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Crypto Update: Bitcoin Spikes Lower as Coins Test Support Levels Again

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The fact that Bitcoin hit a two-week low with a less than 4% decline today in early trading describes just how low volatility has been lately in the cryptocurrency segment. The major coins are still stuck in narrow trading ranges, and the bearish drift of the last couple of days carried most of them down to the lower boundary of those ranges.

As the energy continues to build in the market, we still expect a strong momentum move soon, and short-term traders should be aware that a range expansion would swiftly change market conditions in the segment. With that in mind, traders their position sizes even in the very quiet environment, particularly in the case of long positions, since bearish long-term pressures are still dominant.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin briefly traded below the $6400 level after taking out the $6500 support yet again, but buyers stepped in near the weak rising trendline in the area. The trendline is part of the broader triangle consolidation pattern that has been compressing the trading range in the coin for almost two months now.

We expect a move out of the formation soon, and odds still favor a move towards $6275, $6000, and possibly the key long-term zone near $5850. On the other hand, a break-out above the pattern could lead to a test of the $6750 and $7000 levels. For now, the coin is on neutral short- and long-term trend signals in our model and traders shouldn’t enter positions here.

Ripple’s Triangle Still in Focus

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple respected the upper boundary of the triangle consolidation pattern in the last couple days, and the coin drifted lower along the trendline, edging ever closer to the key $0.42-$0.46 support/resistance zone again.

Despite the losses, the technical setup is unchanged, with the short-term sell and long-term buys signals being in place, but a move out of the formation should happen in the coming days. The coin still faces strong resistance near $0.51, $0.54, $0.57, and $0.64 while further support levels are found near $0.375 and $0.35.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum has been declining together with the broader market within its very narrow short-term range, getting further away from the $235 resistance level in the process. The two strong falling trendlines that we have been monitoring are now both near the $260 resistance zone and the coin is still clearly negative from a longer-term perspective.

That said, the short-term trend signal is still neutral, and above the primary support near $200, bulls still have the hope that a durable bottom is already in. Further support zones are found near $180, $170, and $160, while another strong resistance zone is ahead between $275 and $280.

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

We saw a slight deterioration among the smaller altcoins as well yesterday and today in early trading, and several coins are in danger of violating key short-term support levels. With the broader negative trends being intact, the current setup warrants caution in Litecoin, which is close to testing the key long-term level near $56 again.

Dash/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Dash is also drifting towards the $170 support again, after hovering around $180 for several days, and the coin has been showing relative weakness in the past few days. Also, Dash is on sell signals on both time-frames in our trend model, and a break below $150 would warn of a test of the $150 level, while putting the bear market low near $130 in danger too.

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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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Cardano Price Analysis: ADA Moving Within A Deadly Range Block

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  • ADA remains vulnerable to further downside pressure, and there is potential for another 50% drop.
  • IOHK launch two new Cardano tools, ‘Plutus’ and Marlowe for smart contract writing.

Cardano’s ADA price has been very much depressed for the past five weeks now, dropping well over 60% within this period. As a result, ADA/BTC it has been forced to trade around the lowest levels seen since December 2017. It still has yet to show any promising signs of it escaping this stubborn downside trend.

Over the past five sessions, the price has managed to stabilize, producing a near-term bottom within the $0.02800 region. Important to note, with the above-detailed, ADA/USDT price action is moving within a narrowing range-block. This is subject to a potential breakout, causing a deeper drop, as part of this bearish market.

IOHK Launch Two New Cardano Tools

Earlier this week, IOHK, the engineering company that builds cryptocurrencies and blockchains, announced two new tools. These will be for the writing of smart contracts on the Cardano network. The tools named Plutus and Marlowe have now been launched in test format. They have been introduced to provide great value of assistance for start-ups, financial services and fintech industries, and academia. In all cases, the tools allow for preparation of blockchain contracts which will run on Cardano.

Plutus

Plutus will be providing general purpose programming language and tools for Cardano. The scientists and engineers at IOHK were able to combine the discipline of the Haskell functional language with Cardano. As a result, the creation of a platform for fintech developers to write secure and robust smart contracts is being developed.

Marlowe

Marlowe is a streamlined way for non-programmers to generate code and create software products. It has been noted at an easy-to-use tool. Even professionals operating within the finance industry who do not have any programming experience can build these automated financial contracts on the blockchain.

There was full coverage on this and an exclusive interview with IOHK and Cardano’s Charles Hoskinson, on this. See more.

Technical Review – ADA

ADA/USDT 4-hour chart

Looking via the 4-hour char view for ADA/USDT, vulnerabilities remain to the downside. As touched upon earlier, following the steep falls through November into December, price action has found some firmer footing. However, with this consolidation state, a range-block has been formed, which is subject to exposure by the bears.

ADA/BTC weekly chart

The near-term support as part of this current range should be noted at $0.02800. If this fails to hold, there could be some chunky downside to come. Judging from ADA/BTC, there could be room for another 50% move south. Further south eyes would be on the next major area of comfort, seen at the 0.00000550 region.

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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Forex Update: Dollar Drops, Risk-On Currencies Rally on Trade Optimism

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Forex Market Snapshot

Asset Current Value Daily Change
EUR/USD 1.1366 0.43%
GBP/USD 1.2634 1.19%
USD/JPY 113.25 -0.10%
AUD/USD 0.7223 0.26%
GOLD 1,249 0.09%
WTI Crude Oil 52.16 0.37%
BTC/USD 3,444 2.74%

The forex market saw another very active session, with the key topics of the recent weeks still making headlines and causing wild swings in the major currency pairs. The Brexit saga took another turn today, as Prime Minister Theresa May faced a no-confidence vote in her party following the delay of the vote on the draft plan in the British Parliament.

The result of the vote is not yet known, but analysts expect the PM to win the vote after she stated that she won’t run for another term in light of the Brexit-related chaos. The Pound has been rallying so far today together with most of the risk-on currencies, with yesterday’s decision to grant bail to the recently arrested CFO of Huawei boosting investor confidence across the globe. President Trump also hinted on progress on the ongoing talks, and that led to a sizable drop in the USD and in US Treasuries, as safe-haven flows reversed.

Technical Analysis

USD/CNH, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Dollar/Yuan pair, which has been crucial for all markets in recent months, broke its short-term uptrend on the news, and it fell to its lowest level in almost a week. The Chinese currency is still weaker compared to its post-trade-truce levels, but it’s also clearly above its October lows, despite the continued weakness in the Chinese economy thanks to the trade-related optimism.

That said, the long-term trend is clearly positive in the pair, and negative in the Yuan, and the credit-related troubles, which will likely weigh on the currency for years, will likely outweigh the topic of trade next year. We still expect the likely trade deal to cause a strong bounce in Chinese assets, but it’s unlikely to change the broader trends especially given the broad bearish shift in global risk assets.

EUR/GBP, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The EUR/GBP pair is testing the recent break-out level amid the continued Brexit uncertainty, with the 0.90 level being in focus throughout the day. The short-term uptrend remains clearly intact in the pair, and bulls remain in control of the market from a long-term perspective as well.

Strong support is found near 0.8920 and a move towards the 2017 highs near 0.93 is possible in the coming months, even as both currencies remain among the weaker majors, and European growth is clearly weakening.

AUD/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The AUD/USD pair is currently trading in a bearish wedge pattern amid the mixed price action in commodities, and the Aussie has been acting weak today, suggesting a likely move below the 0.7200 level in the coming days.

The currency is neutral on both time-frames currently, but a move below 0.7165 would mean that the long-term downtrend will resume following the two-month-long correction, that broke the long-standing declining trendline.

Gold Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Gold has been showing relative strength today compared to the other main safe-haven assets, which pulled back thanks to the positive developments in the US-Chinese diplomatic spat, and the precious metal successfully tested the recent break-out level.

Gold is very close to confirming a broader trend change, although it needs to stay above $1235, and a move above $1260 would suggest a test of the next major resistance zone near $1300, with strong support, found at $1215 and $1080.

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Zcash Price Analysis: ZEC/USD Shaping Up for Another Potential Fall; Coinbase Giving Zcash Away

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  • Zcash saw a decent bounce on Wednesday, jumping over 6%, but technical there are still some vulnerabilities.
  • Coinbase as part of their ‘12 days of Coinbase’ campaign, will be giving away ZEC to families in need in Venezuela.

ZEC/USD enjoyed a string of gains on Wednesday, jumping as much as 6% in the session. This appears to be somewhat of a consolation move for the bulls, as the sellers look to be exhausted. There has been little direction since the heavy pressure to the downside slowed down and stabilized on the 7th December. The price through the month of November dropped a hefty 63%, with that being carried through into December.

Coinbase Giving Away ZEC

Just a couple of weeks ago the popular U.S. cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase announced the listing of ZEC. They are now facilitating ZEC trading via Coinbase Pro, the proprietary trading platform. The service was made available for Coinbase Pro users in the U.S, U.K, the European Union, Singapore, Australia and Canada. On the back of this, ZEC/USD had jumped as much as 20% over the course of the day, following the announcement.

Most recently, Coinbase launched a Christmas campaign, which entails a series of announcements, dubbed “12 days of Coinbase.” Today was the second day, in which they detailed a gift in aid for distressed families in Venezuela. To provide help to these families, Coinbase will be donating $10,000 in Zcash to GiveCrypto.org. This is a nonprofit organization, which distributes cryptocurrency to people within poverty struck living conditions. $1.00 USD worth of ZEC will be deposited into crypto wallets of over 100 families in Santa Elena every day for three months.

Technical Review – ZEC/USD

ZEC/USD 4-hour chart

As touched upon above, ZEC/USD had been provided with a relief bounce in the session. However, price action is still moving within a bearish pennant pattern structure. This has been forming since the 7th December, within this consolidation mode. Price action is narrowing following the steep drop just some days ago. Technically, it does typically spell further potential trouble when behavior is as such currently seen – generating a calm before a further potential storm caused by the rampant bears.

ZEC/USD weekly chart

Given the above-mentioned pattern formation, ZEC/USD is vulnerable to another steep drop. Near-term support of this pennant should be noted at around $54.60. Should the bears manage to force a break, then expect the flood gates to open. A further wave of selling would likely follow, with the next major area of support, not seen until the $30 territory. The price was last down at these levels in February 2017. A demand zone can be seen running from $35 down to $26.

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