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Ethereum and Lesser-Known ICON Lead Crypto Market Higher on Sunday

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The cryptocurrency market is finishing off the weekend on firmer footing, with Ethereum, Ethereum Classic and lesser-known ICON leading the rally.

Ethereum

Ethereum’s native token climbed as much as $200 on Sunday, where it reached its highest level in nearly two weeks. At the time of writing, ether was up 16%, or $165, to $1,200.

With Sunday’s gain, ether’s market cap is back near $120 billion, based on a circulating supply of roughly 97.27 million tokens. The token continues to be one of the most frequently traded, with 24-hour volumes exceeding $5.1 billion.

The marked improvement in ether’s price comes after figurehead Vitalik Buterin announced the arrival of a much-needed scaling solution. The new protocol, called sharding, will split the main blockchain into smaller chains that can then be validated by different nodes. Various sources have reported that the sharding protocol will take several months to complete, with a second phase of developing continuing through April.

Ethereum Classic

Ethereum Classic was also among the cryptocurrency market’s top performers Sunday. The coin, which is based on the original Ethereum node, rose more than 17% to $32.98. That was its highest level in over a week, giving ETC a market cap of roughly $33 billion. That’s enough for 13th on the list of active cryptocurrencies.

The coin saw daily trade volumes of more than $341 million, with South Korean exchanges Bithumb and Upbit generating most of the turnover.

Earlier this month, ETC developers announced they were looking to address scalability challenges through a protocol called the Callisto sidechain. The separate blockchain will run its own cryptocurrency called CLO.

ICON

In terms of percentage gains, ICON was the one of the best performers on Sunday. The coin surged 19% to $9.63 on trade volumes of $125.1 million. The cryptocurrency continues to trade well off its all-time peak of $13.16, but has also rebounded some 26% from its recent trough.

ICON, which trades under the symbol ICX, successfully created its Genesis Block on Jan. 24. The project raised a total of 150,000 ETH during its token sale, which was cut short due to overwhelming demand.

In terms of scale, very few blockchain projects are as large as ICON. The platform seeks to implement decentralized applications, interchain capability and a decentralized exchange powered by artificial intelligence. The project has generated significant interest of late, catapulting the ICX coin to no. 15 on the list of cryptocurrency market caps.

The combined market cap for all cryptos peaked near $596 billion on Sunday, the highest in over a week. It was last seen holding steady near $587 billion. Bitcoin’s share of the total market has slipped to 33.5%, according to CoinMarketCap.

The rise of the altcoin class has eaten significantly into bitcoin’s market share over the last 12 months. At this point last year, bitcoin represented roughly 90% of the total market. The number of altcoins valued at $1 billion or more has also risen sharply, as has the total number of cryptocurrencies in circulation following successful ICOs.

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  1. nplaa

    January 28, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    ICX may not be trading near it’s ATH in terms of USD, but is very close in ICX/BTC and ICX/ETH.

  2. aling0

    January 29, 2018 at 4:20 am

    Ethereum is up 25% since my recommendation 10 days ago check out my video along with my video “why I bet big on ethereum”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sqvM5AxMDk

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Zcash Price Analysis: ZEC/USD Penetrating Vital Resistance, Which is Key for Greater Upside

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  • Zcash has remained elevated over the past few days, as a result of potential speculation across the social media space regarding a Coinbase listing.
  • ZEC/USD bulls must break down supply area heading into $140, to unlock chunky buying pressure.

ZEC/USD bulls have been pressing hard to break above the very stubborn resistance, which is seen just above the $140 price territory. For going on six sessions now, the price has failed to clear the above supply area. It is seen tracking from $138 up to $140. ZEC/USD has not been above this territory since 28th September. There has been much penetration of this, which very well could suggest a strong breakout to come.

Zcash Speculation

Efforts by Coinbase to expand its offering has raised speculation that ZEC may be due for consideration. As recently reported, the largest U.S exchange, announced the listing of Basic Attention Token (BAT) on its trading platform and apps. Elsewhere, they opened the doors for trading 0x (ZRX), which was the first ERC-20 token to have been listed on the platform. Given these moves, there has been continued speculation across the social media space regarding possible listing of Zcash along with the likes of Cardano (ADA), and Stellar (XLM).

Technical Review – ZEC/USD

ZEC/USD daily chart

The ZEC/USD bulls are having a hard time, as their rallies continue to be short-lived due to repetitive failure to breach key resistance. On each occasion the price has entered the detailed supply area, heading into $140, it has been sent back south by some force. It could very well be that ZEC/USD is moving within consolidation mode, after the chunky recent surge. The bulls had seen a decent run from October 31st. Gains seen within this period were a chunky 20%.

Support Levels

Looking to the downside, a decent level of daily support can be eyed just sub-$128. During the current form of consolidation eyed, this area has proven to be of use. Further south, eyes would be back on the breached pennant pattern. This is where ZEC/USD began its most recent forceful upside trend. The price had managed to catch some bidding at the lower part of the pattern to then see a breakout to the upside. A potential pullback to the pennant could see the price around $118.

Upside Targets

Should the market bulls manage to gather enough upside momentum, eyes will be on another retest of the supply heading into $140. A breach above will likely see the price heading for another supply zone, observed at $145. ZEC/USD last traded here on 28th September, before resuming its downward trend. Further north, the highs seen early September within the $160 territory. Lastly, any move above here, could likely see some strong buying pressure, with a fast move back into $200.

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TRON Price Analysis: TRX/USD Posts Longest Daily Losing Streak in 15 Weeks

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  • TRX/USD stuck within a stubborn downward trend, running at 7 consecutive sessions of losses.
  • Price faced a strong rejection after retesting and failing to break back above breached trend line.
  • Bulls will look to find some ground at below strong daily support areas, before firm committed bull run.

Stubborn Downward Trend

TRXUSD daily support

TRX/USD has been cooling for going on 7 sessions now, running currently at consecutive daily closes in the red. The price entered this stubborn downtrend on 7th November. TRX/USD bulls had initially retested a breached ascending trend line that was supporting the price initially. The mentioned supported had been running from 12th September until a firm breach and close below by the bears on 29th October. This left the door open for the market bears to capitalize.

Given this current run of consecutive losses, it is the longest daily run in the red since the back-end of July – early August. The price from 30th July underwent 6 sessions in negative territory, falling around 27% until a small bounce on 5th August. In terms of percentage loss on this current fall observed, it is running at 11% over the 7 sessions at the time of writing. The market will be looking to find a bottom over the coming sessions.

Downside Support

There are some key areas to note for TRX/USD, ahead of potentially giving up on the $0.020000 territory. The next major level of daily support can be seen at $0.021400; this is the low of 31st October. It is significant as the bulls staged a rebound here. TRX/USD entered into a short-term bull run, seeing strong gains up until 6th November. The percentage gain within the mentioned period, was seen at a solid 16%, seeing 6 out of 7 daily closes in the green.

Further to the south, another level worthy noting, would be $0.020700 – a strong daily support level, most recently between 11-12 October. This is where the price initially jeopardized the above-mentioned trend line. Firm buying kicked in down here, to see the bulls drive the price back up to the $0.02800 territory. A strong area of supply can be seen here, as has been demonstrated since the back-end of August.

Upside Targets

Once the bulls manage to find their feet again, the first target would be for a retest of the breached ascending trend line. This is currently tracking at $0.026000; TRX/USD has not been this high since 17th October. Looking further to the north, the mentioned supply zone would be seen just ahead tracking from $0.027000-0.028000. It is also worth considering that this is the upper part of the current range. TRX/USD has not been above this for over 15 weeks now.

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Bitcoin Cash Price Analysis: BCH/USD May Have to Return to $400, Before Big Bull Buying

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  • BCH/USD price action did form a potential double top formation, subject to a move back towards the neckline.
  • The RSI indicates price is oversold via the 4-hour chart view, after bouncing in early hours of Monday.

The Bitcoin Cash price remains firmly on the back foot. As a result, of a top area being produced within a heavy touted supply zone. This can be seen within the $650 price region, which as a result has caused BCH/USD bulls to falter in their tracks north. Back in the very early part of September and most recently on 7th November has seen the sellers pile in at this area.

BCH/USD daily chart

Given the current price behavior it would suggest technically, the bears are looking to force a retreat, Eyes would be towards the neckline of the set up. This would see BCH/USD returning to $410, as demonstrated during the selling pressure back in early September. A likely area to attract buyers back in, a failure however to see this area of support hold, could be very punishing indeed.

Possible Neckline Breach

BCH/USD Neckline

Should a breakout to the downside from the $410 area support occur, heavy selling pressure may be seen. Eyes would then be on for a potential steep fall, down towards $285, the next major level of support. BCH/USD last traded down here on 13th October 2017, after seeing a chunky breach through the above-mentioned neckline.

4-hour Chart View

BCH/USD 4-hour chart

Looking via the 4-hour chart view, BCH/USD price action is moving within a descending channel formation. This is very much subject to a potential breakout to the upside; however, as described above, the price may need to retreat towards $410. Near-term resistance can be immediately seen at $530, which is the upper part of the channel.

The resistance above trend line of the detailed technical set up should this continue to hold; it raises the case to the top formation play out. A breakout to the upside now could send BCH/USD flying back for a retest of the $650 region supply. To the downside, support should be noted around the psychological $500 level.

As detailed above with the descending channel, this could also be perceived as a text book bull flag pattern. Such a move coming into play after a decent run higher, to then cool, ahead of another burst to the north. Looking via the RSI, it did hit a bottom, running into oversold territory. This occured in early hours of today – Monday 12th November.

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