The Weekend Rip: Bitcoin — Nothing But Blue Sky

Tale of the Tape

Good evening, folks. Stocks snapped back, recovering all of the previous week’s losses and then some. 💪

The S&P 500, Russell 2000, and Dow Jones Industrial Average all closed at new weekly all-time highs. Is the Nasdaq up next? Place your bets… 

Bitcoin blasted through $60K on Saturday while Ethereum encroaches on its former highs. $BTC.X is up 105% YTD and $ETH.X is up 162% so far this year. Can the crypto craze continue? Time will tell… ⏳

Earnings should be light this week. Most notably — Nike, FedEx, CrowdStrike, and Coupa Software are all scheduled to report. See the calendar below. 📆

Out with the old and in with the new. NXP Semiconductors, Penn National Gaming, Generac Holdings, and Caesars Entertainment will be added to the S&P 500 effective Monday, March 22.

Here’s the weekly S&P 500 chart:

And last week’s changes: 

S&P 5003,943+2.64%
Russell 20002,352+7.32%
Dow Jones32,778+4.07%

Crypto Cranks Higher

Bitcoin busted through 60K for the first time ever on Saturday. The crypto cranked 7% and ticked a high of $61,788.

Here’s the daily chart:


And the unfinished monthly chart:

On Friday, MicroStrategy ($MSTR) filed an 8-K for its purchase of another $15M in crypto. The company now has ~91,326 bitcoins worth a breezy ~5.5B. 👀 

Even Ethereum surged 9% on Saturday. $ETH.X ticked its highest price since February 21, 2021. Can this crypto follow in bitcoins footsteps and break out to blue skies?? Place your bets… 

Pi Day

What was Sir Isaac Newton’s favorite dessert? Apple π. 🥧😉

Pi Day is upon us, everyone. 3.14…  

The ancient number sequence is the ratio of the circumference of any circle to the diameter of that circle. Archimedes of Syracuse recorded the first calculations using π in ~200 BC.

Pi Day became ingrained in pop culture in 1988 when physicist Lawrence N Shaw observed the connection between March 14 and the first 3 digits of pi. 

Shaw and his wife threw the first π Day celebration by handing out slices of fruit pie and tea at 1:59 pm, as those are the next three digits in the sequence.

The day became a national holiday in 2009 after Congress passed legislation. 

If y’all need a snack, check out the best Pi Day pizza deals here.

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The Week Ahead

And now a brief and well-organized look ahead at the trading week beginning Monday, March 14th, 2021:

Economic Calendar:

3/16 February Retail Sales (8:30 AM ET)
3/17 February Housing Starts (8:30 AM ET)
3/18 Jobless Claims (8:30 AM ET)

Here’s the full Economic Calendar provided by Briefing

Earnings Calendar:

Be sure to know when your stocks are reporting. Here’s the earnings calendar