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Cryptocurrency Analysis: Bitcoin Undergoes 40% Correction as Altcoins Plunge Too

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The sell-off that started out in BTC as a skirmish between Bitcoin and its forked counterpart Bitcoin Cash, accelerated overnight and today, and the most valuable coin dragged the whole segment sharply lower. The decline turned into a full-fledged crash later on, with the major coins falling by an average of 30% from the recent highs, and with deeper losses in some of the largest names.

BTC found short-term support near $15,000 yesterday, but after the coin fell below that level, waves of heavy selling pushed the coin to the primary support at $13,000 as we expected, and for now, the bottom formed near the $11,300 support.

The short-term downtrend is clearly intact, and although violent bounces are possible along the way, we still expect further downside in the market, as the long-term setup remains overbought. Below $11,300, further support levels are found at $10,000 and $9000, with stronger levels at $8200 and $7700.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum also entered a violent correction, as the second largest coin spiked as low as $500 before rebounding above $60. The long-term overbought readings are not yet cleared, so the correction will likely continue, although volatile counter-trend rallies are likely. Key support levels are now found at $575, between $480 and $500, and near the prior all-time high at $400, where the long-term uptrend lone is also providing support currently.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Litecoin

LTC/USD, Daily Chart Analysis

As correlations exploded in the segment, Litecoin also turned sharply lower after its recent failed break-out attempt. The coin broke below the primary support zone between $250 and $260 and got close to hitting the $170 level too amid the mini-crash, completing a 50% pullback from its all-time high. Despite the oversold short-term picture, we expect further correction with further support levels at $125 and $100.

Dash

DASH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Dash continues to be among the relatively strong coins, even amid the sharp sell-off, but it also fell more than 40% top-to-bottom before the rebound. The short-term overbought readings are now cleared, but the long-term picture is still stretched and more bearish price action is likely, with major support levels still at $1000, $800, $650, and $600.

Ripple

XRP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple got very close to the $1.25 target level after yesterday’s break-out, and although the broad correction dragged the coin lower and it spiked below the previous high at $0.85, the steep short-term uptrend remained intact. That said, long-term investors shouldn’t buy the coin here, while traders could still play the rising trend with smaller positions. Further support levels below $0.85 are found at $0.68, at $0.4250 and in the $0.30-$0.32 range.

Ethereum Classic

ETC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum Classic followed the other majors lower too, after failing at the lower boundary of the previous uptrend channel, and it hit a low near $25 after violating the $32 and $30 supports. Given the extremely overbought readings on the long-term MACD we expect an even deeper correction with a likely dip below the prior all-time high at $23 before the end of this cycle.

Monero

XMR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Monero is still trading inside the rising short-term trend channel, despite the almost 50% retracement, as the coin found strong support at $300, following a series of spikes below that level. While a durable short-term bounce is possible after the mini-crash we expect a deeper correction in the coin in the coming weeks, with further support levels found at $240, $200, $180, and $150.

NEO

NEO/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

NEO re-tested the level of its recent break-out as the broad correction in the segment dragged the coin lower as well, despite the less overbought long-term setup. We still expect a rally towards the $100 level following the correction, but traders should expect a volatile consolidation period amid the segment-wide correction. Key support zones are still found near $0.56, $0.50, and around $0.40.

IOTA

IOTA/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

IOTA has been the most volatile coin during today’s sell-off, and the coin flash-crashed to the $1.1 support on several exchanges after violating the dominant rising trendline. The coin has been trading between $3 and $3.50 since the spike lower, and we expect volatile conditions to persist in the market, as a longer corrective phase is likely still ahead after the recent exponential surge. Strong support is still found at $3 and $1.5, with a Fibonacci support level between those at $2.35.

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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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  1. MinerMatt17

    December 22, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Bitcoin found major support when it got close to 10,400 on coinbase. As soon as it got tat low, the site shut down due to so many people trying to buy.

    What makes you think 10,400 wasn’t the low? It would be almost right on par with previous 35-40% corrections.

    • Mate Cser

      December 23, 2017 at 1:59 am

      Hi Matt,

      basically, the run-up to the correction was more like Ethereum’s rally in the spring than the previous cycles in BTC from a market dynamic’s perspective, so a longer consolidation period is likely in my view, with a final low at $7500-$7700, the last major break-out point. But I will happy to buy above that if a clear bottom forms, my gut feeling is that the stops near $10,000 will be taken out before this is over.

  2. MinerMatt17

    December 23, 2017 at 4:11 am

    How do you define a clear bottom? I guess how many days of consolidation is needed? I just view these corrections that bitcoin experiences as all being the same. They get a 30-40% which is almost impossible to buy into at that exact moment, and then a quick rebound.

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Crypto Update: Coins Extend Weekly Losses as Altcoins Still Glued to Support Levels

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We are having another broadly negative session so far in the cryptocurrency segment, with most of the majors sporting limited losses, and with only a few coins showing relative strength. While the picture is far from being disastrous, we have seen some technical deterioration in the top coins, as Ripple is still bleeding lower, and as Ethereum fell below the $200 price level again.

DASH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The likes of Litecoin, Dash, EOS, IOTA, NEO, and ETC are still weak from a technical perspective, and although some of the minor coins are still faring somewhat better, at least short-term, the overall picture remains overwhelmingly bearish.

Bitcoin’s stability is still a plus for bulls here, but with no sign of meaningful bullish momentum among the top digital currencies, traders should remain defensive even with regards to the relatively stronger coins.


BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The most valuable coin is trading slightly lower amid the segment-wide drift lower, but the $6275 support is still well below the current level, and the volatility in BTC’s market continues to be very low. A move below would warn of a test of the $6000 and $5850 levels, and for now, the short-term sell signal is still in place in our trend model despite Bitcoin’s stability.

The next major support zone below $5850 is found between $5000 and $5100, while resistance is ahead at $6500, $6750, and $7000.

Ripple’s Weakness Casts a Shadow on the Market

XRP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple hasn’t been able to hold last week’s gains, and the coin moved below $0.46 this week, warning of a coming test of the $0.42 level, and a possible resumption of its broader downtrend after its surge in September.

Below $0.42 support levels are found near $0.375 and $0.355, and further weakness could soon lead to a downgrade in our trend model with regards to the long-term outlook, with strong resistance levels still ahead near $0.51, $0.54, and $0.57.

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Litecoin has been one of the stronger coins so far today, but from a broader perspective, it remains relatively weak and the $51 support level looks more and more vulnerable. A break below primary support would likely lead to a test of the bear market low near $47, with the next major support zone below that found at $44.

The broad declining trend is clearly intact, in the coin and traders and investors shouldn’t enter new positions here, with our trend model being negative on all time-frames, and with strong resistance levels ahead near $56, $59, and $64.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum continues to show relative weakness, and although remained stable in recent days, the broader setup hints on a likely test of the bear-market low. The coin drifted below the $200 level today, but volatility remains low, and trading activity is still very light.

The currency remains on sell signals on all time-frames, even as the immediate outlook is rather neutral, with key support found near $180, $170, and $160, and with strong resistance zones ahead near $235 and $260.

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Zcash (ZEC) Price Analysis: Market Cap Growth Continues, More Updates Coming Soon

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  • Zcash moves up to rank 19 on the top cryptocurrencies by market capitalization.
  • The Sapling upgrade just a few days away, as Zcash team suggest there could be more announcements soon.

Zcash (ZEC) continues to jump up the ladder, with its growing market capitalization. Last week it managed to creep into the top 20 cryptocurrencies, by market cap. Most recently, it has now moved up to rank 19. At the time of writing, it is seen at $624.5 million, ahead of VeChain (VET) with $612.6 million.

Countdown for Sapling Upgrade

It is just under 6 days now until the anticipated Sapling upgrade from the Zcash foundation. According to the firm, ‘Activation block 419200 will be mined October 29, 2018 01:31 UTC+00:00 assuming 150 seconds/block.’ The build-up of this is something that has appeared to be very supportive in the elevation of the ZEC price.

The Sapling is a network upgrade that boasts increased efficiency for transactions of which are shielded. They will facilitate broad mobile, exchange and vendor adoption of the Zcash shielded addresses. Zcash’s goal is to also see increased speed with these shielded transactions; it is touted that transactions can be shielded in less than 1 second.

New Announcements Coming Soon?

The Zcash team via their Twitter account have continued to count down their upcoming upgrade, tweeting “Is your product is #Sapling-ready? Or you would like to learn more about supporting the #Zcash Sapling upgrade? Reach out and let’s connect!” Within the tweet, they covered existing Salping-ready services listing; Bithumb, BitGo, Coinomi, Lamassu, Ledger, Suprnova, Trezor and WinZEC. They noted “MORE COMING SOON!” implying there are potential pending partnerships and integrations in the works.

Technical Review – Daily Chart

ZEC/USD daily chart

ZEC/USD bulls are on the hunt for an extended breakout north, as a vital trend line is being tested. A break of the mentioned resistance is seen tracking at $126. If a breach and daily close above, should open to door wide open to some buying pressure. The bulls will be met right away by some supply running from $130-133. As a result, sellers have knocked the price down throughout October, within this territory. Finally, for upside targets, a rally up to $145, would like then come into play. The price last traded here on 28th September.

In terms of support, this is seen all the way back down at $110. A lower supporting trend line can be observed tracking here. This has been active since mid-September. Furthermore, a buying area is noted from $100-95.

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XRP Price Analysis: Reports Indicate National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) is Set to Go Live With xCurrent

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  • Sources suggest National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) are moving closer to going live within Ripple’s xCurrent solution.
  • Despite current XRP/USD selling pressure, a bullish technical set up is still seen as a potential.

National Bank of Kuwait Ready to Use xCurrent

One of the largest banks in the Middle East, National Bank of Kuwait (NBK), is readying to move forward with xCurrent. It is reported this could be in place within the next few weeks. xCurrent is Ripple’s enterprise software solution that facilitates banks to instantly settle cross-border payments, providing end-to-end tracking.

The latest suggested is that the NBK are currently awaiting to receive the green light from the Central Bank of Kuwait. Sources close to the matter, are said to note that NBK are currently preparing for its first transaction with the xCurrent solution. In terms of time frame, the suggestions are for the back end of October, or by early November. These sources are being cited by the newswire, Crypto Briefing.

Earlier this year, in May, the National Bank of Kuwait mentioned Ripple via their official Twitter account. They tweeted, “NBK leads the way in Kuwait in a partnership with RippleNet to offer instant cross-border payments to customers Ripple.” Nothing further on this, from either the NBK or Ripple was noted.

It is important to note that the xCurrent solution does not use XRP tokens, unlike xRapid, which enables banks to send payments using XRP. It can then be transacted back into the appropriate fiat currency by the receiver. On the basis of the above noted, it is likely to have a direct influence on the value of XRP.

Technical Review – 4-hour Chart

XRP/USD 4-hour chart

Despite the consistent downside pressure observed with XRP/USD, a potential bullish technical set up can still be eyed. As seen on the 4-hour time frame, price action has been moving within a bullish flag pattern. The lower support has recently been penetrated by the market bears.

Near-term support eyed immediately at $0.4660-40 area, the below trend line. Further south, a demand zone is seen running from $0.4535 down to $0.4350. This was an area that caught the price during some hard selling at the back end of September. Bulls managed to kick started a recovery at this low area on 25th September. Should this technical set up fail to play out, eyes will then be on $0.4000 for support. Last traded down here on 15th October. Lastly, looking at resistance, this is seen just ahead at $0.4650, upper trend line of the flag. Ahead, there is heavy supply heading into and within the $0.5000 territory.

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