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Forex Update: Dollar Plunges Again as Meeting Minutes Confirm Dovish Fed Shift

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Forex Market Snapshot

Asset Current Value Daily Change
EUR/USD 1.1552 0.98%
GBP/USD 1.2802 0.70%
USD/JPY 108.02 -0.65%
AUD/USD 0.7180 0.57%
GOLD 1,294 0.67%
WTI Crude Oil 52.26 4.96%
BTC/USD 4,004 0.24%

Central banks, and in particular the Federal Reserve continue to shape global financial markets, with the recent sharp dovish shift of Fed Chair Jerome Powell getting another confirmation today. The minutes of the latest Fed meeting revealed that several members of the FOMC committee were in favor of leaving the benchmark interest rate unchanged.

That’s in sharp contrast with the official monetary statement released together with last month’s rate hike, and it added to this week’s bearish pressures on the US Dollar. The Euro, the Yen, the Swiss Franc, and gold all gained significant ground compared to the reserve currency, while the gains of some of the smaller risk-on currencies were less pronounced, despite the broad rally in risk assets across the globe.

US stocks extended their explosive oversold rally, but the rest of the world is far from being exuberant, and it’s unlikely that the global bearish shift will be reversed by a Fed policy shift, but the counter-trend move might still have ways to go. Tomorrow, several Fed members will speak yet again, including Jerome Powell, and we might get some specifics regarding the new, flexible strategy of the Federal Reserve.

Technical Analysis

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The break-out in the EUR/USD was arguably the most important move in forex markets today, as the most-traded pair moved past the crucial resistance zone near 1.15 thanks to the Fed’s dovish confirmation and the continued risk-on rally. The Euro hit its highest level since mid-October, and the pair could soon test the October swing high near 1.1625.

While even a rally up to the resistance zone near 1.18 is possible here, we still consider any rally as a selling opportunity from a broader perspective, with the long-term trend clearly being bearish. That said, short-term traders could play the break-out, with further support found at 1.1440 and near 1.13.

USD/CNH, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Chinese Yuan has been enjoying a strong rally thanks to the renewed trade optimism, which also added to the selling pressure on the Dollar with regards to the other key pairs. Tomorrow’s announcement will likely cause further volatility in the China-related assets, but after the correction runs its course, we believe that the currency will resume its broader downtrend due to the deep structural issues in the Chinese economy.

The current round of the trade talks between the US and China concluded today in Beijing, but the two negotiating sides will only issue a coordinated statement tomorrow. For now, all signs indicate a successful meeting, with a likely roadmap until the Match 2 deadline of the “trade truce”, and that optimism helped risk assets throughout the day, while pushing the pair to a new 5-month low.

Shanghai Composite Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The main Chinese benchmarks were notably weak in recent days, despite the surge in the currency, the global risk rally, the trade optimism, and the PBOC’s monetary easing operations. This relative weakness, together with the muted rally in Europe is a negative sign for risk assets, and even a stronger bounce in China would only qualify as a counter-trend rally as the bearish global leaders are in strong and stable declining trends.

WTI Crude Oil, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Crude oil was one of the main beneficiaries of the oversold rally, with the battered WTI contract surging by $10 per barrel off its Christmas panic low, topping the $50 per barrel price level thanks to 8 consecutive up days.

Given the extent of the preceding sell-off, the move could reach the strong resistance zone around the $54 level, with a broad declining trendline also being in the area. Fundamentals remain negative for the crucial commodity, even considering the OPEC’s supply cut, and we don’t expect oil prices to trend higher in the coming months.

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Crypto Update: Coins Drift Lower but Damage Remains Limited

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The major cryptocurrencies continue to trade in narrow ranges following last week’s decline and this week’s failed rally attempt. While Bitcoin is stuck near the $3600 support, the other top coins have been losing ground today, with Ethereum dipping below the $120 level, Ripple violating the $0.32 price level and Litecoin testing the $30-$30.50 support zone yet again.

Trading volumes and volatility remain very low across the board, but correlations are still high between the majors, and despite the quiet environment, we haven’t seen bullish signs in the market. That said, the trading ranges that developed this week are still intact, and although the overwhelmingly bearish long-term picture still makes the continuation of the decline more likely, a failed break-down pattern could still develop in the segment, should the top coins recover above their weekly highs in the coming days.

For now, our trend model remains on sell signals on both time-frames in case of most of the majors, and traders and investors should still stay away from entering new positions here, with still no bullish leadership being present.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin is still relatively stable even in the very quiet environment, and the most valuable coin is trading right at the $3600 support/resistance level. BTC formed a volatility compression pattern in recent days, and that formation points to a more significant move in the coming days, with a move out of it being inevitable as soon as this weekend.

Bulls are still looking for a move above $3850, towards the key zone between $4000 and $4050, but the bearish long-term setup continues to favor a dip below $3600, with support zones still found near $3250 and $3000, and traders and investors should still not enter positions here.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum failed to get close to the $130 resistance level again, and as it dipped below primary support, the test of the swing low near $112 is likely in the coming days. The coin remains on sell signals on both time-frames in our trend model, and a move towards the key support zone and between $95 and $100 is likely in the coming weeks, barring a quick reversal above $130. Further resistance is ahead at $145, $160, and near $180 while the bear market low is found near $80

Ripple Under Pressure Again in Weak Environment

EOS/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Altcoins continue to trade without a clear direction despite today’s dip, but the bearish drift of the recent days means that the key support levels could be in focus during the weekend, should the volatility compression finally end. The few major coins showing signs of strength haven’t been able to maintain the bullish momentum, like EOS, which gave back yesterday’s gains today.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While the market of Ripple is still very quiet, the coin fell below the $32 support yet again, and it remains relatively weak compared to its closest peers. It is also on sell signals on both time-frames in our trend model, and a dip below $0.30 will likely be the next significant move. Further strong support is found near the $0.26 level, with resistance ahead near $0.3550 and $0.3750.

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Litecoin is trading just above the key $30-$30.50 support zone, and it sill failed to get anywhere near the next major zone near the $34.50 price level. Given the hostile long-term setup and the short-term sell signal our trend model, traders should stay away from the coin here, with a move toward the $26 level being likely in the coming weeks. Further strong resistance is ahead near $38 and $44 and with another support level found near $23.

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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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Binance Coin Update: Wyckoff Breakout in Progress

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Binance Coin (BNB/BTC) is the altcoin market’s ultimate comeback kid. It was dead in the water on November 17, 2018 when it broke support of 0.0014. The market flipped the support into resistance two days later on November 19 to confirm the breakdown.

Binance Coin was supposed to enter a long bear winter. However, the market had other plans as it whipsawed everyone who panic sold the breakdown. In this article, we show how the Wyckoff Breakout is in progress in Binance Coin.

Wyckoff Spring

On November 28, 2018, Binance Coin dropped to as low as 0.001233. At that point, participants were convinced that the market broke down from either the large head and shoulders pattern on the longer time frame or a descending triangle on the shorter time frame. Even though the market was ripe for a bounce, almost everyone expected it to be the dead-cat type. Nevertheless, Binance Coin showed why it is always best to be prepared for both bull and bear scenarios.

The market suddenly rallied and took out both the head and shoulders neckline and the diagonal resistance of the triangle in one fell swoop. It then flipped both resistances into support on December 20, 2018. This is a classic example of a Wyckoff Spring.

BNB/BTC bear trap

As you can see, this price action is bullish. The smart money most likely accumulated positions from August 14 to November 17, 2018 while Binance Coin was range trading between 0.0014 and 0.0016. The breach below the support was the smart money’s method to tap into more liquidity. They shook the tree in order to accumulate more positions in a short amount of time. When they were done, they triggered the rally and the reversal.

Now that we know the smart money accumulated between 0.0014 and 0.0016, we can form the expectation that they will defend this range. More importantly, with the bear trap sprung, we can assume that Binance Coin is ready for the next stages of the model: the throwback and the markup.

Throwback

According to the Wyckoff model, Binance Coin is scheduled for a pullback before it can launch a bull run. The brief retracement is actually bullish. It would flip the former resistance into a firm support. This would enable the market to trend higher.

Wyckoff Model (Source: ScanStockCharts)

So far, Binance Coin has gone through the first three phases: accumulation, spring and breakout. The market is now trading above 0.0016, which used to be the range high. However, it is starting to show signs of weakness. Binance Coin is showing a bearish divergence on the daily RSI while trading close to overbought territory. On top of that, it is creating a rising wedge on the daily chart, which is a bearish pattern.

BNB/BTC bearish signals  

These signals are aligned to the next step of the Wyckoff Model, which is the throwback. The pullback will be healthy for the market. It will enable technical indicators to cool off as well as allow the market to establish a new base of buyers.

If you’re considering placing long positions in the market, the throwback to 0.0016 is a very good chance to do so.

Markup

Should Binance Coin pull back and stay above 0.0016, then the market would be ready for the next phase: the markup. This would be the start of the market’s bull run.

From Binance Coin’s market structure, we can see three heavy resistances: 0.002008, 0.0002287, and 0.00258. These would be the target prices to look for.

BNB/BTC heavy resistances

If all goes well, those who will be buying the throwback can potentially grow their investments by over 60%.

Bottom Line

Binance Coin is an altcoin that should be languishing in a bear winter. Instead, the market has managed to reverse its fortune through the Wyckoff model. It is likely that this market is on the brink of a massive bull run.

 

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EOS Price Analysis: EOSIO 1.6 Update Enhances Speeds and is Cost Effective; Downside Price Risks Remain for EOS/USD

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  • EOSIO developers have released 1.6 upgrade, which sees enhanced speeds and is more cost efficient.
  • EOS/USD price action is ranging; given current behavior, a breakout may just be imminent.

The EOS price on Friday is seen trading down in minor negative territory. The price is caught in a very stubborn range. This behavior being observed could prove to be damaging in the coming sessions if the bulls do not break above resistance. EOS/USD is being dictated by a tough acting supply area, which is seen tracking from $2.60-$2.50 range. Then to the downside, a near-term demand zone is keeping the price propped up for now, $2.35-$2.25.

EOS/USD is moving within this consolidation mode, which has come into play since breaching a vital part of the bull’s recovery. An ascending trend line was seen tracking from 7th December 2018, right up until it was breached by the market bears on 10th January 2019.  This had coincided with the price running into chunky resistance at the psychological $3.00 price mark. It has not convincingly been above this region since the back-end of November 2018.

EOSIO 1.6 Release

EOSIO developers, who have been working on a system upgrade, have now announced the release of an upgraded version 1.6.0 of EOSIO. In terms of the impact of this development, they have instantly been noticeable and signaling a large improvement.  This new release does boast further features and fixes to improve upon the cumulative patches, which were implemented to enhance v1.5.

Details were provided by the company within an official Medium blog post. Updates on the EOSIO software will enhance efficiency for the peer-to-peer networking layer in addition to seeing real-time transactions improve overall transaction speed. They further stated that this release is something that had been planned as part of their progressive goals to improve their performance. They have intentions to maintain the fastest protocol across the market.

The development team tweeted, “Tests show upwards of a 35% increase in likely transaction speed. We are projecting noticeable improvements to sustainable transactions per second. In addition, reduced CPU costs, and lower latency on all EOSIO based blockchains.”

Technical Review – EOS/USD

EOS/USD daily chart.

The key for a new committed trend is to see a breakout from the confinements of the mentioned supply sitting above and demand zone below. Given the earlier detailed break below an ascending trend line, vulnerabilities remain, with the range-block formation.

Should the bears manage to force a drop below $2.25, then a new wave of selling will likely come into force. The next major area of support should be noted down towards the December 2018 low. $1.83 and then then $1.55 regions should be sought for potential comfort.

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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