The value of all cryptocurrency plunged more than 9% over the weekend, declining from a high of $179 billion to $162.5 billion. Analysts say the correction does very little to alter the technology’s upward trajectory, and may in fact be a way to encourage new buyers to enter the market.
Cryptocurrency Market: Onward and Upward
Even with the latest correction, the cryptocurrency market has increased nearly 60% over the past month and is up 823% since the beginning of the year. There are now 11 digital currency assets with a market cap of at least $1 billion, with the top-100 having a minimum value of $38.7 million, according to CoinMarketCap.
That being said, market dislocations are a major concern for investors. Market dislocation is a condition where investors cease to price assets correctly on an absolute and relative basis. This condition seems to have inflicted bitcoin cash (BCH), which launched on Aug. 1 after a minority of the blockchain community rejected the SegWit2x protocol. Bitcoin cash has faced extreme volatility over its short history as markets struggle to find what it’s really worth.
Bitcoin Prices Rejected Near $5,000
Bitcoin (BTC/USD) approached a new milestone Saturday after prices came within a few dollars of $5,000.00. The BTC/USD briefly touched a session high of $4,991.00 before plunging more than $400 on Sunday.
According to Breadwallet co-founder Aaron Lasher, bitcoin’s market cap could reach $5 trillion in the next decade. In an interview with Market Watch, Lasher acknowledged that the cryptocurrency market is in a bubble, but that the long-term trend is up. However, the path higher will be highly volatile, and may include a brutal bear market correction.
Russia Sees First Criminal Case Involving Bitcoin
Bitcoin was in the headlines last week after Russian police arrested three people for illegally trading in the digital currency. The transactions were reportedly worth 500 million rubles, or roughly $9 million U.S. The Ministry of Internal Affairs says the defendants are being charged with “Illegal Banking.”
Although Russian authorities are keeping an open mind on cryptocurrency, they also want to show it will not be tolerated as a money laundering unit. Russian courts have already set a precedent for blocking bitcoin exchanges, but have not pursued criminal charges.
The cryptocurrency debate is heating up around the world. Earlier this year, Japan formally recognized bitcoin as a form of money. South Korea also appears to be moving in that same direction.
Cryptocurrency Analysis: Ripple Continues Rampage as Litecoin and Ethereum Enter Correction
Ripple remained in the center of attention in the segment after breaking out to a new all-time high yesterday, and the coin almost doubled in value, climbing above the $0.80 level. The currency concluded a 6-month long consolidation pattern with the move after being the only major on a long-term buy signal in our trend model.
XRP gave a short-term sell signal today, while turning neutral regarding the long-term setup. Investors now shouldn’t add to their positions, although further gains are still possible, and reducing holdings somewhat is a good idea here. Major support is still found at the prior high near $0.4250 and in the $0.30-$0.32 range.
XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis
While Bitcoin stagnated, and Bitcoin Cash jumped, Ethereum, Litecoin, Dash, and IOTA has been drifting slightly lower, although the recent gains are still mostly intact, and the basic setup in the segment is unchanged.
Litecoin fell below the $300 level after yesterday’s consolidation, and the coin faced strong selling pressure in the latter half of the session. The currency remains extremely stretched regarding the long-term momentum indicators, and although the short-term uptrend is still intact, a deeper correction is likely in the coming weeks, with key support levels found at $125 and $100, and weaker levels at $260 and $170.
LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis
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Wednesday Market Recap
|Asset||Current Value||Daily Change|
|WTI Crude Oil||56.65||-0.68%|
The Federal Reserve hiked interest rates as expected today, and although the central bank’s monetary statement was slightly more hawkish than expected, the market’s reaction didn’t reflect the much-anticipated move. The worse than expected Core CPI reading that underlined the low-inflation narrative weighed on the recently strong Greenback, while stocks were unchanged after decision and bonds gained ground as yields retreated.
EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis
The major indices are hovering near their all-time highs with the DOW leading the way higher, hitting a new record for the second day in a row. While volatility Is expected to remain low as we approach the end of the year, market internals and valuation levels are still concerning from a long-term perspective, and stocks outside the US are also negatively diverging. The action in crude oil could be slightly more interesting as the commodity is starting to act in a slightly bearish manner after a grinding multi-month rally.
WTI Crude Oil, 4-Hour Chart Analysis
The Brexit process is still in the center of attention in Europe, although volatility took a nosedive on the old continent as well, and it’s unlikely that the Christmas period will be much different, given the predictable drop in volumes and trading activity. The date of the next election in the financially and politically troubled Italy has been set to March 4th next year, and the early date caused some turmoil in the countries assets, which dragged the Euro Stoxx 50 lower today, together with the DAX and the other major indices.
As the total market cap of the crypto-market crossed the incredible $500 billion mark, Ripple, NEO, and Ethereum made headlines with lofty gains in the face of the severely overbought readings elsewhere in the segment. While XRP and NEO are still not overbought from an investment perspective, Ethereum reached our final target for its break-out and triggered a long-term sell signal.
ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis
The previously surging IOTA continued its correction, Litecoin consolidated in a relatively narrow range, while Dash, ETC, and Monero scored marginal new highs before turning lower together with BTC. The most valuable coin that has lost some of its momentum “mojo” in recent days fell back below last week’s highs, and that could mark a failed break-out and a start of the deeper correction that seems more and more likely.
BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis
Key Economic Releases on Wednesday
|11:30||UK||Claimant Count Change||5,900||3,300||6,500|
|15:30||US||Crude Oil Inventories||-5.1 mill||-3.6 mill||-5.6 mill|
|21:00||US||Fed Rate Decision||1.5%||1.5%||1.25%|
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Technical Analysis: Volatility on the Rise Again, as Ripple and Ethereum Hit Targets
Ripple has been the star of today’s session in the cryptocurrency segment, as the only major coin on a long-term buy signal in our trend model continued yesterday’s break-out, and surged to a new all-time high. The currency cleared the $0.425 level that marked the top in May, and after the more than 6-month long consolidation phase, it promptly neared the $0.50 level.
While the short-term momentum indicators are now stretched, the coin is still in an encouraging long-term setup, although the best period to buy already passed. The coin could be dragged lower in the case of the expected broad correction in the segment, but we expect XRP to outperform in the coming period, with support levels found at the prior high and below that in the range between $0.30-$0.32.
XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis
Ethereum has been the other top coin on the rise, as the second largest digital currency surged past the final range projection target of the break-out two weeks ago at $685 in the aftermath of the launch of the BTC futures on Monday. The ETH token is now also on a sell signal on all time-frames, and we advise investors and investors to wait for the next major correction to establish new positions. Support levels are now found at $575, $500, $480, and $400.
ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis
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