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Daily Analysis: Bitcoin Tops $1800 as Stocks Drift To New Highs

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Tuesday Market Recap

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2398 0.35%
DAX 12758 0.61%
WTI Crude Oil 46.09 0.10%
GOLD 1221.00 -0.84%
Bitcoin 1790 7.45%
EUR/USD 1.0891 -0.36%

 

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Global stock markets are in the green again as European and Japanese stocks are on the rise, with the Yen and the Euro both losing ground to the Dollar. The main US indices are still lagging their international peers, although the slight rebound in Chinese equities helped global sentiment. The mixed performance remains suspicious especially with the major benchmarks still being in overbought territory. Volatility collapsed to a 20-year low on Wall Street following the French election, as traders removed their insurance bets.

The US Dollar is higher against all of its major peers today, although the Great British Pound is also very strong before the Bank of England’s monetary meeting that will be held later on this week. Commodities opened strongly but gave back most of their gains, pushing related currencies lower again. The Australian Dollar is at the lowest level since January while the Canadian Dollar hit a 13-month low this week. The segment is expected to remain under pressure as Chinese fears continue to weigh heavily on commodities.  Gold hit a new short-term low below the $1220 level, as the strong Dollar and the positive sentiment hurts precious metals today.

Bitcoin taking the lead

Cryptocurrencies have been in a broad correction today, apart from Bitcoin, which surged past the $1800 level for yet another record day, as Asian demand continues to boost the currency. Most other majors were down by double digits today, even the previously lagging Dash, Ethereum, and Ethereum Classic. Litecoin fell back to $25 but recovered just below the $30 level, while Ripple is also well shy of its yesterday highs. NEM was down by almost 20%, today while Monero held up well, trading just below the $30 mark.

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Litecoin, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Technical Picture

The NASDAQ 100 is trading at a new all-time high today, despite the recent underperformance, following the strong rise of the previous weeks, as the European indices are pushing global markets higher. The 5650 level could be in the center of attention in the coming days, with strong support at 5600 and below that near 5475. The next possible resistance level is around 5700, should the rally continue, while the MACD indicator continues to show momentum divergence.

NASDAQ Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Key Economic Releases on Tuesday

Day Country Release Actual Expected Previous
3:30 AUSTRALIA Retail Sales (monthly) -0.1% 0.3% -0.1%
11:30 AUSTRALIA Annual Budget
14:30 CANADA Building Permits (monthly) -5.8% 0.40% -2.50%
16:00 US JOLTS Job Openings 5.50 mill 5.67 mill 5,74 mill

 

Key Economic Releases on Wednesday

Time, CET Country Release Expected Previous
3:30 CHINA CPI Index 1.10% 0.90%
3:30 CHINA PPI Index 6.8% 7.6%
14:00 EUROZONE ECB President Draghi Speaks
14:30 US Import Prices (monthly) 0.2% -0.2%
16:30 US Crude Oil Inventories -2.0 mill -0.9 mill

 

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Bitcoin Cash: Suddenly A Star Performer

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Just look at what has been happening in the prices of bitcoin and bitcoin cash.  Between December, the king of crypto fell some 65%. Since the April 1 low, bitcoin has partially recovered, gaining 31%.  Bitcoin cash really took it on the chin losing 80% in the December-April period. However, since then, BCH has been a digital darling, gaining 80%.  This ranks among the top crypto performers so far in the month of April. What’s behind the move?

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What We Have Been Missing

I have a confession to make.  For the past year bitcoin cash has pretty much flown under my radar. Here is a best efforts excuse.  Bitcoin cash has only been in existence since last August. During this time there have been so many ICOs flying around that keeping up with something which sounded like just another name for the original king of crypto didn’t seem all that important.

That was a mistake because there is quite a difference between the original and bitcoin cash.  And if it continues, someday bitcoin cash will be king. Here is what I am getting at.

All cryptocurrencies face certain limits when it comes to scaling. It is a more complex issue than simply adding more transactions to the blockchain.  A whole lot of the Gen III companies are attempting to come up with a solution to minimize the time required to confirm a block of transactions without blowing up fees.

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Bitcoin has the distinction of suffering the worst of both slow speed and bloated fees.  Back at the price peak last December transactions were limited to fewer than 10 per second while fees shot up to more than $30.  

Anyone buying bitcoin during that period for investment purposes probably didn’t care. After all, by last December, bitcoin had appreciated over 7,000%.  But if you wanted to use Bitcoin to buy a $4.50 Latte or a $75 Cuisinart coffee maker from Overstock.com, logic told you to forget about it.

Small Transaction R Us

This is where bitcoin cash came into being.  BCH became a hard fork of bitcoin, meaning that it uses the bitcoin protocols except for one important difference.  Each BCH block initially contained 8 megabits compared with just one for BTC. The whole point of BCH is to create a currency that in a medium of exchange rather than simply an investment device.

Back around August, the average transaction fee for BTC was about $0.70 (BCH was $0.08) so fees were completely overshadowed by the fixation in bitcoin’s skyrocketing price.

The Lessons From December

Long before the explosion in bitcoin fees last December work was underway on the Lightning Network.  When fully implemented by the Bitcoin community, it will reduce the gap between itself and bitcoin cash.  But that could be completely illusory based on last weeks announcement.

Around May 15 bitcoin cash plans to create a hard fork that will increase block size four fold to 32 bits.  Word of this has to be one big reason for the bitcoin cash price outperforming many of its peers. At least for the time being, BCH will have a considerable advantage both in terms of confirmation speed and fees.  

According to Bitinfocharts, current bitcoin fees are 0.199 compared with 0.0035 for bitcoin cash, while mining profits are about equal. This is a data point that is most impressive because the BCH maximize block size has yet to be increased.  BCH is attracting smaller average transaction size. In other words, their plan is working.

The Unpaved Road

The rapid price appreciation and the hard fork announcement will draw attention to BCH.  This is enough to make it more attractive than BTC. One thing to remember. If bitcoin cash developers intend to become a medium of exchange, a currency for the masses, they have a long way to go.  

All digital currencies face the same challenge.  Bitcoin claims acceptance by more than 10,000 merchants including 14 large retailers like Overstocked and Microsoft.  Bitcoin cash lays claim to just 429. Either way, fewer than 5% of all retailers accept cryptocurrencies and we suspect that less the 2% of all retail transactions are represented by any of these currencies.

Even so, bitcoin cash is suddenly taking on a far more exciting role in the crypto game so don’t be surprised to see this continue for a while.

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Crypto Update: Coins Hit 6-Week Highs as Rally Continues

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Bullish price action is still dominant in the cryptocurrency segment today, despite the recent lofty gains, and the overbought short-term picture in the ace of most of the majors. Correlations continue to break down, as more and more coins are in confirmed uptrends, with the total value of the market hitting $400 billion for the first time since early March.

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The top digital currencies are mixed today in the generally positive environment, with Bitcoin Cash, IOTA, Ethereum Classic, Dash, and Monero showing relative strength, in the face of the slightly overbought short-term momentum readings. While this is not the best moment to enter new short-term trades with regards to the majority of the coins, the long-term setup favors further gains in the coming weeks.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Altcoins have been leading the market higher in the last couple of weeks, and Bitcoin is still stuck below the $9000 level, as it continues to slightly lag behind from a short-term perspective. The coin ran into the strong resistance zone between $9000 and $9200 after breaking out of the broad declining trend.

Now a pullback is likely, given the slight weakness, with a possible test of the prior swing high at $8400. In case of a bullish move, the next target is at $10,000, and long-term investors should still add to their holdings on the short-term dips.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum kept on creeping higher to marginal no rally highs in the last couple of days, nearing the $650 level despite the overbought short-term picture. Short-term traders should still not enter new positions here until the overbought readings are cleared, while long-term investors could still add to their holdings during the pullbacks.  Resistance zones are ahead near $735 and $780, while primary support is between $555 and $575.

Altcoins Diverging but Bulls Remain in Control

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

As we noted, the correlation between the coins is lower than during the downswing, and that confirms the bullish price action in the segment. Ripple is trading in a consolidation pattern near the $0.84 level, and although the overbought momentum readings are not yet fully cleared, the trend is clearly bullish and a new short-term buy signal is likely in the coming days.

Among the other recent leaders, IOTA triggered short-term sell signal, reaching the strong resistance zone near $2.2. EOS, Stellar, Cardano, and NEO are consolidating their gains, while Dash, Monero, and ETC are trading slightly above last week’s highs, but traders shouldn’t chase them higher here, as a short-term correction is likely soon.

Stay tuned for our detailed long-term technical analysis coming out later on today.

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Disclaimer:  The analyst owns cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but doesn’t engage in short-term or day-trading, nor does he hold short positions on any of the coins.

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Bitcoin and Gold are Trading Inversely With One Another

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Advocates of bitcoin often compare the digital currency to gold for its finite supply and store-of-value characteristics. While BTC hasn’t come close to dethroning gold as the world’s most trusted safe-haven, it has steadily outperformed bullion amid the latest recovery. This has some people asking whether virtual currencies are eating away into gold’s demand.

Inverse Relationship

Strategists have identified a strong inverse trading pattern between gold and bullion stretching all the way back to the fall, right around the time that cryptocurrencies rebounded from a China-induced selloff. As bitcoin and other cryptos surged, gold experienced a steep fall from a high above $1,351 in early September to a low of $1,241 just three months later.

As bitcoin cooled down in the new year, gold resumed its upward trajectory and eventually peaked near $1,370 at the end of January.

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Below are the charting patterns for gold and bitcoin going back one full year.

The latest divergence is easy to spot. Since hitting a settlement high of $1,360 on Apr. 11, bullion has declined 2%. Over the same period, bitcoin surged 27%.

Bitcoin’s oversized percentage move relative to gold is a reflection of underlying volatility in the cryptocurrency market. Crypto assets as a whole are but a tiny fraction of gold’s $7.8 trillion worth. That said, the digital asset class peaked above $830 billion earlier this year, making the case for a trillion-dollar market more believable.

Systemic Risks

Proponents of bitcoin’s safe-haven status generally agree that the cryptocurrency is well suited to outperform the market during periods of heightened economic and political instability. This is generally believed to be the period in which gold prices thrive. However, unlike gold, bitcoin has also outperformed during periods of relative calm.

The second-largest bull market in history started off as a positive for gold as prices crossed $1,900 a troy ounce in 2011. However, bullion hasn’t been able to hit anywhere near those levels ever since. Bitcoin, on the other hand, has been the world’s best-performing currency (if one calls it that) in six of the past eight years.

Although the charts seem to indicate an inverse relationship between gold and bitcoin, it’s much more difficult to prove that investors are swapping one asset for the other at any given time. There’s some anecdotal evidence to suggest this is the case but a lack of trading data makes it difficult to conclude definitively one way or the other.

Supply and demand factors must also be weighed in analyzing the price trajectory of both assets. Gold’s total supply is increasing by an average of less than 2% annually, according to the World Gold Council. At the other end of the spectrum, the final bitcoin is expected to be mined in 2140, with total supplies engineered to decline until that date.

On the demand side, gold has been losing its allure as investors continued to pile into stocks. In 2017, appetite for bullion fell by 7%, with gold-backed ETFs plunging to one-third of the previous year’s demand. On the other hand, bitcoin’s demand has skyrocketed as more traders noticed its meteoric rise.

One area in which bitcoin has an advantage over gold is non-correlation. As the above examples clearly demonstrate, BTC is not correlated with the broader market. Gold, on the other hand, is influenced by risk-off sentiment, geopolitics, interest rates and inflation, among others. At present, these factors may play into the hands of bullion as investors prepare for the new business cycle.

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