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Exciting Times for Ripple, as Company Delivers Upbeat Tone in Latest Episode of ‘Ripple Drop’

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  • Renewed optimism delivered within the recent episode of Ripple Drop, covering company technology and growing institutional investment.
  • XRP/USD bull flag technical set up remains intact, subject to a breakout.

Ripple released their most recent episode of Ripple Drop, detailing some of the latest updates surrounding the company and providing some education on their products. Separately, an acknowledgement of the solid Q3 report and commentary on the growth of institutional buying was noted.

How the Ripple Products Work Together

Ripple’s SVP of product Asheesh Birla discussed three different Ripple products that are available on RippleNet and how they are working together. Asheesh gave an explanation on how xVia connects all products on the RippleNet, such as xRapid and xCurrent.

He detailed that transferring payments from the United States to Mexico would become seamless with xVia. The sender connects directly to xVia, which is then connected to xRapid. This can then be used to transmit the funds to a receiver in Mexico. This will assist in eliminating the requirement of an FTP server. Transaction time is reduced from at least 3 to 5.

Further on, the director of product Craig DeWitt spoke about the multi-hop feature of RippleNet, explaining that, “Multi-hop gives RippleNet members the ability of transacting with banks, payment providers or digital wallets that they don’t have a direct relationship to.”

Lastly of note, the chief market strategist, Cory Johnson noted that the largest change in the latest quarter, was the chunky amount of buying by Wall Street. Institutional buying directly from the company, an increase of around 400 percent quarter-on-quarter for Ripple. This was very encouraging to say the least, about investor growth prospects for the company.

New Ripple Partnership

Quidax is the latest company to partner up with Ripple. It will be using Ripple’s xRapid product, facilitating money transfers and settlements with the use of XRP. Quidax is an African cryptocurrency exchange. The digital tokens available on their platform currently are; Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin Gold, Ripple’s XRP, Bitcoin, and Litecoin.

Technical Review XRP/USD – 4-hour Chart

XRP/USD 4-hour chart

The standout technical bull flag set up is still very much in play. This is true despite the cooling of late for XRP/USD over the past few sessions. The price managed to bounce on Tuesday, after downside intensity hit the market on Monday. Nevertheless, price action continues to bounce within the flag pattern, subject to an extended breakout north.

Key near-term levels to keep aware for XRP/USD ahead of its next committed direction are as follows: in terms of support, the price is currently trading within a demand area that tracks from $0.4500-0.4350. Further south, eyes will be on the lower trend line of the flag holding up, $0.4300. Therefore, any break lower, could send the price falling fast down to sub-$0.4000. Finally, to the upside, resistance is seen not far ahead, around $0.4550-0.4600, the above trend line for the mentioned pattern. Should buys gather enough momentum, eyes will be on supply seen at $0.4900, ahead of the big psychological $0.5000 mark. Given the current set up and price behavior, the odds appear to be stacked in the bulls favor.

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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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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