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5 Things to Watch This Week: North Korea, Bitcoin, Retail Sales, Gold, and the VIX

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1.            Further Escalation between the US and North Korea?

Last week delivered a huge surprise for those who thought that the North Korean situation will stay dormant after the saber-rattling earlier on this year. While the progress that the communist country made in its missile program is, in fact, huge, Donald Trump’s reaction and the “verbal escalation” that followed, took the attention away from the Russia-investigation that entered a new phase just a few days before. While we still think that the military option is a very unlikely, with no real incentive on either side whatsoever, one diplomatic mistake could trigger a real nuclear standoff that would send shockwaves through the financial system. With that in mind, the next steps of the involved powers will be closely watched, and further escalation could push risk assets even lower once again.

S&P 500, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

2.           Bitcoin above the $4000 Level

The tensions concerning North Korea, the SegWit lock in and the waning fork-fears created a perfect environment for the most valuable cryptocurrency, and BTC took the opportunity. The coin surged as much as 70% since in August and it more than doubled off the late-July correction lows. Bitcoin left the other major coin behind since breaking out to a new all-time high at $3000 only one week ago, as safe haven flows favored the safety of the largest decentralized currency. While the long-term picture is definitely overbought now, the short-term momentum could still carry the currency higher maybe even to the $5000. That said, long-term investors should be selling into the rally, as better buying opportunities will emerge in the coming weeks.

Bitcoin, Daily Chart Analysis

3.           US Retail Sales and the Dollar

The Consumer Price Index missed the consensus estimate for the fifth month in a row on Friday, and Retail Sales are usually following in suit, so we wouldn’t be surprised by another bearish release that would be an interesting development before the Jackson Hole symposium. The Fed will be under pressure to dial back on the hawkish rhetoric even more, especially if the correction that started this week deepens. The Dollar will be on the center of attention for sure, and given the recent volatility, more fireworks are baked in the cake. The Euro could spike above 1.20 if Retail Sales miss big time, with the FOMC meeting minutes also being released during the week.

4.           Gold or Stocks?

Gold crept higher in its long-standing trading range between $1200 and $1300 in the past weeks, and the Shiny Metal is just shy of the upper boundary after Friday’s crazy session. The long-term picture definitely favors precious metals against the overvalued stock market, and a move above the range could indicate that long-term technicals are finally turning fully bullish. Stocks, in the meantime, rolled over on the war mongering, and given the historically high valuations and the internal weakness of the market, the Fed remains the only real safeguard against a significant correction.

5.           The VIX and the “Short-Volatility” Trade

Some of the most experienced observers have been advocating that the recent low volatility environment is as dangerous as the housing and the tech bubbles have been. Together with the distorted global bond market (Italian junk bonds yield less than US Treasuries…) there is a huge time bomb ticking under the calm surface. A lot of the positions that have been built up in the past few years are directly or indirectly (passive index funds) short-volatility trades which would quickly turn negative even with a (historically) small bear market, turning the sell-off into an outright massacre, as lot of the holders of these “safe” positions would run for the exits at once. While Jim Paulsen himself said the bull market could last forever thanks to the central banks, we believe that valuation will actually matter with time, and this time it’s NOT different.

VIX (Volatility Index), Daily Chart Analysis

Key Economic Releases Next Week

Day Country Release Expected Previous
Monday JAPAN Prelim GDP 0.3%
Monday CHINA Industrial Production 7.6%
Monday CHINA Retail Sales 11.0%
Monday EUROZONE Industrial Production 1.3%
Tuesday AUSTRALIA RBA Meeting Minutes
Tuesday GERMANY Prelim GDP 0.6%
Tuesday SWITZERLAND PPI Index -0.1%
Tuesday UK CPI Index 2.6%
Tuesday US Retail Sales -0.2%
Tuesday US Core Retail Sales -0.2%
Tuesday US Empire Manufacturing Index 9.8
Wednesday UK Hourly Earnings 1.8%
Wednesday UK Unemployment Rate 4.5%
Wednesday UK Claimant Count 6,000
Wednesday EUROZONE Flash GDP 0.7%
Wednesday US Building Permits 1.28 mill
Wednesday US Housing Starts 1.22 mill
Wednesday US Crude Oil Inventories
Wednesday US FOMC Meeting Minutes
Thursday AUSTRALIA Core CPI Index
Thursday AUSTRALIA BOE Statement
Thursday UK Retail Sales
Thursday EUROZONE CPI Index
Thursday EUROZONE ECB Meeting Minutes
Thursday CANADA Manufactruign Sales
Thursday US Unemployment Claims 244,000
Thursday US Philly Fed Index
Thursday US Industrial Production
Friday CANADA CPI Index
Friday CANADA Core Retail Sales
Friday CANADA Retail Sales
Friday US UOM Consumer Sentiment
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Crypto Update: Market Still in Deadlock

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The choppy, directionless period in the cryptocurrency segment continues, with no meaningful change in the technical setups of the major coins. While the broader trends are still clearly bearish and sellers remain in control of the market, we saw another minor bullish shift in the past 24 hours, with modest gains across the board.

Most of the top coins are trading in the range of the Monday session, which saw the spike triggered by the turmoil in Tether. Stellar is the apparent positive outlier of the past few days, while Dash, Litecoin, and Ethereum have been the weakest so far this week.

DASH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

On a positive note, all of the majors remain above last week’s levels, and especially Bitcoin’s continued stability is encouraging for crypto-bulls here, even as our trend model paints a negative picture of the segment.


BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin avoided a test of the $6275 level despite moving below its recent very narrow trading range yesterday, with still no meaningful bearish or bullish momentum present in the coin’s market. BTC continues to trade below the $6500 level, and its volatility is very low, even after the move below the previously dominant broad triangle consolidation pattern.

Further resistance levels are still ahead near $6750 and $7000, while support levels below $6275 are found near $600, $5850 and between $5000 and $5100.

Altcoins Little Changed as Ethereum Still Glued to $200

XRP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The weekend has been very quiet for altcoins so far, with even the recently active Ripple settling down near the $0.46 level. XRP is around the midpoint of Monday’ s range but the lack of follow-through after the breakout from the triangle consolidation pattern is a negative sign, and the coin remains on a short-term sell signal in our trend model. Strong resistance is still ahead at $0.51, $0.54, $0.57, while support is found near $0.42, $0.375, and $0.35.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum continues to hover around the $200 price level still being in bearish short- and long-term patterns and the relative weakness of the second largest coin remains a huge concern for the whole segment.

With no evidence of meaningful capital inflows to the market, the outlook is neutral at best, and traders and investors should wait for at least a short-term trend change before entering new positions. Strong support is found near $180, $170, and $160, while resistance is ahead near $235 and $260.

EOS/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

EOS is also among the relatively weaker coins, and the coin is stuick in a broad Trading range around the $5.35 level since August. Volatility in the coin’s market has been progressively declining, but the vicinity of the bear market low suggests that the long-term downtrend is still intact, especially given the segment-wide trends.

A test of the lows is still more likely than a bullish break-out, with strong support found near $4.50 and key resistance ahead near $6 and $6.5.

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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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Cardano Price Analysis: ADA/USDT is Eyeing a Big Move Out of Current Technical Setup

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  • Positive update from IOHK audit of Icarus by Kudelski Security.
  • ADA/USDT is moving within a pennant pattern formation, subject to breakout.

Solid Icarus Audit reported by IOHK

IOHK recently announced in their forum that an audit was conducted by Kudelski Security, which is an independent and third-party security audit firm. The audit conducted demonstrated that the Icarus project implementation for Cardano looks all good and set to go, without any major problems. However, a few changes may need to be executed. IOHK developed the Icarus code as a reference implementation, for Cardano light portfolio.

The important of “independent audits, like this one was stressed by IOHK. Stating “they are critical for identifying security issues in the Icarus wallet, that may not have been identified by internal audits”.

Furthermore, IOHK has elucidated Icarus as an open source code base serving as a reference for the creation of safer and easier mobile wallets for Cardano. They said, “this guarantees our customers and clients the safest portfolio we can offer.”  Given the benefit of an external audit, the developers can resolve any problems identified during its product launch audit.

Positive Updates from Cardano Founder

Cardano’s founder, Charles Hoskinson, was recently commenting on Cardano’s future. He said “We have so many amazing things coming out.”

Mr Hoskinson further added that one of their scientists has flown in from Switzerland. They will be doing a video, which will be the first time they have ever talked about their sharding design that we have for Cardano. Further commenting on other updates, including videos about Shelley and the Rust project.

Technical Review – Daily Chart

ADA/USDT daily chart

ADA/USDT is moving within a triangular pattern or a pennant formation, as seen via the daily time frame. It is narrowing, moving closer to a breakout. Ranging ahead of another drop to the deep south. Although, fundamental developments coming out from the Cardano foundation, remain very much upbeat currently.

Over the past 8 days, the price has been grinding higher, after receiving support at the lower trend line of the above-mentioned pattern. In terms of resistance to the upside, this can be seen at 0.08310000. The upper tracking trend line. Further north, a supply zone is running from 0.09000000-0.09500000. ADA/USDT  last traded here on 23rd September. Finally, support is tracking at 0.071800000, lower part of the pennant, also within a demand area. Another strong buying territory is observed from 0.06500000-0.06000000.

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: Top 10 Worst Performers Make Bottom Picking List

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Yesterday, October 18, 2018, Cryptoglobe published, a list of the 10 worst performing cryptocurrency investments of 2018. These altcoins suffered heavy losses of between 97% – 99%. With tremendous devaluation, it may lead you to think that altcoins or cryptos are dead. After all, other assets such as stocks or commodities may likely never come back to life after losing all but one percent of their value.

But this is crypto where coins nosedive one day and skyrocket the next. Cryptoglobe can show you a picture of tragedy, but us; we see opportunity. In this two-part article, we reveal how the top 10 worst performing cryptocurrency investments can make a good bottom picking list.

Zclassic (ZCL/BTC)

% Down from All-time High:

99%

Current Status:

Zclassic/Bitcoin (ZCL/BTC) is currently finding footing at its historic support level of 0.0005. In the last four weeks, the pair has been range trading between 0.0005 and 0.000074.

Bottom Picking Candidate?

An altcoin that’s down 99% is a great bottom picking candidate. Aside from the possibility of a technical bounce, you can expect whales and expert bottom fishers to accumulate positions at this level. So, you can either trade the range or accumulate with the best of them.

Weekly chart of ZCL/BTC

Game Credits (GAME/BTC)

% Down from All-time High:

98%

Current Status:

GAME/BTC is attempting to carve a bottom at the parabolic support of 0.000025. Over the last four weeks, the pair has been trading between 0.000025 and 0.0000346.

Bottom Picking Candidate?

Yes, GAME/BTC has the potential to generate a strong rally in the coming weeks. Volume spikes on September 23 and October 4 hint that someone is accumulating at these levels. More importantly, the market is flashing oversold readings on the weekly RSI. GAME/BTC has the essential ingredients of a powerful bounce.

Weekly chart of GAME/BTC

Bitcoin Diamond (BCD/BTC)

% Down from All-time High:

97%

Current Status:

BCD/BTC is currently trading inside a huge falling wedge on the daily chart. It is still bearish as it continues to generate lower highs and lower lows.

Bottom Picking Candidate?

No, BCD/BTC is not a great bottom picking candidate. However, the pair looks ripe for a breakout. The usual catalysts are present: flashing extreme oversold readings, nearing the apex of the wedge, and trading at all-time lows. Look for volume spikes as a sign of a breakout.

Daily chart of BCD/BTC

Ethos (BQX/BTC)

% Down from All-time High:

97%

Current Status:

BQX/BTC has been carving a bottom at 0.000045 for over a month now. Those who were able to buy at this level are lucky because BQX/BTC is looking ripe for a rally.

Bottom Picking Candidate?

Yes, if you can still manage to get as close to 0.000045 as possible. The volume surges in the last few days suggest that the pair is in the final stages of base building. On October 14, BQX/BTC printed volume that’s over 250% of its daily average.

Daily chart of BQX/BTC

SALT (SALT/BTC)

% Down from All-time High:

97%

Current Status:

SALT/BTC may already be in an uptrend but it seems that only a few people are looking. The 4-hour chart shows that the pair is currently generating a bullish higher low after pulling back from its first higher high in months. SALT/BTC looks bullish in our book.

Bottom Picking Candidate?

Yes, this pullback gives you an opportunity to buy the higher low. We expect SALT/BTC to trade near the support of the ascending channel as it consolidates.

4H chart of SALT/BTC

Bottom Line

In trading and investing, the worst performing cryptocurrency investments and other assets often provide the maximum financial opportunity. We’re seeing that in the first half of the list. We have a feeling that we’ll see more or less the same in the second half of the list. Stay tuned.

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