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Cryptocurrency Analysis: Coins Settle Down as Rebound Stalls

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As the waves of last week’s Chinese legislative shift faded away, volatility fell to normal levels in the segment, as the total market value of the sector reached $140 billion again for a 40% gain. The post-crash surge in the major coins got stopped by the dominant short-term trendlines and the overhead resistance zones, with the price levels in focus being $4000 for Bitcoin and $285 in the case of Ethereum. The ETH token that breached $300 during the initial surge is consolidating near the key support/resistance level, with the declining trendline also being close in the close vicinity. We still expect a re-test of the $250 level before a sustained move higher, with further support at $235 and resistance ahead near the $330 level.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The deep correction that was accelerated by the Chinese decisions cleared the preceding overbought readings in all of the largest currencies, and as correlations are expected to break down as the move ends, the different coin will likely take diverging paths again in the coming weeks. Those majors that are already oversold or are after a longer consolidation, such as Ripple, IOTA, and NEO could outperform the market, while the likes of Dash, Monero, and Litecoin are likely to experience a choppy consolidation period following their lofty gains.  Ethereum Classic is the most suspicious of the major coins as it is still stuck under long-term support and a declining long-term trendline. Let’s see the detailed short-term analysis of the currencies.

Bitcoin

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

BTC is trading right at the $4000 resistance and slightly below the declining trendline after the volatile week, and the bounce cleared the short-term oversold condition. Another leg lower to test, at least the $3500 support is likely before a sustained move higher, but the long-term picture is not overbought anymore, and a durable dip below the crash lows is unlikely now. Below $3500 the $3150 and $3000 levels serve as support.

Litecoin

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Litecoin continues to trade below the $56 resistance level, as volatility decreased substantially in the coin as well after the crash and the subsequent bounce. While we expect more sideways price action in the currency, even a test of the crash lows and the long-term base formation is unlikely. Strong support is found near $50-$51, and around $44 while a line-in-the-sand resistance level is ahead near $64.

Dash

DASH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Dash failed to hold above the short-term trendline after the healthy bounce, and despite the relative strength that it showed, we expect the coin to continue the correction after the prior huge break-out The short-term MACD is close to a bearish cross, and that could signal the next leg lower in the consolidation phase. Strong support is still found near $300 and $265, with resistance ahead at $360.

Ripple

XRP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

XRP fell slightly after touching the resistance zone just below $0.20 but it remains well above the long-term base formation after testing it during the crash. The declining short-term trend is intact, and although we still expect the coin to outperform the segment in the coming weeks, the re-test of the $0.16 level is possible as the correction concludes. Support is now found at $0.18 and $0.16 while crucial resistance is still ahead around the $0.22 level.

Ethereum Classic

ETC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum Classic remains the weakest major concerning the shot-term picture, as it is still well below the long-term base formation that is found near the $13.50 level. The coin fell back below the declining long-term trendline as well, and despite the attractive price level, short-term traders should stay away from new positions until an uptrend is established. Strong resistance levels are at $16 and $18, while support is found near $9.

Monero

XMR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Monero is hovering around the $100 since the initial rebound, and it is still stuck below the declining trendline as well. With the long-term picture still just being neutral following the monster rally and the crash int eh segment we expect further consolidation before a test of the prior all-time highs. Support levels are found near $80 and $68, while primary resistance is at $125.

NEO

NEO/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

NEO is still trading near the $20 after settling down yesterday, and the coin is now very close to the declining trendline despite the volatile period of the previous weeks. While a dip towards the crucial $16-$16.50 zone is still possible we don’t expect a test of the crash lows in the coming period. Strong resistance is ahead at $22, $25, and $30 while further support is found near $13.

IOTA

IOTA/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

IOTA remains the only major that is above the declining short-term trendline, but a move above $0.65 would be needed to confirm the new uptrend, and more sideways action is possible, as the broad correction concludes in the segment. That said long-term investors should already buy the short-term dips in the currency. Key support is found near the $0.45-$0.48 level, while resistance above $0.65 is ahead at $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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