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Price Analysis of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin, and Ethereum Classic

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It’s been a strange and slightly bearish day for the crypto-market following the sudden spike lower in altcoins yesterday, as Bitcoin failed to follow through on its strength, but altcoins also acted weak, especially Ethereum. Ripple also pulled back heavily after its strong move while Litecoin remained strong, trading just below its recent highs.  The global risk-off sentiment weighs on the segment today, and there are very important support zones just below the coins, and a break below those could warn of further correction with the long-term picture still being overbought.

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Bitcoin

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin pulled back after the spike above the $2750 yesterday, and it traded in a relatively narrow range, failing to confirm the sudden relative strength of the most valuable coin. The short-term uptrend is still intact, but the currency needs to recover above the crucial $2750 resistance in order to remain bullish, and the long-term picture makes the current move suspicious. A break below $2600 would warn of a test of the $2350 support.

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Ethereum

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum is still in a bullish long-term trend despite today’s weakness, while the short-term picture remains neutral. The support zone near $300 is still the main level to watch during the consolidation, as a break below that could set up another test of the $270 level. Short-term traders are still advised to wait with new positions, while long-term could add to their positions on the dips.

ETH/BTC, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Litecoin

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Litecoin recovered strongly from the spike lower yesterday, and it remains inside the bullish consolidation pattern that developed since the weekend rally. The coin is hovering around $45, while the $0 level acted as support during the spikes lower in recent days. The MACD indicator is still in correction mode, suggesting more sideways action before another move higher, with a possible test of the $38 level while the long-term trend is still clearly positive.

Ripple

XRP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple fell back below the $0.30 level in the Dollar pair and below 0.000115 compared to the BTC as the upside momentum stalled yesterday afternoon. The short-term uptrends are intact in both pairs for now, with the technical setup still being unchanged, but quick move back above the key resistance levels would be required to keep the coin on a short-term buy signal.

XRP/BTC, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum Classic

ETC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

ETC continued to drift lower throughout the session today, after holding up well during yesterday’s dip lower. The drop below the $20 support warns of a move to the $18 level, with a possible move to te previous consolidation zone, which would provide another long-term buying opportunity.

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Cryptocurrency Analysis: Ripple Continues Rampage as Litecoin and Ethereum Enter Correction

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Ripple remained in the center of attention in the segment after breaking out to a new all-time high yesterday, and the coin almost doubled in value, climbing above the $0.80 level. The currency concluded a 6-month long consolidation pattern with the move after being the only major on a long-term buy signal in our trend model.

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XRP gave a short-term sell signal today, while turning neutral regarding the long-term setup. Investors now shouldn’t add to their positions, although further gains are still possible, and reducing holdings somewhat is a good idea here. Major support is still found at the prior high near $0.4250 and in the $0.30-$0.32 range.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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While Bitcoin stagnated, and Bitcoin Cash jumped, Ethereum, Litecoin, Dash, and IOTA has been drifting slightly lower, although the recent gains are still mostly intact, and the basic setup in the segment is unchanged.

Litecoin fell below the $300 level after yesterday’s consolidation, and the coin faced strong selling pressure in the latter half of the session. The currency remains extremely stretched regarding the long-term momentum indicators, and although the short-term uptrend is still intact, a deeper correction is likely in the coming weeks, with key support levels found at $125 and $100, and weaker levels at $260 and $170.

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Daily Analysis: Dollar Falls, Gold Jumps after Yellen’s Final Move

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Wednesday Market Recap

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2668 -0.02%
DAX 13125 -0.45%
WTI Crude Oil 56.65 -0.68%
GOLD 1258.00 1.35%
Bitcoin 16,100 -6.32%
EUR/USD 1.1842 0.73%

The Federal Reserve hiked interest rates as expected today, and although the central bank’s monetary statement was slightly more hawkish than expected, the market’s reaction didn’t reflect the much-anticipated move. The worse than expected Core CPI reading that underlined the low-inflation narrative weighed on the recently strong Greenback, while stocks were unchanged after decision and bonds gained ground as yields retreated.

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EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The major indices are hovering near their all-time highs with the DOW leading the way higher, hitting a new record for the second day in a row. While volatility Is expected to remain low as we approach the end of the year, market internals and valuation levels are still concerning from a long-term perspective, and stocks outside the US are also negatively diverging. The action in crude oil could be slightly more interesting as the commodity is starting to act in a slightly bearish manner after a grinding multi-month rally.

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WTI Crude Oil, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Brexit process is still in the center of attention in Europe, although volatility took a nosedive on the old continent as well, and it’s unlikely that the Christmas period will be much different, given the predictable drop in volumes and trading activity. The date of the next election in the financially and politically troubled Italy has been set to March 4th next year, and the early date caused some turmoil in the countries assets, which dragged the Euro Stoxx 50 lower today, together with the DAX and the other major indices.

Cryptocurrencies

As the total market cap of the crypto-market crossed the incredible $500 billion mark, Ripple, NEO, and Ethereum made headlines with lofty gains in the face of the severely overbought readings elsewhere in the segment. While XRP and NEO are still not overbought from an investment perspective, Ethereum reached our final target for its break-out and triggered a long-term sell signal.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The previously surging IOTA continued its correction, Litecoin consolidated in a relatively narrow range, while Dash, ETC, and Monero scored marginal new highs before turning lower together with BTC. The most valuable coin that has lost some of its momentum “mojo” in recent days fell back below last week’s highs, and that could mark a failed break-out and a start of the deeper correction that seems more and more likely.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Key Economic Releases on Wednesday

Time, CET Country Release Actual Expected Previous
11:30 UK Average Earnings 2.5% 2.5% 2.3%
11:30 UK Claimant Count Change 5,900 3,300 6,500
11:30 UK Unemployment Rate 4.3% 4.2% 4.35
15:30 US Core CPI 0.1% 0.2% 0.2%
15:30 US Crude Oil Inventories -5.1 mill -3.6 mill -5.6 mill
21:00 US Fed Rate Decision 1.5% 1.5% 1.25%
21:00 US FOMC Statement

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Technical Analysis: Volatility on the Rise Again, as Ripple and Ethereum Hit Targets

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Ripple has been the star of today’s session in the cryptocurrency segment, as the only major coin on a long-term buy signal in our trend model continued yesterday’s break-out, and surged to a new all-time high. The currency cleared the $0.425 level that marked the top in May, and after the more than 6-month long consolidation phase, it promptly neared the $0.50 level.

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While the short-term momentum indicators are now stretched, the coin is still in an encouraging long-term setup, although the best period to buy already passed. The coin could be dragged lower in the case of the expected broad correction in the segment, but we expect XRP to outperform in the coming period, with support levels found at the prior high and below that in the range between $0.30-$0.32.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Ethereum has been the other top coin on the rise, as the second largest digital currency surged past the final range projection target of the break-out two weeks ago at $685 in the aftermath of the launch of the BTC futures on Monday. The ETH token is now also on a sell signal on all time-frames, and we advise investors and investors to wait for the next major correction to establish new positions. Support levels are now found at $575, $500, $480, and $400.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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