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Analysis: The Last Hurray in Bitcoin Before the Hangover?

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The cryptocurrency market might have experienced a classic blow-off top today, with the help of the historic rally in Bitcoin that carried it past the $10,000 (and the $11,000) level before turning sharply lower during the second half of the session.

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We warned of a nearby top in recent days, and altcoins also showed signs of overheating with almost all of the majors reaching overbought territory on all time-frames. BTC has no major support levels until $8200, and a quick move to that zone would be normal after the monster rally. Further support levels are still found at $7700, $7000, and $6700, and a move towards the previous major break-out level at $5000 is still not out of the question.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Ethereum Classic has been one of the leaders of the surge, until getting severely overbought on all time-frames yesterday. The coin already plunged back to the first major support zone at the prior high near $23, and we expect further corrective price action, given the stretched long-term picture, with major support levels at $18, $16, and $14.50.

ETC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

All of the majors got caught in the wave of selling, and the state of the market is changing very quickly, but we advise traders to wait with entering new positions even during the likely bounces in the coming days, as the overbought readings should be cleared before a durable rally. Let’s see the crucial short-term charts in detail.

Ethereum

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum almost reached $500 amid the early rally, but it fell significantly together with BTC and it’s already looking to test the $400 level after the initial break-down. We expect the coin to outperform Bitcoin in a correction, but the test of the $380 and $350 levels is possible before another move above the $500 mark.

Litecoin

LTC/USD, Daily Chart Analysis

Litecoin breached the prior all-time high and the $100 level as we expected before turning sharply lower together with the broader market. Although, the coin didn’t reach the extreme overbought levels of Bitcoin and some of the altcoins, but we still expect it trade in a volatile manner in the coming period. Key support levels at are found at $82.50, $75, and $64.

Dash

DASH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Dash spiked above $750 during the initial rally today, but the coin quickly fell back to the range of the previous days. That said, the short-term uptrend is still intact, and the currency remains one of the strongest majors regarding the long-term picture. We still advise traders and investors to wait for a deeper correction before entering new positions, with support levels at $500, $470, and near $410.

Ripple

XRP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple crawled up to $0.28 in the bullish sentiment but the broad selling pressure pushed the coins sharply lower, despite the more encouraging long-term picture. The coin remains on a long-term buy signal, but volatility is expected to pick up amid the correction in the segment with further support levels found at $0.2250, near $0.20, and at $0.18.

Monero

XMR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Monero hit our final target for the current leg higher near $200 before falling back to the $160 level that has been in focus in the previous week. The coin remains in a short-term uptrend but the long-term picture is now severely overbought and we expect a deeper correction in the coming weeks, with support further support at $150 and $125.

NEO

NEO/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

NEO didn’t follow the other majors higher in the past few days, showing considerable relative weakness after the bounce to the $40 level, but the long-term picture remains encouraging. Strong support levels are found at $30 and $27 with primary resistance at $34, and targets at $40 and $50.

IOTA

IOTA/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

IOTA surged past the previous all-time high at $1.1 amid the euphoric sentiment, but the coin remains extremely stretched regarding the long-term momentum, and now the short-term risk/reward ratio is also unfavorable. Investors and traders should now wait for the next deeper correction before entering new positions. Support below $1.1 is found at $1, $0.75, $0.64, and $0.56.

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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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  1. Chris G

    November 30, 2017 at 1:57 am

    thanks Mate – managed to play this cycle better than the last. Now to wait things out …

  2. Lakshmana

    November 30, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Plus one… I’m learning a lot form you guys. Especially you, Mate. Thanks.

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Daily Analysis: Stock Rally Fades as Walmart Weighs on Sentiment

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Monday Market Recap

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2715 -0.73%
DAX 12,487 0.81%
WTI Crude Oil 61.56 0.02%
GOLD 1331.00 -1.84%
Bitcoin 11720 6.24%
EUR/USD 1.2336 0.61%

It’s been another very hectic session in US equities, with the main indices diverging substantially, as it has been the case ever since the market made it back to the key break-down levels of the crash two weeks ago. The rally through those key levels was not an easy feat, as we expected, and although the Nasdaq cleared the hurdle last week, and even added a bit to its gains today in early trading, the S&P 500 and the Dow failed to follow the tech benchmark.

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S&P 500, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Dow has been pushed lower by Wal-Mart (WMT) throughout the day, as the retail giant (now officially named Walmart) disappointed with its earnings report, with especially the crucial on-line segment missing the growth estimates, putting WMT’s quest against Amazon into doubt. Jeff Bezos’s crown jewel popped higher after the release and that helped to widen the gap between the Dow and the Nasdaq.

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WMT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

A monster-sized Treasury issuance was the other main event of the day, as bond markets are still nervous because of the rapid rise in yields, but the market absorbed the bonds without any major issues and yields finished the day little changed.

We maintain our bearish short-term view on stocks, despite the strength in the Nasdaq, and a test of the correction lows still seems likely in the coming weeks, but as the long-term uptrend is still intact short positions should still be treated as counter-trend trades, with strict risk management.

Forex Markets and Commodities

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Dollar, which rallied strongly in early trading, remained stable compared to its main peers amid the Treasury issuance and the stock sell-off, with even the safe-haven Yen failing to rally against the Greenback. The reserve currency gained significant ground against commodity-related Aussie and Loonie too, and we expect that trend to continue, should the re-test in the stock indices materialize.

Oil had a mixed session, with an early rally and a late sell-off, similarly to stocks, as the further escalation of the Syrian conflict remains a gloomy option for the Middle East, while the broader market trends and the US supply surge are pushing the price of crude lower.

Gold also pulled back yet again of its rally highs, continuing its correction, as the Dollar strength hurt precious metals despite the late-day risk-off shift.

Cryptocurrencies

The segment had a mixed day, with Bitcoin gaining and most altcoins losing ground, in the wake of the bullish news flow surrounding the largest coin. The slight increase in volatility in US stocks “spilled over” to the crypto market in late trading, with most coins finishing the US session on a negative note.

While the losses were relatively small in most valuable digital currencies like Ethereum, Ripple, NEO, Bitcoin Cash, and Cardano, the real outlier was Litecoin, which pushed above $250 after breaking-out from its short-term correction, while also weathering the late-session sell-off.

Stellar/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Stellar and IOTA were the weakest majors, losing more than 5% on the day. Stellar now gave back most of its post-crash relative strength, as it remains stuck in a broad declining trend, although it is still well above the crash lows, and a break-out remains likely in the coming week, similarly to the other slightly lagging coins.

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Technical Analysis: Bitcoin Still Pushing Higher as Altcoins Mixed

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The day that kicked off in a bullish fashion for cryptocurrencies turned slightly negative for the majority of the coins in the second half of the session, as US stock markets re-opened after the long weekend. Bitcoin, Ethereum Classic, and Litecoin were the early leaders of the segment, but only the most valuable coin stayed bullish throughout the session, as both LTC and ETC ran into resistance in the second half of the day.

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BTC, which was boosted by the positive news regarding the Bitcoin Core Wallet’s SegWit introduction, topped $11,700 for the first time in more than a month, and the coin is getting close to the $200 billion mark in market value yet again.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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As the currency hasn’t completed the previous short-term correction, with the MACD indicator still showing overbought readings, another pullback in the coming days wouldn’t be a surprise, but the short-term uptrend is clearly intact.

The $13,000 and $14,250 levels are ahead as the next major targets, with a weaker level near $12,000, while support is now at $11,300, $10,000 and between $9000 and $9200.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

As we mentioned, Litecoin and Ethereum Classic both pulled back in late trading, while the largest altcoins, Ripple and Ethereum failed to rally in the first place, as the majors are diverging considerably. XRP and ETH drifted sideways throughout the session, while turning slightly lower later on and Ethereum is still struggling with the strong resistance ahead.

The declining trendline is just above the current price level, and the short-term relative weakness reinforced our view that further correction is likely before a clear break-out, with key support levels found at $845, $740, $625, and $575, and resistance above the trendline at $1000 and $1175.

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Pre-Market: US Stocks Return on a Bearish Note after Long Weekend as Dollar Rallies

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After the hectic session on Friday, US equities took a long break thanks to the Presidents’ Day yesterday, but the technical setup that we have been monitoring remained intact. The major indices formed a short-term top exactly in the Line-In-The-Sand area that seemed likely to stop the post-crash rally at least temporarily.

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S&P 500, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The key levels to watch during today’s session will likely be 2735 and 2700 in the S&P 500 (25350 and 24800 in the Dow), but below 2735 the benefit of the doubt is on the bears’ side.

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So short-term, we continue to lean on the bearish side here, at least short-term and we expect the market to head for a test of the correction lows in the coming period. European and Asian markets continue to underperform their US peers, despite the strength in the Dollar, and that doesn’t bode well for bulls, as Europe has been spearheading the decline so far.

Dollar Still in the Center of Attention

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Europe bounced higher today following the release of the better than expected (but worse than the latest) German ZEW Economic Report but that didn’t stop the drift lower in the common currency. The EUR/USD pair fell back below 1.2350 after the fake-out on Friday that indeed proved to be a bull trap as we speculated, and a test of the rising trendline is now possible in the coming days.

USD/JPY, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

On a positive note, the main safe-haven assets, the Japanese Yen and Gold, are also losing ground to the Greenback today, and that could point to a less significant shift in the risk appetite of investors.

That said, commodity currencies are still under pressure, and they have been a good proxy so far for judging the risk-on/risk-off divide, and with oil and copper turning lower this morning, another round of selling could be underway.

WTI Crude Oil, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Looking at the bond markets, rates are edging higher across the yield curve and the Volatility Index (VIX) is also on the rise again, and all looks set for another active day in US markets, with plenty of trading opportunities in equities and currencies alike.

We expect Wednesday to be the most interesting day of the week, as the arguably most important release, the FOMC meeting minutes will come out in late trading. Until then, the volatile, technicals-led trading could continue.

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