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NEM the Latest to Take the Plunge as Prices Fall 10%

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Digital currency NEM (XEM) declined sharply on Thursday amid a broader shakeup in the altcoin market.

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NEM Price Levels

The XEM-dollar exchange rate has declined sharply over the past two days. Prices were down more than 10% on Thursday, reaching one-week lows. At press time, XEM/USD was trading at 0.21263, where it was little changed from the previous close. At present values, the NEM digital currency has a market cap of $2.1 billion.

Trade volumes over the past 24 hours surpassed $30.7 million, which is equivalent to roughly 1,777 bitcoin. Poloniex is the platform of choice for NEM traders; the exchange’s XEM/BTC cross was responsible for more than one-third of daily transaction. More than one-third of daily volumes were also transacted on Bittrex.

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The NEM-bitcoin exchange rate was little changed on Friday, but has declined 50% over the past five days.

NEM Adds Value

The NEM platform has attracted greater attention from investors thanks to efficiency gains relative to bitcoin. For starters, NEM is considered more than ten times as efficient as bitcoin in securing the network. Whereas bitcoin miners dump millions of dollars each day to secure the blockchain, NEM miners barely have to sell anything at all.

NEM is also attractive from the standpoint of scalability. The cryptocurrency has been designed to scale by offering third-party developers easy APIs from which to build. Its proponents say this gives it a clear advantage over not only bitcoin, but Ethereum as well.

Then there’s spam protection, something NEM developers encoded in their formula. Malicious actors who want to send XEM coins back and forth between different accounts will quickly find that the cost of doing so goes higher.

One of the chief advantages of NEM is the diverse ecosystem being developed around it, with the likes of Comsa, Bankera and DimCoin, which have successfully integrated the distributed ledger technology into their token raises.

NEM adoption has been particularly strong in Asia, with Japan and Malaysia leading the way.

The cryptocurrency has added more than 6,000% this year, joining in on a broader rally that has extended to dozens of altcoins. Prior to the latest reversal, NEM followed in the footsteps of fellow altcoins Monero and IOTA en route to new record highs. For NEM, record territory is just north of the 30 cent mark.

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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    December 8, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Already gain 45% and sold them all 😉

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Trading recommendation: Lisk/Bitcoin

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The best way to trade a range-bound market is to buy at the lower end of the range and sell at the upper end. If the range is large and well established, it offers us a good risk to reward objective. We believe that LSK/BTC fits the bill and offers us an attractive opportunity to buy at the support and sell at the resistance.

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Key points

  1. LSK/BTC has formed a large trading range.
  2. Buy at the lower end of the range.
  3. Sell at the upper end of the range.

Weekly chart

LSK/BTC has been trading in a large range of $0.00046 on the lower end and $0.0016 on the upper end. On three occasions, the cryptocurrency pair has bounced off the supports. Similarly, it has returned from the $0.0016 levels thrice. The range is well defined. Currently, price is trying to rebound after breaking below the lower end of the range last week. We believe that a buy at current levels offers us a low-risk and high-reward trading opportunity.

Daily chart

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On December 07, the cryptocurrency pair broke below the support of $0.00046. However, the very next day, it climbed back into the range, which is a positive indication. This shows that the bulls want to keep the range intact. However, the rally from the lows hit a roadblock at the 20-day EMA.

Currently, LSK/BTC is again pulling back towards the lower end of the range. If the support holds, we believe that the digital currency will again rally to the upper end of the range. Therefore, we suggest buying 50% of the desired allocation close to $0.00050 levels. Remaining 50% of the position should be purchased once the digital currency breaks out of $0.00068. The profit objective is a rally to the upper end of the range at $0.0016. The trade should be closed if the virtual currency breaks down and sustains below the lower end of the range. This is a long-term trade.

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Trade Recommendation: XMR/BTC Pair Throwback

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The XMR/BTC market (Monero) has been in downtrend on the hourly chart after posting a high of 0.0225 on December 6 and failing to hold critical support at 0.02. It went to as low as 0.0145 on December 8 before respecting RSI at 32 where it established support. The market used the new support level to rally and generate one higher low after the other. It recently attempted to reclaim support at 0.02 but was repelled by bears. Currently, the market is trading around 0.019 levels where it appears to have created another higher low.

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Technical analysis shows a large reversal pattern in the hourly chart that can take the XMR/BTC pair to 0.025. Even though the market failed to breach resistance at 0.02, investors should not see it as a failed breakout. What we’re seeing is a throwback which is a temporary retreat in price. Throwbacks are common in breakout plays and are often seen as a bullish signal. The next time the market attempts to breach 0.02 resistance, it has a much better chance of breaking it with conviction.

The strategy is to buy breakout at 0.02 with immediate stop at 0.0189.

Hourly XMR/BTC Chart on Poloniex

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As of this writing, XMR/BTC is trading at 0.018714 on Poloniex.

Summary of Strategy

Buy: breakout at 0.02

Target: 0.025

Stop: move below 0.0189 after buying breakout at 0.02.

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Trade Recommendation: FCT/BTC Bullish Reversal

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The market reach its all-time high back in June this year when FTC/BTC (Factom) reached 0.01463162. Unfortunately, the pair wasn’t able to sustain its momentum. It created a lower high several days later at 0.01066744 which signalled investors to take profits or cut their losses. As a result, the market tumbled and lost 93.17% in value from its all-time high. Such a tremendous loss would have created an atmosphere of despair in the market. Usually, that’s when the savviest traders come in.

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Technical analysis reveals that the worst is behind the pair. FCT/BTC touched support at 0.001 on the daily chart twice and respected it on both occasions. This is a good indication that the market has found a reliable support level. In addition, hourly chart shows that a large reversal pattern is underway. The pair may have retreated when it nearly touched 0.002, but it generated a new higher low in the process at 0.00156566. The throwback is a bullish signal that enables the pair to gather momentum to break resistance at 0.002.

The strategy is buy on breakout at 0.002. Breach that level and the market reclaims 0.003. Sell that level because it is a strong resistance.

Hourly FCT/BTC Chart on Poloniex

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As of this writing, FCT/BTC is trading at 0.001738 on Poloniex.

Summary of Strategy

Buy: breakout at 0.002

Target: 0.003

Stop: move below 0.0018 after buying breakout at 0.002.  

 

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