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Long-Term Cryptocurrency Analysis: February Lows Challenged but Bitcoin Holds Strong

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Following more than two weeks of heavy selling, which was mostly fueled by regulatory issues and the failure of the largest coins, Bitcoin and Ethereum, to break out from the broad declining trend channels, the segment could have reached a major turning point.

The reversal on Sunday which was accompanied by relative strength in several crucial coins fits most of the criteria for a key reversal, but the coming days will be crucial to evaluate the buying power behind the bounce.

For now, some short-term buy signals already popped-up, and with the bearish momentum fading in most cases, the downswing could already be over. From a long-term perspective, the lengthy decline that started in December still qualifies as a correction, as we explained in our piece on Bitcoin, but as there are substantial divergences even among the largest coins, we will take a look at the setup and the outlook for the most established coins.

BTC/USD, Daily Hour Chart Analysis

As for BTC, the setup only slightly changed since last week, as although no official long-term buy signal occurred, with the MACD likely headed for a bullish cross, more aggressive investors could add to their holdings. Key resistance zones are ahead between $9000-$9200, and near $10,000, $11,300, and $11,750, while the dominant trendline is currently found at $10,000.

Ethereum

ETH/USD, Daily Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum, which had a much later top during the run-up, has been very weak during the current downswing, being one of the only coins to dip below the February lows, with the other late-cycle coin NEO joining it too. The weekend low had a more pronounced spike lower than in the case of BTC and the heavy volume also points to a key reversal.

The currency has already been in the long-term buy zone regarding momentum and investors could still add to their holdings here, although a short-term buy signal is still missing. Primary support is now at $500 while key resistance is ahead at $625, between $740 and $780, and near $845 and $900.

Litecoin

LTC/USD, Daily Hour Chart Analysis

Litecoin has been relatively strong throughout the selloff, similarly to Bitcoin, and the coin only briefly spiked below the key $150 level during the weekend. The currency is still in a corrective downtrend but remains above the broader trendline. Investors could add to their positions here as we expect the recovery to resume. The key $170-$180 zone is just ahead as primary resistance, while the $15 and $140 levels provide strong support.

Dash

DASH/USD, Daily Hour Chart Analysis

Dash spiked briefly below February low in the illiquid weekend market, and the coin is still under short-term selling pressure, but the long-term momentum is already oversold, and investors could add to their holdings here despite the lack of a short-term buy signal. The currency is trading right at the key $400 level with strong resistance ahead at $435, $500, and between $575 and $600, and further support near $360.

Ripple

XRP/USD, Daily Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple tested the February low over the weekend, and it is still hovering around the key $0.68 level, without a clear short-term buy signal, but the long-term setup is favorable. The currency is likely building a new base, and although further consolidation is likely, investors could add to their holdings here. The February low is found at $0.58, with key resistance ahead at $0.85 and $1.

Ethereum Classic

ETC/USD, Daily Hour Chart Analysis

ETC is both on short- and long-term buy signals after the steep decline and the subsequent rebound, and a test of the key $23 level is likely ahead. The coin was the leader of the rally off the February lows and the current strength is a bullish sign for the whole segment. Support is found near $18, $16 and $14.50, while above $23 key resistance is at $25 and $30.

Monero

XMR/USD, Daily Hour Chart Analysis

Monero is also on short- and long-term buy signals after the weekend reversal, and the coin has stayed well above the February low so far after leading the off the February lows. A recovery above $240 would be a very bullish sign for the coin and the segment, but for now, the short-term setup is still shaky despite the oversold momentum readings. Further resistance is ahead at $280 and $300, while support is at $200 and $175.

NEO

NEO/USDT, Daily Hour Chart Analysis

NEO spiked below the February low together with Ethereum that is has been tracking closely for the past months. The coin is still only neutral form a short-term perspective, but the long-term picture is oversold, and the coin remains on a buy signal. Key resistance is ahead at $80, $100, and between $120 and $130, while strong support is at $64 and $50.

IOTA

IOTA/USD, Daily Hour Chart Analysis

IOTA has been showing strength since violating the February low as the first major, and the coin remained on a long-term buy signal thanks to the quick recovery. The coin is now likely headed for another test of the broad declining trendline currently at $1.5 and a break-out is very likely in the coming weeks. Further strong resistance is ahead at $1.9 and between $2.2 and $2.35, while support is found near $1.25 and $1.1.

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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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  1. BittBurger

    March 20, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Appreciate this article! Great analysis. Hate to be “that guy” but omitting Bitcoin Cash from this is shortsighted. Massive quantities of notable Bitcoin industry players are adding it as a payment option on a weekly basis, and developing support for it across their platforms. There are no fewer than five development teams contributing to it now, which continues the ethos of decentralized development that was lost in Bitcoin years back, thanks to Core.

    BCH’s forward momentum is in stark comparison to Litecoin which, as for the last 8 years, continues to see absolutely no real-world adoption, and the recent Litepay AMA on Reddit proved the team to be inept, disorganized operation void of any solid plans. Gemini will be adding Bitcoin Cash in 2018, which is a massive move, and nearly every Bitcoin ATM machine has added BCH support due to its lower fees.

    Outside of ICX it has to be the most overlooked currency right now, likely due to the FUD machine of those who stand to profit financially from its failure (those who charge to process bitcoin transactions off-chain while suppressing on-chain block size). Have been in the space since 2012 and spent 4+ hours a day trading and monitoring the ecosystem for six years. Confident in my assessment of this sleeping giant.

    • embersburnbrightly

      March 20, 2018 at 8:04 pm

      I also hold BCH and appreciate this comment.

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Markets Looking for Direction as Dow Eyes All-Time High

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Global stocks have been trading without clear direction so far today, even after Asia kicked off the day in a bullish fashion, with the Shanghai Composite rallying for the second session in a row following Trump’s tariff announcement. The Nikkei retreated a bit after its recent surge, but Europe followed China’s lead and the majority of US stocks are also sporting gains, even as the Nasdaq is in the red, with the likes of Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT) and Apple (AAPL) lagging behind.

Dow 30 Index Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Dow, which has been relatively strong in the past weeks is outperforming again, thanks now mainly to the jump in mega-cap banks, and the index is edging ever closer to its all-time high from January which is less than 1% away currently. Should the industrial average set a record high, the correction that started with the February mini-crash would be erased by all the US indices, further widening the divergence compared to the rest of the world.

DAX 30 Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Looking closer at Europe, the DAX is trading at its highest level since the first days of the month, similarly to the EuroStoxx50, but the longer-term downtrends are not in danger yet. British assets were in the center of attention today, since the CPI came in higher than expected in the UK, giving a brief boost to the Pound in the generally choppy environment in the Forex segment.

In the US, the housing market provided the most excitement, with building permits significantly missing the consensus estimate of 1.31 million, coming in at 1.23 million, while housing starts beat expectations with 1.28 million units vs. the 1.24 units expected. The sector remains under pressure from rising rates, and activity is clearly below the cycle-peak earlier this year.

US Yields Continue Surge after the BOJ Meeting

2-year US Treasury Yield, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The upward pressure on yields is apparent today again, with Treasuries plunging and rates rising across the curve. Today, the 30-, 5-, and 2-year yields all hit multi-year highs, and the 10-year yield is also close to the highs it hit in May, as rate hike odds continue to climb before next week’s Fed meeting.

USD/JPY, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Bank of Japan didn’t surprise the market today, sticking to its policy despite some recent tightening rumors, and the Yen is virtually unchanged after the decision, with a slight bullish bias.

Gold Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Commodities are higher today, even as copper gave back most of its early gains, with gold drifting higher towards the $1210 level and WTI crude oil getting back above the key $70 per barrel level. The precious metal is boosted by the slightly weaker Dollar, while oil gained ground after the larger than expected crude inventory draw in the US.

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Crypto Update: Worst Seems to be Over for Stellar and Cardano

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With so many cryptocurrency pairs losing as much as 90% of their value from this year’s high, it may seem that altcoins are deep in bear territory. Even if you’ve been following our bullish breakout series, the pullbacks in the last two few weeks would have made it easy for you to doubt our claims. However, we stand by our assertion that the overall crypto sentiment is slowly becoming bullish. The altcoins that we cover today serve as additional evidence.

In this article, we show how the worst appears to be over for Stellar and Cardano.

Stellar/Bitcoin Analysis

The last two weeks have been very difficult for Stellar/Bitcoin (XLM/BTC) investors. The pair appears to have breached the uptrend line when it dropped to as low as 0.00002933 on September 11, 2018. At that price level, XLM/BTC lost over 56% of its value from the 2018 high of 0.00006789.

Those who cut their losses after the pair breached the uptrend support would have been badly whipsawed. Stellar/Bitcoin eventually managed to recover the support.

Weekly chart of Stellar/Bitcoin

With the recovery of the support, the outlook is bullish for XLM/BTC. First, the false break of the support is bullish. In most cases, this can ignite a rally to the top end of the range or the resistance.

In addition, the weekly RSI appears to have broken out of its own falling wedge. This is a very good sign that bulls are gaining momentum. Keep in mind, the RSI has been trapped inside this falling wedge since April 2018.

Lastly, the recovery of the support marks the end of the E wave, which is often the last wave down. With bulls taking back the support, we have a convincing case that the worst is over for XLM/BTC.

Cardano/Bitcoin Analysis

Just like XLM/BTC, the last two weeks have also been difficult for Cardano/Bitcoin (ADA/BTC).The pair came off lows of 0.00000969 on September 12, 2018. At that point, the market was down by almost 90% from the 2018 high of 0.00008788.

To many crypto investors, ADA/BTC may be fighting to stay alive. Bears have given their best shot and it may have appeared that the market was down for the count. However, just as ADA/BTC looked hopeless, the market bounced back like a true champion.

Weekly chart of ADA/BTC

As if on cue, ADA/BTC bounced as soon as it hit the support trendline of the falling wedge. This price action emboldened bottom fishers to enter long positions. The increasing demand coupled with decreasing supply due to bearish exhaustion are creating the ideal conditions for a bullish reversal.

As of this writing, ADA/BTC is taking out resistance of 0.000011. Breach of this support will enable the market to reverse its trend and bid goodbye to bear territory.

Bottom Line

Cryptos are slowly stepping out of bear territory. The last few weeks have been difficult but overall, altcoins are becoming bullish. This seems to be the case for both XLM/BTC and ADA/BTC. The worst appears to be over for the two altcoin pairs as they prepare to finally reverse their trend.

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Ethereum Making a Decision Where to Go

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Ether is losing its value slightly today on Sep 19, trading at around $207.98. Losing 0.25% on Wednesday is not that surprising after a very hard Monday (although Tuesday was neutral). The crypto was above $210 when the session started, but then failed to stay near the local highs, says Dmitriy Gurkovskiy, Chief Analyst at RoboForex.

On H1, the bearish trendline is at $216, which is confirmed on D1. The resistance levels at $216 and $220 are strong, and they must be broken out in order to go up or at least pull back upwards.

In case Ether fails to find any drivers, it will likely consolidate at around $205. This is exactly where the key support lies, while the resistance is at $216, as mentioned above.

The MACD is negative on D1, moving along the signal line, still giving a moderate buy signal, while the Stochastic is not going anywhere and is not issuing any signal, while being in the positives.

Lately, Ether is very much volatile, with no certain direction. Last week the cryptocurrency spiked 32%, but early this week it reverted and started falling. Ether is vulnerable to the general negative sentiment in the crypto market, although the inside news influence it, too.

People are waiting for the Constantinople update, as well as for the introduction of Ether futures on CBOE which should take place before the end of the year. Meanwhile, low activity in ICOs does no good to Ether’s price either.

Recently, news has come that the Ethereum network reduced its reward for mined blocks, from 3 to 2 ETH. This nearly equals the profits of Ether and Bitcoin miners, so some ETH miners are sure to switch to Bitcoin after this happened, especially those that are unable to cover their costs and expenses (and there are quite a few).

The only positive piece of news now is the pending payment option in MyCrypto wallet designed by Ethereum. This option enables scheduling the payment date and time, which simplifies matters when it comes to recurring payments, such as subscriptions.

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