The charts that matter: bitcoin rises and a mixed week for tech

Tech stocks suffered a volatile week. Here’s how it affected the charts that matter most to the global economy.

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Now for the charts of the week.

The charts that matter

The gold price rose a little after the metal had lost a little ground in the previous week.

(Gold: three months)

(Image credit: (Gold: three months))

(Gold: three months)

The US dollar index (DXY – a measure of the strength of the dollar against a basket of the currencies of its major trading partners) fell week-on-week (which partly explains the slight uptick in gold prices.

dollar index

(DXY: three months)

The yield on the ten-year US government bond rose after a weak auction on Thursday contributed to risk-on sentiment.

US 10 year yield

(Ten-year US Treasury yield: three months)

The yield on the Japanese ten-year bond had a volatile week ending slightly higher than where it started.

Japanese yield

(Ten-year Japanese government bond yield: three months)

And the yield on the ten-year German Bund fell too.

German yield

(Ten-year Bund yield: three months)

Copper rose compared to the previous week as investors bet on strong demand for the metal in the second half of 2021.

copper price

(Copper: nine months)

The closely-related Aussie dollar rose a little in the week after the dollar gave up some gains.

Australian dollar

(Aussie dollar vs US dollar exchange rate: three months)

Bitcoin rose in the week after news broke out that Amazon may tap into cryptocurrencies.

bitcoin price

(Bitcoin: three months)

US weekly initial jobless claims fell by 24,000 to 400,000. The four-week moving average was 394,500, an increase of 8,000 from the previous week's revised average.

US weekly claims

(US initial jobless claims, four-week moving average: since Jan 2020)

The oil price rose after US inventories fell below the five-year average.

brent price

(Brent crude oil: three months)

Amazon turned sharply lower after China sparked a wider sell-off and after the company was fined €746m by Luxembourg’s officials for breaching EU privacy laws.

amazon price

(Amazon: three months)

And Tesla rose after posting strong second quarter earnings.

tesla price

(Tesla: three months)

Have a great weekend.

Saloni Sardana

Saloni is a web writer for MoneyWeek focusing on personal finance and global financial markets. Her work has appeared in FTAdviser (part of the Financial Times),  Business Insider and City A.M, among other publications. She holds a masters in international journalism from City, University of London.

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