Bitcoin Blows By $50,000, Wall Street Touches New Heights
Umer Jamshaid 2 months ago Tue 16th February 2021 | 10:44 PM
Bitcoin rose above $50,000 for the first time on Tuesday as Wall Street set new records on continued confidence of Covid-19 recovery
London, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 16th Feb, 2021 ) :Bitcoin rose above $50,000 for the first time on Tuesday as Wall Street set new records on continued confidence of Covid-19 recovery.
"Sentiment remains supported by the bullish backdrop of positive Covid-19 vaccine rollouts and cases trends, along with highly accommodative fiscal and monetary policies, with expectations of the passage of President Joe Biden's proposed $1.9-trillion relief package remaining elevated," said analysts at Charles Schwab brokerage.
The Dow passed the 31,500 points level for the first time, but as the morning wore on it struggled to hold onto its gains. The broader S&P 500 and tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite both slid back into the red.
While Biden's spending package is widely expected to pass through the Democrat-controlled Congress, analysts have warned it might not be as big as the $1.9 trillion he proposed. And progress on the vaccination front could soon be slowed by supply constraints.
"Tuesday's early slowdown could be indicative of an awareness of these issues," said Spreadex analyst Connor Campbell.
"That, or natural jitters for an index that has soared since February began." Equities have been on a tear since Biden's election on hopes for greater US stimulus as well as progress on the vaccination front raising the possibility for the return to economic normality.
Meanwhile, oil held close to 13-month highs on hopes of keen demand amid a severe cold snap in Texas.
European equities mostly eased after soaring the previous day.
In London, the mining sector was also in sharp focus on Tuesday.
Shares in Glencore jumped as much as 4.1 percent to 293.9 pence after the Swiss giant restored its shareholder dividend despite deepening losses.
Meanwhile Anglo-Australian miner BHP jumped 2.3 percent to 2,279 pence on news of soaring profit and a bumper dividend increase by the group, before pulling back.
- Key figures around 1630 GMT - New York - Dow: UP less than 0.1 percent at 31,472.15 points EURO STOXX 50: DOWN 0.2 percent at 3,727.29 London - FTSE 100: DOWN 0.1 at 6,748.86 (close) Frankfurt - DAX 30: DOWN 0.3 percent at 14,064.60 (close) Paris - CAC 40: FLAT at 5,786.53 (close) Tokyo - Nikkei 225: UP 1.3 percent to 30,467.75 (close) Hong Kong - Hang Seng: UP 1.9 percent to 30,746.66 (close) Shanghai - Composite: Closed for a holiday Pound/dollar: UP at $1.3910 from $1.3903 at 2200 GMT Euro/dollar: DOWN at $1.2108 from $1.2119 Euro/pound: DOWN at 87.04 pence from 87.24 pence Dollar/yen: UP at 105.82 Yen from 105.38 yenBrent North Sea crude: DOWN 0.5 percent at $63.00 per barrelWest Texas Intermediate: UP 0.6 percent at $59.83