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Technical Analysis: Coins Jump as Litecoin Leads the Way Again

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The short-term triangle pattern that developed in Bitcoin and in most of the segment, resolved today as expected, and it did so in a bullish manner, with the majority of the majors gaining close to double digits during the session.

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The consolidation phase, which saw a meaningful decline in volatility and the further breakdown of the correlations between the coins, could be the base for another leg higher following the huge decline that started in December.

Having said that, while we advise long-term investors to hold on to their positions, and even add to them on the short-term dips, traders should be aware that the dominant trend is still downward sloping, and volatile swings are still likely, which could hurt leveraged players badly.

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LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Litecoin pushed forward before the rest of the market, adding more than 30% in a day and topping the key $200 level, marking a 100% day off the crash lows. The coin faces strong resistance near the current levels, but it remains in a positive technical position from a long-term perspective after gathering strength below the $170-$180 zone where primary support is found now.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The other majors also rallied hard slightly later, as investors were on the edge because of the key US inflation data that fulfilled its promise and created meaningful turmoil in traditional assets. Bitcoin cleared the $9000-$9200 resistance zone, although the much weaker $9500 level, marking the bounce-high from two weeks ago, is still just ahead for the coin.

That said, a rally to $10,000 is now likely with further levels at $11,300 and $13,000, while below $9000, support is found at $7650, with other important zones between $6750 and $7000, and near $6150.

Ethereum

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum is slightly lagging the rest of the segment, as the rally in the coin halted near last week’s high at the $900 level. The currency is still likely to consolidate before a clear move out form the declining trend, as it started its correction later, but investors should still add to their holdings on the short-term dips. Primary support is now at $850 with further levels at $740, $625, and $575, while resistance is ahead at $1000 and $1175.

Dash

DASH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Dash is also slightly behind the other majors today, as it faces strong resistance close to the current price levels, with the dominant declining trendline being just ahead. The coin is trading right at the key $650 level after the rally while the trendline is at $700 currently. Further consolidation is possible before a break-out, but we expect a new bullish cycle to begin soon. Key support levels are found at $600, $500, $410, and $360, with further resistance ahead at $825, $950, and $1000.

Ripple

XRP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple is among the weakest currencies today, following the lofty gains of the post-crash period, as it remains in a consolidation pattern, well below the previous rally high at $1.25. While the currency could remain choppy in the coming days, and further bottoming is possible before a confirmed trend change, we don’t expect new lows in this cycle and long-term investors and aggressive traders could still enter positions. Support levels are found at $1, $0.85, and $0,68, with key resistance ahead at $1.25 and $1.5.

Ethereum Classic

ETC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

ETC spiked above the strong resistance zone between $32-$34, after the strong rally of the recent sessions, but it entered a short-term correction after the spike, despite the broad rally in the segment. We expect the correction to continue, and traders should wait for the short-term overbought readings to clear before entering new positions. Key support is found at $30, $27, and $25, and while resistance above $34 is ahead near $40 and $43.

Monero

XMR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Monero confirmed its encouraging long-term position today, as it broke the dominant declining trendline following a brief period of relative weakness. The currency still faces strong resistance near $280, and further consolidation is likely before a clear break-out, but we expect a new bullish cycle to begin, with strong support at $240 level, further levels at $200, $175, and $150, and key resistance ahead at $300.

NEO

NEO/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

NEO is among the weaker coins from a short-term technical perspective, and considering the still only neutral long-term momentum, we still expect it to slightly lag the broader market. That said, investors could use the short-term dips to add to their holdings, while traders should still avoid new positions. Key resistance levels are still ahead at $125 (with a short-term level at $120) and just above $150, while support is at $100, $80, and $64.

IOTA

IOTA/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

IOTA is having a strong session today, and although it remains below last week’s highs, trading around the $2 level, the long-term setup remains encouraging. Traders should still remain cautious with new positions before a confirmed trend change, but investors could still accumulate the coin on the short-term dips. Key resistance is now ahead near $2.2 and $2.35, while primary support is found just below current price near $1.9 with the next major zone being at $1.5.

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Pre-Market: Bulls Try to Fight Back after Ugly Overnight Session

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Following the steep late-day downturn on Wednesday, which followed the not-to-hawkish FED meeting minutes, Asian markets and US equity futures continued lower with a vengeance. The very active overnight trading is another sign of the regime change in traditional financial markets that we have been monitoring for the last two weeks, ever since the “Black Monday of 2018”.

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Dow Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

EUR/USD Changing Behavior

The European session brought about an oversold bounce that stabilized markets from stocks to currencies. The EUR/USD pair that has started acting “normally” considering its relationship with US Treasury yields lately, is headed south once again, trading only 0.5% above its recent correction lows after clearly breaking below the rising trendline.

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EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The bull-trap that we identified a few days ago was the start of the current leg lower, and if the regime change will be persistent, the most traded forex pair could be back to the role of the “risk-on/risk-off” indicator that has been the privilege of commodity currencies in the last couple of weeks.

USD/JPY, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Japanese Yen is showing notable strength after its overbought dip, and the primary safe-haven currency could be in for more gains, should the risk-selloff continue. The Yen also gained ground on the common European currency, following the dovish ECB meeting accounts and the misses in the German IFO business climate indicator and the British GDP, which all question the European growth-monetary tightening narrative.

Canadian Dollar in for a Wild Ride

USD/CAD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

With the Canadian retail sales report and the US crude oil inventory data coming out soon, forex traders should expect sizeable moves in the recently weak currency, while the USD should also be very active during the US stock market session.

All eyes are on Treasury yields again, with the slight correction today helping the bounce in stocks and other risk assets. The Nasdaq could be the motor of a stronger rally on Wall Street, but we wouldn’t bet the house on that, as the short-term technical setup remains bearish, and a re-test of the correction lows is still the most likely scenario for the coming weeks.

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Crypto Update: Bitcoin Tests $10,000 amid Correction

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The altcoin-triggered correction continued in the segment overnight amid the renewed sell-off in global stocks, with a slight bounce in Asian trading and a subsequent dip after the European open. The major coins are all down by more than 5% since yesterday, but for now, the momentum of the move is not worrying, and most importantly the leadership of the rally is holding up relatively well.

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Bitcoin bounced off the key $10,000 level, the $200 support zone held in Litecoin, Monero is still in its consolidation pattern above $280, and only Dash showed deterioration since yesterday, but the long-term picture remains encouraging even in Dash’s case.

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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The above-mentioned levels in the technically strongest coins are not even the last line of defense for bulls, as the preceding strong rally left several key levels behind which could serve as the basis of the next leg higher.

Also, we expect the currently negatively diverging coins, led by Ethereum and Ripple, to start showing strength as the short-term momentum reaches oversold territory, and good entry points might be close both for traders and long-term investors.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

BTC touched the $10,000 support level, but for now, the technically more important $9000-$9200 zone is not in danger, and the short-term momentum indicators are already neutral thanks to the correction.

That said, more downside is likely in the coming days, but investors and traders should be looking for reversals to enter new positions, as we expect the uptrend to continue, with targets ahead at $11,300, $13,000 and $14,250.

Ethereum Provides a Glimmer of Hope

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Although bears are still in control regarding the short-term picture in the second largest coin, this morning ETH didn’t hit a significant new swing low, and that could be the first sign of relative strength, with the $845 support not far above the current price level, and the MACD indicator is already near oversold territory.

Despite the slightly positive sign, short-term traders should remain defensive concerning the weaker coins, while long-term investors should still accumulate the currencies on the dips.

Stay tuned for our detailed technical analysis later on today.

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Daily Analysis: The Usual Post-Fed Pump and Dump…

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Wednesday Market Recap

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2700 -0.51%
DAX 12,470 -0.14%
WTI Crude Oil 61.28 -0.83%
GOLD 1325.00 -0.43%
Bitcoin 10480 -8.71%
EUR/USD 1.2336 0.61%

The script that we laid out for the FOMC meeting minutes has worked almost perfectly, with the major US indices completing a roundtrip that triggered most of the “weak” stop-losses, before a powerful move lower into the close.

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The predictable late-session intraday volatility aside, markets were quiet and choppy for most of the day, and the Dow, the Nasdaq, and the S&P 500, all closed just slightly lower, while covering 2% during the session, with the tech-index’s relative strength evaporating in late trading.

S&P 500 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Forex Markets and Commodities

What drove the decline in equities was the renewed rise in US Treasury Yields, and to answer the most important question of the day; yes, in fact, the yield-Dollar correlation of the past few months broke down, and today the Greenback rallied together with bond yields.

10-Year Treasury Yield, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While that is how it should work according to common sense and economic theory, the recent inverse correlation helped a lot of trends in reaching extremes, and those extremes now might reverse.

The outperformance of US markets, the Euro strength, and the weakness in European equities were among those trends, and it’s interesting to see that the bullish technical setup in the EUR/USD is crumbling and the US indices are in the deepest correction since the Brexit.

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While there is no assurance that these changes are permanent, for now, we remain short-term bearish on US equities, and continue to look for upside in the battered Dollar.

At the end of the day, the Dollar finished higher against all of the major fiat currencies, although the Yen showed notable relative strength amid the stock rampage near the closing bell. Interestingly the USD vs. risk-on pairs trend continues to lead the other asset classes, as we have noted several times, and that could be something to monitor in the coming days and weeks.

Commodities had a mixed but ultimately bearish session, with oil and gold suffering both suffering losses amid the risk-off shift, although crude already traded lower before the FOMC release, while gold traded in close correlation with the Euro throughout the day.

Cryptocurrencies

The segment had a decisively bearish session, with only a few coins showing considerable relative strength amid the sell-off. Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dash, and Monero are still the leaders of this cycle, while Ethereum is the most notable laggard, pulling most altcoins lower as well.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

On a positive note, the majors held up relatively well amid the stock turmoil, but the next few days will be crucial, as important support levels could be tested. That said, most of the coins are well clear of the crash lows, and there is more than enough support below that, combined with the still present bullish signs should keep investors confident that a new uptrend is underway and new rally highs are ahead.

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