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Daily Analysis: Oil Turns South as Stocks Remain Steady

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Thursday Market Recap

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2340 -0.27%
DAX 12016 0.10%
WTI Crude Oil 50.86 -3.84%
GOLD 1282.00 0.22%
Bitcoin 1220 0.67%
EUR/USD 1.0767 0.53%

 

The volatile period in crude oil continued yesterday, as the surprising gasoline inventory build in the US triggered a large sell-off in the world’s most traded commodity. The WTI contract fell back to trade with a $50 handle after hitting $54 per barrel last week. Stock markets remained weak despite the easing geopolitical fears, as investors are still cautious before the French election this weekend. The recent polls show a favorable change for the markets, as Macron seems to be strengthening against the anti-EU candidates. European equities are dragging down global markets this week, and the pressure might remain on the major benchmarks until Monday.

The latest French polls (source: Reuters)

The Great British Pound is holding on to its lofty gains against the most important currencies, even after a slight correction, as the Dollar got hit overnight, and the Euro was also helped by the strength of the GBP. Safe-haven assets continued to drift lower, with the Japanese Yen and gold both losing ground, despite the Dollar weakness.

Ethereum Classic marched on above the $3 level, rising by another 15%, while NEM fell by double digits after its recent surge. Ripple also got hit hard today, as the altcoin pushed below the $0.03 level again on rising volume. Bitcoin is still looking encouraging, but the resistance zone near $1215 that we have been monitoring remains a concern for bulls. Ethereum bounced lower off the $53 level again, while Monero and Litecoin are still trading in a directionless trading range.

Ripple 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Technical Picture

The US financial sector (represented by the XLF ETF) that has been the leader of the current correction in global stocks is at an important technical juncture. The XLF tested the 22.85 support level last week and it’s now trading right at the declining trend-line that defines the short-term downtrend. A move above the trend-line would point to a rally up to the 23.85 resistance and could open the way for a recovery towards the March highs. Conversely a move below, 22.85 would be bearish for the sector and the broader market.

XLF (US financial sector ETF), Daily Chart Analysis

 

Key Economic Releases on Thursday

Time, CET Country Release Actual Expected Previous
14:30 US Philly Fed Index 22.0 25.6 32.8
14:30 US Unemployment Claims 244,000 241,000 234,000
17:30 US BOE Governor Carney Speaks

 

Key Economic Releases on Friday

Time, CET Country Release Expected Previous
9:30 GERMANY Services PMI 55.5 55.6
9:30 GERMANY Manufacturing PMI 58.1 58.3
10:00 EUROZONE Services PMI 56 56
10:00 EUROZONE Manufacturing PMI 56.1 56.2
10:30 UK Retail Sales -0.30% 1.40%
14:30 CANADA CPI 0.40% 0.20%
16:00 US Existing Home Sales 5.61 million 5.48 million
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Ethereum Price Analysis: ETH/USD Bearish Flag Structure Eyed

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  • Ethereum price has stabilized but is moving within a dangerous range-block formation.
  • ETH/USD via the daily chart view is forming a bearish flag pattern.

ETH/USD price action has stabilized over the past five days, and is moving within a narrowing range. This movement appears to be somewhat expressing potential downside risks after the selling pressure seen in the second week of January. As a recap, the price was supported in its move north from mid-December 2018 up to 7th January. An ascending trend line was proving necessary comfort in this trend higher, however markets bears managed to force a breach. The support gave way, opening the door to a fresh wave of selling from 8th January.

ETH/USD daily chart.

Around 30% of the bull run that was seen in the above-mentioned period has been reversed. Vulnerabilities continue to linger, as ETH/USD trades around key daily support. The level to be aware of is $116.70, which is vital ahead of the big psychological $100 mark. A breach could see a test of daily support at $102, with the price likely to consolidate between here and $116. Given prior behavior around these areas, ETH/USD may be forced to retest the December 2018 low, $83.10. This would likely be the case, should a return of bullish momentum not see a pickup in pace soon.

Constantinople Hard Fork Delay

The stability in price is surprising given the let down for the community with regards to the heavily anticipated Constantinople hard fork. As reported by the CCN team, Ethereum’s core developers called for the Constantinople upgrade to be delayed. This was just some hours before the hard fork was scheduled to go live on the network. ETH/USD fell double-digits on the back of this being postponed. A drop of 10% was observed.

Technical Review – ETH/USD

Looking via the daily chart view, price action is forming a bearish flag pattern structure – the pole which is seen with the fall from 7-10th January. In terms of the actual flag, this is the current range-block viewed. Upside resistance can be seen just ahead at $135, and lower support noted the mentioned $116.70 area. The next major areas of support are the $102 daily pivot point, the December 2018 low of $83.10, and then lastly, the May 2017 low of $65.85.

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: Sideways Drift Continues but Sellers Still in Control

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While the bounce on Monday gave some hope to crypto bulls that last week’s plunge was just a correction in an ongoing broader counter-trend move, so far, we haven’t seen meaningful follow-through. That means that the bearish short- and long-term trends are still dominant in the segment and sellers are clearly in control of every major top coin.

Also, while volatility is relatively low, correlations are still elevated, and volume patterns are bearish as well, so our trend model remains on sell signals with regards to the overwhelming majority of coin on all time-frames. Traders and investors are still advised to stay away from entering new positions, as we have no evidence the bear market is over, and at least the test of the lows is likely in the coming months.

That said, a quick recovery above the primary resistance levels would be a positive sign here, but until we see signs of technical strength, the defensive approach is warranted as bearish risks remain very high here.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin’s relative stability is still the only positive sign among the top coins, but BTC also lacks bullish momentum and it failed to leave the close vicinity of the key $3600 support level. The $3850 resistance is out of reach, for now, and given the clearly bearish long-term setup, traders and investors shouldn’t enter positions here.

A move above that level would be a positive sign for bulls, with further zones between $4000 and $4050, and near $4450, but we still expect a move towards the support levels near $3250 and $3000 in the coming weeks, even if a broader bottoming process might already be underway.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While Ethereum spiked higher again towards the $130 resistance level today, the move failed again and bulls failed to make technical progress, with the recent low still being in danger. A sustained push above $130 could still signal a failed break-down pattern, but the lack of bullish momentum points to a continuation of the decline.  Key support is found near $120 and between $95 and $100, while further resistance is ahead at $145, $160, and near $180.

Altcoins Unchanged and Bearish After Choppy Day

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The volatility compression continued in all of the major altcoins as well, but the broad selling pressure is still apparent in the segment. Litecoin failed to get close to the primary resistance zone near $34.50 despite the early-week rally attempt, and it continues to threaten with a move below the key $30-$30.50 support zone.

A breach of support would likely trigger a move towards the $26 level, with the oversold short-term momentum readings now being cleared in the market of LTC. Further strong resistance is ahead near $38 and $44 and with support found near $23, and traders and investors still shouldn’t enter positions here.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple has been showing signs of relative weakness again today, after the brief period of stability and the technical picture continues to be negative on all time-frames, and our trend model is also on short- and long-term sell signals. The $0.32 price level is still in focus, and we still expect a move below $0.30, with strong support found near the $0.26 level, with resistance ahead near $0.3550 and $0.3750.

DASH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Dash remained among the relatively weaker majors as well, and it still hovering around the $70 price level after bottoming out close to $67.50. A test of the bear market low near $56 seems very likely in the coming weeks, and only a move above the strong resistance zone between $76.50 and $80 would change the short-term outlook for the coin.

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Crypto Update: Zilliqa a Good Buy on Dips

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Zilliqa (ZIL/BTC) has been on our radar ever since it revisited a price level of 0.0000039 on November 20, 2018. At that point, we were curious whether the market would respect its previous low or breach the support and print a new 2018 low. We got a little bit of both and that’s the stuff that makes crypto very exciting.

While Zilliqa printed a new 2018 low of 0.00000347 on November 25, bulls managed to lift the market back above 0.0000039 on November 27 with heavy volume. This fakeout gave this coin a new lease in life and the market is not taking the opportunity for granted. In this article, we reveal why Zilliqa presents a good buy on dip opportunity.

Solid Base at Parabolic Support

Zilliqa bottoming out and accumulating around 0.0000039 is no coincidence. This is the level where the market rejected lower prices in March 2018. Zilliqa’s ability to stay above 0.0000039 back then sparked a parabolic run that saw the market climb as high as 0.00002508 on May 10. Thus, it is not surprising for the market to return to its low level and start a new market cycle.

To build its base, Zilliqa spent 154 days range trading between 0.0000039 and 0.000006. That’s over five months dedicated to accumulation. We’ve seen many altcoins with significantly shorter accumulation periods launch massive bull runs.

Daily chart of ZIL/BTC

With a solid base in place, you can be fairly certain that market participants will buy the dips. Like you, they also likely know that the market spent a lot of time base-building. Therefore, they’ll take advantage of any opportunity to get in cheap before the market launches its bull run.

Breakout from Consolidation

After five months of base-building, the market appears ready to break out from a double bottom pattern. It made a strong push yesterday, January 15, 2019, to take out our range high of 0.000006. The move up was supported by above-average volume. So far today, the market has managed to stay above 0.000006.

ZIL/BTC Double bottom breakout

This price action tells us that Zilliqa is raring to launch a bull run. This type of bullish momentum is rare in crypto nowadays. With so many suffering from heavy losses in this bear market, a lot of people are eager to ride on markets that are showing bullish potential. As Zilliqa continues to show strength, participants will likely buy on dips in the hope of either growing their capital or recouping losses.  

Key Levels to Watch

If you’re looking to place a long position in Zilliqa, we believe that one of these two scenarios can play out.

The first scenario shows the market pumping in the next few days. The pump might send the market to as high as 0.00000685 where Zilliqa will likely face heavy resistance from bears. If bulls succumb, Zilliqa might retest 0.000006 before resuming its uptrend.

ZIL/BTC Scenario 1

The other scenario involves an immediate throwback as Zilliqa succumbs to profit taking. We can see it retesting support of 0.00000575. If Zilliqa respects the support, the market would print a bullish higher low setup. This will likely send the market to greater heights.

ZIL/BTC Scenario 2

Bottom Line

With an extensive base and a recent breakout from consolidation, Zilliqa is a good buy on dips. It appears that the market now belongs to a small group of alts that show bullish potential. This makes Zilliqa attractive to investors who are looking to grow their capital or recoup their losses.

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