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Analysis: Broad Rebound Stalls as Cryptocoins Turn Lower Again

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Cryptocurrency traders enjoyed a slight breather after a very volatile week, as most of the major coins were close to unchanged this Friday. Dash and Monero were up by more than 5%, with the pair still trading in tandem, consolidating their lofty break-out gains from the prior weeks. XMR advanced above the $125 support/resistance line today in early trading and it still remains near the key level. The most likely candidate for a deeper correction is the zone around the $80 level where the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement and a strong support line is found.

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XMR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, and Litecoin have all been trading in narrow ranges today, before a sharp turn lower around the US market open, with the total market value of the segment stabilizing only 10% below the all-time high near $160 billion. The largest currencies are still facing correction risks here, despite the recent bounce, and long-term investors should keep some gunpowder dry for a possible dip in the coming weeks. That said some of the coins, like XRP, are not overbought and could be attractive here, especially if they follow the broader market lower during the down swings. Let’s see how the charts are shaping up before the weekend.

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Bitcoin

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin’s dominance increased once again during the recent correction, and the most valuable coin is still among the most short-term bullish majors despite the huge rally of the recent weeks and the overbought long-term picture. The currency remains above the crucial $4400 level, keeping the short-term setup positive, for now. Below $4400, further support levels are found near $4000, $3800, $3500 and $3150.

Ethereum

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

ETH continues to lag the leaders of the market, as it is still trading near the 4330 support/resistance level, almost 20% off its all-time high. The coin is back to neutral regarding the short-term picture and remains suspicious below $350, the primary short-term resistance level.  Below $330, the $300 and $285 levels provide immediate support while a move towards the $235-$250 zone is still likely in the coming weeks.

Litecoin

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

LTC has been holding up well, still being one of the strongest majors following the Monday crash, and although the long-term picture is definitely overbought, a move to test the prior highs or even the $100 level is possible. Support levels are found at $75, and near $64, while the lower boundary of dominant rising trend channel is near $51 currently. Long-term investors should remain patient until the next deeper correction before entering new positions.

Dash

DASH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Dash followed Monero above the crucial $360 level, and it remains near the important zone. The coin faces strong headwinds due to the long-term overbought readings, and more corrective price action is likely in the coming weeks. Support levels are found near $300 and below that at $265 and around $220.

Ripple

XRP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

XRP continues to trade in the broad consolidation pattern that has been dominating trading since the coin’s break-out. The currency remains among the less overbought majors, and the short-terms dips could still be good buying opportunities for investors. The $0.22 support remains in focus, with further important levels found at $0.20, $0.18, and $0.16, while resistance is ahead near $0.26 and $0.30.

Ethereum Classic

ETC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum Classic spiked lower recently towards its break-out levels near the $16 support, as it is still trading in a correction pattern after the explosive move higher. A break below support would warn of further sideways price action, but the long-term support near $14 should hold, and the short-term dips could still provide buying opportunities for investors. Primary resistance is now ahead at $18, and above that near the all-time highs at $23.

NEO

NEO/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

NEO turned lower yet again today after trading near the $30 level following an explosive rebound of its crash lows. The coin remains within a downtrend that started off the all-time highs near $52, but the long-term picture is not overbought as in the case of the largest currencies. The volatile coin faces resistance at $30 and near $40, while support is found near $25, $22, and below that at $16.

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Bitcoin’s Record-Breaking Rally Continues as Prices Cross $8,100

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Bitcoin surged to new highs on Sunday, as the world’s largest crypto by market cap continued to generate bids following the cancellation of Segwit2x.

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BTC/USD Price Levels

The value of a single bitcoin reached a daily high of $8,110.59, its best level on record. At press time, BTC/USD was valued at around $8,002 for a gain of 4%.

With the gain, bitcoin’s market cap now exceeds $133 billion. That’s roughly $100 billion greater than Ethereum, the market’s second most valuable cryptocurrency.

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Bitcoin has added more than $1,100 over the past five sessions. It was down around $5,600 just one week ago.

Bitcoin Cash (BCH), a digital currency alternative that broke away from the original blockchain Aug. 1, was down 5.1% at $1,185. BTC and BCH locked horns earlier this month after the Segwit2x hard fork was abandoned.

$10,000 and Beyond?

Institutional clearing platform LedgerX has initiated its first long-term bitcoin futures option, which is set to expire Dec. 28, 2018. In setting up the option, LedgerX is assuming a price of $10,000 at the time of expiration. That’s a 25% premium on current levels.

Investors who buy the option are essentially saying they believe prices will exceed $10,000 by the time of expiration.

Bitcoin is being helped by growing institutional demand for the digital currency, as hedge funds, day traders and other mainstream investment outfits look to access this burgeoning asset class. CBOE and CME Group have each announced plans to integrate bitcoin into more conventional investment vehicles in the coming months.

The rush of institutional money into bitcoin is a sure sign that the digital asset class is becoming too big to ignore. The value of all cryptocurrencies in circulation has already exceeded $230 billion, with more than a dozen coins valued at $1 billion or more. Nine others have a market cap of $500 million or greater.

Coinbase Responds

The rise of institutional capital has also compelled Coinbase to introduce a custodial service targeted at account holders with more than $10 million in assets. This service targets hedge funds and other institutions that have remained largely on the sidelines of the crypto revolution.

In a recent blog post, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong announced that the new service will launch sometime next year.

“When we speak with these institutions, they tell us that the number one thing preventing them from getting started is the existence of a digital asset custodian that they can trust to store client funds securely,” Armstrong wrote.

In addition to maintaining the minimum $10 million asset requirement, institutions must pay a $100,000 setup fee to gain access tot he Custodial program. In response, institutional investors will receive assurance that their assets are secure.

The Coinbase Custody website lists broad support for bitcoin, Ethereum (ETH) and Litecoin (LTC), as well as ERC20 tokens. The ERC20 protocol has emerged as the favorite for startups launching initial coin offerings (ICOs), a controversial crowdfunding model that has already overtaken early stage venture capital.

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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Is Ethereum Ready to Play Catch Up With Bitcoin?

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In mid-June of this year, the difference between the market capitalization of bitcoin and Ethereum had narrowed down to less than $8 billion. This had many market participants excited. They expected Ethereum to dethrone bitcoin as the leader, a move popularly termed as flippening.

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Key observations

  1. Ethereum has hugely underperformed bitcoin
  2. The chart pattern suggests that Ethereum is likely to play catch up in the next few months
  3. Stay on the long side of Ethereum to benefit from the bullish setup

However, fast forward five months and the difference in the market capitalization of the top two cryptocurrencies has increased to about $96 billion. This shows that while bitcoin has raced ahead in the past few months, Ethereum has hugely lagged behind.

However, is the underperformance about to end?

The chart pattern shows that Ethereum is likely to embark on a rally of its own that can carry it to $645 to $670 levels in the next few months. Let’s see how we arrived at these levels.

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Ethereum opened trading at $8.16 on January 1, 2017. It started its rally in March and by June 12, it reached a high of $420, an astronomical rally of about 5047%. Thereafter, it entered a period of consolidation, digesting the gains.

On the charts, Ethereum has formed a large symmetrical triangle, which usually acts as a continuation pattern. The breakout is generally in the direction of the long-term trend, or the trend that was prevailing before the pattern formed. In this case, the sharp move from January to June confirms that the cryptocurrency was in an uptrend before forming the triangle.

However, this is not a fool proof trade because sometimes the symmetrical triangle acts as a reversal pattern. Therefore, the best way to play this trade is to wait for a breakout of the triangle before initiating any trade.

Where can we take an entry?

Currently, the resistance line of the triangle is at about $378 levels, a level close to today’s intraday highs. The bears are likely to strongly defend this level. However, if the bulls breakout of $378 and manage to close above the resistance line, the trade on the long side will set up.

Different traders use different methods to confirm whether the breakout is valid or not. Some wait until price moves 3% above the breakout level, others wait for three consecutive closes above the resistance level.

However, we have observed that the best breakouts never look back, hence, waiting for three days may lead to a missed opportunity. Therefore, we can wait for a closing above the resistance line of the triangle and initiate the long positions on the following day.

The breakout can face resistance at $400 and $420. However, we expect the virtual currency to scale both these resistances and rally towards its pattern target zone of $645 to $670.

Notwithstanding, even the most reliable patterns can fail. Therefore, our stop loss will be kept at $340. We don’t want to hang on to the trade if it falls back into the triangle. We shall raise our stops to breakeven as soon as Ethereum breaks out to new lifetime highs. From thereon, we shall trail the stops higher to protect our paper profits.

Note

The chart pattern suggests a resumption of the long-term uptrend in Ethereum. However, this will not get confirmed until the cryptocurrency breaks out and sustains above $380. Therefore, please initiate positions only on a breakout and close above the triangle. Entering presumptive trades may result in losses.

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Long-Term Cryptocurrency Analysis: Bitcoin Flirts with $8000 as Altcoin Bull Persists

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Bitcoin’s swift recovery was the main topic of the week, as the most valuable coin not just regained its steep losses, but hit a marginal new high towards the end of the period. The entire segment is experiencing capital inflows as the total value of the coins climbed above $230 billion for the first time ever after finally leaving the vicinity of the $200 billion mark.

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BTC breached the $8000 level before turning slightly lower on Friday, but despite the severely overbought daily chart, it is still trading near its all-time highs. As the long-term picture still suggests a deeper correction, investors should wait with opening new positions and traders should also control position sizes here. Key support levels are found at $7700, $7000, and $6700, while the recent key break-out level at $5000 still hasn’t been re-tested.

BTC/USD, Daily Chart Analysis

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Dash is still the most bullish altcoin from a technical standpoint, despite this week’s short-term correction, as the coin is trading above its prior all-time high, and this weekend, it looks ready to test the break-out high near $500. Support levels are still found at $400, $360, and $330, and as the long-term picture is approaching overbought territory, investors should only hold on to their positions here.

DASH/USD, Daily Chart Analysis

The other major altcoins are also mostly in bullish setups, with some of them already in the latter stages of this cycle, like Monero and IOTA, but elsewhere in the segment, there are still opportunities for both traders and investors. Let’s see the detailed long-term view.

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