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Cryptocurrency Analysis: Coins Recover Strongly after South Korea Scare

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Crypto bulls should be delighted by the market action today, as the major coins rebounded quickly from the South Korean ICO ban sell-off. Bullish reaction to negative news; it is arguably one of the strongest indications of buying power behind a trend. That said, the most valuable currencies are still fighting with strong resistance levels, as Bitcoin remains close to $4150, while Ethereum is still stuck below $300. ETH’s exposure the ICO’s caused a deeper decline today in early trading but the $285 support held up once again, and the coin continues to act positively.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The other majors are also lower today, although the losses are limited, and the recent extreme volatility seems to have passed for good. IOTA and Ripple are relatively strong today, and NEO and Ethereum Classic are also holding up well after yesterday’s huge drop. The prior leaders among altcoins are still lagging, as Dash, Monero, and Litecoin continue to trade inside their declining trends. With all signs pointing to a continuation of the rally before the weekend, let’s see what the short-term charts are showing.

Bitcoin

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin’s price got choppy after the South Korean ban, but the most valuable coin stayed above the key $4000 level, and remained inside the rising short-term trend. The coin is hovering around the $70 billion level in market capitalization, and a really towards $4400 is likely during the weekend, given the recent bullish price action. The coin still faces strong resistance between $4150 and $4200, and above $4400 at neat the $5000 level.

Litecoin

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Litecoin is still below the $56 resistance level that has been limiting the upside in the coin since the start of the bounce. Today, the coin is also among the weaker majors, and it is still struggling to reestablish an uptrend. While the long-term direction is clearly positive, more neutral price action is expected before a sustained move higher. Above $56, further resistance is found near $64, while support is around the$51 and $44 levels.

Dash

DASH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Dash is also relatively weak since the strong initial rebound after the China-induced crash, and the coin dipped below $330 today in early trading, and failed to regain the lost ground so far. The long-term picture remains encouraging, but until a break above the short-term consolidation pattern, short-term traders should wait with opening new positions. Resistance is still found at $360 and near the $400 level, while support levels are at $300 and $265.

Ripple

XRP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

XRP is holding on near the $0.1950 level, showing relative strength once again after yesterday’s deep sell-off. The coin remains above the prior declining trendline, and odds still favor a move above the key $0.22 level in the coming period. Support levels are still found at $0.18, $0.16, and $0.14, with further resistance ahead near the $0.26 and $0.30 levels.

Ethereum Classic

ETC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum Classic barely budged during today’s dip, showing significant short-term strength, although the coin remains well below the key $13.50 level that it tested recently. The short-term performance of the coin is encouraging for bulls, but a rally above primary resistance would be needed to confirm the trend change. The current price levels remain attractive for investors, with support found near $11 and $9, while resistance is ahead at $16 and $18.

Monero

XMR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Monero remains stuck inside the correction pattern that developed after its stellar August rally, and the coin is trading below the $100 level, although it didn’t suffer too much damage during today’s dip. Sideways price action is expected to continue in the currency’s market, with crucial support at $80 and $68. Above $100 strong resistance is found at $125, with the all-time high near the $150 level.

NEO

NEO/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

NEO is trading back near the $30 level after dropping sharply yesterday, and the coin remains inside the developing short-term rising trend. A test of the $25 level is still possible, but traders should be looking for entry points, as the long-term picture remains encouraging. Below $25, further support is found at $22, while resistance is ahead at $34 and $40.

IOTA

IOTA/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

IOTA is hovering around the $0.60 level after yesterday’s rally and today’s brief dip, and the coin looks poised to test the $0.64 resistance during the weekend. Both the short- and long-term picture looks encouraging for the currency, as it is well above the prior lengthy correction pattern. Support is still found in the $0.45-$0.48 zone, while further resistance is ahead near $0.75.

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Crypto Update: Bitcoin Plunges Below $6500 as Heavy Selling Resumes

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The cryptocurrency segment is having another very negative day after a calmer period, as selling pressure intensified yet again. All of the major coins turned sharply lower, with the laggards of the recent period, Litecoin, Monero, and Dash confirming their downtrend and the relatively stronger coins also taking a beating.

The total capitalization of the segment dropped below $270 billion, and from a long-term technical standpoint, several currencies are in precarious positions. With no clear news catalyst behind the move, technicals are playing a very important role, and last week’s lows will likely be in focus in the coming days.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin is still relatively weak both on the short- and long-term time-frames, and it dropped back to the $6275-$6500 zone that has been acting as primary support during the recent leg lower. Given the importance of the long-term zone between $5850 and $6000, a break below $6275 could set up a crucial test in the coming days. For now, traders still shouldn’t enter new positions, while investors should hold on to their coins as the bullish secular trend is still intact.

No Hiding From the Selloff as Altcoins Broadly Lower

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

With the weakest coins leading the way lower again, new swing lows are likely in the majority of the coins, although there is still hope for bulls that a major long-term breakdown can be avoided. Ethereum fell below $500 after touching the declining short-term trendline, and it remains in a bearish trend, even as it’s still in a much better technical position compared to BTC, holding up well above the April lows, and being further away from last week’s swing low as well.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

 That said, we remain negative regarding the short-term outlook for the second largest coin, and traders shouldn’t enter new positions here.  Above the $500 level, strong resistance is ahead between $555 and $575, while primary support is found at $450, with further zones near $400 and $480.

BNB/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

There are no real hiding places for crypto investors from the current selloff even as Binance Coin is still holding up relatively well, within a clear uptrend and above crucial technical support.  That said, as we warned before, given the broad downtrend in the segment, traders should be cautious with new short-term positions.

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Italy Spooks markets Again as Stocks Remain Under Pressure

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European stocks Led the way lower today despite a bullish start in Asia, as equities gave back their gains when Daimler published a surprising profit warning, which was deeply affected by the recent trade war developments, reigniting fears of a tariff-driven downturn in global trade.

DAX, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Old Continent got into more trouble later on, when two anti-EU officials were named in Italy, resurrecting fears of a clash between the systematically crucial country and the core of the Eurozone. Italian yields rose in European trading, and although they are still shy of the levels hit during the May scare, the periphery could be in trouble as the ECB pledged to exit the market by the end of the year.

Nasdaq 100 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The main European indices were smashed lower during the session, with the DAX hitting a two month low, still being very weak relatively speaking compared to its US peers. US stocks sold off heavily following the opening bell and they failed to recover, unlike two days ago, and the major benchmarks traded well below yesterday’s levels just before the close.

The Nasdaq and the Russell 2000 lost some of their recent mojo, pulling back heavily of the all-time highs during the day. All in all, the risk off shift continues to dominate across the board, as we expected and we remain negative on risk assets here, especially regarding emerging markets, even as the Dollar’s rally could be over for a while.

Dollar Pulls back as Pound Surges

USD/CAD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Dollar took a beating as the Philly Fed Index came in much worse than expected, and as the Bank of England sent hawkish signals, pushing the Pound and the Euro higher. The central bank left its benchmark rate unchanged at 0.5%, but a rate hike this year got much closer, with a key member of the bank voicing inflationary concerns.

The Greenback fell more than what the events would imply, so a larger scale consolidation could have already started in the currency following the recent gains and the marginal new high yesterday. With the EUR/USD pair nearing the 1.1450-1.15 support zone, the USD/CAD hitting 1.33 and the AUD/USD touching 0.7350, a meaningful counter-trend move would be timely in the surging reserve currency.

WTI Crude Oil, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Gold continued to drift lower before the Dollar’s reversal and it hit $1262 for the first time since lat December before bouncing back above the $1270 level in late trading. Crude oil also fell sharply in early trading, and the WTI contract traded with a $64 handle before rallying back to $66 per barrel.

The OPEC meeting, which is expected to result in a supply increase by the cartel made the crucial commodity very volatile in recent days, but we expect the bearish trend to continue, with a likely dip to the $60 level in the coming weeks.

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Crypto Update: Coins Drift Sideways as Trading Activity Plunges

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Liquidity dried up in the cryptocurrency segment in recent days, as trading volumes have been declining progressively, while the major coins got stuck in tight ranges. Only a few coins show signs of activity, and the bearish short-term patterns continue to dominate the market. With a group of currencies, namely Litecoin, Monero, Dash, and Bitcoin itself clearly dragging the segment down, the short-term trend will likely continue, as the previous leaders are now showing strength either.

While all of the top digital currencies are showing some gains today, and the total value of the market edged close to $290 billion, major resistance levels are still towering above. The fact that the effect of the Bithumb hack faded away quickly is a positive here, but until signs of bullish momentum and a clear leadership forming, the short-term outlook remains bearish.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin continues to trade near the $6750 level, edging ever closer to the declining short-term trendline, in a bearish consolidation pattern. Bulls would need a sustained move above $7000 to negate the declining trend, but for now at least a test of last week’s lows is likely with a possible move towards the key long-term zone between $5850 and $6000.  The short-term zone around $6350 level provides support, while further resistance is ahead near $7350.

Ethereum Nears Trendline as ETC Attempts Breakout

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum has been among the strongest coins in the last few days again, and coupled with its long-term relative strength, the second largest coin is still the best candidate to lead a recovery. That said, the coin still faces strong resistance between $555 and $575, and bullish momentum is suspiciously weak. Primary support is found at $500 with further zones near $450 and $400.

ETC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum Classic has been positively diverging compared to the rest of the market, together with Binance Coin, and to a lesser extent Tron ever since its inclusion to Coinbase, and the coin moved above the key $16 resistance yesterday in late trading.

While ETC is slightly overbought from a short-term perspective, a consolidation above $16 and a subsequent move higher could confirm a trend change. For now, the short-term trend signal is only neutral, and traders should remain cautious given the broad downtrend in the segment

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