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Analysis: Bitcoin Near All-Time High Again as Ripple Slumps

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BTC continued to creep higher today following deep correction on Monday, and the most valuable coin is now only a tad below the recent highs after regaining almost all of its losses in a few days. The coin is back in the short-term rising trend channel that carried it from below $1900 to $4500, and odds now favor another leg higher in the currency. That said, the long-term picture remains overbought and investors shouldn’t jump on the advance here, as the risks of a deep correction are high, and there are still better opportunities in the segment.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The other majors are mostly higher amid the Bitcoin rally, but Ripple fell as much as 20% off its short-term maximum, as it failed to hold above $0.30 and entered a deep pull-back after its recent 100% rally. Monero and Dash are trading near their prior highs, as they moved back near the top of their short-term consolidation zones today. Ethereum is also nearing its raly-highs following in BTC’s footsteps, while Ethereum Classic continues to be the weakest major from a technical perspective. Litecoin and NEO are little changed today, with both still looking promising before the weekend. Let’s see the short-term charts of the majors.

Ethereum

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

ETH has been following BTC closely recently, but we still expect the coin to outperform its most important peer in the coming weeks. The rising short-term trend is intact, and the token is trading slightly above the key $330 level while being a bit lower than the weekend high. The next leg of the rally should carry Ethereum to the $380 resistance, with the prior all-time high also ahead at $400. The currency remains bullish above the $285 support,

Litecoin

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

LTC briefly dipped back below $50 in early trading but now the coin is back above the key level, as the break-out from the broad triangle pattern remains intact. We expect the currency to test the $60 level in the coming period as the long-term picture remains encouraging, and the short-term is also clearly bullish. Below $50 Support is found near $46, $44 and $42 with the rising trendline also being near the $46 level currently.

Dash

DASH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Dash is moving higher along its short-term uptrend that developed after the strong weekend break-out, as it held up above the $300 level following a volatile consolidation. The coin might be ready to test the recent highs above the $350 level, but we still expect Dash to enter a broader correction. The long-term picture is overbought, and investors should wait with new positions, while traders could still play the short-term trend.  Strong support levels are found a $300, near $266, and between $220 and $230.

Ripple

XRP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple continues to be very volatile after its recent surge, and the coin quickly retraced a large part of its gains, falling back to the crucial support/resistance zone near $0.22 after touching $0.30. The break-out from the long-term consolidation pattern remains intact, but the currency has to hold above $0.20 to keep the trend going. Resistance is ahead near $0.26 while further support is found near $0.18. The long-term picture remains bullish but more volatile moves are expected in XRP.

Ethereum Classic

ETC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum Classic has been virtually unchanged recently after a weak break-out attempt from its previous downtrend. The coin is trading in a new uptrend, but the $16 level is still holding back the advance, and further weakness would warn of a failed move, and more corrective price action in the coming weeks. Strong support is found around the $14 level, while above $16 the next target would be $18.

Monero

XMR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Monero surged back towards the prior high at $100 after a deep but deep correction, and it might be ready for another move higher, despite the overbought long-term picture and the recent lofty gains. Investors are still advised to wait with entering new positions, with support zones below found near $80 and $68.

NEO

NEO/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

NEO is still trading near the line-in-the-sand support/resistance zone around at $40, after the strong rally this week. The coin is still expected to test its all-time high in the coming weeks, but a break below $38 would warn of more consolidation, with the $30 level remaining in focus. Above the current zone the token faces strong resistance at $47.50.

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  1. tieuthanhliem

    August 25, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    If bitcoin is overbought, every coins are overbought. How Ethereum can go up to $380 and bitcoin go down? Please stop manipulating the market.

  2. Chris G

    August 26, 2017 at 3:35 am

    presumably he’s just looking at RSI as an indication of overbought/oversold conditions, which can certainly vary between the cryptocurrencies …

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Crypto Update: Monero Bullish Reversal on the Horizon

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The cryptocurrency world has come to life today. Bitcoin is leading the way, up by over 10% in 24 hours as it surged past $7,000. Other coins such as Ripple (XRP/USD), Litecoin (LTC/USD), and Bitcoin Cash (BCH/USD) have followed suit, growing between 5% – 10% in 24 hours as well. Looking at this cast of cryptocurrencies, it seems that Monero (XMR/USD) investors are missing out on this rally.

Not to worry because usually a rising tide lifts all boats in financial markets. In this article, we reveal why a major bull run is likely on the horizon for XMR/USD.

Monero Weekly Chart Looks Promising

A quick look at the weekly chart of XMR/USD and you can easily spot the formation of a falling wedge. The recent bounce from $120 support has given investors a good reason to be excited. After all, the rally has put the market in a position to finally breakout out of the falling wedge.

Weekly Chart of XMR/USD

Monero appears ready to take out the resistance level. The daily chart gives us glimpses on how this breakout might transpire.

Daily Chart Shows Bullish Two Scenarios

Switch to the daily chart and you’ll also see the large falling wedge in play. On top of that, it offers two possibilities regarding how Monero can break out of this pattern and launch a bull run.

XMR Breaks Out on Fear of Missing Out

Bitcoin, being the most popular cryptocurrency, often acts as a barometer for other cryptos. Its strength or weakness can influence how other altcoins perform. Bitcoin’s recent trend reversal might make Monero investors greedy. The fear of being left out might just be enough to take out resistance of $160.


This scenario is viable as the daily MACD reveals a bullish divergence and a bullish cross. In addition, the 4-day, 8-day, and 21-day moving averages are not acting as immediate supports.

XMR Breaks Out on Increased Demand

A more sustainable breakout is one driven by demand rather than greed. In this scenario, Monero respects resistance of $160 as investors see the bounce as a sell rally. This starts a waterfall event that would push the market down to key support of $85.

At this price level, demand exceeds supply. Plus, the falling wedge would be at its narrowest point.

The daily RSI offers support in this scenario. It is currently forming a rising wedge, which is a bearish pattern. Even if XMR climbs to $160, the RSI would likely be overbought by then. That could catalyze the fall to $85 support.

Bottom Line

Bitcoin’s resurgence can influence how Monero moves in the coming days. Investors might become greedy and push the market above resistance of $160. On the other hand, investors may see the recent bounce as a sell rally. This can drive the market down to support of $85.

Either way, a breakout is on the horizon. A bullish reversal is likely not a question of if, but when.

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Crypto Update: Bitcoin Blows Through $7000 but Altcoins Still Lag Behind

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The relief rally in the cryptocurrency segment continued in earnest today, as Bitcoin still lead the way higher posting its best daily performance since April. The most valuable coin stole the show, although the whole market blasted higher, with the total value of the coins getting close to $300 billion, up by around 20% in a matter of days.

While the segment is still not out of the woods, BTC triggered a short-term buy signal in our trend model, as it overcame major resistance levels for the first time since May, finally showing some technical progress. That said, most of the majors are still stuck in, or right at the top of their trading ranges, and besides Bitcoin, buy signals are few and far between even considering the smaller coins, as correlations are still very high.

Trading volumes were also the highest in months, as especially Bitcoin triggered automatic orders while surging through several strong resistance levels. Bulls would still need further coins to join the break-out and fro now the long-term setup is still just little changed.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

BTC cleared the $6750, $7000, and $7350 levels in a bit more than an hour, and the epic short squeeze settled down near the latter resistance, for now. The coin is now on a short-term buy signal, and should a higher low form in the coming days, a new short-term uptrend could be established.

The coin needs to stay above the $7000 level to keep the signal intact, and given the relative weakness in Altcoins, the long-term outlook is still mixed. Resistance is now ahead between $7650 and $7800, while further support is at $6500.

Ethereum at $500 as Ripple Tests $0.51

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While Bitcoin is already above primary resistance, Ethereum is trading right at the $500 level, leaving the short-term trading range intact. The coin is close to triggering a buy signal, but it remains relatively weak and traders should wait for follow-through before playing a possible trend change. Primary support is still found at $450, with other levels at $420, $400, $380, and $360, while further resistance is ahead between $555 and $575.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

With all of the majors registering large gains, and even some the recently weak coins like LTC, XRP, and Dash are trading near key resistance levels, further short-term buy signals could pop up in the segment, but until a confirmed new uptrend, traders should remain cautious with new positions.

As an example, Ripple is trading slightly above the $0.51 resistance currently, but a break-out is not yet confirmed, and the trading range remains dominant. Further resistance levels are ahead at 0.54 and $0.575, while support is now found at $0.49 and $0.45.

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Tesla: A Good Option to Invest

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By Dmitriy Gurkovskiy, Chief Analyst at RoboMarkets

Not so long ago, people only had landline phones that you couldn’t take anywhere, which now looks very inconvenient to modern people. Then, mobile phones appeared, and while you can take them anywhere, you must not forget to charge them regularly. However, charging your mobile has already become as usual as, for example, brushing your teeth.

When it comes to automobiles, modern fuel cars are like landline phones, as you can’t go anywhere without fueling them at a gas station, spending your time and money and planning your day depending on how much fuel you’ve got in your car tank. Electric cars are certainly cars of the future, and charging them would be something modern people are already much used to, as natural as fueling them now. It’s not the question of how much crude oil we still have on Earth; the point is that the progress is moving forward, and combustion engines, which are complex and expensive to maintain, will sooner or later become obsolete. Electric cars, where you don’t have to constantly watch how much engine oil or coolant remains inside, are about to replace the traditional fuel cars.

Tesla, a company founded in 2003, is by far the leader in electric cars production. One of its founders is the famous Elon Musk, an engineer and inventor.

Tesla presented its first electric car concept called Tesla Model S on March 26, 2009, in Hawthorne, CA. On June 22, 2012, after all R&D was completed, it was launched in the market and cost $112,000.

A few months later, the second prototype came in: this time, it was a crossover, Tesla Model X. According to Musk, Model X serial production would start in 2013, and the car would be available in late 2014. These plans proved to be too optimistic, though.

The supply start date was only announced in February 2014, but then postponed to Q2 and Q3 2015, and it fact the first supply was completed In September 2015. By the end of Q3, only 6 Model X cars were sold, each for $80,000.

In 2016, a new car, Tesla Model 3, was announced, and the sales were scheduled for the same year, but then the start date was postponed to 2017. The first Model 3 was actually sold in June 2017, at $35,000.

Since the first model sales start and up to now, the company has been unable to reach any net profit, with all earnings reports showing losses. The company was on the verge of bankruptcy as long ago as in 2008, and only a NASA contract saved it.

Perhaps the famous April 1 joke posted then by Musk was based on this very event.

However, it’s all quite different now.

Looking at the financial indicators of the company over the last 4 years, one can easily see where those losses come from. In 2014, Tesla invested $464M on R&D, while in 2015 they invested $717M, in 2016, $834M, and, finally, in 2017, the R&D cost Tesla $1.378B.

The losses were growing in proportion, but were cut in 2016 thanks to Model X sales. In 2018, the same may occur, as Model 3 is going to be quite popular, so the company may even start receiving profits.

Before 2015, the revenue came from a single model, which was Model S. In 2015, 50,446 cars were sold, with the total gross income of $5.649B.

In 2016, they started to sell Model X, which boosted the total year revenue to $7.728B.

If the company did not invest so much into R&D, perhaps, Tesla Inc. reports would now look far better than they are, but this would not last long, as the competition is also doing something.

When Model S sales started, it cost $112,000, while the average US citizen monthly income was $4,121. While not everyone could afford such a car, the sales went on rising, as Model S targeted mostly the luxury segment.

The next model cost $30,000 less, but was still inaccessible for an average consumer. This is why Tesla decided to release Model 3 at $35,000, much cheaper than the previous models. However, a bad surprise was expecting the company afterwards.

When Model 3 was presented, people could start applying for it with a deposit of just $1,000. By the end of the day, there were already 180,000 applications; three days later, the number already reached 272,000, and by May 2016, it went on rising to reach 373,000.

However, this only led to more expenses, as the company had to upgrade its production infrastructure in order to meet all those applications (the number of those exceeded the total number of cars sold since start).

When Tesla allowed its customers to apply for the new model, its production capacity was just 120 cars per week, while in order to meet all the needs Tesla had to boost it by 60 times, to 7,200 per week. Elon Musk is a go-getter, but this was crazy even for him.

Both investors and customers are already used to Musk not fulfilling his promises on time; this already happened with both Model S and Model X, where the supply date was postponed multiple times. It has not changed much now. By the end of Q1, Musk promised to reach 2,500 cars per week, but in fact was only able to boost it to 1,987. After breaking this promise, Musk said he was going to get 5,000 Model 3 cars per week by the end of Q2, and, curiously enough, this target was reached, according to the report as of July 2.

This news made the stock price go up, but right at the end of the trading session it was again down by 2.3%, as many investors just did not believe the report was true.

With the past experience of Musk’s promises being quite negative, Bloomberg developed an online tool where everyone can track the Model 3 production process by VIN. The news agency sends a request to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website which sends a response on the number of VIN’s registered for Model 3.

However, car manufacturers usually register VIN’s for the whole batch, so the values Bloomberg gets may be a bit higher than they in fact are. Still, according to these stats, the company reached 4,395 cars per week by July 2.

So, in fact, Musk did not fulfill his promise again, and the market reaction was of course negative. However, the key point here is not fulfilling promises but the overall progress that was made over such a short period of time. Just 6 months ago, Tesla produced around 200 Model 3 cars per week, while now this figure is over 4,000. Tesla market cap is already higher than the one of Ford Motor Company and nearly in line with that of General Motors, while those too have over 100 years of experience in car production and sales.

If Tesla is able to maintain the same progress as before, it will produce over 52,000 Model 3 cars by late Q3, which will lead to good Q3 and Q4 reports, while all negative effects of the trade war against China will be void.

Besides, if we also take Model S and Model X sales into account, chances for good reports get even higher.

Reaching 5,000 cars per week is a very difficult task: Tesla even had to place its new assembly line in a tent.

This GA4 (general assembly) allowed the company to boost the production by 20%, and it actually proved to be one of the key decisions.

Meanwhile, Musk says GA3 will be well enough to maintain the production capacity at 5,000 cars per week, while GA4 will help to reach the further target of 6,000 cars. With Tesla products being in demand, investors can be quite optimistic regarding the future of the company and invest more, although they do have some risks.

Tesla is now a leading electric cars producer with relatively accessible prices, but the competition are also looking towards electric car production, which may of course shrink the demand. Other risks include emergencies coming from the autopilot mode Tesla is quite fond of. There is no law regulating the driver responsibility in such cases yet, so the company has to face claims against itself, which lead to Tesla recommending using autopilot only as an additional feature that does not allow the driver to stop watching the road.

Doug Field, a talented engineer, leaving the company after working with it for 5 years is also an important negative factor. Elon Musk says this should not have any influence on the indicators coming in the following quarters, or on the new Tesla cars production.

Technically, there is a clear ascending trend on W1, with the price using the 200-day SMA as a support and constantly bouncing off it. The price has also managed to stay above $300, which may help it go further up, too.

There is no MACD divergence that could stop this growth for now.

Just like before, Tesla looks like a very good option for an investment. Elon Musk may set too ambitious goals, but he achieves them sooner or later. The demand for Model 3 still exceeds the production capacities, with over 400,000 cars pre-ordered, but this will also allow the company to develop new models. As such, the 40-ton truck, Tesla Semi, was already announced to the public in November 2017, and its serial production is scheduled for 2019.

According to some sources, there have already been 1,000 pre-orders, with the deposit increased from $5,000 to $20,000.

Thus, Tesla may become the first company to produce an electric truck in 2019.

 

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