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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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Crypto Update: Bitcoin Blows Through $7000 but Altcoins Still Lag Behind

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The relief rally in the cryptocurrency segment continued in earnest today, as Bitcoin still lead the way higher posting its best daily performance since April. The most valuable coin stole the show, although the whole market blasted higher, with the total value of the coins getting close to $300 billion, up by around 20% in a matter of days.

While the segment is still not out of the woods, BTC triggered a short-term buy signal in our trend model, as it overcame major resistance levels for the first time since May, finally showing some technical progress. That said, most of the majors are still stuck in, or right at the top of their trading ranges, and besides Bitcoin, buy signals are few and far between even considering the smaller coins, as correlations are still very high.

Trading volumes were also the highest in months, as especially Bitcoin triggered automatic orders while surging through several strong resistance levels. Bulls would still need further coins to join the break-out and fro now the long-term setup is still just little changed.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

BTC cleared the $6750, $7000, and $7350 levels in a bit more than an hour, and the epic short squeeze settled down near the latter resistance, for now. The coin is now on a short-term buy signal, and should a higher low form in the coming days, a new short-term uptrend could be established.

The coin needs to stay above the $7000 level to keep the signal intact, and given the relative weakness in Altcoins, the long-term outlook is still mixed. Resistance is now ahead between $7650 and $7800, while further support is at $6500.

Ethereum at $500 as Ripple Tests $0.51

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While Bitcoin is already above primary resistance, Ethereum is trading right at the $500 level, leaving the short-term trading range intact. The coin is close to triggering a buy signal, but it remains relatively weak and traders should wait for follow-through before playing a possible trend change. Primary support is still found at $450, with other levels at $420, $400, $380, and $360, while further resistance is ahead between $555 and $575.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

With all of the majors registering large gains, and even some the recently weak coins like LTC, XRP, and Dash are trading near key resistance levels, further short-term buy signals could pop up in the segment, but until a confirmed new uptrend, traders should remain cautious with new positions.

As an example, Ripple is trading slightly above the $0.51 resistance currently, but a break-out is not yet confirmed, and the trading range remains dominant. Further resistance levels are ahead at 0.54 and $0.575, while support is now found at $0.49 and $0.45.

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Tesla: A Good Option to Invest

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By Dmitriy Gurkovskiy, Chief Analyst at RoboMarkets

Not so long ago, people only had landline phones that you couldn’t take anywhere, which now looks very inconvenient to modern people. Then, mobile phones appeared, and while you can take them anywhere, you must not forget to charge them regularly. However, charging your mobile has already become as usual as, for example, brushing your teeth.

When it comes to automobiles, modern fuel cars are like landline phones, as you can’t go anywhere without fueling them at a gas station, spending your time and money and planning your day depending on how much fuel you’ve got in your car tank. Electric cars are certainly cars of the future, and charging them would be something modern people are already much used to, as natural as fueling them now. It’s not the question of how much crude oil we still have on Earth; the point is that the progress is moving forward, and combustion engines, which are complex and expensive to maintain, will sooner or later become obsolete. Electric cars, where you don’t have to constantly watch how much engine oil or coolant remains inside, are about to replace the traditional fuel cars.

Tesla, a company founded in 2003, is by far the leader in electric cars production. One of its founders is the famous Elon Musk, an engineer and inventor.

Tesla presented its first electric car concept called Tesla Model S on March 26, 2009, in Hawthorne, CA. On June 22, 2012, after all R&D was completed, it was launched in the market and cost $112,000.

A few months later, the second prototype came in: this time, it was a crossover, Tesla Model X. According to Musk, Model X serial production would start in 2013, and the car would be available in late 2014. These plans proved to be too optimistic, though.

The supply start date was only announced in February 2014, but then postponed to Q2 and Q3 2015, and it fact the first supply was completed In September 2015. By the end of Q3, only 6 Model X cars were sold, each for $80,000.

In 2016, a new car, Tesla Model 3, was announced, and the sales were scheduled for the same year, but then the start date was postponed to 2017. The first Model 3 was actually sold in June 2017, at $35,000.

Since the first model sales start and up to now, the company has been unable to reach any net profit, with all earnings reports showing losses. The company was on the verge of bankruptcy as long ago as in 2008, and only a NASA contract saved it.

Perhaps the famous April 1 joke posted then by Musk was based on this very event.

However, it’s all quite different now.

Looking at the financial indicators of the company over the last 4 years, one can easily see where those losses come from. In 2014, Tesla invested $464M on R&D, while in 2015 they invested $717M, in 2016, $834M, and, finally, in 2017, the R&D cost Tesla $1.378B.

The losses were growing in proportion, but were cut in 2016 thanks to Model X sales. In 2018, the same may occur, as Model 3 is going to be quite popular, so the company may even start receiving profits.

Before 2015, the revenue came from a single model, which was Model S. In 2015, 50,446 cars were sold, with the total gross income of $5.649B.

In 2016, they started to sell Model X, which boosted the total year revenue to $7.728B.

If the company did not invest so much into R&D, perhaps, Tesla Inc. reports would now look far better than they are, but this would not last long, as the competition is also doing something.

When Model S sales started, it cost $112,000, while the average US citizen monthly income was $4,121. While not everyone could afford such a car, the sales went on rising, as Model S targeted mostly the luxury segment.

The next model cost $30,000 less, but was still inaccessible for an average consumer. This is why Tesla decided to release Model 3 at $35,000, much cheaper than the previous models. However, a bad surprise was expecting the company afterwards.

When Model 3 was presented, people could start applying for it with a deposit of just $1,000. By the end of the day, there were already 180,000 applications; three days later, the number already reached 272,000, and by May 2016, it went on rising to reach 373,000.

However, this only led to more expenses, as the company had to upgrade its production infrastructure in order to meet all those applications (the number of those exceeded the total number of cars sold since start).

When Tesla allowed its customers to apply for the new model, its production capacity was just 120 cars per week, while in order to meet all the needs Tesla had to boost it by 60 times, to 7,200 per week. Elon Musk is a go-getter, but this was crazy even for him.

Both investors and customers are already used to Musk not fulfilling his promises on time; this already happened with both Model S and Model X, where the supply date was postponed multiple times. It has not changed much now. By the end of Q1, Musk promised to reach 2,500 cars per week, but in fact was only able to boost it to 1,987. After breaking this promise, Musk said he was going to get 5,000 Model 3 cars per week by the end of Q2, and, curiously enough, this target was reached, according to the report as of July 2.

This news made the stock price go up, but right at the end of the trading session it was again down by 2.3%, as many investors just did not believe the report was true.

With the past experience of Musk’s promises being quite negative, Bloomberg developed an online tool where everyone can track the Model 3 production process by VIN. The news agency sends a request to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website which sends a response on the number of VIN’s registered for Model 3.

However, car manufacturers usually register VIN’s for the whole batch, so the values Bloomberg gets may be a bit higher than they in fact are. Still, according to these stats, the company reached 4,395 cars per week by July 2.

So, in fact, Musk did not fulfill his promise again, and the market reaction was of course negative. However, the key point here is not fulfilling promises but the overall progress that was made over such a short period of time. Just 6 months ago, Tesla produced around 200 Model 3 cars per week, while now this figure is over 4,000. Tesla market cap is already higher than the one of Ford Motor Company and nearly in line with that of General Motors, while those too have over 100 years of experience in car production and sales.

If Tesla is able to maintain the same progress as before, it will produce over 52,000 Model 3 cars by late Q3, which will lead to good Q3 and Q4 reports, while all negative effects of the trade war against China will be void.

Besides, if we also take Model S and Model X sales into account, chances for good reports get even higher.

Reaching 5,000 cars per week is a very difficult task: Tesla even had to place its new assembly line in a tent.

This GA4 (general assembly) allowed the company to boost the production by 20%, and it actually proved to be one of the key decisions.

Meanwhile, Musk says GA3 will be well enough to maintain the production capacity at 5,000 cars per week, while GA4 will help to reach the further target of 6,000 cars. With Tesla products being in demand, investors can be quite optimistic regarding the future of the company and invest more, although they do have some risks.

Tesla is now a leading electric cars producer with relatively accessible prices, but the competition are also looking towards electric car production, which may of course shrink the demand. Other risks include emergencies coming from the autopilot mode Tesla is quite fond of. There is no law regulating the driver responsibility in such cases yet, so the company has to face claims against itself, which lead to Tesla recommending using autopilot only as an additional feature that does not allow the driver to stop watching the road.

Doug Field, a talented engineer, leaving the company after working with it for 5 years is also an important negative factor. Elon Musk says this should not have any influence on the indicators coming in the following quarters, or on the new Tesla cars production.

Technically, there is a clear ascending trend on W1, with the price using the 200-day SMA as a support and constantly bouncing off it. The price has also managed to stay above $300, which may help it go further up, too.

There is no MACD divergence that could stop this growth for now.

Just like before, Tesla looks like a very good option for an investment. Elon Musk may set too ambitious goals, but he achieves them sooner or later. The demand for Model 3 still exceeds the production capacities, with over 400,000 cars pre-ordered, but this will also allow the company to develop new models. As such, the 40-ton truck, Tesla Semi, was already announced to the public in November 2017, and its serial production is scheduled for 2019.

According to some sources, there have already been 1,000 pre-orders, with the deposit increased from $5,000 to $20,000.

Thus, Tesla may become the first company to produce an electric truck in 2019.

 

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Crypto Update: Technical Setup Unchanged Despite Encouraging Rally

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Cryptocurrency bulls could breathe a sigh of relief on Monday as the secular uptrend in the most valuable coin got saved yet again, as BTC rallied above $6500 for the first time in a week after a low-volume consolidation period just above the $6000 level. All of the majors joined the rally as correlations remain very high in the segment, and the market recovered 10% on average with the total market cap of the coins getting back to $275 billion.

Despite the rally, the top coins are still stuck under key resistance levels, as the recent swing highs are still above the current prices and from a short-term standpoint, the downtrend is still intact. Until a move above the crucial levels, traders should still stay away from opening new positions, as odds continue to favor another test of the June lows.

That said, given the still intact long-term bullish setups in the most important digital currencies and the very negative sentiment that developed thanks to the long declining trend, a short-term trend change could be ahead. A bullish leadership is still yet to form, although Bitcoin’s short-term relative strength is a positive sign.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

In BTC’s market, all eyes are once again on the $6750-$7000 zone that has capped the really attempts for a month now, and below that zone, the largest coin remains on a short-term sell signal. As the coin didn’t hit a lower low, a bullish pattern could form in the coming weeks, but until it remains in the current trading range, traders shouldn’t enter the market. Support above the long-term $5850 level is found at $6500, $6275, and $6000 while further resistance is ahead at $7350.

Altcoins Slightly Lagging Behind Amid Broad Rally

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The major altcoins are in very similar short-term technical setups, thanks to the strong correlation between the coins, and the most bearish coins, like Litecoin, NEO, Monero, and Dash are still below the key support levels that they violated in June. While the previous lows held up this weekend, investors should still remain defensive with regards to the relatively weak currencies.

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

That still points to a dangerous long-term setup in the segment, and further technical progress is needed to switch the segment-wide trend. Ethereum remains below the key $500 level, although the coin managed to rally above the $475 level yet again, despite being relatively weak from a short-term perspective compared to BTC.

A rally above $500 would be a very positive short-term sign for ETH, and it could trigger a move to the $555-$575 zone. Primary support is at $450, with further levels at $420, $400, $380, and $360, and below $500 the short-term sell signal is intact.

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