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Daily Analysis: Volatility Near Record Low 30 Years After Black Monday

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Monday Market Recap

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2555 0.12%
DAX 13003 0.09%
WTI Crude Oil 51.88 0.82%
GOLD 1296.00 -0.61%
Bitcoin 5680 2.95%
EUR/USD 1.1793 -0.25%

Stocks markets in the US are at a standstill near their all-time highs, with the major indices trading in extremely narrow ranges yet again. Volatility, as measured by the VIX, is close to its all-time high, in stark contrast to the average October readings, as this month is the most negative for equities regarding seasonality. In fact, this October is the least volatile ever so far, while this week is the 30th anniversary of the most volatile day ever on Wall Street.

A Riskless Market?

On Black Monday in 1987, the Dow crashed by more than 23% during one session, as widespread bullishness coupled and novel portfolio techniques lead to a massive wave of selling. Although such one-day moves should be prevented by circuit breaking rules in today’s market, the notion that risk is non-existent in the current environment is as dangerous as it was three decades ago.

VIX, Weekly Chart

Stocks have been very quiet across the globe today, with only the Nikkei continuing its break-out to two-decade highs yet again. In Europe, British assets were the most active, as the Brexit talks seem to be in quite a big trouble, and that pushed the Pound and the Euro lower compared to the Dollar. The Greenback’s rally put pressure on gold as well, and the Japanese Yen also declined, as safe-haven assets were sold in the calm environment.

Nikkei Index, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Oil has been very active as the Iraqi army took control of Kirkuk defying the Kurdish resistance, the WTI contract rose as much as 2% before retreating below the $52 per barrel level, and as we speculated during the weekend, the spike is unlikely to cause a structural change in energy markets, and we expect the range trading environment to continue in the crucial commodity.

WTI Crude Oil, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Cryptocurrencies

Today was a big day for the crypto segment thanks to the Byzantium update of the Ethereum network, and although the hard fork went smoothly, the session ended on a slightly negative note. Ethereum pulled back towards the $330 support/resistance level, while Bitcoin remained stuck near the $5700 level after recovering from Sunday’s dip.

Ripple has been the other major mover of the day as the coin first surged higher and hit the $0.30 resistance just to fall back swiftly below the $0.26 level towards the end of the day. Despite the decline, the currency is still in a clear uptrend, but more volatile moves are expected in its price. Among the smaller coins, Stellar Lumens more than doubled in price after the announcement of a deal with IBM, as blockchain adoption continues in full force, pointing out the sound fundamentals behind the boom in the segment

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Key Economic Releases on Monday

Time, CET Country Release Actual Expected Previous
3:30 CHINA CPI 1.6% 1.6% 1.8%
3:30 CHINA PPI 6.9% 6.3% 6.3%
14:30 US Empire Manufacturing Index 30.2 20.3 24.4

Key Economic Releases on Tuesday

Time, CET Country Release Expected Previous
2:30 AUSTRALIA RBA Meeting Minutes
10:30 UK CPI 3.0% 2.9%
11:00 GERMANY ZEW Sentiment 20.3 17.0
12:00 EUROZONE Final CPI 1.5% 1.5%
15:15 US Capacity Utilization Rate 0.4% 0.2%
15:15 US Industrial Production 76.2% 76.1%

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Crypto Update: Qtum’s Price Contraction Hints at a Massive Bull Run

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Qtum/Bitcoin (QTUM/BTC) is one of the biggest losers in cryptocurrency investing. It shred more than 76% of its value in seven months when it dropped to 0.001192 on July 12. With such a sharp slide, there’s no denying that the market is deep in bear territory. Nevertheless, long-term investors can find hope in the market’s habit of rallying after a deflating bear run.

In this article, we show how Qtum/Bitcoin uses price contractions and oversold conditions to stage massive rallies.

Falling Wedge in the Last Quarter of 2017

QTUM/BTC was bearish in September, October and November of 2017. The pair traded in a wide range between September to late October 2017 while generating lower highs and lower lows. However, the range got more and more tight until December 14. In three and a half months, the pair created a falling wedge.

2017 Fourth Quarter Daily chart of QTUM/BTC

The pair was able to break out of the pattern on December 15 after it recovered from extreme oversold readings. The selling relief combined with price contraction conspired to ignite a rally that rewarded bottom pickers with over 300% profits in less than a month.

Falling Wedge in the First Quarter of 2018

Gravity also works in financial markets. Often, the case is the greater the rise, the harder the fall.

As QTUM/BTC pulled back from its meteoric rise, the pair created another falling wedge structure on the daily chart. The market plummeted until the trading range was so tightly squeezed that there was no more room to go but up. Again, the market flashed extreme oversold readings before breaking out of the pattern.

2018 First Quarter Daily chart of QTUM/BTC

Falling Wedges in the Third Quarter of 2018

History repeats itself; that’s one of the main principles of technical analysis. So far, QTUM/BTC adheres to that tenet. It appears to be creating a third falling wedge as it respects key support of 0.0012. While doing so, it has recently given off extreme oversold signals.

2018 Third Quarter Daily chart of QTUM/BTC

But wait! There’s more!

A broader and more in-depth look at the daily chart of QTUM/BTC reveals that all three falling wedges mentioned above appear to be parts of a massive falling wedge. What’s astonishing is that the narrowest point of this gigantic falling wedge is at key support of 0.0012.

Daily chart of QTUM/BTC

Based on previous price movements, it is not difficult to imagine that this extreme price contraction can be the catalyst of a massive bull run.

Bottom Line

QTUM/BTC is in deep bear territory. However, history tells us that the pair might be out of the woods real soon. The formation of three falling wedge patterns reveal that the market has a habit of rallying after extreme price contraction. More importantly, the emergence of the large falling wedge on the daily chart suggests that QTUM/BTC may be on the cusp of a massive bull run.

 

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Crypto Update: Bulls Hold Their Ground as Coins Settle Down

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Trading volumes and volatility declined substantially in the cryptocurrency segment this weekend, as the major coins are trying to hold the key support levels that are just below the current prices. For now, Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Ripple all managed to avoid a break below the June lows and the technical damage is limited among the smaller coins as well, despite the still dangerous setups on the long-term charts.

That said, the general character of the market is still bearish, with high correlations between the majors, and robust resistance levels capping the rally attempts in most cases. With all of those in mind, and given the still active short-term sell signals in our trend model, traders should still not enter new positions here, as a test of the lows is likely in the coming week.

The market is still missing a leadership that could turn the short-term trend around, and the relatively weak coins that have been leading the way lower in the recent period are still not showing signs of strength, despite the occasional short squeeze rallies.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

BTC tried to get back above the $6275 support/resistance level several times since falling below it on Thursday but the attempts all failed so far. The coin is still in a clear downtrend, although the previous lows haven’t been tested yet.

From a long-term perspective, a durable break below $5850 would signal a structural bear market, so the coming period will be crucial for the whole segment. Primary support is at $6000, while resistance is ahead at $6500, $6750, $7000, and $7350.

Still No Real Momentum Among Altcoins

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The basic setup among the largest altcoins is unchanged similarly to BTC, with Ethereum trading between the $400-$420 support zone and the $450 resistance level since the Monday plunge. The coin is holding up above the June low, and it’s still relatively strong from a longer-term standpoint compared to Bitcoin.

On the contrary, ETH is looking weak short-term, and that also points to the continuation of the declining segment-wide trend. ETH is facing further resistance near $500, while support below $400 is found at $380 and $360.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple barely managed to avoid a break below the June lows, and the third largest coin remains very weak from a technical standpoint, and strong selling pressure is apparent in its market. The coin should stay above the $0.42 level to avoid major technical damage, and he coming days could be crucial for bulls, with strong resistance ahead around $0.45 and $0.51.

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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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Forex Update: USD/INR Showing Signs of Weakness Yet Remains Bullish Long-term

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The US Dollar/Indian Rupee (USD/INR) pair has been in a strong bull run ever since it took out resistance of 53.50 in April 2012. The breakout ignited a massive rally that pushed the pair to as high as 69.528 in August 2013. In a little over year, investors raked in almost 30% in profits.

Unfortunately for buyers at this level, 69 proved to be a major resistance. Five years later, that resistance is still giving investors nightmares. The good news is time appears to be on the side of the bulls. In this article, we show why long-term investors shouldn’t lose sleep even though USD/INR appears to be heading down.

The Pullback of USD/INR is a Setup for a Comeback

USD/INR has looked unstoppable recently after it generated a higher low of 63.16 early this year. While the rally was impressive, the pair eventually ran into a brick wall at resistance of 69. So far, bulls look exhausted. It seems they don’t have what it takes to breach a resistance level that has stood for half a decade.

USD/INR Daily Chart

A quick look at the daily chart reveals multiple bearish signals. First and most important, bulls attempted several times to go above 69 but to no avail. The long red candle yesterday symbolizes their defeat.

On top of that, a bearish divergence emerged on the daily RSI. This is compounded by the bearish cross on the daily MACD. If that’s not enough, the 4-day, 8-day, and 21-day moving averages are all trending south.

As an investor, it is easy to lose your confidence in the market after seeing these signals. However, the incoming drop is actually good for the overall health of the market. It is very likely that bulls will take advantage of this temporary weakness and buy on dips. This sentiment is one of the reasons why we believe USD/INR remains bullish long-term.

The Emergence of a Large Continuation Pattern

Breakouts from multi-year consolidation periods often spark a rally that generates handsome returns to investors. This is what happened when USD/INR broke out of the inverse head and shoulders pattern in April 2012.

USD/INR Inverse H&S

Now, it seems that USD/INR is looking for a repeat performance while dancing to a different tune. The pair appears to be in the final leg down of a large ascending triangle pattern, thus explaining the short-term weakness. This is actually one of the best structures that can take down a major resistance like 69. The series of higher lows puts tremendous pressure on the resistance.

USD/INR Weekly Chart

As bulls hold on to positions, the supply in the market becomes more and more limited. This forces new investors to buy at higher price, hence the formation of higher lows. Eventually, the supply becomes so tight that even a five-year resistance like 69 won’t be able to withstand the onslaught of buyers.

When that happens, USD/INR is likely to explode like it did before.

Bottom Line

USD/INR might be on the way down. However, we believe that this pullback is nothing but a setup for a comeback. The impending retracement is most likely the last wave of an ascending triangle pattern. Investors can sleep soundly, confident that the market will likely reward them with substantial profits in the future.

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