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Technical Analysis: Cryptocurrencies Mixed as Rally Attempt Stalls

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The correlation between the major coins slightly broke down today, as the currencies settled down somewhat after the latest sell-off. While that might be an early bullish sign for the segment, the short-term setups are still bearish for the largest coins, and the rally attempts failed near the key resistance levels.

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Bitcoin briefly spiked above the $11,300 level today, before dipping below $11,000 again, with the $10,000 level still remaining in the crosshairs of traders. The downtrend is still dominant in the coin’s market, and although long-term momentum is more and more promising, we still expect a move to, or below the prior correction low near $9000, with support levels at $8200 and $7650. Investors could add to their holdings near the major support levels, while traders should wait for a trend change before entering new positions.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Ethereum rallied up to the declining trendline, but it continues to trade around the $1000, being slightly stronger from a short-term standpoint than BTC. That said, the long-term picture remains overbought, so traders and investors should till stay away from new positions here. The ETH token will likely trade below the $740-$750 support zone before the end this cycle, with other levels found at $850,$625, and $575, and primary resistance ahead at $1175.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Litecoin

LTC/USD, Daily Chart Analysis

Litecoin continues to be among the relatively weak majors, as it continues to trade between the $170 and $180 levels, well below the key $200 resistance. We expect the correction to continue, with a likely test of the crash lows and a possible dip to $125 and $100 levels, where investors could add to their holdings.

Dash

DASH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Dash is also trading below key resistance around the $825 level, and the coin remains in a clear downtrend, with the crash-lows in sight for the coming week. While the bearish setup is dominant, and new lows are possible, long-term investors could be looking for entry points near the main support zones around $625 and $500.

Ripple

XRP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple has been struggling with the declining trendline in the last couple of days, and the weakness suggests that the correction will continue in the coin. XRP is holding up above the $1.25 level for now, but we expect a dip towards $1 in the coming week, with further crucial levels found at $0.85, and $0.68 and primary resistance ahead at $1.5. Investors could still add to their positions near the major support levels below $1.25, but traders should expect more volatility in the coming weeks.

Ethereum Classic

ETC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum Classic has been trading in a narrow and choppy range in the last couple of days, with the $30 level being in the center of attention, leaving the short-term setup bearish. Traders shouldn’t open new positions here, but investors could be looking for entry points near the major support levels at $25, $23. Further support below those is found near $18, while primary resistance is ahead at $34.with further strong support found at $18, and resistance ahead at $34.

Monero

XMR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Monero is hovering just above the key $300 level, with the coin’s performance being in line with the average of the segment. The currency is still bearish on all-time frames, pointing to further corrective price action, but investors could accumulate the coin on the short-term sell-offs near the major support levels at $240 and $200. Further support is found below those at $180 while primary resistance is ahead at $330.

NEO

NEO/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

NEO has been showing relative strength during today’s bounce, and the late leader of the prior rally is testing the previously broken rising trendline. We still expect the coin to continue the correction below the $100 level, with further support levels found at $80, $64, and $56, as the long-term picture remains overbought.

IOTA

IOTA/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

IOTA is still under heavy selling pressure, as the coin is just holding up above the crash lows after the recent wallet-hack and bearish analyst evaluations. That said, as the coin has been in a correction since early December, a relatively early bottom is still likely, with a likely re-test of the lows just below $2, and a possible dip to $1.5.

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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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Daily Analysis: Dollar Rebounds as Stocks Struggle at Key Levels

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Friday Market Recap

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2731 -0.08 %
DAX 12,451 0.86%
WTI Crude Oil 61.64 0.31%
GOLD 1351.00 -0.32%
Bitcoin 10030 -0.52%
EUR/USD 1.2405 -0.78%

The main US stock indices entered a crucial zone during the overnight session that we have been monitoring throughout the last two weeks, as the line-in-the-sand zone for the correction. Despite that, the question regarding the fate of the move has been postponed for next week, as the S&P 500 and the Dow failed to clearly rally above the zone, while the Nasdaq showed relative weakness after leading the market higher during the bounce.

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S&P 500, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

We are still leaning on the side of the bears regarding the short-term outcome, as the technical damage of the Volatility-Armageddon seems bigger than what a straight-line recovery would suggest. That said, the fundamental news was great today (not counting the latest developments in the Russia-Gate), as the US housing market sent positive signals amid the rising yields, while the UOM Consumer Sentiment Index also beat expectations.

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On an interesting note, the rise in yields paused, despite the positive economic news, and in this perverse world that led to a strong rebound in the Dollar, right after the new multi-year highs in the EUR/USD pair during the overnight session.

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Euros weakness helped equities of the old continent is finally showing some relative strength, and the same goes for Japan, as the oversold readings in the USD/JPY pair that we noted also led to a rebound, back above the 106 level. While the bounce slightly helped the negatively diverging benchmarks, the clear technical weakness remains another bearish sign for the coming weeks.

DAX, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Dollar’s bounce pushed the price of gold lower too after the encouraging rally, but the Shiny Metal remains just a tad below its rally high, which is commendable, given the improving risk-sentiment throughout the week, even as another short-term correction is possible here. Crude oil enjoyed another positive day, although it remains well below its recent highs, just as the commodity-related risk-on currencies, where we already noted the relative weakness yesterday. That also adds to the cautious outlook for equities even in the face of the 5/5 positive days this week.

Gold, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Cryptocurrencies

The crypto market continued to show robustness amid the hectic trends in traditional assets, and today’s meager correction adds to the bullish signs that emerged last week and remained with investors throughout this week. While not everything is rosy, with still several coins in dominant downtrends, including Bitcoin and Ethereum, there is clear leadership behind the rally, and if the coming short-term pullbacks remain in-line with today’s move, bulls should have their hopes up

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

What would change the bullish posture is a return to the “everything moves together with high volatility and bearish volume” regime of the preceding steep sell-off, but, for now, that seems unlikely, and a quiet consolidation this weekend would be just what the doctor ordered for the segment.

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Technical Analysis: Cryptocurrencies Show Strength amid Slight Correction

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The crypto segment is trading in a short-term correction, or rather consolidation pattern today, as bullish signs continue to dominate the landscape, despite the pause in the surge. The largest coins are mostly down by a few percent from the overnight highs, but the momentum of the move is not substantial, for now, and several currencies are showing relative strength.

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Bitcoin is hovering around the key $10,000 level after hitting an overnight high above $10,300, with the short-term MACD indicator showing the possibility of a short-term correction. With that in mind, investors and traders should wait for a dip before entering new positions, even as further gains are possible. The next key resistance level is at $11,300 with further strong levels ahead at $13,000, and $14,250, while the line-in-the-sand support is still found between $9000 and $9200.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, NEO, and Ethereum Classic are all among the stronger coins, while Ethereum is also holding up well amid the weak pullback in BTC. The price of the ETH token has been very stable today after a period of underperformance, and it is still trading well below the next resistance level at $1000, but also significantly above the key support near $850.

We still expect the currency to consolidate more before a clear move out of the downtrend, but investors could still use the dips to boost their holdings. Further support levels are found at $740, $625, and $575, with resistance above $1000 ahead at $1175.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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Pre-Market: US Stocks at Make-or-Break Levels as Euro Tests 40-Month Highs

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Traders might be in for another exciting Friday session in the US, as although the coming Chinese year of the dog means that liquidity might be lower than usual, the aftermath of last week’s crash is in a crucial phase. The surge in cryptocurrencies also halted a bit, and all major asset classes look ripe for an action-packed day, including bonds, commodities, and fiat currencies.

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The key levels in the major US indices that we have been monitoring ever since the crash are now in play, with the Nasdaq actually being already above the corresponding resistance zone. That said, apart from the tech benchmark, the Dow and the S&P 500 are hovering right near the “hot” zone, and before a clear move above it, bears could still have their moment, with a possible re-test or even new correction lows in the coming weeks.

S&P 500 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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As we noted previously, it’s unlikely that the bull market is dead just yet, despite the fact that we agree with Peter Toogood (really) that “this market is nuts…” from a valuation perspective, but short-term, these are the levels where the bounce should fail, in theory, that is.

At this point, even bulls should take a step back, and wait for the next pullback before jumping in, as the short-term indicators are stretched, while bearish traders could be looking for entry points today, and long-term investors could just enjoy the show.

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Although equities and Treasuries are mostly in the headlines, the most important forex pairs are also very active, with the Euro, the Dollar, and the Yen all being pushed around by the quick repositioning of the big players.

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

This creates a great day-trading environment, with clear, significant swings in both directions, within the strong trends. The Dollar is generally trading lower since the bounce started, and the EUR/USD pair already managed to reach a new 40-month high during the Asian session, before turning lower in European trading.

USD/JPY, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The USD/JPY pair traded with a 105 handle today, again a more than 1-year low, and the trend looks clear, even as the short-term picture is oversold. Gold might also be preparing for a new multi-year high, so everything looks set for more fireworks in currencies too. Stay tuned.

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