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Pre-Market Analysis And Chartbook: Dollar Slips Again as Midterms Provide No Surprises

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Wednesday Market Snapshot

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2,781 0.83%
DAX 30 11,547 0.55%
WTI Crude Oil 62.55 1.31%
GOLD 1,229 0.06%
Bitcoin 6,498 0.79%
EUR/USD 1.1480 0.48%

Risk assets are up so far today after a busy Asian session, with the Dollar extending yesterday’s losses. The outcome of the US midterms was exactly in line with expectations, since the GOP kept the Senate while the Democrats took control of the House of Representatives. While there was a bit of uncertainty with regards to the House majority early on election night, as the results started to come in, it became clear that the forecasts were largely correct this time around.

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The most-traded forex pair had a volatile overnight session due to the elections, and the Euro rose to a more than 2-week high in Asian before turning lower off the strong resistance zone near 1.15. Although short-term Treasury yields climbed to a new cycle high, the Dollar got slight weaker because of the gridlock outcome, but on the long run we expect only a mildly bearish effect on the Greenback, and the long-term uptrend of the reserve currency could continue.

 The negative surprise in Eurozone Retail Sales also contributed to the pullback in the pair in European trading, with the slowdown in Italy, in particular, getting more and more pronounced.

S&P 500 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Equities celebrated the “no-surprise” scenario, with especially the US indices gaining ground amid the pre-market plunge in the Volatility Index (VIX). The Dow is still leading the way higher but even the SP 500 is relatively strong compared to the lagging Nasdaq.

On a negative note for risk assets, the weakest “links” in global markets are starting to underperform from a technical perspective again, Europe in particular, and that could already signal that the oversold rally is running out of steam. US small-caps, on the other hand, opened higher today, so the immediate outlook is not clearly bearish, but given the long-term setups, caution is already warranted.

Cable Nears 1.32, as Rally in Copper Fades

GBP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Pound also gained ground compared to the Dollar for the third time in a row, helped by the slight beat in the Halifax housing price index, and the GBP/USD pair got close to the 1.32 level after forming a higher high yesterday.

In the US mortgage applications fell to a multi-decade low amid rising yields, and that continues to cast a shadow on the housing market. The market has already been showing signs of distress this year and the outlook for 2019 continues to get gloomier as rates continue to push higher.

Copper Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Commodities are having a volatile but flat day so far, as although gold, copper, and crude oil are all slightly higher on the day, they are all well below their intraday highs, with especially copper’s weakness being a worrying sing for risk assets.

Thanks to the US-Chinese trade deal rumors, the industrial metal avoided a technical breakdown last week, getting back to the upper boundary of its broad consolidation pattern, but the momentum of the move faded this week. Today, Chinese stocks and cooper lagged risk assets hand in hand, and a move below $2.7 in the coming days could signal a resumption of the downtrend and a likely test of the lows near $2.56.

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WTI Crude Oil, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Stellar Price Analysis: XLM/USD Spared from Huge Punishing Downside; Stellar added to BitOasis Listings

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  • Stellar’s XLM has been listed on Dubai-based exchange, BitOasis, with zero transaction fees until 27th
  • XLM/USD price action caught by the lower support of a vital pennant pattern.

XLM/USD has been victim of excessive swings over the past going on two weeks now. This is in line with the general downside pressure that has hit the entire market. XLM/USD has lost some 35% since 12th November. The latest daily candlestick, at the time of writing, has been saved by a known serving area of demand.

During this period of heavy volatility, market volumes have spiked hugely. They were seen at their highest levels since the back-end of September when the price had a fast-short-term bull run to then see this as short-lived. It would go on and see these gains swiftly given back after running into some strong touted resistance.

Stellar Listed on BitOasis

BitOasis, a Dubai based cryptocurrency exchange, has added Stellar’s XLM token to its platform. They have detailed that XLM can now be purchase using AED, with no transaction fees, until 27th November.

It worth noting, back in July, Stellar obtained its Sharia certification, making it permissible to facilitate transactions within Islamic countries. XLM is available to trade for UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman and also Kuwait citizens.

XLM/USD Fall

XLM/USD daily chart

The price has been moving within a pennant pattern structure, similarly to several of its peers. XLM/USD has been contained within since mid-July. It was moving within a consolidation and narrowing nature. Market bulls were then able to push for a breakout north, which came with a daily close on 4th November.

Upon this move out of the pennant structure, a small bull run was observed. XLM/USD had rallied some 20%, before buyers became exhausted. As a result, resistance was seen within the early $0.2800 region. This price area was also in proximity to the 61.8% Fibonacci, which had also seen a similar rejection between 23-24 September.

XLM/USD was then forced back down to retest the broken technical pattern structure. This failed to provide support to the falling force. The bears able to smash through, back down towards the original lower supporting trend line. This is seen tracking just sub-$0.2000 level. Further support was enforced by a demand zone, sitting just below.

Upside Targets

Thanks to the above-mentioned support coming to the rescue, it has provided some firmer ground for the bulls to build upon. The first challenge will be the 23.6% Fibonacci, in proximity to the upper trend line of the pennant. Both are tracking around the $0.2200 price area. The bulls have much to breakdown again.

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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XRP Price Analysis: Deadly Daily Close Below Vital Support

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  • XRP/USD was moving within a pennant pattern for 10 weeks, but the bears have forced a daily closure below.
  • Eyes are on a retest of the mentioned structure; a failure to breach back above could be punishing.

XRP/USD has closed in the red firmly over the past two consecutive sessions. However, generally in comparison to its peers, it has held ground well. This being the case within the large bear market currently being observed for cryptocurrencies. The downside pressure seems to have finally taken its toll on XRP bulls. XRP/USD saw a daily candle closure below a key supporting trend line.

XRP/USD daily chart

Broken Pennant Pattern

Price action had been moving within a pennant pattern structure, since the 21st September. This came after the excessive upside movements that were seen. XRP/USD at the time had aggressively spiked up towards $0.8000, before quickly retracing back south. As a result of these big moves, the price went into consolidation mode, forming a pennant.

The bulls attempted a breakout to the upside form the pattern on 30th September and then again on 6th November. Rejection was served to those attempts. Market bears, on the other hand, worked their line of support on several occasions in October and November. No doubt that this consistent testing of this area caused an eventual break to the downside, as has been seen.

On the daily closure of 20th November, the price finished the session below the lower supporting trend line of the pennant. This leaves the odds stacked heavily in the bears favor. Eyes will now be on a potential retest of the structure above. Such a move, as playing to the textbook, could invite again some heavy selling pressure from the bears.

Support Levels

Looking to the downside, just underneath the mentioned technical pattern, there is a strong touted demand zone. Between the months of October and November, this area has proven to be of assistance. The last legs of this would be around the psychological $0.4000 mark down to $0.3850. A breakout to the downside from this could be extremely punishing.

The next major area of support, after the above-mentioned region, is seen deep south. There isn’t much in the way of support, until down at the $0.3000-0.2500 range. XRP/USD was last seen trading here on 18th September. An area that was clearly very attractive for buyers, seeing a large push to the upside from this territory.

Resistance Levels

In terms of upside resistance, as mentioned earlier, this should now be noted underneath the breached pennant pattern. A retest would likely to the $0.4800 come into force. Should odds be defied and the bulls earn a break above, the upper trend line of the pennant would likely be tested, tracking around $0.5300.

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 Update: Short-Term Swing Low Forming?

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After the two-day rout that kicked off the week, the major cryptocurrencies continue to trade in a very volatile manner, with several wild swings in both directions in the last 24 hours. Most of the top coins held up above the initial spike lows of yesterday, although Bitcoin fell to a marginal new low later on Tuesday.

While selling pressure remains apparent in the segment, the volatile consolidation is likely a part of a short-term bottoming process, which could set up a more sustained bounce following the selling panic. The most important reference price levels for short-term traders are the $4450 level in Bitcoin and the $130 level in Ethereum.

Despite the possible bounce, the long-term setup in the segment is still overwhelmingly bearish, and any new positions should be considered ultra-short-term, and traders should apply strict risk management.  With the strong bearish leadership still clearly present, even in the case of a durable bottom, an extended period of volatile consolidation will likely precede a confirmed trend change.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin is still trying to form a short-term swing low, despite being relatively weak in the past 24 hours from a technical perspective, and the $4450-$4500 support zone remains in the center of attention. The coin got close to the $4000 level during yesterday’s volatile spikes, with the initial bounce topping out just above the $4700 resistance level.

Further levels of interest are ahead near $5350 and $5600, while primary support is still found between $4000 and $4050, and traders should still only consider very short-term positions in BTC. Volatility will likely remain very high in the coming period and the long-term sell signal is clearly in place in our trend model.  

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum managed to hold above its initial spike despite falling back below the $130 level several times yesterday. The coin is showing early signs of stability, but given the steep long-, and short-term downtrends and the extended period of relative weakness, traders and investors would need significant technical improvements to consider new positions in ETH.

That said, playing a bounce to the $150-$160 zone is likely in the coming period, with even the previous bear market low near $170 possibly in sight after the rout, but odds still favor at least a test of the recent lows before a sustained rally.

Ripple Still Strong as Stellar Tests Support Zone

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple continues to hold above the key $0.42-$0.46 long-term support zone, clearly being the strongest among the majors from a technical standpoint. Despite that, our trend model is still on a sell signal with regards to the short-term time-frame, and the coin’s relative strength have been waning somewhat in the past couple of days, so traders should still not enter new positions here. Further support levels are still found near $0.375 and $0.355, with resistance ahead at $0.51, $0.54, and $0.57.

Stellar/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Stellar got dragged significantly lower by the latest round of the segment-wide crash, and although it held up above the prior bear market low, the short-term setup is still clearly bearish in the relatively strong coin’s market as well.

The long-term picture is neutral and the support zone between $0.1830 and $01930 is still looking strong, but traders and investors shouldn’t enter new positions here, with strong resistance ahead at $0.21 and between $0.2350 and $0.2450.

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

One of the bearish leaders of the segment, Litecoin also showed signs of stability yesterday, and that’s positive news for the whole market, at least concerning the short-term outlook. The coin managed to hold on above the initial spike low, and although it’s still stuck below the $34.50 resistance level, a larger bounce could be ahead, possibly up to the $38 level. That said, the broader downtrend is clearly dominant and there is still no sign of a sustained bottom in the market of LTC.

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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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