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Ethereum Up 50% in Last Two Weeks on South Korea, ICO Hype

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Ethereum (ETH/USD) has been pushing higher over the past two weeks, with prices crawling back above $300.00 for the first time since June.

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ETH/USD Hits One-Month High

The ETH/USD exchange rate approached $315.00 on Wednesday, the highest level in over a month. The price pulled back on Thursday to settle just above $300.00. Prices held relatively steady at the start of Friday trading, giving etherum a market cap of roughly $28.2 billion.

With Thursday’s advance, ethereum has risen for six consecutive days and is up 50% compared to two weeks ago when it traded around $200.00.

The cryptocurrency has forged a new leg higher, with prices well supported north of $280.00. This level prevented the sellers from gaining control of the market on Thursday when the ETH/USD pair entered a mild correction.

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South Korean Buyers, ICO Hype Lift Prices

The South Korean won has done most of the bidding lately after lawmakers in the Asian country announced tentative plans to regulate cryptocurrency. According to CNBC, over 60% of ETH purchases are happening in the won currency.

South Korea would become the second Asian country to regulate cryptocurrency. Earlier this year, Japan spearheaded legislation recognizing bitcoin as a legal payment method. The announcement propelled the digital currency market to new record highs.

Ongoing hype surrounding initial coin offerings (ICOs) is also boosting buyer interest. ICOs are similar to crowdsourcing in that they allow startups to raise money by offering funders a stake in the company. ICOs raised $1.2 billion in June and July to surpass early stage venture capital.

In June alone, ICO funding exceeded $550 million. By comparison, angel and early VC funding came in at just under $300 million during the same month.

Bitcoin Stabilizes Near Record High

Ethereum has flown under the radar in recent weeks as infighting broke out in the bitcoin community. The rapid rise and fall of Bitcoin Cash – the newest edition to the cryptocurrency family – has had a minimal impact on the broader market. In fact, bitcoin prices surged to new highs this week as its mining community voted to accept the new Segregated Witness (SegWit) upgrade.

SegWit has been designed to scale up bitcoin’s capacity to boost efficiency and speed on the cryptocurrency network. It was also the point of contention that caused the chain split on Aug. 1.

Bitcoin Cash briefly spiked above $11 billion shortly after the fork, according to coinmarketcap.com, before crashing back down. On Friday, the market was valued at $4.6 billion – roughly $280.00 a coin.

Bitcoin (BTC/USD) has shot up to nearly $57 billion, with token values reaching multiple record highs. The BTC/USD traded within a narrow range Thursday and was last seen hovering just above $3,415.00, according to Bitstamp.

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Technical Analysis: Altcoins Lead Markets Lower as Bitcoin Still Looks Strong

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All of the largest digital currencies are in the red today, following heavy overnight selling, a bounce in European trading, and another round of losses around the US market open. Ethereum is still in the worst short-term shape among the giants of the segment, and that’s in line with the slightly delayed cycle of the coin that we have been monitoring.

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The technical divergence between the leaders of the market and the laggards yesterday is still dominant with the 6 coins that spearhead the rally, BTC, LTC, NEO, Dash, Monero, and ETC, are still in much more bullish setups than the rest of the majors.

Bitcoin is also well below its recent rally highs after breaking down under the key $11,300 level, and a test of the $10,000 support now looks likely, while a move to the $9000-$9200 zone would still keep the rising trend intact.


BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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The overbought short-term momentum readings are being cleared, and despite the slightly bearish volume patterns, we expect the coin to continue its new bullish cycle after the correction, with targets above $11,300 ahead at $13,000 and $14,250.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum is now trading below the key $845 level as the correction continues, as we expected, and the coin remains stuck in the dominant declining trend, for now. We still expect a breakout in the coming weeks, but a test of the $740 level is possible before another rally. Further support below that is at $625 and $575 and we don’t expect a new low in the coin, so investors could still accumulate the coin near the main levels.

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Crypto Update: Monero Tests Rally High as Majors Pull Back

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The segment had a bearish Asian session, as a wave of selling hit the major coins following the US close that carried the market more than 5% lower. The still present short-term overbought readings that we noted yesterday likely played a part in the move, as the strong post-crash rally made the market slightly stretched.

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As the coins followed stocks lower during the volatility-driven crash two weeks ago, yesterday’s late-day decline on Wall Street might also have driven the dip in the segment. Amid the decline, several coins are showing relative strength, most notably Monero and Dash, which already have been in encouraging setups.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Bitcoin is hovering around the $11,000 level today in European trading, with the $11,300 support/resistance level being in focus. The short-term momentum indicators still not reached neutral territory and that might mean that further consolidation is ahead for the most valuable currency. Support below is found at $10,000 and between $9000 and $9200, while resistance is still ahead at $13,000.

Monero remains one of the strongest candidates for another leg higher in the coming days, as the coin quickly recovered from the overnight sell-off and it is still trading back in the short-term consolidation pattern, below the $335 resistance that it tested already today. With the coin clearly being in an uptrend, a rally towards $400 is likely in the coming weeks, while support levels are at $300, $280, and $240.

XMR/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Losses Across the Board among Altcoins

DASH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Not surprisingly, Litecoin, NEO, and Dash continue to outperform the broader market from a technical perspective, as correlations remain muted, still pointing to an intact short-term uptrend. ETC, the early leader of the rally is also holding up above the previous consolidation zone, with the $32-$34 zone also providing support for the coin.

Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, Cardano, EOS, and IOTA are still the laggards among the majors, as they continue to trade in the short-term correction that started last week. That said, the price action in the segment is still consistent with a new bullish cycle, and we expect the crucial support levels to hold.

Stay tuned for our detailed technical analysis later on today.

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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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The Rally Continues: Bitcoin Market Cap Bounces Back to $200 Billion

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The past week has seen an incredible rebound for bitcoin, as the world’s largest cryptocurrency has regained 30% of its value to lead the market higher.

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Bitcoin Price Levels

The cryptocurrency advanced sharply Tuesday, hitting a rally high of $11,770.87. It closed the day at $11,698.86, having gained more than 36% over the past five days. The coin was last seen trading around $11,357 for a market cap of $194 billion. The total capitalization briefly crossed $200 billion on Tuesday.

With the latest rally, bitcoin has taken the global cryptocurrency market past $500 billion. In doing so, it has claimed roughly 39.5% of the total market share, up from a low near 32% in January.

Trade volumes have also risen sharply, and as of Tuesday, nearly $10 billion in bitcoin was transacted on global exchanges. Bitfinex, OKEx and Binance saw the largest percentage of the daily transactions.

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The Return of the Bull Market

Bitcoin is benefiting from a myriad of forces that, when combined, point to higher prices for the cryptocurrency. Sentiment has improved markedly after government regulators in the United States and South Korea adopted a friendlier attitudes toward digital assets.

South Korea’s financial regulator recently said the country has no problem with “normal” cryptocurrency trading. The comments mirror earlier statements made by Hong Nam-ki, who heads the Office for Government Policy and Coordination.

“I can assure you that the government has consistently maintained a close and careful approach to market conditions and international trends, keeping all possible means open,” he said in a statement last week.

In the United States, Wyoming recently approved two blockchain bills that could make the state one of the more accepting jurisdictions for cryptocurrency. The first bill, HB 70, defines utility tokens as neither traditional fiat money nor securities, which may give startups more leeway in ICO fundraising. The second bill, HB 19, exempts bitcoin from the 2003 Wyoming Money Transmitter Act.

The Senate has also proposed Bill 111 that would exempt cryptocurrency from taxes. This regulation is intended to boost Wyoming’s digital currency market, which may impact everything from economic growth to job creation. Some analysts have also speculated that the passing of such a bill would set a precedent for other jurisdictions still jostling with formulating cryptocurrency regulation of their own.

As bitcoin climbs above $12,000, investors may feel a greater sense of urgency to enter the market. This so-called “fear of missing out” has been a major driver of cryptocurrencies over the past 12 months.

CNBC “Fast Money” trader Brian Kelly recently recommended to his audience that they purchase March bitcoin futures at $12,000 with a target of $18,000. Based on this recommendation, Kelly anticipates a 50% gain for the cryptocurrency. Futures operated by CBOE and CME Group recently reached their highest levels in three weeks.

Of course, a bull market in bitcoin does not exclude volatility. Bitcoin is expected to remain highly volatile even as capital flows back into the market.

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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