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Technical Analysis: Bitcoin Up Again as Altcoins Mixed in Volatile Trading

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Bitcoin is at a new all-time high today, although the momentum of today’s move is far below from what we saw recently, and the coin only managed to reach a marginal record high yet again. BTC is now worth $300 billion, and it is still trading right at the short-term trendline, inside a rising wedge pattern that shows a clear momentum divergence.

With the short-term trend still being intact further gains are still possible, but as all the majors are overbought from a long-term perspective, we still advise investors to wait for a better buying opportunity before adding to their holdings. Primary support is still found near $13,000, with further levels at $11,300, $10,000, $9000, and stronger levels at $8200 and $7700.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

 XRP entered a volatile short-term correction after its two-day surge after giving a short-term sell signal yesterday, and the coin spiked back towards $0.60 before settling down just below yesterday’s highs. The long-term setup also turned overbought thanks to the almost 300% rally, and now investors should reduce their holdings, even as further gains are still possible. 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

Ethereum

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum continues to trade in a consolidation pattern after surging past the final range extension target for its break-out. The second largest coin remains overbought on all time-frames, but the short-term uptrend is intact, and another push higher is possible. That said, investors should remain patient, as the segment is prone to a deeper correction, even if the exact top is not in yet. Key support levels are now found at $575, between $480 and $500, and near the prior all-time high at $400.

Litecoin

LTC/USD, Daily Chart Analysis

Litecoin bounced higher in the second half of the session together with the broad market after correcting back to the $250 level. The coin is back to the dominant rising short-term trend, but all time-frames point to a deeper correction soon, and investors should stay away from new positions here, although traders could still play a test of the all-time high. Key support levels are found at $125 and $100, with weaker levels at $260 and $170.

Dash

DASH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Dash is trading in a relatively narrow range for the second day in a row, close to its recent all-time high and the coin is among the stronger majors regarding the short-term picture. Despite that, the long-term setup is dangerously overbought, and a significant correction is likely in the coming weeks, with major support levels now found at $650, $600, $500, and near $410.

Ethereum Classic

ETC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum Classic is still trading near the $30 level in a narrow and choppy range, and the coin remains outside the previous rising trend. The currency is among the most stretched majors even considering the recent sharp dip, and we still expect a move below the $23 level in the coming weeks, with further support found at $18 and resistance ahead at $32.

Monero

XMR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Monero is still trading below the recent marginal new highs, with the bull-trap setup still being possible, even as the rising short-term trend is intact. The $300 level remains in the center of attention, with key support levels found at $240, $200, $180, and $150, while the coin is extremely overbought, in line with the majority of the majors.

NEO

NEO/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

NEO found support above the key $40 level after the short-term correction that followed the recent break-out, and the coin remains in an encouraging long-term setup. While a volatile consolidation period is in the cards in the case of a segment-wide correction, a strong rally beyond the previous all-time high near $0.56 is possible in the coming days if the sentiment remains bullish. Key resistance is ahead at $50 while further support is found at $34, $30, and $27.

IOTA

IOTA/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

IOTA is still trading inside the broad short-term trading range that developed after last week’s exponential surge, and the coin remains stretched regarding the long-term picture, although the short-term momentum is back to neutral. Although the coin is already after a 40% correction top-to-bottom, we expect n even deeper move in the coming weeks, with strong support still only at $3 and $1.5, and potential Fibonacci support at $2.35.

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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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Stellar Price Analysis: XLM/USD on the Road to Losing the $0.10 Mark; Coinbase Can’t Save XLM for Now

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  • XLM bears are pressing hard for a drop below the big $0.10 mark, as markets remains down across the board.
  • There could be room for another 8% price drop if support is broken, looking via the XLM/BTC chart view.

Stellar’s XLM is subject to giving up the big $0.10 level. Across the board there have been a several key psychological price breaks. Cryptocurrencies are being forced to give way, due to strength of the current bear market. When prices drop below these closely looked at levels, it only seems to spark further worry and panic. A fresh wave of selling pressure is then invited. Over the past five weeks, XLM/USD has fallen a chunky 63%, from the $0.29 territory, down to a recent low of $0.1010.

Consolidation Mode – Bears Rubbing Paws Together

XLM/USD daily chart

Over the past four sessions, there has been some stabilization following the deep push on 6th December, where XLM/USD fell to $0.1010. The price is moving within consolidation mode, something that is seen across the market. Technically, this only spells more danger – a calm before the storm potentially for cryptocurrencies. This type of behavior has been seen over and over again during this aggressively stubborn downward trend.

What if $0.10 is Breached?

As noted on numerous occasions, this move is uncharted territory already, falling from the heights seen at the start of the year. Market participants are already fueled with a serious amount of FUD, so such technical breaks will only cause more damage. This isn’t due to anything fundamental relating to the Stellar foundation, as their developments continue to remain very much sound and strong. One must gauge how further this can fall, via XLM/BTC chart view.

Technical Review – XLM/BTC

XLM/BTC daily chart

XLM/BTC continues to flirt with a critical area of support, and a failure to hold will be catastrophic. This zone held in the most recent fall on 7th December; despite the long lower wick below, the price still managed to close above. XLM/BTC has not been and closed below 0.000035 territory since September 19th. Should a breach occur, which if the current pace of momentum maintains its course could very well happen, another 8% drop may follow.

Lastly, it is worth keeping an eye out of the potential formation of a head and shoulder pattern. The left shoulder and head have been crafted via XLM/BTC daily chart. There is certainly a possibility that the bulls come back to life, forcing a bounce at the above-mentioned support. A right shoulder could then move towards heights back within the $0.00004000-4500 range. This is where the next major of supply can be observed.

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: New Lows in Sight Again as Slide Continues

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The cryptocurrency segment continues to be under heavy selling pressure following the weekend rally attempt, and although all of the majors are still above last week’s lows, the strong short-term downtrend remains dominant. The long-term picture is overwhelmingly bearish as well, and there are coins showing meaningful relative strength, so sellers are clearly still clearly in control of the market, and the lack of leadership is still apparent.

With that in mind, traders and investors shouldn’t enter positions even in the slightly stronger coins, and odds still favor the continuation of the bear market, with new lows likely in the coming days. That said, a successful test or a failed breakdown could trigger a larger scale correction, with the broader picture still being deeply oversold and with investor sentiment still being very negative. For now, there is no sign of an imminent rally, with all eyes on the $3000 in Bitcoin.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin has been drifting lower ever since touching the $3600 level during the weekend, and the now the most valuable coin is close to its prior bear market low, pushing the total value of the market back below $110 billion. Today’s selloff took the coin below $3400, and a test of the next long-term support zone near $3000 is now likely in the coming days.

At least a move above $3600 would be needed for a meaningful improvement in the coin’s technical setup, but for now, sellers remain in control on both time-frames and our trend model is on clear sell signals both short- and long-term, with further strong resistance ahead in the $4000-$4050 zone.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum is also close to last week’s bear market low and the coin is clearly stuck in a steep short-term downtrend with no sign of relative strength or bullish momentum since the failed weekend rally. The coin is also trading below the strong $95-$100 support/resistance zone, and with support just being found between $73 and $75, a new low is likely in the coming days.

Traders and investors should still stay away from entering new positions here, with further strong resistance zones ahead near $120 and $130.

Litecoin and Ripple on the Verge of Breaking Down

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The major altcoins are all in week technical setups, and even Ripple, which is in a slightly better long-term position, is looking bearish from a short-term perspective. The second largest coin is trading below the $0.30 level, and a test of the next zone near $0.28 seems imminent.

The prior bear market low near $0.26 could also be in danger in the coming period, and traders and investors shouldn’t enter positions here, with resistance levels above $0.30 ahead at $0.32, $0.3550, and $0.3750.

Litecoin/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Litecoin is very close to breaking down below the $23 support zone today, and the coin is showing relative weakness compared to the other major, as it was the case ever since last week’s bearish shift. Our trend model remains on sell signals on both time-frames, and a new low seem very likely in the coming days, so traders shouldn’t enter new positions here despite the deeply oversold long-term momentum readings. The next major support zone is found between $20 mad $20.50 with strong resistance ahead near $26 and between $30 and $30.50.

Stellar/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Since the key breakdown in Stellar, the coin remained relatively weak, and the strong selling pressure is still apparent in its market. The recent rally attempt failed to recapture even the $0.125 resistance, and now a dip below $0.11 and a test of the $0.10 level seems likely in the coming weeks. Further strong resistance is ahead just below $0.14 and traders and investors should still not enter new positions here.

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Ethereum Price Analysis: ETH/USD is a Sitting Duck Under $100; with Jitters Heading into Constantinople Upgrade

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  • ETH/USD is subject to further downside, as the price produces another range-block.
  • There is some nervous anticipation across the community heading into the Constantinople upgrade.

ETH/USD is a sitting duck underneath the big psychological $100 mark. Just like every other cryptocurrency, Ethereum (ETH) remains firmly on the back foot. Over the past five weeks, the price is down a chunky 63%, from the pick up in downside pressure on the 7th November. Despite a minor form of stabilization over this past few days now, ETH is still very much vulnerable. It has been moving within consolidation mode, as seen across the board, a range-block formation can be observed. This behavior suggests that is susceptible to a breakout south.

Constantinople Upgrade Jitters

Following the Ethereum developers confirming the Constantinople upgrade, there has been some concerns. It was last week noted after a developers call that this will take place in mid Jan 2019, as covered via Hacked . Across the community things appear to be somewhat jittery heading into the upgrade. One thing that has raised eyebrows is the reward for miners. This is anticipated to be brought down to 2 ETH from 3 ETH. Given the fact also the plummet in the Ethereum price this year, this in addition does not help things. There is also speculation that, should there be much disagreement, the network could even split, as an extreme case.

Technical Review – ETH/USD

ETH/USD 4-hour chart

Looking via the 4-hour chart view, price action has narrowed over the past four days. This coming after further intensity hit ETH/USD to the downside. As we have seen time and time again, such price behaviors following excessive movements. It tends to be exhaustion from the sellers, allowing time for consolidation of the price, before going in for the kill.

Price action is moving within a range-block, which is subject to another explosive move lower, as it currently appears. The psychological damage of ETH sitting below the big $100 mark does not help sentiment either.  Support to the downside within the current range, should be noted at $84. Near-term resistance is seen at the $100 mark.

ETH/USD weekly chart

As described, the major near-term support is seen at $84. A break to the downside could open the door to another wave of sellers. The weekly chart view looks worrying, as should a breach occur at the mentioned support, the price could plummet. Eyes would next be on the $65 territory; ETH/USD last traded her at the start of May 2017.

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