New stock market indicator

NEW YORK – Bitcoin, the highly volatile digital currency, is proving to be the new stock market indicator, influential investor Jeffrey Gundlach said on Monday, adding that this is hardly just a “gut feeling” given the recent price movements.

“Bitcoin closed at the low of the year last week, SPX (Standard & Poor’s 500 Index) is now at the low of the year this week,” Mr Gundlach, known as Wall Street’s “Bond King,” told Reuters in an interview.

For months, Mr Gundlach, who oversees $US119 billion ($F244b) at DoubleLine Capital, has asserted that bitcoin has become the “lead horse” of risk assets and that its previous plunges have had a cascading effect on other risk assets including equities and high-yield junk bonds.

On Monday, Mr Gundlach added that bitcoin carries so much predictive power “because it was the poster child of the speculative mood late last year.”

Bitcoin peaked in mid-December at just under $20,000.

From December to early February it fell to about $6600 then rebounded to $11,500 in early March.

Since then, it has been on a steady decline but edged back on Monday at around $6953.

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