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Technical Analysis: Binance Hack Sends Coins Crashing

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A series of negative news releases hit the cryptocurrency segment today during the US session, and as the market was already bearish after the technical correction that started two days ago, the majors fell significantly.

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The supposed hack of a Binance exchange API, coupled by reports on further SEC scrutiny, was the trigger of the move, which carried the largest coins through the major support levels that they were testing earlier on, causing a wave of selling across the board.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Bitcoin dipped below $10,000 but found support above the lows of the recent correction low, and well above the key $9000-$9200 zone. The short-term momentum is still bearish, although it’s headed for oversold territory quickly, and we still expect the recovery to continue in the most valuable coin, with resistance above $10,000 found at $10,500, $11,300 and $11,750.

The sell-off will be a crucial test of the strength of the recovery, but for now, the key levels in Bitcoin and most of the major altcoins are holding up. That said, the short-term charts are bearish and traders should wait for signs of strength before entering new positions here, while long-term investors could still be looking for entry points in most of the majors.

 

Ethereum

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum dipped below the $740 level during the sudden sell-off after breaching the $780 support, but for now, the selling ran out of steam, and the coin remains near the key support zone. While the short-term setup remains negative and we still expect further consolidation before a move above the dominant declining trend, long-term investors could still add to their holdings here. Primary support below the nearby zone is found at $625, while further resistance is ahead near $845 and $910.

Litecoin

LTC/USD, Daily Chart Analysis

Litecoin breached the $180 level amid the plunge, but it remains well above the prior downtrend, still within a short-term correction pattern following the strong post-crash rally. Short-term traders could be looking for entry points near the $170-$180 zone while long-term investors should still hold, as we expect the coin to resume the recovery, with resistance ahead at $200, between $225 and $235, and at $250.

Dash

DASH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Dash fell as low as $500 during the sell-off, and it remains relatively weak compared to the other majors, although the short-term momentum is getting close to oversold territory. Long-term investors could add to their holdings at the current price levels, as we expect the recovery to resume, despite the current dip.  Resistance found near $600, $650, $700, and $750, while further support is at $435 and near $400.

Ripple

XRP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple is testing the $0.85 level yet again after the failed break-out earlier on this week, but the crucial support remains strong, and we expect the coin to hold up above the prior low, and long-term investors could still add to their positions. Resistance is still found at $1, $1.25, and $1.5, while support below $0.85 is at $0.68.

Ethereum Classic

ETC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

ETC continued to lag the other majors during the sell-off, as it plunged back in the previously dominant declining trend after the strong initial post-crash rally. The deep correction means that the coin is now back near the $23 level, and long-term investors could once again add to their positions, while traders should wait for signs of relative strength before entering trades. Primary support is now at $20, while resistance above $23 is at $25, $27, and $30.

Monero

XMR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Monero continued its overbought correction amid the broad selloff, dipping below the break-out level at $335 as expected. The coin is now back to neutral from a short-term perspective and we expect the rally to continue after the correction, even as the long-term setup is slightly stretched. The next main resistance zone is near $400, while support below is found at $300, and $280.

NEO

NEO/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

NEO is testing the $100 level after a period of relative weakness, and although the correction might still continue, long-term investors could add to their holdings here, while the short-term momentum is also close to oversold territory. Support is now found at $80, while further resistance is ahead between $120 and $130, just above $150, and at $190.

IOTA

IOTA/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

IOTA fell below the vital $1.5 support amid the spike lower, and the coin needs to hold up above that level, to maintain the bullish long-term setup. As the short-term momentum is close to oversold, the coin could be ready to bounce, and we still expect the recovery to resume despite the recent weakness. The dominant declining trendline that capped the bounce is now at $1.85, just below the $1.9 resistance, while below, support is at $1.2 and $1.1.

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Pre-Market: Turkish Lira Spooks Markets, as Dollar Still in Focus

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Stock markets are broadly lower today, as yesterday’s risk-off shift continues to dominate trading, with the Turkish currency woes, the Italian political standoff, and the weaker than expected European PMIs providing ample ammunition to bears.

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S&P 500 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While the post-crash period since early February had its ups-and-downs, the best way to describe it is still a simple consolidation. In the US, trading has been taking place mostly in the range of only two sessions in early February, and the S&P 500 is still stuck in the middle of that range.

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Forex markets are in turmoil, as Dollar-centered trading continues across the board, and the hunting season for vulnerable emerging market currencies is still on. The recent strength in the reserve currency together with the rising yields sparked an exodus from more risky assets across the globe and with the Euro hitting another 6-month low today, the pressure will likely persist. Investors await tonight’s Fed meeting minutes which could make a huge impact on the Dollar and equities, especially if the central bank cools down rate hike expectations after the strong Dollar rally.

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

First, it was Argentina, now it’s Turkey that’s in the center of attention, as the country plagued by a huge private Dollar debt load end rampant inflation is highly sensitive to rising rates and a weaker currency.

USD/TRY (Turkish Lira), Daily Chart Analysis

More experienced investors could have a strong feeling of déjà vu, as the Turkish leadership is blaming a concentrated attack against the country, while the market is waiting for the inevitable central bank intervention in the form of an emergency rate hike. For now, there is still hope that the storm will pass, but should an outright currency crisis break-out, rate hikes won’t be enough, and even capital controls will only provide a temporary solution, and a hard landing for the economy will be almost guaranteed.

Europe Also Down as Oil Pulls Back

DAX Index, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

European stocks which have been lifted by the falling Euro in recent weeks fell to two-week lows today, after the bearish PMI releases and the lower than expected British inflation figures. While the string of negative economic surprises continued, emerging market woes were largely ignored by investors so far, and the rising short-term trends are still mostly intact throughout the Old Continent.

Commodities are lower mixed amid the large currency moves, as the Dollar’s strength weighs on the whole asset class. Gold is still stuck below $1300 despite its recent resilience, while Oil is trading just off its highs, even as the OPEC is reportedly contemplating a supply increase following the “normalization” of oil prices. The cartel which, led by Saudi Arabia has openly been seeking higher prices

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Crypto Update: Coins Lose Ground as Range Trading Continues

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While the weekend rally got bulls hope up that the consolidation phase might have ended, the technical setup hasn’t changed much in the segment, and today all of the major coins are lower again. The losses, which range from 2-5%, are not significant from a long-term standpoint, and most of the top coins are still clearly above the crucial support levels that mark the lower boundaries of the short-term trading ranges.

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With that in mind, traders still shouldn’t change their neutral stance, as there is no clear momentum present that would justify new positions here. Bitcoin continues to slightly outperform most altcoins today, but the divergence is not significant from a technical standpoint. Trading volumes continue to be well below the levels of the recent weeks, and that reinforces the bullish consolidation scenario.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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BTC drifted back below the key $8400-$8600 zone, and it remains stuck the lower boundary of the range today, despite its slight relative strength. As the short-term MACD indicator is neutral, and our trend model is also on a neutral signal, further choppy trading is likely ahead.  Short-term support is found near the intraday low, at $8150, with a stronger zone between $7650-$7800, with further resistance ahead between $9000 and $9200, $10,000, and $10,500.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum is trading right at the center of the short-term range, as the coin gave back most of its weekend gains, while losing its relative strength in the process as well. The coin remains on a neutral short-term trend signal similarly to the broader market, with the price action still being consistent with an orderly correction. Resistance is ahead between $735 and $780, at $845 and $900, while support is found between $625 and $645 and between $555 and $575.

Tron Still Outperforms as Correlations Remain High

TRX/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Tron made the most progress among the op coins since bottoming out after the correction, and the coin remains bullish from a short-term perspective despite the current pullback. The $0.075 support/resistance level is in the center of attention, while the late-April high at $0.010 is the next target for the move. As the broader market remains in a corrective phase, but the coin is one of the prime candidates to hit a new high in the coming weeks.

Dash, Monero, Ripple, and Litecoin are still weaker than segment average, while the recently lagging IOTA held the key $1.7 level. For now, there is still no sign of a developing robust leadership, as EOS failed to regain its bullish momentum, and no major joined Tron in the rally.

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Technical Analysis: Dow Jones Moves Toward Intermediate-Term Target, Closes above 25,000

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Technical Overview

  • On May 8, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was on the verge of completing a 2-month bottoming pattern. On May 9, the index gave the buy signal with a minimum price target of 26,200 (1,300 points from the point of the breakout – white vertical trendline in Figure 1).
  • Last week’s advance fell less than 5 points short of the 25,000 level. The 8 EMA served as support during the subsequent correction (yellow line).
  • Today (May 21), the index jumped by nearly 300 points to close above 25,000 for the first time since March 13.
  • The Feb 9 & April 2 lows have created a tentative “double bottom” formation. The pattern will be completed if the index breaks above the pattern’s interim high (red horizontal trendline).

Major support levels:

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  • The 24,600 level (last week’s base).
  • The neckline of the inverse H&S pattern (white downward-sloping trendline, currently at 24,200).

Major resistance levels:

  • Double bottom interim high at 25,800 (red trendline).
  • Origin of February correction & January high – 26,400 to 26,617 range.

Figure 1. Dow Jones Industrial Average Daily Chart

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Implications

  • While the tech-heavy NASDAQ pulled back from its intraday high, DJIA continues to perform strongly, marching towards the upside target obtained from the H&S pattern.
  • In one trading session, the index made up for an entire week of sideways/corrective movement. Such price action is indicative of fast-moving markets, which are leaping towards a specific target. In this case, the completion of the inverse H&S is expected to continue driving the index higher at least until it retests the 25,800 level.
  • If the index moves above 25,800 the double bottom will be completed. A move above January’s high will further strengthen the bullish thesis and shift the long-term outlook to bullish.
  • Long positions in index-tracking ETFs and constituents recommended.

 Outlook

  • Short-term outlook as long as the index remains above its 8 EMA.
  • Intermediate-term bullish as long as the index remains above the neckline of the inverse H&S pattern.

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