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Daily Analysis: Gold Gains Momentum as Apple Weighs on Stocks

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Tuesday Market Recap

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2687 -0.29%
DAX 13072 -0.25%
WTI Crude Oil 59.80 1.72%
GOLD 1287.00 0.71%
Bitcoin 15,680 13.19%
EUR/USD 1.1858 0.10%

US markets opened lower after the Christmas break, with the NASDAQ leading the way lower, thanks to a sizable cut in the projected shipments of the iPhone X, Apple’s flagship smartphone. While the major indices recovered some of their, not so deep, losses by the end of the day, the shares of the most valuable public company finished 2.5% lower in choppy trading.

NASDAQ 100 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The relative strength in small caps, which has been one of the topics of the pre-holiday period, continued and that could signal another round of new all-time highs in equities soon, despite the divergences and the strenuous overvaluation.

Trading activity remained tepid across asset classes, as lots of traders already called it a year, but some interesting trends remained intact, most notably the strength in gold and the rally in crude oil.

The precious metal, one of our favorite long-term investment target, is still stuck below $1300, but given the rising yield environment and the lofty gains in stocks, the 2017 performance of gold is still commendable. Also, the long-term trend already switched to bullish, and a break above $1300 would confirm the next leg of the nascent bull market in the safe haven asset.

Gold, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The long-term fundamentals of oil are less encouraging, but the commodity enjoyed a healthy rally today that carried the WTI contract to the $60 per barrel level, the highest level since mid-2015, amid the still high Middle-East tensions.

WTI Crude Oil, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Cryptocurrencies

The crypto segment has been making headlines throughout the Christmas break, as the non-stop market digested last week’s mini-crash, with the largest coins all bouncing back substantially off their lows. While BTC was relatively weak during the weekend, and it was the leader on the way down on Friday, the digital currency pushed higher today, and traded above the $16,000 level, almost 50% higher than the crash lows.

The coin could still be in for a hectic ride, without a doubt, as the long-term picture remains stretched following the latest leg of the historic bull, but the only certain thing at this point is that the coming days will see a jump in trading activity.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Altcoins notably lagged BTC today, as they failed to join the rally and mostly traded in narrow ranges with very low volumes across the board. NEO has been the most active amid the major coins concerning the extent of the intraday moves, while Monero, Ethereum, and Ripple remained in the best technical shape following last week’s turmoil. Litecoin, IOTA, and Dash are well below the weekend highs and the whole segment looks a bit fragile after the crash.

Litecoin/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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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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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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Treading the Floods: Cryptocurrency Prices Stable Following Bithumb Attack 

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Cryptocurrencies emerged unscathed Wednesday following yet another security breach of a South Korean exchange, as the market continued to favor a corrective rally for bitcoin and the major altcoins.

Crypto Prices Hold Steady

Bitcoin fell by as much as $200 Wednesday on news of a cyber attack targeting South Korea’s Bithumb exchange. However, the coin quickly recovered and now sits just shy of $6,800, according to data provider CoinMarketCap. Prices peaked at $6,821.56 at 12:34 UTC.

Compared with 24 hours ago, bitcoin’s per-coin value was virtually unchanged.

The ten biggest altcoins by market cap exhibited the same pattern, with prices treading water compared with Tuesday afternoon. The total cryptocurrency market was valued above $290 billion, up from an earlier low of around $282 billion.

Bitcoin and the major altcoins have more or less retained their bullish bias, which suggests that a continuation of the upward trend is likely. Since bottoming last week, coins have rebounded $26 billion.

Bithumb Attack: What We Know

Hackers made off with roughly $31 million in stolen cryptocurrency on Wednesday as Bithumb suffered its third cyber breach in 12 months. The attackers reportedly targeted users’ holdings of XRP, the third-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, by running a series of unauthorized access attempts.

Bithumb was unable to prevent the attack despite spending upwards of 10 billion won ($9 million) on security enhancements. This includes complying with new guidelines for financial institutions requiring 5% of company staff be made up of IT specialists. Bithumb has reportedly exceeded that quota by a wide margin.

The Seoul-based exchange confirmed that it had migrated outstanding crypto balances to cold storage and said it will fully refund affected users. Transactions on the exchange remain suspended for now.

Although news of the attack hit the airwaves on Wednesday, some analysts believe the theft occurred several days earlier as part of Bithumb’s data upgrade. However, the exact cause of the breach remains unclear.

Goldman Sachs Weighs Crypto Trading as an Option

U.S. multinational investment bank Goldman Sachs is considering taking a bigger dive into cryptocurrency by launching a full-scale trading operation, according to COO David Solomon.

“We are clearing some futures around bitcoin, talking about doing some other activities there, but it’s going very cautiously,” Solomon said during an interview in China, as reported by CCN. “We’re listening to our clients and trying to help our clients as they’re exploring those things too.”

Currently, the Wall Street investment giant is clearing bitcoin futures contracts. It has also announced plans to introduce a new bitcoin trading operation, which includes using its own money to trade with clients in a variety of contracts linked to bitcoin.

Institutional traders are awaiting the arrival of custodial services dedicated to cryptocurrency before taking the full plunge into digital assets. To that effect, the San Francisco-based  Coinbase exchange is leading the charge by announcing a new line of crypto custodial services to unlock up to $10 billion in institutional capital.

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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Crypto Update: Bitcoin Stalls at $6750 as Rally Attempts Fade

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The top coins are trading slightly lower today in early trading, as the rally of the last two days ran into strong resistance. The majors are all holding up above last week’s lows but the short-term downtrend that could have significant long-term implications is clearly intact. The overnight dip was partly fueled by news on yet another possible exchange hack, this time Bithumb, but the losses are limited so far.

Correlations are still elevated between the majors even as relatively narrow trading ranges dominate the market. Trading activity remains low, as the segment continues to consolidate last week’s wild swings, and summer trading conditions are also starting to set in. The total value of the market is hovering around $280 billion, as the rebound failed to hold the capitalization above the $300 billion mark.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin failed to regain the $6750 resistance despite several rally attempts, as it continues to trade dangerously close to last week’s lows and the crucial long-term resistance between $5850 and $6000.  The short-term trading range around the $6350 level is intact, and the coin remains on a sell signal on the 4-hour time-frame. Further resistance is ahead near $7000 and $7350, while primary support is currently found at $6500.

Ethereum Still Strong but Short-Term Picture Shaky for Altcoins

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While the long-term outperformance of Ethereum is still impressive, the other previously leading coins are not ahead of the broader market, and without a clear leadership, a sustained rally is not realistic. The current setup favors at least a re-test of the lows, and possibly another leg higher with regards to the majority of the top altcoins.

Ethereum is trading above the $500 level despite the early selloff today, and the coin is just below the declining trendline, although with several strong resistance levels above the current price, the coin will likely follow the broader market lower in the coming days. Primary resistance is still ahead between $555 and $575, while further support below $500 is found at $450, $400, and $380.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple remains below the $0.54 level, EOS is just above the $10 support, and the most bullish Binance Coin is also drifting lower today, with IOTA’s short-term relative weakness being apparent. Among the long-term laggards, Litecoin, Dash, and Monero are all under pressure, and should they breach last week’s lows, selling could intensify again.

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