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Cryptocurrency Analysis: Ethereum Hits $380, Nearing All-Time High

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The second largest coin finally reached our next target level after a long and grinding leg higher, and the ETH token topped out only a few percent off its all-time high near $400 today in early trading. Ethereum, which was the top performing major during the summer rally, has been lagging Bitcoin and most of the other prominent coins during the recent rally off the July lows, but it has gained relative strength recently. As BTC hit a marginal new high yesterday, ETH remained strong overnight, and it’s still within its rising short-term uptrend. Support is found near $330, $300, and $285.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin is still trading slightly above the $4500 level, but, so far, it failed to gather strong upside momentum, and that could point to a bull-trap in the most valuable coin. The coins that are already sporting lofty gains, like Monero and Dash, could be the most affected by a BTC correction, while the likes of Litecoin, Ripple, and Ethereum Classic could outperform in such a scenario. Today, most of the largest currencies are little changed, with NEM and Dash trading notably higher, while Monero losing ground for the third day in a row. Let’s see how the charts look on this quiet day.

Bitcoin

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin breached the $4600 level for a new all-time high overnight, carrying the crypto segment’s value to over $165 billion for the first time. The coin is now only a tad above the prior record levels, signaling caution for investors, as the long-term picture remains deep in overbought territory. Key support levels are still found at $4000, near $3800, $3500, and $3150.

Litecoin

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

LTC is still consolidating its recent break-out, trading in a very narrow range for the second day in a row. The coin is in clear short- and long-term uptrends, without being overbought, pointing to more upside potential for both traders and investors. Support levels are found near $60, $56, and around $51, while the next target level is near the $70 level.

Dash

DASH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Dash is slightly above yesterday’s short-term correction lows, as it the coin is still within a narrow range after the surge to $400 during the weekend. The currency is still overbought regarding long-term momentum, and the current setup suggests a more protracted correction after the recent rally. Support is still at $300, and near $266, with the prior high below that at $230.

Ripple

XRP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple settled down somewhat after a volatile period, in a broad short-term consolidation pattern after last week’s break-out. The coin is currently testing the upper boundary of the pattern, and another leg higher in the trend is likely after establishing a swing low near the $0.20 level. Below that, more support is found at $0.18 and near $0.16, while resistance is ahead at $0.26 and near $0.30.

Ethereum Classic

ETC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum Classic experienced some volatility today, but it continues to trade slightly below the $16 resistance after breaking the rising short-term trendline. The coin is still the weakest of the majors, and although the long-term picture remains encouraging, short-term traders should still wait with new positions until a new trend is established. Resistance is ahead at $18 and $23, while long-term support is found around the $14 level.

Monero

XMR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Monero is a short-term correction pattern after hitting an all-time high above $150 level. The coin broke its steep uptrend, and with the long-term picture still being overbought, investors should wait with new positions until a deeper correction. Support levels are found near $125, at $100, and below that around $80.

NEM

NEM/BTC, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

NEM is drifting higher once again within the broad trading range around the 0.000065 level, but the pattern is still very much intact. The long-term picture continues to look encouraging, and with Bitcoin being in overbought territory, a rally towards   0.000075 is likely, with a possible test of the 0.00009 level as well. Support is still found near 0.0000575 and 0.000048.

NEO

NEO/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

NEO has been very volatile in the last couple of days, testing the $30 level and rebounding sharply twice in the period. The coin faces resistance at $40 and $46, while an unlikely break below $30 would warn of further correction, possibly towards the $22 support.  Short-term traders should still wait with entering new positions, but investors could add to their holdings near the $30 support.

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Tron Price Analysis: TRX/USD Constructing a Head and Shoulders Pattern

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  • TRX/USD remains vulnerable to further downside, with eyes on the possible head and shoulders technical structure.
  • TRX/BTC bulls are having much difficulty breaking down huge area of supply.

TRX/USD Price Action

TRX/USD daily chart.

There has been little in terms of committed market direction. It appears that after the huge bull run, which was observed from mid-December until 10th January, the price is trying to find its feet again. The gains of that push higher were a chunky 180%, before quickly becoming unstable and losing some of that ground.

Head and Shoulders Pattern

TRX/USD head and shoulders formation, via daily chart.

A near-term ascending trend line can be observed via the daily chart. This could be forming a head and shoulders formation. The left shoulder and head have already been constructed, with attention on this possible right shoulder. It is currently moving back towards the trend line, acting as a neckline for the technical pattern. A breach could see a fast fall below the $0.020000 mark.

The next major area of support is seen at a demand zone, which tracks from $0.017500 down to $0.016000. TRX/USD last traded here on 20th December, when the bulls ran through this range, which at the time was acting as supply. At a worse case scenario, a failure of this zone holding will shift attention to the December low area, $0.011150.

TRX/BTC Bulls Cannot Break Down Big Supply Zone

TRX/BTC daily chart.

This trading week, the TRX/BTC bulls attempted on a few occasions,to break down heavy area of supply. It can be seen tracking from 0.00000700 up to 0.000007500. The price has not been convincingly breached since June 2018, a strong sign of the bearish trend gripping the market. Briefly on 10th January, an aggressive spike to the upside was observed, pushing above for a very short-time before the sellers piled in.

Weekly Chart

TRX/BTC weekly chart.

Looking via the weekly chart view, TRX/BTC has been pushing higher for the past three consecutive weeks, at the time of writing. Despite this run of gains, the technical picture does still somewhat express some vulnerabilities. The large upper wick produced during the week which commenced 7th January appears to be a bearish pin bar formation.

If this week fails to close in the green, it could suggest that a larger wave of selling pressure may materialize. Typically, the types of candlesticks described above tend to come ahead of downside pressure. In addition, then numerous rejections seen within the earlier detailed supply zone, stacks favorably for the bears.

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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Monero Price Analysis: Stronger Malware to Mine Monero; XMR/USD Has Room for Another Potential Squeeze South

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  • Researchers: a stronger malware has been uncovered, which can mine Monero.
  • XMR/USD price action remains stuck in a narrowing range, subject to an imminent breakout.

The XMR/USD price has seen some upside on Saturday, holding gains of around 3% towards the latter stages of the day. Despite the press higher from the bulls, a move which has been observed across the cryptocurrency market, vulnerabilities remain. Price action has been ranging for the past nine sessions. Once again, this isn’t specifically just XMR, as this type of behavior is witnessed across the board. The narrowing in play came after the steep drop that rippled across the market on 10th January.

Price action was initially well-supported to the upside by an ascending trend line, which was in play from 15th December. This at the time was a very promising recovery, as XMR/USD had gained as much as 55%. Unfortunately, however, the bulls were unable to break down supply heading into the $60 region and were eventually dealt a big hammer blow. On 10th January, the market bears forced a heavy breach to the downside, smashing through this support. The price had dropped a big double-digits, some 20%.

Stronger Malware Mining Monero (XMR)

There is a dangerous form of malware that can bypass being detected and mine Monero (XMR) on cloud-based servers. A recent notice was put out by Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42, an intelligence team that specializes in cyber threats, regarding a Linux mining malware. This was detailed to have been developed by Rocke group, which has the ability uninstall cloud security products. It can do this to the likes of Alibaba Cloud and Tencent Cloud, to then illegally mine Monero on compromised machines.

The two researchers from Palo Alto Networks, Xingyu Jin and Claud Xiao, detailed the findings of their studies. Once the malware is downloaded, it takes administrative control to initially uninstall all cloud security products. Shortly after, it will then then transmit code that will mine the Monero (XMR). Further within their press release, they said, “To the best of our knowledge, this is the first malware family that developed the unique capability to target and remove cloud security products.”

Technical Review – XMR/USD

XMR/USD daily chart.

Given the current range block formation, eyes should be on the key near-term technical areas. Firstly, to the downside, $43, which is the lower part of the range. A breach here will likely see a retest of the December low, $38. To the upside, resistance be observed at around the mid $46 level. Should a breakout be observed here, then a potential retest of the broken trend line will be watched.

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Litecoin Price Analysis: LTC/USD Bulls Enjoy Big Jump But Stubborn Resistance Capping Potential

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  • Litecoin sees a relief rally on Friday, but is still stuck within stubborn range-block.
  • LTC/USD price action has formed a bearish flag pattern structure, subject to a potential break lower.

The Litecoin price on Saturday was seen holding decent gains of over 5%, as life is kicked back into the bulls. The LTC/USD pair has been victim of trading within a stubborn daily $3 range. This very much being the case for the past nine trading sessions. It is a form of consolidation after the breach south from an ascending trend line. This had been supporting the price from 14th December 2018, up until the bears forced a breach on 10th January.

In light of the breakout below the above-mentioned trend line, a large wave of selling pressure came with that. LTC/USD plunged by as much as 25% to the lowest levels seen since the start of the month. The earlier described range-block formation has come as a result of the increased volatility that accompanied the break south. The high of the range should be noted at the $33 mark, with the lower support eyed down at the psychological $30 level.

Bear Flag

Given this type of price behavior from a technical standpoint, it appears to demonstrate some vulnerabilities to the downside. The calming and consolidating after an initial explosive drop lower to then potentially resume the selling pressure reflects this point. As can see from either the 4-hour or daily chart, price action has formed a bearish flag pattern. When the market fell from 9-10th January, this formed the pole of the bearish flag of the structure. The actual flag is currently being constructed, as part of the sideways trading being observed.

Lightening Network Trial Underway

As reported by the CCN team, Coingate, a cryptocurrency-based payments platform, has now executed a trial run of its Lightening Network via Litecoin.  The platform has partnered up with a privacy service provider, known as Surfshark for this pilot project. Within the partnership, the implementation of Lightening Network payment solution for Litecoin transactions is a big milestone for the cryptocurrency community.

Technical Review – LTC/USD

LTC/USD daily chart. A bearish flag structure can be seen.

As detailed earlier, a breakout from the range-block formation will be the next trend defining move. Should the bears manage to force a break below the lower support, tracking at $30, then a demand area below will be called into action. This can be observed tracking within the $28 price region, which is a known area to find buyers. A failure to do so could see LTC/USD drop back down towards $23-22 range.

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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