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Minor Bounce Lifts Crypto Market Cap Above $211 Billion; Tether Circulation Plummets

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Crypto prices traded modestly higher on Sunday, as bitcoin regained its footing above $6,500 and major altcoins avoided further losses.

Market Update

The cryptocurrency market capitalization on Sunday peaked at $212 billion, the highest in five days. At the time of writing, the market was valued at $211.5 billion.

Most assets ranked in the top-20 had reported minor gains over the last 24 hours, a period marked by lower trade volumes. The bitcoin price has returned above $6,500 on trade volumes of just $3.2 billion. The leading digital currency continues to trade at a premium on Bitfinex.

Meanwhile, Ethereum rose half a percent to $206. XRP also climbed 0.5% to $0.459. Bitcoin cash was last seen trading above $449 for a gain of 1.6%.

Stellar XLM was the only top-ten coin not to report gains at the time of writing. However, the no. 6 coin by market cap has returned more than 13% over the past week, far outpacing the broader market.

Trade volumes have declined steadily over the past week, as markets re-balanced following a sudden spike on Oct. 15. Digital exchange volumes have fallen to $9.7 billion on Sunday, according to CoinMarketCap.

Tether Market Cap Plunges

Since the start of October, Tether has pulled more than $600 million worth of USDT out of circulation, leading to a sharp drop in the stablecoin’s market cap. Cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex, which is run by the same executive in charge of Tether Limited, appears to be leading in the offload of USDT tokens. As CCN recently reported, Bitfinex has initiated six transfers of USDT funds to the Tether Treasury this month. The latest transfer was initiated on Wednesday when Bitfinex sent 50 million USDT to the Treasury.

Most of the outflows from Bitfinex occurred long before USDT lost its peg to the dollar in a single-day crash on Oct. 15. USDT briefly fell below $0.90 that day before quickly recovering around $0.94. Currently, one USDT is equivalent to $0.984 U.S., according to CoinMarketCap. Some exchanges are quoting USDT as low as $0.96 on Sunday.

The sudden decline in Tether’s circulation comes at a time when the company is facing heightened scrutiny over its dollar-backed reserves. An influx of alternative stablecoins offering greater transparency and regulatory oversight may also be undercutting demand for USDT.

Case in point: the Gemini Exchange’s GUSD stablecoin reached a high of $1.19 on Tuesday before settling around parity against the dollar. Unlike USDT, the Gemini Dollar has obtained regulatory approval from the New York Department of Financial Services. On the opposite side of the spectrum, Tether has been subpoenaed by federal regulators over its connection with Bitfinex and failure to prove its dollar reserves.

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Zcash Price Analysis: ZEC/USD Flood Gates Open After Breakout and Retest from Pennant

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  • ZEC/USD licking its wounds with deep double-digit losses as the market continues to take a beating.
  • Next major areas of support are eyed at currently levels around $89.50 and then $75.

Zcash has been under chunky selling pressure, no thanks to the larger weakness seen across the broader crypto market. The ZEC/USD exchange rate is nursing deep losses, running at two consecutive sessions firmly in the red. At the time of writing, the price has dropped over 25% in the last two sessions. This extended downside comes after a breach and retest from a pennant pattern.

ZEC/USD daily chart

ZEC/USD had moved within the above-mentioned technical set up since 12th September. The formation of this set up took shape following a deep market sell-off from the back-end of July to mid-September. Price behavior was very much consolidation mode, forming this pennant. Playing out to the textbook, a breakout from the set up was seen.

Further on the above, the firm daily breach came on the 14th November. The few daily sessions that followed this were within consolidation mode. Subtle retests underneath the broken pennant were seen. The Monday session saw the extension further south after the brief retest period. The bears smashed through the big psychological $100 mark, leading prices to the downside.

As a result of the above price developments, ZEC/USD selling pressure has forced a move on the current daily candlestick below a vital demand area. While the $105 – 95 range has proven to see buyers sweep in, sellers are proving to be too much to handle. This area previously served as a strong safety net, on 12th September, where decent buying came into play.

Support Levels

ZEC/USD weekly chart

Viewing the weekly chart, the bears are currently testing the lowest levels seen since May 2017 to the downside. This is seen just below the $90 level. Looking further south, the next major downside target is seen at the $75 area. This is a weekly support level, which was last in play back in April 2017, when the price started to pick up bull momentum.

A breach of the above-mentioned areas could be catastrophic. Eyes would then be on ZEC/USD potentially free-falling a further 50%, down within $40. This would be the next major consolidation area that could provide some firmer footing. The price last traded here in March 2017. This would be the very extreme scenario but cannot be ruled out.

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Bitcoin Cash Price Analysis: BCH/USD Hard Flops as Price Moves Within the Abyss

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  • Bitcoin Cash price falls into uncharted territory, struggling to find a bottom.
  • Weekly chart still points to further downside, RSI not within oversold territory as of yet.

The Bitcoin Cash price remains heavily on the back foot, the standout under-performer across the major altcoins. BCH/USD is currently running at three consecutive sessions of losses. The streak could have been much longer, however the price was given a breather ahead of a pick up in downside intensity. In the past two weeks, BCH/USD has dropped over 60%.

As covered in an article earlier in the month, BCH/USD failed to break down a key area of supply. This was seen within the $650 territory; the price had faltered here in early September. It was forced back down to the south, to then retreat at some neckline support, $410.

BCH/USD daily chart

The most recent occurrence within the above-mentioned supply zone was seen between 6-8 November. Heavy sellers piled in, forcing the price initially down to the neckline support, $410. Between the 15-19th November, BCH/USD had breached, retested and consolidated around this area, before a resumption of further bloodshed.

Downside Targets

Looking via the weekly chart, the BCH/USD exchange rate demonstrates that the price is literally falling into the abyss. This fall is very much uncharted territory, so the bears are free to drive this a far south as it needs to be taken. In terms of the RSI, this indicates that there is still some room for this to be driven lower. It has not quite reached oversold territory yet.

BCH/BTC weekly chart

When observing BCH/BTC, at the time of writing the price is testing the previous session’s low. This area is significant as it provided much needed support in October 2017. A break here and close below 0.04775 could be punishing. This again is movement into an unknown realm of price action, so it remains unclear where the bottom will be at this time.

Upside Targets

In terms of upside barriers, given the recent price action, new areas of resistance have been formed. Firstly, around the $370 level, as this was the former acting support during the consolidation between 15-18th November. Furthermore, eyes would then be on a retest of the breached neckline former support, $410. Lastly, should both these areas be conquered again, the supply from $600-650 would be next up.

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Litecoin Price Analysis: One Last Safety Net Ahead of $20 Territory

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  • Litecoin has been further slammed, dropping 35% over the past two weeks of trading.
  • Should near-term demand area of $35-33 fail to hold, it will be very punishing.

The Litecoin price remains firmly on the back foot, one of the standout under-performers in this current bear market, against some of the other major altcoins. LTC/USD has dropped a chunky 35% over the past going on 2 weeks now. Market bears have been pilling in since the big rejection, after trying to escape out of a bearish pennant pattern. This was attempted on 7th November, the upper trend line of the pennant proved to be too tough.

LTC/USD daily chart

Just a few sessions ago, LTC/USD collapsed through the lower support on the above-mentioned pattern. This was seen around the $49 mark, where the bears came pilling through to further crumble Litecoin. The price plummeted through a strong prior acting demand zone. It was tracking from the big psychological $50 area, down to $47 territory. Bulls had propped LTC/USD on occasions in August, September and October, leading the price on to make decent gains from the noted zone.

LTC/USD 4-hour chart

Between 15-18th November, price action did enter a temporary form of consolidation. As mentioned in the previous article , LTC/USD was trading within a range block, which was very much vulnerable to a breakout south, having since proved to be the case. It was eyed also as a bearish flag pattern set up, where sellers took a deep breather, ahead of the continued deep move south. LTC/USD lost over 15% from that consolidation area to current levels.

Key Support

LTC/USD weekly chart

Looking to the downside, eyes are locked in on the price range of $35 down to $33. The LTC/USD pair had consolidated within this area from June to August 2017, before being off on its journey north. In September 2017 this demand area proved required support for the bulls to continue their stampede higher. A failure to hold here will be very punishing to say the least. LTC/USD could be forced back down to $29 territory. The price was last seen here in June 2017.

Upside Barriers

There are now some big challenges ahead for LTC/USD, if it wants to return to heightened levels. During this bear market observed throughout this year, price action has formed new areas of resistance. It has all been uncharted territory, and unlike the 2017 bull run, there will be barriers that need to be broken for greater upside. The gains seen last year were not too challenging to achieve, as there was no history there for the bulls to deal with.

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