Analysis: NEO on the Rise Again as Bitcoin Nears $4500
The steady uptrend in the most valuable coin is defining trading in the segment yet again. BTC cleared the $4400 resistance level today in early trading as the coin continued its march off the crash lows near $3000, nearly completing a 50% rally. With the Segwit2x hard fork rumors being sidelined, a test of the all-time high near $5000 seems more and more likely. Before that, the $4675 resistance is the last major hurdle, while support is found near $4150, $4000, and $3800.
BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis
The rest of the market is generally very calm, with only IOTA and NEO showing increased trading activity. NEO is the positive outlier, being up by more than 8% compared to yesterday’s close while IOTA is in a short-term correction after its strong showing last week. Dash and Monero are still drifting lower, lagging the broader market, while Ethereum and Ripple are hovering around $300 and $0.20 respectively in the quiet environment. The overall long-term picture is consistent with a bullish trend, as correlations are low and volatility is muted. Let’s take a look at the short-term prospects of the majors.
ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis
Ethereum is among the weaker coins short-term, as it continues to struggle with the $300 level, although the $285 support is not in any danger for now. The MACD is in neutral territory thanks to the sideways drift, and ETH is still likely to test the $330 level soon, as the long-term picture remains constructive. Further resistance is ahead at $380, while support is at $250 and $235.
LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis
Litecoin is still stuck below the $56 level and the long-term rising trend channel, as it failed to regain its relative strength after the crash. We still expect choppy price action in the coin before a sustained rally and short-term traders should wait with opening new positions here. Above $56, further resistance is found near the $64 level, while support is around $51 and $44.
DASH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis
Dash remains inside the consolidation pattern that has been driving the coin lower since the strong post-crash rally. The currency, which is still one of the strongest majors regarding the distance from the all-time high, is getting short-term oversold, but a test of the $300 level is still possible before a meaningful rally. Below that further support is found near $265 while resistance is ahead at $360.
XRP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis
XRP is in a short-term consolidation pattern near the $0.20 level, as the coin settled down after its rally. Ripple is still likely to test the key zone near the $0.22 level in the coming days, given the bullish long-term picture, and the broad recovery in the segment. Support levels are still found at $0.18, $0.16, and $0.14, with further resistance ahead at $0.26 and $0.30.
ETC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis
Ethereum Classic has been trading with very low volatility lately after bouncing off the key $13.50 elvel during the weekend. The coin still faces strong overhead resistance, even after breaking out of both the short- and long-term downtrends, but the long-term prospects of ETC are much better now. That said, short-term traders should still wait for a break above primary resistance. Support is found near $11 and $9, while further resistance is ahead at $16 and $18.
XMR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis
Monero is still trading inside the correction pattern that has dominated the market since the end of August and the coin remains relatively weak compared to the other majors. Despite the short-term weakness, XMR is still one of the strongest currencies concerning the long-term picture and a break-out above $100 would open up the way for a re-test of $125 and the all-time high near $150, with key support at $80 and $68.
NEO/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis
NEO surged to get close the crucial $40 level today, after the short-term correction that carried the coin back near $25 during the weekend. The currency remains one of the most active majors it has been since the China ICO-ban, and it is likely to experience volatility as investors continue to revalue the coin. Support is now at $34, $30, and $25 while primary resistance is around the $40 level.
IOTA/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis
IOTA dipped back below the $0.60 level as it entered a short-term correction after a period of relative strength. The coin is still in a clear uptrend, it remains above the prior declining patterns. The currency tested the $0.64 resistance during the weekend, and we still expect a rally above that level in the coming week. Support is still found in the $0.45-$0.48 zone, while above $0.64, further resistance is ahead near $0.75.
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