukraine’s Luhansk region.
- U.S. President Joe Biden took to Twitter to confirm that the G7 will ban the import of Russian gold, a major export that generates billions of dollars for Russia.
- Russia has entered its first major foreign debt default in over a century, after being unable to pay $100 million in interest due to their payments being blocked by Euroclear.
The Justice System Has Failed Us
- The US Supreme Court sent shockwaves across the country on Friday when they overruled Roe v. Wade, removing the constitutional right to abortion.
- Almost half the states, including Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Texas, are expected to restrict or outlaw abortion as a result of this ruling.
- Economically, every major organization is now deciding whether they will cover employee travels for reproductive health care. Some of the biggest companies in the world, from Apple and Microsoft to Google and Netflix already have supportive policies in place.
Stocks & Bonds
Stocks & Bonds
Yet Another Bear Market Rally
- The stock market as a whole gained more than 6%, after shedding 18% since the beginning of this year.
- The healthcare sector is notable up this week, which particularly makes sense considering the Supreme Court’s abovementioned ruling.
- Most investors are currently split on whether we’ve already bottomed, or are still in for a world of financial pain as the threat of a recession becomes more palpable by the day.
- But seeing that we still haven’t addressed the problems that triggered this bear market in the first place, I wouldn’t assume that we’re out of the woods just yet.
- Sector Performance
- Consumer Discretionary: 8.25%
- Healthcare: 8.15%
- Energy: -1.55%
- Materials: 2.68%
Blue Chip Cryptos
The Worst Crypto Correction In History
- As of writing this, Bitcoin is down over 55% for the year. Blockchain analytics company Glassnode has even released a report arguing that Bitcoin’s current dip is the worst one it has experienced over its lifetime.
- Glassnode makes this case using several on-chain metrics like Price Drawdown from All-Time High, the Mayer Multiple (MM) and the Market Value to Realized Value Ratio (MVRV).
- In short, these metrics show us that this is the first time in Bitcoin’s history where it’s value has fallen below the previous cycle’s low. Additionally, investors lost a record $4.23B in a single day after Bitcoin’s price crashed below its $20k support level.
- On the plus side, the severity of these losses suggest that the worst is already behind us. But I wouldn’t bet on it.
I’ll Trade You $1 Million for $100 Million. Deal?
- Last Thursday, the Solana team unveiled Saga, an Android mobile device that allows blockchain developers to build mobile native experiences for Web3. Will this be Web3’s very own iPhone moment? Or will this flop harder than the Windows Phone?
- Crypto derivatives exchange announced that, for its v4 update, it would be leaving the Ethereum ecosystem to build its own blockchain based on the Cosmos SDK. The protocol believes that this would simultaneously allow them to maintain decentralization and scale to 1,000 trades per second.
- Popular hacktivist group Anonymous supposedly uploaded a new video that vows to bring Luna founder Do Kwon’s crimes to justice. Not everyone believes the video is authentic, though.
- On Thursday, hackers stole $100 million in stablecoins and other cryptocurrencies from the Harmony’s Horizon bridge. Now the protocol is offering the hackers $1 million in exchange for returning the stolen funds. Yeah, not gonna happen.
Altcoin Winners & Losers
NFTs & Metaverse
NFTs & Metaverse
Bored Ape Nazi Club?!
- The NFT market has seen a +19.58% spike in volume this past week, generating over $271M across major collections.
- This week’s biggest sale belongs to CryptoPunk #8531 at 825 ETH ($873.59k).
- Popular YouTuber Philion recently published a video alleging that the Bored Ape Yacht Club project has embedded alt-right, Nazi and racist imagery and jokes in its artwork.
- Yuga Labs was quick to rebut some of the claims, tweeting that:
- The Apes name was inspired by the crypto-slang phrase “aping in”.
- The BYAC logo is not meant to resemble the Nazi Totenkopf symbol.
- And much more.
- In more positive news, Hip hop legends Snoop Dogg and Eminem released a music video on Friday featuring animated versions of their Bored Ape avatars. The video has been trending ever since, garnering over 9 million views so far.
Tech, Fashion and Music Giants Adopt NFTs
- NFT marketplaces have also become attractive acquisition targets as of late, with both Uniswap Labs and ecommerce giant Ebay acquiring Genie and KnownOrigin respectively.
- Meta has announced that it will begin testing NFTs on Instagram Stories using its Spark AR platform.
- Shopify’s latest innovative feature is “tokengate” shops, which are online stores where NFT token holders can shop exclusive merchandise.
- Luxury brand Gucci recently bought $25k worth of RARE tokens, making it a member of the SuperRare DAO.
- Musician Pharrell Williams will be joining the NFT project Doodles as Chief Brand Officer, overseeing the collection’s approach to music, consumer products, events and more.
I Guess Gas and Taxes Aren’t the Only Two Things Certain in Life
- With national average gas prices hovering around $4.897 at the time of writing, President Joe Biden has called on Congress to implement a three-month federal gas tax holiday to relieve pain at the pumps.
- States like Maryland and Georgia, have already implemented gas tax holidays, with others like New York and Florida set to join in the coming weeks and months.
Winter is Coming, Fräulein
- With increased fears of a winter supply shortage in the air, Germany has declared that it is moving to the “alert level” of its emergency gas plan.
- European policymakers are now scrambling to fill its gas pipeline with enough natural gas to keep households warm during the coming winter.
- G7 nations are currently discussing plans to cap Russian oil prices as another means to cut down Russia’s revenues.
Valuations in the Gutter
- On Thursday, The Food and Drug Administration banned Juul from selling e-cigarettes in the United States, which is its largest market by far. Who knows how this regulatory blow will affect the $38B unicorn. As of today, Juul is the 10th most valuable private company on the Crunchbase Unicorn Board.
- But Customer service platform Zendesk has recently accepted a $10.2 billion deal to go private, a -40% haircut from the $17 billion deal the company turned down just months ago.
Last Year’s Startups Could Raise $250 Million on an “Off” Day
- According to Cruchbase, last year it wasn’t uncommon for at least three startups to raise a quarter-billion dollars every week. Contrast that with the current funding drought, where not a single startup raised more than $200 million in the past week. With that said, this week’s largest funding rounds are:
- Electric Hydrogen, $198M: A cleantech company offering a patented approach to electrolysis designed for industrial applications.
- FalconX, $150M: An institutional platform for managing crypto assets.
- Magic Eden, $130M: An dedicated marketplace for Solana NFTs.