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Long-Term Cryptocurrency Analysis: Bitcoin Holds up Amid Broad Sell-Off

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Cryptocurrencies had a mixed and divergent week that ended with a bearish move on Friday with Bitcoin performing relatively strong throughout the period, helped by the BIP 91 consensus. BTC took a nosedive on Monday, but recovered from that move well, and it’s now trading near last weekend’s levels, while the other major coins are deep in the red for the week.

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The long-term picture for the most valuable coin is unchanged despite the volatile week, with the break-out from the one-month long correction holding up, and the strong resistance zone below the prior all-time high still being ahead of the coin. The MACD indicator is still bullish, without reaching overbought readings, leaving room for at least a re-test of the $3000 level in the coming period.

BTC/USD Daily Chart Analysis

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While BTC emerged from the deep correction, some of the other majors like Ethereum, Ripple, and Liteocin are still stuck in their respective corrective patterns. The short-term leaders, Dash and Monero, are also dragged lower by the broad weakness this weekend, just as most of the smaller coins. Let’s take a look at the long-term charts of the most traded majors to evaluate the technical damage.

Ethereum

ETH/USD Daily Chart Analysis

Ethereum continued to lag Bitcoin and failed to hold the $200 level this week, as the declining trend that defined the 60% correction is still intact. The daily MACD indicator is still in oversold territory, although it got closer to neutral thanks to the recent bounce. The $175 level is in the focus right now, and a break below that would be a bearish short-term sign, while a long-term bottom is still likely to be forming.

Litecoin

LTC/USD Daily Chart Analysis

Litecoin is just entering neutral territory concerning the daily MACD indicator, after the strong rally in June, as the coin is trading sideways between $40 and $44. The currency is still above the base formation that stopped the declines in the past month. The declining trendline of the triangle consolidation pattern is intact and we expect more range trading before the next major move.

Ripple

XRP/USDT Daily Chart Analysis

Ripple is still inside the more than two-month long correction pattern, with a base formation still being formed between $0.14 and $0.18. The coin still hasn’t signaled a clear trend change, and although investors could add to their holdings on short-term dips, short-term traders should still be cautious with new positions.

Dash

DASH/USD Daily Chart Analysis

Dash remains the most bullish major besides BTC, still being in a clear long-term uptrend, close to its recent all-time highs. The coin is testing the $175 level this weekend, while the line-in-the-sand support zone around $140 and the level of the prior high at $150 also below the current price. The MACD indicator is still in neutral territory, with resistance zones ahead at $190, $200 and at $220. Traders and investors should still expect a test of the prior highs in the coming weeks.

Ethereum Classic

ETC/USD Daily Chart Analysis

Ethereum Classic is testing the key support zone around the $14 level, with the daily MACD is still oversold. ETC has been relatively weak in the recent period, but the long-term setup is unchanged for now. Investors could still add to their positions here, but short-term traders should wait for a trend change before opening new positons.

How to Use These Charts?

As we stressed in our article on Bitcoin in June: “…not all strategies are binary (either holding an asset or not).There are many long- and short-term investment and trading strategies that can be successful in a roaring bull market like the one that the crypto-coin segment is experiencing, but mixing the time-frames and mixing trading and investing (see our article on the topic) could lead to troubles.”

Here is a reminder of some of the possible strategies once again:

  • Buy and hold, without caring about day-to-day (or even month-month) fluctuations
  • Buy and hold a core position and add on the major dips; a very powerful strategy
  • Buy a certain amount every week or month, and even-out your entry price, without the hassle of timing the market
  • Try to catch major turning points to reduce and “re-boost” your position
  • Trade short-term movements with stop-losses, targets, and strict risk management (this is trading not investing)”

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Technical Update: NASDAQ and S&P 500 Approaching their Intermediate-Term Supports

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Technical Overview

  • After breaking their short-term supports (white trendlines in Figure 1, 2 & 3) on Friday (April 20), U.S. indices continued sliding into this week.
  • Given the lack of any major support levels within the range spanning from the low on April 2 to the high on April 18, U.S. indices moved sharply lower on Tuesday (April 24).

S&P 500

  • Next major resistance – the trendline connecting the January & March highs (orange trendline in Figure 1, currently at 2,736).
  • Next major support – the intermediate-term support (ITS – violet trendline, currently at 2,605).

Figure 1. S&P 500 Daily

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NASDAQ

  • NASDAQ’s intermediate-term support (ITS) is of extreme importance as it overlaps with the neckline of a large H&S pattern (tops – red ellipses in Figure 2). A break below the ITS activates a target of 6,000 (vertical yellow trendline). Note, the pattern is tentative until the neckline is broken.
  • Next major resistance – the trendline connecting the March & April highs (orange trendline, currently at 7,265).
  • Next major support – the intermediate-term support (violet trendline, currently at 6,885)

Figure 2. NASDAQ Daily Chart

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DJIA

  • Today’s decline intensified after the index broke back below its 2018 Resistance (red trendline Figure 3).
  • Next major resistance – 2018 Resistance is expected to continue serving as resistance after today’s move below it
  • Next major support – Feb & April lows at roughly 23,350 (green horizontal trendline).

 Figure 3. Dow Jones Industrial Average Daily Chart

Implications

  • Breaks of the intermediate-term supports for both S&P 500 and NASDAQ will carry significant bearish implications, with downside targets of at least 10 to 15%.
  • NASDAQ’s monthly chart depicts why a potential break of the ITS may lead to declines sharper than the ones observed in February and mid-March. Since June 2016, the index has marched higher, in an almost vertical fashion. Upward movement implied by the steep slope of the intermediate-term support is unsustainable in the very long run (violet trendline in Figure 4). Eventually, once the ITS is broken, the index is expected to retest its long-term support (dark blue trendline).

Figure 4. NASDAQ Monthly Chart

Outlook

  • Neutral with a bearish bias. While price action points to a likely retest and potential break of the intermediate term supports, outlook is not outright bearish until confirmation is received.
  • Short- and long-term bearish if S&P 500 and NASDAQ break their respective intermediate-term supports.
  • S&P 500 and NASDAQ need to hold their intermediate-term supports and break above the orange trendlines for outlook to shift to bullish, at least in the short-term.

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ICON versus TenX: What You Should Know

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There are so many cryptocurrencies out there.  As the flow of ICOs continues, more tokens are added almost daily.  It may be some consolation that more the 80% of these tokens use the Ethereum platform and that means their value is connected to the mothership.  It may also help to remember that there are plenty of crypto exchanges that will unload your coin once the ICO is complete.

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That’s fine, but this takes time not to mention the fees that get tacked on along the way.  And if there has been a proliferation of currencies, now about every Fortune 500 company wants their own blockchain.  Instead of putting all of our efforts on figuring out who has the smartest contracts or which is the best crypto, maybe we should look for someone to connect all these dots.  My guess is this notion will be a big feature of Gen IV crypto technology.

Here Are Two Prospects

Of the most successful ICOs in 2017, two are really eye catching for their vision of connecting cryptocurrencies and networks.

TenX claims they will make all cryptocurrencies spendable through a debit card ranked. That vision made them $64 million during their token sale, enough for the tenth spot on the list of largest intakes. 

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The ICON project will be building one of the largest decentralized networks in the world. The total raised of $43 million was good enough for the #13 ranking of top 2017 ICOs. Before going deeper, let’s first take a look at TenX.

TenX Could Be a 10

TenX has an audacious plan to connect digital currencies and in the process disrupt one of the biggest financial monopolies in existence.  They are out to create a massive payment channel dubbed COMIT which stands for Cryptographically-secure Off-chain Multi-asset Instant Transmission network.  How does their white paper describe COMIT? It looks just like the Internet.

In simple terms, TenX is out to get a banking license, then use their own debit card running on the COMIT network to challenge the MasterCard, Visa, American Express monopoly.  The beauty of TenX is the ability to use any coin or token to buy goods and services with one card.

Even if a merchant doesn’t happen to accept crypto, no problem, TenX converts the crypto to the fiat currency.

This is the future of cryptocurrencies.  As bitcoin leads the way with some 10,000 mostly online merchants acceptance of other cryptos will follow. However, the amount of time involved in winning the game will be considerable. We are talking about a startup company attempting to capitalize on mass adoption of crypto as a medium of exchange.  So far fewer than 1% of all transactions fit that category.

Around the year 2000, online merchants accounted for 1% of all retail sales.  Some 18 years later, it amounts to just under 10%.

ICON: Connecting Networks

For those who really enjoy digging into the technical detail, here is how their whitepaper describes the project.

With ICON, numbers of blockchains are connected around Nexus via Portal. Nexus is a loopchainbased blockchain. Nexus is a Multi-Channel blockchain comprised of Light Client of respective blockchains.

Tokens called ICX (ICON Exchange) are embedded in Nexus and the interconnected blockchains can use ICX to transfer values. As a blockchain itself, Nexus can be connected to another Nexus, allowing different blockchains with different governance structures to execute transactions and exchange values.

For us simpler folks, think of the earliest days of the Internet.  Over 30 years ago, the Internet consisted of a bazillion independent networks throughout the world.  Then somebody came up with TCP/IP and presto, the modern Internet was born.

Use cases for ICX go beyond connecting currencies – they connect blockchains and that means doing something akin to TCP/IP.  So we are talking about things like connecting separate health systems and much more.

Just like TenX, the question for ICON is how long their plan will take and will $43 million be enough to deliver the bacon. However, for those investors looking for a Gen IV play, ICON is a candidate.  

Like about every other currency, ICX came down hard from its $9.95 price on January 30 to a $1.89 low earlier this month. Since then it has bounced back and is hovering around $4.30 at the time of this writing.  Raising $43 million may not be enough to get ICON to the promised land but it shows that a lot of serious investors did their research and bought the promise.

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Crypto Update: Ethereum Tops $700 as Short-Term Sell Signals Pop Up

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The major cryptocurrencies are having another strong session, with all of the top 10 coins sporting gains, adding more than 5% on average since yesterday. The largest digital currencies are trading in clear short-term uptrends, with the broad declining trendlines also being broken in most cases.

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That said, the short-term momentum indicators are overbought with regards to altcoins, and now several majors triggered short-term sell signals following the first signal by IOTA yesterday. While this doesn’t mean that traders should exit all short-term positions here, taking some profits and/or setting tighter stop losses is advised, as there will likely be opportunities with much better risk/reward profiles to re-enter the market.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Bitcoin finally topped the $9000-$9200 resistance zone after a period of relative weakness, further boosting the already positive overall picture. The momentum of the move is still not stellar, but the coin is still not severely overbought, and although a deeper pullback is still likely soon and short-term traders shouldn’t open new positions here, a test of the $10,000 level is still possible in the coming days. The long-term setup is clearly bullish, and investors could still add to their holdings during the short-term pullbacks, with further support found at $8400.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum continued to rally, despite the already overbought reading, and now the coin is severely overbought, and a correction is very likely in the coming days, so short-term traders should exit their positions or use tight stop losses here. We expect the rally to continue after a correction, and long-term investors should hold on to their coins. Resistance zones are ahead near $735 and $780, while primary support is between $625 and $645.

Altcoins Overbought but Uptrend Intact

XMR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While correlations are getting lower and lower among the major coins, which is a bullish sign, most of them are already overbought from a short-term perspective. Although further gains are still possible, chasing those coins higher here is not a good strategy, even as the long-term setups remain encouraging.

Litecoin, ETC, and NEO are not severely overbought yet, while Ripple, Stellar, and Cardano are already in short-term corrections clearing the overbought readings, but traders should be cautious with Dash, EOS, Monero, and IOTA as they are ripe for a move lower.

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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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