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Has Ethereum Lost Its Cache?

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For all of us believers that asset prices are set by fundamentals rather than fantasy, these are perplexing times.  Crypto prices are not only way off their January highs, they are at the lowest level this year. Progress in addressing issues like scaling and security may be slow, but they are taking place.  The cooperation between crypto and government regulators is improving in big chunks.

Yet, while all this is going on crypto technicals look terrible. Everyday technical analysts use words like downtrend and overhead resistance.  When prices have rallied, the joy is short lived, lasting only for a day or two. Even on good days, the moves are weak on low volume.  This is never a good sign. Long gone are the kind of investor fears about missing out (FOMO) that we saw last year.

There are fundamental reasons for skepticism for long term believers, as the data has not been going in the right direction.  True, projects are progressing a slow pace. This maybe good for avoiding problems with security etc., but for investors who want immediate gratification, right now crypto isn’t ringing any bells.

But truth is, crypto markets appear to be unresponsive even to seemingly good news. Take for example this recent Cryptovest headline: Cardano (ADA) Releases New Version, Price Remains Stagnant.   Today, crypto exchange Coinbase announced it was increasing daily trading limits sevenfold, changing settlement times from days to instantaneous and finishing its beta before accepting Ethereum Classic.

At the time of this writing, Bitcoin had fallen over 8% in the previous 24 hours while ETH was off almost 10.5%.  This marks on of the worst days for crypto in quite a long time.

Drilling down a bit into ETH reveals some core softness.  Since virtually the entire crypto pricing stinks there is more than a single cause to Ethereum’s weakness, but here is a start.

Using DappRadar To Measure Ether Demand

According to Business Insider, there were over 930 ICOs last year that raised anywhere from $3-$5.7 billion depending on which resource you listen to.  In the first quarter of 2018, there were roundly another 200 raising over $6 billion. These numbers make for great headlines but there is one problem.  They have not translated into higher prices for Ether, or any other crypto either.

The Ethereum platform can claim that somewhere between 70%-80% of ICOs that have Dapps built on the ETH platform.  If logic were applied, this should result in greater demand for Ether. But as the truism goes, if everything were logical, men would ride sidesaddle!

One of the clues to unlock this contradiction may rest in the use cases for the most active Dapps.  What I an getting at is this: when the top five Dapps function as exchanges to buy and sell Ether or any other ERC-20 token, that is not a sign of mass adoption. Nor is it good when almost 75% of the activity in the top five is accounted by three Dapps and those are exchanges. And finally when volume on nine out of the top ten are trending down, it is not what investors want so see.

To keep some balance to these observations, there are some positive use cases.  Three of the ten most active Dapps are for gamers, and that is a use case worth it weight in any currency. Also, usage levels tend to be quite volatile from hour to hour so we may have checked on an atypical moment.  But what we want to see are use cases like marketplaces or even gambling where user demand trumps speculators and where activity is growing.

What Is Happening With Augur

And speaking of gambling, Ethereum big gun Augur, which allows users to create prediction markets for just about anything by buying shares and staking ETH in the outcome of an event.  When launched in early July nearly 1,200 were traded in a 24 hour period. At the time Augur appeared to be one of Ethereum’s most promising Dapps.

To be clear, 1,200 is just a benchmark and not proof of success or failure. However, when Augur, one of your most promising Dapps, is being used less than 100 a day with a huge valuation of over $300 million, that is a disappointing moment.

What Ethereum Needs

So what is missing here?  From the insights offered by DappRadar, the answer is that ETH, and for that matter crypto in general, is hungry for valid signs of a breakthrough in mass adoption. In other words, developments in the payments side of crypto could well provide the needed solution. There is no shortage of projects like Bitcoin Superstore and TenX.  And there is always the possibility that the critics of Augur are premature in claiming this potentially game changing Dapp is a disappointment. But so far all of the flashy new whitepapers and highly valued ICOs aren’t connecting with investors. It is time for proof that actual crypto users are getting into game.  And obviously, what is good for ETH is also needed by other players as well.

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Bitcoin Cash Price Analysis: Bullish Pennant Pattern Confirmed

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  • Bitcoin Cash price remains very much elevated, as the bulls continue to run north.
  • BCH/USD price action has formed a bullish pennant pattern formation, subject to a breakout higher.

BCH/USD: Recent Price Behavior

The Bitcoin Cash price has been a notable out-performer over the past few sessions, with the BCH/USD pair rallying as much as 23% since 17th February. In doing so, it reached its highest levels in over six weeks. The aggressive move north came after a prolonged period of range-bound trading via the daily chart view.

Between 8th – 17th February, BCH/USD was moving within an extremely narrowing range-block formation. This represented a lack of commitment from both camps after being confined within a range low of $117 to a high around $125. On 18th February, the bulls managed to force a breach and daily closure above the confines of the mentioned range.

Coinbase Adds Bitcoin Cash Support to Wallet App

Coinbase, a U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange and wallet service provider, announced it has added support of BCH to its Coinbase Wallet.

“The new Wallet update with Bitcoin Cash support will roll out to all users on iOS and Android over the next few weeks,” the company said in an official blog post.

The app will facilitate support for both CashAddr and legacy addresses. Private keys will be encrypted on the mobile device by the Coinbase mobile wallet. Last week Coinbase announced the following: “users can now back up an encrypted version of your Coinbase Wallet’s private keys to your personal cloud storage accounts, using either Google Drive or iCloud This new feature provides a safeguard for users, helping them avoid losing their funds if they lose their device or misplace their private keys.”

Technical Review – BCH/USD

BCH/USD 4-hour chart.

At the time of writing, the BCH/USD price is still holding at elevated levels, with gains in the session amounting to 2.5%. Over the last two sessions, between 19-20th February, the price action has somewhat moved within a range. The detailed price behavior has seen a bullish pennant pattern formation, which is subject to a further potential move north.

Near-term resistance is eyed at $145.50, where the upper acting trend line of the pennant is tracking. Should the bulls manage to break this down, then expect a fresh wave of selling pressure to kick in. To the upside, eyes will then be on supply observed up within the $160-$165 price range.

In terms of near-term support, the lower acting trend line of the pennant which is tracking at $140 is the next major target; a breach could then expose critical daily support at $137. Lastly, if neither safety nets protect the price from falling, then there runs the risk of a full reversal of the recent gains.

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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Crypto Update: Coins Test Swing Highs Litecoin Runs Into Resistance

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The major cryptocurrencies continue to trade with a bullish bias after establishing a new short-term uptrend this week. The top coins are all holding on to the bulk of their recent gains, even as most of them entered consolidation patterns on the heels of the strong rally in the segment. With still only Ripple lagging the broader market notably, the immediate outlook remains positive, despite the still bearish long-term picture.

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Today, the initially leading Litecoin shined again, pushing past the $50 level and hitting the long-term resistance zone near $51. As LTC is overbought due to its recent lofty gains, the coin is now only on a neutral short-term signal in our trend model, since the bearish long-term setup continues to warrant caution for bulls here.

That said, the rising short-term trend is intact, and should the coin clear the overbought momentum readings, traders could enter small, speculative positions using strict risk management rules. Support levels are now found near $47, $44, and $38, while the next major resistance zone is ahead near the $56 price level.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin entered a consolidation pattern today, as we expected, after touching the longer-term zone resistance zone between $4000 and $4050. The momentum indicators hint on further consolidation, and in light of hostile long-term setup, traders should wait for the overbought readings to be cleared before entering new short-term positions.

Below the initial level $3850 support, further levels are found near $3600 and just above $3450, while the next resistance zone above $4050 is ahead near $4450. The short-term uptrend is intact in BTC, and our trend model remains on a short-term buy signal.

Ethereum Tries to Form Swing Low while Ripple Fights Trendline

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum entered a shallow correction after hitting the resistance zone near $145, but the price action and the volume patterns continue to support the bullish short-term case. The $160 price level remains a viable target for bulls but the momentum indicators continue to show overbought readings. The short-term uptrend is intact and our trend model is still on a short-term buy signal as well. Support levels are found near $130 and $112 while above $160 resistance is ahead near $180.

EOS/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Only a few of the major altcoins managed to follow Litecoin to a new swing high today, but EOS slightly extended its rally, despite being severely overbought from a short-term perspective. While the new high is a positive sign for the coming period, EOS remains only neutral in our trend model, and traders should wait for the oversold readings to be cleared before entering new positions.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While the leadership of the rally is still healthy, Ripple continues to lag the leaders, still fighting with the declining trendline that stopped the recent rally attempt in the coin. XRP is holding up above the $0.32 level, but it’s stuck below the recent swing high, and traders should still focus on the relatively stronger coins despite the short-term buy signal in our trend model.

From a long-term perspective, technicals remain negative, and a move towards the $0.28 and $0.26 levels remains likely. Further support zones are found near $0.32 and $0.30, while short-term targets are still ahead near $0.3550, and $$0.3750.

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Bitcoin Update: Reversal Right on Track

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On our February 13, 2019 update, we argued that Bitcoin’s (BTC/USD) bottom is likely in. While many crypto participants were heavily bearish about Bitcoin’s prospects, the market broke out of a continuation pattern and climbed over the $4,000 mark yesterday on Bitfinex. This left some in disbelief, which is exactly the reaction that we were expecting.

Nevertheless, many still hold on to their bearish stance. After all, it could also be argued that last week’s rally was nothing but a dead-cat bounce. They will probably laugh out loud if we say that Bitcoin’s reversal is underway. They can laugh all they want but recent events tell us that the reversal is right on track.

Multiple Resistances Breached

The price action on February 18 caught many market participants by surprise. That’s because it’s been a long time since Bitcoin followed through with a strong rally after a bullish move. Since February 2018, every bull rally was met by a stronger bear selloff. This resulted to four lower highs and eventually, the breakdown from $6,000.

Bitcoin lower highs from Feb 2018

With this trend, it seems logical that Bitcoin would once again post another lower high and continue its downward spiral. However, for the first time in a long while, Bitcoin defied bearish expectations. It rallied to $4,021 on Bitfinex on February 18 and breached multiple resistances in the process.

One major resistance that was taken out used to be the diagonal support that kept the market above $6,000. When Bitcoin breached this diagonal support, it acted as a heavy resistance. The February 18 rally enabled bulls to reclaim this support.

Diagonal support turned resistance and then turned support

On top of the diagonal resistance, Bitcoin also managed to go above our range midpoint as well as the 100-day moving average.

Bitcoin trading above range midpoint

It’s not just the price that enjoys multiple bullish breakouts. The daily RSI managed to print two breakouts in the last couple of months. The first one involves the breach of the diagonal resistance on December 18, 2018. At that time, Bitcoin flipped this resistance into support and relied on it to take out RSI resistance of 56. The move above 56 triggered the inverse head and shoulders breakout on the daily RSI. This tells us that momentum has swung to the side of the bulls.

RSI breakouts

Without these layers of resistances in terms of price and technical indicators, the bulls’ chances of winning the fight to reverse the market’s trend has significantly increased.

Toughest Resistance Ahead

While these technical developments can be really exciting, it is important to not give in to our emotions. Bitcoin’s biggest challenge is on the horizon.

Bitcoin is approaching our range high of $4,300. This resistance is unique because bears enjoy three layers of protection. The first one is the horizontal resistance, the second is the long-term diagonal resistance, and the last is the 200-day moving average.

Bitcoin resistances

Bulls need to generate tremendous momentum and volume to go above $4,300. A move above this level solidifies Bitcoin’s road to reversal.

Bottom Line

Even after the February 18 rally, many still hold firm to their bearish stance. However, a closer analysis of Bitcoin reveals that last week’s rally enabled bulls to take out multiple resistances. The breach of these resistances increases the chance of bulls to finally reverse the trend.

 

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