National currencies, bonds, and commodities were mixed, while stocks moved higher and cryptocurrencies continued to drop. The largest gains were in palladium, which rose 4.8%, and coffee, which extended its climb by adding another 4.4%. Bitcoin was the worst performer of the week, falling 4.1%.
Cryptocurrencies, national currencies, and equities were mostly lower this week, while bonds and commodities were mixed. The largest drops were in Ethereum and Bitcoin, which closed down 16.5% and 10.4% respectively. The largest gains were in cotton and platinum, which rose 1.9% and 1.5%.
This week, stocks were lower, bonds were higher, and currencies and commodities were mixed. Bitcoin made the largest gains, rising 8.1%, followed by the Japanese Yen, which gained 1.5%. The worst losses were in palladium, off 4.2%, and crude oil, down 3.2%.
It was a major "risk off" week, with stocks, most commodities, and cryptocurrencies selling off, while JPY, USD and CNY cash and short term bonds moved higher. After weeks of heavy losses, Bitcoin and Ethereum seem to be stabilizing, as the selling shifts to stocks (especially gold stocks) and commodities (especially crude oil and palladium).
All asset classes except cryptocurrencies had mixed results this week. Bitcoin made the largest gains, rising 17.0% to close at 186.2 grams, after hitting a new all time high of 190.6 grams on Thursday. Ethereum also had a great week, rising 10.8%. The largest losses were in coffee, which fell 2.9% for the week.
All asset classes were higher this week except for crude oil, which fell 3.0%. The largest gains were in Bitcoin and Ethereum, which rose 6.7% and 6.8% respectively. Platinum made new lows this week but closed up 0.7%, while palladium rose 2.8% to 23.25 grams per ounce, making it more valuable than platinum's 22.5 grams per ounce. More on this later.
Commodities were mixed, and digital tokens were very strong, but bonds, currencies, and major stock indexes were all lower this week. The largest gains were in digital tokens, as Ethereum rose 16.1% and Bitcoin gained 9.3%. Gold stocks were also strong, adding 3.1% for the week. The biggest losses were in coffee and crude oil, which dropped 4.4% and 3.8% respectively.
This week's big news was the continued drop in digital tokens, as both Bitcoin and Ethereum retreat after their recent huge runups. Bonds were also lower, stocks were generally higher, while currencies and commodities were mixed. The biggest gains were in crude oil, which rose 4.0%; the largest losses were in the Ethereum token, which fell 19.5%.
This was a holiday week in North America, so I will summarize both the last week of June and the first week of July by saying that national currencies and major stock indexes were rising, digital tokens were falling, and bonds and commodities were mixed. The biggest gains were in coffee, which rose 5.9% during the last week of June, and a further 4.8% this week. Crude oil was a close second, rising 8.2% for W/E 30 June, but pulling back 1.8% this week. The largest losses were in the Ethereum token, which fell 14.6% in the prior week, and another 14.1% this week, to settle at 6.25 grams. Although this is a very significant drop, it needs to be seen in the context of a gain of over 2000% for the last year.
Commodities were mixed, while major stock indexes, bonds and government-issued currencies were lower. Bitcoin volatility continued, as the BTC rose back above one ounce of gold last week, then fell to close down 6.3% at 27.1 grams. The largest gains were in the gold stocks, which rose 2.4% to close at 4.9 grams.