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Here’s what’s happening in the markets: April 19




Here's what's happening in the markets: April 19
These 3 ETFs beat QQQ with similar volatility

These 3 ETFs beat QQQ with similar volatility

Markets are once again starting the day with uncertainty and a lack of direction as investors digest Netflix’s earnings and cryptocurrency traders prepare for the bitcoin halving.

Netflix Inc. reported earnings after the earnings call Thursday, and while the tech and media giant reported strong subscriber numbers, investors remained pessimistic after the company issued a weaker-than-expected forecast for second-quarter earnings. Netflix fell about 8% mid-morning Friday, dragging the tech-heavy Nasdaq with it.

Netflix was among the first of the mega-cap tech companies to report profits, and limping out of the gate on the weaker forecast hasn’t given investors the boost needed to shake off the recent market pullback.

QQQ, the Invesco QQQ Trust which tracks the Nasdaq, fell 1% on Friday. QQQ saw outflows of more than $425 million on Thursday, according to data from

QQQ April flows

QQQ ETF flowsQQQ ETF flows

QQQ ETF flows


XLK, the Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund had a hard time on Friday too. The fund does not own Netflix, but looks broadly at the technology sector as investors took into account the potential for disappointing technology revenues. Investors will turn their attention to this next week Meta, Alphabet (Google), and Microsoft.

SPIE, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust was in the red Friday morning as the S&P 500 wobbled. DIA, the SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF Trust was the only index on Green Friday, as investors overlooked rising tensions between Iran and Israel.

Crypto ETFs are surging as Bitcoin’s halving approaches

And cryptocurrency ETFs took off on Friday. The increase comes as investors wait for the long-awaited event Bitcoin halving. BTOP, the Bitwise Bitcoin and Ether Equal Weight Strategy ETF was one of the biggest winners on Friday, according to data from The GraniteShares 2x Long COIN Daily ETF (CONL)and the First Trust SkyBridge Crypto Industry and Digital Economy ETF (CRPT) were also in green.

The event is, simply put, a time when the reward for bitcoin miners to create new bitcoin is halved. Halvings occur every four years and maintain the scarcity of bitcoin. Historically, events precede a rally in bitcoin prices. It is not certain exactly when a halving will occur, but traders expect the event to occur anytime between Friday and Sunday morning.

And the largest spot bitcoin ETF, IBIT, the iShares Bitcoin Trust rose almost 2% before the halving. According to data from, flows into the ETF have increased since early April, surpassing $1 billion in the past two weeks.

IBIT April flows


Many investors see the halving as a potential buying opportunity, hoping for a possible rise in bitcoin prices. But it is unclear whether this year’s halving will have the same effect since the launch of spot bitcoin ETFs, which have already fueled a surge in bitcoin prices.

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