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U.S. equity index futures ~flat: Nasdaq 100 up ~0.1%
Euro STOXX 600 index ~flat
Dollar up slightly; gold, crude, bitcoin decline
U.S. 10-Year Treasury yield falls to ~3.95%
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SILVERGATE'S FAILED PAYMENT SYSTEM COULD BOOST STABLECOIN VOLUMES (0915 EST/1415 GMT)
In the wake of Silvergate shutting its crypto payments network - Silvergate Exchange Network - stablecoins could see a boost in trading from traders looking to convert fiat to cryptocurrency, analytics firm Kaiko said.
Liquidity in cryptocurrency trading could suffer as SEN served as one of the only fiat payment rails in the industry, other than Signature Bank, Kaiko analysts said in a note on Monday.
That leaves the door open for traders to enter crypto markets via stablecoins.
"With the death of SEN, stablecoins will likely become even more ubiquitous among traders," Kaiko analysts said.
"Rather than deposit your dollars with an exchange, you deposit them with a stablecoin issuer, receive stablecoins, and then transfer those to an exchange."
Popularity of stablecoins has increased after FTX imploded.
The market share of dollar to tether trade volume for bitcoin trading pairs has climbed to 92% from 3%, recently hitting an all time high in the aftermath of the FTX collapse, Kaiko said.
S&P 500 INDEX: TRADERS EYE LEVELS AHEAD OF POWELL (0900 EST/1400 GMT)
Although the S&P 500 index closed higher for a third-straight session on Monday, it saw most of its early session gains evaporate. After rallying as much as 0.81%, the benchmark index ended up just 0.07%.
This action was perhaps not surprising given Fed Chair Powell will testify before the Senate Banking Committee at 10 a.m. ET (1500 GMT) on Tuesday, with investors focused on whether he remains confident about the Fed's moves for bringing inflation towards its 2% target.
Meanwhile, traders are eyeing nearby SPX support and resistance levels:
With Monday's early strength, the S&P 500 was able to overlap resistance at its Feb. 10 low at 4,060.79. The SPX hit a high of 4,078.49 before sinking back to close at 4,048.42:
Above Monday's high, the resistance line from the January 2022 high, across the Feb. 2 high, now comes in at 4,145. Above here can see the SPX challenge the 4,195.44-4,203.04 area which includes the Feb. 2 high, the 23.6% Fibonacci retracement of the March 2020-January 2022 advance, and the Aug. 26 Fed-Chair Powell Jackson Hole speech high.
On weakness, the rising 50-day moving average (DMA) should reside around 3,996 on Tuesday. The 200-DMA, the March 2 low, and a broken resistance line from the January 2022 record high, which is now support, are in the 3,940-3,900 area on Tuesday.
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(Terence Gabriel is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own)