Crypto Update: Ethereum Plunges Below $300 as Bitcoin Fails at $6500

Despite a weak bounce during the weekend, the cryptocurrency segment continues to trade under heavy selling pressure, with the top altcoins till underperforming Bitcoin. Ethereum is the most obvious laggard, and it fell below the $300 level today, hitting yet another 9-month low and extending the structural bear market with another swing low.

Almost all of the majors are below or near their recent lows, but Bitcoin continues to show relative strength, and a few of the recently weak coins, notably Monero and Litecoin, are trading slightly above their swing lows. The other most important bearish currency, Ripple is also trading at new lows, and with that in mind, we remain defensive on the coins, as despite the deeply oversold momentum readings, there is still no sign of a developing leadership in the segment.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

All eyes are still on Ethereum, as the second largest coin is pushed lower relentlessly ever since its break-down below the $400 level last week. The coin continued to lead the way lower so far today, and with the break below the $300 level, the market cap of Ethereum is now just $30 billion, while the total value of the market is close to $200 billion again. The coin is now just above the $275-$280 support zone and it remains on sell signals on both time-frames, with resistance ahead at $335 and $360.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

With still no signs of even a short-term bottom in altcoins, Bitcoin is still the only hope for crypto bulls, as the coin continues to clearly hold above the crucial $5850 level. BTC is also trading above the weekend lows, even though it failed at the $6500 level during the bounce and it is now back below the $6275 support.

While the short-term downtrend is still intact and the sell signal is in place, today’s strength could be a start of a trend change, should the coin maintain its resilience. Further resistance is still ahead at $6750 and $7000, while initial support is at $6000, with the next major support zone below $5850 found between $5000 and $5100.

Sellers Still in Control but First Signs of Exhaustion Appear

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Although the bearish trend in altcoins is still very strong, and most of the relatively weak majors are also confirming today’s break-down, Litecoin is slightly outperforming the likes of Dash, NEO, and IOTA. While the current relative stability is still no reason to buy the coin, and the short-term sell signal remains intact, further signs of strength would be positive for the whole segment.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple’s technical situation is still dire, as the coin failed to hold up above $0.30, with no signs of a bottom despite the strong support in the $0.30-$0.32 zone, and the deeply oversold momentum readings. Also today, XRP plunged below its previous low, and it’s now trading just above $0.28. The next major support zone is found near $0.26, and for the sell signals on both time-frames are intact.

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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.

Trader and financial analyst, with 10 years of experience in the field. An expert in technical analysis and risk management, but also an avid practitioner of value investment and passive strategies, with a passion towards anything that is connected to the market.