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Bitcoin Price Remains Under Pressure Following Midweek Rollover; Dump and Consolidation Continues

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The price of bitcoin saw little upside on Thursday, as the leading digital currency remained in limbo following a sharp drop during the previous session. High trading volumes suggest BTC is subject to another large move before the week is over.

BTC/USD Update

The bitcoin price breached the $3,700 floor on Thursday for the second time in as many weeks, reaching a low of $3,688.00 on Bitfinex. The coin traded as high as $3,922.70 before consolidating at $3,847, where it was last spotted. Based on Bitfinex data, that represents a gain of roughly 2%.

CoinMarketCap, which provides aggregate pricing data, shows an average bitcoin value of $3,820. That represents a decline of 2% over the 24-hour period.

Despite the drop, trading volumes remain high, a sign that short sellers had increased their activity following the latest stabilization effort. More than $5.4 billion worth of BTC traded hands on virtual currency exchanges Thursday, up slightly from the previous day. Once again, crypto derivatives platform BitMEX saw the largest share of total activity (27% of the daily volume). BitMEX has emerged as the most popular venue for bitcoin price since the last leg of the bull market because it offers traders an easy way to short cryptocurrencies.

Bitcoin’s market capitalization of $66.5 billion accounts for 54.9% of the total cryptocurrency market, based on latest available data. The cryptocurrency market cap is currently valued at $121.3 billion, roughly $6 billion shy from last month’s swing low.

Dump and Consolidation

As Hacked reported on Wednesday, bitcoin has carved out a new trading range over the past three weeks, as traders continue to sell on consolidation. As one cryptocurrency analyst put it, bitcoin is following a “dump, consolidation, dump” cycle, which means very few traders are entering the long game. This comes despite bitcoin’s favorable price relative to its all-time peak.

That investors aren’t piling in at $3,500-$4,500 suggests further losses are likely over the horizon. Current holders of BTC, including those involved in cost-averaging, should therefore anticipate a further drop in price over the short term. As a recap: BTC/USD bottomed near $3,400 last month and has since come within roughly $300 of that level.

Bitcoin’s volatility index also signals more turbulence up ahead. The 30-day volatility index, as measured by bitvol.info, currency resides at 5.57%. This time last month, the volatility index was below 1.5%. The following chart measures bitcoin’s 30-day volatility index over time. It tracks the standard deviation of the cryptocurrency’s daily open price for the preceding 30-day period.

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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Bitcoin Price Showcases Resilience Following Anniversary Rally

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Bitcoin held on to most of its gains Tuesday, as the market consolidated higher following an early-week rally that coincided with the one-year anniversary of its last record high. The bulls aren’t out of the woods yet, and price action over the next 24-48 hours could dictate whether the newfound strength is here to stay.

BTC/USD Update

The bitcoin price reached a session high of $3,684.40 on Bitfinex, which was a considerable premium compared with other exchanges. At the time of writing, BTC/USD was trading hands at $3,594. The leading digital currency was valued anywhere between $3,470-$3,522 on other leading exchanges including Coinbase, Bitstamp, Gemini and CEX.io.

Looking at the aggregate pricing data, bitcoin was last valued at $3,523, having gained 4% over the past 24 hours, according to CoinMarketCap. Over the same period, trade volumes have surged by $1.7 billion to $5.8 billion, signaling a strong bullish shift in market sentiment.

Bitcoin approached $3,700 on Monday following a double-digit rally that reverberated across the virtual currency market. The rally came exactly one year after bitcoin notched its last record high, the now famous $20,000 bull run.

The spike pushed BTC into overbought territory, according to the Relative Strength Index (RSI). The RSI has since moderated back to the mid-50 region, according to the latest monthly chart.

The total cryptocurrency market cap was last spotted just below $113 billion. The market peaked above $115 billion on Monday. Market-wide trade volumes surged to $17.3 billion, according to latest available data.

Spencer Bogart Remains Bullish

One of bitcoin’s strongest backers believes 2018 has been a fantastic year for the leading digital currency – that is, if one looks past the price action.

In a new interview with CNBC, Blockchain Capital partner Spencer Bogart said there doesn’t appear to be an imminent ceiling to bitcoin’s market cap, arguing that the value limitations usually associated with early-stage tech startups do not apply to bitcoin.

“Bitcoin does not make a kind of price-to-earnings or price-to-value revenue that normally puts an upper bound or a ceiling on a typical kind of early-stage technology company,” Bogart said, according to CCN. “Bitcoin can surely reach that high. But how long will it take – we are not sure yet.”

From the perspective of institutional adoption and business development, 2018 has been a positive year for bitcoin. That value metrics have skewed the outlook to the downside isn’t at all surprising given last year’s crypto euphoria, which generated massively inflated prices in a short period of time. According to several analysts, the end of ‘crypto craze’ is a positive step toward establishing stability and predictability in the nascent asset class.

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: Ripple and Litecoin Lead Another Rally Attempt

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The last 48 hours saw a nice bounce in the cryptocurrency segment, which led to improvements in the short-term technical setup of some of the most oversold coins. While the rally, which is being spearheaded by Litecoin and Ripple, hasn’t changed the still overwhelmingly bearish long-term picture, it could be the start of a larger scale counter-trend move. We will take a closer look at the broader picture in our long-term cryptocurrency analysis, which will be released tomorrow.

The deeply oversold long-term momentum readings and the horrible sentiment in the segment could fuel a more sustained move, but until we have confirmation that the short-term trend change in the key coins, traders and investors should remain defensive even towards the relatively stronger coins.

The strongest coins should form a pattern of higher highs and higher lows before entering new positions, and for now, our trend model only shows neutral short-term readings even in the case of the leaders, and most of the coins are still on sell signals on both time-frames.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin hit marginal new bear market lows before bouncing higher yesterday, and although the coin got close to the $3600 level, it remains in a bearish technical setup, and our trend model is still on sell signals on both time-frames.

That said, a move above primary resistance could set up a failed breakdown pattern, which could trigger a larger scale correction, but for now, traders and investors shouldn’t enter positions here. Further strong resistance is ahead between $4000 and $4050, while support is found near $3250 and $3000.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum also remains on sell signals on both time-frames despite the rally attempt, as it continues to be stuck below the key $95-$100 resistance zone. The coin is still deeply oversold from a long-term standpoint, but until a confirmed short-term trend change, odds still favor new lows in the coming weeks, and traders should stay away from Ethereum here. Further strong resistance is ahead near $120 and $120, while the next major support zone is found between $73 and $75.

Bullish Leadership Finally Forming Among Altcoins?

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Litecoin spiked as high as the $30-$30.50 support/resistance zone on Monday after breaking out above the $26 resistance level and it also broke the steep short-term downtrend line. Should the coin form a higher swing while remaining above $26, a short-term trend change would be confirmed, but for now, given the clearly bearish long-term picture, traders should wait before entering the coin’s market. Below $26, key support is found between $23 and $23.50 while the next major resistance level is ahead at $34.50.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple is on a similar technical position to Litecoin, as although the sharp bounce took the coin above both the $0.30 and $0.32 resistance levels after hitting marginal new lows, a short-term trend change is not yet confirmed.

The coin needs to form a higher swing low and stay durably above $0.32 for an upgrade to buy in our trend model, and for now the long-term sell signal remains clearly in place, with the next major resistance zone is found near $0.3550.

XMR/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

On a negative note, only a few coins show clear technical improvements thanks to the rally attempt, and the likes of Monero, DASH, Stellar, NEO, and ETC only registered weak bounces and even in the case of the surging EOS and IOTA, the gains were only enough to regain a fraction of the recent losses.

So, while a short-term trend change could be ahead after the rout, traders should remain cautious until a clear bullish leadership is established in the segment.

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Bitcoin Price Jumps 5% on One-Year Anniversary of $20,000 Bull Run

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The value of bitcoin rebounded sharply on Monday, shaking off a volatile weekend that dragged prices to new yearly lows. The broader cryptocurrency market quickly followed suit, as altcoins and tokens generated sizable gains over the last 24 hours.

BTC/USD Update

The bitcoin price reached a high of $3,600 on Bitfinex, where it traded at a significant premium relative to other well-known exchanges. At the time of writing, BTC/USD was trading hands at $3,515, having gained 6.5%. The cryptocurrency was valued at less than $3,400 on Coinbase, Bitstamp, Bittrex and Gemini.

Aggregate data courtesy of CoinMarketCap show an average price of $3,436 for a gain of 5%. Volumes in the last 24 hours reached $4.4 billion after falling sharply throughout the weekend.

Bitcoin is now testing the high from Dec. 12, which is situated near $3,550. That level represents the latest in a series of lower highs stretching all the way back to the end of November.

At current values, bitcoin has a total market capitalization of $59.9 billion. The broader cryptocurrency market was worth $109.1 billion, having defended the $100 billion level over the weekend.

$20,000

It was one year ago today that bitcoin reached its latest and most famous all-time high near $20,000. At this time last year, the cryptocurrency market was surging on expectations of rising institutional adoption and an ICO gold rush that attracted millions of dollars to blockchain startups. The market would go on to set new record highs in January, this time without bitcoin, as altcoins and tokens generated the bulk of bullish activity. The total market capitalization peaked near $840 billion before the euphoria faced and bearish forces took over.

The fallout from bitcoin’s record run has led to concern about the future of cryptocurrencies. Hacked previously covered the prospect of a long-awaited mass extinction event of altcoins and tokens, many of which entered the market with nothing more than a whitepaper. During the height of the bullish fervor, Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin acknowledged that 90% of the projects currently listed on CoinMarketCap would eventually go to zero. In his view, this would lead to a consolidation of sorts, with the next wave of ICOs churning out higher quality projects.

One of the major themes of 2019 will be the evolution of security token offerings and the exchanges that list them. Progress on platforms like tZero could serve as a bellwether for the growth and viability of this market.

For bitcoin, the major question mark heading into the new year is whether the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will grant fund issuers the right to launch a crypto-backed exchange traded fund (ETF). The regulator is expected to rule on the VanEck SolidX Bitcoin Fund, a highly-touted ETF, by the end of February.

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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