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Ethereum Prices: Finally Regaining Momentum

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Is it a coincidence or a bad April Fool’s Day joke the crypto prices hit their lows on April 1. Since then we have enjoyed encouraging news on the technical front.  Bitcoin seems to be holding around the $8,000 level while Ethereum keeps poking its head above $500. Meanwhile, Ripple is hovering around the $0.70 level.

Ether, the big loser of the first quarter, is turning out to be the star of the major cryptos thus far in April with a 35% gain against Ripple at 25% and bitcoin just a shade under 19%.  And acknowledgement must be given to the many other altcoins that on any given day have turned in leading performances.

It’s only fair to mention that Ripple’s price has had more going for it than the turnaround in the broader cryptocurrency market.  On April 12, Bank Santander announced One Pay FX will be using Ripple-powered blockchain. This allows same-day payments for customers in multiple countries.  Other banks most likely will follow the lead and go with Ripple. Very good news, no question.

The only thing that is unclear is how Ripple will be paid: XRP or fiat currency.  This has been the investment community’s one big rub on Ripple.

Suddenly Good News Everywhere

One of the things to love about investing in cryptocurrencies are the swings in momentum. When so little is known about the future of this technology, everything tends to get interpreted in terms of good news or bad news.

Since April Fool’s Day, the momentum has been starting to go the right way.  No more gloomy news stories about government crackdowns, tightened regulations and all that stuff. Which came first, higher prices or glowing news reports?

Welcome News For Ethereum

The ICO market remains vibrant.  ICO WatchList has reported a record 20 projects working on raising $1.86 billion so far this year.  Of course, $850 million is accounted for by the on again-off again deal for Telegram. Even taking this into account, the average offering size both for projects and offerings completed is far higher than 2017.  This suggest the quality of ICO could be improving.

The Ethereum platform continues to be far and away the choice for startups.  For much of last year, Ethereum accounted for about a 75%-77% share of the ICO market but that continues to rise to more than 80%.

Ethereum’s scaling limitations are getting better headlines.  Both Cardano and EOS position themselves as so called third-generation cryptocurrencies based on their multi-layered blockchains and other features that are both speed and cost effective for the mass of low value transactions that make up global commerce.  Ethereum’s average of about 14 transactions per second must improve or face extinction.

Since Cardano and EOS are more theoretical than operational, Ethereum and its founder Vitalik Buterin have time to fend off the threat.  From the standpoint of ether pricing, Buterin’s downbeat headline catching remarks how “Ethereum apps are being screwed by scaling”  and reports of conflicts at the developers conference in Paris did nothing for investors.

Finally, late last it was reported that Buterin finally got his act together and proposed a solution.  It is referred to as a sharding system that can be compared with Cardano and EOS’ multi-layered blockchain system.

In a sharding system a contract is maintained between two parties on a separate blockchain or shard.  The only time the shard connects with the main blockchain is either to open or close the channel. This could significantly reduce the amount of data consumed in each transaction and increase transaction speeds.  Now the job is getting everyone working together.

Stitching Up The Wounds

Ether was the biggest loser of the major cap cryptocurrencies in the first quarter of 2018 so strong performance thus far in April should not be a huge shock.  For all of the technology involved, mass adoption of bitcoin, ether, Ripple or any other name is a long-term proposition.

In the meantime, we are left with the constant search for a balance between potential and current value.  This is where momentum comes in and what makes cryptocurrency so attractive during this period. Right now that momentum is working in favor of investors and Ethereum is finally acting like a leader.   

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GBP/USD Price Prediction: Bulls Reclaim 1.2900, Eyes Locked on Another Retest of 1.3000

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  • GBP/USD bulls pick up momentum to the upside, following generally positive tone to Theresa May’s Plan B statement.
  • Next upside targets for the bulls should they firmly breakdown 1.2900 again, will be the psychological 1.3000 mark.

GBP/USD throughout the session on Monday remained very much elevated. This came as market participants were somewhat maintaining an optimistic view. All of which heading into the British Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech to the House of Commons, on her Brexit plan b. Of course, this had to be drafted again, given her humiliating defeat at the vote last week, on the initial EU withdrawal plan.

Theresa May Plan B

In terms of her details this time round, she will be going back to Brussels, to seek some amendments to her initial agreement. This needs to be done in order to get a plan through another vote in the commons. Looking at some of the GBP bullish takeaways from this statement; she guaranteed rights for EU citizens at several angles, scraping the application fee EU nationals registering in Britain, discussing the backstop with the DUP this week.

To conclude, PM May appears keen in her language to ensure of a soft-Brexit, rather than one that is hard. All of which supported GBP in its push to session highs, at the time, briefly moving back above 1.2900. The price had given up this area on 18th January, when the bears were reversing the run observed on 17th, where GBP/USD touched to big psychological 1.3000 mark again.

Technical Review – GBP/USD

GBP/USD 60-minute chart. Near-term resistance eyed at 1.2900, with bulls locked in on a retest of 1.3000.

GBP/USD at the time of writing continues to trade around the 1.2900 territory. This price did see a brief period cooling, on touted profit-taking post the statement. Near-term resistance can be seen within this price region, but if convincingly broken down again, then there is decent upside potential. Aside from the supply observed here, there isn’t much in the way of the 1.3000 price region.

Given the renewed optimism around Brexit now, this has assisted in maintaining momentum to the upside for GBP. In terms of support to the downside, a strong area of demand should be noted at 1.2850-25 price region. As can be seen via the 60-minute chart view, this has supported the price since 15th January.

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3 Things You Need to Know About the Market Today

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1, Chinese GDP Growth Slows to Multi-Decade Low

Shanghai Composite, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

When even the strongly PR-optimized Chinese economic releases are showing severe weakness, it’s not at all surprising that the local stock market is in a deep bear market, and even the explosive oversold rally on Wall Street combined with the trade optimism of last week is not enough to meaningfully change the technical setup.

While economic growth slowed to an almost 30-year low on a yearly basis, retail sales and industrial production beat the consensus estimates by a hair, but that wasn’t enough to cause a material rally in equities, with the global sentiment leaning slightly bearish. This week’s most important question will be how risk assets will hold on to their recent gains, with a special attention on China and Europe, which continue to lag behind the US from a technical perspective.

The Shanghai Composite is more than 30% below its bull market highs, while the main European benchmarks are also around 20% below their respective highs, and that’s following one of the strongest short squeezes in history on Wall Street, mind you. The next few days could be crucial for markets, and we now advise caution even for short-term bulls.

2, Stocks Retreat after Friday Ramp with Wall Street Closed

German DAX 30 Index, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Looking at Europe, the major indices failed to extend their gains from Friday, while US stock futures are also modestly lower after the European close. With the US markets being closed in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day, trading volumes and activity has been predictably low, and things will likely get heated tomorrow, as the earnings season will also continue.

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and IBM (IBM0 will report earnings tomorrow, and all eyes will be on their overseas numbers and guidance amid the global economic slowdown. We had some negative reports regarding the US-Chinese trade talks, concerning the sensitive issue of Intellectual Property, and we still think that even though an agreement is likely in the coming months, implementation and enforcement will be borderline impossible.

3, Oil Tests December High

WTI Crude Oil, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While risk assets, in general, had a slightly bearish half-session crude oil kept on pushing higher following Friday’s move to new correction highs, with the WTI contract entering the resistance zone that capped the December consolidation. The crucial commodity, which has been slightly lagging US stocks from a technical perspective is still squeezing late shorts, but we expect a short-term top very soon, possibly after a stop hunting rally above the $55 per barrel level.

What’s sure, is that we wouldn’t be buyers at these levels, even in light of the OPEC production cut, since over-supply remains a major issue, and the increase in US output continues. That said, the short-term uptrend is intact and the topping process could take a while, but we will keep a close eye on the day-to-day price action following the 25% rally off the December lows.

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Crypto Update: 5 Altcoins to Watch This Week

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Four out of five of the altcoins that we included on last week’s list moved within our expectations. Ethereum (ETH/BTC) and NEM (XEM/BTC) have managed to stay above key support areas. In addition, Binance Coin (BNB/BTC) and 0x (ZRX/BTC) have maintained their bullish tone. Only Bitcoin Gold (BTG/BTC) disappointed as the market took out its key support.

For this week’s edition, we look at altcoins that are prime candidates for buying on dips. Here are the five altcoins to watch this week.

TRON (TRX/BTC)

TRON started the year on a high note as it breached 0.0000056 resistance on January 3, 2018. This triggered a strong rally that sent the market to as high as 0.00002047 on January 5, 2018. Although the market has been correcting since, we now have an idea where TRON might be headed. A look at the 12-hour chart shows that it is forming a falling wedge.

TRX/BTC 12-hour chart

If our read is correct, TRON might bounce off 0.0000056. This would allow the market to flip the resistance into support. Otherwise, a move below this level will likely send TRON down to 0.0000045.

Steem (STEEM/BTC)

Steem had a strong week as it rallied from near the range low of 0.0000675 on January 14, 2019 to take out the range high of 0.0001 on January 18. The market then flipped the resistance into support on January 20. This is awesome bullish price action.

However, the market looks overextended as the 12-hour RSI is flashing a bearish divergence. This should give you the chance to buy on dips.

STEEM/BTC 12-hour chart

If the market corrects, you can rely on the 200-MA on the 12-hour chart as a possible bounce area. Should the market move below the indicator, it has a support level at 0.0000888.

WAVES (WAVES/BTC)

To say that Waves ended 2018 strong would be an understatement. It grew by over 400% rallying from the low of 0.0002336 on November 21 to as high as 0.001209 on December 19. The market has been pulling back since. However, we are starting to see signs of a possible bounce.

Currently, Waves appears to be finding support at 0.0006842, which is the 61.8% Fibonacci level of our range. Also, the market has printed a double bottom pattern on the shorter time frames. Plus, we can see a bullish divergence on the 12-hour chart.

WAVES/BTC 12-hour chart

A bounce at the 61.8% Fibonacci level might send Waves all the way up to the range high of 0.0009645. Otherwise, it might fall back to the range midpoint of 0.0005979.

Dash (DASH/BTC)

Dash is one of our two bottom picking targets this week. It is currently creating a falling wedge on the 12-hour chart. It appears to be on its final wave down.

DASH/BTC 12-hour chart

If our read is correct, Waves will establish a bottom around 0.016. Put tight stops if you’re planning to go long on the market because there’s no known support below 0.016.

Wanchain (WAN/BTC)

Our second bottom-picking target is Wanchain. Just like Dash, it is forming a falling wedge on the 12-hour chart. It also appears to be on its last leg down.

WAN/BTC 12-hour chart

We expect Wanchain to bottom out at 0.0000775. Use tight stops as well if you’re considering to bottom pick Wanchain. Similar to Dash, WAN/BTC has no known support below 0.0000775.

Bottom Line

While Bitcoin continues to trade sideways, this gives many altcoins the opportunity to pump. TRON, Steem, and Waves have done so and that’s why we’re looking at them this week. On the other hand, Dash and Wanchain appear ready to bottom out. As always, use tight stops when buying on dips.

 

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