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Bitcoin & Ethereum: Trading the News Versus Trading the Charts

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The past few days have been tumultuous to say the least.  As you may have guessed, I have been receiving lots of emails and commentary.  There is a recurrent theme I would like to address.  We won’t hope to solve the debate here, but there has been an on-going debate for a very long time between trading by the news or by the charts.  Which is better?

Let me state up front that I don’t have the slightest interest in which style or method other traders take.  If it works, I might want to study it.  (Some people probably have a way to make money by reading tarot cards.  If it works, I am happy for you…)  But as for me, I don’t really care all that much about the “news”.   To re-phrase, I care from an intellectual point of view – I like to know what is going on.  But I purposely try not to let “news” dictate my trading.

I actually received a humorous email from a rather opinionated trader telling me that the news cycle was too strong for an asset to fall to levels I had publicly suggested.  I almost smiled when that particular coin fell significantly below that forecasted level just a few days later.  Believe it or not, the charts don’t care about the news or the sentiment.  For some esoteric reason I can hardly even guess at, the charts forecast the news.

If one scours the journals every day, for hours on end, they will encounter 1,000 reasons to be bearish, and another 1,000 reasons to be bullish.  Plus, the news often has an agenda.  Press reports and other news events are often designed to push assets in the upward direction.  I receive press reports regularly in my inbox, and almost never get one that has a bearish tilt to it.  That’s OK, I get it.

I want to focus on the Monday morning ETH massacre as a recent example.  It was a wipe-out that bankrupted many ETH traders.  That is a given.  After my column on the event, which I tried to get up on the site as soon as I could when I saw the action starting to unfold, I received a plethora of mails suggesting that it was a non-event.  It was a news event. It had nothing to do with trading.  A simple glitch in software, a DDoS, or something else.  All that may be true.  But none of that makes any difference to the traders who lost their trading accounts, I am sure.

The charts are multi-faceted and hard to read, particularly when you are trying to follow more than 2-3 of them.  BUT THEY DON’T LIE.  They almost always give a warning before they react in a big way.  Sometimes we see the warnings and sometimes we don’t see them until after the fact, when we know to look a little closer.

Mind you, I am not trying to convince readers to believe as I do.  I am just trying to explain why I don’t care about the news, when I am trading.  In fact I try very hard to not let news influence my thinking.

Let’s finish the segment by looking at the massacre a bit closer, now that we know a significant event has occurred.

Looking at the 3 hour ETH chart above, we can see the warnings were there.  Note the red arrow indicating that pricetime had reversed at the top of the square, while inside an arc pair, where “anything can happen”.  That was a sell signal.  Had we traded this chart we would have been out of this coin at ~ $96.  (The next buy signal was to be when pricetime closes above the arc pair, but that has not yet happened.)  More importantly, note the blue arrow.  That is where the collapse occurred.  Note that the DDoS (or whatever it was) happened EXACTLY at the end of the square.  This is where reversals often happen.  Had we been focused exclusively on this chart, we would have known to be very careful at that time.

In closing, note that an energy point approaches (pink line).  I will watch that candle closely to see if the arc above it yields (I suspect it will).  If so, a trading opportunity may be approaching.

 

Remember:  The author is a trader who is subject to all manner of error in judgment.  Do your own research, and be prepared to take full responsibility for your own trades.

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5 stars on average, based on 2 rated postsJim has an MBA from the University of Southern California. He has had a long career in both Corporate Finance and IT. Along the way he discovered that trading was a vehicle with great promise, but struggled for a long time without a mentor. After having been knocked down many times and having struggled to get back up, he had an epiphany and realized that geometry was a solution. He shares his experience here. If you do well as a result of suggestions made here, feel free to say thank you :) BTC: 1FUq3GB1Q8zz2JpuBr7YHzVBKnaWoxgmya Follow him on Twitter (@jimfred1276) or email him at jimfred1276 at gmail.




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  1. Gabriel

    May 10, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Thank you for your insightful work Jim.
    Personally, what I learned from the massacre on alt coins was that you should always buy as low as possible. That way, even if the price looses 30%, it might still be above your initial buy, so there are not reasons to panic.

  2. foryou

    May 10, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Hy Jim,

    This is insightful, appreciate it!

    However, it has been sometime since you a gave a recommendations for BUYs. I thought you would at least suggest something today; waiting.

    Thanks

    • Jim Fredrickson

      May 10, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      I am heavily invested in XLM and XRP. However, almost all the major altcoins are great buys right here, right now. I’ll write more soon…

  3. Joshnj82

    May 10, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    I’m not Jim (not even close) but I’m long on a few pairs with plenty of room for buyers to still jump in. However, this is just my hopeful and probably biased opinion. Good luck and hope the market gods are in a good mood today.

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Cardano Price Analysis: ADA Must Hold This Key Support or Be Forced to Give Up $0.04 & $0.03

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  • ADA/USDT price action has formed a head and shoulders pattern, subject to a possible neckline break.
  • Chunky supply is heavily capping upside for ADA/BTC, tracking from 0.00001400-0.00001200.

ADA/USDT in the very latter stages of trading on Sunday was seen nursing chunky losses of over 5%. The price has continued to trade within a choppy nature, a failure to see commitment from either bear or bull camp for ten sessions now. Market participants have been treading extremely cautiously since the steep fall on 10th January. ADA/USDT had plummeted a whopping 22% within the mentioned session. It was the biggest drop in a single session observed since 16th January 2018, where the price tanked around 44%.

Head and Shoulders Formation

ADA/USDT daily chart.

Looking via the daily chart view, price action has been constructing a head and shoulders pattern formation. The left shoulder and head are seen with the right shoulder close to completion. Currently the price on the latest candlestick heading south is edging closer to the neckline, which will determine whether the textbook pattern will materialize. In terms of the vital support (neckline), this is tracking at $0.047000. Should the bears sustain the downside momentum observed in this session, then a breakout could be seen in the next day or two.

Key Support Areas

A breach of the above-detailed neckline will likely open another wave of hard selling pressure. On this potential note, key areas of comfort should be known at $0.039000 (daily support), $0.035500 (27-28th December 2018 low area). Going by the distance between the head and neckline of the pattern, a drop down to the December 2018 lows may be seen. As a result, this would see a retest of the low area from 7th-15th December, $0.027600. Strong buyers came into play here in mid-December to send ADA/USDT back into a decent upside trend.

ADA/BTC Technical Review

ADA/BTC daily chart.

Upside is capped as the price trades within a very stubborn area of supply. There is a chunky amount of resistance that tracks from 0.00001400 down to 0.00001200. The price has not traded comfortably above this region since the start of September 2018. Furthermore, given the continued rejection and lack of upside momentum, ADA/BTC could be seen back down to the demand area below, 0.00001000. Further south, eyes would be on December low area, 0.00000800.

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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Dash Price Analysis: DASH/USDT Downside Risks Linger Despite Trust Wallet Support Announcement

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  • DASH/USDT price action is moving within a narrowing range formation, subject to further downside risks.
  • Trust Wallet, Binance-owed crypto wallet provider, announces support of DASH.

Price Behavior

DASH/USDT has been trading within a $6 range for the tenth session in a row, at the time of writing. The upper part of this range should be noted at $73. Looking to the downside, the lower support of the formation is seen at $67. The price, like many of its peers within the cryptocurrency market, is stuck within a narrowing range block. They are all currently demonstrating strong downside vulnerabilities, given the current behaviour.

This trading range came after a steep fall in the market last Thursday, 10th January. Double-digit losses were seen across the board after moving within a prior narrowing range formation. DASH/USDT had a strong run from 15th – 24th December, gaining as much as 81% within that time frame. Following the high print towards the latter part of that period, at $102.50, price cooling was seen and then begun to trade sideways.

Between 26th December 2018 – 9th January 2019, DASH/USDT was moving between a narrow $86 at the high and $73 at the low. This led to the explosive breakout to the downside, where the price dropped around 20% on 10th January.

Trust Wallet Supports Dash (DASH)

Trust Wallet, a mobile crypto wallet owned by Binance, announced earlier this week that it has added support for Dash. The announcement followed after just a week ago, when the wallet provider revealed the support of Litecoin (LTC), Bitcoin (BTC), and Bitcoin Cash (BCH). In addition, the app also supports Ethereum (ETH), Ethereum Classic (ETC), Tron (TRX) and others.

The team at Trust Wallet, upon their DASH support update, also left users somewhat excited about further announcements lined up. They stated, “Going forward, we will monitor the performance and stability of our Dash release very closely, and if everything works well, hopefully, we can surprise you with more new coins in the coming weeks!”

Technical Review – DASH/USDT

DASH/USDT daily chart.

A breakout of the key mentioned levels that make up either side of the range, $72 and $67, will likely determine the next committed trend. Firstly, in terms of the next major area of support south, eyes will be on the December low area, $58. To the north, drop supply remains heading into and just above the psychological $100 mark.

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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ECB Faces Tough Task as Eurozone Continues to Slow

DAX 30 Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

This week’s G20 meeting in Tokio for finance ministers and central bankers was eclipsed by the trade-war-related developments, but next week, the European Central Bank will surely be at the center of attention. The ECB is lagging behind the Fed in the normalization of its monetary policies, and we doubt that it will ever reach hiking rates before the next recession strikes Europe.

Economic numbers alarmingly deteriorated in recent months, the Euro is among the weakest major currencies, and with the Brexit process still looking uncertain, it’s hard to see how Mario Draghi &. Co. will navigate through the next months. While the current risk rally might make bulls think that all is well, the major European indices are still in deep technical trouble, and the as the economic cycle is turning down, we don’t think that the ECB has too many options.

The recent dovish shift could mean that the ECB will also sound the alarms, and we will see further weakness in the Euro and a possible extension of the counter-trend move in the European indices as well. That said, the ECB’s position is desperate from a broader perspective, as its only ammunition is more quantitative easing in the case of a deeper economic downturn.

$1.5 Trillion of Earnings Out after Trade-Fueled Surge on Wall Street

S&P 500 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Following a mixed weak of financial earnings, with strength in the core businesses and weakness in trading performance for the most important players, this week we will have a more balanced mix of quarterly earnings reports in the US. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Procter & Gamble (PG), IBM (IBM), and Intel (INTC) will be the most important, and although the dollar’s Q4 strength could weigh on global revenues, the domestic numbers should be still fine.

With that in mind, the reports could still boost stocks after the December plunge, but we think that the fuel is running out, and investors shouldn’t get excited about the historic short squeeze. Also, we have doubts about the Chinese plan to reduce the US trade deficit, as even the Asian giant is serious about it, implementing such a plan seems to be more borderline impossible, let alone in a few short years. So while the rally could still go on, at these levels, short positions could already be opened on US equities.

EUR/USD Falls Despite Risk Rally as Treasury Yields Hit 3-Week High

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

We saw signs of technical weakness this week in the most traded forex pair, as it completed a failed break-out pattern above the 1.15 level and dipped clearly below 1.14 towards the end of the week. US Treasury yields continued to rise, on the heels of the strong rally in stocks, and the relatively stable economic numbers from the US added to the pressure on the common currency.

With the ECB’s monetary meeting coming up, we could see wild swings especially in the second half of the week, but for now, the direction looks clear, and new lows are likely in the coming months. Given the technical weakness even a quick test of the 1.12 level and a sharp sell-off to new lows is possible, should risk assets turn south next week.

AUD/USD, Our Canary in the Coalmine, Showing Weakness

AUD/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Aussie, which has been rising together with other risk assets showed relative weakness this week, despite the rise in commodities and the positive news concerning the US-Chinese trade talks. The AUD/USD pair has been a very good indicator for the risk-on/risk-off shifts in recent months so this weakness should be closely monitored by investors.

From a technical standpoint, the pair is trading in a crucial price range between 0.7150 and 0.72 following the post-flash-crash rally. The bounce was distorted by the flash crash, as it wiped clean several important stop-loss zones, causing pain for bears and bulls alike. With the declining long-term trend clearly being intact, we would once again favor short positions here, even as the short-term trend could still take time to top out.

Chinese GDP, Eurozone PMIs, and Rate Decisions Highlight Economic Calendar

Besides the ECB and the Bank of Japan we will have key economic indicators coming out almost every day next week. The week will kick off with the quarterly Chinese GDP print and Industrial Production, but elsewhere the economic calendar will be empty on Monday, with US markets being closed oin observation of teh Marting Luther King Jr. day. Europe will be in focus on Tuesday, with the British Employment Report and the German ZEW Sentiment number coming out, while on Wednesday, the BOJ’s monetary meeting and the Canadian Retail Sales Report will likely make waves.

The last two days of the will likely be the most active in traditional financial markets, with the Eurozone Manufacturing and Services PMIs and the ECB’s monetary meeting being scheduled for Thursday. Given the pace of the recent slowdown, which usually precedes recessions, another set of negative surprises could hurt the Euro and European equities alike.

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