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Technical Analysis: Selling Resumes in Bitcoin but Trading Remains Thin

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As traditional markets came back to life after the Christmas break, the correction in crypto assets that started last week seems to be resuming. Bitcoin hit an intraday high near the $16,500 level before turning sharply lower in the second half of the session, currently trading around 10% below the highs. Altcoins are also lower, although the correlation between the major coins is less apparent than at the end of last week, and all of the largest currencies are still well above their mini-crash lows.

BTC, which has been clearly showing the way for the market in the past week, took the driving seat today as well, and the coin remains in a bearish long-term setup, following the recent stellar run-up. We still expect the coin to breach the correction low and trade below $10,000 before the end of the cycle, with key support levels found at $13,000, $11,300, $10,000, and $9000, with stronger levels at $8200 and $7700.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Litecoin dipped lower together with Bitcoin today after lagging behind during yesterday’s rally. The coin also cleared the oversold short-term readings thanks to the bounce, and the continuation of the correction is likely in the coming days. Crucial support levels are still just below the current price between $250 and $260, at $125 and $100, with a weaker zone at near the $170 level.

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum drifted higher in early trading today, retaining its relative strength among altcoins, but the coin fell back below the $750 later on as the broad selling pressure affected the coin. The technical setup is still much better than BTC’s for the second largest digital currency, and thanks to the less stretched long-term picture, we expect a milder correction in ETH. Initial support is still around the current price, while key levels are now found at $575, between $480 and $500, and near the prior all-time high at $400.

Dash

DASH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Dash is still relatively weak regarding the short-term picture, and as we expect the broad correction to continue in the segment, the coin will likely hit new correction lows in the coming week. That said, as the long-term picture will likely get much more constructive, investors could be adding to their positions soon. Major support levels found are still found at $1000, $800, $650, and $600.

Ripple

XRP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple remains the strongest major coin from a short-term perspective, as it is trading just below its all-time high near $1.25. While traders could still play the short-term trend, investors should remain patient and wait for the next correction before adding to their holdings after the recent almost 500% rally. Support levels are found at $1, $0.85, $0.68, $0.4250 and in the $0.30-$0.32 range.

Ethereum Classic

ETC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum Classic is trading back under the $30 level following the sell-off in the second half of the session, and the coin remains in a bearish long-term setup as well. The short-term momentum is now in a neutral territory, and we expect the correction to continue, with key support levels still at $25, $23, and $18, while resistance ahead above $30 at $32 and $40.

Monero

XMR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Monero took a bearish short-term turn today, as we expected, despite its resilience in the recent period, and the coin is now close to breaking below its dominant rising trendline. With the long-term momentum still being extremely overbought, a deeper correction is likely, and investors should still wait before adding to their positions. Primary support is at $300 with further important levels found at $240, $200, $180, and $150.

NEO

NEO/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

NEO continued to be one of the most active majors, although trading volume remained low in the coin’s market. The currency briefly moved above the short-term correction pattern that has been dominating trading recently, but the broad dip pulled the coin lower, and the consolidation will likely continue, despite the encouraging long-term setup. Key support zones are still found near $56, $50, and around $40, while resistance is ahead at $64 and $80.

IOTA

IOTA/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

IOTA has been flirting with the previously broken rising trendline today, but the coin turned lower together with the rest of the market after spiking above the $4 level in early trading. The currency remains suspect of further corrective price action, despite the previous deep sell-off, and we expect a drop below $3 in the coming period. Strong support levels are found at $3 and $1.5, with a Fibonacci support between those 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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    December 28, 2017 at 5:35 am

    Hi. Thanks for your daily analysis on thisl. If BTC drops like you think it will, do you think it will rise again sharply? Do you think it would get back to 14-15k quickly (if at all)? Thank you.

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Markets Looking for Direction as Dow Eyes All-Time High

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Global stocks have been trading without clear direction so far today, even after Asia kicked off the day in a bullish fashion, with the Shanghai Composite rallying for the second session in a row following Trump’s tariff announcement. The Nikkei retreated a bit after its recent surge, but Europe followed China’s lead and the majority of US stocks are also sporting gains, even as the Nasdaq is in the red, with the likes of Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT) and Apple (AAPL) lagging behind.

Dow 30 Index Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Dow, which has been relatively strong in the past weeks is outperforming again, thanks now mainly to the jump in mega-cap banks, and the index is edging ever closer to its all-time high from January which is less than 1% away currently. Should the industrial average set a record high, the correction that started with the February mini-crash would be erased by all the US indices, further widening the divergence compared to the rest of the world.

DAX 30 Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Looking closer at Europe, the DAX is trading at its highest level since the first days of the month, similarly to the EuroStoxx50, but the longer-term downtrends are not in danger yet. British assets were in the center of attention today, since the CPI came in higher than expected in the UK, giving a brief boost to the Pound in the generally choppy environment in the Forex segment.

In the US, the housing market provided the most excitement, with building permits significantly missing the consensus estimate of 1.31 million, coming in at 1.23 million, while housing starts beat expectations with 1.28 million units vs. the 1.24 units expected. The sector remains under pressure from rising rates, and activity is clearly below the cycle-peak earlier this year.

US Yields Continue Surge after the BOJ Meeting

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

The upward pressure on yields is apparent today again, with Treasuries plunging and rates rising across the curve. Today, the 30-, 5-, and 2-year yields all hit multi-year highs, and the 10-year yield is also close to the highs it hit in May, as rate hike odds continue to climb before next week’s Fed meeting.

USD/JPY, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The Bank of Japan didn’t surprise the market today, sticking to its policy despite some recent tightening rumors, and the Yen is virtually unchanged after the decision, with a slight bullish bias.

Gold Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Commodities are higher today, even as copper gave back most of its early gains, with gold drifting higher towards the $1210 level and WTI crude oil getting back above the key $70 per barrel level. The precious metal is boosted by the slightly weaker Dollar, while oil gained ground after the larger than expected crude inventory draw in the US.

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Crypto Update: Worst Seems to be Over for Stellar and Cardano

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With so many cryptocurrency pairs losing as much as 90% of their value from this year’s high, it may seem that altcoins are deep in bear territory. Even if you’ve been following our bullish breakout series, the pullbacks in the last two few weeks would have made it easy for you to doubt our claims. However, we stand by our assertion that the overall crypto sentiment is slowly becoming bullish. The altcoins that we cover today serve as additional evidence.

In this article, we show how the worst appears to be over for Stellar and Cardano.

Stellar/Bitcoin Analysis

The last two weeks have been very difficult for Stellar/Bitcoin (XLM/BTC) investors. The pair appears to have breached the uptrend line when it dropped to as low as 0.00002933 on September 11, 2018. At that price level, XLM/BTC lost over 56% of its value from the 2018 high of 0.00006789.

Those who cut their losses after the pair breached the uptrend support would have been badly whipsawed. Stellar/Bitcoin eventually managed to recover the support.

Weekly chart of Stellar/Bitcoin

With the recovery of the support, the outlook is bullish for XLM/BTC. First, the false break of the support is bullish. In most cases, this can ignite a rally to the top end of the range or the resistance.

In addition, the weekly RSI appears to have broken out of its own falling wedge. This is a very good sign that bulls are gaining momentum. Keep in mind, the RSI has been trapped inside this falling wedge since April 2018.

Lastly, the recovery of the support marks the end of the E wave, which is often the last wave down. With bulls taking back the support, we have a convincing case that the worst is over for XLM/BTC.

Cardano/Bitcoin Analysis

Just like XLM/BTC, the last two weeks have also been difficult for Cardano/Bitcoin (ADA/BTC).The pair came off lows of 0.00000969 on September 12, 2018. At that point, the market was down by almost 90% from the 2018 high of 0.00008788.

To many crypto investors, ADA/BTC may be fighting to stay alive. Bears have given their best shot and it may have appeared that the market was down for the count. However, just as ADA/BTC looked hopeless, the market bounced back like a true champion.

Weekly chart of ADA/BTC

As if on cue, ADA/BTC bounced as soon as it hit the support trendline of the falling wedge. This price action emboldened bottom fishers to enter long positions. The increasing demand coupled with decreasing supply due to bearish exhaustion are creating the ideal conditions for a bullish reversal.

As of this writing, ADA/BTC is taking out resistance of 0.000011. Breach of this support will enable the market to reverse its trend and bid goodbye to bear territory.

Bottom Line

Cryptos are slowly stepping out of bear territory. The last few weeks have been difficult but overall, altcoins are becoming bullish. This seems to be the case for both XLM/BTC and ADA/BTC. The worst appears to be over for the two altcoin pairs as they prepare to finally reverse their trend.

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Ethereum Making a Decision Where to Go

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Ether is losing its value slightly today on Sep 19, trading at around $207.98. Losing 0.25% on Wednesday is not that surprising after a very hard Monday (although Tuesday was neutral). The crypto was above $210 when the session started, but then failed to stay near the local highs, says Dmitriy Gurkovskiy, Chief Analyst at RoboForex.

On H1, the bearish trendline is at $216, which is confirmed on D1. The resistance levels at $216 and $220 are strong, and they must be broken out in order to go up or at least pull back upwards.

In case Ether fails to find any drivers, it will likely consolidate at around $205. This is exactly where the key support lies, while the resistance is at $216, as mentioned above.

The MACD is negative on D1, moving along the signal line, still giving a moderate buy signal, while the Stochastic is not going anywhere and is not issuing any signal, while being in the positives.

Lately, Ether is very much volatile, with no certain direction. Last week the cryptocurrency spiked 32%, but early this week it reverted and started falling. Ether is vulnerable to the general negative sentiment in the crypto market, although the inside news influence it, too.

People are waiting for the Constantinople update, as well as for the introduction of Ether futures on CBOE which should take place before the end of the year. Meanwhile, low activity in ICOs does no good to Ether’s price either.

Recently, news has come that the Ethereum network reduced its reward for mined blocks, from 3 to 2 ETH. This nearly equals the profits of Ether and Bitcoin miners, so some ETH miners are sure to switch to Bitcoin after this happened, especially those that are unable to cover their costs and expenses (and there are quite a few).

The only positive piece of news now is the pending payment option in MyCrypto wallet designed by Ethereum. This option enables scheduling the payment date and time, which simplifies matters when it comes to recurring payments, such as subscriptions.

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