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There are two factors very important to price flow of any currency. The ability to obtain it, and the places you can spend it.

In most places in the world, at present time, it is very easy to buy Bitcoins online, but there really isn’t anywhere to spend them outside of select internet websites.

Well, the number of places to buy bitcoin offline increased rapidly in the month of May, especially in the US and Canada, bringing the total up to 1266 machines worldwide.

You can find one near you at: https://coinatmradar.com/

A number of places you can spend them is growing as well, while more and more retail stores in Japan adapt to the new technology.

Mati Greenspan
eToro, Senior Market Analyst

 

Please note: All data, figures, and graphs are valid as of June 19th. All trading carries risk. Only risk capital you can afford to lose.

What’s to negotiate?

Despite what was announced shortly after the elections on June 8th, there is still no deal between Theresa May’s Tory party and the Northern Irish DUP.

This puts Great Britain in a very awkward spot as the formal Brexit talks begin today. Many analysts are saying that we’re more likely to get a softer Brexit but in my view, this is a bit premature. In order to know what type of Brexit we’ll see, first, we need to know who the Prime Minster of England is going to be.

If May doesn’t break ground with Arlene Foster in the next ten days, it seems like the weary citizens of the UK will be headed for yet another election.

The Pound Sterling is still way down since the referendum almost exactly one year ago. So it has been able to hold up will over the last week despite the mounting bad news.

A Strong France

If anybody was saying that Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the elections on May 7th was due to a weak opposition, today they have been proven wrong.

39 year old Emmanuel won 355 out of 577 available seats in the parliamentary election yesterday, receiving a resounding majority. What more could a young lawmaker ask for?

It seems that the people of France are really enjoying his vision for the future of France and the Future of Europe and they have just given him a solid mandate to go forward and enact the change.

The CAC 40 is flying this morning on the news and rapidly approaching her all time highest level (yellow circle).

Crypto Update

The entire cryptocurrency market has been in deep consolidation over the weekend. Meaning, that they are moving in a very small range as everybody gets used to the current price, which is very close to the all time highs.

A breakout in either direction could lead to massive price shifts but at the moment let’s enjoy this little break.

Among the sell off and subsequent volatility, Litecoin managed to emerge as a safe haven. Though it is not traded as much, Litecoin is faster and cheaper than Bitcoin and over the past few weeks the price has remained quite stable.

As always, let me know if you have any questions, comments, or feedback. I’m always happy to hear them.

Have a wonderful week ahead!

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    June 20, 2017 at 1:09 am

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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.

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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Crypto Update: Another Rally Attempt in Crypto-Land

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The major cryptocurrencies are all trading slightly higher today, following two bearish days that brought them back to last week lows, and for now, another breakdown has been avoided, despite the overwhelmingly bearish broader picture. The modest bounce left our trend model on sell signals across the board, and odds continue to favor new lows in the coming period, so traders and investors should remain defensive here.

The top coins are trading well below the weekend bounce-highs and without new swing highs, the short-term trend also remains clearly bearish, even considering the deeply oversold long-term momentum readings and the abysmal sentiment. So while a larger scale bounce remains possible in the coming weeks, perhaps following a failed breakdown pattern, bulls should still be patient until we sell clear technical improvements in the segment.

With that in mind, traders and investors shouldn’t enter positions even in the slightly stronger coins, and odds still favor the continuation of the bear market, with new lows likely in the coming days. That said, a successful test or a failed breakdown could trigger a larger scale correction, with the broader picture still being deeply oversold and with investor sentiment still being very negative. For now, there is no sign of an imminent rally, with all eyes on the $3000 in Bitcoin.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin rallied as high as $3450 today, but it failed to get close to the $3600 resistance and the weekend high, so the short-term downtrend remains intact despite the bounce. For now, our trend model is still on sell signals on both time-frames, and traders should stay away from entering new positions here, with the long-term picture also being clearly bearish.  Further resistance is ahead in the $4000-$4050 zone, while key long-term support is found near the $3000 price level.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum is stuck below the key $95-$100 zone even following today’s bounce, keeping the coin on a short-term sell signal in our trend model. Odds still favor a move towards the next major support zone between $73 and $75, and only a quick recovery above the primary resistance zone could change the short-term trend.

The steep long-term downtrend is clearly intact in the coin, and traders and investors should still not enter new positions here, with further strong resistance zones ahead near $120 and $130.

Altcoins Avoid Breakdown but Strong Resistance Zones Lie Ahead

Dash/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Despite yesterday’s weakness, last week’s lows held up even in the relatively weaker majors, and although that’s an early sign of stability, it’s not enough to warrant upgrades in our trend model. With still no bullish leadership present in the segment the continued technical weakness in the lagging coins, such as Dash reinforces our bearish long-term view.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple only experienced a weak bounce, and although it continues to trade near the $0.30 level, the coin is still among the relatively weak coins from a short-term perspective and the renewed long-term sell signal is also in place.

We still expect a move towards the prior bear market low near $0.26, with a weaker support level found above that near $0.28, and traders and investors shouldn’t enter positions here, with resistance levels above $0.30 ahead at $0.32, $0.3550, and $0.3750.

Litecoin/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While Litecoin managed to hold up above its recent swing low and the $23 support level, it remains in steep short- and long-term downtrends, and we would need to see significant technical strength for even a short-term trend change.

Our trend model is on sell signals on both time-frames, and below $23, the next major support zone is found between $20 and $20.50 with strong resistance ahead near $26 and between $30 and $30.50.

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Crypto Markets Stabilize in Low-Volume Trading; Kraken Value at $4 Billion

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Cryptocurrency prices stabilized on Wednesday, stemming early-week volatility that pushed the majors toward new yearly lows. Kraken, one of the largest U.S.-based exchanges, has reached out to traders about a potential private offering.

No End to the Downtrend

The cryptocurrency market capitalization recovered around $111 billion early Wednesday after coming within striking distance of new yearly lows during the previous session. Despite the modest rally, some of the major cryptocurrencies could test new lows this week given the general lack of buying interest across the market.

At the time of writing, the top-ten coins had registered gains between 1% and 6% over the past 24 hours. Tether, a dollar-backed stablecoin, was trading above parity. The rise of Tether is a clear indication that investors are parking their capital on the sidelines in anticipation of further declines. It wasn’t too long ago that USDT was facing an existential crisis tied to its parent company’s lack of transparency.

In terms of percentage growth, the biggest gainers on Wednesday were outside the top-ten. Tezos (XTX), the 20th ranked coin by market cap, jumped 15% to $0.4128. XTZ received a boost after Huobi, one of the world’s leading crypto exchanges, announced the listing of the token as of Wednesday (GMT+8).

Binance Coin (BNB) also outpaced the broader market, gaining 8.5% to reach $5.02. This includes a gain of more than 6% against bitcoin. Against BTC, Binance Coin is little changed over the past month.

Overall trade volumes have fallen by $800 million over the past 24 hours, according to CoinMarketCap. Total daily turnover reached $12.2 billion.

Kraken Eyes Private Offering

Kraken, the world’s 26th largest exchange by adjusted volume, has reached out to its most prominent customers to prod their interest in a private offering. Emails obtained by Finance Magnates show that the company has approached traders with an investment opportunity. The selected recipients have been asked to fill out an online survey for additional information.

In the email, Kraken boasted significant capital reserves and assured traders that it did not need financing. The company is offering shares in support of a $4 billion valuation, according to the email. The minimum investment amount is $100,000.

“The transaction process will be done by a 3rd party service, who will run accredited investor checks, facilitate the execution of transaction documents, and the funding of your investment,” the email reads, according to Finance Magnates.

Recipients have until Dec. 16 to respond, after which Kraken will evaluate each potential investor’s eligibility.

Cryptocurrency exchanges have seen their business languish during the bear market. Interest in the Kraken offering will largely depend on whether existing clients believe that an imminent reversal is likely in the foreseeable future. That being said, institutions like Nasdaq Ventures and Fidelity have poured millions into exchange startups. ErisX, an up-and-coming exchange platform set to launch sometime next year, has raised $27.5 million from major investors.

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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