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Technical Analysis: Litecoin on the Move as Bitcoin Trades Near $7000

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Altcoins are in the center of attention today, both in positive and negative ways. Ethereum’s scary client bug caused a sell-off in the second largest coin in the second half of the session, while the rally in Litecoin, Dash, and IOTA kept traders excited beforehand, although Ethereum Classic entered a correction after its strong break-out, while Monero is still hovering around the crucial $100 resistance.

Litecoin had a great session, as it surged past the $56 level and traded above the $60 price zone for the first time since mid-October. The technical picture remains bullish on the currency on all time-frames, with a likely test of the $64 level in the coming days, and with the next target at $75. Support below $56 is found at $53 and $51, with another key level near $44.

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin

BTC/USD, Daily Chart Analysis

Bitcoin briefly dipped below $7000 again today, but the coin bounced back above the key level, still not confirming the developing head and shoulders top. As the long-term picture remains severely overbought, we still urge investors to stay away from new positions, but the short-term picture is now more neutral after the recent correction. Below the initial support at $6700, key levels are found at $6000, $5800, $5400.

Ethereum

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum remains in the long-standing trading range between $285 and $315, while also being just inside the long-term rising trend. The coin has been very stable in recent days before today’s sell-off, despite the volatility in Bitcoin, and the recent moves in other altcoins. That said the currency is still expected to move out of the current pattern in a bullish way, and test the $330-$350 zone, with a strong resistance also found at $380.

Dash

DASH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Dash is one of the strongest coins today, as it is testing the declining trendline that dominated the lengthy correction since the end of August in the currency. The trendline is converging with the $300 resistance right now, and a move above that zone could trigger a quick rally towards $330 and $360, the next targets ahead. Support is found at $280 and $265, but we expect the long-term uptrend to resume.

Ripple

XRP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple hasn’t reacted to today’s active trading conditions in altcoins, and it remained stuck in a range around the $0.2050 level, while also staying neutral regarding the short-term picture. The long-term is still bullish, with targets ahead near $0.2250, $0.26 and $0.30 and support found just below $0.20, near $0.18, and at $0.16.

Ethereum Classic

ETC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum Classic reached up to the $15 level yesterday, but the short-term picture got overbought, and that led to a pull-back in the strongest currency of the past few days. We expect another leg higher after a correction, testing the $16 and possibly the $18 resistance levels, while support is still found at around $13.50 and at $12.50.

Monero

XMR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Monero also showed strength this week, but for now, the zone around the $100 level stopped the advance, although the previous lengthy bullish consolidation period could point to a coming explosive move. Both the short- and long-term buy signals remain intact, with targets ahead at $125 and near the $150 level. Support is found at the bottom of the long-standing consolidation pattern near $80, with another strong level at $68.

NEO

NEO/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

NEO is still trading between the crucial $25 and $27 levels, as it failed to join the altcoin rally so far, although the long-term setup still suggests a move above the $30 level in the coming weeks. That said, a durable move below $25 would be a bearish signal for traders, while investors could still add to their holdings at the current price levels.

IOTA

IOTA/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

IOTA is testing the upper boundary of the lengthy declining trend after holding up above the key $0.35 level, despite the brief spikes below that zone. The coin is close to a short-term buy signal thanks to the current strength, while long-term investors could still add to their positions here. Key resistance levels are ahead at $0.42 and between $0.45 and $0.48.

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Crypto Update: Coins Edge Lower in Quiet Trading

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The cryptocurrency segment continued to trade without momentum in the past 24 hours, as although some of the small-cap coins experienced heavy trading the top currencies are virtually unchanged. The technical setup is also little changed, with only Stellar getting closer making progress since the Monday market-wide spike. Ripple, which was also among the more active coins couldn’t maintain its momentum, while Bitcoin and Ethereum got stuck in very narrow short-term ranges.


BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin continues to trade between the $6275 and $6500 levels, as another very narrow trading range developed following the Tether-indices surge. The most valuable coin is still well below the previously dominant broad triangle pattern after last week’s breakdown, and the short-term sell signal remains in place in our trend model.

While the long-term setup is neutral, traders should still not enter positions here, with further resistance levels ahead at $6750 near $7000, and with support levels also found near $6000, $5850, and between $5000 and $5100.

Stellar/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Stellar drifted above the key support zone that surrounds the $0.24 price level which also marked the top of the Monday rally. Should the coin hold above that level, a new short-term uptrend would be established even as the broader declining trendline is just ahead, and traders could enter small positions in anticipation of a break-out. That said, given the bearish segment-wide pressures, these setups are still to be treated cautiously, as no leadership has been established.

Top Coins in Deadlock as Long-Term Setup Still Bearish

XRP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple is still holding on above the key $0.42-$0.46 zone, but it still failed to show meaningful follow-through after the move out of the triangle consolidation pattern, and a new short-term uptrend is still not confirmed, so traders should still not enter positions here.  XRP faces strong resistance levels near $0.51, $0.54, and $0.57, while further support levels are found at $0.375 and near $0.35.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum is trading in a similarly narrow trading range as Bitcoin, also on a short-term sell signal, with the focus being on the $200 support level. Ethereum’s long-term outlook is still clearly negative, with the broader declining trend being intact, and a move towards the bear market low remains likely in the coming weeks.

Traders and investors should stay away from the coin, despite Monday’ spike, as we expect the downtrend to resume soon. Strong resistance levels ahead at $235 and $260, while support is found at $180, $170, and $160.

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Litecoin also failed to make progress since Monday and a move below the $51 support level is very likely in the coming week. Below that support is found near $51 and the bear market low at $47, while the major zone of interest is near the $44 price level.

The weakness of LTC is a bearish sign for the whole segment, and traders should still not enter positions here, with strong resistance levels ahead near $56, $59, and $64.

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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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Hawkish Fed Lifts Yields, Dollar as Stock-Correction Continues

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US stock markets had a choppy and mixed session, and the major indices closed the day virtually unchanged, despite the early losses and the negative news flow. The US housing market disappointed again, the EU-Italy debate over the country’s budget continued, the US-Chinese relations further deteriorated, and the Fed also provided a negative catalyst towards the end of the day.

Dow 30 Index Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Investors were eagerly waiting for the meeting minute form the Fed’s latest meeting, but those expecting a dovish surprise were let down. The transcript contained more hints to tighter-than-expected monetary policies in the coming months and years, but still after an initial dip stocks rebounded to pre-announcement levels.

US 2-Year Treasury Yield, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While especially shorter-dated yields rallied after the release, we would add that although there were voices that the Fed should exceed the “neutral” interest rate to cool the economy in the future, those voices will likely be muted by any major correction in financial markets or even a moderate slowdown in the economy.

Russell 2000, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Stocks weathered the rise in yields so far, but after-hours, futures markets are drifting lower, and should yields resume their recent swift advance, another wave of selling could hit risk assets. With a lot of stocks and benchmarks still clearly in oversold territory concerning the short-term momentum indicators, the choppy correction could also continue, but we remain defensive towards global stocks, and we expect the risk-off period to continue in the coming weeks.

Dollar Extends Early Gains as WTI Crude Dips Below $70

Dollar Index (DXY), 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While the Dollar was already up in early trading against most of its major peers, it got a strong boost from the meeting minutes, with the Dollar Index climbing above the key support/resistance level near 95.50, establishing a swing low.

Barring a quick reversal, the Greenback headed for another important leg higher, and all eyes will be on the 1.15 level in the EUR/USD pair, as an extended move below that could open up the way for a strong momentum move in the USD. On a positive note, the most vulnerable emerging market currencies continue to perform well, in contrast with equities in the segment, and that could give some stability to risk-on currencies in the face of the broadly negative technicals

WTI Crude Oil, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Commodities mostly finished the day with losses amid the rally in the Dollar, but while gold still only gave back a small part of its recent gains, oil plunged to a new almost one-month low, at least as measured by the WTI contract.

The Brent contract continues to outperform despite the easing of the US-Saudi tensions, but overall the risk-off shift in global markets is clearly hurting oil.  Copper is still stuck in a volatility compression pattern, but given the lengthy consolidation, a significant move is expected in the coming days by the industrial metal.

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Why Would Anyone Have Faith In Tether?

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I don’t want to get sued for slander so let me explain the reasoning beyond today’s title. After all of the turmoil surrounding Tether on Monday, how can the price be anywhere near the $1 parity level with the US dollar?  After more than a year, how can anyone have confidence in Tether and their common law partners Bitfinex when, for example, Circle, backed be the highly respected Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs offers an alternative?  We should also mention that Circle is just one of many so called stable coins.

It isn’t hard to find a list. Exchanges are feverishly adding stable coins. Singapore based Houbi is adding Paxos Standard Token (PAX), True USD (TUSD), Circle (USDC) and Gemini (GUSD).  

When Stable Coins Cause Instability

Well, the evidence is mounting as the months move along that so called stable coins can have the power of creating anything but stability.  This week’s experience with Tether, Bitfinex and the price explosion of Bitcoin demonstrates that there are still dangers lurking. This is why trust is important.

Monday’s gyrations were not the first questionable moment for Tether.  The coin, which gains its intended stability by being tied on a one for one basis with the US dollar, has been the subject of questionable behavior all year.  

As far back as January trade sources were expressing concern the Tether was responsible for last December’s major price bubble in Bitcoin.  The frenzy over Bitcoin set off speculation across the entire crypto spectrum. But that was just the beginning.

In June Bloomberg reported on a paper by John Griffin, a finance professor at the University of Texas, that among other things claimed 60% of last year’s price move in Bitcoin was the result of manipulation surrounding Bitfinex. That directly implicates Tether.

Using algorithms to analyze the blockchain data, Griffin’s team found that purchases with Tether were timed following market downturns and result in sizable increases in Bitcoin prices. Less than 1% of hours with such heavy Tether transactions are associated with 50% of the meteoric rise in Bitcoin and 64% of other top cryptocurrencies.

These findings prompted the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission to step in with a series of subpoenas.

Tether’s coins had become a popular substitute for dollars on cryptocurrency exchanges worldwide, and for good reason. They are anonymous, closely tied to the value of the US dollar and can be used in exchange for Bitcoin, Ether or about 10 other cryptocurrencies.  Tether is closely associated with Bitfinex, with whom they share common shareholders and management.

Bitfinex has offices in Hong Kong but it is legally headquartered in the British Virgin Islands. In May they announced plans to move to Zug, Switzerland. Bitfinex has a sorted history of poor security, having lost nearly $100 million worth of Bitcoin from customer accounts. Moreover, while claiming to have total one for one US dollar backing for each Tether, real proof is absent.  

Further Evidence of Manipulation

Over the course of this year, as we have gathered digitally to witness the loss of nearly $600 billion in crypto value, everyone has been looking for the culprit. When I first read of some of the academic studies that blamed the advent of futures trading on the CBOE, I laughed. Honestly, I believed the real cause of the rise and fall of crypto were a well connected group of billionaires that together had the power to move markets.  

Well the folks at Chainalysis have just produced some surprising research results. Their Blockchain Intelligence Platform powers investigation software for some of  the world’s top institutions. These guys don’t do surveys, the have their hands on big data that is able to detect some interesting stuff.

Chainalysis released a new report last week showing that the so called Bitcoin whales are not responsible for price volatility. The study examined the 32 largest BTC wallets, which reportedly represent 1 million BTC, or around $6.3 billion. That is a pretty solid sample size.

The data revealed that the BTC whales are do not act in concert with one another. In fact not only are they a diverse group but about two thirds behave like longer term investors. Instead of being FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) types, on net they have traded against the heard buying on price weakness.

Putting The Pieces Together

The crypto world is bombarded with globally generated news on an hourly basis. But what does all of it mean anyway? Hopefully this article adds some perspective on what and who has been responsible for the direction of crypto prices over the past year.  As more of these weak players are identified and depleted of their business, real investors will have the confidence to return to the market.

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