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February 2nd is marked on many calendars as a uniquely superstitious holiday in which a rodent named Phil who lives in Pennsylvania will decide if we’re ready for Spring or if we get six more weeks of winter.

This tradition comes at an auspicious time for the financial markets. The irregularities in the bonds market have spread and are now worrying stock investors.

The jobs data coming from the US today could provide an omen for Wall Street. Will they step out of their hole with confidence or will they cower at the sight of their own shadow?

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For those of you hodling cryptos as the main part of your portfolio, you could probably skip to the end, but you probably shouldn’t.

@MatiGreenspan
eToro, Senior Market Analyst

Today’s Highlights

  • Bond’s Continue to Fall
  • NFP Jobs Day!!
  • Red Crypto Night

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The Backdrop

At the moment, the US government has an outstanding debt level of approximately $20.6 trillion. Who do they owe all this money to??

Well, everyone. Governments borrow money in the form of bonds, which are paid back gradually over time. At the moment if you want to lend money to the United States for the next 10 years, they will pay you back an annual “yield” of 2.79%.

The reason this yield is so important is that US government debt is seen as a benchmark for most types of lending on the planet.

Even though this is the highest yield we’ve seen since early 2014, it’s really not that much historically. This graph from CNBC shows us the 10-year yield since 1954.

Of course, nobody is really worried about a yield of 2.8%. The problem here is the rate at which it’s rising and if the world is ready to see rates that are much higher.

Janet Yellen’s final words to us from the pulpit of the US Federal Reserve can be seen as a warning about inflation. If indeed it does come quickly, lending rates will go up. That’s when we’ll truly see how well this quantitative easing experiment really worked.

Jobs Numbers Today

At 1:30 PM GMT the United States will publish its monthly jobs report. As many of you know, this is usually the most highly watched statistic by the financial markets and has been known to cause huge moves in everything from the USD, to stocks, and commodities.

Analysts are expecting a strong number of more than 180,000 jobs added in January. If the number comes out on target or within 50,000 more or less, the reaction may be quite muted.

A pleasant surprise here could add some much-needed confidence to the stock market, which has been showing some serious signs of nervousness lately.


In addition, we’ll be watching the average hourly earnings. If salaries in the US start to increase quicker than expected it could spur on inflation.

Bitcoin Support

Selling continued overnight from the number one cryptotrading nation.

The good news is that volumes have spiked in Japan…

The not so good news is that much of this volume seems to be mostly on the short side.


The other good news is that the Sushi Premium has come down drastically and even reversed. The price per bitcoin in Japan is now cheaper than it is anywhere else in the world.

The action from South Korea on the other hand remains somewhat muted and the premiums are still slightly above the rest of the market.

As far as the technical analysis, we are now at the decision point that we’ve been speaking about for the last few weeks.

Here’s the chart we’ve been looking at with the three relevant levels…

As you can see, we’re now just below the breakout level (purple line) and resting on the 200 day moving average (yellow). The big test will be at the long term trend line (blue).

Of course, everyone draws their trend lines slightly differently. For the purpose of this analysis, I’ve tried to draw it as conservatively as possible. A small break below wouldn’t be much of an issue but if we do go much below this line we could very well be heading for 6 more weeks of hodling winter.

Have an amazing weekend!

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  1. gran

    February 2, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    I paid you the membership and it’s something I regretted a long time ago, but lately your analyzes are very bad, I do not know what you’re basing yourself on or if you’re doing your work with your eyes closed or if it’s a kind of manipulation that you are doing to obtain benefits from your own subscribers or do not know what is happening, but you are missing more than a newbie, take a vacation and clear your mind.

    Te pague la membresia y es algo de lo cual me arrepenti hace mucho mucho tiempo, mas ultimamente tus analisis estan bien malos, no se en que te estas basando o si estas haciendo tu trabajo con los ojos cerrados o si es una especie de manipulacion que estas realizando para obtener beneficios de tus propios suscriptores o no se bien que es lo que esta pasando, pero estas errando mas que un novato, tomate unas vacaciones y despeja tu mente.

    • embersburnbrightly

      February 2, 2018 at 4:27 pm

      Could you please be more specific on what he is missing, in your opinion? Mati has been right on the money for the vast majority of the time so, as per my experience over the past six months or so.

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Crypto Update: Bitcoin Tests $10,000 amid Correction

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The altcoin-triggered correction continued in the segment overnight amid the renewed sell-off in global stocks, with a slight bounce in Asian trading and a subsequent dip after the European open. The major coins are all down by more than 5% since yesterday, but for now, the momentum of the move is not worrying, and most importantly the leadership of the rally is holding up relatively well.

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Bitcoin bounced off the key $10,000 level, the $200 support zone held in Litecoin, Monero is still in its consolidation pattern above $280, and only Dash showed deterioration since yesterday, but the long-term picture remains encouraging even in Dash’s case.

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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The above-mentioned levels in the technically strongest coins are not even the last line of defense for bulls, as the preceding strong rally left several key levels behind which could serve as the basis of the next leg higher.

Also, we expect the currently negatively diverging coins, led by Ethereum and Ripple, to start showing strength as the short-term momentum reaches oversold territory, and good entry points might be close both for traders and long-term investors.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

BTC touched the $10,000 support level, but for now, the technically more important $9000-$9200 zone is not in danger, and the short-term momentum indicators are already neutral thanks to the correction.

That said, more downside is likely in the coming days, but investors and traders should be looking for reversals to enter new positions, as we expect the uptrend to continue, with targets ahead at $11,300, $13,000 and $14,250.

Ethereum Provides a Glimmer of Hope

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Although bears are still in control regarding the short-term picture in the second largest coin, this morning ETH didn’t hit a significant new swing low, and that could be the first sign of relative strength, with the $845 support not far above the current price level, and the MACD indicator is already near oversold territory.

Despite the slightly positive sign, short-term traders should remain defensive concerning the weaker coins, while long-term investors should still accumulate the currencies on the dips.

Stay tuned for our detailed technical analysis later on today.

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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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Cryptocurrency Market Enters Corrective Phase as Majors Retreat from Recent Highs

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The cryptocurrency market declined across the board Thursday, as bitcoin, Ethereum and the rest of the major altcoins retreated from recent highs.

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Crypto Market Backpedals

After peaking above $518 billion on Saturday, the market capitalization for all cryptocurrencies has fallen to $469 billion, based on latest data from CoinMarketCap. That represents a decline of more than 9%. Trade volume across all digital assets approached $24 billion over the past 24 hours.

The latest drop in total coin value seems to have coincided with broader uptake in bitcoin, the world’s most popular cryptocurrency both in terms of market cap and trade volume. Bitcoin now accounts for more than 39% of the total market,  a near seven-point increase over last month’s lows.

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Bitcoin made a strong move above $11,000 on Wednesday, eventually hitting a three-week high of $11,329. As we wrote Wednesday, bitcoin in particular seems to be benefiting from a myriad of market forces ranging from favorable regulations to improved investor sentiment.

At the time of writing, the cryptocurrency was worth $10,901.

Other major cryptos were also down at the start of Thursday trading, with Ethereum slipping 3.6% to $864.83. Ripple’s XRP token declined 2.7% to $1.04, while bitcoin cash fell 4.3% to $1,336.50.

Even Litecoin, a currency that has witnessed a 50% surge this week, fell more than 3% to $219.43.

Paul Singer Calls Cryptocurrencies a Huge Scam

Elliot Management, a multi-billion-dollar hedge fund headed by Paul Singer, recently came out with a report calling cryptocurrencies “one of the most brilliant scams in history.” It added that “FOMO (fear of missing out) has solidly trumped WTHIT (what the hell is this??).”

In the cryptocurrency world, talk is incredibly cheap, and arguments from authority don’t hold much credence. Although Elliott dedicated three pages to cryptocurrencies, there doesn’t seem to be a strong argument against cryptocurrencies. (Calling cryptos “nothing except the marketing power of inventors, financiers and others who love the idea of buying a black box…” is not an argument.)

That being said, the fund’s comments may have resonated with speculators who are already on the fence about re-entering the market. After all, the daily news headlines play a huge role in shaping investor sentiment, regardless of whether those headlines are true. This has been demonstrated time and time again by regulatory developments in nations such as South Korea and India.

As Singer’s comments clearly show, there’s still plenty of FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) driving the cryptocurrency market. This is unlikely to change soon even as bitcoin and the technology that underlies it enjoys greater mainstream adoption.

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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Technical Analysis: Altcoins Lead Markets Lower as Bitcoin Still Looks Strong

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All of the largest digital currencies are in the red today, following heavy overnight selling, a bounce in European trading, and another round of losses around the US market open. Ethereum is still in the worst short-term shape among the giants of the segment, and that’s in line with the slightly delayed cycle of the coin that we have been monitoring.

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The technical divergence between the leaders of the market and the laggards yesterday is still dominant with the 6 coins that spearhead the rally, BTC, LTC, NEO, Dash, Monero, and ETC, are still in much more bullish setups than the rest of the majors.

Bitcoin is also well below its recent rally highs after breaking down under the key $11,300 level, and a test of the $10,000 support now looks likely, while a move to the $9000-$9200 zone would still keep the rising trend intact.


BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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The overbought short-term momentum readings are being cleared, and despite the slightly bearish volume patterns, we expect the coin to continue its new bullish cycle after the correction, with targets above $11,300 ahead at $13,000 and $14,250.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum is now trading below the key $845 level as the correction continues, as we expected, and the coin remains stuck in the dominant declining trend, for now. We still expect a breakout in the coming weeks, but a test of the $740 level is possible before another rally. Further support below that is at $625 and $575 and we don’t expect a new low in the coin, so investors could still accumulate the coin near the main levels.

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