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Good evening, folks. Three of the four major indexes closed positive, with the Dow leading the way.

Energy rallied today, proving it isn’t completely dead. $XLE electrified 2.9%. Marathon Oil marched 7.2%, Valero ripped 4.4%, and Occidental Petroleum ascended 6.7%. ⚡ ⚡

Every large-cap crypto fell today: $BTC.X busted 2.5%, $ETH.X lost 3.7%, and $ADA.X dipped 5.7% after releasing a big update.

$LTC.X temporarily boosted above the rest after a fake press release indicated that the blockchain would offer payments at Walmart. That was later found to be untrue. Check out the chart section below to see which coins BUCKED today’s pullback. 🤑

$ITMR increased 46.56% today after it was announced that the medical company will be bought out by ZOLL Medical for $538 million.  

Football SZN is officially HERE. 🍂 🏈 So is sportsbook SZN. More on that below. 

$ATER accelerated 52.4%, $LIFE leaped 67%, and Natural Gas Futures flew 5%. 

Here are today’s quotes: 

S&P 500 4,468 +0.23%
Nasdaq 15,105 -0.07%
Russell 2000 2,240 +0.59%
Dow Jones 34,869 +0.76%

Policy

Tax Increase Talk

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Democrats officially disclosed the details on their proposed tax increases. Despite Republicans’ anticipated unanimous opposition to the proposal, here are some key tax deets:

Taxes on corporations, investors, and high-income business owners will see boosts — the corporate tax rate will increase 5.5% to 26.5% (up from the the Trump-era 21%). A ‘three percentage point surtax’ will be enforced on any American with income over $5 million. Capital gains taxes will also increase.

Individuals will see tax hikes as income exceeds $400,000. The proposal aims to collect more than $1 trillion in order to expand Medicare, increase renewable-energy tax breaks, and create a national paid-leave program.

The tax-shakeup will help fund a $3.5 trillion antipoverty, healthcare, and climate plan. According to Duke law professor Lawrence Zelenak, tax changes will make the income-tax system redistributive. Zelenak claims “It’s using the income tax to take money from only half the population and using it to distribute money to half the population.”

Sans Republican support, Democrats intend to use tax boosts to fund family and medical leave, subsidized child care, a further-expanded child tax credit, universal prekindergarten, and two years of free community college.

Now, we just have to wait and see if the proposal actually gets passed… Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon reminded legislators “It’s important to address the fact that billionaire heirs may never pay tax on billions in stock gains.”



Stocks

NFL Kickoff Welcomes Online Bets Surge

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A record-breaking number of legal bets were made this weekend as the new NFL season kicked off, according to GeoComply Solutions. The company handles compliance and verifies that customers are making transactions from approved states. 🎲

GeoComply indicated that it recorded 58.2 million geolocation transactions across 18 states and Washington, D.C. from Thursday to Sunday night. That’s more than double the number of bets booked this time last year. The bulk of the activity was booked in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, and Arizona (which legalized sports betting on Thursday.)

These figures fare well for online betting platforms such as DraftKings and FanDuel (both utilize GeoComply’s compliance services.) Despite a slower year for sports during COVID-19, both companies booked hundreds of millions in revenue. With these heftier numbers teeing off the NFL season, both companies — and their friends, like MGM, Caesar’s, and Penn National Gaming — are looking at even bigger figures. 🤑

Flutter Entertainment, which owns FanDuel, was down 0.65% today. DraftKings was down 3.2%.


Crypto

Cardano Gets Updated

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The long-awaited Cardano Alonzo update is finally here. 🙌 The update added smart contract support, putting it on the war to compete with Ethereum, Solana, and other big blockchains. 

However, the upgrade couldn’t help $ADA.X‘s price, which fell 10% today. And not everyone is cheering about the latest update…

Some critics say that the Cardano blockchain isn’t on par with smart contract platforms like Ethereum. Minswap, a Cardano dApp with aspirations to become Cardano’s first DeFi app, shut down temporarily after its launch due to an inability to process multiple transactions. However, Charles Hoskinson (Cardano’s founder) denied any issues with Cardano and tweeted that there is “there is nothing to fix.” 🤔

Leading up to the upgrade, $ADA.X skyrocketed, hitting an all-time high of $3.09. Post-upgrade, the token’s price plummeted. Ultimately, the near-term correction in the price might reflect investors “selling the news.” But the addition of smart contracts is a big W and a necessary one to maintain Cardano’s place as the third-largest crypto. 🏆


Commodities

Uranium Blasts Off

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Uranium stocks are the highest they’ve been in more than a decade. That boost is thanks to an eager buyer and a global shortage (sound familiar?) 💭

In the last five days, the Global X Uranium ETF has risen 10.5%. Three of the ETF’s largest holdings — NexGen Energy, Cameco Corp, and Denison Mines — have benefited from the shortage in uranium, which has forced prices north.

To make matters worse, one eager buyer purchased a stockpile of the commodity. Sprott Physical Uranium Trust has acquired millions of pounds worth of uranium. According to Morgan Stanley analysts, Sprott’s fund has become the driving force behind [uranium’s] resurgence.”

$URA is up over 75.4% YTD, making it once of the best-performing ETFs on the market this year.


Crypto

Crazy Crypto Candles 🤪 🕯️

While larger coins like Bitcoin and Ethereum were taken to the woodshed over the last few weeks, it hasn’t all been doom and gloom. We’ll shine a spotlight on a few leading coins:

Solana is up 680% from its most recent low set on July 20th. Bitcoin is up 52% in that time period…

Solana traded green eight weeks in a row heading into this week – don’t forget that crypto trades 24/7. 💚

Algorand was one of the first coins to etch new highs along with Solana. Here’s the weekly chart, turning past resistance at $1.85 into support:

Cosmos continues to climb higher. 💫 $ATOM.X printed new highs today above $38. It was trading under $10 in mid-July… 

Here’s the daily chart:

Terra is a tank. $LUNA.X is up 5,696% YTD. Incredible. 

Weekly chart:

Elrond traded at new highs yesterday above $245. Will these prices hold?? Place your bets…