Stocks fall short in Friday finale 📉

It was a not-so-Good Friday for U.S. stocks today, as the market stumbled in its final session before opening a holiday-shortened trading week on Monday.

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Here’s what moved the market today.

Markets 📈

The market retreated in its final session before the weekend. The Nasdaq was the lone gainer with a razor-thin 0.1% advance.

Next trading week will be shortened by the Good Friday holiday on March 29th.

  • DJIA [-0.7%]

  • S&P 500 [-0.1%]

  • Nasdaq [+0.1%]

  • Russell 2K [-1.2%]

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Market-Moving News 🔎 

Gold Retreats from Highs as Dollar Strengthens 🏆

Gold's price took a step back Friday, influenced by the strengthening dollar, yet the precious metal is poised for a weekly uptick. This comes after gold's surge to an all-time high, driven by the Federal Reserve's signals of potential rate cuts this year.

Spot and Futures See Adjustment 🛠️
Spot gold decreased by 0.7% to $2,166.57 an ounce, following a record-breaking session spurred by the Fed's dovish stance. Meanwhile, U.S. gold futures experienced a 1.1% decline, settling at $2,160.

Currency Dynamics at Play 💱
The dollar's ascent to a month-plus high rendered gold pricier for holders of other currencies, yet analysts like Phillip Streible of Blue Line Futures see a limited downside for gold, citing factors like low real rates and continuous demand.

Technical and Market Sentiments 📊
For gold's rally to persist, maintaining above the $2,150-$2,145 support is crucial. Market odds favor a U.S. rate cut in June, amplifying gold's attractiveness by lowering the opportunity cost associated with its non-yielding nature.

Investment and Trading Insights 💡
Investment inflows into gold soared, touching a near-year peak, while trading dynamics suggest a mixed outlook. With trading positions heavily leaned towards gold, some analysts foresee a potential setup adjustment.

Global Demand Contrasts 🌍
Physical demand varies globally, with India's gold market facing a downturn due to spiking prices, in contrast to China's sustained interest. Other precious metals like silver, platinum, and palladium also witnessed declines amidst the broader market recalibrations.

Top Winners and Losers 🔥

Murano Global [MRNO] $21.25 (+120.8%)
rebounded from a Thursday sell-off that began after it closed its reverse merger with HCM Acquisition SPAC on Wednesday. 

Intellicheck [IDN] $3.06 (+74.8%)
reported stronger-than-expected earnings on its Q4 earnings release published in Friday’s premarket.

Canopy Growth [CGC] $7.69 (+68.6%)
rallied after Germany passed a law that partially legalizes cannabis in the country.

Swvl [SWVL] $9.30 (35.8%)
pulled back after rallying for five days in a row.

Nkarta [NKTX] $8.92 (31.2%)
closed a clinical trial of NKX101 and deprioritized the program as part of a “pipeline realignment.”

BYND Cannasoft [BCAN] $2.51 (31.2%)
published a Form 6-K today announcing a 1-for-190 reverse stock split of its common shares.

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Adam G.
Elite Trade Club

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