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Litecoin Rises, but Upside Seen Limited as ‘Digital Silver’ Struggles for Direction

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Litecoin has emerged from the China ICO meltdown at around half of where it was when the month started. Prices appear to have stabilized around the $50 range, although long-term price behavior is likely to be defined by a narrow trade corridor.

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LTC/USD Drifts Lower in Asia

Litecoin fell against the dollar on Friday, as the market continued to consolidate following an upbeat start to the week. The LTC/USD has rebounded more than 6% to trade above $48, according to Bitstamp. Prices hovered within a daily range of $46.68 and $48.90.

The technical indicators are mixed, with Relative Strength showing prices emerging from oversold territory. The MACD shows negative underlying momentum, as prices struggle for direction.

The digital currency recently sold for a record high price of $90 before a devastating crash wiped out half its value. The loss came on the heels of a broader market collapse following China’s decision to ban ICOs and Bitcoin exchanges.

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The China-induced selloff dragged the LTC/USD to $33 last Friday. Prices rebounded headed into the weekend before reaching the $56 range on Tuesday. The market has been in downward consolidation since. The $33 region provides a strong support level, with resistance likely found between $55 and $65. Barring any surprise news event, prices are likely to remain within this narrowly defined range for the foreseeable future.

Digital Silver

Litecoin is currently the world’s sixth-largest cryptocurrency, with a market capitalization of $2.6 billion. At current values, Litecoin is worth roughly 64,844 BTC. Litecoin is a fork of the Bitcoin Core client, having been created in 2011 by Charlie Lee. For that reason, it is commonly referred to as the ‘digital silver’ to bitcoin’s gold.

The token lost a key developer during the summer after BIP 148 creator Shaolin Fry announced he was stepping away from Litecoin development. Although this had no immediate impact on prices, it’s considered a major loss for the project. There are more than 1,100 cryptos on the market, and participants have internalized an ‘adapt or die’ mentality. Currently, 874 tokens have a measurable market value, according to CoinMarketCap.

The value of all cryptocurrencies in circulation is $128.2 billion. The market peaked at $179 billion on Sept. 1.

LTC/USD (Bitstamp)

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Crypto Update: Coins Hit 6-Week Highs as Rally Continues

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Bullish price action is still dominant in the cryptocurrency segment today, despite the recent lofty gains, and the overbought short-term picture in the ace of most of the majors. Correlations continue to break down, as more and more coins are in confirmed uptrends, with the total value of the market hitting $400 billion for the first time since early March.

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The top digital currencies are mixed today in the generally positive environment, with Bitcoin Cash, IOTA, Ethereum Classic, Dash, and Monero showing relative strength, in the face of the slightly overbought short-term momentum readings. While this is not the best moment to enter new short-term trades with regards to the majority of the coins, the long-term setup favors further gains in the coming weeks.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Altcoins have been leading the market higher in the last couple of weeks, and Bitcoin is still stuck below the $9000 level, as it continues to slightly lag behind from a short-term perspective. The coin ran into the strong resistance zone between $9000 and $9200 after breaking out of the broad declining trend.

Now a pullback is likely, given the slight weakness, with a possible test of the prior swing high at $8400. In case of a bullish move, the next target is at $10,000, and long-term investors should still add to their holdings on the short-term dips.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum kept on creeping higher to marginal no rally highs in the last couple of days, nearing the $650 level despite the overbought short-term picture. Short-term traders should still not enter new positions here until the overbought readings are cleared, while long-term investors could still add to their holdings during the pullbacks.  Resistance zones are ahead near $735 and $780, while primary support is between $555 and $575.

Altcoins Diverging but Bulls Remain in Control

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

As we noted, the correlation between the coins is lower than during the downswing, and that confirms the bullish price action in the segment. Ripple is trading in a consolidation pattern near the $0.84 level, and although the overbought momentum readings are not yet fully cleared, the trend is clearly bullish and a new short-term buy signal is likely in the coming days.

Among the other recent leaders, IOTA triggered short-term sell signal, reaching the strong resistance zone near $2.2. EOS, Stellar, Cardano, and NEO are consolidating their gains, while Dash, Monero, and ETC are trading slightly above last week’s highs, but traders shouldn’t chase them higher here, as a short-term correction is likely soon.

Stay tuned for our detailed long-term technical analysis coming out later on today.

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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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EOS Remains Fifth-Largest Cryptocurrency Following Airdrop

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EOS continues to hold the fifth spot on the cryptocurrency world rankings, as the coin overcame post-airdrop fatigue en route to steady gains. The cryptocurrency has even gone as far as outshining many of its peers over the last two weeks, giving rise to further optimism about the upcoming eos.ios platform.

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EOS Price Levels

The value of EOS rose 5% on Sunday to $11.39, where it remained the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market cap. The total EOS market is valued at $9.3 billion, which is roughly $900 million higher than Litecoin, the No. 6 coin.

Trading at nearly three-month highs, EOS has rebounded 177% from its bear market low Mar. 18. Unlike other major cryptocurrencies, EOS overcame the recent swing low culminating on Apr. 6. Nevertheless, the coin has gained more than 95% since that date.

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Nearly $1 billion in EOS tokens exchanged hands on Sunday, according to data provider CoinMarketCap. That made EOS the fourth most actively traded currency worldwide, with Asian exchanges Huobi, OKEx and Bithumb processing the largest share of transactions.

Interestingly, EOS was on one side of roughly 13% of USDT trades. USDT is the native token of Tether, the so-called stablecoin that claims to be backed by U.S. dollars.

EOS, which also trades against other major cryptocurrencies, was last valued at 0.001297 BTC (-0.2%) and 0.018146 ETH (-2.8%).

Democratizing Blockchain

As an operating system, EOS is being designed to give developers the tools to build decentralized applications (DAPPs) through the delegated proof-of-stake mechanism. This system seeks to democratize the development process using a voting system that is equivalent to the number of coins each party retains. Only voted block producers can participate in the production of blocks and be rewarded by the network.

Given its proof-of-stake mechanism, EOS generated significant buzz earlier this month when it announced a lucrative airdrop event for Apr. 15. The terms of the airdrop stipulated that each EOS holder with 100 or more units would receive an equivalent number of eosDAC tokens.

eosDAC is an ERC-20 token that will migrate to the EOS platform once it is launched in early June. In time, it is probably that eosDAC tokens will also provide DAPP- and utility-based services that can be used by network members. A full ICO review of the eosDAC project can be found here.

Anticipation for the Apr. 15 event triggered a huge spike in the value of EOS, which is not uncommon when airdrops are deployed. The sustainability of the rally post-airdrop suggests EOS is generating significant interest ahead of the platform’s launch.

Brought to life by Dan Larrimer, EOS is widely considered to be Ethereum’s next big challenger. Both platforms will compete in DAPPs and infrastructure development, potentially bringing blockchain further into mainstream discourse.

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Cryptocurrency Market Approaching $400 Billion as Bitcoin Tests $9,000

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The cryptocurrency market extended its bullish rally on Sunday, as bitcoin and the major altcoins continued to test multi-month highs. Buy orders accounted for the overwhelming majority of transactions, giving rise to expectations of a more sustained upswing in prices.

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Cryptocurrency Rally Continues

The combined value of all cryptocurrencies peaked at $397.2 billion on Sunday, the highest since Mar. 8. At press time, the market was valued just below $394 billion.

Transaction volumes ebbed on Sunday, with daily turnover amounting to $20.8 billion. Volumes were up around $25 billion on Saturday.

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In terms of individual currencies, bitcoin crossed the $9,000 mark for the second time in as many days. The digital currency was last seen trading at $8,932, having gained 4.8%. However, its share of the total market decline to around 38%.

All major altcoins contributed positively to the rally, with Ethereum gaining nearly 5% to $632. The value of Ripple XRP rose 2.6% to $0.886. Bitcoin cash also extended its bullish rally, climbing nearly 7% to $1,226.

Since bottoming at $249 billion on Apr. 6, the cryptocurrency market has added nearly $150 billion in value. Since the market crash of early February, coins have crossed the $500 billion mark on only one occasion, and that was roughly two weeks later. The total market has been capped below $400 billion since early March.

Bulls in Firm Control

The dramatic recovery in cryptocurrency prices can be summed up in one vital statistic: nine out of every ten trades have been buy orders. That figure was as high as 92.9% on Thursday, according to TurtleBTC.

Cryptocurrency trading is largely governed by investor sentiment, especially among speculators entering the market for a quick profit. This environment, when combined with thin volumes, often generates sporadic trading conditions that are characterized by extreme volatility.

Sentiment has been overwhelmingly positive over the last two weeks as investors looked to capitalize on extreme oversold conditions. Traders have seemingly shrugged off negative news headlines concerning India’s crackdown on cryptocurrency trading as well as the state of New York’s inquiry into exchanges.

There’s strong reason to believe that South Korean traders are playing a major role in the price recovery. According to the most recent volume rankings, three South Korean exchanges are among the top-five in total trading volumes.  They are: OKEx ($1.8 billion in daily volume), Upbit ($965 million) and Bithumb ($751 million).

With the recent spike in volume, cryptocurrencies are once again trading at a large premium in South Korea. This is generally the norm during bull cycles due to high demand and supply constraints. These premiums drew negative attention to exchanges last year as government officials began equating cryptocurrency trading with gambling.

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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