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Ether Prices Fall Below $300 Amid Technical Breakdown

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Ether declined against the dollar this weekend, and is now approaching a critical support level as the market corrected lower following last week’s failed rally.

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$350 Proves Elusive

ETH/USD was last seen trading around $293, down more than 1% from the previous close. Technical headwinds are limiting ether’s momentum, according to the MACD and Relative Strength Index (RSI).

Ether’s rally last week stopped short at $350 on two occasions, as the bulls disavowed their long positions. The subsequent breakdown through the weekend erased 16% from Ethereum’s value.

At present levels, the Ethereum blockchain is capitalized at nearly $28 billion, according to CoinMarketCap.

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The world’s second-largest digital currency by market cap faces immediate support near $290. On the opposite side of the spectrum, resistance is likely found in the $305-$310 region.

Upgrade Still Not Stable

Ether underwent a successful hard fork last week, but the blockchain has yet to be deemed stable by its chief developer Vitalik Buterin. Ethereum’s chief architect has already informed the market that up to two months of further testing may be needed to fully secure the blockchain.

The first leg of the Metropolis hard fork occurred last Monday after block 4,370,000 was mined. The blockchain successfully avoided a chain split even after Geth developers addressed a last-minute denial-of-service (DoS) vulnerability. Geth is the most popular software on the Ethereum network.

The Metropolis protocol will require a second update, called Constantinople, before it is function. No timeline for the Constantinople upgrade has been provided.

Ethereum has been one of the main participants of this year’s cryptocurrency rally. It has also emerged as the platform of choice for startups to launch their initial coin offerings (ICOs). The vast majority of ICOs covered by Hacked.com have been developed on the Ethereum blockchain. This weekend, the author conducted an in-depth review of Spectre, a broker-less trading platform powered by ether.

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Technical Analysis: Bitcoin Up Again as Altcoins Mixed in Volatile Trading

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Bitcoin is at a new all-time high today, although the momentum of today’s move is far below from what we saw recently, and the coin only managed to reach a marginal record high yet again. BTC is now worth $300 billion, and it is still trading right at the short-term trendline, inside a rising wedge pattern that shows a clear momentum divergence.

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With the short-term trend still being intact further gains are still possible, but as all the majors are overbought from a long-term perspective, we still advise investors to wait for a better buying opportunity before adding to their holdings. Primary support is still found near $13,000, with further levels at $11,300, $10,000, $9000, and stronger levels at $8200 and $7700.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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 XRP entered a volatile short-term correction after its two-day surge after giving a short-term sell signal yesterday, and the coin spiked back towards $0.60 before settling down just below yesterday’s highs. The long-term setup also turned overbought thanks to the almost 300% rally, and now investors should reduce their holdings, even as further gains are still possible. Major support is still found at the prior high near $0.4250 and in the $0.30-$0.32 range.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Trading recommendation: Lisk/Bitcoin

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The best way to trade a range-bound market is to buy at the lower end of the range and sell at the upper end. If the range is large and well established, it offers us a good risk to reward objective. We believe that LSK/BTC fits the bill and offers us an attractive opportunity to buy at the support and sell at the resistance.

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Key points

  1. LSK/BTC has formed a large trading range.
  2. Buy at the lower end of the range.
  3. Sell at the upper end of the range.

Weekly chart

LSK/BTC has been trading in a large range of $0.00046 on the lower end and $0.0016 on the upper end. On three occasions, the cryptocurrency pair has bounced off the supports. Similarly, it has returned from the $0.0016 levels thrice. The range is well defined. Currently, price is trying to rebound after breaking below the lower end of the range last week. We believe that a buy at current levels offers us a low-risk and high-reward trading opportunity.

Daily chart

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On December 07, the cryptocurrency pair broke below the support of $0.00046. However, the very next day, it climbed back into the range, which is a positive indication. This shows that the bulls want to keep the range intact. However, the rally from the lows hit a roadblock at the 20-day EMA.

Currently, LSK/BTC is again pulling back towards the lower end of the range. If the support holds, we believe that the digital currency will again rally to the upper end of the range. Therefore, we suggest buying 50% of the desired allocation close to $0.00050 levels. Remaining 50% of the position should be purchased once the digital currency breaks out of $0.00068. The profit objective is a rally to the upper end of the range at $0.0016. The trade should be closed if the virtual currency breaks down and sustains below the lower end of the range. This is a long-term trade.

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Trade Recommendation: Waves

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This is a long term trade. The market gives us a new swing high which can be used for placing buy orders. This high is above SMA100 and if the price breaks this level, it will be a good trend reversal signal. We should expect for a new uptrend. MACD lines support upward movement and DMI allows opening long trades. It looks like a good buy opportunity. Entry level is 0.000950 with stop orders at 0.000360 level. Profit targets should be at 0.001400 and 0.002200 resistance levels. The part of trade volume can be left for new highs. If you don’t use leverage, trading volume for this trade is up to 10% from your deposit.

Market: WAVESBTC
Buy: 0.000950
Stop: 0.000360
Profit Targets: 0.001400 and 0.002200

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The trading signal is based on Bittrex chart.
Disclaimer: The analyst does not have investments in Waves.

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