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Five Things to Watch Next Week: Bitcoin, Central Banks, Qatar, Gold, and the Market Top

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1.            Cryptocurrencies Still in Correction Mode

Ethereum, Bitcoin, and Ripple are both still well below their all-time highs following a choppy sideways week for the crypto market. Litecoin’s break-out was the biggest move of the week and we expect more to come from LTC before BTC’s “Judgement Day” in August. The weekend brought another wave lower for the majors, but so far, the damage is limited and the consolidation patterns are intact. The long-term picture remains supportive of more correction for the coins after the stellar rally of the past few months, but it’s a bull market, and surprises usually come on the upside so getting rid of one’s core positions is probably not a good idea.

BTC/USD 4-Hour Chart Analysis

2.           The Central Bank Summit

The European Central Bank Forum will take place in Portugal next week, and that might prove to be a game-changer, as the Federal Reserve is in a totally different phase of the monetary cycle than its peers, having hiked the interest already twice this year. The European Central Bank and the Bank of the Japan are still in the middle of the “extreme easy” territory, and given the recent troubles on the global economic front, a dovish change in the Fed’s rhetoric is probably more likely than a shift from the other major banks. The Dollar’s weakness is reflecting this risk already, and the dip in long yields also shows the pressure on the Fed.

3.           The Qatar Ultimatum

The Saudi Arabia-Iran power struggle moved to a new era this week, with the ultimatum sent to Qatar by the kingdom and its allies. The surprising move in the leadership of the country also, the anointment of the new crown prince, also put Saudi Arabia in the spotlight, and the next moves could determine the region’s political landscape, and of course, the environment for the world’s energy sector. The ultimatum will expire in a bit more than a week, but the reactions of Iran and Turkey will surface before, and we might learn what sanctions (or other measures) the blockading countries will apply in the likely event of Qatar’s “non-compliance”.

4.           Gold on the Move?

The post-Fed correction in precious metals might have run its course and the geopolitical tensions together with the Dollar’s slide sets up a possibly great week for gold. Gold has been moving in concert with the Yen and US treasuries, but the central bank summit could change that if we see a new effort from the heroes of money printing again. Cryptocurrencies could also benefit from a shift towards “hard” assets, with primarily Bitcoin being considered a safe haven currency by some. The US GDP, Durable Goods Orders, and CB Consumer Confidence reports could pose a risk for the metal, as a much better than expected string of reports could break the Dollar’s losing streak.

5.           Stock Markets Still Look Shaky

Market tops are processes, not events. The old saying seems to be proving true once again, as global stock markets are long overdue for a deeper correction following the Trump-rally, the signs (loss of momentum, deteriorating market internals…) are there for several weeks now, but stocks continue to grind higher or sideways in the summer environment. Corrections usually are hard to exactly predict, but conditions are favorable, and what we the market needs is a trigger to start a sell-off. It might be the escalation in the Middle East, further economic weakness, or something unforeseen, but bulls should keep the gunpowder dry and wait for it before jumping in the late-bull-market party.

NASDAQ 100 Futures 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Key Economic Releases of Next Week

Day Country Release Expected Previous
Monday GERMANY IFO business Climate 114.7 114.6
Monday US Core Durable Goods Orders 0.4% -0.5%
Tuesday UK BOE Financial Report
Tuesday US CB Consumer Confidence 116.2 117.9
Wednesday EUROZONE M3 Money Supply 5.0% 4.9%
Wednesday US Goods Trade balacne -66.2 bill -67.1 bill
Wednesday US Pending Home Sales 0.6% -1.3%
Wednesday US Crude Oil Inventories -2.5 mill
Thursday GERMANY Prelim CPI 0.0% -0.2%
Thursday US Final GDP 1.2% 1.2%
Thursday US Initial Jobless Claims 240,000 241,000
Friday CHINA Manufacturing PMI 51.0 51.2
Friday CHINA Services PMI 54.5
Friday GERMANY Retail Sales 0.3% -0.2%
Friday UK Current Account -16.5 bill -12.1 bill
Friday UK Final GDP 0.2% 0.2%
Friday EUROZONE Flash CPI 1.3% 1.4%
Friday CANADA GDP 0.5%
Friday US Personal Spending 0.1% 0.4%
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  1. badjava

    June 25, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Thanks Mate, good article. I have been reducing my stock holdings and increasing gold holdings (normally only 5%). What’s your opinion on silver?

    • Mate Cser

      June 26, 2017 at 2:41 am

      Hi Badjava, right now I like gold better, silver follows industrial metals as well. That said, with $15.85 stop-loss, a speculative long could be played.

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Crypto Update: Qtum’s Price Contraction Hints at a Massive Bull Run

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Qtum/Bitcoin (QTUM/BTC) is one of the biggest losers in cryptocurrency investing. It shred more than 76% of its value in seven months when it dropped to 0.001192 on July 12. With such a sharp slide, there’s no denying that the market is deep in bear territory. Nevertheless, long-term investors can find hope in the market’s habit of rallying after a deflating bear run.

In this article, we show how Qtum/Bitcoin uses price contractions and oversold conditions to stage massive rallies.

Falling Wedge in the Last Quarter of 2017

QTUM/BTC was bearish in September, October and November of 2017. The pair traded in a wide range between September to late October 2017 while generating lower highs and lower lows. However, the range got more and more tight until December 14. In three and a half months, the pair created a falling wedge.

2017 Fourth Quarter Daily chart of QTUM/BTC

The pair was able to break out of the pattern on December 15 after it recovered from extreme oversold readings. The selling relief combined with price contraction conspired to ignite a rally that rewarded bottom pickers with over 300% profits in less than a month.

Falling Wedge in the First Quarter of 2018

Gravity also works in financial markets. Often, the case is the greater the rise, the harder the fall.

As QTUM/BTC pulled back from its meteoric rise, the pair created another falling wedge structure on the daily chart. The market plummeted until the trading range was so tightly squeezed that there was no more room to go but up. Again, the market flashed extreme oversold readings before breaking out of the pattern.

2018 First Quarter Daily chart of QTUM/BTC

Falling Wedges in the Third Quarter of 2018

History repeats itself; that’s one of the main principles of technical analysis. So far, QTUM/BTC adheres to that tenet. It appears to be creating a third falling wedge as it respects key support of 0.0012. While doing so, it has recently given off extreme oversold signals.

2018 Third Quarter Daily chart of QTUM/BTC

But wait! There’s more!

A broader and more in-depth look at the daily chart of QTUM/BTC reveals that all three falling wedges mentioned above appear to be parts of a massive falling wedge. What’s astonishing is that the narrowest point of this gigantic falling wedge is at key support of 0.0012.

Daily chart of QTUM/BTC

Based on previous price movements, it is not difficult to imagine that this extreme price contraction can be the catalyst of a massive bull run.

Bottom Line

QTUM/BTC is in deep bear territory. However, history tells us that the pair might be out of the woods real soon. The formation of three falling wedge patterns reveal that the market has a habit of rallying after extreme price contraction. More importantly, the emergence of the large falling wedge on the daily chart suggests that QTUM/BTC may be on the cusp of a massive bull run.

 

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Crypto Update: Bulls Hold Their Ground as Coins Settle Down

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Trading volumes and volatility declined substantially in the cryptocurrency segment this weekend, as the major coins are trying to hold the key support levels that are just below the current prices. For now, Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Ripple all managed to avoid a break below the June lows and the technical damage is limited among the smaller coins as well, despite the still dangerous setups on the long-term charts.

That said, the general character of the market is still bearish, with high correlations between the majors, and robust resistance levels capping the rally attempts in most cases. With all of those in mind, and given the still active short-term sell signals in our trend model, traders should still not enter new positions here, as a test of the lows is likely in the coming week.

The market is still missing a leadership that could turn the short-term trend around, and the relatively weak coins that have been leading the way lower in the recent period are still not showing signs of strength, despite the occasional short squeeze rallies.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

BTC tried to get back above the $6275 support/resistance level several times since falling below it on Thursday but the attempts all failed so far. The coin is still in a clear downtrend, although the previous lows haven’t been tested yet.

From a long-term perspective, a durable break below $5850 would signal a structural bear market, so the coming period will be crucial for the whole segment. Primary support is at $6000, while resistance is ahead at $6500, $6750, $7000, and $7350.

Still No Real Momentum Among Altcoins

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The basic setup among the largest altcoins is unchanged similarly to BTC, with Ethereum trading between the $400-$420 support zone and the $450 resistance level since the Monday plunge. The coin is holding up above the June low, and it’s still relatively strong from a longer-term standpoint compared to Bitcoin.

On the contrary, ETH is looking weak short-term, and that also points to the continuation of the declining segment-wide trend. ETH is facing further resistance near $500, while support below $400 is found at $380 and $360.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple barely managed to avoid a break below the June lows, and the third largest coin remains very weak from a technical standpoint, and strong selling pressure is apparent in its market. The coin should stay above the $0.42 level to avoid major technical damage, and he coming days could be crucial for bulls, with strong resistance ahead around $0.45 and $0.51.

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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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Forex Update: USD/INR Showing Signs of Weakness Yet Remains Bullish Long-term

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The US Dollar/Indian Rupee (USD/INR) pair has been in a strong bull run ever since it took out resistance of 53.50 in April 2012. The breakout ignited a massive rally that pushed the pair to as high as 69.528 in August 2013. In a little over year, investors raked in almost 30% in profits.

Unfortunately for buyers at this level, 69 proved to be a major resistance. Five years later, that resistance is still giving investors nightmares. The good news is time appears to be on the side of the bulls. In this article, we show why long-term investors shouldn’t lose sleep even though USD/INR appears to be heading down.

The Pullback of USD/INR is a Setup for a Comeback

USD/INR has looked unstoppable recently after it generated a higher low of 63.16 early this year. While the rally was impressive, the pair eventually ran into a brick wall at resistance of 69. So far, bulls look exhausted. It seems they don’t have what it takes to breach a resistance level that has stood for half a decade.

USD/INR Daily Chart

A quick look at the daily chart reveals multiple bearish signals. First and most important, bulls attempted several times to go above 69 but to no avail. The long red candle yesterday symbolizes their defeat.

On top of that, a bearish divergence emerged on the daily RSI. This is compounded by the bearish cross on the daily MACD. If that’s not enough, the 4-day, 8-day, and 21-day moving averages are all trending south.

As an investor, it is easy to lose your confidence in the market after seeing these signals. However, the incoming drop is actually good for the overall health of the market. It is very likely that bulls will take advantage of this temporary weakness and buy on dips. This sentiment is one of the reasons why we believe USD/INR remains bullish long-term.

The Emergence of a Large Continuation Pattern

Breakouts from multi-year consolidation periods often spark a rally that generates handsome returns to investors. This is what happened when USD/INR broke out of the inverse head and shoulders pattern in April 2012.

USD/INR Inverse H&S

Now, it seems that USD/INR is looking for a repeat performance while dancing to a different tune. The pair appears to be in the final leg down of a large ascending triangle pattern, thus explaining the short-term weakness. This is actually one of the best structures that can take down a major resistance like 69. The series of higher lows puts tremendous pressure on the resistance.

USD/INR Weekly Chart

As bulls hold on to positions, the supply in the market becomes more and more limited. This forces new investors to buy at higher price, hence the formation of higher lows. Eventually, the supply becomes so tight that even a five-year resistance like 69 won’t be able to withstand the onslaught of buyers.

When that happens, USD/INR is likely to explode like it did before.

Bottom Line

USD/INR might be on the way down. However, we believe that this pullback is nothing but a setup for a comeback. The impending retracement is most likely the last wave of an ascending triangle pattern. Investors can sleep soundly, confident that the market will likely reward them with substantial profits in the future.

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