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5 Things to Watch Next Week: The Fed, Crypto-Chaos, All-Time Highs in Stocks, FX-Volatility, Gold at $1300

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1.            What’s Next for the Fed?

All eyes will be on Wednesday’s FOMC meeting, as the central bank is expected to provide the details of its tapering plans. While the bond market predicts no rate hike from the Fed next week, the future of the bank’s balance sheet is at least that important for risk assets and the Dollar.

The Bank of Canada raised its benchmark rate two weeks ago while the Bank of England also took a surprisingly hawkish turn last week, so the global environment definitely favors tightening. Also, the major US stock indices are at or near all-time highs so, despite the mixed economic numbers, the Fed might be comfortable with even a bolder quantitative tightening schedule that would surely cause some turmoil in the main asset classes.

TLT (Long-Term US Bond ETF), Daily Chart Analysis

2.           Bitcoin After a Bubble or Still on the Way Up?

The crypto segment has been shaken by this week’s crash, as the Chinese crackdown on ICOs and crypto-exchanges spread uncertainty in the sector. The previously soaring market was ripe for a correction, but the speed and extent of the move caught a lot of investors off guard, amid the growing chatter on a bubble in the coins. While the stellar gains in the segment do in fact resemble a speculative bubble, and Bitcoin already experienced several boom-bust cycles, whether or not we are after a multi-year top is yet to be seen. For now, the long-term trends in most of the majors are intact and the continuation of the boom is more likely. The next few weeks will be crucial in deciding where we are in the current cycle, as bulls and bears will battle for control amid the accelerated blockchain adoption.

Bitcoin, Daily Chart Analysis

3.           Equities Continue to Defy Valuations

The North Korean escalation, tightening central banks, another miss in US Retail Sales, and so on… A weak stock market would have definitely tumbled in recent weeks, but conversely US equities have been edging higher towards their all-time highs. The Dow closed on a new ATH on Friday and the S&P 500 finished right at the 2500 level, with only the Nasdaq lagging slightly after the mixed reception of Apple’s new IPhones. The Fed might be able to stir things up next week, but despite the extremely high level of the most valuable valuation measures (CAPE, P/S…) and the weak market internals, the price action makes a break-out to new highs very likely here. Calling an exact top in equities is almost impossible but we still think that for anything more than short-term trades, investors are too late to the stock-party now.

4.           Strong Trends in the Major Currencies

FX volatility, which incredibly enough took over stock volatility lately, exploded in some of the major pairs thanks mainly to diverging monetary expectations. The Pound surged by several percents against its most important peers, while the Canadian Dollar continues to be among the strongest majors. That said, the focus is still on the Dollar that lost significant ground compared to the Euro lately, but it showed some strength in recent weeks. With the looming Fed meeting, we expect a two-faced week, as the run-up towards the rate decision is usually choppy while the aftermath tends to be violent. The Bank of Japan’s monetary meeting could also add volatility to the mix, as the Yen also experienced strong moves in both directions in recent weeks.

5.           How low will the Gold-Correction Reach?

As the tensions regarding North Korea eased somewhat (although the crisis is far from being over mind you), despite another missile launch by the country, the primary safe-haven asset entered a slightly overdue correction. The recent key break-out in the precious metal carried it to overbought territory, and although the long-term is clearly bullish now, a move to test the $1300 level is likely, especially if the Fed joins the hawkish central bank trend. But as stocks are near all-time highs, and stock volatility is near record lows, the creeping strength in gold is something to note and increasing one’s holding still seems the way to go.

Gold Futures, Daily Chart Analysis

Key Economic Releases This Week

Day Country Release Expected Previous
Monday EUROZONE Final CPI 1.5% 1.5%
Tuesday AUSTRALIA Monetary Meeting Minutes
Tuesday GERMANY ZEW Economic Sentiment 12.3 10.0
Tuesday CANADA Manufacturing Sales -1.4% -1.8%
Tuesday US Retail Sales 0.2% 0.3%
Tuesday US Existing Home Sales 5.46 mill 5.44 mill
Wednesday UK Crude Oil Inventories 5.9 mill
Wednesday US FOMC Rate 1.25% 1.25%
Wednesday US FOMC Statement
Wednesday US FOMC Press Conference
Thursday JAPAN BOJ Rate Decision -0.10% -0.10%
Thursday JAPAN Monetary Statement
Thursday CANADA Wholesale Sales -0.9% -0.5%
Thursday US Unemployment Claims 300,000 284,000
Thursday AUSTRALIA Trade Balance 0.95 bill 0.86 bill
Thursday UK Halifax HPI 0.2% 0.4%
Thursday EUROZONE ECB Rate Decision 0.00% 0.00%
Thursday CANADA Building Permits 2.2% 2.5%
Thursday EUROZONE ECB Press Conference
Thursday US Unemployment Claims 300,000 284,000
Thursday US Philly Fed Index 17.2 18.9
Friday GERMANY Manufacturing PMI 59.0 59.3
Friday GERMANY Services PMI 53.8 53.5
Friday EUROZONE Manufacturing PMI 57.2 57.4
Friday EUROZONE Services PMI 54.8 54.7
Friday CANADA CPI Index 0.2% 0.0%
Friday CANADA Retail Sales 0.4% 0.7%

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IOTA Price Analysis: Bulls on the Loose as IOTA Foundation Announces New Collaboration with Nova to Fund Start-ups

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  • The IOTA Foundation has entered into a partnership with Nova to provide funded support for start-ups.
  • IOT/USD is currently enjoying a decent push north, following a breakout of a bullish pennant pattern structure.

IOT/USD: Recent Price Behaviour

IOT/USD has been on a decent run of gains over the five sessions, having jumped around 18% at the time of writing. The price has been on a path to the north since 7th February, after hitting a low for 2019 around $0.2400. A chunky amount of buying pressure was observed down at these depressed levels.

The bulls enjoyed an initial jump between 7-8th February, gaining around 18% on the fast two-day rally. IOT/USD then consolidated trading within a range-bound nature to then have formed a bullish pennant pattern formation. On 17th February, an explosive amount of upside came into play following this technical breakout.

IOTA Announces New Collaboration with Nova

The IOTA Foundation has announced a new partnership with Nova, a start-up incubator, according to an official press release from the organization. As part of the collaboration, its goal is to begin funding start-ups employing the platform of IOTA. The program will be called IOTA Cofoundery on Nova’s website; it will be focusing on early stages of development and seed funding.

Start-ups will be able to leverage through the program a mentoring and tech start-up service to consist of over 20 consultants that specialize in technology. There will be much nurturing and guidance as part of this offering. To-date Nova has already co-founded over 80 technology start-ups, with over half of those still being active after three years. It is further noted within the official release that the three-year start-up survival rate is 10%.

Nova will invest in ideas that can prove user problem-fit. IOTA via their grant program will match the investment. It will provide a comforting amount of support and the foundations for viable businesses to develop within the ecosystem of IOTA.

The program will allow entrepreneurial tech start-ups to build new innovative business models by leveraging IOTA technology. Nova has noted that this new offering is now already open for applications and can apply directly on the Nova website.

Technical Review – IOT/USD

IOT/USD daily chart.

Given the noted move north from a bullish pennant pattern structure, the doors to further upside potential have opened. Near-term supply is observed heading into the $0.3400 territory, IOT/USD last traded here in January and dealt a rejection blow. Should the bulls manage to maintain current upside momentum and break above this zone, eyes will then be on the 2019 high area. At the start of the year, the price managed to hit $0.4088 on 2nd January.

In terms of support, this should be noted back down at the broken pennant pattern. A retest just on top could be seen which currently tracks at around $0.2750-40. Failure of this holding could then see the February gains wholly reversed.

Disclaimer: The author owns Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Tron Price Analysis: TRX/USD Bulls Hunting for a Potential Charge Back Above Broken Critical Trend Line

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  • Tron bulls continue to push the price north maintaining a firmer path of recovery.
  • TRX/USD has gained a significant 10% over the past four sessions, moving to its highest level in five days.

TRX/USD: Recent Price Behavior

The TRX/USD bulls have been enjoying some upside relief over the past few sessions now, picking up much pace in the session on Monday. The price managed to move to its highest level  in over seven sessions. Over the past four days, Tron has gained just shy of 10% as the price looks set for recovery following a breach last week of critical support.

An ascending trend line initially supported TRX/USD to the upside, providing exceptional comfort in its move north. The running support had been in play since the back-end of December 2018; however, after a decent run, the bears managed to force a breach. Sellers were able to regain control after the move below, to then see four consecutive days of selling, dropping around 10% in total.

Between 14-15th February, TRX/USD managed to find its feet after what could have very much been a free-fall to the deep south. Daily support came into play around $0.023550, which has provided needed comfort on several occasions already this side of the year. The recovery has been in play since this decent bounce occurred.

Tron Crypto Card

TRON recently detailed more information about its upcoming crypto card. The date of pre-order for the GRID X BitTorrent crypto card is going to be live on 18th February 18 2019 at 8 PM UTC. The GRID crypto card will be a prepaid card that can be topped with TRX in three amounts of 15,000, 50,000 and 100,000. Holders of the cards will be rewarded with BitTorrent (BTT) tokens as part of monthly BTT airdrops.

GRID will be one of two crypto cards built via the Tron network. The first, TronCard, was introduced as a tangible TRX wallet. Both TRX and TRC10 tokens can be stored on the TronCard similarly to a virtual wallet. These mentioned tokens are tokenized assets which would be leveraged via decentralized applications (dApps) via the Tron Network. A QR code feature can also be scanned by users for access to the public key. A physical card will then be able to integrate with the virtual wallet.

Technical Review – TRX/USD

TRX/USD daily chart.

The major challenge for the bulls as detailed above is seen underneath the breached ascending trend line; this is tracking at around $0.027500. Should the bulls manage to break back above this prior acting support, then expect a strong wave of buying pressure to come into play. Further to the north, eyes will be on the $0.03000 area. TRX/USD has not comfortably traded above this price region since August 2018. Once broken down, there isn’t too much in the way of a return back up to $0.04000 territory.

Disclaimer: The author owns Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Crypto Update: Ethereum Leads Second Phase of Rally

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The major cryptocurrencies are all significantly higher today amid the US market holiday, with most of the top digital currencies also hitting their highest levels in a month. Today’s leaders also took out the highs set during the Litecoin-led spike 10 days ago, and the new swing highs mean that the counter-trend move continues. The negative long-term forces a

Our trend model is still on short-term buy signals in most cases, with the relatively weak Ripple still being the most important exception, but for now, the bearish long-term picture is unchanged, and traders should still use strict risk management strategies, as, despite the rally, bear market rules still apply. That said, investors could hold on to their smaller speculative positions, since the short-term break-out patterns in the segment remain intact, despite the still dominant negative long-term forces.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum built upon its recent short-term relative strength, surging past the $120 and $130 resistance levels, outperforming its closest peers and leading the way higher for the whole segment. With the new swing high, a new short-term uptrend is established, and our trend model remains on a short-term buy signal, but the long-term trend remains bearish.

The long-term outlook is still negative for ETH, but the coin could test the $160 resistance level, which marked the top of the previous counter-trend move in the coming days. The coin is currently trading near the $145 resistance level, and although it’s slightly overbought from a short-term perspective, the next resistance level could be reached in the coming days.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While Bitcoin has been slightly lagging behind Ethereum during the current rally, it not just recaptured the $3600 support/resistance level, but also managed to rally up to the next key zone near $3850. BTC remains on a short-term buy signal in our trend model despite its relative weakness, but from a long-term perspective, it’s still in a clearly bearish setup.

With that in mind, investors should still expect a move towards the $3250 and $3000 support levels following the current counter-trend move, but traders could still hold smaller, speculative positions in the coin. Further strong resistance is ahead between $4000 and $4050, while below $3600, support is found just above $3450.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple continues to be relatively weak compared to the broader market, and although it topped the $0.32 level amid today’s broad rally, it’s still only neutral in our trend model even from a short-term perspective. Also, the long-term setup is still hostile for bulls, and the test of the $0.28 and $0.26 levels still seems likely in the coming weeks, with strong resistance levels also ahead neat $0.3550, and $$0.3750.

Litecoin Hits Marginal New High as EOS Soars

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

LTC haven’t been able to retain its leadership during today’s move, and although it scored a new marginal swing high, ending the short-term correction, the momentum of the current upswing is not convincing. Should LTC form a failed break-out pattern, our trend model will switch to neutral, but for now, the currency remains on a buy signal.

From a long-term perspective, Litecoin is still clearly in a bearish trend, so traders and investors should only consider short-term positions, but for now the break-out remains intact. The next level of resistance is ahead near $51, while is now found near $44, $38, and $34.50.

EOS/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

EOS was also among the relatively stronger coins during the recent week, and after a failed move, today it surged to a significant new swing high, hitting the $3.50 resistance in the process. Our trend model remained on a short-term buy signal, during the recent consolidation, and although traders could take some chips off the table near the $3.50 level, the short-term trend is now bullish.

That said, the bearish long-term forces are still dominant in the market of EOS, and although the coin might test the $4.50-$5 zone, odds still the retest of the bear market low near $1.55 in the coming months. That said, traders could still to their short-term positions, following strict risk management rules, with support now found near $3, $2,80, and $2.55.

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Disclaimer:  The analyst owns cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but doesn’t engage in short-term or day-trading, nor does he hold short positions on any of the coins.

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