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The good times look set to continue on Wall Street on Monday, with the major indices expected to open higher despite lingering doubts over inflation trends.

Spread betting quotes indicate the Dow Jones will open 130 points higher at 34,337 while the S&P 500 is expected to rise 19 points to 4,175. The tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 is seen advancing 80 points to 13,491.

In other news, investors may be keeping an eye on the ongoing rout in the crypto markets after last week’s implosion sent the prices of digital currencies plunging.

’Bitcoin has been blessed with a bit of Monday motivation, creeping back up after a big dose of the Sunday blues which saw the cryptocurrency fall to just above 31 thousand dollars,” observed Susannah Streeter at Hargreaves Lansdown.

Bitcoin is up a cool US$2,695 (8.0%) at US$36,486 today.

“Its value more than halved compared to the high it reached above $63,000 in mid-April but since yesterday’s low, it’s risen by around 17%, marking yet another sharp twist in its highly volatile journey.

“The crackdown in China is intensifying with cryptocurrency mining the latest target. The suspension of operations of major players sent shudders through the market with bulging crypto wallets becoming distinctly thinner as other cryptos like Ethereum, Dogecoin and Binance Coin also fell sharply in value,” Streeter said.

“Crypto holders who are hoping for a bounce back from the initial sharp fall last Wednesday have been left sorely disappointed.

“It’s become clear Beijing’s stance isn’t a one-off warning but the beginnings of a serious attempt to limit the decentralised power of cryptocurrencies,” she added.

Drugs giant Pfizer Inc (NYSE:PFE) is likely to be in focus when trading starts after it revealed it has enrolled volunteers in a study of the company’s COVID-19 booster jab along with its 20-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine.

Three things to watch for on Monday:

  • Companies in the earnings diary at the start of the week include HR and admin services firm Insperity Inc (NYSE:NSP), genomics specialist Zymergen Inc (NYSE:ZY) and electric vehicle maker Lordstown Motors Corp (NASDAQ:RIDE)
  • Shares in oil firms Cabot Oil & Gas Corp (NYSE:COG) and Cimarex Energy Co (NYSE:XEC) will be in focus after the two groups agreed a US$17bn merger deal
  • On the macro front, the latest Chicago Fed national activity index may garner interest as well as speeches from a number of Fed representatives

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