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Crypto Update: Bitcoin Price Down $3000 in Two Days as South Korean Regulation Worries Drive Majors Lower

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The largest coins all turned South today in Asian trading following the news that the South Korean authorities aim to curb speculation in the segment, targeting anonymous traders and unregulated exchanges.

Daily performance of BTC, ETH, XRP, LTC, BCH, and Dash today, 5-minute comparison Chart

Bitcoin fell below the $14,000 level hitting $13,500 for an intraday low so far (Bitstamp prices), and Bitcoin Cash is trading below $2500, almost 40% off its recent break-out high. Altcoins are also sharply lower, as Ethereum breached $700, while Litecoin tumbled under $250 in early trading, continuing the broad correction that started last week, and Dash is flirting with the $1000 level after trading at $1200 yesterday.

Ripple, which hit a new all-time high yesterday towards the end of the session, also fell more than 10% off its highs, still continuing the extended period of relative strength. The coin is down by more than 4% today, but with losses of around 10% in the price of Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash, XRP continues to gain ground on the other majors. Ethereum is also among the stronger coins while Dash and Litecoin are lagging their altcoin peers today.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin Still Showing Signs of Weakness

Trading volumes increased across the board as more and more investors returned from the Christmas break, but volatility is still well below the levels seen on Friday and Saturday. BTC continues to lead the market on the downswings, as high fees, competition from Bitcoin Cash, and a still overbought long-term technical setup are weighing on the most valuable digital currency.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

We expect a further increase in trading activity later today, and an increase in volatility wouldn’t be a surprise either, as the charts suggest a continuation of the correction.

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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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  1. MinerMatt17

    December 28, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    When China had talk of banning exchanges, it tanked the market. This seems like a rather small correction given the volume Korea is responsible for, on top of a week full of negative sentiment. This speaks more to the resiliency of the coin, and the rebound coming as opposed to the continued corrections.

    But I am sure you guys will change your opinion on this in 24 hours or so, so I guess I will just hold off on making any trades.

    • Mate Cser

      December 28, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      Hi Matt,

      I don’t think that this news will directly tank the markets, it’s just a short-term trigger, I think market forces are causing a broader correction. But from an investment perspective, Bitcoin is already a better buy here then a couple of weeks back, you can just ignore the daily “noise” and add a bit on every short-term sell-off from now on. Low-risk long-term buying opportunities don’t emerge every week, we had those in March, July, and September. I like those opportunities because drawdowns are much lower on average, and an average investor deals with drawdowns very badly. Hope this makes sense.

  2. MinerMatt17

    December 28, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    So do you still think its going to correct to 8 -9K range? If so, wouldn’t you think the news from Korea would have caused this? In the same way china talk of banning exchanges caused a correction from over 5K to 3K?

    • Mate Cser

      December 28, 2017 at 6:56 pm

      I think it’s slightly different. I would say that the Chinese ban was a more immediate concern, given the difference in the legal systems of the two countries, and it created a perfect storm for a crash, while the preceding rally was not as extreme. I still expect <$10,000 in the current cycle.

  3. CryptoNash

    December 28, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    the ccn article looks like an overzealous FUD article with much unforirmed information from anonymous sources. I don’t see that “news” has tanked the BTC market at all at this time.

    • MinerMatt17

      December 28, 2017 at 6:07 pm

      agreed, its just bad timing as the market was just making a decent comeback.

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Ether Price Has a Good Chance of Rising Further

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On Wed July 18, Ether is falling, although the previously formed local uptrend still looks quite sustainable. The crypto is trading around $498, says Dmitriy Gurkovskiy, Chief Analyst at RoboForex.

Today’s morning, Ether rose above $500, which helped to determine the next important resistance levels. The bullish trendline at $480 that was formed yesterday is now confirmed on H1, and in case Ether is able to go above $500 shortly, its chances for going further up will increase.

Once Ether continues rising, it will quickly reach $525, and the current support levels will go above, too. As of now, Ether has some potential to rise till $550, according to D1.

For now, the key support for Ether is at $480, and once the crypto heads up, a new support at $500 will get active. $525 is still key resistance for now. The MACD is going up on D1, still in the negatives, and is issuing a buy signal, while the Stochastic confirms it, being in the positive territory.

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Among fundamentals and events that are important for Ether traders, one can mention the addition of Bitcoin and Ether to Purple Group. The company believes its customers will now have more freedom in selecting payment methods for running their transactions.

Another important news item is that the brokers using MT4 began offering cryptocurrency trading (at first, only Bitcoin, but then other cryptos were added). In most cases, the clients can trade CFD’s, although some brokers allow direct cryptocurrency transactions, too. This is a very interesting opportunity, as the investors trust MT4 and consider it a secure platform, so crypto trading added to it will be trusted, too.

With more products added to the platform, both direct crypto trading and CFD’s, more people will come to MT4 in order to try it. This is positive for both Ether and other altcoins.

 

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Crypto Update: Monero Bullish Reversal on the Horizon

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The cryptocurrency world has come to life today. Bitcoin is leading the way, up by over 10% in 24 hours as it surged past $7,000. Other coins such as Ripple (XRP/USD), Litecoin (LTC/USD), and Bitcoin Cash (BCH/USD) have followed suit, growing between 5% – 10% in 24 hours as well. Looking at this cast of cryptocurrencies, it seems that Monero (XMR/USD) investors are missing out on this rally.

Not to worry because usually a rising tide lifts all boats in financial markets. In this article, we reveal why a major bull run is likely on the horizon for XMR/USD.

Monero Weekly Chart Looks Promising

A quick look at the weekly chart of XMR/USD and you can easily spot the formation of a falling wedge. The recent bounce from $120 support has given investors a good reason to be excited. After all, the rally has put the market in a position to finally breakout out of the falling wedge.

Weekly Chart of XMR/USD

Monero appears ready to take out the resistance level. The daily chart gives us glimpses on how this breakout might transpire.

Daily Chart Shows Bullish Two Scenarios

Switch to the daily chart and you’ll also see the large falling wedge in play. On top of that, it offers two possibilities regarding how Monero can break out of this pattern and launch a bull run.

XMR Breaks Out on Fear of Missing Out

Bitcoin, being the most popular cryptocurrency, often acts as a barometer for other cryptos. Its strength or weakness can influence how other altcoins perform. Bitcoin’s recent trend reversal might make Monero investors greedy. The fear of being left out might just be enough to take out resistance of $160.


This scenario is viable as the daily MACD reveals a bullish divergence and a bullish cross. In addition, the 4-day, 8-day, and 21-day moving averages are not acting as immediate supports.

XMR Breaks Out on Increased Demand

A more sustainable breakout is one driven by demand rather than greed. In this scenario, Monero respects resistance of $160 as investors see the bounce as a sell rally. This starts a waterfall event that would push the market down to key support of $85.

At this price level, demand exceeds supply. Plus, the falling wedge would be at its narrowest point.

The daily RSI offers support in this scenario. It is currently forming a rising wedge, which is a bearish pattern. Even if XMR climbs to $160, the RSI would likely be overbought by then. That could catalyze the fall to $85 support.

Bottom Line

Bitcoin’s resurgence can influence how Monero moves in the coming days. Investors might become greedy and push the market above resistance of $160. On the other hand, investors may see the recent bounce as a sell rally. This can drive the market down to support of $85.

Either way, a breakout is on the horizon. A bullish reversal is likely not a question of if, but when.

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Crypto Update: Bitcoin Blows Through $7000 but Altcoins Still Lag Behind

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The relief rally in the cryptocurrency segment continued in earnest today, as Bitcoin still lead the way higher posting its best daily performance since April. The most valuable coin stole the show, although the whole market blasted higher, with the total value of the coins getting close to $300 billion, up by around 20% in a matter of days.

While the segment is still not out of the woods, BTC triggered a short-term buy signal in our trend model, as it overcame major resistance levels for the first time since May, finally showing some technical progress. That said, most of the majors are still stuck in, or right at the top of their trading ranges, and besides Bitcoin, buy signals are few and far between even considering the smaller coins, as correlations are still very high.

Trading volumes were also the highest in months, as especially Bitcoin triggered automatic orders while surging through several strong resistance levels. Bulls would still need further coins to join the break-out and fro now the long-term setup is still just little changed.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

BTC cleared the $6750, $7000, and $7350 levels in a bit more than an hour, and the epic short squeeze settled down near the latter resistance, for now. The coin is now on a short-term buy signal, and should a higher low form in the coming days, a new short-term uptrend could be established.

The coin needs to stay above the $7000 level to keep the signal intact, and given the relative weakness in Altcoins, the long-term outlook is still mixed. Resistance is now ahead between $7650 and $7800, while further support is at $6500.

Ethereum at $500 as Ripple Tests $0.51

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While Bitcoin is already above primary resistance, Ethereum is trading right at the $500 level, leaving the short-term trading range intact. The coin is close to triggering a buy signal, but it remains relatively weak and traders should wait for follow-through before playing a possible trend change. Primary support is still found at $450, with other levels at $420, $400, $380, and $360, while further resistance is ahead between $555 and $575.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

With all of the majors registering large gains, and even some the recently weak coins like LTC, XRP, and Dash are trading near key resistance levels, further short-term buy signals could pop up in the segment, but until a confirmed new uptrend, traders should remain cautious with new positions.

As an example, Ripple is trading slightly above the $0.51 resistance currently, but a break-out is not yet confirmed, and the trading range remains dominant. Further resistance levels are ahead at 0.54 and $0.575, while support is now found at $0.49 and $0.45.

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