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Long-Term Cryptocurrency Analysis: Bitcoin Remains Under Pressure as Divergence Deepens

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The segment has been drifting lower in a choppy fashion ever since our latest look at the long-term charts and the two-faced nature of the market is still apparent. Bitcoin and the other relatively weak majors, like Litecoin, Monero, Dash, and NEO are clearly lagging the leaders from a technical standpoint, while Ethereum is still the most positive out of the largest coins.

The leaders of the rally are still holding up above the crucial support levels, keeping the recovery intact but as the overbought long-term readings are mostly cleared, the coins should start to show signs of bottoming soon. For now, we advise traders and investors to remain on the sidelines in the case of the majority of the coins until the short- and long-term time frames show conflicting trends.

BTC/USD, Daily Chart Analysis

Bitcoin didn’t reach a severely overbought momentum reading as the move above $10,000 failed, and the coin started a correction off that level and dropped below the $8400 support in the process. The short-term corrective pattern is intact, while the long-term MACD is in neutral territory again.  Key long-term support is found just above $7650 and in the $6150-$6250 zone while further resistance is ahead between $9000 and $9200 and near $10,000.

ETH/USD, Daily Chart Analysis

Ethereum is holding up above the $625-$625 support zone, within a short-term correction pattern, while the long-term momentum indicators are still above neutral territory. The trend signals are neutral in case of the second largest coin, and traders and investors should wait before entering new positions. Resistance zones are ahead between $735 and $780 and near $845, while support is found between $555 and $575.

Litecoin

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Litecoin is among the relatively weak majors and the coin fell below the $140 this week, hitting a marginal new correction low, while still being in the corrective short-term pattern. We still expect the recovery to resume despite the weakness, but for now, traders and investors shouldn’t enter new positions. Support levels are found at $125 and $110, while resistance is ahead at $150 and between $170 and $180.

Dash

DASH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Dash is relatively weak compared to the leaders of the rally on the daily time-frame, but now it’s showing early signs of short-term strength. As the long-term momentum indicators are neutral the coin might trigger a buy signal soon, but for now, the trend signals are still only neutral. Support is now found at $360 and $300 while resistance is ahead at $400, $435, and $500.

Ripple

XRP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple is still above the key $0.64 level despite its recent weakness, and should the coin recover above $0.73, a long-term buy signal would be triggered, with the long-term MACD already being neutral. We still expect the uptrend to continue, with targets at $0.84, $1, and $1.25, and support found in the zone around $0.55.

Ethereum Classic

ETC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum Classic is showing resilience after a period of weakness, as it held up above its recent correction lows and the $16 support. While traders and investors should still wait with new positions, the correction lows might already be in. Support zones are now found near $16, $14.50, while resistnace is ahead at $18, $20, and $23.

Monero

XMR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Monero continues to be relatively weak from a short-term standpoint, but we expect the coin to resume the recovery and a mope below the $150-$175 is unlikely. With that in mind, long-term investors should soon add to their holdings, while short-term traders should wait for a trend change, with key resistance levels are now ahead at $200, $240, and $260.

NEO

NEO/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

NEO is trading on new correction lows today, still showing relative weakness despite the strong late-April rally. The coin is now neutral regarding long-term momentum but traders and investors should still stay away from new positions here. Resistance zones are now ahead near $64, $70, and $80, with support found near the $50 level.

IOTA

IOTA/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

IOTA is still among the stronger coins after leading the rally, although the coin is now trading right at the key $1.70 level again after yesterday’s dip. As the overbought momentum readings are now cleared, the currency could provide buy signals in the coming days on both time-frames, with resistance levels ahead near $1.9, $2.2, $2.35, and $2.6 and support found at $1.5.

EOS

EOS/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

EOS has been the other clear leader of the April rally, and the coin is now trading right at the key $12 level, which is a good candidate for a durable bottom. Further support is found at $10 and $9, and we expect the rally to resume soon, with primary resistance ahead near $15.50.

How to Use These Charts?

As we stressed in our article on Bitcoin: “…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-to-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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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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Crypto Update: Weekend Bounce Fails to Turn Bearish Tide

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The major cryptocurrencies continue to be stuck in declining trends, despite the bounce that followed the latest technical breakdown in the segment. The top coins failed to recover above the prior bear market lows sustainably, and today, the market turned lower again, with the weakest currencies already threatening with new lows.

The long-term picture remains overwhelmingly bearish, and out trend model is negative across the board, with only Bitcoin showing relative stability, still holding up near its prior low. There is no sign of bullish momentum among the majors and traders and investors should remain defensive here, until at least a short-term trend change, as despite the negative sentiment and the deeply oversold broader picture, odds still favor new bear market lows in the coming period.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin bounced back after last week’s breakdown and tested the $3600 level before turning lower again. Since the coin failed at the key level, the short-term sell signal in our trend model remains in place, together with the clear long-term sell signal.

A move towards the long-term support zone near $3000 remains likely, and traders still shouldn’t enter new positions here. The coin is well below the key $4000-$4050 zone, and the short-term downtrend is still intact, despite the recent rally attempts.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum is also stuck below the prior bear market low and the key 95-$100 support zone, similarly to Bitcoin, and although the coin is not showing clear relative weakness anymore, it is still bearish on both time-frames in our trend model, with the steep downtrend being intact.

New lows are still likely in the coming weeks, and traders and investors should stay away from the coin Strong resistance above the primary zone is ahead near $120, $130, and $150, while long-term support is found in the $73-$75 zone.

Bearish Leaders Remain Weak

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple continues to be relatively weak from a short-term perspective and the coin is hovering near the $0.30 following the failed rally attempts, which were capped by the $0.32 resistance level. The coin is on sell signals on both time-frames due to the recent weakness and technical breakdown, and a test of the bear market low near $0.26 now seems likely. Primary support is now found at $0.28, with further resistance levels ahead at $0.3550 and $0.3750.

Litecoin/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Litecoin is also showing relative weakness, despite its brief period of strength in November and the coin is trading just above the next major support zone which is found near the $23 price level. The steep long-term downtrend is clearly intact and our trend model bearish both time-frames, and new lows are likely in the coming days, with strong resistance ahead near $26 and between $30 and $30.50.

Monero/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

On another negative note, the bearish leaders are still not showing signs of stability, barely bouncing off their lows during the broad rally attempt. Monero is still among the weakest majors, and the coin looks ready for another leg lower, with last week’s breakdown clearly being intact.

We expect the downtrend to continue in XMR and the other relatively weak coin, and traders shouldn’t enter even new positions here, despite the oversold long-term momentum readings in the segment.

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Crypto Update: 5 Altcoins to Watch This Week

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Bitcoin had another rough week. As a result, altcoins that were included on last week’s list either dumped or stayed close to support. Nevertheless, having a clearly defined range enables you to quickly react when an altcoin either goes below the support or breaches the resistance. You can form expectations as to where the market might go next.

We’ll do more of the same this week. Here are five altcoins to watch this week.

Waves (WAVES/BTC)

Waves pumped hard last week. It climbed as high as 0.0005965 on December 4 from a low of 0.0002336 on November 21. If you failed to ride the early stages of a huge rally, the next best thing is to wait for the pullback.

Daily chart WAVES/BTC

Waves appears to have retested resistance of 0.0004715. It is also in overbought territory so we can expect a deeper retrace this week.

A good pick up area would be between 0.000352 and 0.0003835. These are solid weekly support areas. On top of that, the 200-day moving average is moving around those levels.

If Waves moves below 0.000352, it is likely that there will be a full retrace back to 0.0002336.

EOS (EOS/BTC)

EOS breached range support of 0.000697 on December 1. Considering that the market had been relying on this support since August 14, the breakdown sparked panic selling. Participants who bought within the range raced to dump their positions. As a result, the market nosedived to 0.0004721 on December 7.

Daily chart EOS/BTC

With this breakdown, EOS is now trading within a new range. The range low is weekly support of 0.0005021, midpoint is 0.0006015, and the range resistance is 0.000697. You know the drill: to trade this range, a trader needs to buy the support and sell the resistance.

Bitcoin Cash (BCH/BTC)

Bitcoin Cash (BCH/BTC) has been feeling the effects of gravitational pull after a glorious first week of November. The meteoric rise to 0.098035 on November 7 is now being met by a massive dump. So far, the market is en route for a full retrace. That’s perfect for those who want to play the range.

Daily chart BCH/BTC

0.06815 is a good pick up point if you’re looking to bottom pick the market. However, don’t immediately buy the drop because there’s a chance that market makers will push prices further down to liquidate range low buyers. Instead, wait for Bitcoin Cash to retest the support on the 1-hour chart. This should increase the likelihood of a strong bounce.

Republic Protocol (REN/BTC)

Republic Protocol (REN/BTC) has the makings of the next Ravencoin (RVN/BTC) in terms of price action. The market skyrocketed to a high of 0.00000838 on December 9 from a low of 0.00000551 on December 8. That was an increase of over 52% within 24 hours.

As expected, the pump was followed by a pullback. This is where it gets interesting for us.

1-hour chart REN/BTC

For REN to continue its bullish sentiment, it must recover support of 0.0000704. That should give the market the momentum to test 0.00000816 resistance. On the other hand, a breach below immediate support of 0.00000672 is bearish. It can lead to a full retrace to 0.00000551. If that happens, you can always bottom pick the market.

YOYOW (YOYO/BTC)

YOYOW is the last coin in our altcoins list. From a low of 0.00000290 on September 12, YOYOW (YOYO/BTC) had a beautiful run that saw the market climb as high as 0.00000755 on November 2, 2018. That’s an increase of 160% in less than three weeks. If you see a move like this in a bear market, expect a dump to ensue. That’s exactly what happened.

Daily chart YOYO/BTC

With this dump, the market’s current range is between 0.00000290 and 0.00000550 with a midpoint at 0.00000420. YOYO made it on this week’s list because it just retested the midpoint. The price action makes it very likely for the market to revisit the range support. If the support holds, YOYO/BTC would form a triple bottom structure.

Bottom Line

With Bitcoin printing new lows last week, this week’s list involved altcoins that are ripe for bottom picking. If you’re planning to trade one or more of these coins, you can follow the range that we’ve put together for you. As always, consider buying the support and selling the resistance.

 

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Litecoin Price Analysis: If Current Demand Zone Fails to Hold Then Next Stop is $3

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  • LTC/USD is at serious danger of another hard fall should the range-block seen be breached.
  • Back in December 2013, the price was at current levels and fell down to $1 over a two-year period.

Litecoin has been heavily weighted to the downside of late. The selling pressure intensified through the month of November. This month, December, has seen the pace of that bearish trend intensify. As a result, LTC/USD is trading at its lowest levels seen since May 2017. These moves of course are very much in-line with the rest of the market that has been in decline since the back-end of 2017 – start of 2018. Litecoin is down well over 90% from the start of this decline.

Deadly Range-Block

LTC/USD 4-hour chart

LTC/USD was allowed some time to breath after the chunky pressure south, through November. The price stabilized from 25th November, to then move into range-trading. This was the case right up until 6th December. Confined within a range-block, which technically trend to occur after such excessive movement, to then be resumed in that original aggressive trend of direction. The most recent, moving between a low of $29 to a high of $36, ahead of the firm breach lower on 6th December. This resulted in the price moving down to another fresh low of $22.55, on 7th December.

Once again, a similar observation can be seen via the 4-hour chart view. Since the 7th December, some stabilization has materialized. Currently it is shaping up another range-block, which is subject to a further extensive move to the downside. The low within this new formation, can be seen around the $23 mark; to the upside, this is capped at $28. A breakout south from this block could catastrophic and much more damaging than the prior. There isn’t much in the way of support for quite some way lower, should the price not be able to defy the odds and break higher from the block.

Downside Targets

LTC/USD weekly chart

Should the bears maintain the current course of downside, then the lower support of the current range will be broken. As an extreme target south, eyes could be on a complete reversal of the 2017 bull run. This could see another 500% drop, this of course being a worse case scenario for LTC/USD. Given how fast the bulls ran up to the north, it can come back down just as hard. Back in December 2013, the price was around current levels within the $20 territory. The bears pushed for a hard fall of over 200%, down to $1 territory, over a two year period.

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