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Crypto Update: Coins Hit New Lows But Bearish Momentum Weakens

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The cryptocurrency segment continues to be in control of sellers, with the major coins hitting multi-week lows over the weekend. On a positive note, the momentum of the latest sell-off has been weak, and although several top coins violated key support levels, like Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum, the breakdown didn’t lead to severe losses.

That said, the short-term downtrend remains dominant and given the still bearish long-term picture, traders and investors still shouldn’t enter positions here, but a failed breakdown pattern could mean that the counter-trend rally is still intact. Correlations remain very high in the segment, confirming the bearish environment, and we would need more technical strength to consider new positions in the top coins.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum plunged below the $120 support as well, continuing the short-term downtrend, and the previously leading coin still struggles to retain its relative strength. While failed break-out pattern remains a possibility here, bearish risks are still high, and test of the bear market lows still seems likely in the coming months.

Bulls should be looking for a quick recovery above the $130 level, but barring that, the coin will remain on sell signals on both time-frames in our trend model. Further support below $120 is found between $95 and $100, while resistance is ahead at $160 and near $180.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin broke below the key $3600 level amid the broad dip, but the coin didn’t gather bearish momentum, and it remains within striking distance of the resistance zone. BTC is still on a neutral short-term signal thanks to its relative stability, and a recovery above $3850 would be a positive sign for bulls that could re-trigger a buy short-term buy signal.

For now, traders and investors still shouldn’t enter positions here, considering the hostile long-term setup, with a test of the bear market lows still being likely. Key long-term support is found near the $3000 level, with further another weaker zone near $3250, and with resistance ahead between $4000 and $4050, and $4450.

Altcoins Testing Key Levels

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Litecoin violated the $30-$30.50 support zone, but it remains close to the lower end of that range and the momentum of the move hasn’t been disastrous. That said, the coin is still on clear sell signals on both time-frames, but further signs of strength could mean that the broader counter-trend move will resume. The $30-$30.50 zone remains in the center of attention, with strong resistance ahead near $34.50, $38, and $44 and with further support found near $26 and $23.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Despite its recent technical weakness and the fact that it fell below the $0.32 support level, Ripple held up well since yesterday’s plunge, and that is a positive sign for the whole segment, even though the coin is in downtrends on all time-frames. The $0.30 support and the $0.3550 resistance levels could be in play in the coming week, but for now, traders and investors should still stay away from XRP, with further resistance ahead near $0.3750 and in the key long-term zone between $0.42 and $0.46.

IOT/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

IOTA, which has been one of the leaders of the counter-trend move also failed to hold up above the $0.3150 and $0.30 levels, and until we see signs of technical strength, the coin remains on sell signals on all time-frames in our trend model. A move to the support zone near $0.24 could be ahead, while a quick recovery above $0.3150 could lead to the formation of a bear-trap pattern. Further resistance is ahead near $0.35, while key support is found near $0.20.

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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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3 Things You Need to Know About the Market Today

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1, Chinese GDP Growth Slows to Multi-Decade Low

Shanghai Composite, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

When even the strongly PR-optimized Chinese economic releases are showing severe weakness, it’s not at all surprising that the local stock market is in a deep bear market, and even the explosive oversold rally on Wall Street combined with the trade optimism of last week is not enough to meaningfully change the technical setup.

While economic growth slowed to an almost 30-year low on a yearly basis, retail sales and industrial production beat the consensus estimates by a hair, but that wasn’t enough to cause a material rally in equities, with the global sentiment leaning slightly bearish. This week’s most important question will be how risk assets will hold on to their recent gains, with a special attention on China and Europe, which continue to lag behind the US from a technical perspective.

The Shanghai Composite is more than 30% below its bull market highs, while the main European benchmarks are also around 20% below their respective highs, and that’s following one of the strongest short squeezes in history on Wall Street, mind you. The next few days could be crucial for markets, and we now advise caution even for short-term bulls.

2, Stocks Retreat after Friday Ramp with Wall Street Closed

German DAX 30 Index, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Looking at Europe, the major indices failed to extend their gains from Friday, while US stock futures are also modestly lower after the European close. With the US markets being closed in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day, trading volumes and activity has been predictably low, and things will likely get heated tomorrow, as the earnings season will also continue.

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and IBM (IBM0 will report earnings tomorrow, and all eyes will be on their overseas numbers and guidance amid the global economic slowdown. We had some negative reports regarding the US-Chinese trade talks, concerning the sensitive issue of Intellectual Property, and we still think that even though an agreement is likely in the coming months, implementation and enforcement will be borderline impossible.

3, Oil Tests December High

WTI Crude Oil, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While risk assets, in general, had a slightly bearish half-session crude oil kept on pushing higher following Friday’s move to new correction highs, with the WTI contract entering the resistance zone that capped the December consolidation. The crucial commodity, which has been slightly lagging US stocks from a technical perspective is still squeezing late shorts, but we expect a short-term top very soon, possibly after a stop hunting rally above the $55 per barrel level.

What’s sure, is that we wouldn’t be buyers at these levels, even in light of the OPEC production cut, since over-supply remains a major issue, and the increase in US output continues. That said, the short-term uptrend is intact and the topping process could take a while, but we will keep a close eye on the day-to-day price action following the 25% rally off the December lows.

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Crypto Update: 5 Altcoins to Watch This Week

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Four out of five of the altcoins that we included on last week’s list moved within our expectations. Ethereum (ETH/BTC) and NEM (XEM/BTC) have managed to stay above key support areas. In addition, Binance Coin (BNB/BTC) and 0x (ZRX/BTC) have maintained their bullish tone. Only Bitcoin Gold (BTG/BTC) disappointed as the market took out its key support.

For this week’s edition, we look at altcoins that are prime candidates for buying on dips. Here are the five altcoins to watch this week.

TRON (TRX/BTC)

TRON started the year on a high note as it breached 0.0000056 resistance on January 3, 2018. This triggered a strong rally that sent the market to as high as 0.00002047 on January 5, 2018. Although the market has been correcting since, we now have an idea where TRON might be headed. A look at the 12-hour chart shows that it is forming a falling wedge.

TRX/BTC 12-hour chart

If our read is correct, TRON might bounce off 0.0000056. This would allow the market to flip the resistance into support. Otherwise, a move below this level will likely send TRON down to 0.0000045.

Steem (STEEM/BTC)

Steem had a strong week as it rallied from near the range low of 0.0000675 on January 14, 2019 to take out the range high of 0.0001 on January 18. The market then flipped the resistance into support on January 20. This is awesome bullish price action.

However, the market looks overextended as the 12-hour RSI is flashing a bearish divergence. This should give you the chance to buy on dips.

STEEM/BTC 12-hour chart

If the market corrects, you can rely on the 200-MA on the 12-hour chart as a possible bounce area. Should the market move below the indicator, it has a support level at 0.0000888.

WAVES (WAVES/BTC)

To say that Waves ended 2018 strong would be an understatement. It grew by over 400% rallying from the low of 0.0002336 on November 21 to as high as 0.001209 on December 19. The market has been pulling back since. However, we are starting to see signs of a possible bounce.

Currently, Waves appears to be finding support at 0.0006842, which is the 61.8% Fibonacci level of our range. Also, the market has printed a double bottom pattern on the shorter time frames. Plus, we can see a bullish divergence on the 12-hour chart.

WAVES/BTC 12-hour chart

A bounce at the 61.8% Fibonacci level might send Waves all the way up to the range high of 0.0009645. Otherwise, it might fall back to the range midpoint of 0.0005979.

Dash (DASH/BTC)

Dash is one of our two bottom picking targets this week. It is currently creating a falling wedge on the 12-hour chart. It appears to be on its final wave down.

DASH/BTC 12-hour chart

If our read is correct, Waves will establish a bottom around 0.016. Put tight stops if you’re planning to go long on the market because there’s no known support below 0.016.

Wanchain (WAN/BTC)

Our second bottom-picking target is Wanchain. Just like Dash, it is forming a falling wedge on the 12-hour chart. It also appears to be on its last leg down.

WAN/BTC 12-hour chart

We expect Wanchain to bottom out at 0.0000775. Use tight stops as well if you’re considering to bottom pick Wanchain. Similar to Dash, WAN/BTC has no known support below 0.0000775.

Bottom Line

While Bitcoin continues to trade sideways, this gives many altcoins the opportunity to pump. TRON, Steem, and Waves have done so and that’s why we’re looking at them this week. On the other hand, Dash and Wanchain appear ready to bottom out. As always, use tight stops when buying on dips.

 

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Brent Crude Continues Rising

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By Dmitriy Gurkovskiy, Chief Analyst at RoboMarkets

Brent recovered to the levels it last reached on December 7. Today, on Monday, January 21, 2019, the instrument is trading at $62.77 USD and tending to keep this positive momentum.

Over the last week, there were a lot of different and sometimes even opposite signals, but investors chose the ones more favorable to the bulls and oil prices started moving upwards. The US Department of Energy reported that Crude Oil Inventories declined slightly, but both distillates and gas increased significantly. While the refinery utilization declined, the oil extraction went up to 11.9M bpd (+200K barrels per week), which means that rather high oil prices (in comparison with December) are pretty comfortable for shale producers.

At the same time, numbers from Baker Hughes published last Friday weren’t really impressive. The Oil Rig Count was 852 units as the indicator lost 21 units. In the case of gas, the corresponding indicator lost 4 units. In total, the number of rigs in the USA decreased by 25 units and right now equals to 1,050 units.

Why does the indicator go down? Most likely, oil producers aren’t really sure that oil price movements over the last 5 weeks indicate a trend reversal instead of a long-term correction. As such, they turn patient and watch market developments unravel.

The USD got stronger a bit last week, but its behavior doesn’t seem to worry oil investors too much so far.

To more clearly see what is happening to Brent, one has to look at the daily chart. It can be seen that the candlestick of December 26th, 2018 formed Engulfing pattern and started a new correction to the upside. In addition to that, there was a convergence on MACD, which indicated a possible pullback. The price is getting closer to the retracement of 38.2% at $64.30. The next target is the retracement of 50.0% at $68.55.

The H4 chart shows a stable uptrend. However, it should be noted that after breaking the previous high the price may start a new pullback towards the support level at $61.50. Later, the instrument is expected to form a new rising impulse with the target at $65.60.

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