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Technical Analysis: Tug of War between Bears and Bulls

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Despite the weekend sell-off, the cryptocurrency market is having another quiet and mostly positive session, although the large-scale setup in the segment is still a declining trend. That said, the rally of the now one-week-old lows has been encouraging, and we still expect a new bullish cycle to begin, with the final lows likely being already set.

Correlations between the majors remained muted compared to the levels seen during the steep sell-offs, and the coins have been diverging substantially today as well, as the market is back a normal, non-panicky state. While we are positive regarding the long-term outlook, short-term traders should remain cautious, as volatility might still return to the segment before a confirmed trend change.

Bitcoin has been among the leaders of today’s early rally, and although the momentum faded away, later on, the largest coin is still trading not far off the intraday highs, with the total market cap of the sector topping $425 billion again.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

BTC is still stuck below the key $9000-$9200 zone, and further consolidation is possible before a move above the strong resistance. Further levels are ahead at $10,000 and $11,300, while primary support is still $7650, with other important zones between $6750 and $7000, and near $6150 and $5750.

The third largest digital currency, Ripple is consolidating its recent lofty gains near the $1 level, giving up the leadership of the rally, for now. The coin is still almost 100% up since bottom, and even as the downtrend is still intact, and further volatile dips are possible, investors could still add to their positions during the sell-offs as we don’t expect new lows in the cycle. Further support levels are found at $0.85 at $0.68 and $0.57, with key resistance ahead at $1.25 and $1.5.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum is hovering around the $850 support/resistance level, as it easily held up above the $740 support during the weekend dip, and recovered together with the broader market. The price of the token shows encouraging stability, as the long-term setup is still oversold, while the short-term momentum readings are neutral. Despite the positive signs, we expect the bottoming process to continue after the steep correction, and even a re-test of the ows is possible before a trend change. Support levels below $740 are found at $625 and $575, while further resistance is ahead near $1000.

Litecoin

LTC/USD, Daily Chart Analysis

Litecoin is still trading below the $170-$180 resistance zone, as the weekend left the technical setup unchanged. We expect the coin to regain its relative strength after the consolidation period, and remain well clear of the prior lows during the bottoming process. Investors could add to the positions near the main support levels, while aggressive traders could also look for entry points. Further resistance is ahead near $200 while support is at $140, $125, and $100.

Dash

DASH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Dash has been among the laggards today, as the coin is consolidating after a period of relative strength, similarly to Litecoin. The currency is trading in the key $600-$650 support resistance zone, while being relatively close to the domain declining trend thanks to the prior strength. Investors could still add to their positions on the short-term dips, with key support levels found at $500, $410, and $360.

Ethereum Classic

ETC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum Classic entered a sharp short-term during the weekend as expected, but the coin quickly regained momentum and it’s now likely headed for a test of the $30 level after confirming the pattern of higher highs and higher lows and surpassing the $25 and $27 resistance levels. Short-term traders should remain cautious with leveraged positions, but investors could still add to their holdings on the dips. Key support is now found at $27, $25, $23, and while resistance is ahead at $25.

Monero

XMR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Monero is among the laggards today from a technical perspective, but the coin remains in a position of strength regarding the long-term outlook, being close to breaking the declining trendline. Investors could still use the current consolidation to boost their holdings, while aggressive traders could also look for entry points. Primary support is found near $240 level, with further levels at $200, $175, and $150, while resistance is ahead at $280 and $300.

NEO

NEO/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

NEO is trading in a holding pattern after testing the $100 level during the weekend, and the coin is still likely to lag the segment in the coming weeks, as it concludes its correction. With that in mind, traders should wait with entering new positions, while investors could add to their positions on the short-term dips. Resistance levels are still ahead at $125 and just above $150, while support is at $100, $80, and $64.

IOTA

IOTA/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

IOTA is lagging is relatively weak today, staying well below last week’s high, but we expect the rally to continue after the consolidation. The technical setup is unchanged with the key support/resistance level still ahead near $1.9, and the dominant downtrend being intact.  Primary support is found at $1.5, while further resistance is ahead near $2.2 and $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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Ethereum Price Analysis: ETH/USD Sellers are Stepping Up Downside Pressure; Explosive Breakout is Imminent

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  • ETH/USD is very much close to a breakout of the recent range-block formation.
  • Diar reports that on-chain transaction value on the Ethereum network was seen at an all-time-high in December 2018.

Over the past three sessions for ETH/USD, a pick-up in downside intensity has been demonstrated by the market bears. The price had been moving within a narrowing range-block formation for going on 12 sessions, but this appears to be coming to an end. Sellers are stepping up the pressure, looking for a breakout of the sideways movement seen of late.

Ethereum On-chain Transaction Value at All-Time-High

Source – Diar

Diar in their latest report detailed that on-chain transaction value hit an all-time-high on the Ethereum network. Diar provide weekly institutional publications in addition to data analysis of digital currencies. Further within this latest publication, the on-chain transaction levels had hit 115 million in December 2018. This marked an all-time high, which excludes the activity after a hard fork caused by the DAO hack in 2016.

In terms of monetary value, Diar stated that the total US dollar value on-chain last year was seen at $815 million. This was down from the previous $1.1 billion, reported in 2017. As a result, this was a 97% drop in the on-chain transaction value. The drop from peak in January versus December 2018 was “by and large the cause of an 80% drop in Ethereum’s price”.

Commenting on fees, Diar detailed that they are unlikely to have been a laggard on the growth for the Ethereum network. It already has some of the lowest fees that are observed for transacting on-chain. They added, “the Constantinople upgrade, now pushed back, will bring down fees a great deal further for certain types of transactions that would allow for better storage use”.

Technical Review – ETH/USD

ETH/USD daily chart.

Key daily support eyed around $117.50 has been penetrated in the past few sessions. Signs are starting to show of a gradual shift again in favor of a bearish bias. The price is running towards its third consecutive session in the red, with the critical support earlier detailed under threat. ETH/USD did have a quick spike of around 15% lower on 20th January before retracing back within the range-block. A firm breach and close of the mentioned $117.50, the lower part of the range-block, could be punishing. Eyes will then be on a retest of the big psychological $100 mark.

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: Coins Settle Down After Weekend Pump & Dump

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While crypto bulls had something to cheer about early on during the weekend following a rally attempt in the majors, the move once again failed to improve the technical setup in the segment, and the top coins quickly gave back their gains. Now, most of the coins are trading near the bottom of their short-term ranges and technicals continue to point to the continuation of the bear market.

Correlations are still very high, there is no sign of a developing bullish leadership, and with none of the key coins showing bullish momentum, bulls are facing strong headwinds. While trading volumes and volatility remain relatively low thanks to the range-trading environment a move below primary support could trigger larger moves in the majors soon.

The negative long-term trends are still in no danger, and although there is still a slight chance of a failed break-down pattern to develop in the market, odds favor a bearish short-term outcome as well. With that in mind, traders and investors still shouldn’t enter positions here, with our trend model being on sell signals on both time-frames in the case of the majority of the coins.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Although Bitcoin is still relatively stable compared to its most important peers, it gave back all of its weekend gains and fell back below the key $3600 support/resistance level yesterday. Now, BTC is threatening with a break-down below the prior sing low, and given the recent weakness, our trned model is now on a short-term sell signal.

While bulls could still be saved by a move above $3850, the failed rally attempts warn of selling pressure, and a bearish continuation is more likely here. Further strong resistance is ahead between $4000 and $4050, with support zones still found near $3250 and $3000, and traders should still not enter positions.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum shoed relative weakness during the rally attempt this weekend, and it is now very close to a break below the key swing low, which would likely lead to a move towards the key support zone between $95 and $100. The coin remains on sell single son both time-frames, and with a test of the bear market low near the $80 price level seems likely in the coming weeks.

Strong resistance is ahead just above the current price level and near $130, with further zones at $145, $160, and near $180 while a weak short-term support is found near $112, and the coin’s weakness is a negative sign for the whole segment.

Altcoins Still Weak Despite Rally Attempt

STR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While none of the major altcoins broke the key short-term support levels, the overall picture remains bearish and we haven’t seen signs of resilience that would indicate a short-term bottom and the resumption of the counter-trend move.

Stellar, which has been among the bearish leaders towards the end of 2018, is once again showing relative weakness while following the trends in the broader market, should the coin violate the $0.10 level, a quick to new bear market lows would be likely, with the $0.09 level being the only lone of defense for bulls.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple still seems very fragile from a technical standpoint, and a move below $0.30 looks inevitable in the coming weeks, with a likely test of the bear market low near $0.28. The $32 support/resistance level remains in focus, but given the weak rally attempts and the bearish long-term setup, we don’t expect the coin to get back to the $0.3550 level in the coming period.

Our trend model is still on sell signals on both time-frames, with further strong support found near the $0.26 level, with resistance ahead near $0.3750, and in the key long-term zone between $0.42 and $0.46.

LTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Litecoin is back near the key $30-$30.50 support zone after the volatile weekend, and it also looks ready to dip below that zone, even as the short-term trading range is still intact. The steep long-term downtrend is intact despite the recent counter-trend move, and traders and investors shouldn’t enter positions here, with the short-term setup also being bearish. Strong resistance is ahead near $34.50, $38, and $44 with further support found near $26 and $23.

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GBP/USD Price Prediction: Bulls Reclaim 1.2900, Eyes Locked on Another Retest of 1.3000

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  • GBP/USD bulls pick up momentum to the upside, following generally positive tone to Theresa May’s Plan B statement.
  • Next upside targets for the bulls should they firmly breakdown 1.2900 again, will be the psychological 1.3000 mark.

GBP/USD throughout the session on Monday remained very much elevated. This came as market participants were somewhat maintaining an optimistic view. All of which heading into the British Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech to the House of Commons, on her Brexit plan b. Of course, this had to be drafted again, given her humiliating defeat at the vote last week, on the initial EU withdrawal plan.

Theresa May Plan B

In terms of her details this time round, she will be going back to Brussels, to seek some amendments to her initial agreement. This needs to be done in order to get a plan through another vote in the commons. Looking at some of the GBP bullish takeaways from this statement; she guaranteed rights for EU citizens at several angles, scraping the application fee EU nationals registering in Britain, discussing the backstop with the DUP this week.

To conclude, PM May appears keen in her language to ensure of a soft-Brexit, rather than one that is hard. All of which supported GBP in its push to session highs, at the time, briefly moving back above 1.2900. The price had given up this area on 18th January, when the bears were reversing the run observed on 17th, where GBP/USD touched to big psychological 1.3000 mark again.

Technical Review – GBP/USD

GBP/USD 60-minute chart. Near-term resistance eyed at 1.2900, with bulls locked in on a retest of 1.3000.

GBP/USD at the time of writing continues to trade around the 1.2900 territory. This price did see a brief period cooling, on touted profit-taking post the statement. Near-term resistance can be seen within this price region, but if convincingly broken down again, then there is decent upside potential. Aside from the supply observed here, there isn’t much in the way of the 1.3000 price region.

Given the renewed optimism around Brexit now, this has assisted in maintaining momentum to the upside for GBP. In terms of support to the downside, a strong area of demand should be noted at 1.2850-25 price region. As can be seen via the 60-minute chart view, this has supported the price since 15th January.

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