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Draghi Flip-Flops Twice as Bitcoin Surges Past $2500

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Thursday Market Recap

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2474 0.11%
DAX 12522 0.56%
WTI Crude Oil 47.67 0.61%
GOLD 1239.00 -0.25%
Bitcoin 2575 12.11%
EUR/USD 1.1562 +0.42%

Well, that was quick; the European Central Bank backtracked from its recent hawkish position today, as the President of the central bank announced in its monetary statement that the ECB is ready to expand its Quantitative Easing program in “time and extent” if needed. The move was probably fueled probably by the Federal Reserve’s change in rhetoric in reaction to the soft economic data in the US. Later on, The ECB continues its “Fed-dependant monetary policy, while the recent surge in the Euro is also likely to pose a problem for the European policy makers.

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Financial markets reacted in line with the ECB’s announcements, with the common currency first turning lower, especially compared to the Dollar, while the most important European indices recovered strongly with the DAX rallying past the 12,500 level. The moves were mostly retraced following the press conference, but the DAX and the Euro Stoxx 50 both remained in the green. US indices continued slightly higher after hitting new all-time highs yesterday, with the NASDAQ still leading the way, after the recent correction. As the US earnings season is heating up, we expect volatile overnight moves in the major indices in the coming period.

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Currencies are very active today, as expected, as the Euro’s volatility is accompanied by the Yen’s choppy reaction to the mixed BOJ monetary statement. The bank raised its GDP forecast but lowered its inflation projection, while leaving its monetary policies unchanged. The Pound also fell despite the better than expected British Retail Sales report, while the Aussie and the Canadian Dollar declined slightly compared to the Greenback. Commodities are mixed amid the forex volatility, with oil still being strong and gold consolidation its recent gains.

Cryptocurrencies

The crypto market continued its strong rebound today, with Bitcoin leading the way higher, still boosted by the bullish sentiment and the oversold conditions. Dash is also among the strongest majors, nearing the $200 level during the European session. Monero and Stratis also posted a higher high today, as the broad based recovery of the segment continues following the weekend’s panicky moves. Ethereum is consolidating below its highs, and while Bitcoin is breaking out of its declining trend, in line with our previous projection for the correction, ETH is still stick below the long-term trendline.

Bitcoin, Daily Chart Analysis

Technical Picture

The DAX remains the weakest major global index, as the ECB’s announcements failed to break the short-term trend, despite the strength in US equities. That said, a move above the declining trendline and the 12,650 level, and could set up a move towards 13,000. The crucial support between 12,350 and 12,500 is still in focus, and another move lower is more likely, given the relative weakness of the benchmark.

DAX, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Key Economic Releases on Thursday

Time, CET Country Release Actual Expected Previous
3:30 AUSTRALIA Employment Change 14,000 14,400 42,000
3:30 AUSTRALIA Unemployment Rate 5.6% 5.6% 5.5%
Tent. JAPAN BOJ Interest Rate Decision -0.1% -0.1% -0.1%
Tent. JAPAN BOJ Monetary Statement
13:45 EUROZONE ECB Rate Decision 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
14:30 EUROZONE Monetary Statemement
14:30 US Initial Jobless Claims 233,000 245,000 247,000
14:30 US Philly Fed Index 19.5 23.4 27.6

Key Economic Releases on Thursday

Time, CET Country Release Expected Previous
10:30 UK Public Sector Borrowing -0.1% 0.1%
14:30 CANADA CPI Index -0.1% 0.1%
14:30 CANADA Core Retail Sales 0.0% 1.5%

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Crypto Update: Ethereum Tops $550 as Altcoins Hit New Rally Highs

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The major coins are having another bullish day after a consolidation period with all of the top 10 cryptocurrencies sporting meaningful gains. Altcoins are leading the charge higher, as the switch in relative strength that we pointed out several times seems to be a lasting phenomenon, with the ETH/BTC pair confirming a short-term uptrend.

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BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin is also up today, but while the majority of altcoins are trading on new rally highs, BTC is stuck below the prior swing high at $8400, which is also a previously established resistance level. The dominant declining trendline is also in that area, and that strong zone could hold back the largest coin for a longer period. A breakout would confirm a new rising short-term trend, with the next major resistance zone ahead between $9000 and $9200.

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ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum is among the strongest coins short-term, and with smaller cap altcoins also joining the rally, the whole segment could be ready for a move higher. That said, the broader declining trend is still intact with the coin trading in a strong resistance zone between $555 and $575. A new short-term uptrend is now confirmed but with the declining trendline just ahead, the coin could be in for volatile swings in the coming days. The next target zone is at $625, while support is found at $500 and $450.

Broad Altcoin Rally Lifts All Ships

XRP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple, which was among the weakest majors for a prolonged period is one of the leaders today, climbing above $0.75, and eyeing the next major level at $0.84, with tbe coin already being above the previously dominant declining trendline.

On a slightly negative note, correlations are still high between the majors, but there are standout performers despite the concerted rally. Among the long-term leaders, Litecoin is trading near $150, while Monero added to yesterday’s gains, and it’s testing the $240 resistance as we speak.

The early leaders of the rally are slightly lagging in the current short-term swing, but that is likely a sign of rotation, as the likes of EOS, NEO, and IOTA are also higher today, while holding up wrll above the correction lows.

With all of the majors on buy signals in our trend model, we expect the rally to continue even as strong resistance zones are ahead and the road will likely be bumpy after the steep and lengthy downswing.

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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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Rally Fades in Stocks as Apple Weighs on Nasdaq

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We warned yesterday that stock markets got vulnerable as the major US indices reached short-term overbought readings, and after a choppy Wednesday session, equities turned lower today in early trading. Apple fell by more than 2% in early trading on a supplier report regarding declining orders from the smartphone giant, and the sliding stock dragged the tech segment lower.

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S&P 500 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While the short-term technical picture deteriorated, the losses are muted so far, and the rising short-term trendlines are holding up. Volatility ticked higher, with the VIX bouncing off its two-month lows, but the index is well below the levels seen in the beginning of the month, as Syria-related fears continued to ease and the Chinese-US trade spat also took the back seat in the mainstream media.

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DAX, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Stocks finished broadly lower in Europe, while Asian equities reversed their early gains, with trading volumes still being low across the board. The economic calendar was almost empty today, with only the much worse than expected British retail sales figure adding to the string of negative surprises coming out form the UK this week. In the US, the Philly Fed index came in higher than expected, while weekly jobless claims were in line with expectations.

Dollar Stable as Short Yields Hit New Highs

2-Year Treasury Yields, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Treasury yields resumed their rise in the quiet environment, and as the short end of the curve continues to outperform the flattening of the yield curve continues in earnest. While forex markets are still mostly flat, the Dollar is drifting higher against most of its peers in US trading.

AUD/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Commodity-related currencies are little changed, although both the Aussie and the Canadian Dollar are off their recent highs, and should they roll over, the bullish case would receive another hit.  Despite the weakening of the risk rally, crude oil continues to hit multi-year highs, with the WTI contract getting close to the $70 per dollar level today. Gold fell back below $1350, as the choppy consolidation pattern is still intact, and the slight risk-off shift wasn’t enough to trigger meaningful safe-haven flows.

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More Chance to Go Up for Litecoin

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Litecoin short term outlook is quite positive, while in a longer term, it’s somewhat mixed. Shortly, the digital coin may face a very strong resistance at $141, being currently priced at $140. As Dmitriy Gurkovskiy, Chief Analyst at RoboForex, says, Litecoin already tried to test this level earlier this week, but did not succeed.

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In the mid-term Litecoin is trying to break out the current range, and in case it finally manages to break out $141 and stay above, it may go up to $168. Before reaching this target, however, another downtrend may be formed, with Litecoin plunging to the support at $114 again. If the bears succeed in breaking out this level, too, another sell-off target will be at $87.

Current outlook, however, is mostly positive, with the key support being at $114 and the key resistances at $141 and $168. The MACD on D1 is in its negatives, but is going up, issuing a buy signal, while the Stochastic is in the positive area and confirms its buy signal, already issued some time ago.

Fundamentally, Litecoin has got much support this week. The market started buying out the coin once the news on the token being listed at Korbit appeared. As the recent reports say, the crypto started being traded on Korbit yesterday, while withdrawal should be available starting today, Apr 19. This is important for Litecoin: first, Korbit is one of the oldest and most reliable exchanges in Korea; second, as we have already stated a few times, if the crypto becomes widespread across multiple exchanges, its liquidity gets boosted, while the accessibility simplifies the transaction processes.

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Korbit decided to hold a contest, with the top 6 LTC/KRW traders getting prizes in Litecoin (the winner gets LTC 50, the runner-up will walk away with LTC 25). Meanwhile, Litecoin being available on Korbit also helped the crypto to rise on Bitfinex.

Currently, Litecoin is one of the most volatile currencies, mostly because of it always being in the news, which does good to its promotion. As such, it was announced a few days ago that LTC would be used as a payment method, and TenX already started developing a prepaid card for that purpose.

By: Dmitriy Gurkovskiy, Chief Analyst at RoboForex

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I have two degrees in Social Psychology and Economy. After graduation I worked as the Head of the Laboratory of Technical and Fundamental Analysis of Financial Markets at The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. The experience and skills he gained helped me to realize my potential as an analyst-trader and a portfolio manager in an investment company. At the moment I'm a financial expert, writing for various financial media sources and a Chief Analyst at RoboMarkets.




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