The crypto-segment settled down after a brief volatile period yesterday, as Bitcoin and Ethereum continue to consolidate their recent gains near $3400 and $300 respectively. The global risk-off sentiment didn’t affect the segment significantly, as the largest coins are still holding up above the primary resistance levels. Bitcoin only spiked down just below $3200 after hitting a high at $3500, and despite the slightly overbought long-term picture, it could soon be ready for another leg up in the ongoing trend.
BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis
NEM and Dash are relatively strong among the other majors, while Monero, Litecoin, Ethereum Classic and Ripple are virtually unchanged for the day. LTC and XMR are just below their recent highs while ETC and XRP are still stuck in downtrends. As global tensions continue to escalate, Bitcoin might yet again outperform the other coins, as safe haven buying usually favors the most valuable cryptocurrency. That said, the bull market in the sector seems safe for now, so let’s see how the charts shape up today.
ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis
ETH is acting bullish amid the short-term correction, with the crucial $285 level holding the coin yesterday. The positive trend in the currency is clearly intact, but more sideways action might be needed before another rally. The coin is not overbought regarding long-term momentum as BTC is, so we expect new highs in the coming period, with a possible test of the prior all-time high at $400.
LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis
Litecoin continues to consolidate after the weekend rally, and the coin is just 15% off its all-time high with the long-term momentum still being only neutral. We expect a test of the $56 level in the coming weeks, and a rally to the long-term range projection target near $60.
DASH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis
Dash is still looking bullish, despite remaining within the triangle consolidation pattern. A break-out looks very likely in the coming days with a test of the prior all-time high, and possibly the range projection target near $260. The $200 level is now the primary support, with further levels at $190 and near $170.
XRP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis
XRP is still among the weakest coin, trading in a long-term downtrend and staying well below the $0.20 level that it hit recently. The falling trendline is now at $0.19, converging with the primary support level in the coming days. A move towards $0.22 is the most likely scenario, especially if the broad rally continues in the segment.
ETC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis
ETC Classic is also stuck in a downtrend and below short-term resistance like XRP. The token is trading in a narrow range below the $16 resistance, and a move above that level and the declining trendline could open up the road to $18 and the prior high near $22. Support is still found around the $14 level.
XMR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis
Monero remains among the strongest coins, in a steep rising trend, trading just below the $52 level. As the short-term MACD is approaching neutral again, another leg higher in the rally is expected soon, and the prior high near $58 could be breached. The strongest short-term support levels are found near $46 and $42.
NEM/BTC, 4-Hour Chart Analysis
NEM regained its relative strength today, and its trading just below the 0.00009 resistance compared to BTC again. The bullish setup remains intact, and a rally towards 0.00010 seems likely in the coming days. Strong support is found at 0.000075, and below that near 0.00007.
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Notable Bitcoin Price Growth Events in October
October has been an interesting month for Bitcoin, with growth of about 40% so far, breaking a market cap of over $101,881,681,652.
But if you are looking at Bitcoin long-term, this is more than just numbers now. Yes, Bitcoin did experience some explosive growth this month (and has been this entire year), but we shouldn’t let that distract us from some of the main components that will fuel Bitcoin’s growth in the long-term.
- Not only did the price break $6,000 per Bitcoin for the first time ever, we started to see Bitcoin’s market cap rate surpass that of big banks such as Goldman Sachs ($93 billion) and Morgan Stanley ($89 billion). While comparing the market capitalization of a cryptocurrency with that of publicly traded companies doesn’t make much financial sense, it’s entertaining to watch financial institutions stress out about Bitcoin.
For example, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase Jamie Dimon can’t stop talking about Bitcoin and venting his frustration with the topic by calling Bitcoin a “fraud” and threatening to fire any employee trading it for the simple reason of “being stupid”.
We also saw Goldman Sachs state that Bitcoin is not the “new gold” in terms of currency, calling it volatile and the methods of storage vulnerable. Goldman Sachs also stated that precious metals like gold are still the best way to store value-long term. While this may be historically accurate, the world hasn’t seen anything like Bitcoin before. Understanding Bitcoin’s growth a matter of equipping yourself with the perspective and ideology that Bitcoin (or if/when whatever cryptocurrency evolves to take its place) can play a substantial long-term role in how society views money.
Traditional financial institutions such as investment banks are at an interesting point. Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ripple are inherent threats to the very foundation that these multi-hundred-billion dollar companies operate on, and they can’t be defeated because of their decentralized nature. Additionally, many of the same banks that are threatened are also investors looking to reap the rewards of Bitcoin’s explosive growth, and also are incubating similar blockchain concepts to not get left in the dust.
- People are starting to look at Bitcoin as an oasis of solidity in an otherwise tumultuous alt-coin market.
In September, we saw an unprecedented crackdown on ICOs and alt-coins by government entities. China and South Korea outright banned the sales of ICOs, and the United States warned investors to be skeptical. While there are hundreds (soon to be thousands) of dubious ICOs, this crackdown did have effects on how investors view legitimate alt-coins. For this reason, many investors flocked to Bitcoin and were able to enjoy some solid growth in October.
So, that brings up the question of whether Bitcoin will be a source of stability in the future. Although the price has gone up a lot this month, that doesn’t make it any less volatile.
- Bitcoin still has a long way to go. One of the key pieces of news in October that influenced the writing of this piece was the prediction that Bitcoin will hit $27,000 in four months by an avid cryptocurrency investor and enthusiast called Trace Mayer. While Twitter is filled with all kinds of Bitcoin hooplah, Mayer’s prediction was based on a simple 200 day moving average. This 200 day moving average would put Bitcoin well over $27,000.
Four months is close enough in the future to anticipate, so I’m really interested to see where BTC ends up between then and now. The counter-argument against this would be that Bitcoin may just be experience a state of exponential growth and will cool off, but that’s what people have been saying for years.
It’s also important to note that Bitcoin’s main competitors for value storage and a medium of exchange are the US Dollar and gold. Bitcoin was able to earn a market capitalization of over $100 billion in just a few short years, but this hardly holds a candle to its competitors. The US Dollar money supply circles around $12,500 billion. All the gold that has ever been mined is worth around $8,000 billion.
This means that Bitcoin, this innovative new technology with exponential growth is only around 1% of its two main competitors. This leaves Bitcoin a long way to grow, and I personally don’t think it’s going to slow down anytime soon.
By all means, this isn’t a conclusive argument for where Bitcoin’s price will end up. These are just a few points I want to bring up regardless of whatever you choose to do with your money.
There are a handful good of arguments on both sides of the Bitcoin growth discussion, but it all comes down to how well you can either respond to short-term events, or how cemented you are in your long-term beliefs.
Personally, I don’t recommend day-trading or trying to “game” exchanges for the simple fact that losing money sucks, and this is an easy way to lose money.
However, what I can advocate is the thorough research of the fundamental factors influencing the growth of particular cryptocurrencies and how the world responds to it. For example, in October we saw investment banks start commenting more about Bitcoin (which at the very least hints at more media coverage), how many users decided to stick with Bitcoin instead of liquidating for fiat during rough alt-coin times, and some explosive growth that backs up the lofty price goal assumptions by crypto enthusiasts.
5 Things to Watch Next Week: Earnings Bonanza, Bitcoin in Danger Zone, Trump’s Tax Reform, The Dollar Rally, The US Yield Curve
1. $4.5 Trillion in Market Cap Reporting
So far, the US earnings season has been a positive affair, as the most important companies, especially mega caps, beat the estimates across the board, lifting the major indices to new all-time highs in the process. Next week, is calendar will be full of another huge batch of key earnings, such as Microsoft (MSFT), Google’s parent Alphabet (GOOG), ExxonMobil (XOM), Amazon (AMZN) and Visa (V).
With the overbought readings in the Dow, the S&P 500, and the Nasdaq, there is not much left in the tank for the equity rally, and the long-term prospects are not better by any means. That said, trying to pick a top in such a rally is futile, but controlling the Fear of Missing Out is not an easy feat. The correction will come, without a doubt, and it will either bring a trading opportunity as in August or a confirmation for the bears.
Dow 30 Index, Daily Chart Analysis
2. Bitcoin Reaches Target but Uptrend Remains Intact
The new all-time highs in BTC have been the most important move in the cryptocurrency segment this week, even as Ethereum‘s major update made headlines earlier on. As the short-lived break-out of ETH and some of the other major altcoins faded away, Bitcoin’s dominance reached levels not seen for months, surpassing 58% as the coin reached the $6000 level towards the end of the week. While the long-term picture is clearly overbought for BTC, we wouldn’t rule out another leg higher towards the range extension target at $7000, but pocketing most of the recent gains is probably the way to go. The quick and deep corrections in the segment always come when the last bears had given up hope, and we are close to that state.
BTC, Daily Chart Analysis
3. Trump Tax Plan Might Live After All
As the Senate passed the 2018 budget resolution this week, the new tax bill got much closer to passing this year than previously thought. While a lot of experts agreed that the controversial proposal had a good chance of failing at one of the many legislative hurdles, but he Senate’s decision opened up the way for a short-cut and if the GOP speeds up the process of writing the bill, the much-awaited tax cuts could arrive very soon. The next step is to pass the budget bill in the House, while tackling the opposition towards the actual bill in the Senate and the House. So while the process will be grueling, the market already hailed the first step with a rally, and the progress could be a major driver for stocks and the Dollar in the coming weeks.
4. The Dollar Showing Stability
With the focus still on the next Fed Chair, and the above-mentioned tax reform, the Greenback had a choppy but slightly bullish week, even compared to the relatively strong Euro. The Yen, the Pound, and the smaller majors all lost considerable ground compared to the USD, with the New Zealand Dollar falling the most after the announcement of the new coalition. Technically speaking, the Dollar is not out of the woods, but it seems that a higher low formed on the daily chart of the DXY, and that could have a major implication for all markets. Should the Index post a new swing high next week, the door could open for a major rally in the battered currency.
Dollar Index (DXY), Daily Charts
5. The US Yield Curve is Collapsing
As short-term Treasury yields are rallying thanks to the hawkish tone of the Fed, and the modest economic numbers, the longer end of the curve is lagging severely. That represents the doubts regarding the long-term growth potential of the US economy, and is usually a strong precursor of a looming recession.
Some analysts argue that raising interest rates this late in the cycle is a major policy error, but with the extremely loose monetary policy of recent years, the normalization must begin, or the Fed will be out of options in the case of an economic shock. In any case, long-term investors should keep a close eye on Treasuries, as the bond market is usually a better predictor of troubles ahead than the stock market.
Key Economic Releases Next Week
|Wednesday||GERMANY||IFO Business Climate||0.4%||0.2%|
|Wednesday||US||Core Durable Goods Orders||1.1%||2.0%|
|Wednesday||CANADA||BOC Rate Decision||1.0%||1.0%|
|Wednesday||US||New Home Sales||556,000||560,000|
|Wednesday||US||Crude Oil Inventories||–||-5.7 bill|
|Thursday||EUROZONE||ECB Rate Decisiion||0.00%||0.00%|
|Thursday||EUROZONE||ECB Press Conference||–||–|
|Thursday||US||Pending Home Sales||0.7%||-2.6%|
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Long-Term Cryptocurrency Analysis: Bitcoin Outshines Altcoins Again
The most valuable coin had another encouraging week, as it emerged from a brief but violent correction, just to reach new highs towards the end of the week, draining capital from altcoins. The total value of the market is stagnating near the all-time high, but BTC crossed the $100 billion mark as it surged past the $6000 price level, controlling 58% of the market.
With the long-term MACD clearly being overbought, and as the long-term target has been hit, investors should now be looking for exit points, even as the short-term uptrend is intact. The range projection target of the recent correction is found at $7000, but correction risks are already high, and only small positions should be kept in the current setup.
BTC/USD, Daily Chart Analysis
Most of the major altcoins are trading in narrow ranges this weekend after a slightly bearish week, as the optimism surrounding Ethereum’s major update faded and the second largest coin re-entered its previous range.
Litecoin, Dash, and Monero are still looking encouraging despite the lengthy correction, while the recently, while the relatively weak Ethereum Classic IOTA continue to show worrying signs. As the Bitcoin long trade is getting stretched, let’s see the how the daily charts of the altcoins are shaping up.
- Notable Bitcoin Price Growth Events in October October 22, 2017
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- 5 Things to Watch Next Week: Earnings Bonanza, Bitcoin in Danger Zone, Trump’s Tax Reform, The Dollar Rally, The US Yield Curve October 22, 2017
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