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5 Things to Watch Next Week: The Fed, Trump, US Economy, Ethereum, Qatar

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1.            The Fed Decision on Wednesday

The Federal Reserve is widely expected to raise interest rates once again, despite the slight weakness in recent economic numbers. The rate will likely be raised by one notch to 1.25%, which is still a very low level historically.  The more important question about Wednesday’s meeting is the language of the monetary statement, as rate expectations declined recently, amid the troubles of Donald Trump, and the weakening economic momentum. The Japanese and the Swiss central bank will also hold their scheduled meetings during the week, and it wouldn’t be a big surprise if the BOJ decided to take some steps against the recently strengthening Yen.

2.           Will Donald Trump’s position deteriorate further?

The new POTUS has been under attack since election regarding several issues, but the case involving ex-FBI Director Comey seems to be the most damaging one so far, especially after a round of controversial hearings, where serious accusations have been stated against Trump, which could lead to real problems for him. His position in the Republican Party is the key to the situation, which, so far, hasn’t reached critical levels, although we don’t know what is going on under the surface. A leadership crisis could cause a huge wave of uncertainty, and the nervousness is already present in the market.

3.           Temporary slowdown or structural problems in the US?

Retail Sales have been consistently missing expectations in the in the US, and thanks to that and with several other measures, the economic surprise index hit yet another 15-month low, which warns of something fishy. The Federal Reserve dismissed the weakness as transitory so far, but if the trend continues, the central bank will surely step on the breaks in its tightening cycle. While some assets are already pricing in this (gold, Treasuries, Dollar) that would still cause a seismic shift in global markets, especially currencies.

4.           Cryptocurrencies on new highs again, will the rally last?

Bitcoin and Ethereum continued their march to fresh all-time highs this week, and Ethereum produced a massive rally during the weekend, propelling its price to $350 and its market capitalization above $30 billion. The long-term picture is looking mixed for the majors of the crypto market, and it might be time for other coins to shine. Dash, Ethereum Classic, and our pick Litecoin are rising so far today, and Stratis is also showing strength after a deep correction. The total market cap of the coins jumped by another $10 billion to $110 billion (as usual…) and the segment still seems unstoppable, even following the scary plunge two weeks ago.

Ethereum/USD 4-Hour Chart

5.           What on earth will happen with Qatar?

The Qatar crisis changed the political landscape of the Middle-East overnight, even though the frontlines between the regional powers were pretty clear already. Under the surface, there is a crucial struggle for power between Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Turkey the three most influential countries of the region, with the price of oil playing a key part in the equation. It’s hard to see what the real goal of the diplomatic blockade is, but the next steps could be vital, especially in the case of further escalation. Saudi Arabia and Iran are the cornerstones of the OPEC-deal regarding an extended production cut by the cartel, and we have seen major swings in the price of the commodity, as investors weighed the severity of the situation.

Key Economic Releases of Next Week

Day Country Release Expected Previous
Monday JAPAN PPI Index 2.10%
Monday US Federal Budget Balance 182.4 bill
Tuesday AUSTRALIA NAB Business Confidence 13
Tuesday UK CPI Index 2.7% 2.7%
Tuesday GERMANY Zew Economic Sentimetn 21.8 20.6
Tuesday US PPI Index 0.1% 0.5%
Wednesday CHINA Industrial Production -0.002 -0.001
Wednesday UK Average Earnings 2.4% 2.4%
Wednesday UK Unemployment Rate 6.4% 6.5%
Wednesday US CPI Index 0.3% 0.2%
Wednesday US Core Retail Sales 0.2% 0.3%
Wednesday US Crude Oil Inventories 3.3 mill
Wednesday US Fed Interest Rate Decision 1.25% 1%
Wednesday US Fed Monetary Statement
Thursday AUSTRALIA Employment Change 10,300 37,400
Thursday AUSTRALIA Unemployment Rate 5.7% 5.7%
Thursday SWITZERLAND SNB Monetary Statement
Thursday UK BOE Monetary Statement

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Binance Coin Update: Wyckoff Breakout in Progress

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Binance Coin (BNB/BTC) is the altcoin market’s ultimate comeback kid. It was dead in the water on November 17, 2018 when it broke support of 0.0014. The market flipped the support into resistance two days later on November 19 to confirm the breakdown.

Binance Coin was supposed to enter a long bear winter. However, the market had other plans as it whipsawed everyone who panic sold the breakdown. In this article, we show how the Wyckoff Breakout is in progress in Binance Coin.

Wyckoff Spring

On November 28, 2018, Binance Coin dropped to as low as 0.001233. At that point, participants were convinced that the market broke down from either the large head and shoulders pattern on the longer time frame or a descending triangle on the shorter time frame. Even though the market was ripe for a bounce, almost everyone expected it to be the dead-cat type. Nevertheless, Binance Coin showed why it is always best to be prepared for both bull and bear scenarios.

The market suddenly rallied and took out both the head and shoulders neckline and the diagonal resistance of the triangle in one fell swoop. It then flipped both resistances into support on December 20, 2018. This is a classic example of a Wyckoff Spring.

BNB/BTC bear trap

As you can see, this price action is bullish. The smart money most likely accumulated positions from August 14 to November 17, 2018 while Binance Coin was range trading between 0.0014 and 0.0016. The breach below the support was the smart money’s method to tap into more liquidity. They shook the tree in order to accumulate more positions in a short amount of time. When they were done, they triggered the rally and the reversal.

Now that we know the smart money accumulated between 0.0014 and 0.0016, we can form the expectation that they will defend this range. More importantly, with the bear trap sprung, we can assume that Binance Coin is ready for the next stages of the model: the throwback and the markup.

Throwback

According to the Wyckoff model, Binance Coin is scheduled for a pullback before it can launch a bull run. The brief retracement is actually bullish. It would flip the former resistance into a firm support. This would enable the market to trend higher.

Wyckoff Model (Source: ScanStockCharts)

So far, Binance Coin has gone through the first three phases: accumulation, spring and breakout. The market is now trading above 0.0016, which used to be the range high. However, it is starting to show signs of weakness. Binance Coin is showing a bearish divergence on the daily RSI while trading close to overbought territory. On top of that, it is creating a rising wedge on the daily chart, which is a bearish pattern.

BNB/BTC bearish signals  

These signals are aligned to the next step of the Wyckoff Model, which is the throwback. The pullback will be healthy for the market. It will enable technical indicators to cool off as well as allow the market to establish a new base of buyers.

If you’re considering placing long positions in the market, the throwback to 0.0016 is a very good chance to do so.

Markup

Should Binance Coin pull back and stay above 0.0016, then the market would be ready for the next phase: the markup. This would be the start of the market’s bull run.

From Binance Coin’s market structure, we can see three heavy resistances: 0.002008, 0.0002287, and 0.00258. These would be the target prices to look for.

BNB/BTC heavy resistances

If all goes well, those who will be buying the throwback can potentially grow their investments by over 60%.

Bottom Line

Binance Coin is an altcoin that should be languishing in a bear winter. Instead, the market has managed to reverse its fortune through the Wyckoff model. It is likely that this market is on the brink of a massive bull run.

 

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EOS Price Analysis: EOSIO 1.6 Update Enhances Speeds and is Cost Effective; Downside Price Risks Remain for EOS/USD

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  • EOSIO developers have released 1.6 upgrade, which sees enhanced speeds and is more cost efficient.
  • EOS/USD price action is ranging; given current behavior, a breakout may just be imminent.

The EOS price on Friday is seen trading down in minor negative territory. The price is caught in a very stubborn range. This behavior being observed could prove to be damaging in the coming sessions if the bulls do not break above resistance. EOS/USD is being dictated by a tough acting supply area, which is seen tracking from $2.60-$2.50 range. Then to the downside, a near-term demand zone is keeping the price propped up for now, $2.35-$2.25.

EOS/USD is moving within this consolidation mode, which has come into play since breaching a vital part of the bull’s recovery. An ascending trend line was seen tracking from 7th December 2018, right up until it was breached by the market bears on 10th January 2019.  This had coincided with the price running into chunky resistance at the psychological $3.00 price mark. It has not convincingly been above this region since the back-end of November 2018.

EOSIO 1.6 Release

EOSIO developers, who have been working on a system upgrade, have now announced the release of an upgraded version 1.6.0 of EOSIO. In terms of the impact of this development, they have instantly been noticeable and signaling a large improvement.  This new release does boast further features and fixes to improve upon the cumulative patches, which were implemented to enhance v1.5.

Details were provided by the company within an official Medium blog post. Updates on the EOSIO software will enhance efficiency for the peer-to-peer networking layer in addition to seeing real-time transactions improve overall transaction speed. They further stated that this release is something that had been planned as part of their progressive goals to improve their performance. They have intentions to maintain the fastest protocol across the market.

The development team tweeted, “Tests show upwards of a 35% increase in likely transaction speed. We are projecting noticeable improvements to sustainable transactions per second. In addition, reduced CPU costs, and lower latency on all EOSIO based blockchains.”

Technical Review – EOS/USD

EOS/USD daily chart.

The key for a new committed trend is to see a breakout from the confinements of the mentioned supply sitting above and demand zone below. Given the earlier detailed break below an ascending trend line, vulnerabilities remain, with the range-block formation.

Should the bears manage to force a drop below $2.25, then a new wave of selling will likely come into force. The next major area of support should be noted down towards the December 2018 low. $1.83 and then then $1.55 regions should be sought for potential comfort.

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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3 Things You Need to Know About the Market Today: Trade Rally, Pound Pullback, Tesla Worries

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1, Trade Optimism Drives Rally in Stocks, Oil

Shanghai Composite, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The US government is mulling to lift or ease some of the trade tariffs on Chinese goods, at least according to the reports that surfaced yesterday, and although the rumors were promptly denied by the Treasury, risk assets have been pushing higher ever since. Global stocks are trading at 1-month highs, with understandably, the major US indices and China leading the way higher. We expect further gestures by the two sides in the coming weeks, as the talks progress, but a final agreement could still be months away.

The most affected commodities, such as copper and oil are also up today, and but as we noted this weekend, the oversold rally in risk assets is stretched now. Also, even as the weaker global benchmarks, such as the Shanghai Composite have joined the party, the clear economic slowdown and the bearish technicals make the current environment hostile for bulls

2, Pound Retreats After Hitting 2-Month High Above 1.30

GBP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Besides the Trade War saga, the likely delay of the Brexit deadline has been making waves all week long, and Pound bulls seem to like the idea of a possible “soft” deal with the European Union. The currency hit its highest level against the Dollar since mid-November, topping the 1.30 level, while British stocks are also trading near their 2019 highs.

Prime Minister Theresa May pledged to include the opposition parties following Wednesday’s no-confidence vote, but for now, even starting the talks is challenging, even though the government labeled the first talks “constructive”. In any case, with the chances of a no-deal Brexit being low right now, the Pound could enjoy further gains, especially as long as the global risk rally lasts.

3, Tesla Disappoints With Guidance, Cuts Workforce by 7%

Tesla (TSLA), 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While it held up very well during the recent tumroil in the stock market, Elon Musk’s crown jewel, Tesla (TSLA) has been down by as much as 8% today in pre-market trading after warning investors that the electric car maker will likely turn a smaller-than-expected profit in the coming quarter. Tesla is struggling to ramp up the production of the Model 3, while also facing difficulties to hit its cost goal with regards to its “mass” product.

With the traditional car makers slowly but surely closing in on the company, and given the looming cash flow issues, the coming quarters will crucial for the Musk. The company just avoided bankruptcy in its early days, and some bears think that the fierce competition and the production issues could lead to a crisis yet again. The company’s workforce skyrocketed in recent years, and today CEO Musk also announced that it will lay off 7%, approximately 3000 workers, to cut costs after the expansion. He stated that,

“We unfortunately have no choice but to reduce full-time employee headcount by approximately 7%, we grew by 30% last year, which is more than we can support, and retain only the most critical temps and contractors (…)”

While today, earnings reports will be few and far between, Netflix (NFLX) will also be in focus after reporting yesterday in after-hours trading, and for now, the streaming giant is also trading lower despite the broad overnight rally in stocks.

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