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Monero Price Analysis: Bulls Have Stubborn Upside Barriers to Break Down

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  • XMR/USD bulls were rejected once again by a prior acting area of support, now an upside barrier.
  • Monero (XMR) is now being accepted as a form of payment for Fortnite Merchandise, covered by the CCN team.

XMR Price Behavior

XMR/USD 4-hour chart. Bulls have life sucked out of them again in stubborn zone.

XMR/USD is continuing to struggle getting past a very stubborn area of resistance. The price in the two previous sessions was making good headway in its move to the north. Since losing momentum on 24th December, the bulls have failed to regather control. Price action has been narrowing and showing little signs of commitment from either bull or bear camps.

During the November-December market fall, there was a period of consolidation between 25 November until 4th December. Given the chunky falls seen prior to this, market participants were desperately calling for a bottom. Support started to swoop in to defend these consolidation levels, temporarily preventing a further fall to the south.

The bears at the time were taking no mercy and resuming vicious selling pressure to print a low on 15th December, $38.45. Following this, big upside momentum kicked back into the bulls, having a decent run from 16th to 24th December. The high of 24th is where the bulls lost steam; it is also the same consolidation area described above, now acting as an upside barrier.

Monero Accepted by Fortnite

There has been some interesting news picked up by our CCN team: Retail Row, the merchandise store for the popular online video game Fortnite, is now accepting Monero as a cryptocurrency payment option. This was covered via the official Monero twitter account: “The official Fortnite Merch Store is now exclusively accepting Monero as a cryptocurrency payment option!”

GloBee crypto payments service is now supported by Retail Row, which facilitates retailers in accepting cryptocurrencies. The support already includes the likes of Bitcoin (BTC), Litecoin (LTC) and Ripple (XRP). XMR however is the only digital currency exclusively supported by the store, this outside of the conventional PayPal and credit card payments.

Technical Review – XMR/USD

XMR/USD daily chart. Price moving within a horizontal wedge pattern. $53-$62 zone is critical and must be broken down for greater upside.

Keeping in mind the earlier described rejection, XMR/USD is on the back foot again, at the time of writing today. Price action is moving within a horizontal wedge pattern formation, with lower trend line support tracking around $46. Any breach to the downside from this pattern could open the door to a retest of the December low, $38.45.

Upside Targets

XMR/USD weekly chart. The zones marked are big upside barriers moving forwards for the bulls.

The major near-term challenge as described is for the November-December consolidation area to be broken down. This can be seen running from $53 up to around $62 territory. Enough upside momentum from the bulls forcing a breakout should see the price run up towards $80-$90 region, which is a very significant zone that will sure to be another tough barrier. It provided support between September – November 2017, also cushioning XMR/USD on several occasions from July – November 2018.

Disclaimer: The author owns Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Why Investors Should Be Paying Attention to Aelf

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So far, each iteration in the evolution of cryptocurrencies and blockchain companies has come with its own issues and setbacks. This is because the scale of the companies is actually fairly limited, and not as comprehensive as the promises made by blockchain fanatics.

Part of this the lack of connectivity between blockchains, but there is also the issue of the blockchains not having the scalability necessary to accommodate huge companies. When you have a bunch of separate blockchains functioning out of sync, it is hard to build anything significant, as the “ecosystem” is coming to find.

A Natural Evolution

The evolution of the space started with Bitcoin – there were coins before, but nothing that caught on – which was the equivalent of a “simple app”. It could be traded and used the basic functionality of blockchain, but there was nothing complicated about its use case.

Then there was Ethereum, which allowed for smart contracts and other protocols to be built out upon it. This results in a lot of different apps functioning on the same platform, much like an app platform.

Finally, the hope is that Aelf will be able to create a blockchain operating system (much like Linux) that will add an infinite level of scalability to the platform. It would be developer and consumer friendly and function with high reliability.

Two Key Innovations

This blockchain operating system depends on two major innovations: side chains and a unique governance system. By using a multi-chain architecture rather than a “main” blockchain, they avoid many of the pitfalls of NEO or Ethereum. Ideally, this will allow Aelf to be highly available and have a high transaction-per-second capacity.

Additionally, companies will be able to rent out nodes (nodes as a service) to help process their side chains when they’re having scaling issues. This is one of the many benefits of operating on an operating system-esque model.

The governance system for Aelf must be unique, since regular consensus algorithms wouldn’t work when confirming information from side chains on tho the main chain. Therefore, a Delegated Proof-of-Stake algorithm is used, which helps you vote on which nodes will become mining nodes and have the ability to confirm transactions.

Current State of Aelf

Aelf is currently in a big growth period. The main net launch is scheduled for 2019, with the development team publishing consistent updates along the way.

The protocol uses their proprietary token, ELF, as a utility token that permits users to access, interact with, and directly participate in DAPPS and other services. No ICO occurred for ELF and it was instead financed using a private token sale.

Breakout Potential

Currently ranked 89th in terms of market capitalization and available on Binance, ELF had a rough December, with a recent recovery occurring during a consolidation period.

The current prices around 3,000 to 3,500 satoshis represent a good buying area while waiting for a breakout. ELF is a fairly volatile coin and with consolidation occurring rapidly, it isn’t unreasonable to think it could hit 4,500 satoshis.

Additionally, with the pending development and release of its mainnet, the fundamental could potentially change very quickly. This could assist the technicals and create a highly profitable breakout, which makes it a good short- or medium-term trade.

Disclaimer: The author owns Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Stellar Price Analysis: XLM/USD Bulls Run into Resistance and Profit Taking Following IBM Boost

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  • Stellar’s XLM price was seen cooling in the session on Thursday, as the bulls ran into a barrier of resistance.
  • IBM detailed it has several letters of intent from banks to leverage IBM-Stellar technology.

Stellar’s XLM price has managed to pick itself up from the recent low area, where it was moving within the total abyss. The decent falling for XLM/USD was pushing it into totally unknown territory, where the price has not traded before. A low was produced down at $0.07330000 before the bulls kick-started the recovery. It has now gained a chunky 30% over the last two weeks, with upside momentum particularly gathering decent pace in the past four sessions.

The most recent jump north came following the price escaping a nine-session range-block formation. The low of the mentioned range was observed down at $0.07590000, with the high up at $0.08330000; the bulls forced a breach of this level on 18th February. Upon the move above, a fresh wave of buying pressure came into play, with XLM/USD moving to its highest level in almost four weeks. At the time of writing a pullback can be observed, which could be potential profit-taking after the decent run.

Several Banks to Join IBM’s Stellar-based Service

According to a representative from IBM, several confirmations have been received from banks on their intent to incorporate digital assets, including their own stablecoins via IBM World Wire and Stellar. The head of Blockchain at IBM Jesse Lund said:

“We’ve got a launch announcement coming out soon. We’re going to be supporting more than 50 countries out of the gate, 30-40 currencies, and enough market makers to drag along 30 or 40 banks. So we’ll have a significant portion of the world covered. Our goal is to continue to expand that network and to provide global coverage within 3-5 years where you can actually send remittances in a consistent way, immediately, at a very low cost, from anywhere in the world to anywhere in the world.”

Several banks have confirmed their plans to release digital assets, including their own stablecoins, based on IBM World Wire and Stellar. According to the IBM representative, the company has already received several letters of intent from a number of banks around the world.

Technical Review – XLM/USD

XLM/USD daily chart.

Given the recent price cooling, eyes will be on a possible return down to the breached range-block area. A move as described would complete the technical breakout and retest of the mentioned zone. Should this fail to provide necessary comfort to the falling price, then eyes will be on another test of the low, $0.07330000. If a further breach is observed here, then this opens the door once again to a move within an unknown territory, moving within the abyss.

Looking to the upside, if XLM/USD completes the break retest scenario and the bulls capitalize on this, then a decent push back north may be seen. A near-term supply area tracks above from around $0.09350000 up to $0.0980000. Should the bulls force a break above the mentioned supply, then a retest of the 2019 high area would be eyed. In other words, a move back within the range of $0.13-0.1400000.

Disclaimer: The author owns Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Crypto Markets See Modest Pullback on Profit-Taking; Elon Musk Calls Bitcoin “Brilliant”

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The top 20 cryptocurrencies booked modest to sizable losses on Thursday, as investors took profits following an impressive run up in prices at the start of the week. While trade volumes have levelled off from the yearly highs set on Tuesday, they remain well above what’s considered normal in a bear market, leading some to speculate that the current rally still has room to mobilize.

Market Update

All major coins reported losses through the early part of the session on Thursday. Looking at CoinMarketCap, bitcoin’s aggregate price declined 0.5% to $3,961.10. It still hovered north of $4,000 on Bitfinex. More on that story: Bitcoin Runs into Minor Resistance After Setting Fresh Six-Month High.

Ethereum reported a loss of 1% to trade at $146.07. The so-called developer’s cryptocurrency still enjoys strong upside and higher than normal volumes ahead of next week’s highly anticipated Constantinople upgrade.

XRP declined 2.5% to $0.3224, a price point that should keep the sellers at bay. XRP blew past the 30-cent threshold earlier in the week, a level that had provided stern resistance in the past.

EOS dropped 1.8% to trade at $3.77. Even with the decline, EOS is by far the best performing major this week, having gained a whopping 36%.

After an impressive two-week stretch, Litecoin’s price fell back below $50 on Thursday. It was last valued at $49.41, having dropped 3.6%. Litecoin got the crypto recovery started almost two weeks ago. Click here to read more.

Further down the market-cap index, Binance Coin declined 5.8% to $10.34. Bitcoin SV, Monero, Dash and IOTA each fell by at least 2%.

The cryptocurrency market is currently valued at $133.9 billion, down from a high of $136.2 billion earlier in the week. Trade volumes were a healthy $28 billion, far higher than the average seen in the latter half of the bear market.

Elon Musk Praises Bitcoin

Tesla CEO and serial entrepreneur Elon Musk doesn’t hold any cryptocurrencies, but is a firm believer that digital assets are the wave of the future.

Musk, who appeared on the latest episode of ARK Invest’s podcast, said the following: “Paper money is going away and cryptocurrency is a far better way to transfer value than pieces of paper.”

Responding to whether crypto may be useful for Tesla, Musk said:

“I think the Bitcoin structure is quite brilliant. There seems like there is some merit to Ethereum as well, and obviously others. But I’m not sure if it’s a good use of Tesla resources to get involved in cryptos.”

While Elon Musk is just one of many to opine on bitcoin and its potential future, his comments represent an important attitudinal shift on the subject. This shift extends from Wall Street’s upper echelons all the way down to main street. As Hacked reported earlier, millennials and other younger cohorts appear keen on investing in cryptocurrency and are more likely to trust virtual exchanges instead of banks. According to a recent survey by eToro, 43% of millennials have more trust in crypto exchanges than the U.S. stock market.

Disclaimer: The author owns Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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