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Cryptocurrency Analysis: Altcoins Slide as Bitcoin Rally Pauses

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All of the major coins are trading lower today after a bearish weekend, as altcoins are still underperforming Bitcoin, with the market leader holding up well near its all-time high. BTC is back below the $6000 level after surpassing our long-term target last week, but it’s still well within the rising trend, despite the overbought long-term picture.

The coin found support near the $5800 level, although it spiked as low as $5600 in the bearish environment. While we advise investors to wait until the next correction with new positions, traders could still bet on a rally to new highs as long as BTC remains in an uptrend. Support levels below $5800 are found near $5400 and $5000.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Altcoins are trading well below their respective all-time highs, as capital has been flowing towards Bitcoin in recent weeks, but most of the major coins are still in long-term uptrends, with only ETC looking suspiciously week. Dash is the best performing currency of the day, as it surged off the $265 support, while Monero, Litecoin, and NEO are also among the relatively strong coins. Ethereum hit a one-month low below the $285 support, while Ethereum Classic, Ripple, and IOTA are all performing weaker than the broad market. Let’s see the short-term charts of the altcoins.

Ethereum

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum broke below $300 during the weekend, and it spiked below the $285 support today in early trading, getting closer to the crucial long-term trendline that is currently found at $270. The short-term picture is now neutral, while the long-term setup is still positive. Below $285, support is found at $250 and $235, while resistance is ahead at $315 and $330.

Litecoin

LTC/USD, Daily Chart Analysis

Litecoin held up above last week’s lows and it is still trading just below the $56 level, showing relative strength compared to the other altcoins. The long-term picture remains bullish, and we expect the coin to outperform the market even if Bitcoin enters a deeper correction. Key support levels are still found near $51, and $44, while further resistance is found at $64.

Dash

DASH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Dash tested the $265 support before rebounding strongly today, but the coin remains well below the key $300 level, and the short-term picture is still neutral. We still expect a break-out from the current lengthy correction in the coming weeks, but further range trading is likely before that. Resistance zones are ahead near $330 and $360.

Ripple

XRP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

XRP remains in a sharp short-term downtrend, and the coin violated the $0.195 level today, further adding to the selling pressure. While short-term traders are advised to wait with opening new positions, the long-term picture remains positive, and investors could add to their positions here. Strong resistance is still near $0.22, and $0.26, with support found near $18 and $16.

Ethereum Classic

ETC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum Classic continues to show weakness and the break-down below $11 during the weekend points to a likely test of the $9 support. We still urge short-term traders to wait with opening new positions, with key resistance levels ahead at $12.50 and around the $13.50 level.

Monero

XMR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Monero is holding up above the crucial support zone around $80, despite a brief spike lower today in early trading, and the coin remains among the relatively strong majors both short- and long-term. The currency faces strong resistance at $100, and while we expect further sideways trading before a move higher, the long-term prospects are still encouraging. Support below the $80 level is found around $68, while further resistance is ahead at $125.

NEO

NEO/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

NEO remains relatively quiet compared to its recent volatile period, and the coin is holding up above the $27 level today, within the short-term trading range. The long-term picture is still favorable, and a rally towards $34 and $40 is expected in the coming weeks, with strong support at $25 and primary resistance ahead at $30.

IOTA

IOTA/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

IOTA is still trading near the crucial $0.35 support, well within the declining trend. The short-term picture remains bearish but the long-term picture is still bullish, but the coin needs to stay above primary support to avoid a bearish trend change. Resistance zones are ahead between $0.45 and $0.48, and near the $0.56 level.

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US Opens New Front in Trade War as Oil Plunges

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Financial markets are relatively calm today, with most of the major stock benchmarks being virtually unchanged after the weekend. The energy segment is experiencing the most activity as the volatile correction in crude oil prices continues. Besides that, the Euro’s relative strength is notable, but summer trading conditions remain dominant across the board, with low volumes and choppy intraday price action in most of the asset classes.

Shanghai Composite, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

There seems to be no stopping in the global escalation of trade tensions, as amid the Helsinki meeting between Trump and Putin, the US launched an official probe concerning the retaliatory tariffs of its largest trade partners. The move could deepen the standoff not just between the US and China, but the EU and its other allies as well, and global growth is already weakening, so with further trade troubles growth could grind to a halt.

S&P 500 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While global stocks are still well off their highs, and Chinese equities remain in bear market territory, the main US indices are holding on to their recent gains, with the Nasdaq being the by far the strongest benchmark globally. The slightly weaker S&P 500 is also trading at a 4-month high despite trade war fears, and as the first earnings reports of the second quarter were slightly better than expected, with Bank of America beating today before the bell, bulls are still in control on Wall Street.

As for economic news, the much awaited US Retail Sales report delivered a small positive surprise, and last month’s figures were also revised higher. The report helped risk assets during the US session, even as the disappointing Chinese Industrial Production number weighed on investors sentiment earlier on.

Dollar Index, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Despite the bullish numbers, the Dollar lost a bit of ground against its major peers, although forex markets were less active today than recently and the most traded pairs traded in relatively tight ranges after Friday’s hectic session.

Oil Back Below $70 per Barrel as Commodities Remain Weak

WTI Crude Oil, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Crude oil prices are sharply lower yet again, with the WTI contract leading the way lower as tight short-term supply conditions got better in Canada, and the general weakness in the global commodity segment infected the market oil. The IMF’s report on weakening global growth, and the chatter about the release of some of the global strategic oil reserves also weighed on oil, and the WTI contract is now at $68 per barrel after trading as high as $75 just one week ago.

Copper, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Elsewhere in the commodity space, it has been a quiet Monday session, with gold drifting slightly lower after a weak rally in early trading, as selling pressure is still apparent among precious metals. Copper, which also has been suffering in recent weeks as Chinese assets got slammed lower, is still consolidating above the strong long-term support zone that we pointed out last week.

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Crypto Update: Qtum’s Price Contraction Hints at a Massive Bull Run

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Qtum/Bitcoin (QTUM/BTC) is one of the biggest losers in cryptocurrency investing. It shred more than 76% of its value in seven months when it dropped to 0.001192 on July 12. With such a sharp slide, there’s no denying that the market is deep in bear territory. Nevertheless, long-term investors can find hope in the market’s habit of rallying after a deflating bear run.

In this article, we show how Qtum/Bitcoin uses price contractions and oversold conditions to stage massive rallies.

Falling Wedge in the Last Quarter of 2017

QTUM/BTC was bearish in September, October and November of 2017. The pair traded in a wide range between September to late October 2017 while generating lower highs and lower lows. However, the range got more and more tight until December 14. In three and a half months, the pair created a falling wedge.

2017 Fourth Quarter Daily chart of QTUM/BTC

The pair was able to break out of the pattern on December 15 after it recovered from extreme oversold readings. The selling relief combined with price contraction conspired to ignite a rally that rewarded bottom pickers with over 300% profits in less than a month.

Falling Wedge in the First Quarter of 2018

Gravity also works in financial markets. Often, the case is the greater the rise, the harder the fall.

As QTUM/BTC pulled back from its meteoric rise, the pair created another falling wedge structure on the daily chart. The market plummeted until the trading range was so tightly squeezed that there was no more room to go but up. Again, the market flashed extreme oversold readings before breaking out of the pattern.

2018 First Quarter Daily chart of QTUM/BTC

Falling Wedges in the Third Quarter of 2018

History repeats itself; that’s one of the main principles of technical analysis. So far, QTUM/BTC adheres to that tenet. It appears to be creating a third falling wedge as it respects key support of 0.0012. While doing so, it has recently given off extreme oversold signals.

2018 Third Quarter Daily chart of QTUM/BTC

But wait! There’s more!

A broader and more in-depth look at the daily chart of QTUM/BTC reveals that all three falling wedges mentioned above appear to be parts of a massive falling wedge. What’s astonishing is that the narrowest point of this gigantic falling wedge is at key support of 0.0012.

Daily chart of QTUM/BTC

Based on previous price movements, it is not difficult to imagine that this extreme price contraction can be the catalyst of a massive bull run.

Bottom Line

QTUM/BTC is in deep bear territory. However, history tells us that the pair might be out of the woods real soon. The formation of three falling wedge patterns reveal that the market has a habit of rallying after extreme price contraction. More importantly, the emergence of the large falling wedge on the daily chart suggests that QTUM/BTC may be on the cusp of a massive bull run.

 

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Crypto Update: Bulls Hold Their Ground as Coins Settle Down

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Trading volumes and volatility declined substantially in the cryptocurrency segment this weekend, as the major coins are trying to hold the key support levels that are just below the current prices. For now, Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Ripple all managed to avoid a break below the June lows and the technical damage is limited among the smaller coins as well, despite the still dangerous setups on the long-term charts.

That said, the general character of the market is still bearish, with high correlations between the majors, and robust resistance levels capping the rally attempts in most cases. With all of those in mind, and given the still active short-term sell signals in our trend model, traders should still not enter new positions here, as a test of the lows is likely in the coming week.

The market is still missing a leadership that could turn the short-term trend around, and the relatively weak coins that have been leading the way lower in the recent period are still not showing signs of strength, despite the occasional short squeeze rallies.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

BTC tried to get back above the $6275 support/resistance level several times since falling below it on Thursday but the attempts all failed so far. The coin is still in a clear downtrend, although the previous lows haven’t been tested yet.

From a long-term perspective, a durable break below $5850 would signal a structural bear market, so the coming period will be crucial for the whole segment. Primary support is at $6000, while resistance is ahead at $6500, $6750, $7000, and $7350.

Still No Real Momentum Among Altcoins

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The basic setup among the largest altcoins is unchanged similarly to BTC, with Ethereum trading between the $400-$420 support zone and the $450 resistance level since the Monday plunge. The coin is holding up above the June low, and it’s still relatively strong from a longer-term standpoint compared to Bitcoin.

On the contrary, ETH is looking weak short-term, and that also points to the continuation of the declining segment-wide trend. ETH is facing further resistance near $500, while support below $400 is found at $380 and $360.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple barely managed to avoid a break below the June lows, and the third largest coin remains very weak from a technical standpoint, and strong selling pressure is apparent in its market. The coin should stay above the $0.42 level to avoid major technical damage, and he coming days could be crucial for bulls, with strong resistance ahead around $0.45 and $0.51.

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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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