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Asian Market Update – Wednesday: Bitcoin Resurges From Brief Correction

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The Big Question: Bitcoin seems to be out of correction territory, but for how long?

Bitcoin prices rebounded overnight during Asian trading hours, shrugging off earlier losses, suggesting that the virtual currency might be out of the correction the followed earlier peaks, at least for now.

Bitcoin started to spike in the early hours of the Asian trading session on Wednesday. It was trading at around $4,100, above the $4,000 level. That was a significant rebound from the day earlier, when the Bitcoin price dropped below the $4,000 mark and briefly traded below $3,700.

Wednesday’s surge comes as the blockhchain network might finally get technical upgrades that could solve the scaling issues. However, uncertainties remain as the effort to solve the issue could see a fight between Bitcoin and Segwit2X, which is used by traditional Bitcoin participants.

There was also other good news for Bitcoin or the broader blockchain technology. On Tuesday, former Bitcoin skeptic and American billionaire investor Mark Cuban decided to back cryptocurrency venture 1confirmation, which is looking to raise $20 million.

Also, IBM has partnered with several of America’s largest food suppliers, including Wal-Mart, Dole and Unilever, to use blockchain to reduce food contamination.

Meanwhile, Ethereum saw a slight increase in price overnight. After dropping to as low as $309 on early Tuesday night, the Ethereum price bounced back and was trading at around $316.

Main Market Movers – Mid-day Asian Trading Session

Indexes Value at Midday Daily Change
Japan-Nikkei Stock Average 225 1,9473.17 0.46%
China-Shanghai Composite Index 3,282,79 -0.23%
Australia-ASX 200 5732.80 -0.3%
India-Mumbai Sensex 31,426.27 0.43%

Most major Asian indexes stalled after opening higher on Wednesday morning.

Stock markets in Tokyo, Sydney and Seoul opened higher on Wednesday, following gains on Wall Street. Around midday however, most major indexes were down.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 was up 0.46 percent, trading at around 19473.17.

In China, the Shanghai Composite Index was slightly down, having lost 0.23 percent to 3,282.79.

In Australia, the benchmark ASX 200 skidded 0.3 percent to 5,732.80.

In India, the Mumbai Sensex rose 0.43 percent to 31,426.27.

Though the Dow spiked 196 points on Tuesday and Nasdaq was up 1.4 percent, as political tension in the US seemed to cool off a bit following Donald Trump’s speech on Monday night about Afghanistan and reemergence of talks about tax reforms in the US, uncertainties remain.

Watch out for these events: 

  1. A gathering of global central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA. Look out for clues on monetary easing.
  2. Korean Peninsula tensions. The US on Tuesday announced new sanctions on Chinese and Russian companies and individuals with ties to North Korea. Look out for responses from the rogue government in the North.
  3. Developments of US tax reforms. The Republican party seemed to be divided over racial tensions but tax reforms is one thing they relentlessly push for. Watch out for talks.

Currencies

The Japanese yen gained a slight 0.12 percent against the US dollar at Midday on Wednesday. The USD/JPY rate was at 109.43.

The Chinese yuan lost 0.01 percent against the greenback, trading at 6.6602 per dollar. The yuan has been trading lower since it reached a peak in mid-August when it strengthened to as high as around 6.69 per dollar, but has in recent days traded up again and is approaching its previous high. The longer term uptrend in the yuan that has persisted since early June is still intact, and there is potential for a further rise in the yuan if it can break through the previous swing high.

CNYUSD uptrend

The Australian dollar gained 0.28 percent against the US dollar. The Australian dollar was trading at 1.2671 per dollar.

Commodities

WTI Oil was up 0.21 percent to $47.71

Brent Crude also gained 0.21 percent to $51.72 per barrel

Gold was up 0.1 percent to $1,285.38 an ounce

Business News across Asia

In China, business news is focused on sanctions from the US on several Chinese companies that the US claimed to have ties with North Korea, and thus helping the country in its missile and nuclear program.

Take away: No official responses yet from China, but it will likely to further increase tension between the world’s two largest economies over trade, especially after the US launched a probe into Chinese trade practices. 

In Japan, legendary boss of Japanese tech giant Softbank, Grou Masayoshi Son, is reportedly going after a wide range of hot technologies, including robots and satellite technology, with his $100 billion fund created earlier this year. Son has recently traveled a lot to Silicon Valley to look for opportunities.

Take Away: The fund has not announced specific figures for its investments yet, but it will be focused on the hot artificial intelligence industry.

In South Korea: The country’s electronics giant Samsung is scheduled to release its Galaxy Note 8 this week, ahead of a highly anticipated release of its US rival Apple Inc’s new iPhone.

Take Away: By releasing the Note 8 ahead of Apple’s usual release time in September, Samsung is really taking on Apple. Keep an eye on the new technologies Samsung will introduce.

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Selloff Resumes: Cryptocurrency Market Heads for Weekly Loss After Friday Tumult

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Cryptocurrency prices fell hard on Friday, with EOS hitting its lowest level in 60 days as bear-market pressures re-emerged following days of stable trading ranges.

Coins See Red

Cryptocurrency prices were down across the board, with major altcoins like EOS and Ethereum falling double digits percentage-wise. EOS reached a session low of $9.30, its worst reading in two months, following a botched mainnet launch that has yet to be resolved.

Ethereum prices are down more than 10% at $477. Ether bottomed around $468 earlier.

Bitcoin is currently testing four-month lows after being rejected several times at $6,800, a key inflection point for the digital currency. As Hacked reported Thursday, bitcoin’s rejection at that level was a strong sign that the recovery was losing steam. BTC/USD reached a low of around 6,092.38 on Friday, according to CoinMarketCap.

Bitcoin was last down more than 7% at 6,210.

Nearly every coin ranked in the top-100 by market cap was down compared with 24 hours ago, with the only exception being Game.com, a lesser-known altcoin.

The cryptocurrency market cap plunged by more than $30 billion to $257 billion. It had spent most of the week above $285 billion. Total trade volumes have averaged $14.1 billion over the last 24 hours.

Bearish Cycle Continues

While there was no immediate catalyst for the Friday selloff, the pullback is likely a continuation of the bearish cycle that re-emerged last month. The market has formed a new bottom in the wake of last week’s $60 billion selloff, a sign that bearish pressure is likely to remain.

Contrary to some reports, the recent cyber attack on Bithumb is not the cause of the recent price shakeup. Although the market dipped initially following reports of the breach, it recovered just as quickly and continued higher.

That said, the attack did catch the attention of financial watchdogs across the Asia Pacific region. On Friday, Japan’s financial regulator
ordered several digital currency exchanges to improve their anti-money laundering practices.

The order from Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) led bitFlyer, the country’s largest crypto exchange, to suspend the creation of new accounts as it beefed up its standards.

South Korea’s financial regulators have also stated they will expedite the creation of new cryptocurrency laws following the recent attack. According to various reports, new legislation could be on its way in a matter of months.

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: Bitcoin Plunges Below $6500 as Heavy Selling Resumes

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The cryptocurrency segment is having another very negative day after a calmer period, as selling pressure intensified yet again. All of the major coins turned sharply lower, with the laggards of the recent period, Litecoin, Monero, and Dash confirming their downtrend and the relatively stronger coins also taking a beating.

The total capitalization of the segment dropped below $270 billion, and from a long-term technical standpoint, several currencies are in precarious positions. With no clear news catalyst behind the move, technicals are playing a very important role, and last week’s lows will likely be in focus in the coming days.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin is still relatively weak both on the short- and long-term time-frames, and it dropped back to the $6275-$6500 zone that has been acting as primary support during the recent leg lower. Given the importance of the long-term zone between $5850 and $6000, a break below $6275 could set up a crucial test in the coming days. For now, traders still shouldn’t enter new positions, while investors should hold on to their coins as the bullish secular trend is still intact.

No Hiding From the Selloff as Altcoins Broadly Lower

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

With the weakest coins leading the way lower again, new swing lows are likely in the majority of the coins, although there is still hope for bulls that a major long-term breakdown can be avoided. Ethereum fell below $500 after touching the declining short-term trendline, and it remains in a bearish trend, even as it’s still in a much better technical position compared to BTC, holding up well above the April lows, and being further away from last week’s swing low as well.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

 That said, we remain negative regarding the short-term outlook for the second largest coin, and traders shouldn’t enter new positions here.  Above the $500 level, strong resistance is ahead between $555 and $575, while primary support is found at $450, with further zones near $400 and $480.

BNB/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

There are no real hiding places for crypto investors from the current selloff even as Binance Coin is still holding up relatively well, within a clear uptrend and above crucial technical support.  That said, as we warned before, given the broad downtrend in the segment, traders should be cautious with new short-term positions.

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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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Crypto Update: Coins Drift Sideways as Trading Activity Plunges

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Liquidity dried up in the cryptocurrency segment in recent days, as trading volumes have been declining progressively, while the major coins got stuck in tight ranges. Only a few coins show signs of activity, and the bearish short-term patterns continue to dominate the market. With a group of currencies, namely Litecoin, Monero, Dash, and Bitcoin itself clearly dragging the segment down, the short-term trend will likely continue, as the previous leaders are now showing strength either.

While all of the top digital currencies are showing some gains today, and the total value of the market edged close to $290 billion, major resistance levels are still towering above. The fact that the effect of the Bithumb hack faded away quickly is a positive here, but until signs of bullish momentum and a clear leadership forming, the short-term outlook remains bearish.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin continues to trade near the $6750 level, edging ever closer to the declining short-term trendline, in a bearish consolidation pattern. Bulls would need a sustained move above $7000 to negate the declining trend, but for now at least a test of last week’s lows is likely with a possible move towards the key long-term zone between $5850 and $6000.  The short-term zone around $6350 level provides support, while further resistance is ahead near $7350.

Ethereum Nears Trendline as ETC Attempts Breakout

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum has been among the strongest coins in the last few days again, and coupled with its long-term relative strength, the second largest coin is still the best candidate to lead a recovery. That said, the coin still faces strong resistance between $555 and $575, and bullish momentum is suspiciously weak. Primary support is found at $500 with further zones near $450 and $400.

ETC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum Classic has been positively diverging compared to the rest of the market, together with Binance Coin, and to a lesser extent Tron ever since its inclusion to Coinbase, and the coin moved above the key $16 resistance yesterday in late trading.

While ETC is slightly overbought from a short-term perspective, a consolidation above $16 and a subsequent move higher could confirm a trend change. For now, the short-term trend signal is only neutral, and traders should remain cautious given the broad downtrend in the segment

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